Wednesday, February 24, 2010

springing forward

The weather is still pretty wintery where I live here in upstate New York, but that doesn't stop me from thinking ahead to Spring. Here's a couple pics of some easily tatted "springy" earrings. Each ring is seven picots and to keep them a bit more in place I joined the second picot of each ring to the ring before. They tat up fast and easy, and can be made any length you like.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

getting organized - part 1

Oy vey! It's been long long overdue... but today I started organizing my studio space. I had to take a few pics just to commemorate the occasion. Now, this might look pretty organized to some, but I have no idea what's in all those drawers. I have yarns, threads, tools, projects in various states of completion and who knows what else all mixed up there:


Add that to the fact that I have an addiction. Yes, my name is Sheryl and I'm addicted to purses, handbags, project bags,  totes, backpacks, gadget bags .... call them by whatever name you please! And, I hate to admit this, but what you see in this pic is just the tip of the iceberg. I was too embarrassed to show the other pile:



So, I started by shorting out the bags and the projects, tools, etc... hidden within. I did make quite a dent in all this. Of course I also dug up some projects I had forgotten about and will now serve to distract me for the next week or so. Take this yarn, for instance:


I had forgotten I had so much of it (probably about 8 skeins in all). I found it in a discount bin a while back,  and since I was in a felting mood I snapped it up. It's hard to tell from this pic, but it's sort of a royal blue color and not something I would have ever paid full price for, but hey... it's wool and now I feel obligated.

This has also given me a chance to get some of my tools together. I'll think about my tatting shuttles another day:



I love coming across something that you haven't seen in a while that brings back the memories... and here it is! As I was going through a couple drawers of little pouches and purses I found my old rabbit fur clutch purse!  I bought this at a thrift store back when I was in college, which though I'd love to say was just a few years ago, was really more like 30 years ago, and what a find it was! It's an olive green colored clutch bag (I think it's rabbit, anyway.. I'm really not sure):

 

At the time it made quite a fashion statement. I put this shiny green chain on it back then so I could wear it around the body ... wow.. classy!