Archive | April 2010

T on Thursday: time for a coffee break!

coffee breakWell I am late this week for “T” and to top it off I am having coffee this morning…..

Been busy with a project for work, and hopefully it will be something that I can write about in the future… in the meantime I am still busy preparing the handouts for my upcoming classes at

Please, join Kimmie and the rest of the “T” time group (who probably already posted by now)!

Enjoy! Christen


“T” is for Treasures

tea is for treasures

“T” is for treasures, and wonderful “T” Buddies! Sorry that I have been awhol for a bit, busy with life, work and unfortunately not much play (unless you count my job which some would call play!).

Tea today is China Green tea, a gift that came in the package below with all of those other delicious teas…..

tea treasuresI received this lovely group of goodies from Kimmie last week, as a hostess thank you. All of the treasures were wrapped nicely in this cool napkin. I now am the proud owner of a really cool button, an inchie, a wonderful little tea holder with a twinchie on top, a really cool old postcard, and some wonderful twine.

When I told my DH that I received goodies in the mail, he asked what was in the package, and I said that he needed to be here to see, cause he didn’t know what inchies and twinchies are, and my description over the phone was insufficient!

creative beginnings

When I opened the package the colors in the postcard and on the tea holder captured my imagination. So I started to pull out some vintage lace and ribbons, metal “tea themed” buttons, the hand made button from the package, vintage milliner flowers and vintage threads. I am not sure what the finished product will be, I will keep you all posted!

robin's blue eggIn parting I wanted to share this partial egg-shell that I found on my walk. This matches the eggs illustrated in the napkin, how coincidental is that?

Thank you again dear Kimmie! Please join her over at Art in Red Wagons for a cup of tea, and the list of the rest of the T-time group.

enjoy- Christen

New Spring Classes for Joggles

I have been busy working on my classes for the Spring Session at Joggles, here is the line-up:

group of ribbon worked flowers and leaves

Corsages to Dye for II: May 25, 2010/three lessons

Do you find yourself wishing “if only I had a ribbon that was this color or that”, or “why didn’t it come in my favorite colors”? If your answer is YES, then let me invite you to take a colorful journey into the realm of dyeing your own RTD (ready to dye) ribbons. I will teach you how to prepare your ribbons then dye them to create one of a kind, creative and colorful ribbons. These ribbons will then be turned into magical works of floral art for your own “corsages to dye for”!

bits of lace with silk ribbon embroideryScrumptious Scraps: June 11, 2010/5 lessons

Scrumptious bit and pieces of vintage laces are melded and stitched together to form a unique and beautiful base for your creative stitched designs. Once the lace scraps are turned into a base, I will show you how to dye the base and a variety of ribbons that can be later used in the embroidery and ribbon worked vignettes.

bracelets made from buttons and beadsFlora Dora and Daisy Chain RAW Bracelets: Two for One! June 22, 2010/3 lessons

Do you have a wonderful stash of buttons and beads that are just waiting for the right project to come along? Well consider these beaded and buttoned up bracelets, which are made using two different Right Angle Weave techniques. The first bracelet simple and elegant the other feminine and charming; both take only a short amount of time to make.

beads stitched to fabricBeadazzled Somemore Purse: July 6, 2010/4 lessons

This class delves deeply into the wonderful world of bead embellishment, exploring a wide variety of stitches and embroidery techniques. The sample that you will be stitching on can become a purse (using the pattern provided), a pillow or wall hanging, or whatever you choose. The techniques that will be covered are free-form peyote on fabric, free form bead embroidery, multi bead embroidery, attaching trinkets, buttons and charms with beads, and so much more. Your project will start with a beautiful batik fabric, a variety of seed beads in several sizes and colors combined with a collection of buttons, glass charms and larger beads. This class is a must for anyone who loves beads!

beginning embroideryBEBE: Beginning Embroidery with Bead Embellishment: July 23, 2010/4 lessons

This is a great introductory class to traditional embroidery stitches with the added flare and dazzle that only seed beads can add. These stitches can be incorporated in any fiber design that you choose, whether it be an already stitched crazy quilted block, a strip pieced pillow top, or an appliquéd art quilt block. A variety of stitches are used in each separate embroidered design, a Base Stitch, a Design Stitch, and an Embellished Stitch. Additional embellishments will also be covered such as adding in buttons, sequins, large beads and charms.

The classes at Joggles are brought to you in a file/document format. The classes can run between three-five lessons, with a week between lessons. Joggles provides an online Forum format where teachers and students can communicate, ask questions, or show off their examples from class. I am a very dedicated teacher, and I want each student to be able to complete the project/s covered in the classes. I prepare each lesson’s document with photographed step-by-step pictures and detailed written instructions.

For a more detailed description of each lesson please visit my page at Joggles.

Enjoy what you do! Christen

“T” on Tuesday: Hummingbirds and Lace

tea cup“T” today is Celestial Seasonings “Peach Passion”; a lovely blend of orange peel, rosehips (my friend Tom said that his roses never had hips so I guess he won’t be making any tea!), hawthorn, chamomile, and natural peach flavor, yum! The charming little cup has a matching candy dish which I must admit to have filled with chocolate eggs! The background fabric is a vintage bark cloth table runner that is sitting on the dining room table.

Last week my guy had the week off, so we took a short trip up to visit our friends in Morongo Valley; a bit of rain; some rather cold (for us) weather; and Easter lunch with my mom. I guess the bonus to the week was an earth quake coming home from our visit! No damages and thank you again to those who wrote me with concerned emails. Luckily even old houses like ours have been earthquake retro-fitted, so no damage, just a few shaken up “kitty” nerves and minor topples and spills.

crochet purse and glovesI wanted to share an ensemble that I have gathered for a lecture that I give, called “Vintage Redressed“. I wrote an article for PieceWork Magazine on vintage embroidered purses (the photo on the cover shows a few of the bags in my collection), a few years back.  As I was researching information for the article, one thing lead to another and I collected a series of vintage garments and accessories, dating from 1900-1960, to accompany the handbags.

This pair of gloves (early 1900’s) are just exquisite and with much finer details than the reticule. The purse (1930) is not as finely stitched, but I just love the crochet balls dangling from it! The vintage powder holder has a lovely silk ribbon worked flower on the top, with fuchsia tails, it is not really part of the ensemble, it just sits in my workroom and looks pretty.

celluloid jewelryThe jewelry that I collected for this particular group is all celluloid. The necklace is composed of carved beads, with a self clasp. The clip-on earrings have a really lovely spiderweb design emanating from the center, with green sparkles decorating the spokes. The bangles have a lovely worn patina, the middle one has a lily of the valley design. I made the pin will a celluloid buckle as the base, adding in other discarded and broken celluloid and wire worked pieces.

I used to lament that I was born in the wrong era, I do so love all of these items and wish that I had been alive to wear them on a daily basis. Recently though I have come to believe that I was born in this era to admire and revitalize those pieces that have been discarded or forgotten, to give them new life, and continue to appreciate these splendors of days gone by.

Happy Tea to you all, thank you as always for stopping by. Please join Kimmie and the rest of the group for a cuppa!

enjoy- Christen