New Sofa Pillows

by Elaine on August 5, 2012

I changed the color scheme in the living room over the past few months and I’m pretty happy with the results. These rusty orange pillows bring out more colors in the blue sofa and add a great secondary color to the room. A blue chair has been covered with a throw that also rusty orange to live with awhile to see if we like it (We do), and now I’ll find a fabric I like in that color to have it re-upholstered.

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Landscape Quilting

by Elaine on September 29, 2011

Today it’s landscapes in the studio. Remember in elementary school art class when you drew mountains and fields of flowers and the inevitable sun up in the corner, and then added lots of color and hoped your landscape worked? It’s almost the same with fabric, only the color is already there for you. You get to choose fabric that creates a side of a mountain and a gentle stream. Add a clump of wildflowers along the stream and the sun up in the sky and you’ve got yourself a landscape. It may not be quite that easy, but you get the idea. I really enjoy the process and recently found that I like to work with purples more than greens and browns, though I still vary the colors for variety. My muses tell me I can do anything I want, so that makes it a whole lot easier to be creative. Try it sometime. Just act on something you’ve been thinking about, or something you see that you love, a design, a color or a texture. Play with it and make it your own. And have a great day.

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What a day!

by Elaine on September 25, 2011

I can’t believe it hit 80 here today here So. Maine. I almost shirked my duties to go play in the sun, but the Holiday Craft Fair email had to go out. I still have time to play now, and believe it or not, I’m going out to pick more blueberries. Tomorrow will mark the 10th week of picking, though I’m making the official cut-off at 8 weeks. They are shrinking in size and tasting less sweet, but a smaller, less sweet blueberry is a lot better than none at all. I was just remiss in picking that last pint or two and just refuse to let them die on the vine. Aren’t I silly? Hope you all had a great afternoon.

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Time for Another Craft Fair!

by admin on September 21, 2011

Anyone out there feeling crafty? Fall is here, and that means it’s time for Little Craft Studio’s Holiday Art and Crafts Fair.

The 2nd annual juried fair will be Saturday, November 5th, 2011.

It will once again be held at the Freeport Community Library from 9am- 3pm. Please save the date and tell everyone!

We are currently accepting vendor applications for this event. We’re looking for vendors who make unique handmade crafts, art, and photography, as well as vendors who sell vintage goods such as books, clothing, records and household items.

Write to Elaine at: timmanylane21 at yahoo dot com.

Please include the following: your name, contact information, your craft, and your website if applicable. Please provide photos if you don’t have a website.

$30 application fee to Elaine Schmidt (timmanylane21 at Yahoo dot com) via Paypal.

Applications are due by October 3rd. Your application will not be considered complete until payment is received.
Fee will be returned if application is not accepted.

Find us on facebook for more info and updates as we get closer to the fair.

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Gorgeous Day

by Elaine on August 9, 2011

I can’t believe it’s August 9th already. I wanted to blog about the garden some this year, and my last blog was May. Where did the time go? We were just putting it in back then. Now it’s spilling all over the place. Each weekend I freeze a few more beans and blueberries and pesto. Soon it’ll be sauce and salsa. Garden stand doing ok. At least we’re ahead of last year. I tell folks it’s my retirement pkg. and they just laugh. But it’s another stream of income. (Hey, this is Maine. We don’t need much.) Heading to the studio to work on altered books this morning. I have a show at the library for the month of Sept. Come on down and check it out.

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Rainy Days and Thursdays

by Elaine on May 19, 2011

That last gardening day was great. One whole 10′ bed planted with onions, leeks, beets, 2 kinds of lettuce plus arugula and mesclun. The 2 days of rain to follow turned into 6 days so far and at least 2 more to come. I could do with some sun right about now. The good thing is the rain has been very gentle, even just a heavy mist at times, so the freshly sown seeds should be safe enough in their new bed. I don’t mind a little creativity in the garden, but I do like to know the veggies are going to come up at least close to where I planted them.

I’ve decided to try my luck at a large art and music festival this summer, which means I’d better get hoppin’. I’ve narrowed my work down to include the altered books, quilted wall hangings and quilted landscapes. These are different from the wall hangings, because they’re framed, so they look more like a small painting. There may be other odds and ends (There always is), but this is where I”ll focus my energy until August. When I’m not in the garden. And now off to the studio for a few hours. I can hear it calling my name down the hall. But wait, I haven’t done the breakfast dishes yet…….

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Garden Time

by Elaine on May 13, 2011

I have the  whole day off and it’s actually sunny out there, so I’m heading to the garden. There’s lots to do. The studio will have to wait. (Two rainy days coming up, so it won’t be waiting for long.) I won’t be picking any more dandelions, though. They’re in full bloom now, and that’s when the greens start to turn a little bitter. We got 4 great meals out of them before the flowers appeared, so I’m happy with that for this year.

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Art and Craft Festival

by Elaine on May 9, 2011

That’s what I might call it next time. There are so many talented artists and crafters here in Southern Maine that I wish we had a room to hold 100 of them at once. Sad to say, but the Spring Craft Fair is over for now. Already looking forward to the holiday fair in November. After taking a few days off, I’ll be ready to gear up for some of the summer shows in the area. But just before that, I’ll actually be cleaning up the studio to make room for me to even be in there working. It’s total chaos. It looks like someone was in there for 5-6 months getting ready for something and things just got out of hand. I mean really……

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by Elaine on May 4, 2011

I like my new banner so much up there I might have to give Miss Birdie a name. (Oh,  maybe I already did.)  Any other ideas?

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The posters are out!

by Elaine on May 3, 2011

Well, we’ve been putting the posters out (Thanks, Care, they’re beautiful.), so keep an eye out for them. They’re really quite lovely. I can say that because I didn’t make them. The lovely Carrie Schmidt did and did a fine job, too. I’ve been watching the weather for what we might expect come Saturday, but unfortunately it doesn’t look great. All I’m asking for is a sunny day running about 75*. I’m not hard to please. Honest!

People have been asking me what I’m doing for the fair, and it’s not an easy answer. I’ve always wanted to be able to just say I’m a potter or I make jewelry. A single answer. But no. My eclectic personality follows me to the studio, too, so my answer looks somewhat like a short grocery list. I quilt, so there’ll be some bed quilts as well as wall hangings, pillows and table runners. This year I’m adding toddler dresses to the mix. Cute as a button. I also make altered books, so that’s always an attention getter. If you’re not familiar with them, stop in and see us. I’ll have quite a few with me this time. In fact, stop in and see us anyway. It’s Springtime and everyone needs to get out of the house.  There is such a variety of great Maine crafts that you’ll be sure to find something to make you happy.

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