Saturday, October 20, 2012

Wooleycreek Cabin

It's been awhile since I have updated the pictures of progress on my cabin. Work has been very slow but it's starting to take shape. This summer we were able to add the log siding and close off the underneath of the front porch with rock. We also got a little bit of grass to grow on top of all that rock. Inside is still in progress. We have managed to get the downstairs almost completely done. The loft is still a work in progress.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Just Give Us A Bead!

As a member ot The Native American Network Guild on Artfire, I have met some very artistic and creative people. The purpose of our group is to work together to share and spread the work of the members and anyone else who is interested in the Native American culture.

Native Americans have been using beads since they first arrived in American hundreds of years ago. I have created a collection from our group this week to show off the diverse ways that Native Americans put beads to use!

Please check our our member shops to see more work by TNAN Guild!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Catching Up With Wooleycreek

I guess life got in the way of keeping up with this blog. I thought I would do a little catching up before I  began again.

My husband was very ill for most of 2009 and 2010. It was all I could do to take care of him and try to keep up with my online shops. He is doing lots better now so I have more time to devote to  some of my interest.

My cabin is coming along nicely. We managed to raise enough money to get a lot of the interior done. We are in the process of putting up sheet rock and adding kitchen cabinets. My son built a magnificent front porch for me with cedar post along the front to support the roof.  As you can see, I still have a lot to do. Siding is on our list of things to raise money for.

The sales from my online shops go toward building my dream cabin.  You can read about my dream in one of my earlier post.

Right now we are wintering it out with 20 inches of snow on the ground here in Oklahoma. I've kept busy by doing bead work and making little baby moccasins. By spring I hope to have saved enough money to go back to the mountains to work on the cabin.

Here is a sample of what I have been working on!

You can see these and much more in my shop Here

Please check back because I plan on featuring some of the wonderful work of some of the artisans that I have spotted  around the web!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Retracing My Footsteps

Several years ago I was very active in the area craft show circuit. My craft was handmade rag dolls, specializing in Ozark style as well as little clowns. They were called Carmon's Cuties. I sold at shows in Ok, Mo. and Ark. It all ended when I went through a divorce. Most of my patterns were either sold off or got lost in the many moves I made before finally settling down again.

A couple of weeks ago, I ran across some pictures of my dolls. I fell in love with them all over again! I frantically searched my whole house for any of my old patterns. After tearing the house apart and creating a major mess, I came up empty handed. The only remaining evidence of my craft was one little doll and one table ornament! Next I began searching the Internet in hopes of finding a couple of my favorite patterns. I also looked to see if anyone was even making rag dolls, and if so, what kind they were. To my relief, I found nothing that came close to the style I made!!

After doing my research, I became somewhat excited about the idea of trying to come up with at least one of my patterns. I spent a rather sleepless night trying to remember how I had made the little clown. I actually crawled out of bed at 3 a.m and began sketching a pattern. I used old newspaper to draw on, then when I thought I might have it, I cut it out. Next, I took and old sheet and used it as fabric for a model pattern. The hardest part was trying to remember how I had made the body. It took several attempts before I was satisfied with the look. Once I had made a few adjustments, I decided to try it out with some new fabric.

The cost of fabric has gone up! I nearly fainted when I saw the price of fabric and patterns! Mind you, I have not sewn a stitch in more than 20 years! For a few minutes I doubted whether this was a good idea or not! I decided to buy enough fabric for make a least one doll and test my skills and the market.

The next couple of days were spent testing my old sewing machine. None of my plans would work if I didn't have a machine! I dug it out, cleaned, oiled and adjusted it then held my breath as I tried it out!! Thank goodness Sears made a great old machine 30 years ago! She runs like a dream! After that time was spent redrawing the pattern, cutting , and then sewing together my first little clown in more than 20 years!

I must tell you, trying to remember how I made the body was difficult, but trying to recall the clothing and drawing out a pattern took another couple of days! Once I had come up with what I thought was the clothing pattern, I was absolutely shocked that it fit perfectly after one drawing!

Finally, I would like to introduce you to Reddy Red, my own design from Carmon's Clowns!
Please let me know what you think! He can be done in almost any color!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Next Stop On The Crazy Train

I love old movies and I love anything old and from the past! PICARD CREATIVE has a little shop on our Crazy Train Route that has just won my heart!

I met Picard a few weeks ago when I first joined Artfire. I fell in love with her sense of humor and her distinct way of letting you know what she thought before I ever entered her shop! She has managed to put that humor and those thoughts into her delightful magnets! I found it very hard to choose a favorite to show here!

Picard uses her talent to make her magnets by recyling! Not only are her magnets great gift ideas, but they help our planet as well!

Do me a favor, pay her a visit at Artfire and I know you will not walk out empty handed!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

THE JEWELRY SHOP ON ARTFIRE you KNOW that I love Vintage Jewelry...and you KNOW that I love Tribal and Ethnic Jewelry...But, did you know that it can be found on Artfire????
I decided to take a look around Artfire. As a member of the Artfire Crazy Train I began looking for something from THE JEWELRY SHOP that would catch my eye. You can imagine my delight at finding something I would absolutely die for!

Take a look at this beauty! This is handmade sterling from Mexico!

If you're a vintage jewelry collector...hustle your bustle to Artfire and take a look at these before I snatch them up! Tell them Wooleycreek sent ya!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

A Teeny Tiny Shop

If you love things on a miniature scale, then you will surely love the shop of Caterpillar Peacock at Artfire!

Lindsey hails from Toronto Canada and has a been crocheting since she was 8 years old. When asked "Who or What Inspires You?" She says: "I'm inspired by so many things: colour, nature, my mom, funny things on the internet, old school games, comic books, anything from the 50's through the 70's, Alphonse Mucha... The list just goes on and on."

Here are a couple of my favorite hats from her shop.

Please take a stroll through Artfire and stop at CaterpillarPeacock