Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lights! Camera! Etsy!

Change is constructive! Thank you to all the loyal fans of REDUDS for following since 2008. Thank you also for the support in the beginning 'idea' stages of this creative process year prior to opening the REDUDS store. The future is now; onward! I am so happy to announce I have posted a new Store on Etsy for all to support!


I can't wait for more fabulous photos of my products to be posted for all of you to purchase. If you have etsy, make sure to add my new store to your circles and favorites!

Here is a great shot of the setup for the shoot last night. Hope you enjoy!

Don't forget to check out the new SHOP!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Mmm Stuffed Chicken.

I went to my first baby shower of my lifetime. I suppose I am at that age where baby showers start to rain on me. I had the pleasure of celebrating new life with a long-time friend. I purchased some gifts from her registry, of course. It was so much fun to do that for the first time, and imagine how exciting it would be to have a registry of my own! I thought mainly of all the fun in holding a price gun and roaming around wedding sections or baby sections like an overjoyed maniac.

I wanted to make sure that this would be special and in doing so remembered baby gifts I adored through the ages. My favorite, a handmade quilt from my Aunt. Now, Multiple Sclerosis has masked her natural talents and created inhibitors to everyday life, but I still have this 23 year old quilt in not too ragged a condition.

My idea to try and sew my first stuffed animal was much more achievable than trying to complete my first quilt. I discovered how much fun voluminousness can be. The retro terry cloth is original and 100% washable. I even made sure to sign the little guy's heiny.

The mother-to-be had a fantastic reaction. It was more than I could ask for. I have priceless memories from the wonderful day of celebration, and I'm thrilled to see this baby boy grow!

My interest is in trying to find ways to use three dimensional shapes in sewing. Ideas come from everywhere!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Surprise Set-Up

Daniel surprised me by rearranging our studio. Not only does it allow for more space for both of us to work in, but it lets more light into the room! Several months ago Daniel built a very large work table out of some wood panels he painted. It looks fabulous and is efficient. The table is tiered so it allows more storage! As it was arranged before it blocked the majority of the window. He moved the smaller table in front of the window and it is much brighter all around. Now we spend even more time together making beautiful art in our newly arranged studio. Here are some views of my side of the room.

To Everyone: Find the love(s) in your life. It is a glorious blessing.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

All Wrapped Up

So many ideas, so little time. I have managed to come up on some great inspiration lately via conversations with my mother. She is the most amazing woman, and my biggest fan. I am experimenting with wrap-around bracelets. Leather + decorative chain + clasp = wrap-around bracelet. The leather strip is at any craft store, but sometimes it is hard to find the trim. Here is where you can 'Redud' by using any old chain from your past. First you take leather and measure it to wrap as many times as you'd like. Then you choose a great recycled ball-chain, decorative chain, or rhinestone chain. Use a color string, hemp, even another (smaller) leather band to wrap up the glitz with the grit.

Here are a couple finished bracelets.

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