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Monday, December 6, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at The Hive Starting Today!

Hey, everyone, if you have not yet already checked out the social networking site for artists and crafters known as "The Hive", now is a great time to do so.  Beginning today, The Hive is having it's 12 Days of Christmas giveaway.  Several vendors have donated cool prizes for the giveaway, including gift certificates, handmade ornaments, jewelry and more!  I've donated 2 gift certificates from my Two Crafty Mules EBay store, an Our Lady of Mount Carmel pendant and a retro glass bauble Christmas bracelet for the big event. 

 
 

Be sure to stop by and enter each day to win that day's prize(s).   Good luck and have a very Happy 12 Days of Christmas!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Crazy Quilting with Vintage Hankies


I absolutely adore quilt making.   I remember the days when I used to quilt for hours at a time.  Since my jewelry designs have taken off at the boutiques and on the internet, I don't get to quilt as often as I'd like to.  However, I recently had some vacation time from work which I used to work on some mini crazy quilts.  All 10 of them (yes, 10!)  were made from vintage hankies.  These quilts were inspired by Cindy Brick, who came up with the concept of "Hanky Panky Quilts".  I became hooked on this concept ever since I bought her book years ago.  It is still one of my all-time favorite quilt books. 

Here are some of my latest mini quilts which I recently posted on Etsy and on EBay:

Nativity Quilt


Nativity Quilt (Detail)

Nativity Quilt (Detail)




Pretty in Pink Quilt


Pretty in Pink (Detail)  


Pretty in Pink (Detail)  


Virgin Mary Blue Quilt


Virgin Mary Blue Quilt (Detail)



 And still more: