Category: craft

bath salts

holiday bath salts

i’ve been making bath salts for friends for several years now, and it’s always at the last minute before the holidays in december.  i get like five pounds of epsom salts and stand in my kitchen and bathroom scanning for random herbs and essential oils i can throw together for gifts. this year i scrounged around and found some dried… Read more →

“dream eyes & god catchers” art show with kate sprout

Montpelier Art Walk event, sponsored by Montpelier Alive: DREAM EYES & GOD CATCHERS by RACHAEL RICE & KATE SPROUT sculptural, large-scale dream catcher installation from montpelier’s favorite sister act duo at salaam boutique in montpelier, vermont.  big, reverent, and re-imagined interpretations of this native cultural symbol through the lens of modern bohemia.  show also showcases photography by both artists, all… Read more →

needle felted bird nest and acorns

my friend Suki taught me how to needle felt the other day.  it’s crazy!  random pieces of fluffy wool, dish soap, and hot water — then you STAB-STAB-STAB the little piece of fluff until all its fibers intertwine. so i tried out my new skillz making a bird nest pincushion and some lil acorns (special props to Kate Sprout for… Read more →

leather and feathers earring project

during my trip to portland, oregon i bought some fantastic feather earrings by marion max at an amazing vintage store rocknrose: i was really inspired by them and thought i’d take a crack at making some feather earrings myself.  mine are made from recycled leather, random beads, a broken necklace chain, and various craft feathers.  ok i admit i plucked… Read more →

holiday nature ornaments with deer and butterfly

another in a long series of deer-obsession pieces…a project for a snowy afternoon in Vermont: holiday nature ornaments.  these look pretty nice even though they’re plastic and not glass.   I used some scrap sheepskin but cotton batting would work too.  Craft foliage and random little animals are so cute — if I had more globes I would put in some… Read more →