Creative ideas and thoughts from a life-long artist and designer.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Pink and White Portrait Pillows
The picture on the left is my Grandmother and Grandfather's wedding portrait. The one on the right is Aunt Ella, my grandfather's sister. Aren't they beautiful? I wanted to enjoy them without ruining the photographs, so I made these pillows for my bed. They are hand beaded all around the edge, in various sized pearls. Fabric is cream and pale pink print. This set of pillows was the start of Portrait Pillows, Bags and more. Who knew? One pillow just lead to another. At first I thought people would like them - and called them 'Instant Ancestors'. I was half right. They did like them, but wanted them with their own family photos. Joey and Amy predicted this.
Graduated from Lake Park H S in Medinah, went to secretarial school, worked a few years, married and had 3 great kids. I have 2 grandsons, 4 grand dogs (Griffons)& 2 grand cats (Maine Coon). When my first 2 children were in grade school I was a professional volunteer, active in PTA, Elmhurst Children’s Theatre & Church stuff. I started a small business while expecting my third and have been working ever since. I'm a fibre artist combining cloth, yarn, and photography. Carolee Creations, Inc. is the corporate name - SewSweet Dolls was the first business. Portrait Pillows, Bags and more . . . is my latest venture, started in ‘98, after my husband died. My daughter and I make custom gift items incorporating photographs - purses, coasters, jewelry, ornaments, quilts, etc. I love going to work every day-my studio is full of fun things! I am in a serious relationship with Bob, a retired Psychology prof, since the beginning of the century. We are involved in activities at First Church and in Elmhurst. When we have time we like to travel. I take sewing classes when I can fit them in, recently learned to weave, and would like to draw and paint again someday.