Monday, October 19, 2009

Wedding pieces

This summer I was fortunate enough to create some simple yet elegant hair pieces for a wedding. What was so exciting to me about this was that the gal who got married is one of the granddaughters of Mrs. Margret Dierks. You may be wondering why that is significant. Well, I'll tell you. It was Margret, who in her late eighties, inspired my love of French Beaded flowers and taught me some basics. I loved visiting her home which was just full with beautiful beaded flowers of all shapes and sizes and covering many surfaces. Margret continuted to create beaded flowers into her nineties, until she couldn't any longer. Thanks Margret!

I made six different pieces for the bride to choose from using vintage glass pearls to create the flowers and Swarovski crystals for the centers. The bride chose a few and added them into the twists in her hair to create the look she wanted. Unfortunately I can't show you a picture of the final look because I don't have one. However, if one should come my way I will surely post it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

FOLK Apple Festival

If you're here in Athens and looking for a venue to check out my wares in person instead of just online I will be at this great event tomorrow. Hope you can make it out.

2nd Annual Fall Apple Festival!
Host:FOLK (Furthering Our Local Knowledge)

Date:Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time:1:00pm - 8:00pm

Agrarian Connections Farm;

City/Town:Crawford, GA


FOLK is putting on our second annual Fall Apple Festival on Saturday, October 17th! It will be held at Agrarian Connections Farm (just outside Athens) from 1 til 8pm. There will be live music (lots of local musicians - our lineup will be made available soon), an art show/sale by local artists, an apple pie baking contest, local farmers and gardeners selling and swapping their wares, kids' arts and crafts, and dinner!here's our schedule:1-2pm: open jam session (bring an instrument!), introduction/dedication2-2:45pm: High Strung3-4pm: Marion H. Montgomery III4-5pm: Colporteur presentation: Kevin Welch, Apple pie competition, then begin serving dinner5-6pm: Hope For Agoldensummer6:15-8pm: conglomerations of local folk and bluegrass musiciansFor more information and directions, please visit our website ( you have any questions or if you're a local artist/farmer who would like to set up a table, (it's free, you just need to reserve a space with us), please email us at you would like to volunteer, please email Abby at

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

cool handmade items

check out the incredible work of this etsy seller, her handmade creations are exquisite.

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

I simply love Halloween.

It's not just the idea of keeping away all the creepy ghouls from the nether world that I appreciate but the chance to let go and express myself freely. I love the idea of walking between two worlds, traditionally Samhain being the time when the openings to other realms are wide are one could accidentally wind up in the faery kingdom or in the dominion of darkness. I often find myself straddling different ways of being just in daily life and Halloween is one time during the year we can do that with a little less severity.

Around Halloween and especially on Halloween, I personally choose to allow myself to dwell in the realm between responsible serious adult and fun-loving fancy-free child (well at least early twenty-something). I generally tend to let my
guard down on Halloween and will wear some form of costume throughout the whole day, becasue of course I do still believe in faeries and other magical beings.

On that note here are just few new items I created for the fall;
a perfect perky pumpkin patch hair clip, a great pumpkin charlie brown pin, and some fresh cherries to be worn in hair with a matching brooch (they were originally going to be apples, but they didn't really look like apples to me, thankfully I think cherries are great).

Happy fall everyone.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fall is here

As the fall began to set in I got some ideas for
new pretty hair accessories. I decided to use some
small pine cones and colored leaves I made for
a different project and turn them into clips.

I've got them up on my etsy shop but thought
I'd share a few here. I really love the way the brown
from the pine cones is highlighted by the bright colors of the leaves.

I also tried some different combinations of leaves mixed
together to create a fall array. I think they came together
well and, at least to me, are a splendid representation of autumn.