Monday, October 29, 2012


working away in the sweat shop sewing room

trying to match imagery to words

and feeling like i'm back in high school
english lit to be precise

back then it was words to words - he writes this, means that....

but now that i like making things a little better than just writing about them,
 trying to interpret words with buttons, baubles and beads

 finally getting a chance to use some of the pretty things i have been squirreling away for many moons

and lamenting the lack of others
(yes, you can never have enough buttons!)

my inspiration for this came from an article in somerset's 
"handcrafted" volume 7, 2011

featuring a december advent calendar by dawn of the feathered nest

dawn's version is a 24 day advent but as i want to sell them i need them to be smaller 

 i chose the "twelve days of christmas" so now it's half the size with half the work but all the beauty
(sounds like a commercial?)

punching out my own tags, adding eyelets 'cause i love how they look
metal always makes things look interesting to me

 playing with words, yours and mine

so many good words, connotations of wonderful things
the challenge is trying to interpret them - some are very abstract to me and while i usually love a challenge, i just haven't the time right now

 the advent calendars i'm working on right now will be taking advantage of the obvious
with the hope that the obvious can still be beautiful

 when the dust settles i'll make one for myself and it will be a 24 day calendar of joy
 using more of your words, playing with them and their meanings

adding my own twist

for now, i'm having a wonderful time
a challenging, muddling, fiddly wonderful time

when i'm all done i'll show and tell!



oldgreymare said...

a great way to pass a fall evening <3

Createology said...

The joy in this post shows how you are truly enjoying being in your studio and creating such lovely pieces to share with your buyers. Your details are making everything you touch fabulous. I bet your sale will be the best ever. Blissful Dear...

Bead and Needle said...

This is beautiful stuff, Jillayne! XOXO Tanya

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jillayne,

Love your beautiful twelve days of Christmas advent -such a great idea.
Also how sweet your Santa's are in the previous post.
Hope you are having fun getting all your creations ready for the Christmas sale.

Happy week

Robin said...

This looks like a fun and beautiful project! Hope you are having a great week.


Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

It's beautiful Jillayne - I love the fabric background.
I made one a long time ago for my daughter and every Christmas she still hangs it up - it must be time for an update!!!
Shane ♥

Dorthe said...

OH it is so very beautiful, dear Jillayne, -love your little tags,and the beauty you added to them-this calender will fly away at once,when finished, dear.Ofcourse you should have one for yourself,too :-)
I wish you a beautiful day.

Jan Hennings said...

WOW! What stunning art!

Marj Talbot said...

Lovely so far - can't wait to see the finished one. It's good to hear that you are making things for yourself. I miss your sale - such nice things - such talent. Thanks tons for sharing.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

oh my....your 12 days of xmas mixed media creation is just bee-you-tee-full!! sigh....(Pinning away....)

Brynwood Needleworks said...

So many beautiful images, Jillayne. You're really inspired, my friend.

Suztats said...

Enjoying the glimpse, looking forward to show and tell!
Looks like you'll be going through lots of those pretty buttons.