Tramp Art, like quilting, relies on using salvaged materials to create textures and patterns then piecing them together to make beautiful yet utilitarian
objects. While relatively unknown, Tramp Art was a wide-spread form of Folk Art that flourished in America between the 1870's – 1940's.


Sunday, March 1, 2015's Maggie

Maggie seems to be purr-fectly content
with the Jack-In-The-Box and the Hot Air Balloon
being made in her likeness.

This Jack-In-The-Box is painted in the traditional German Red
and Yellow. The letters M-A-G-G-I-E are chip carved
and applied to the box. Linen is used to create the hinge and a
vintage spring is attached to the base.

Maggie lives in Arizona and can't wait
to get out of the snow here in New England. She should be 
on her way home soon. But not soon enough as we are
expected to get another 3 to 6 inches of snow later today!

The Jack-In-The-Box is almost complete and I will be
making the base for the the Hot Air Balloon basket today. 
Then I can start weaving the basket!

The little mouse you see will be the passenger in the 
Hot Air Balloon basket. He will be relaxing in a nest of flax 
on top of a mouse trap and snacking on some cheese.

In the meantime, our Biagio just wants his house back!
I am sure he will be happy to help me
when I need to pack-up Maggie for her flight home.


  1. Oh, I love your work! You have really captured "Maggie". Hope she has a safe journey west.

    1. Thanks so much Wendy! I should be doing another post soon to show the finished Hot Air Balloon along with the Jack In The Box.

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