Art has always been an important part of my life. Aside from having fun offering you items that I find to sell (helps to support the art habit!), I will also post doodles, musings, art, etc. Enjoy!
I love music boxes, especially Swiss made boxes. I am currently selling and authentic Thorens music box. It is from Circa 1950s.
Wikipedia defines furniture as, “Furniture refers to movable objects intended to support various human activities such as seating (e.g., chairs, stools, and sofas), eating (tables), and sleeping (e.g., beds). … Furniture can be a product of design and is considered a form of decorative art.
16 Years ago I bought handwoven fabric from the Ifugao mountain regions of the Philippines. Baguio is a city in the mountain regions that use to have a rich weaving culture. The native Filipino’s in that region are called the Igorots.
Instead of creating clothing, I decided to make furniture art. I had an old wood step stool and I made a pillow top upholstered with the Ifugao handwoven fabric.
Grocery shopping is a bit stressful since the pandemic. Everyone is masked and gloved.
The silver lining of shopping in person, versus ordering groceries online, is that it takes me away from mobile teaching! I love my kids, but being a proxy 4th grade and 7th grade teacher has it’s challenges.
Grocery shopping is my time to unwind!
Ooops! The illustration had to be updated to 2020 mask wearing standards!
The mask in the illustration is one I created from a vintage Roberta Di Camerino Italy scarf.
Old, well loved t-shirts have been my creative outlet lately.
Last night I used my son’s Roblox video game shirt to create a mask for my husband.
I hand stitched everything versus using my sewing machine.
The plus side of mandatory mask usage is that I can make my husband wear something that I create!
Today he added a little magic to his mask wardrobe. Harry Potter fans will recognize the design!
In our household we were never the mask wearing type.
Now that it has become mandatory we are just trying to have fun while complying with the rules.
Here is a mask that I just made from my son’s old T-shirt.
I ain’t afraid of no ghost!!
In parts of Connecticut, like New Haven City, masks are now compulsory for retailers.
There is a mask shortage in the surrounding areas.
Luckily, deficiencies can create worry, but it can also spark creativity from necessity.
Fifteen years ago I was a newlywed. I bought a sewing machine because I had dreams that it would inspire me to make clothes, tapestries, etc. Those hopes never went into fruition and the sewing machine stayed in our hall closet.
Fast forward to today, that sewing machine has finally found it’s purpose. I have created wearable “art” using my family’s once loved shirts into face masks.
Old t-shirts make the best fabric because they are soft, comfortable, usually memorable and well loved.
My family masks are not perfect. The stitching is uneven. The pattern is from my imagination, but they spark memories in the shirts we use to wear. They also follow the mandatory mask wearing initiative.
This mask came from a shirt from Assisi, Italy. It reminds me of happy family vacations.
This mask reminds me of Edinburgh, Scotland. We loved visiting the city a few years back. It is a mask that doubles as a scarflette.
The “Stay Safe, Stay Home” mandate has been a challenge for small businesses. Our household has been affected, but our spirit is strong.
Today, I reminisce about simpler times that bring happy memories.
When I started mobile teaching (aka home teaching) my kids during the pandemic, I always envisioned that I would act as the Principal. I would delegate and everything would be calm as their teachers were sending instructions of work online.
I was so wrong!! I have suddenly become the substitute teacher who does not know anything. In school comedies the substitute teacher always was the butt of the jokes and got the grief.
Since mobile schooling I now see what an unappreciated substitute teacher is like. I keep on getting comments like, “My teacher didn’t teach us to do math that way.”; “I can’t write that way, my teacher doesn’t do that.”; “I can’t use my school computer for mobile schooling.”; “I didn’t learn that yet from my teacher!”; “You are mean!”; and lastly, “You can’t do that you aren’t my teacher!”
I am taking it day by day, as teaching is a definite challenge and learning experience!