Sunday Spotlight- Young Entrepreneur


Amari who’s the youngest entrepreneur in my family has decided to open an Etsy shop to sell her jewelry while she attends middle school. She’s been making jewelry for at least four years now so check out her new Etsy shop AmariBeadsandMore here… If you have a young lady in your life that would appreciate some jewelry, Amari…

DIY Pinecone Wreath


I fell in love with a white pinecone wreath that cost more than I wanted to spend….So I decided to upcycle a wreath I found last year on sale along with the pinecones that I normally use to decorate my Christmas tree.  I cut and shaved half of the pinecones with garden pruning shears then hot…

Batik Templates


Step two is complete!  I’ve decided on theses batik designs, and added color to my sketches. Stay tuned there’s more to come from LaCartera!      

Batik Sketches-Is it a Hit or Miss? Fab or Drab?


Since I’ve been taking it slow, I decided to get started on some sketches for my next challenge of creating my own batik designs. The designs aren’t finished, but I thought I would share what I have before I transfer it to fabric. What do you Think? Hit or Miss? Fab or Drab?   Bring on…

Searching for Treasures in Asia – part 7


I happened  to stumble upon an art exhibit at the Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery on the Fine Art of Fabrics. I felt really excited about learning more about the history of Batik since I had taken the class. This is the first time there has been an exhibit of this kind in Malaysia….

Searching for Treasures in Asia – part 6


I found some spectacular art at the SI Yuan Gallery SDN. BHD while searching for treasures in Malaysia. The Central Market is the perfect place to find all of the local vendors! It’s rare to find an artist at work in the shop when you purchase art in the U.S. At the SI Yuan Gallery…

Searching for Treasures in Asia – part 4


The next stop is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the series Searching for Treasures in Asia.  I couldn’t wait to learn the art techniques of creating Batik! The best place to learn the art of Batik is the Craft Complex!  Just to warn you I’ve tried to paint as a child with the paint by numbers…

Wristlet Purse Tutorial


This is a quick and easy tutorial and a cinch to make as a quick gift or to use yourself.  The wristlet purse tutorial- made with recycled materials found around your home. Of course you dont have to use recylced materials, and you can embellish anyway you like. Materials needed: Pillow case (decorative) Placemat (template) Placemat…