Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Little red cap sample

I just finished my new sample for my little red cap class in November.
 I have been so busy lately, I have several projects on various tables around the house. As I wait for glue or paint to dry on one project I move around to the next one in no particular order,  happily making away, but feeling that I can't quite catch up and not wanting to let down any of the wonderful people who trust me to design, teach and create for them.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

First class of the season!

I love the Autumn. The sun is lower in the sky and the evenings  are so beautifully lit, as if Maxwell parish had arranged the entire thing.
             Yesterday was my first class of the season at Castle in the air.
And it was a wonderful welcome back after the summer. Such a fabulous group. I am so very fortunate to cross paths with such lovely people. We talked and laughed and ate macaroons and lemon cake and in the meantime we made needle felted Fraidy cats.

I'm always a little nuts before the first class. I pack up the kits for each person and then when normal folks would sit back and have a glass of wine, I attempt to stuff my entire studio in to the car. I try to think of everything I might possibly need that day which is truly bonkers as my poor little ADD brain
Is constantly heading down blind alleys and chasing wild geese. Still, I'm ok with it, I have come to appreciate the benefits of my particular  "issues" now that I work for myself and can arrange things to work for me. I try to fit the world to me instead of thinking I'm somehow broken. And my life has become a much better place to be because of it.
Nicho class is next on Wednesday, filling up boxes as I write this, do you think I might need to bring a table saw for this one?

By the way.........CASTLE IN THE AIR  is having a 40% off sale on  CP SHADES summer clothing, the loveliest silk and softest, finest linen . You are lovely, treat yourself!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Nicho sample

I could just keep adding stuff to my sample for the Nicho class that I'm teaching in September, but I had better save the rest of the goodies for the students and try to exercise a wee bit of constraint. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014


So finally I'm having revenge on that silk velvet skirt that has refused to fit what used to be my waist, I turned it into mushrooms.
I'm really looking forward to teaching this class, I figured out several simple but realistic forms and armatures. Dug out my lovely silk and linen scraps stash and I feel as though I could make so many different groups with all the lovely velvets, silks and ribbons.
I just need another 24 hours in a day.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Skeleton marionette

Having fun with all the tangly strings if I have time I'll try a wee dog skeleton!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gepetta's workshop

Things are moving right along here at the little factory of one, I'm making samples, patterns and kits for my fall classes. can't wait to see you all and catch up. I have the best job in the world! 
I'm having a lot of fun with the marionette, learning and improving as I go.
 When I was a child, I had a set of Pelham marionettes that I loved, many moves and life changes and they are long gone and much missed. 
           Some years ago when I lived in Canada, I found at my favorite shop in Vancouver, "Salamagundi", a cardboard box containing a Pelham puppet kit with instructions! Many more moves and life changes and it's still with me you can see the instructions on my messy desk.