Be free-floating, allowing the situation to surround you, and be in it. Take in the full surroundings, including the temperature of the water.
This may bring incredible clarity, presence and focus. This is what is means to be a jellyfish.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Artwork seen


A quick note for those who have asked.

The artwork hanging in my dining room where I was working on my first quilt, as seen in my Quilt Story, is a custom remarque by Mackenzie Thorpe of Walking the Fish done for my husband after he and Mackenzie, and their entourage, had a 'night out on the town' in Manhatten following an opening reception.

It actually says 'Love' all over it, which is all but invisible untill you turn on a blacklight.

Not only is Mackenzie a great guy, we love is work. A simple search will pull up tons of info on Mackenzie. Probably for the best selection, check out Peabody Fine Art Gallery. They are a reputable gallery my husband has had experience in dealing with ,and great to work with.

Store Update - Scarfs for Spring and Snowstorm!

We wereTeased with Hints of Spring on Wednesday, then a Snow Storm Warning onThursday!

Perfect time to add 2 great Scarfs to my store!

First was the Hint of Spring. The sun was shining, it was above freezing (warm for here in Western New York) and Spring seemed right around the corner.

Voila - Great Sunshine Yellow color scarf with hints of Blue sky at the ends with cute little tassels.













This one you could really wear anytime of year - it looked so fashionable on my daughter here! It really does make me smile.

Check it out to fine more pics and prices at my store via this link:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=41531844


Then the Snow Storm Warning.

This called for thick and warm, while being pretty - Stripes in my favorite colors!!













A thick, warm Purple and Blue Striped scarf, to make shoveling all this snow a little less horrible.




Check out more via this link:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=41507512

It has been snowing and freezing snowing since Thursday night with little break. Snow day for the kids, lucky them. If you experienced similar, you would appreciate the warmth this scarf would bring.


Now back to work.
Here is what I am working on:

  • towel baskets and storage bowls for your bathroom (or wherever you need nice looking fishermans wool storage solutions)
  • a matching purse and scarf set for my lovely sister
  • soap holders and scrubbies for cleanliness (spring cleaning on my mind...)
  • Easter things...it is right around the corner already!

If you have any ideas - please let me know! Or if you want me to make you something special, lets talk and see what I can do for you!

And don't forget to sign up for Etsy.com - a simple click away, its free, and easy:

http://www.etsy.com/register.php?referral=raigecreations

Thanks for looking and stay tuned..another Quilt story on the way!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My Etsy store

Raige Creationson Etsy.com came to life, fittingly, in January of 2010.
New year, new decade, etc...

It took a little push...mainly laid off from job, sold house, moved to temporary lodgings with the plan to move again. This gave me the overwhelming feeling that NOW was the time to start doing something I enjoyed and try to get paid for it!

The other push that started the momentum was a very lovely gift from my mother-in-law of yarn and a crochet hook, some patterns, and a quick reminder lesson or two. After a few practice things (I made a small and large gift bag much like the yellow one here - which I now use to store my hooks and yarn)

I was really motivated to create more things!

And voila:
Purses & cell phone holder

I was HOOKED!

Where to sell was the next question. I had read of Etsy.com through a magazine, all things handmade. It is a nice sight and makes it very easy for vendors to showcase, sell, and get support from other creators. And very affordable. Perfect for Raige Creations!


Now my only limits are my own mind and limited time!

I let my imagination go.
Purple Pouch and Stick Shift Cozies!

Yes, I did say STICK SHIFT COZY....



But I do like purple...Purple Tassel Shoulder Bag or Purse.


My imagination was taking off....

I lept off and started playing with different materials....stay tuned...

Check out more pix of these items, prices, and more on Raige Creationson Etsy.com

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Quilt Story

I do also make quilts, though it has been a little while since my last one.

It started with some Vintage fabric found in my mothers basement.


Wait, actually it started before that with a book from about 1970 obtained from an estate sale. (we went though a phase of avidly attending these and collecting all kinds of 'things').
It is a book all about quilting, how to do it, the different styles, giving everything from the typical bed sizes to the techniques for many different kinds of quilts.Bored one evening I read it and thought - I might be able to actuallly do this.



Then came the Vintage fabric from the basement. I decided to keep some when cleaning out Mom's basement and eventually it hit me - this fabric would make a nice quilt.


So, right around Thanksgiving 2008, I decided to go for it. Silly me I thought I could finish it by Christmas and give it as a nice gift. I decided for the recipient a Queen size would be fine, so measured my own comforter (on a Queen sized bed) and went for that size.


I would later find out, when I was just about finished with it and looking for a way to box it up to give it, we actually had an oversized KING comforter! OMG what was I thinking ? ('sure I can make a quilt in just over a month!! sure make it big!!! what, was I crazy???)

Of course, I went through the 'learning pains' with any new project, such as:
  • -different sizes squares (the biggest 'no-no' in quilting!),
  • -the ah-ha moment in the store when the nice lady in the fabric department suggesting using a sheet for the backing instead of sewing 3 different pieces of fabric together,
  • -that the 'easier' backing was not quite big enough for the massive front I had made due to not double checking sizes (see above),
  • -the batting was not thick enough for what I wanted
  • -you should only use a needle for 8-10 projects?? (I think my needle was at least 8 years old) no wonder it broke.
  • Normally it takes several months to make a quilt? (Ut oh, what else could we get them for Christmas at this point?)

In the end, it turned out better than I thought it would! And I finished it a day or two before Christmas! That left time to add the two pillows with some of the leftover fabrics. (My daughter helped with that, bless her!)

The gift was very warmly accepted, and promptly put up for safe keeping, not used, but safely on display only.

(I actually made it for them to take it on their cross country RV road trip because I didn't think it would turn out very nice....)

At lease now I can say my first quilt is now safely in the proud company of a collection of fine arts, crafts and antiquities.


My next quilt I knew would be heavily used. This one would be for my husband who hates the cold, and is cold all the time. This one would definatley keep him warm on those cold winter nights. More on that in next post.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Here is some past Raige

Morning from snow-land. Yes, snowing again.

I am new at this, so bear with me. I am here because I wanted a place to showcase my works, and allow people to see a bit more about Raige Creations. To get a feel of everything it is about. That can't be done in my store (on Etsy.com -link above) so I needed a place where I could show where it started, where it is now, and a place where I could ramble doesn't hurt either...

Here is how it all started.

One afternoon, sitting in our front yard on a Saturday, trying to sell the Jam and Tarts I had made (it was summer, fruit was everywhere, but it was not that warm...).

Yes, no one came by. Well, 1 person first thing in the morning, but the rest of the day we (my daughter and I ) just sat in the yard chatting, brainstorming, being silly.

And Raige Creations came about.

Rebecca (me) + Paige (her) = Raige. We create = Raige Creations! Sounded Great!

She is creative too. She had just designed a Teddy Bear for her best friend and we were making to together. It was so cute we thought we could sell these bears, so thought up a company name.

The next day she didn't like the name anymore, but her friend loved the bear.

We started another bear, and then she moved on to other things. I finished the bear.


I thought, sure, could be a selling thing.

My husband didn't like the fabric (not a polka dot fan).

He is a flannel shirt fan tho, so guess what? The Teddy Dog was born.
He currently still needs a tail, but I will post a picture of him as soon as he gets a tail.

Then summer flew by, school started, we sold our house, moved, chaos...
No more creating, busy with activities, sorting all our junk, packing, moving, tending to sick (everyone got sick!).
Who had time to create? I was surprised I could just manage.
Then it was Christmas! Chaos was a given.

Phew, now we could relax after Christmas. But it was winter. Cold, winter, ugh. Inside time.
I got the idea to crochet. My M-I-L was making these really cute cell phone cozies. They would sell I said. She was making a whole bunch to try that.
Maybe I really could create and see if anyone wanted to buy my creations.

So Raige Creations on Etsy.com was born.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

work in progress

My first blog! And sorry it will be short.
I need to collect banner, photos, words, etc.
You know, the things that will create the Raige!
check back soon...
thanks