Sunday, July 27, 2008

crimson drop

A newly finished necklace now for sale.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


To this day, the felted pebbles are still one of my very favorite things to make. There's something about the individuality of each piece that appeals to me. The way the white lines tend to shift while felting, merging itself with the colored felt, like they have a mind of their own. The way the layers of felt curve and hug the edges of the stone, making them smooth and inviting to hold. The way the felt covers, but doesn't conceal, the nature of the hard rock inside. They have been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for me.

So won't you join me on this new endeavour?...a new shop! Dedicated only to the felted pebbles. Focusing simply on color and form.

(I'll be adding more items as I make them...I just couldn't wait to get it up and running.)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

shout out

I just added two new links to my sidebar at right, highlighting the locations where you can see my artwork in the flesh! I'm kicking myself for not putting it up sooner.

The first being One restaurant, a fabulous new hotspot in Roermond, Limburg, Netherlands. Owned by Edwin Soumang and Bethany Delong, they serve up creative, innovative, and not to mention sublimely delicious food in a sophisticated, yet unpretentious atmosphere. And I'm not just saying that 'cause I like them. A few of my paintings adorn their walls, and my photographs adorn their website.

And if this wasn't the icing on the cake, well I don't know what is; the May 2008 edition of delicious magazine featured One restaurant as well as some of my photographs of their interior and food. Well slap me hard and call me Sally! You could imagine my ecstatic surprise when I was flipping through the mag and saw that!

One Restaurant
Raadhuisstraat 1
6042 jk Roermond
t +31 (0) 475 600 262

The second being 14 feet. An uberhip indie store specializing in (refurbished and reclaimed) design furniture and handmade artsy goods. Situated in Healdsburg California (now I have a reason to visit the west coast of the U.S. of A.) They have a stock of my felted goodies. You'll find my pebbles, necklaces and bowls there.

14 feet
325 Center Street
Healdsburg, CA 95448
ph: 707.433.3391

Get thee to their websites and chcheck it out!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

felt +

Metal. Chain. Wood. Glass. Ceramic.

Good things come in small packages. Today my mini-shipment of beads, clasps, chains, and string arrived. I've got some special felted beads ready and waiting to be strung, but most the designs are still floating around in my head. My favorite of the batch; the smooth palmwood beads (the pretty dark brown ones in the foreground.)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

cloud cover

What do you do when life throws you a curveball? The week so far has had more downs than ups. And these gray skies aren't helping one bit. I'm hoping this weekend will be able to salvage whatever good there was this week, or at least make up for it. On the itinerary: roadtrip and a casual dinner with a good friend. And maybe a cocktail or two.

Getting out in the garden always has a quiet way of brightening my spirits.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

consider it embellished

Remember those plain boring bowls that were waiting to be decorated? Well, here's the blue one. Needlefelted and stitched just like I promised. They almost remind me of amoeba.

Currently in the shop.

new wool

There are a few things I find more inspiring than new art supplies. Plump tubes of oil paint, pristine paintbrushes, primed canvases freshly opened from their plastic wrappings. Today, it's wool. I've found that with new colors come new ideas. I got my hands on a gorgeous crimson color, which already has spun itself into a beaded necklace of graduating sizes. A pale green, dark marine blue, and chocolate brown merino all await their fate. To be turned into something organic inspired, no doubt. And don't get me started on the natural fleeces. Soft, understated colors ranging from off-white to anthracite. I'm itching to roll up my sleeves and get my hands wet.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

summer fruit tart

I don't think I've mentioned it before, but I'm a self-proclaimed Martha fan. Her recipes just work. So when I wanted a simple yet stunning summer dessert, checking her website first was a no-brainer. My version is adapted from her Fresh Cherry Tart dessert. Graham cookies are hard to come by here, so I used speculaas, and the wild peaches were calling my name at the market, so I just had to snatch up a couple. And since I was at it, I used apricot jam as the glaze. The peaches were so lovely and pale, I didn't want them stained with the red raspberry jam.

Summer Fruit Tart adapted from Martha Stewart Everyday Food.

- 5 ounces speculaas cookies
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 6 ounces bar cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 pound fresh sweet cherries, pitted and halved
- 2 wild peaches, pitted and sliced into small wedges
- 1 tablespoon apricot jam

- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a food processor, pulse speculaas cookies and 2 tablespoons sugar until finely ground. If you're like me, and not in the possession of one, a heavy mortar and pestle works just as fine.
- Add butter and stir until mixture resembles wet sand.
- Transfer mixture to a 9 inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Using your fingers and the back of a spoon firmly press mixture into bottom and up sides of pan. Bake until browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, vanilla, and 1/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add cream, and beat until soft peaks form. Spread mixture in cooled crust. Scatter cherries and peaches on top.
- In a small saucepan, combine jam and 1 teaspoon water. Heat over low until liquefied, about 2 minutes. Using a pastry brush, dab cherries and peaches with glaze. Refriegerate tart for at least 30 minutes.

*Feel free to substitute any soft summer fruit as the topping. I think strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or even apricots would work just as well here.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

awaiting embellishment

Definitely thinking about needlefelting and stitching.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

hello july

You bring such warm summer evenings. I hope I can steal myself away to actually do some felting this month.

Here are some newbies going up in the shop this week.