Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Woven Rug Books

I loved making this book!

Many thanks Sally Casper,
for inspiring me to make my woven "rug" book!
We call it a "rug" book because a couple of years
ago, Sally started one of the woven cuffs and
woven it both up and down instead of the way
we were doing it... just one way.
So she ended up with a really thick
piece of woven fabric... thus, "the rug".
Sally surprised me a few weeks ago
with a finished "rug book" project and
I got inspired by her, to take it in the same
direction. Although I did not remember what
her rug book looked like, I bought my batik
fabricsat the quilt show
in Hendersonville, and started weaving.
I must say that it does take a lot longer
to weave the cuff ribbon both ways.

These batik fabrics
really got me going.

Here's the cover with ragged edges
and a photo transfer sewn
with 2 little buttons for embellishment.

Inside, I used some handmade indigo paper
for interest, that I received as a gift
from Wendy McEntire, on some
140# watercolor paper.
I used waxed lined to sew the signatures
together with a simple pamphlet stitch.

On the back I added an inkjet transparency
"handmade" with Golden Fluid Matte Medium.

Here is Sally Casper's inspiration book

that got this whole thing started.

2 more views of Sally's "rug" book.
I love it!
Thank you Sally.


More of Sally Casper's work
can be seen
in the latest
Somerset publication on page 70.


We will be closed from
Wed.July 1st
Tues.July 14th
Don't come to town on Coon Dog Day
Sat. July 11th
We won't be here
and you won't be able to
get into town.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Quilt Show Weekend

The Winner... and still champion
Mama Crow aka...
Linda Knight shows
her "delight" with
her eBay win!

Linda Knight

Our amazingly creative booth
at the Hendersonville quilt Show.

Here's another view and there's Jen

Linda and I "sharing the moment"

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

2 New Books

I am pretty sure that I ordered this book
by LK Ludwig sometime last November
and finally, we can say... "it's here!"

Her book includes instructions and tips
for organizing collaborative ventures,
techniques & how to's
instructions for participating
and much much more.
It's over 130 full color pages of inspiration
for mixed media applications.

Jeannine Stein

This new book as all about creating
handmade books from recycled & repurposed materials.

This book shows you how to take everyday materials and turn them
into clever and eye-catching hand- bound books.
Full color with 16 fully illustrated projects
Gallery of leading artists offering further inspiration
Ideas on where and how to gather unique supplies.
Available now, here at Random Arts

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sweet Tweet Books have a new home!

$232.50 was the high bid for
the Sweet Tweet Book
that was auctioned off this past week.
We are so happy that we were able to
raise money for Arts For Life North Carolina
and we are even happier for Linda Knight
from Charlotte, NC
who was the highest bidder.

Thanks to everyone who spent their time
and energy with me preparing the books
for "binding" and many many
thanks to all the participants in the book.

Each and every one of us should be thrilled
that our work was chosen by a like minded
artist, Linda Knight, to have in her collection.
Linda was a participant in the book, as well.
Maybe you remember... "crow, crow, crow your boat"...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Come see us at the Quilt Show

Wherever you go, there we are!

That's right... this coming week
you will find us showing off our
"assorted goods for creative mindfulness"
at the quilt show in Hendersonville, NC.

One of my favorite quilt artist that I admire
from afar is Nancy Crow. This is a piece that
she created in 1992 and it is still current today.
Thank you Nancy for allowing us to show
your work here.

HENDERSONVILLE — Quilts of all sizes will be on display at the
Garden of Quilts show
at East Henderson High School Thursday-Saturday.
This is a new location for the show.
The quilts exhibited will show a large range of techniques and designs,
from traditional, hand-quilted to art quilts.

This judged show continues a 25-year tradition of quilt shows
in Hendersonville. It is jointly sponsored by the
Western North Carolina Quilters Guild
and the Tarheel Piecemakers Quilt Club.

At the show, vendors (including us) will be presenting an assortment of quilting fabric, books and notions.The Quilters' Shoppe will have handmade items, many with a holiday theme. And a small quilt raffle has been added this year, featuring quilts made by members of each guild.

Show hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5. Maps and information can be obtained at:

Friday, June 19, 2009

One day, 18 hours and 23 minutes. . .

Time is running out for you to bid on and own this 2 volume set of original art from over 60 artists.
This one was created by Jen (our Jen)
and it's interactive... moves like a clock...
so goes the title "time flies"

The eBay auction ends on Sunday, June 21st (actually Saturday night at midnight) so that leaves only 1 day, 18hours and some very few minutes of bidding opportunity left for you.

Remember that you bid supports the efforts
and good work done by
Arts for Life North Carolina.
All proceeds will be directly donated to them.
Thank you all so, so much.

The bidding starts here, on eBay

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Original Art anyone?

Time is runnnnnning out..........
You only have 3 more days to bid
on all of this (+more) original artwork
bound into a 2 volume book set.
Its so easy to bid on ebay
Here's the link... it will take you right to it!

Check out some of the pages below.

Created by Lauren Grant

Created by Jane Powell

Created by Carol Ponsford

Created by Susan Stone

Created by Trinka Seals

Created by Linda Knight

Created by Sharon Roth

Created by Carrol Ann Wykoff

Created by Kristi Steiner

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Good question?

Linda asked, "Jane, are you bidding on the books for the shop?"
Answer: "No, Linda I'm not"
"ok then, thanks"
So rest assured, that
I am NOT bidding on the book
this time.
The opportunity to be the highest bidder is all yours!

Bid on...

Not such a long time ago, is it?

Barbara Brockell was the first person to bring in her completed "mad alchemist cabinet" from the recent Michael DeMeng workshop here.
I asked her about a theme and she told me about her "alchemy" inspired piece. Included in each distressed & painted niche' are special collected items such as tools from her grandfather, rocks such as fools gold, mercury switches, chemistry bottles, electrical elements and much, much more.

Interestingly enough she added a paper doll which really created a focal point, tucked lovingly inside and behind some wire.
Barbara worked "outside" the proverbial box on her piece with an added roof, created from a picture frame and the long chains of coupled wired attached to the bottom.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


This 2 volume set of original
art work created as a collaborative
by over 60 artists from across the country,
is being auctioned off on eBay
with all proceeds to benefit


Sharon Kolbye of Landrum, SC

Wow! Everyone is bidding on our book!
Joyce Berger - She works here/plays here

There's over 100 pages of original art in this 2 volume set

This piece above was created by Lea Nickless

Marsha Stup from the Greenville, SC metropolitan area

Emily Pruitt (above)

Carol Moore from Big Stone Gap

Remember to bid this week on our
2 volume set of original art work. Bidding ends on June 21st. Click here to bid.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Crazy, "Mixed Up Maniacs" Saturday

The "mixeD maniacs" Cheryl Prater (in blue) and Debbi Crane (hiding) arrived in Saluda ready to rock and roll to the beat of the "Good Girl dolls" and the Beezle© Brigade...

Debbi started things off with a bang as everyone started cutting,
& stuffing & sewing colorful fabric together to create
their mixed media bodies. A few laughs were
thrown in for extra measure as each and everyone
of us, including me, completed our "good girl"
doll, totally handcrafted. We even painted
the faces! How's that for creativity?

Notice the "nice girl" head tilt?
Happy to be here!
L to R
Debbi Crane, Barbara Brockell, Carol Lee & Me!

When all was said and done .... a good time was had by all!
Dolls, fabric, clay, Birthday Cake (brought by Cheryl for Debbi Crane and me), wine, cheese & fruit, all mixed up for a fun filled, mixed mania book signing,
Saturday at Random Arts.
Wow, it doesn't get any better than this!!!
Cheryl bonds with her new
fb friend Connie Vlahoulis