Crafts I love: Crocheted jewelry by Magictheatre Gallery

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I was enamoured by some earrings my student, Sarah, was wearing the other day and she told me her aunt made them!

Check out her aunt’s incredible creations on ETSY:Screen shot 2013-03-05 at 7.09.51 AM

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Angel Wing ring from Ring Ring Ring on @ETSY warms the heart and soul…

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I wanted to get my daughter, Anna, something very special for her birthday in memory of my mother

I found the perfect thing during a ETSY surf session at RING RING RING on ETSY:

Graciously and going beyond the call of duty, the shop HAND-DELIVERED the ring to my daughter yesterday on her birthday!  Anna was very moved, as was I!

“Yeah she just dropped it off!!! Its SO F*#CKING BEAUTIFUL… It looks PERFECT!” – Anna    Photo courtesy of Anna Thorsen

My mom is, indeed, Anna’s guardian angel!

Mom and Anna in 1986.

Photo courtesy of Anna Thorsen


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San Francisco Craft Project Series Part 7: Sock Cat and Sock Bird

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Today’s sock project from my cornucopia bin of delicious socks bought recently at Sockshop on Haight is a sock cat in pjs and his best friend, a sock bird!

I'm cold...

I'm lonely...

That's better!

The red-heeled sock cat reminds you to take a look at your habitual routines and make some fresh changes, as well as to be more flexible in your thinking. And this is best done in PJs! The sock bird reminds you take time for yourself sometime, stay home and be surprised by the rejuvenating powers of simple comforts!

Available on ETSY:

See also:

SF Craft Project Series Part 1: Second Pilgrimage

SF Craft Project Series Part 2: Sock Bunny

SF Craft Project Series Part 3: Happy Birthday Twitter!

SF Craft Project Series Part 4: Sock Goddess

SF Craft Project Series Part 5: Mini sock owls

SF Craft Project Series Part 6: Socksmith Sock Bird

Photo sweep of Elizabethan quilt tapestry! 25% of purchase goes to Vancouver Friends For Life! @VanFFL

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5 year project! Handmade, no machine stitching.

This multi-media quilt /tapestry/wall panel measures 54″ x 90″ and truly is one of my favorite pieces that I have done.  The tapestry/quilt, begun around 1998-2000, was inspired by the book “ELIZABETHAN TREASURES- The Hardwick Hall Textiles.”  A very important and personal piece. I studied Elizabeth I in depths about 10+ years ago and this piece is an ode to the incredible craftmanship of the Elizabethan artisan and a celebration of those motifs.

The image is of Elizabeth Tudor at her coronation. In her hand she holds a book containing embroidery studies of Mary Queen of Scots to comment on their relationship.

The quilt is in three layers and the batting is cotton.  I have purposely left the right bottom half “un-finished” with a needle inserted into the embroidery to maintain the relationship to history.

Semper Eadem ("Ever the same")

The back is exposed to purposely show the stitching.



Old Wives Tale: a quilt isn't official until a cat sleeps on it.

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The amazing crafter Jennifer Schmidt of Jenna’s Red Rhino, creator of The Cat Ball!

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I am absolutely head over heels in love with my recycled denim purse from Jenna’s Red Rhino!  How cute is this?!

The craftsmanship is astounding and I love the lining and extra pockets inside.  Not to mention the logo!  And it has a sturdiness that I need; I cram my purses with tons of stuff!  I LOVE IT!

Jenna’s Red Rhino on ETSY is a cornucopia of amazing items from corsets, to hats, to pillow covers, to cat treats etc.

Jennifer sent my cats a special treat: a delicious cat canoe!

It envelopes a cat just as they like to be enveloped.  The sponginess is so cozy.  My cat Violet, usually very timid, took 2 seconds to claim ownership!

Check out Jenna’s Red Rhino’s CAT BALLS!  They are incredible!!!  OMG!

Be sure to check out THECATBALL.COM!


And her blog:

I met Jennifer Schmidt through ETSY and she is such an inspiration to me, both with her business sense and her approach to life.  She has a glorious sense of humor and a great vision!  Love you, Jennifer!