Fun with Antique Photos

I’ve been collecting old photos from the late 1800s and early 1900s for years.  I’ve had big plans of painting on them in a way that built up a little background story for the individuals captured within. Here is a post about one I did last year. Here are a few that are finished, many…

Dress Making

Well, I sure haven’t been painting lately.  But I did sew a dress this week. It’s “Romance Dress” #119 from Burda.  The pattern can be found here.  I have sewn several other articles of clothing for myself but I think this is the only thing I’ve ever sewn that I actually really like.  And doesn’t…

Last Chance for Fairies

This is my studio desk.  All those fairies are heading off to a real live store and will be leaving my Etsy store on Saturday.  So if there was one you had your eye on, it’s your last chance to buy it on bodelia.etsy.com.   The hand-bound books that I have in the etsy store…

Autumn Fairies

A few years ago, I got really carried away making fairy Christmas ornaments.  I started with old-fashioned fixed clothes pins with a wooden ball for a head and then added all kinds of faux-flowers and glitter covered Christmas do-dads.  My mom and I had made some when I was little and I have fond memories…

Jewelweed Yarn

My friend Heidi has been kind enough to manage the yarn while I’ve been away.  She sent me these two pictures comparing the yarn before they were rinsed and after. Before After I’ll admit that I like the color before the rinse a great deal more.  But I still really enjoy the after rinse color. …

Dyeing with Jewelweed

Man, dyeing stuff with plant material is just so much fun. Since I wasn’t crazy about the yellow color the marigolds dyed my yarn (it’s for a sweater for myself, and I am just not going to wear big bird yellow, no matter how sunny and lovely a color it is), I wanted to try…

A New Obsession: Natural Dyes

Yes, I am now behind again on my 52 portraits plight.  I don’t care.  I had to spend the entire weekend dyeing wool with plants.  I HAD to! Previously, I had only dyed with black walnut which requires no mordant or special treatment. I started with marigolds.  I did a little research online about how…

52 Portraits

There are a few blogs out there in cyberspace that I check regularly, hoping for something pleasant to briefly interrupt my work day.  Last week, while taking a peek at this blog, I saw that she was participating in a very cool project.  She had found it on this blog.    Each week they would…

Lately

While it’s been several weeks since I’ve posted, I’ve still been making all kinds of things in the studio.  Lately, it was piles of Christmas gifts- lots of sewing happening. With the calmness of January, I have finally started my new painting project.  “The Muse” has asked that I not reveal too much of it…

The Last of the Hand-Bound Journals..

For many years I have been taking neglected, unloved, antique books and giving them new life. Having grown up in a family who frequently hunted for treasures in antique malls and flea markets (undoubtedly owning more objects that would qualify as antique than new), I  still love ‘the hunt’.  I’ll admit that when I was…

Breaking out the Embroidery Floss

I seem to be taking a little break from oil painting.  Since I have hung the show, I have really enjoyed not painting for a while.  I’m sure this is perfectly natural and will not last forever.  I have a few ideas stewing but I’m content to let them bubble away on the back burner…