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.


Friday, September 11, 2015

A little birdie told me...

I woke up this morning and it
finally feels like fall....
there is a cool breeze coming through
the kitchen window and I can
hear the birds off in the garden as a
lite drizzle falls to the ground.

I want to take a moment to thank
all those fellow artist, friends and family
for the contributions you have made
to my Go Fund Me campaign.
Your encouragement and support are
a real blessing.

I am still hoping to get enough to 
cover the costs of getting to and from my 
first show in November and if possible 
enough supplies to make some wonderful 
new pieces to make their debut at 
the American Artisan Show.

If you would like to contribute to 
this effort any amount would be 
such a gift and much appreciated...
just click on the link above.


I wanted to take a moment and share
some of the new pieces as well as some special
pieces I have made for some of my fellow
artists and friends recently.

A dear friend and a most exceptionally gifted
needlework artist, Tammy Black, ordered
a Heart In Hand Thread Holder & Pin Cushion
about 6-8 weeks ago and she received it 
in the mail yesterday!

"I will cherish this very special piece
with all my heart, it will sit on a table beside my
stitching chair...I'll think of you and
your amazing talent every time I look at it.
So beautiful..."

I am so happy that she is so thrilled with it!!!
If you are a stitcher or simply love good design
I would suggest you check out her work and 
take a moment to read her blog.

Scattered Seed Samplers


A wonderful doll and Santa maker, 
Bonnie Jones, ordered one of my small 
1800's German style sleighs. 
I can't wait to see what glorious Santa
she creates to ride in this sleigh!

If you don't know her work 
you should really look her up on the web!


Another friend, Benjamin William Bradley, makes 
stunningly beautiful cotton batting ornaments.
These treasures are made using vintage materials and
are truly heirloom quality pieces to treasure.

This little treasure is in my collection.

I made some miniature sleighs for Benjamin
so that he can play around and see 
what he comes up with to accompany them.
If these sleighs work then I may
just have to make some more or even create
a custom sleigh just for his use.

The smallest sleigh is 3"l x 1.25" h x 1"w
and the largest sleigh shown is
6"l x 2.5"h x 2"w.


As for the "little birdie"....
well, one of the new pieces I hope to have
ready for the American Artisan Show
is a series of Limited Edition ornaments.

I plan on making 9 different ornaments
and the editions will be limited to 12 of each.

Two of the ornaments will be clip-on birds....
a Dove and a Raven.

I started working on these this week. 
So far  the Dove is chip-carved and assembled. 
I hope to chip-carve and assemble the 
Raven today. By the end of the weekend both
should be painted and ready to photograph.
Then once I have the supplies I can
beging to make the other 7 ornaments.
Once that is done I will start on making all
12 of each design.

Here are some "work-in-progress" photos
for you to enjoy...



I am proud to be among those fine artists 
 website. I would appreciate you taking a 
moment to read my profile and write a comment.

The voting will begin on September 21st.


Thank you for spending some time with me today.
I hope you all have a good day today
and a wonderful weekend. Enjoy yourselves!

Saturday, September 5, 2015


It seems that we, like the squirrels, start to
 gather around us the things we find necessary in the fall
 so we can be sustained during the winter. Of course,
 for us it isn't quite as simple as gathering nuts...

This gathering process was helped along
when I received a small box of treasures earlier this week
from my dear friend and extraordinarily talented
artist Charlene Geiger. Vintage ribbons, florals, celluloid
reindeer, antique metal was like being
a child under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning.

Here are some of my treasures and those I received
that you will be seeing in some of my Tramp Art pieces
in the coming months...


It's September!

This month is the time to vote for your favorite artists on the 
Martha Stewart AMERICAN MADE website.
There are many fine artists and categories to choose from 
and I would appreciate your taking the time to leave 
a comment on my profile and vote for me in the category:
Crafts~Recycled, Upcycled & Vintage Crafts.

VOTING begins September 21st 
but you can read the profiles and leave comments at any time.



As you may know, I am getting ready to participate 
in my very first show. I will be attending the 
American Artisan Show in Wilton, CT. on November 6-8, 2015.

I am very excited about this opportunity. 
While I have created a website, an Etsy Shop and this 
Blog it is apparent that the only way for me to
continue to create my pieces and be successful is to
get myself and my work out in front of the people most
interested in folk art. The shows will afford me
the opportunity to reach a much large audience and really
introduce my work to the world.

As a very new artists it can be a bit daunting
as the costs of the shows and expenses involved can be
enormous when you consider ones resources.
In an effort to be able to keep moving forward and having 
the ability to keep creating and moving forward
I wrote a profile and started a fund raising campaign

I have had several friends and fellow artists
share this information on their Facebook pages, blogs 
and in personal emails they have sent out and I am 
so grateful for their contributions, support and encouragement.
Their contributions have been a great help as I 
continue to transform this dream into reality. If you are able 
to contribute any amount I would be forever 
grateful and most appreciative.


Here is a peek at some pieces I am working on
for the American Artisan Show...

My new Brochure and a wooden business card 
with an edge reminiscent of the chip carving done in Tramp Art. 
The card is printed on Cherry wood.

A Four Drawer Chest

good to use for storing balls of needlework thread, jewelry or 
whatever one might want to tuck away in a safe place

The Tall Clock

A Tramp Art version of a pocket-watch case 
although I found a great vintage alarm clock that I will be 
making into a large Tall Clock.

Heart In Hand Thread Holders & Pin-Cushions

Soon to be a Bank!

The start of a Moravian Star.

A few 1800's German style Automobiles.

The SnowAngel Box.

I ran out of wood but hopefully this piece 
will be finished in time for the show.

The 1800's trade card with an embossed 
Victorian Scrap Angel will be placed inside the box. 
I plan to stain and then white wash the exterior 
of the box. The interior will most likely be painted a deep 
BrownBlack with a possible metallic gold wash 
and the bottom of the box will be lined with an aged 
soft white velvet.


Thank you for taking a moment to read my blog.
I hope you enjoyed it and I wish you
All the Best!