Honeysuckle Lane Etsy Shop

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,

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Something New - Folk Art Eagle Pincushion Ornaments

Sometimes I just have to do something different. I may be right in the middle of something else and an idea strikes and I have to get it on paper... or fabric. Does that ever happen to you? It happened to me, and the patriotic eagle (above) was the result.

I've had this amazing antique piece (below) pinned for a while, but the other day I happened to think of an old quilt square I had in a box and thought it would make a perfect patriotic eagle... and it did!

{via Pinterest}

I drew a pattern (or two or three) and finally had a shape I liked. I took the old quilt square apart traced the pattern on the fabric, using both front and back fabrics, hand sewed it, then stuffed it with a combination of the original cotton batting and some new cotton batting.

Then I added decorative stitches to the seams and used an antique shoe button for the eye. I had enough scraps left to make a few little strawberries, too!

Then I thought I'd make my own fabric panel from a few strips of antique French textiles. Once the fabric panel was hand sewn together, I cut out another bird pattern, hand stitched it, and stuffed it.

I added little antique bone rings to the backs of these so they could be used as ornaments.

The patriotic eagle sold right away, but if you are interested in the French textile eagle ornaments, you can find them in my Honeysuckle Lane shop.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Take care and God bless,