Saturday, September 20, 2014

Handmade by Betty Weibert

Betty was six years old when her grandmother introduced her to a treadle sewing machine.  Betty caught the bug; sewing and making things from fabric has become a life long passion.  She says that even when she had a career and was raising two sons, she found time to relax with her sewing and embroidery.

Betty and her husband moved to Rocklin from Clayton, CA six years ago so that they could be nearer their two sons and their families.  Betty had retired from Sumitomo Chemical and her husband from the telecommunications business where he was an engineer.  They were ready to enjoy the good life. 

Today, Betty spends many hours at her favorite activities of sewing, quilting, painting silk scarves, knitting -- the list goes on and on. Betty is a member and past president of  Roseville Quilters and she showed me some of her beautifully designed quilts including a couple of very special smaller art quilts. Currently she is working on a large quilt for a family gift.  She admits that she usually has at least six projects going at one time and is always looking for a new pattern to try or the perfect fabric.  A thrift store fabric find may have been turned into purses mere hours after it was discovered. Betty has a fully equipped studio, complete with  large quilting and sewing machines.  However on the day I visited with her, there was also a project going on in the kitchen, which she says is more to her taste for a working area. 

Betty keeps quite busy by  participating in about 20 craft shows a year and has an online Etsy shop that you will want to check out and you can now visit her Facebook page Elizabeth Jane Designs!

Click on the arrow in the picture below for a sampling of Betty's wonderful crafts.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Winterfaire Vendor:The Elegant Rose

The Elegant Rose

Hi, I'm Rose Massara.  When I am not out riding my horse you can find me sitting at the table with all my beading materials and tools spread out on the dining room table. I love to create new items that are different than your usual beaded jewelry.

Here is a list of beaded gift items I make or am working on: Suncatchers, Tea Infusers, Eye Glass Holders, ID Badge Holders, Bookmarks, Wine/Stemware Charms (set of 4 & 6), Earrings, Necklaces, Anklets, Boot Jewelry, Western Hat Bands, Charms for Horse Bridles, Christmas Ornaments

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dan's Woodworking

Dan Davis is a house painter and finish carpenter by trade.  About 15 years ago, he started making yard art with lumber scraps and leftover paint from his various jobs and gave his pieces away to customers and friends.  With the down turn in home building, Dan found more time on his hands and ventured out into craft shows with his brightly colored whirly-gigs and birdhouses. 

Dan says that he likes nothing better than to bring his two dogs into the workshop, turn on the rock and roll and spend the day, immersed in his craft.  While looking around in his well stocked workshop, I found a collection of wonderfully rustic birdhouses.  Dan tells me that these are Audubon compliant, with clean out doors in the back of the house. 

I don't think you can go wrong with yard art from Dan.  Using repurposed materials, this local craftsman's work will delight you and find a special spot in your yard or garden.  Enjoy this little slide show of his work and be sure to visit Dan at Winterfaire in October. If you would like to contact Dan directly, you can call him at 530-272-4110 or e-mail him at

Click on the little white arrow in the picture below to watch a slide show of Dan's work.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Winterfaire 2014

Watch this little slide show for a preview of what is going to be available for purchase at this year's Winterfaire.  One stop holiday shopping at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on October 18 and 19.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Roo Ranch Goat's Milk Soap

Starla Ledbetter lives on a small farm in Northern California where her family raises LaMancha dairy goats.  She uses the farm fresh milk to make handcrafted soaps and lotions.  You can read more about this ranch on their website or visit them on Facebook.

You will be able to buy their fine soaps this year at Winterfaire for gifts or to enjoy in your own bath!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

From Nature to Art

Pat Allen & Jean Dorman - Winterfaire vendors

Jean Dorman & Pat Allen met about 14 years ago and one day in 2010 they decide to take a Pine Needle Basket class and their artistic journey with gourds began.

Looking for an easier way to start the pine needle baskets, Pat suggested using small gourd pieces she had left over from a gourd class she had taken. As time passed the gourd pieces got bigger & bigger and Jean and Pat started taking gourd art classes to learn more techniques and the many different mediums that allowed them to create even better art.

Always looking for new ideas, Pat began adding beading to the gourds creating a whole new look to their gourd art. She also began creating beaded gourd necklaces to add to their offerings.

Along with their Gourd Art, Oil Lamps, Bowls and Goblets, they have added an offering of gourd magnets. They have gourd mini pot magnets and bud vase magnets along with simple flat magnets all with many colors and different designs.

Both Jean and Pat never get tired of creating with the gourds, as each gourd has its own personality. Watching this moldy, dirty, strangely shaped piece of nature turn into a beautiful piece of art is very exciting and it makes all the hard work they put into their creations worthwhile.

Visit their web page for more photos and information  and be sure to check out their booth at Winterfaire this year.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Joyce Campbell, and Taj Johnson : Gourd Artisans

"I've been out of my gourd for over 20 years"  Joyce Campbell.

Gourd artists, Joyce Campbell  and Taj Johnson will be sharing a booth at this year's Winterfaire.  Joyce says that for her, the endless array of shapes and sizes of gourds offers her a challenge to explore new techniques and grow as an artist.  One of the interesting things I learned from Joyce is that gourds can be grown in molds to alter their shape.  Once the gourd is dry, it can be cut, carved, burned, dyed, coiled, beaded, painted and embellished!  Whew! 

The photos below will give you a good idea of the treats you will find at Joyce and Taj's booth in October.  I'm betting you will find something very special for your home or for holiday gifts. 

For more about Joyce and to view more of her work, go to her page at the Gourd Art Enthusiasts.

Here is a sampling of the work of Taj Johnson