Tuesday, April 29, 2008

This is a commissioned quilt for a lovely girl, Paula Sexton, in Lubbock,Texas. The "mane" subject is her mare, Lucy, and the only direction she gave me was to think "fall colors and sunflowers". It's not easy choosing fabrics and designing for someone else. Each decision takes about 10 times longer, than if you were making it for yourself. This is what I came up with, and I hope she likes it!

Monday, April 28, 2008

I just attended a workshop with Jennifer Paganelli at Tinsel Trading in NYC, and she has done the impossible! She has got me crafting with paper! Really didn't think I would go there, but here I am with glue, glitter, and round edged scissors! Tinsel Trading is also a huge inspiration, even if the website is the closest you can get. The class coordinator, Terri Ventura is a hoot and also very talented. I especially love her victorian jewely collection available at ABC Carpet and Home in NYC.( Another great field trip...)
Alas, what do I do with a paper cone made with ephemera and antique embellishments? And so the "Sugar Cone" is born, (and the "Carrot Cone", too!) A lot of the craft shows I go to are at horse shows, so what better vehicle for a little horse enthusiast to carry her horse treats? When you get home you can hang it on your door knob with some dried lavender, which always comes in handy if you spend a lot of time around horses......

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

It's been a creative and energetic dry spell. But I've galloped my way through this creative wasteland and I'm back to work! And I have my trusty steeds to thank. Meet my real horse, Tys, who has just celebrated his 10th birthday with a lovely carrot cake. Also, meet "Lambchop" the hobby horse. She's the first of a herd of boiled wool ponies mounted on birch  twigs, with vintage embellishments and hand  embroidery.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

3 new quilts to show! I'm so glad that they are finally done! Anyone who quilts knows that feeling when the binding is at last done! PHEW! One for my new grand nephew, James Declan Geaney, a.k.a., "the lad", and two are up for grabs. I have them listed on my Etsy shop. The one is a 60''x 60" throw, inspired by the bright colors I associate with Sweden, and the Swedish "Dala" Horses. Surely you have seen them around, brightly painted wooden horses in oranges, blues and greens. A typical folk art item of Scandanavia.
The other is a twin (68"x 82"), quilt with the entire book, "Fury"(1958), depicted on the center for your kids to read while in/on bed. As you see the "kitties" really love it!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Derby Day is coming upon us! May 3rd to be exact. I'll try to keep you posted as to who's who and who's to look for. An insider, my nephew's sister in law, has given me her favorites. She failed to mention "El Gato Malo"(the bad cat!), and with a name like that, we must include him. The all 'round favorite to win is Pyro. Denis of Cork and War Pass, Big Brown and Colonel John are a few notables, but it's still very much up for grabs. I have a Colonel John, C.J., in my barn, so we may have to cheer him on... he's the bay pictured above.
In the meantime, it's all this Derby-esque- not a stretch for me!
I'd like to say I won all those ribbons, (and sometimes I do pretend...) but most are from ebay and some are from my friends, members of The Happy Bottom Riding Club!
And, of course, start looking for that perfect hat! These are from the Sis Boom Collection, photographed for the July issue of Hampton's Magazine by my husband, Tim Geaney.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Yep, that's yours truly in 1985- still posing as a master equestrian. My love for all things horsey goes way back and runs deep. It has only been recently that I have been able to embrace the "W.A.SP." within! As you can see, we can only be who we are. So I've said goodbye to my Birkenstocks and gotten a pair of Jack Rogers sandals... wait- the Birkenstocks stay! Can't we all just get along???
( Can you believe I once shared a half page...okay, quarter page.... with Wallis, The Duchess of Windsor!)