Tuesday, May 08, 2012

In the Mail

Several weeks ago, Debra Price from Artisun, asked if I sell my work.  She was interested in the encrusted pieces I was working on a while back and wanted an example to show her art classes. 

 As I've mentioned before, selling seems like a lot of trouble, and although I occasionally think about opening an Etsy shop, the work involved would be time consuming and would require a great deal of effort, and I'm not good at that sort of thing.

Knowing that someone is interested in your work, however, is thrilling; it gives the finished product a worth beyond the pleasure of the making.  So I sent Debra one of the encrusted pieces as a "thank you" for her interest and appreciation.  

Yesterday, this lovely candlestick and beeswax candle arrived in the mail.  You can imagine how thrilled I was to take this out and examine all the details!  Picture a big smile all over my face.

Thanks so much, Debra, it is a real treasure and will be proudly displayed!
And now, for a few more details:

Gorgeous!  Even without being able to see the lovely sheen that adds to the beauty, you can see what a beautiful piece this is.

detail of candle
I've been adding to the embroidery on the seams of the first section I've been working on for Karen's class.  She recommends double and triple seam embellishment, and I'm happy to oblige.  

You can also see that I've been playing with fonts.  

The garden received some rain last night, but the sun is out this morning.  Cooler, too.  

My two little art quilts for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (minus the one that was 1/2" over in size) are in the mail.  One more thing checked off the ever-lengthening "to do" list.  


  1. Jenclair, whenever someone remarks about you work it is flattering! Your work is gorgeous! Those candles are really beautiful!

  2. Your work is always wonderful. But how super nice of her, in return. My eyes are so green right now!Does she sell those candlesticks?..wowzie!

  3. Sherri - Thanks, Sherri! Yes, I truly love both the candle and the candle holder!

    Michele - She may! She has some wonderful fimo buttons for sale on her blog that I've been pondering buying!

  4. You are so creative. I'm pea green with envy! No, seriously, you make some absolutely beautiful things. I've always thought I'd love to do a quilt but I know I'd probably stop long before it was even big enough to make a cushion!
    Lynn :D

  5. That is so neat! I love how what goes around comes around in blogland. You were sweet to send it to her!

  6. Wonderful post! I know exactly how you feel, about someone admiring your work, and the back and forth with selling; I've had the same thoughts and feelings...

    Love the beautiful embroidery work you've been doing - such amazing talent you have!! And yes, such a beautiful gift you received - worth way more than money from a sale, to be sure!

  7. Lynn - Thanks! :) I don't make big quilts; the largest I've made is for a child-size bed, bigger than a baby quilt, but not for a regular bed. Mostly, I make art quilts...which are small, indeed!

    Stephie - I would never have expected anything in return, but boy, I'm delighted with Debra's gift!

    Loralei - Having someone offer to buy your work is quite a high! I've had a lot of people ask if my dolls were for sale, but not my stitching stuff.

    Embroidery is relaxing, and yet keeps my hands and mind busy. I'm getting loads of inspiration from Karen's class! Thanks for the sweet comment!

  8. Isn't it special to have a piece of art from one of your pals. It would be fun to have an exchange so we could trade and share with each other.

  9. I was thrilled to see my work on your blog. What beautiful pics you shot of the candlestick, the close ups were amazing. I'm honored you shared my work with your readers. Thank you :)

  10. Rian - You are so right Rian, it is special. It would be fun to have an exchange--there used to be a site that handled that sort of thing, but I don't remember the name.

    Debra - :) I love my new candlestick! You and your students make beautiful things.


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