Is This Really a Security Risk?

Going through security at the Guatemala Airport last week I was stopped by a young female security guard who wanted to go through my carry-on. I stood by while she plowed through my clean clothes, my dirty clothes, my bag of less-than-three-ounces of cosmetics and a few miscellany souvenirs. She pounced on my quart zip-lock bag containing twelve spools of silk thread, twelve threaded needles and some miniature stitcheries. She pulled aside the spools of thread and the needles and said “No!”  I said in my very best Spanish “Why? It’s just silk thread.”  I could not conceive how the thread and needles could possibly present a security risk. At most I might whip them out and embroider a flower on someone’s jacket. She ripped off several strands of thread, pulled them apart and consulted with a fellow employee. She finally acquiesced and allowed me to take the thread but kept the needles.  I am sure that there is a life lesson in there somewhere but am currently still looking.    🙂



Needlework for the NAME National Convention in Charleston

My needle and I have been busy and it seems that as soon as I finish one thing (or even before I get it done) I have an idea for something else. The antique tatting at the top of some of the Christmas stockings comes from my maternal grandmother’s stash. She didn’t throw anything out, thinking that she might eventually find a use for it and I still have it some seventy five years later. My husband and my adult children despair when they see my bins of lace, silk and ribbon.

Almost Finished

These are pictures of my Tuscany inspired, not quite yet finished, workshop prototype.  The wall plant holders (made from terracotta air dry clay) are very popular in Europe and some courtyards are awash with all sorts of flower pots and plant hangers. I had to have a line of hanging clothes as I seemed to see one everywhere I looked. The cobblestone was made using my new cobblestone textured roller. I tried doing it in one piece but was more successful with bits and pieces. The stone on the lower walls is actual slate that I picked up in Nova Scotia and my stucco is paint (light buttermilk) mixed with light modeling paste to give it body and then textured with a brush. My bricks are cut from the terracotta air dry clay and the wood trim is all walnut. The flowers are from lovely Pascale Garnier kits. I still need wrought iron hinges and handle for the door and a small wrought iron chair and table with wine and cheese for the courtyard. IMG_20180624_105551IMG_20180624_105621(1)IMG_20180624_105628(2)IMG_20180624_105643

The Months of May and June

My husband and I had a lovely time in Europe this spring ending with the Kensington Dollshouse Show in London the second weekend in May. I lugged my suitcase full of miniatures for the show with a few bits of clothing thrown in through Italy, Spain, Portugal and on into Great Britain. I am sure everyone got tired of seeing me in the same clothes and I certainly got tired of wearing them. Back home now I am working on my prototype for the October workshop in Spokane. Because of our stay in the gorgeous Tuscan countryside I decided to aim for more of the look of a Tuscan courtyard. Have not decided yet but I may just string a line of clothing across.img_20180613_102515