Saturday, February 09, 2008

studio flurry

well, I've been a busy little bee in the studio: I've got some collage blocks coming to the shop and they will be in the shape of... what else - little houses :) They are similar to my scrabble tile necklaces, except they are 3 -d and not wearable. I'm thinking that they would make great Christmas ornaments, because I fell in love with the little Anthropologie fabric embroidered houses last year. I guess my idea came a little late for Christmas, but I'm going to keep making them this summer, as I need to be MUCH more prepared with inventory for next holiday season anyway. I've been asking friends and family what else they could be used for, other than sitting on a shelf or windowsill and looking really cute. I can't help it, but I love it when art is functional.

So here are the suggestions I've gotten so far: 1. review mirror dangly thingy, 2. Light pull (for those ceiling fan lights with the chain hanging down), 3. knobs on dresser drawers in a kid's room... If anyone has any great ideas, please comment on this post. If I use your idea in my 'marketing description' in the shop, I'll send you a little house of your own. They will have a roof, and a tiny button doorknob of course. I'll post pictures later today when I get them finished. Finding a triangle top for the roof has been a challenge, but I bounce all of my ideas off of my husband (I'm sure he loves hearing them all), and he thought of using the really small moulding strips from the hardware store. We tried cutting blocks in half, but apparently did not have the right saw, and the wood is very hard.
On the fabric front, I have tried not to buy any more fabric until I work my way through some of my fabric shelves, because I'm tired of trying to find more places to put it, and reorganizing it all the time. But I bought a few goodies from the amazing PurlSoho, and they arrived yesterday:

It's a print of a coupon ticket from a french auction, and I'm going to use them individually as little frayed labels on some purses I have been dreaming up. I also got some Amy Butler for some spring skirts. Pictures coming soon!
I never got my velveteen scarflette finished last weekend, because laundry and working out and family stuff doesn't leave enough time for crafting and sewing. (Oh yeah, and the day job). But I'm going to make it happen~


sUz said...

Love your etsy shop! I don't have any good suggestions for functional art but I had to comment anyway. :)
That fabric is great and so is the idea you have about adding it to your purses.
Can't wait to see your finished houses!
Happy Valentine's Day!
iN jOy,

Tami R. said...

Hello, Ellene!
I just love your article in Somerset Studio and your etsy shop-thank you for sharing your art with us!
I have a few suggestions for you for use of your new collage blocks: magnets, key chain or cell phone dangly or hair tie decorations. I hope you like these ideas!
Thanks again, hugs,
Tami R.

Tami R. said...

I wonder if you could glue the art blocks together to make a cool picture frame or how about drilling a hole in the top to make a pen/pencil holder?
Hope you like some of these ideas :)

lisa said...

Hi- just found your site & love your new purse on etsy. i was thinking that a cute 'roof' for your 3D blocks might be to use a paper snow cone cup. that might lead to lots of altered fun! trimming with scalloped scissors, painting, oh the list is endless! anyway, just an idea. very cute things you have. Glad I found you!