Way back in 2016, Melissa Averinos came to Chattanooga to teach a group of us how to make faces with fabric.  It was great fun and she taught us lots about creating portraits.  My first face didn't please me very much, and thankfully I had time to create another.  I liked it a bit more and even completed it shortly after the class.  Determined to try more faces, I cut and glued and made several more.  Then, as usual, I was distracted by something else and I stuck those portraits in a drawer and forgot about them.  

Somewhere along the way, in the infamous year of 2020, I completely lost my desire to create with fabric and just sat around making beaded jewelry. After making dozens of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces and lamenting my loss of mojo for fabrics, a friend sent a photo of her beautiful floral collage made with fabrics.  That little nudge clicked and I started searching for those old 2016 collaged faces.  It was a long search because I had no idea where I had stashed them.  I finally found them in a drawer stuffed full of paper patterns from old art quilts from years past.  I had even forgotten that I had saved so many of them, since I never, ever make the same thing twice.  I also uncovered a couple of portraits I had created of my granddaughter and found that I liked them better now, after they have "aged" a bit.  

In just a few days, I have them quilted and bound! Ideas have been swirling around like dervishes.  Hopefully my mojo will keep me inspired to play with fabric once again.  And I hope that some of you might like to purchase one of them before they are stashed into a drawer to be forgotten for another 5 years.  

Some people say this is a self portrait.  I don't really look that, do I?  

"Pouty Paulina" is 16" x 22" and come pout on your wall for $50 + shipping

"Sophisticated Sally" is 16" x 20" and could grace your wall for $50 + shipping


"Just Pat" 18" x 23" is available for $50 + shipping

Then there are these 2 characters.  I'll let you name them, but I think they are a couple from the 1960's Haight Ashbury.  
17 1/2" x 21 1/2" 
$100 for the pair

Back with more beads!

After making the decision that I must do something with all these beaded earrings, bracelets and necklaces,  my problem is taking the time to photography, edit, then take the time to sit down and bang out a blog post.  Then I must pull out my smartphone to post this latest offering on a couple more apps. I must admit that using a smartphone to accomplish this is a challenge to me.  I am always battling with that sweet little old teacher somewhere out in cyberspace, who wants to correct my spelling and grammar.  Then I have to mess with the photos to be sure they fit correctly within the parameters of the appropriated space allowed.  It inevitably happens that some of my photos get cropped inappropriately.  By that time, I give up and move on.   Anyways, I decided to open up the old blogger and work for here.  Here I do have a little more control.  

In selling a product there needs to be descriptions, dimensions, pricing and if you're lucky enough to sell something, packaging, invoicing, mailing and so it goes.  The older I get, the longer it takes me to accomplish anything.  Plus the fact that I am a bit lazy and not at all driven to be a successful business woman.  After all,  I am retired and I just wanna do what I wanna do whenever I wanna do it.  Whew!  I'm tired just thinking about it all.  

By now you are probably tired of reading.  If you have gotten this far.  So without further ado, I'll wrangle some photos onto this post. I have also posted these on Instagram and Facebook.  I hope you will enjoy seeing them here!

These are a collection of earrings that I made following a pattern written by a very talented Gwen Fisher   You may also find her on Instagram @gwenbeads.  I would love to sell you a pair of these cuties for $55.00 which includes shipping within the continental USA.  Let me know if a pair might appeal to you or if I could create a pair in a colorway that you might like.  Or if you would like to have a closeup of a specific color.  I will be happy to oblige.  

The next pair are a 1 off original design.  This means that I won't make another pair like this.  So if you are sporting one of these pair out and about (now that we are able to get out and about much more these days), you will not see someone else with earrings like yours.  Ever!  



You might notice the design is slightly different on each piece but the colors tie them together: teal, soft white. light rose, grape, blush on a copper background.  They are 1 1/4 " x 1" not including the earwires.  


$55.00 + $5.00 shipping and handling

More to come............