Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Back to the Basics

Embroidery was one of the first crafts my Mom taught me when I was a kid.
It still holds a dear place in my heart...
So many color options...
An iron-on design for a flour sack kitchen towel.
Next, a free-hand tree...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Thursday, February 2, 2012


 Piazza Anfiteatro, Lucca, Italy

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


 You wouldn't be smiling either if you had to wear THAT hat.

My new favorite thing to make: Treasures displayed inside vintage pocket watch crystals.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Post Cards from Italy

Rome - inside the Colosseum

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As luck would have it, the beautiful town of Lucca had an Antique Market while I was there!
I wanted EVERYTHING, but I settled for a few small treasures and took pictures of all the great antiques that wouldn't fit into my suitcase...

I brought home some buttons...

and a couple of these beautiful old tins...

I wish this could have come home with me...

This large rug was even more beautiful in person...

A few of these monogrammed ribbons came home with me...

I wish...

In the 16th century the massive walls were built around the city as a means of defense.
They remain intact today and are a distinguishing feature of this charming Tuscan town.

Under the Tuscan Sun....literally!

Walking around Rome...

Strolling through Pisa...

Luckily I wasn't driving...

Buon Appetito!

The beautiful beach in Viareggio...

A path to the Mediterranean...


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

June 11th Workshop

Make your own Wine Bottle Charm Necklace
The perfect summer accessory!
All supplies will be provided, no experience necessary.

You will learn how to take cut pieces of glass from Chardonnay & Cabernet bottles and solder them into your own, one-of-a-kind necklace.  The workshop will be held in the amazing Hip Chick Designs studio/shop in Benicia - arguably one of the most creative spaces in the Bay Area!

June 11, 2011
11am - 3pm
946 Tyler Street
Benicia, CA  94510
Workshop fee: $65
Call to reserve a space: 707-747-5543

Monday, March 21, 2011

The First Day of Spring

Purple garnets, rhinestones, vintage beads and fleur de lis earrings.