Thursday, June 28, 2012

Passion Flower Goddess ACEO and Greeting Cards

This is another one of my Earth Goddess series of ACEOs and greeting cards titled Passion Flower Goddess at Cafe Press and Henna Goddess in Purple and Orange at Etsy.

Like the Ivy Goddess ACEO, this one is inspired by henna designs.  I used the same technique of tea staining watercolor paper and executing the picture in first pencil then ink and colored pencils.  I'm selling the original ACEO at Etsy and stationary products including greeting cards, notecards and postcards at Cafe Press.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Upcycle Vintage Tiles with Decoupage

I recently wrote an article for Pubwages on how I upcycled vintage tiles with decoupage.  I did a set of three to hang in my office to add a little spring cheer.  I used tiles I found at a reuse center but you can buy new ones too.  Here is an example of one.

They all have a butterfly theme and have a soft look.  I used scrapbook findings but you can use any papers you have and even create a mini collage.  For the technique I used, you can read the instructions at Pubwages.

Basketweave Log Cabin Traditional Quilt Afghan Crochet Pattern

The log cabin quilt pattern has always been one of my favorites.  It's been beautifully adapted to crochet in this pattern from Annie's Attic.  Here are two examples of two color sets.  I love both but even though I'm a purple fan, I like the traditional green and red color combination better.  But this would be fun to experiment with any colors you choose.

This is one of many patterns I'm listing that are based on traditional quilt designs.  See the full listing at Etsy.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ivy Goddess Female Nude ACEO and Greeting Cards

I began to experiment with ACEOs (Art Cards Editions and Originals) a few years ago.  I was doing henna designs on my own skin and even toyed with the idea of starting a side business and was inspired to incorporate the design concept into ACEOs.

Henna is a natural dye used for body art and to color hair.  Here is an example of a paisley design I did on my hand around 2004.

Paisley henna design before paste removal

I combined several techniques in the ACEO below.  First I stained watercolor paper with tea.  I then roughly sketched a female form and the ivy motif and then added a free-form spiral design inspired by henna.  I outlined the form in ink and added color with colored pencils.  I was really happy with the outcome and created a few more pieces along this vein which will be showcased in separate posts.

Ivy Goddess ACEO by P.J. Deneen

I titled this one "Ivy Goddess" and am selling the original ACEO at Etsy as well as cards with this design over at Cafe Press.

I love the tea staining but plan on experimenting with watercolors and indigo with both female and male figures in upcoming work.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Crochet Car Afghan and Pillow Pattern

I'm busy listing crochet patterns from my collection of the Annie's Crochet Quilt & Afghan Club from Annie's Attic from 1993.  This one is for an adorable car-themed afghan and pillow pattern.  This would be such a fun gift for any child who loves anything to do with cars.

This would be a great project to use up leftover yarn from other projects.  I've kept these patterns in great condition.  I'll be sharing each one in a separate post.  Many of them are based on traditional quilt patterns, so quilt lovers who can crochet can indulge both interests at once.  The listing for the car afghan is here.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Welcome to my new blog in support of my first Etsy shop, Rambling Ivy Caravan.  I've been a crafter ever since I can remember and decided to add my love of arts, crafts, and treasure hunting to my web content writing to round out my online business.

I chose the name of my shop because it evokes the image of a free-spirit selling her crafty wares and found objects she's come across on her travels.  I have just a few items up right now including crochet jewelry and patterns and ACEOs.  But I'm adding stuff  almost daily.  It's been a learning process navigating the Etsy system but I'm getting the hang of it.

Here's an example of the jewelry.  My granny taught me to crochet when I was 7, so it's only fitting that the first items I listed were granny square crochet earrings.  These are made with DMC thread, seed beads and other small beads.  They measure 2-1/2 inches long and 1-1/2 inches wide.  This is close to what all the other earrings measure.  They're a bit gypsy, a bit hippie and were just plain fun to make.  I plan on experimenting with different crochet patterns in jewelry using traditional thread but also metal eventually.

I have several different colors and designs but this pair, Orange Dream, has been admired already.  It's funny because I wasn't sure if orange would be too flashy.  I'll be updating the blog with more of my latest items.  Visit my shop here to see what's up.