Monday, December 21, 2009

New Dog, New Tricks

I've actually been making quite a lot of stuff lately, but decided to share with you my latest project - rehabilitating a dog we got from the Philly SPCA.  He's about a 1 year and a half, smart, eager to please, but loves to chase cats so we need to work on that since I have two.  He's going to be taking up a lot of my free time until I have to teach again next semester so I thought I'd share some pics of him catching snowballs in his mouth.  His name is Roger.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Art House Co-Op

I am working on a Sketchbook for the Sketchbook project from the Art House Co-Op. Here is one of the pages.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Monarch Mask

New leather mask design!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Phone Drawings

About two weeks ago I bought the new Droid phone from Verizon. I have a simple drawing application and was fooling around with it. Very relaxing and fun. I want to get the Brushes application so I can have more options.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Type tray assemblage

Hi everyone! I haven't posted in ages. I was away on vacation in Costa Rica for two weeks, which was awesome. But I missed being in my studio and making stuff! I had to do a lot of boring, repetitive work this week on finishing up necklaces to sell at craft fairs, but finally I finished with that and started playing with something fun. I bought this wooden type tray from Ebay, intending to use it as a necklace display for shows. I'm not sure it's going to work for that, so I'm playing around with different assemblage arrangements with it instead.

Latest Creations

I've been knitting and sewing like crazy for the holiday season. Here are a few of my latest creations - the Luxurious Manly Scarf modeled by my husband just sold the other day, but I wanted to share it with you anyway. You can see more on my site -
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

After three looooong weeks with no computer, my new laptop finally arrived yesterday! So now i can finally share some new items with you, starting with this adorable little blush pink and celdon green tulle tutu. And as you can see, my charming kitty Ringo decided to pose in the picture as well. :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Still Lifes

Having fun with photography in my kitchen.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

All Kinds of New Things

So here are some new and old things...the two purses are from a new line of bags called the Sexy Librarian Handbag (sister to the Sexy Librarian Clutch), the Purple and Yellow Fuzzy Wuzzy Scarf I just finished the other night, and the two scarf and hat sets I made last winter, but re-photographed and listed them on etsy today. The Sexy Librarian Handbags will be put in the shop Tuesday morning.
Hope you enjoy them!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

First Fabric Flower

I've been distracted lately...don't want to make more bags right now but still feeling that NEED to create.  So I checked out a few how-to's that I've been meaning to try and came up with first fabric flower. I had so much fun that I started trying to figure out ways to incorporate these feminine little touches into my handbags.  Hmmm....I may be on to something!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Love! (TWLOHA)

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

Quick Numbers:

-121 million people worldwide suffer from depression.

-18 million of these cases are happening in the United States.

-Between 20% and 50% of children and teens struggling with depression have a family history of this struggle and the offspring of depressed parents are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression.

-Depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse, with 30 percent of teens with depression also developing a substance abuse problem.

-2/3 of those suffering from depression never seek treatment.

-Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, and suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I am working on a 2010 Through the Viewfinder photography calendar. Here are a few image samples. Can you guess what months?

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Hand Knit Scarves

I knit all of these scarves last winter on large needles and with multiple types of yarn. They are super cute, very warm, and wonderfully fuzzy. For more pics (I have other colors as well), please check out my etsy site -
One day soon I promise to share some work made more recently...I'm behind on photographing my work!

Friday, November 6, 2009

ceejaybags - First Post

Hi!  Well, I'm taking the plunge and sharing one of my newest creations here with you all before I take it to the Craft Show I'm attending tomorrow.  It's made of an upholstery weight black and white fabric with a shot of RED cotton as the lining.  The single pleat in the center front adds just a little flare.

On a totally different note, I created my first tutorial on my blog today!  So many questions in the Etsy forums this morning about the benefits of Facebook, as well as how to get started.  Hope you'll head over to my ceejaybags blog here to check it out! 

new necklaces!

Here are some of the necklaces I've finished recently. I don't really like this scan so I'm going to experiment with photographing them on different backgrounds, but I wanted to share anyway!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Hippie Flower Hair Band

I made this little headband with ribbon, buttons and hippie love =)
I'll be participating in 2 craft events this holiday season. 1 on Novermber 13 - the West Pharmaceuticals craft fair - open only to their employees. (My sister who works there hooked me up;-)
And also an event hosted by Teknion on December 3rd. This event is open to everyone in the Architecture and Design community only. More details to follow... =)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Creative Flow

Since I learned the new technique of Through the Viewfinder, I can't seem to put the cameras down and my mind is racing with ideas. I have ideas for images, handmade books, ATCs etc. Finding this technique is just what I needed to help my creative flow.

Monday, November 2, 2009

napkins: a neat gift.

Hey y'all this is my first post! I just moved to Philly about two months ago, so it took me some time to get my studio set up. Fortunately, I got settled just in time to make these napkins as a wedding gift for my dear friend. I decided to use one of the first motifs I ever printed, which is the silhouette of Irish Elk antlers. Their wedding colors were black and white, and it was a gorgeous event. I enjoyed being down in Houston for a couple days, but it was nice to come home to Philly. Please check out my other work; I'm new in town and I love to collaborate :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sexy Librarian Clutch in Silver and Black Lace

Coming back soon to etsy...I had this cute little purse on consignment at the People's Light and Theater Company, but sadly, it didn't sell. It will be going back on my etsy site tomorrow. I made it from a former prom dress!


Friday, October 23, 2009

Zadkiel Large Feather Angel Wings

Oh, man. I am way behind on my postings this month, and it has nothing to do with not having new material. I have been insanely busy filling wonderful wing orders for Halloween.
This is a new pair of my large angel wings, which I have decided to call Zadkiel, after the angel of freedom, benevolence and mercy.
I made some design changes from my original large white angel wings, so now the frame is lighter and slimmer, and the pinion feathers are made from stiffened silk. So now it is light as a, well, feather. :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Light Within

Oh wow, it's been forever since I've posted here. I've been really busy working on stuff, just not so much actually finishing things! I did finish a bunch of new collages this past weekend though, and will have a whole big batch of new necklaces done soon!

(The Light Within, mixed media on 8"x6" canvas board)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Funky Accessories

a bunch of hair pins and rings I made for an upcoming craft fair. =) I cut up old greeting cards and funky papers to display them.

Monday, October 19, 2009

A New Technique

Last week I was doing some photography research and found a technique called Through the Viewfinder. So I decided to try it myself. I love the results and I am now working on a series of images with what I have learned. The best thing about this technique is that it slows me down to really look and compose in the viewfinder.