Sunday, August 07, 2016

Always making things....


I've been busy these last few months....I am always making things! I love to sew, embroider, and rug hook and am always getting new ideas for things to create. I am applying for the Queen of Arts Show and Sale next November so I thought I'd better update my blog a bit to show what things I hope to have for sale. Here are some linen owls embellished with vintage lace that I am currently working on.


A bit of embroidery for various projects....


And some of my foxes made from recycled wool sweaters....



Here is a rug hooked bag I made with some of my little critters along for the ride.



I've been having fun making these little pouches from vintage quilts with tiny fabric dolls.



Elephants made from the softest cashmere sweaters are great presents for new little ones.



Can't resist making a few new pin cushions now and then.



Hearts are another favorite shape I am drawn to....


more hearts from vintage lace....



I thought it was time to make some zippered pouches and use some of the colorful fabric I seem to accumulate!



Mushrooms and birds are images that I tend to return to....



more small mushrooms and a hooked squirrel....



Dolls are fun to create...these have paper clay heads and ethnic textile outfits.



Owls are always great to rug hook and a good way to use up my wool strips left over from other projects.


Block printed sachets and  a pin cushion  filled with lavender and crushed walnut hulls with a bit of embroidery for a bit of texture. 
Right now on my work table I have rocks to paint, fiber jewelry half way done, striped cats awaiting faces, little gift cards, paper clay mermaids, and embroidery samples for our upcoming workshop in Chiapas. That should keep me busy!
Hope you all have fun projects to work on this summer and time for a walk in nature or a dip in the ocean!

10 comments:

Suzanne Reynolds said...

I love everything you make, Mary. It must make you happy to create and be surrounded by many wonderful things! Those dolls have so much personality!

Mary Stanley said...

Thank you, Suzanne! I love your creations too! So fun to meet you at Rebecca's workshop in Berkeley!

Ethel Johnson said...

I have lost my mojo recently but seeing all your brilliant makes is so inspirational...
Thanks xx

Mary Stanley said...

Hi Ethel, hope you get your mojo back soon! Maybe start with a little bit of stitching...embroidery is a fun and easy way to get going again...xoxo

Teah said...

I would love to purchase the pink rug hooked heart if possible. Do you mostly sell at the shop in Solvang or do you sell on Etsy as well?

Mary Stanley said...

Hi Teah, the pink heart was at Bon fortune, a shop in Carpinteria, CA and has been sold. I will make some more eventually, and usually post new things on FB and Instagram. I have some of my hooked creations at the Art Hus in Solvang and more at Bon Fortune. Thanks for your interest!
Best wishes,
Mary

Jules Madden said...

Hi Mary! I found your blog, yay! I always love your instagram posts so I'm happy to have found you here too. I've added a link to your blog from mine :) Love your work.. as always.. Jules :) x

veronica said...

Hello Mary, I love seeing the lovely unusual things you make.The linen owls are super. (I met you at les soeurs anglais a year or two ago and remember what a lovely time I had there) Vera from Lancashire.

Mary Stanley said...

Hi Vera, Thank you for your lovely comments! That was such a fun workshop and loved meeting you and all the other wonderful ladies at les soeurs anglais! Some of us are planning a trip to Cornwall next June 2017 for a Janet Bolton workshop...would be fun to meet up if possible!
Best wishes to you!
Mary

Svettly said...

I Love this dolls, great work