Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Final Sale in Etsy Shops

Hi everyone ~
It's finally happening! I am closing my Etsy shops at the end of July. Don't worry... I am still making and selling all that I love to make... in one place! As I have time, I will move the items to my Honeysuckle Lane shop at Big Cartel.

Use code FINALSALE to get 35% off your entire order! The sale ends July 31st and all items will be deactivated at that time. Well, I say "all items", but I will leave one item in each shop for a while just to keep it open until people start finding me at Honeysuckle Lane.


Take care & God bless,

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Remains of the Day - after the Lavender Festival

Hi everyone!

The Lavender Festival is over and I have listed several of the Remains of the Day items as I do each year afterwards. I was going to list several other items, but they either sold out or are going to a shop soon. These are the only new paintings on canvas that are left. I have shown three here to give you an idea of what you'll find.

We had gorgeous weather! It was a bit warm later in the afternoon, but a breeze nearly all day made it bearable. Thank you so much to those of you that came to see me. I always enjoy visiting with you! :)

I would love to share photos, but we forgot the camera. So I have no photos at all of my booth. Oh well, maybe next year!

The new paintings are listed in my Honeysuckle Lane Big Cartel shop. No need to email me unless you have a question. Just add items to your cart and purchase... and shipping is a flat $6 no matter how much you order!

Have a wonderful week!

Take care & God bless,

Friday, June 10, 2016

Getting Ready for the Lavender Festival

 The Lavender Festival is only a week away! I have been busy getting things ready... matting original watercolors (shown above) and painting some new little lavender art (see below).

Since it's a festival all about lavender , I figured I'd focus on... what else... lavender! Believe it or not, in the past I didn't have very many lavender themed items at the festival.

But this time I'll have acrylic paintings, watercolor paintings, fine art prints, hand block printed note cards, and sachets.... all with LAVENDER on them! :)

I will have other handmade items that don't have a thing to do with lavender, just in case the shoppers are looking for something else.

If you are near Oak Ridge, TN on June 18th, come by and see me at The Lavender Festival!

Have a blessed weekend,

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A Whale of a Tale Papercutting

I thought I'd do something different for the Early Work Mercantile update... and thought I had until I started looking through my past folk art pieces. Technically, it is different from the others, but it is whale folk art and it goes with the theme of some of my other pieces: a whale's tail pipe box and a whale pincushion.

The background paper is water colored and aged parchment paper. The whale is parchment paper that has been printed with a copy of an indentured servant letter from the late 1700s. The ship is made from a vintage book fly leaf page that has a wood grain design. The other pieces are various vintage papers from my stash.

Now that I've done this one, I think I want to try more whale papercuttings. First I need to find a few more small frames... wish me luck! :)


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Block Printed Lavender Sachets

Each year when people visit my booth, someone... usually several someones... picks up something I've made and sniffs it, thinking that it will be lavender scented. Very few times, in all the years I've done this show, have I made something that was scented. After having to explain at several shows that, no, my items aren't lavender scented just because they are sold at the Lavender Festival, I did put some lavender buds in a few embroidered pillows for a year or two, and I filled a few sheer drawstring bags with lavender to sell as little impulse purchases.

But this year will be different! :)

My block printed note cards sold very well last year and I thought I'd carry the lavender theme designs over to fabric... and make lavender sachets!

I made a few with turquoise ink since that was the only fabric ink I had on hand.

Once I got my order of violet fabric ink from Dick Blick, I began printing on more fabric. I'm using vintage pieces.... old damask table cloths and a lining from an antique damask curtain panel.

I've got to get all of the printing done this week so the ink will have time to cure before I sew and fill all the sachets.

I'll be ready when the customers visit my booth this year! ;)

Have a blessed week,