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Meangadh = Smile

Well, March has arrived with the threat of more cold weather and snow.  I see a bit of blue sky out my studio window right now, however so I will “Meangadh”, which is Irish Gaelic for “smile”.

To usher in the month, I created a Gaelic-inspired wrap bracelet tutorial for A Gilded Life’s Gilded Girl […]

Embracing Spellbound

As I previously mentioned, I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Spellbound Art Event in Pasadena, CA.  This event is put on by the uber-talented Mother and Daughter Team of Debbie Murray and Shea Fragoso, otherwise known as A Gilded Life.  I didn’t think last year’s event could possibly be topped – but […]

Becoming Spellbound

I just adore this time of year.  The time for Spellbound – a most amazing art retreat put on by A Gilded Life. For five glorious days I made jewelry, sewed, and spent time with the most creative of souls.  Part of the fun is in the preparation – making special things to wear and […]

Summer in the Studio

One of the perks of being a teacher is “having the summer off”  (note – this is actually an urban legend, as any teacher worth their salt spends many hours planning and prepping all summer long, myself included!).  That being said, I am enjoying the additional hours that I can spend in my studio/sewing room.  […]

In the Studio

A vintage hatbox filled to the brim with antique lace….Waiting …..

 to be turned into……

Something Magical.


Inspired by Exquisite Details from the Past

When I need a bit of inspiration, I normally turn to my collection of vintage clothing.

Some wearable, some shattered, having seen better days. 

But all of it treasured, loved and a touchstone to days past. 

When dressmaking


an art.


Playing in the Studio – Part 2

One more project completed over the long weekend.  I have had a couple of vintage purse tops stored away for quite a while, one gold and one silver.  The top flips up, and then the top frame opens up accordion style.  Dipping once again into the wonderful fabric pieces from A Gilded Life – I […]

When the going gets tough, the tough make jewelry!

This piece incorporates an antique portrait tin type, framed by a lovely Victorian pin. The grape motif on the pin works perfectly with the grape leaf metal finding that I used as a base.

It’s been a stressful couple of weeks at work.  Luckily I am blessed  to have  wonderful family, as […]

Crochet Envy

I don’t know how to crochet, but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating the artistry and technique of this craft.  Many of the vintage garments I collect come embellished with a touch of crochet or tatted lace, adding to their allure and loveliness.  And so, when I happened upon these vintage how-to booklets […]

It’s in the Details…..

Breathtaking Details


Work of Art

“In the Reference List is given a list of addresses of dressmakers who we know are satisfactory both as to fit and finish.  All the addresses given are places that we know personally or through friends.  All are reliable and make things that are […]