December 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm (Etsy)
Tags: applique, crafts, Etsy, Fiber Arts, hand quilting, quilt, Teapot
This is a little quilt I started about 7 years back, but when we move to California I packed it away and never unpacked it on the other end. I found it this Fall and finished quilting and binding it.
It is roughly 2 feet by 1 1/2 feet. I hand appliqued the letters, tea cups, saucers and pot. Details are hand embroidered. There is something so relaxing about hand quilting… especially when the project is so small and doesn’t take 3 years to complete!
I used my Great-Aunt Jenny’s linen table cloth for the material used in the tea pot and the saucers.
If you are interested in buying this quilt you can find it in my Etsy store Folk Haven Creations.
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November 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm (Etsy, Show 'N' Tell)
Tags: Baby, Etsy, hat, Infant, newborn, photography, winter hat
Here is another Elfin Hat… this time in newborn size!
I made it from a discarded sweater. A larger hat from this same sweater can be seen here. The tassel is made of strips of thin knit fabric, each strand knotted at the end.
It would work great for that newborn photography session!
Unfortunately, I don’t have a tiny one to model it. (But if I did I’m sure there would be no new Elfin Hat at the moment!) Eli’s white bear was willing to lend a helpful noggin.
If interested you can find this hat in my Etsy shop, FolkHavenCreations.
November 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm (Photography)
Tags: Awkward Family Photos, Christmas, Christmas card, Eli, Etsy, Holiday, Mary Hurlbut, photography
I have always hated having my photo taken. Sitting in front of a camera I feel awkward and ill at ease. Over the years I’ve taken a few that would be worthy of contributing to the Awkward Family Photos website if I ever unearth them. (But do I really want those pictures of me floating around in cyberspace for the rest of time?) I have learned to just accept that at times pictures must be taken and if I really don’t like them I can choose not to look at them or share them much.
Now that we have a child there is more reason to get family photos taken with greater frequency. Last year we went to a department store studio. The pictures with me in them felt plenty cringe-worthy, so we chose one of just the photogenic Eli for the Christmas card.
Sears Photography, 2010
Sears Photography, 2010
This year my husband felt we should really use a family photo for the Christmas card, as it is no longer Eli’s first Christmas. So back we went to a department store studio. Eli has changed a lot since last year though. He is much more active, and quite wary of strangers. Not a good combination for a studio session. The stuffed bunny used by the photographer to elicit a smile brought forth tears and fright instead, and it all went downhill from there. We left without any photos to show for our efforts.
An acquaintance at church Mary Hurlbut, is a photographer so I spoke with her about our dilemma. We made an appointment for a photo session with her using the church courtyard and alleyways in that neighborhood as a setting for the photos.
The first thing Mary did before we began was to say a simple prayer asking God to help her capture images of our family that will show us the way He sees us. What a wonderful thing to pray! I felt myself immediately relax.
We began with a few shots of me so I’d have a profile shot for this blog and for my Etsy shop.
Then we moved on to the family shots. Instead of trying to get Eli to sit nicely (which he NEVER does, even in the best of circumstances) for a carefully posed shot. She followed him around as he explored the things that caught his interest, instructing us how to jump into the frame and arrange ourselves around him.
Eli loves to play on the stairs.
Being tossed by Daddy!
Climbing on the fence.
Always on the go.
He is constantly on the move and she had her work cut out to keep up with him. Much of the time she was a bit out of breath! Instead of seeming annoyed that he can be a bit of a challenge to capture on film, she seemed to really enjoy him. What parent doesn’t like to see another person appreciating the little things about they so adore about their little one?
A hand full of stones.
Cell phones make him happy.
The end result is a profile photo that does not feel like a necessary evil (I actually think they are some of the best photos ever taken of me), a fun photo for our Christmas card, and many other pictures that wonderfully capture our family at this stage in our son’s life. I would not hesitate to recommend Mary to anyone else in need of a photographer. She is a joy to work with, and she takes photographs that will be treasured for a lifetime.
Mary also has a blog where her most current post features some seriously breathtaking nature photography.
All photos in this post are by Mary Hurlbut Photography, unless otherwise attributed.
November 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm (Etsy, Photography)
Tags: Etsy, graffiti, Granada, greeting cards, Image Galleries, photography, Spain, travel
When one hears the word “grafitti” images of ugly gang-land scrawl usually come to mind. A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit Spain with my husband. The graffiti I saw in Granada amazed me.
"Thank you spacemen"
Vibrant, playful or serious, simple or complex, these layered images decorated the steep, narrow alleys and streets.
They were quite helpful to us as visitors when it came time to retrace our steps back to the bus station after a long day’s wandering.
I took many pictures to use to make notecards which I sold for a while in a local coffee shop.
I’m making up some new cards now for my Etsy
shop and I thought I’d share some of these delightful images here.
"I am a free bird"
October 5, 2011 at 3:58 am (Etsy)
Tags: Americana, Etsy, Folk Art dolls, Primitive dolls, sewing
As a child I was your stereotypical tomboy. I climbed trees, built dams in the creek to create swimming holes, jumped my BMX bike and most certainly didn’t wear dresses or play with dolls.
But a few years ago I became chronically ill, and after I married, had the luxury of staying home to rest and try to regain my health. (I am doing much better now.) I needed something to occupy my time now that I was no longer teaching so I made quilts and discovered folk art.
I was surprised to find I was drawn especially to primitive and folk art dolls. I think it was a mixture of factors… I loved using up scraps of cloth left over from my quilt projects. Dyeing the cloth with tea and coffee to achieve skin tones was just plain fun. But most of all I was drawn in by the personalities that took shape as the doll was constructed. Each was entirely unique. I drew the pattern for the body pieces on notebook paper and then sewed through it to stabilize the skinny arms and legs, ripping it away when done. I might have a vague idea in mind upon starting a new doll but mostly the doll dictated to me what to do as her parts came together. Always the resulting doll was much different than my initial concept of her.
Although I found making dolls fun and intriguing I really didn’t have much use for them once they were made. Displaying dolls still just isn’t my style. Many have become gifts over the ensuing years, but I just pulled a box out of the closet in which I had packed away this one.
Introducing Homespun Betsy:
Homespun Betsy is a 19″ tea dyed doll hand sewn of muslin and cotton ticking. He dress is roughly woven cotton, unhemmed and fraying at the bottom. The neck of the dress has a hand sewn edge of embroidery floss.
Over the dress she wears a small apron and a simple thread necklace with three wooden beads. Her hair is made of fringed felted wool from an old thrifted coat. The face is needle sculpted and hand embroidered.
In Betsy’s lap is a quilted American flag, a work in progress with the thread and a needle still attached.
She appears to be momentarily pausing in her work, holding her needle at the ready to get back to sewing once again. The large sewing needle is real so THIS IS NOT A DOLL FOR CHILDREN.
Homespun Betsy has the honor of being the first item ever listed in my Etsy shop, Folk Haven Creations.
Thank you for reading,