Sunday, December 24, 2006
I have been making a few more pairs of the knit Felt Ballerina Slippers from Fiber Trends for the women in my family as Christmas gifts. I used Berkshire yarn from Valley Yarns. It is 85% Wool and 15% Alpaca. The Alpaca fiber felts very well.
The Berkshire yarn is a heavy worsted weight, so it was a bit tricky trying to get the sizing right. It was also challenging trying to get them to dry into a nice shape. I ended up using a two way shoe stretcher to dry the ballet slippers on.
I embellished the slippers with yarn in contrasting colors and commercial felt that I cut with pinking shears. I sewed the buttons to the strap, and sewed a loop of clear jewelry elastic on to the body of the slipper that loops over the button and strap. The stretch of the elastic allows you to slip the shoes on an off without having to deal with the button.
You can see the first pair I made here.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Gail Crossman Moore
Ann Kyyro Quinn
Nicole Chazaud Telaar
The International Felt makers Guild has some good resources too. What felt artists do you like? The rose in the photo was created from a Two Old Bags pattern.
Friday, December 15, 2006
A few weeks ago I had a chance to see the movie An Inconvenient Truth. If you have not had a chance to see this move, it is really important that you do. I highly recommend it. It simply explains global warming without making you feel guilty or stupid. As a result of viewing this move, I am going to add a few links to the sidebar that offer green products and articles.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Chunky yarn, brown
Worsted yarn, red
The pattern is now available at my etsy store:
You can view more photos here.
This pattern is copyright by Ansley B. Davies and is intended for personal use only.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Buy Handmade for the Holidays!
The San Gabriel Bead Company Holiday Staff Boutique
Featuring mosaics, ceramics, magnets, journals, sterling silver jewelry, handmade beads, beadwork, fused glass and more.
Friday, December 8th, 12 – 9pm
Saturday, December 9th, 10 – 6pm
Sunday, December 10th, 12 – 5pm
Shu – Shu Perugino
The San Gabriel Bead Company
325 East Live Oak
Arcadia, CA 91006
This will be my last boutique for the season. I hope you can make it!
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Carrie Fisher has a new one-woman show at the Geffen Playhouse called Wishful Drinking. The show has had great reviews. At some point in the show she wears the knit Leia wig I made for her. You can see a full sized photo of Carrie wearing it in Variety Magazine here.
I usually am not interested in winter holiday ornaments, but this one struck me. I really like that is not completely Christmas oriented. I am going to try to make one. I found some unfinished wood cutouts at Michaels and Woodworks, Ltd.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
If you knit the Leia wig and have not sent me a photo, it is not too late. Send it in and I will post it with all the others.
Friday, November 24, 2006
I am teaching a workshop on how to make Bohemian Hoop Earrings. We go through the basics on how to make a hoop from sterling silver wire. You then learn how to embellish the hoop by binding them with beads and more wire.
Tuesday, November 28th
7 - 10pm
The San Gabriel Bead Company
325 E Live Oak Ave
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Many of you already know about this great site that features amazing items hand made by artists. It is a great place to purchase unique gifts.
I have linked to my Etsy store in the left hand column marked SHOP. My store is called Bleu Arts, but you have to search for me under ansleybleu. I will be adding new items as soon as I get a chance to photograph more of my handcrafts.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I went to buy elastic headbands and found that the round elastic ones were only available in boring colors. I chose ‘ouchless girls reversible headwraps’ by Goody, which are flat, brightly colored elastic.
I went to my favorite fabric store in Downtown LA, Michael Levine. I found this colorful floral fabric called Celebración that was designed by Kathy Hall of the Museum of New Mexico, Museum of International Folk Art. Andover Fabrics printed the fabric.
I used a compass to make a circular template out of cardstock. That way I could trace out a perfect circle on my fabric before I cut it.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Saturday, November 18th, 12 - 5pm
330 Redwood Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91105
Featuring the handmade jewelry, clothing, plushies, drawings & more of:
Ian Atol, Kari Atol, Tyn Atol, Michelle Caplan, Ansley Davies, Renee Dominique, Shari Enge, Emilyn Eto, C. J. Metzger, Miss Mindya, Jennifer Morris, Matt & Erin Sloan, and Denise Young .
Live music provided by C.K.T. and guests.
MAP TO THE EVENT
Thursday, November 09, 2006
For a firm lip balm that can be used in a tube or tub, you will need a ratio of about 2:4 solids to liquids. Solids meaning wax & butters, liquids meaning oils. If you find your final product too thick, add more oils. If it is too thin, add more solids.
For solids, I use bee’s wax & mango butter. Other solids are also available.
For liquids, I use sweet almond oil, olive oil, castor oil, and avocado oil. Other types of liquids are available.
Put all of your ingredients in a double boiler and let them melt. Make sure to stir the mixture. Add essential oils just before you are ready to fill your tubes or tubs. This way they will not have a chance to evaporate.
When creating a recipe, be sure to write down the ingredients you have added to each batch including the measurement. I add ingredients a half teaspoon at a time until I get it right. Once you get it right, you will know just how much of each item you used. There will be no need to figure it all out again.
• Double boiler to melt ingredients in
• Measuring spoons
• Plastic pipettes (droppers) to help you pour melted ingredients into your tubes or tubs without spilling.
• Tubes or tubs to hold lip balm. I prefer to use metal tins instead of plastic because they have less of an environmental impact.
• Labels, if you plan to sell or give as gifts.
Where to shop:
There is a big selection of recipe’s at the Ponte Vedra Soap Shoppe. I shop at Majestic Mountain Sage. They have many exotic oils and good prices. Be sure to check the net because there may be a new company that has popped up that worthy of attention too. If you can’t wait to get started, and good health food store or Whole Foods Market will carry most of the ingredients you need.
Castor Oil will make your balm glossy.
Shea butter can be stinky and needs to be melted at a certain temperature. If you do not pay attention to this it will become grainy. Use mango or another type of butter instead.
Stay away from hydrogenated oils because they are unhealthy.
Vitamin E Acetate is an antioxidant and extends the shelf life of your product. Make sure to use it in every recipe. I use vitamin E oil that comes in gelatin capsules. They are easy to puncture and squeeze into the mixture.
If you prefer a sweet lip balm, add some honey.
If you like tinted lip balm, add some of your favorite lipstick to the mixture. If you want to experiment with making your own colors you can purchase Iron Oxide, Mica Powder, or D&C colors to add to the mixture. Mica Powders will add a shimmer to you final product.
Avoid artificial flavors. There are many natural essential oils that can be used which will increase your lip balm's healing potential.
About Essential Oils:
Use essential oils such as tea tree oil, rosemary, sage, peppermint, spearmint, anise, vanilla, cinnamon oil, camphor oil, lavender or ginger. A combination of any of these can be nice as well.
Tea tree oil is known for its antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic qualities.
Camphor, and mints are cooling.
Cinnamon and ginger are warming.
Do not use any essential oils that are from the citrus family because they make the skin photosensitive.
If you want to make up your own labels, Dover Publications has a great selection of clip art available. You can sign up for free design samples that they e-mail to you about every other week.
Other uses for ‘lip balm’:
These balms are good for cuticles and hands, if you create one without color or sweetener. Balms are great if you work with PMC too, just as long as you do not use any petroleum products in your recipe.
Monday, November 06, 2006
I was surprised to find a nice selection of public art throughout the zoo. Many of the structures that house the animals can be considered works of art, but I am referring to actual sculptures located throughout the zoo grounds. The first think I noticed was an amazing fence made of sculptural animal silhouettes.
I liked the recycled glass that had been pressed into the concrete of the entryway.
Just inside the park there is a great curving rusty wall with animal cutouts.
I also enjoyed the mosaic cow and fantastical sink just outside the petting zoo.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Annual Art Festival
Saturday, Nov.11th, 10 – 6pm
Sunday, Nov.12th, 11 – 5pm
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
15” US 9 circular needle
US 9 double pointed needles
1 skein Cascade 220 yarn
Thanks for stopping by. This pattern is now available at my etsy store.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Raku: Origins, Impact & Contemporary Expression
November 11 – January 6, 2007
Opening Reception, November 11, 6 – 9pm
This is a great opportunity to enjoy raku pottery created by world renown artists, Tim Andrews, Jean Biagini, Stephen Branfman, Chang-Juan Chang, Patrick Crabb, Aline Favre, Fabienne Gioria, Rick Hirsch, David Jones, Paul Soldner, Jim Romberg, and Toshio Ohi. In addition, the museum gift store will expand to contain handmade raku and other pottery created by artists.
Second Saturdays are ‘art walk night’ in downtown Pomona. There are many galleries that will be open, all within walking distance of AMOCA.
I have discovered a very tempting reason to be fat… Paradise Pastry & Cafe. It is a huge bakery, deli, and café located in Glendale, CA.
The food was amazingly delicious, the pastry was gorgeous and scrumptious, and the price was right. The café featurs Russian Armenian food.
In my opinion, it is very rare to discover a place where everything I taste gets a gold star. Really, who ever heard of a decorative pastry that tastes better than it looks? I think I may have to monitor my visits to this place, as it could become addictive.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
It was a nice exhibition. I particularly liked the work by Ronald Llanos. His work reminded me of a cross between illustrations of Daniel Clowes and R. Crumb. This exhibit will run through November 21st, 2006.
I would have liked to get a gorgeous ceramic pot, but they tend to be very expensive. So, a few months ago I was at my local home improvement store and came across a large plastic liner that would perfectly fit the half wine barrel I already had.
A friend of mine who has a pond directed me to Morning Sun Garden in San Gabriel. They had a good selection of pond plants and fish. It turns out that they only had large water lilies that would have been too crowded in my tub. I ended up getting Water Hyacinths, Fairy Moss, Anacharis, Anubius round leaf, Amazon Sword Plant, goldfish, and mosquito fish.
The Water Hyacinth and Fairy Moss float on top of the water. Water Hyacinth has a thick root mass that helps filter the water and the Fairy Moss acts as a sunshade. The fish like to nibble these two plants too. The other plants are submerged and provide habitat and oxygen for the fish. The Anacharis plant provides a lot of oxygen. I also added gravel to the bottom of the pond and a few granite boulders from my front yard to enhance the habitat.
Two other stores in the LA area that have a good selection of pond plants and animals are California Waterscapes and Sunland Water Gardens. It is a great joy to sit outside and watch the fish swim around in the water.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Each mosaic flowerpot is created with colorful pieces of stained glass that I have hand cut and adhered with great care. The flowerpot mosaics are created upon a terracotta base and come in a range of sizes and shapes.
The large sized pot on the left is 10.5" tall and costs $75. Smaller pots cost less. Send me an e-mail if you would like a work of art for your treasured plants.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Recently, my mother came up with this great design to make a bracelet from all those coins. She drilled holes on either side of each coin, domed them, and then linked them with oval jumprings.
She made this one for me that has coins from some of the European counties I have visited. This one has coins from France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Greece. It is a fun and inexpensive souvenir.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Last weekend I went to Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles and came across an art opening presented by Lilli Muller in the Eli & Edythe Broad Plaza of the Department of Transportation building. The exhibition was titled Autumn Lights 06.
The plaza was filled with videos projected against different portions of the building, sculptures, installation art and a stage for bands to play. A number of fancifully dressed performers were walking around too. It was a bit like walking around is a tiny tamed down version of Burning Man.
My three favorite art pieces were a transparent car constructed from wire and tape or cellophane by Robert Reynolds, a video mounted on the ceiling of an open glass tower in the building by Robert Drummond , and a black light sensitive installation piece.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
I adore pressed pennies. I have been collecting them since I was a child. A few years ago, while working in a bead store, I had an idea of what to do with all of them. I think of it as a modern day charm bracelet where every penny has a memory of a place I visited.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
It would be fantastic if there were a whole slew of Leia’s across the globe this Halloween. Megan from Not Martha pointed me to an event that happened in San Francisco a few years ago. Too bad I missed out!
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Misti Alpaca Chunky, 2 skeins
100% baby Alpaca
Thank you viewing this pattern. It is now available at my etsy store:
Friday, August 18, 2006
The American Museum of Ceramic Art has a new exhibition on the way: Color Counts, Gladding McBean Commercial Pottery 1930 - 1950. Color Counts is a nostalgic walk through the 20th century's commercial pottery. Gladding McBean, who was located in California, was the largest ceramic manufacturer west of Chicago.
340 S Garey Ave
Pomona, CA 91766
The exhibition runs September 9th - November 4th. The opening event is Saturday September 9th from 12-10pm.
There will be a special event on Sunday, October 15th from 11a - 5pm featuring author James Elliot Bishop.
Monday, August 07, 2006
I went to an art opening at Raid Projects in Los Angeles this weekend. The main portion of the gallery featured enormous balloon sculptures by artist Jason Hackenwerth. They were colorful and amazing.
The North gallery featured artwork by artist in residence Aili Schmeltz. They were a series of sculptural installations that are reminiscent of architectural scale models.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Would you like to learn how to make these Wild Wire Earrings? I am teaching a workshop next Wednesday, August 2nd from 7-10 pm. It takes place at the San Gabriel Bead Company in Arcadia, CA.
Fee: $35 plus materials. A materials list of items you need to bring to class is provided when you sign.
Friday, July 21, 2006
I am going to knit the Ballet Wrap Cardigan sweater which was on the cover of the winter '05 Interweave Knits. It will be my first. I received the Colinette Prism yarn in Kingfisher color as a birthday gift. It is beautiful, but the dyelot was really dark. I was hoping for a more purple/blue/green look, rather than navy blue with tiny amounts of purple/green. After much thinking, I realized the thin yarn binder is cotton and the rest of the yarn is wool. Wool and cotton take different types of dye. I could over dye the cotton to bring in more color without ruining the wool! Here is the result.
Friday, July 07, 2006
An Outdoor Artist Sale
Saturday July 15th
2 - 7 pm
330 Redwood Drive
Ian Atol, Kari Atol, Tyn Atol, Ansley Davies, Renee Dominique,
Shari Enge, Emily Eto, Jennifer Morris, Denise Young
Live music by C. K. T.
Items for sale:
Original artwork, handmade jewelry, mosaic flowerpots, clothing and more.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
I have promised myself that I will finish this Color on Color scarf from the book Scarf Style. So, I am on to my second Fair Isle section of the scarf. I am pleased with the colors I have chosen. I will be evan more pleased when it is complete.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
I went to LACMA for fathers day today to see the paintings by Gustav Klimt. They were lovely, but it was really crowded. I went into the gift shop and they had all these adorable knitted toys. I especially liked this knitted mermaid doll. I would really like to make it so, I hope to come across a pattern for one.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Do you enjoy working with seed beads? Be bold with this mega twist bracelet workshop. Play with color and bead texture as you mix the elements that will intertwine together to form this fanciful bracelet.
Prerequisite: Some seed bead experience
Wednesday June 14th, 7-10pm
The San Gabriel Bead Company
A list of materials you will need to bring to class will be provided when you register.
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Have you wanted to make a mosaic, but did not know where to start? Here is you answer. Come to the mosaic tabletop workshop at the San Gabriel Bead Company in Arcadia, CA ( www.beadcompany.com ) and make a table of your very own!
Basic mosaic techniques of cutting tile and glass, cementing, and grouting will be covered. A list of materials you will need to bring to class will be provided when you register.
The next workshop is schedule for :
Tuesday, August 8th & 15th 7-10pm
I hope you can make it!