Kathleen Creates

No So Deep Thoughts from the Artist In the Basement

Hello my name is Kathleen and I am a purseaholic. September 17, 2007

Filed under: Art,Blogging,Life,Mixed media,recycled art,sewing — kathleencreates @ 12:38 am

goldpurse1.jpgOrange thread sketching tote

So there I said it.  I am on a never ending quest for the perfect purse.  I keep thinking if I could just find that purse, then I wouldn’t want for anything ever again.  But who am I kidding.  I see so many purses that I adore and it seems that I am not alone in my quest.  I just kept thinking, I could make that and make it better. 

 My prices start at $30, a little incentive to get you hooked.  Actually, I don’t think a good purse should cost an arm and a leg.  Just my humble opinion. 

I would love to hear your thoughts not only on my current stock but also as to what you think makes the “perfect purse.”  If you like what you see, let me know or place an order for a custom purse.  Your design, my creativity. 


Thread sketching is great! September 9, 2007

Filed under: Art,Blogging,Collage,Mixed media,Not so deep thoughts,sewing — kathleencreates @ 2:38 pm


After seeing the amazing work of my fellow blogger Kelli Perkins  http://ephemeralalchemy.blogspot.com/2007/06/more-thread-sketching.html  I jumped at the chance to take a thread sketching class.  Let me tell you, I am in love!  I was already doing something like this with my applique, but learning the technique has taken my art to a whole other level. 

 In the class, we worked on a sweet little pillow (emphasis on the word sweet) in pinks and purples.  I then was introduced to variegated thread (such a great idea!!) and found a whole new calling.  Look for many more of my pieces/products to feature thread sketching.  In fact, I came home from the class and pulled out two tote bags I had bought at Ikea for embellishing (Love the cheapness of Ikea.)  I sat down and gave them a good painting to which I will add thread sketching.  I just have to go back to the store for more variegated thread (look at all the pretty colors…)

 The pic above is of the front of the pillow I worked on in class.  As I am not much for pillows, I will probably turn this into a purse and offer it for sale on Etsy.  If I make a little money, I can buy more stuff to do more thread sketching!  (Have I mentioned I love thread sketching?)


Jewelry September 6, 2007

Filed under: Art,jewelry,Not so deep thoughts,Uncategorized — kathleencreates @ 3:08 pm


I started my artistic career as a jewelry artist.  Although I am in a “mixed-media mode” my first love will always be creating jewelry.  There is something so zen about creating a simple yet elegant piece of jewelry.  Whether it be earrings that dangle and shine, a bracelet that adds a touch of whimsy or a truly glamorous necklace, I find real joy in creating jewelry. 

 The piece shown above is a 14k gold necklace and earring set, one of the few I have made in gold.  Most of my work is in Sterling silver.

 In the interests of revisiting my first love, I have opened a second shop on Etsy, selling my jewelry creations and a few extra jewelry making supplies.  Check it out if you are so inclined.  I’ll gladly take 10% off of any jewelry item if you mention you saw my blog at the time of purchase.



P.S. Here is a link to a really great set of beads.  I just bought too many!