I was honored to be a guest artist at the Happy Art Open Studio last weekend for a holiday sale. I met Tami Rodrig, the artist of Happy Art Studio, on the craft fair circuit this year, and was immediately impressed. But, as it turned out, I have been a long-time admirer of her work ever since my husband gave me a lovely set of Happy Art earrings and necklace several years ago. Tami is a mixed media artist who began making jewelry when she moved here from Israel years ago—but her jewelry is just one of the many successful branches of her creative business!
I have a very special felt Christmas stocking that was made for me by a close family friend when I was a baby. In my view, it was always bigger and more beautifully embellished than anyone else’s, and it made me feel like the most important girl on Santa’s list! This year I started to make felt Christmas stockings for Cheeky Monkey. My love for Scandinavian imagery inspired these fun Dala Horse Christmas stockings in classic Scandi colors!
I am also experimenting with using beads to personalize the stockings with a name….which I love! We have a large collection of straw Yule Goat ornaments, thanks to my mother-in-law, and they are the inspiration for my newest Yule Goat stockings in two colors. (more…)