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New Direction

 

I’m pretty excited with the new direction my shop is going.  Not only will I continue to design and sell beading tutorials and offer my finished creations, I am expanding my shop to include vintage items such as gloves, greeting cards, accessories,  jewelry, beads, and more.

Click on these pictures to take you to my shop’s items, where you can see more items and full descriptions.

I invite you visit Miss Poppy’s Boutique on Etsy.  I’ll be adding more vintage and new items periodically.

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

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Keeping It Simple and Festive

©Designs by Susan Marie Molloy for Miss Poppy’s Boutique

©Designs by Susan Marie Molloy for Miss Poppy’s Boutique

In this week’s class, I taught the art of crocheting around a ring. This was a simple technique of single and half double crocheting around a bone ring and adding beads to a crocheted “drop-ribbon” that comes off the ruffled ring. I designed this pattern to help teach this “crocheting in rounds” technique and how to incorporate beads in crocheting. For myself, I made a lot of these, and I use them as “markers” on my clothes hangers, just to dress up an otherwise boring closet. Besides, it’s a good way to use up some leftover crochet thread and miscellaneous beads you don’t know what else to do with.

We had a lot of fun, and because I supplied the beads and bone rings gratis, my students only had to bring their crochet thread and a crochet hook – and their appetites. We had homemade hors d’oeuvre that I made and fresh brewed tea to make this afternoon class more festive.

In setting up and organizing my classes, I look for projects that appeal to a wide range of artists, beaders, and crafters. I look for – and I design my own – projects that will be, in the end, useful as a day-to-day item, or pretty things, such as home décor or jewelry. I tend to not focus solely on jewelry, because that gets “boring” as my students mentioned to me. I agree. After all, there is much more to creating than bracelets and earrings.

This weekend I am looking forward to teaching another class, this time, it’s wire working of a different sort. The class is full, but I’ll offer it again in the future.

©Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.

Vintage Décor Accessory – Doilies

Vintage Décor Accessory – Doilies
By Susan Marie Molloy

Sometimes in a person’s life, there comes a time when downsizing and reevaluating one’s home décor is imperative. That day has arrived (again) for me. This must be the fourth time I’m downsizing; I seem to do that in increments every couple of years.

I’ve been spending a few hours here and there going through my possessions. I came across a slew of doilies stored in a department store box that was sitting on my linen closet shelf. I crocheted the doilies many, many years ago, and I no longer need them, since they no longer fit in my minimalist décor. They have a traditional style to them and because they are a fairly neutral color, they will look good anywhere in your home.

I chose a very high quality 100 per cent pearl cotton thread (size 10) in a soft ecru color. I spent many hours crocheting these beauties. At one time, I had them displayed in my china hutch, sealed from the elements and sun. Though I made them in the mid-1990s, they are as new and pristine as the day I made them. I recommend only hand washing them and air drying them.

Click on the photo to follow the link to my Etsy shop to read more about them and how to purchase.

They belong in an appreciative home – maybe yours?
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© Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique and all works within.