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Our house.

There it is, from about a block away, on a small city street, tucked away and yet jotting out. Standing in there you get the feel of a tree house. When talking to my architects during one of our preliminary talks, I said I wanted a house with so much light that I would need sunglasses indoors! 

It's still months away, far from completion, but I thought I'd share a bit with you. Below I'm standing in the kitchen, looking onto the living room and one of my favorite elements, my indoor greenhouse! The square frame on the floor near the windows will be framed with glass and inside I will have a lush, (cross my fingers), indoor garden. There is a skylight way above the greenhouse. 
Here I'm standing in the kitchen, this time looking in the opposite direction. The framed rectangle in the back is the elevator. I know, it sounds extravagant, but we are looking into the future and would like to be in this house for many years to come.
The studio is on the entrance level, in the back with sliding doors onto a small patio, backyard. It's about 14' x 14'.
Here are the plans:
In the center of the room there will be a big work island with large base cabinets and two sitting spaces. Along the back wall (top of plan) we will have a long desk, two seats, with upper and lower cabinets. At the bottom of the plan is a partition  a millwork cabinet which opens on both sides. It will be about 6' tall so as not to block light from all sides. On the right and left of the plan you can see the small print "slat wall" which is for hanging all the wonderful fibers! Although there is lots of storage I already know there will never be enough, but I hope we will be able to find the right spot for everything. There is a full bath adjacent to the side wall which will also serve for overnight guests.
Knowing how colorful the studio will be thanks to the abundance of fibers all around, I plan on leaving the furniture light, with wood counter tops.
Cabinet doors
To be continued...


Thinking about fiber and color...

I've been asked how to can utilize the Thread Packs and bead sets we offer. What better way than to come up with your own colorway for an existing design. Take a look at ROYAL when it is changed with one of our green colorways. The Thread Packs are color coordinated, just choose where to put them and it's bound to work!


Another clever artist!

I love when I come across these talented fiber artists, each presenting his/her own take on the ability of fiber to move, astonish, and bring us joy! Alexandra Krylova from Kry Embroidery brings us small brooches of famous pieces of art, interpretations of Van Gogh, Monet, Klimt, Kahlo, just to name a few.


What am I working on?


Happy New Year, Welcome 2018!!

Elza, a South African embroidery artist, and her astonishing birds:

Get up real close, these are not the real thing! 
May you soar into this new year!


Just a sign that I'm alive...

After a NASTY wave of the stomach flu here at the Willis home, I am wiped out!  I am taking things easy and may fall behind in my duties at Adorn. I apologize, I will be back soon.
In the meantime a very fun and amazing artist, Jane Perkins, who works with beads and junk! Enlarge and look very closely.

What's really wild is that I was looking up who the artist was and googled: artist, junk, portraits, and there are many others who do fantastic work with our trash! Heres the screen shot of what came up from the search! 


Mesmerizing threads...

Maria Vassilieva


The Announcement that made me happy this morning!

This came from the Pennsylvania Convention Center this morning:

and the attached list of artists, (last page has the W's on it...)

I'm smiling...


Very limited quantity of beauties!

I have a number of lovely new Key rings or Scissor Fobs available, just a short line of them and since I will be away tomorrow I won't post them in our shop just yet. Instead I will put them up here and give you first dibs!  These are beautifully handmade lampwork beads, large and impressive, hanging off of a screw-on key ring which you can use on your scissors or with your keys. Lovely handmade gifts. Send me a note (orna@ornadesign.com), with the ones you want, identify them with the numbers 1-4 as shown in the photo and I'll send you a Paypal invoice for payment.

They are priced: Number 1-3: $16 and Number 4: $18

There aren't too many of them so let me know before I post them in the shop!

Number 1

Number 2

Number 3

Number 4


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