Linwood Avenue

Purses and a New Shop

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Hi Again! Woohoo, two days in a row! I'm starting off with a bang.

Just wanted to pop in to give you a little background of what is currently in the shop. Quilted Wristlet Purses! I honestly squealed when I found a bag full of vintage hexie circles while out shopping one day. I have this thing for buying vintage handiwork because I know how much time went into something like this and I can't believe someone would just cast the work aside. I quilt the hexie pieces onto colored canvas and then sew the pieces into a wristlet pattern I designed. I use mine all the time because it is the perfect little purse to grab for a night out. It fits an Iphone 8 Plus, keys, money, lipstick, and other unmentionables ;)

A New Year and A New Direction

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I. Am. Back!

Holy cow, it's been a while. I am so excited to dust off the cobwebs and open this space again. The past few years have been really challenging health wise and I am finally seeing my way out. I am so happy to be creating more, and am motivated to get things checked off my bucket list.

I have big plans for this space, but the biggest is that I have moved my "shop" from Etsy to a page of it's own, right here.  Everything "Linwood Avenue" is now in one place. I really want to create a little online world for myself and taking this leap was the first step. I day dream about being one of those shops where I post on Instagram a date and time for a sale, then poof, everything is gone in 10 minutes. But the reality of that is it's a TON OF WORK to get yourself "found". So, I have promised myself that 2018 is my year to pull up my bootstraps (if I actually put on shoes most day) and get to work.

The reality of it is that I love making things. However, I don't have any more room nor do my friends have enough birthdays for all the things I make. I have tried to not make, but that won't work - it's what makes me happiest. And I can't say no to being happy. So the result is you guys get the products of my happiness. Some times the shop with hold purses, as it does now. Other times it will offer ornaments or hanging pennants or paintings, etc. I'm kinda all over the place with my creating, so you never know what special gift you will find. Also...The backend coding of the shop is a bit new to me, so please have patience and let me know if anything is wrong.

Stay tuned for a lot more...

 

 

 

SCR and cyber monday

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good morning! just popping in to let my loyal readers know that jenni and i are offering $50 off our 2016 retreat as our contribution to cyber monday. the discount is for today and today only! for those of you that aren't familiar with the retreat, it is a weekend of art making, new friend making, and yummy food eating nestled in the community of serenbe, ga. visit www.southerncircleretreats.com for more information. we would love to have you!

May Arts and Faber-Castell collaboration

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when i learned that May Arts and Faber-Castell were doing a blog hop, i had to join them! seriously, they might be two of my favorite artsy companies so it was a complete no-brainer. i was tasked to create a project using May Arts ribbon and Faber-Castell Gelatos and Whipped Spackle. if you know me and are familiar with my work, it shouldn't surprise you that i chose to make some flowers. yes, they would be a perfect gift for valentines day, but really are just a great way to add a pop of color to your house during these grey winter months.

i pulled from my stash Bakers Twine Ribbon, Mini Pom Pom Ribbon and those gorgeous Olive Faux Suede Leaves i love so much to create the flowers. i had used Gelatos before, but the Whipped Spackle and plastic Texture Cards were new to me so i was excited to see if the project would turn out as i had imagined.

to create the leaves, i cut off a small section of the green Gelato, broke it down with a palette knife, then mixed it in with the Whipped Spackle. this mixture was then applied to the tops of leaf shapes i randomly cut out of canvas fabric. the fun part was when i used the texture cards to create the leaf veins. you simply place the card where the center vein should be and then pull towards the leaf edge. to get the natural curved look, i let them dry laying on random objects in my studio rather than on a flat surface. what surprised me was how quickly the spackle dried and it was super light! the leaves were then hot glued to branches along with the May Arts suede leaves. the multiple layering of different textures gives your bouquet a more natural look.

next i created the flowers with a simple pom pom maker and bakers twine. the center section is about an inch of the mini pom trim, rolled up and hot glued into place. it really was so easy! the finished flowers get hot glued onto the stick tops.

below is the line-up for the week - hop on over to each ribbonista's blog for your chance to win a $50 prize pack of Faber-Castell goodies and 3 rolls of May Arts ribbon. to enter, just post a comment on any hop post listed below. good luck!

Monday
Emily Lanham
Gini Williams Cagle
Jen Shears

 Tuesday
Jenifer Cowles
Tiffin Mills me!!!!

 Wednesday
Karen Baker
Lalo IK
Mallika Kejriwal

Thursday
Mary Brockway
Rhea Weigand

Friday
Jennifer Davey
Tracy McLennon
Karen Hanson

painting, sewing and knitting

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my life has been full, full, full of artsy endeavors these past few weeks and i couldn't be happier. i have been feeling super calm lately and i know that my mood is 100% attributed to this. the above pic is a little crop of a much larger painting i recently finished. it is now on it's way to big and exciting things. i stretched my boundaries for this one and once i worked through a lot of struggle, i can say that i am so very proud of it.

finally, i am sewing again! i have been staring at my fabric stash for so long, waiting for the urge to sew to hit, but it never came. then, i got a commission for one of my upcycled quilt purses and i've got the bug again. woohoo!

and this, this yarny goodness is what is taking up most of my time. i am completely, 100% hooked on knitting. the patterns, the texture, the colors, i can't get enough. i might even be planning my first pair of knitted socks. gasp!

as always, if you want to see what i am up to on a daily basis, follow me on instagram @ linwoodavenue - because it's the only social media that can hold my attention in between painting, sewing and knitting.

love,
tiffin

bunnies and ribbon

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ok, so all modesty aside... i think this might be the cutest thing i have ever made. like ever.

you might remember that i used to be a ribbonista for mayarts, a fantastic ribbon company. i was one of the 12 women who were tasked with creating tutorials on their blog using their ribbon. in fact, a lot of the tutorials on this site were created during this time. well, even though i am no longer a ribbonista, i still love looking through their blog. a few weeks ago, a challenge was posted to create something using the retro palette of ribbon that was preselected. you had to email them your idea and they picked 20 people to move forward. i was one of the ones picked and anxiously awaited my ribbon in the mail. i knew right away that i wanted to create an easter scene with pom pom bunnies and the addition of ribbon. the colors were just perfect for it.

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mr. bunny sports a yellow ribbon bowtie...

while mrs. bunny is wearing a sweet skirt out of the coral scalloped grosgrain.

i used 4 different ribbons along with vintage thread spools, a thimble, miniature paper roses, glitter and buttons. and i am in LOVE!

hopefully i will win this challenge, but even if i don't, i truly had soooo much fun bringing something from my imagination out into the world. i hope you guys enjoy it as much as i do.

southern circle retreats and some announcements

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i know, i know, i haven't yet shown you pics from the 2014 southern circle retreat and i am already announcing the next weekend date, but i couldn't hold it in any longer. jenni and i have secured the lakehouse at serenbe for another weekend of crafty goodness. are you in???

you can check out the newly designed www.southerncircleretreats.com for more info or to take a peek at the pics showing what you can expect from the weekend. the spots fill up faster and faster for each retreat, so if you are interested, be sure to let us know.

yay for girlfriends, crafting, snacking, dreaming and laughing!!!

book club and a recipe

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i really love to entertain, i just don't do it all that often. i love getting out a fancy table cloth and my pretty glassware. i love making a few snacks and buying some drinks that i know my friends will like. well, it was an hour before my book club hosting last month that i was on the phone with jenni and she was laughing about my preparation. she said "you need to blog about this, you are definitely waaayyy more southern than me!" this just made me laugh so hard because jenni is the epitome of being raised in the south with her manners and upbringing and i, well i was raised in pittsburgh. definitely not the south. i even cringe when my kids say "yes, ma'am" (as they are taught in school because we now live in the south).

but, as any true southern lady will do, i thought i would be gracious enough to give you the recipe for my famous cheese straws. which aren't actually straws in the above pic because i was trying circles instead, but have since decided that circles just won't do and that they always, always need to be straws.

CHEESE STRAWS

ingredients:

  • 1 cup salted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

directions:

preheat oven to 350. sift together flour, and cayenne pepper into a bowl and set aside. in another bowl, add butter, cheese and mix until creamy. slowly beat in flour mixture, a scoop at a time until blended. put the batter in a bag and squeeze into lines on a cookie sheet lined with a silpat if you have one. refrigerate for 10 minutes to firm back up and then cook for 12 minutes until lightly browned.

super easy! in fact, i do every little bit in my cuisinart with the sharp blade paddle. even the shredding of the cheese.

life scripted and a class

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i have been so delinquent in writing this post, but during the month of february, i took a fabulous ecourse through studio calico. the class was "life scripted" taught by kal barteski and i really loved it. first, the videography and backdrop was perfection! second, kal was a fantastic instructor. she was so very photogenic and the camera loved her. this made watching so easy and really kept you alert to what she was saying.

the pic above is my first night of practice and i definitely need to dedicate some more time to the technique. but overall, i can see this script sneaking its way into a lot of my work. yay for money well spent!