When Chet takes a moment to show his artistic talent, I am so impressed.
Here is Chet exploring in the sea inspired by the movie "Journey to the South Pacific" at the Omnimax.
I am always excited to see new products developed. Introducing my collaged House artwork on this candle manufactured by Lang. I can just smell the candle burning...apple, clove, orange & juniper berry.
This image can also be found in my Favorite Things calendar produced by Lang. A teacher and friend mentioned she was going to frame some of the art from the calendar for her class room, a great way to continue using the calendar even after the year is over.
Posted Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Upon Chloe's request: "Mamma, let's paint something together," and so we did. All the pieces came together...I had a 12"X24" inch canvas already painted that had been laying around for years. I often looked at it and wondered what it might become some day. I had a request from Kyle, (Chloe's big brother) to receive an artsy birthday gift and wondered what would I paint for him? And I had Chloe's sketches from her art class of giraffes that I loved...wonderful drawings from a six year old, right?! We painted and collaged this piece and then shipped it off to New York City.
Posted Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Several years ago, I came up with an idea to create Door Decorations for each season. I never really found the right contact, but I did inspire my daughter, Chloe. (see further down the page for our creations)
Obviously, this is the Valentine's Concept putting a little love in the air.
A wintry snowflake is always nice after Christmas.
I like the plaid patterns in the poinsettia. Finally a use for the flat marbles I bought at Michael's during a mosaic-inspired moment...
Here are the Springy and cheerful flowers Chloe and I did. It is very much a "team effort." Nothing is done without Chloe's approval. Often times, she steps back to make sure she likes it before permanently gluing down.
Luckily, I have a huge bag of painted watercolor paper backgrounds and patterns that we create our flowers from with my little Art Director and creator.
I think we have even gotten a little more elaborate, as this is our latest one.
I hope this puts a little "Spring" in your spirit today. Smiles...Wendy
Posted Thursday, May 08, 2014
Introducing, Sail Away Fabric licensed to Timeless Treasures. I decided this week-end to make a fun tote bag with my latest fabric. Spring break is around the corner and wouldn't it be fun to have a reversible, new tote to take with you?
Here are the simple instructions...
Things you'll need, sewing machine, tight 1/8" batting, thread, ruler and scissors and two complimentary fabrics (1/2 yard each.)
Cut 2 pieces of Sailboat fabric (16"wide X 18.75"length) and 2 pieces of Anchor fabric (16"wide X 18.75"length). Optional: Cut the bottom portion (16" X 6") so that you can sew the two different fabrics together (image below.)
Your seems are .375" and should be ironed opened. You have now created the front panels for the outside and the reversible inside.
Next you will cut 4 (6" X18") side panels in the two fabrics (2 of each kind) and sew the sides to the front making sure the printed sides face each other. Then sew the final front piece on.
For the bottom piece. Cut 1 piece of each fabric that are (6.75" X 16.75".)
Then iron the top edge of the bag over .625" inches.
Your innerlining is complete!
For the front you will cut batting the same size as the fabric so that the bag will be firm and have strength. Along the seem of the two fabrics, sew the batting to the fabric. Optional: If you wanted to do a quilting pattern here, you could.
Next cut batting for the side panels and then then sew the sides to the front. If you have directional fabric, make sure that fabric is facing the same direction. Sew the final front peice to the ends on the other side.
Cut batting for the bottom piece, pin and sew the bottom on all sides.
Fold, pin over the top of the bag (.625") and sew to finish the edge before putting on the handles.
Choose your canvas handle width. I have a 24" X 1" and pinned them 3.5" in from the side seem.
Pin the handles down from the edge about 1.5" and sew the ends to both sides.
Finally, place the lining inside the bag wrong sides facing each other. Pin the interior to the exterior and sew them together making sure you're careful because this is final, finished seem.
Flip it the other way and enjoy your reversibility. Voila!
Posted Saturday, March 22, 2014
We all should "Give a Hoot" about something in life, right? Well here are some reminders to have around the house. 18X18 Give a Hoot Reversible Pillow can match many homes with its deep charcoal brown background.
Or how about this 18X18 Give a Hoot bag for grocery shopping. I would love to have more than one of these bags for trips to the store.
This happy 50X60 Throw will brighten your day. These unique owls are like a group of friends giving you a smile for the day.
I like the cheerfulness of this 10X10 embellished pillow. Cute for a girl's room.
A happy collection painted and collaged. Did I mention these products were made in USA. Give a Hoot about that!
Have a great day,
Posted Monday, January 13, 2014
Chloe's little cardinal on a nest with the cardinal eggs underneath sitting in a comfy nest.
Chet, Chloe and Charlotte.
Chloe's snowface, Tony and Me.
Here they all are together on the 2013 Christmas tree.
Hi Friends, I guess a new tradition has developed over the last couple of years. We have turned ornament making into a Christmas tradition. With a little Sculpy purchased at Michael's and some paint, we made these simple little ornaments for 2013. Here are some simple tips...First work the Sculpy in your hands to make it softer and workable. After creating your ornaments, don't forget to poke a hole in the top with a paperclip. Bake your creations for 15minutes at 275º, let cool and paint. Add some elastic string so they can be hung on the tree. Don't forget to "date" your designs. Happy Holidays!
Posted Monday, December 16, 2013
Hi Friends, I hope something as wonderful as sending out Christmas cards has not become a lost art. It takes a little time to make it happen, but the thought of this gesture during the holidays is so appreciated by your friends and family. I have cards licensed to Lang that I hope you would be proud to send. The classic Partridge in a Pear Tree is a theme I never tire of and I think you will be impressed with texture of the linen card stock and the metallic printed snowflakes. Also available for personalization with a photo and its ON SALE!!
A cheerful duo are just about to have a mistletoe kiss. This Joy to All card was particularly fun to design remembering back to Chloe, my daughter helping me paint the initial concept and making decisions on the ornament colors with me. The pink background will really pop against the other cards that are sent.
And...the same card is also available for your own personalization (there are other options on the Lang site, so visit to see.) I know photos are a popular theme to include, so you get an Artisan card plus your pictures....kinda fun, huh?
How about this Stocking Cap Penguin Note card? It is a petite Christmas note card and you won't believe the sale price! Maybe this could be the thoughtful card your kids could send out this holiday season?
Lastly, there is Celebrate...for good cheer brings abundance. My mom came up with the sentiment on this card; I love collaborating with my family.
The nice thing about this particular card is that you have a number of choices in building the personalization on the inside adding your photos and such. Check out the link to see the possible options.
Happy Holidays, Wendy
Posted Saturday, December 14, 2013