Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Del Ray Artisans' Holiday Market: Fine Art, Fine Crafts, Food, and Gifts

Find everything you need to celebrate in style this holiday season at the Del Ray Artisans’ Fine Art & Fine Crafts Holiday Market. The Holiday Market will be held November 30 through December 2 at the Del Ray artisan’s gallery at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. Exquisite gifts created by more than 20 artist members will be featured in addition to festive baked goods to indulge your sweet-tooth and one-of-kind artist-designed holiday ornaments! The festivities begin Friday evening, November 30, with an opening reception and sale featuring wine and seasonal treats from 7–9:30 p.m. The Holiday Market will continue Saturday, December 1, from 10 AM to 6 PM and will be open during the Potomac West Christmas Tree lighting event which takes place next door to the gallery. The market continues Sunday, December 2 ,noon–4 PM. The Holiday Market will be the place to pick up unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for the holiday season!

In conjunction with the Market, Food for Thought, a holiday bake sale, will tempt you with festive and delicious delights! Proceeds from the bake sale will benefit the Arlandria Health Center which provides access to affordable health care, offering comprehensive pediatric, women’s health and adult medicine services to the community.

The Holiday Market will run through Sunday, December 2, 2007, at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria. The opening reception and the Holiday Market are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Del Ray Artisans at (703) 383-4827 or visit www.thedelrayartisans.org.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Bubble Scarves!

These scarves are made from recycled wool (mostly from old blazers and skirts) using my "bubbling" technique, whereby I wrap marbles in the fabric, and wash and dry on high to shrink the wool into a bubble texture. When I take the marbles out, voila!

These come in different lengths and colors, but here are a couple samples. If you're interested, contact me to discuss particular styles, colors, lengths, etc.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Cat Hat and Paw Mittens

One of my favorite neighbors was barely able to model this cozy hat and mitten set for me the other day, as our Virginia November day was up to almost 80 degrees. Made from fake fur and lined with fleece, it will keep ears and paws warm on even colder days than this.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Art-Wear Trunkshow a Tremendous Success

Jen Athanas, Greta Gonzalez, and I -- and many of our favorite friends and clients -- came together last Sunday for one heck of an extravaganza. There were too many people to count, but at the end of the day all the brownies and cookies were gone, we had met and re-met lots of wonderful people, and we were all dead tired.

To top it all off, I set a sales record for the best single day in Fiber of Her Being's history.

Thank you to all who made it happen, including Jen, Greta, and James (the most wonderful husband and cookie chef on earth).

Fiber of Her Being Recognized as Top Business

Fiber of Her Being has been named "one of the best [businesses] in the DC metro region" by WeddingWire, Inc.

The WeddingWire Rated 2007 - Washington, DC Metro Region distinction is based on great reviews by my darling customers. This high classification takes service, responsiveness, professionalism, value, and flexibility into consideration.

As my boss in Mexico used to say, "Service is a good business."

Monday, November 05, 2007

Farewell, Lucy

My dear friend Lucy is heading homeward, leaving DC after many years. I collected about 70 pictures from all her friends and created a quilted scrapbook for her, including a map in the center that will direct her back to us whenever she wants to come.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Seasonal Art-Wear Trunk Show - November 11

Three hot local artists offer a private showing of the most luscious gifts in town.

Kay Bailey: art quilts, scarves, and fabric jewelry (http://www.fiberofherbeing.com/)

Jen Athanas: hand-crafted bags and fashion accessories (http://www.jenafusion.blogspot.com/)

Greta Gonzalez: jewelry with hand-made glass beads (http://www.gretagonzalez.com/)

Come before -- or escape during -- the Redskins' game. Food, wine, and seasonal goodness will be served. Bring family and friends. And don't be scared: this is a great gift-buying opportunity, NOT a fashion show!

Contact Kay@FiberOfHerBeing.com for directions to the house/studio, or call (703) 752-4798.
Sunday, November 11, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

New Guest Book with Guests Past & Present

My favorite project this week has been the creation of a guest book for a wedding, which includes pictures of family members who have passed on but will be attending in spirit. The project was perfect for me because it was both sentimental and complex. The book features accordion pages that connect to each other instead of to a spine. When the book is closed, it latches shut with jewelry clasps. If you open the front clasp but not the back, you can open the book like a traditional book. If you open both clasps, you can separate the cover and stretch the pages all the way down the table. So neat! Thanks to Kate for trusting me with this treasure.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Bashert: Meant to Be

This small wall-hanging is the latest in my inspirational series that has been motivated by all the women I've met in my infertility journey. In particular, I'm dedicating it to my friend Ashley, who found out today that this cycle of in vitro fertilization did not work. The Hebrew letters spell out "Bashert," which means "meant to be." I just know that Ashley's family is meant to be. They're just waiting for the right moment.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fertile Ground and a Call for Ties

I've just finished my most recent wall-hanging, called "Fertile Ground." Pomegranates are symbols of fertility, and I thought there would be nothing better for those of us in the infertility community to embrace than this messy, tart fruit. This quilt is a mixed media creation (acrylic painting, quilting, appliqueeing) and has "miracle beads" for seeds. The miracle beads look dark red in the dark and glow brightly in the light, producing almost a white center like a pomegranate seed.
In other news, I'd like to make a quilt from old men's ties. If you have some that you'd like to get rid of, I'd love to take them off your hands. Just give me a holler at kay@FiberOfHerBeing.com. Thanks!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Something Good is Just Around the Corner

This saying comes from my mother, who always starts by saying, "As your grandmother has always said, ..." But I've honestly only heard it from my mother. In any case, it's a good, hearty, reassuring message. Third in my Inspirational Comfort series.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Kudos to Carolyn Dillon

A month ago Carolyn Dillon's daughter-in-law emailed me, asking for advice on quilting for her mother-in-law, who was new to the craft. I rounded up some resources for her, and in a miraculous amount of time Carolyn came up with this amazing quilt, which features intricate embroidery -- with glow in the dark thread! -- and tons of love and hard work. I was so amazed that I wanted the world to see it. There are two pictures: one of the quilt, which shows off the handiwork; and a sweeter one yet, which shows how well the quilt was received. Good work, Carolyn!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Inspirational Wall-Hangings

When I look back on what I've done in my life, one thing that I seem particularly drawn to is comforting people with art. I've decided to make that a more central part of Fiber of Her Being. I started with "Comfort Pillows," (a.k.a. Chemo Pillows), which feature pictures of loved ones that people in need can lean on and look at in tough times. I find making those very rewarding.

Now I've begun a new line, which is a series of wall-hangings and pillows that have inspirational sayings emblazoned on them, to help keep us going. The first one says, "It will all be ok in the end. If it's not ok, it's not the end." The second one says, "For every mountain there is a miracle." The next one... don't know yet.

This new idea was inspired by a host of wonderful women who are, like me, trying to stare down the horrible beast of infertility. I hope that my comrades-in-arms can take these pillows with them for their various scary procedures, and remember that someone loves them and that it will all be okay in the end.

Pillows will be priced at the usual $45, and wall-hangings will sell for $60, which is a huge savings over my normal $200 minimum. As always, I'd be happy to whip up a custom one with your own saying on it.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Red Hat FUNvention!

August 17-19 I participated as a vendor at the Red Hat Society FUNvention, which drew 50+ year old ladies in red hats and purple outfits from all over Virginia. I shared a booth with the very talented Merle Blair, of Foxy Lady Designs, who makes beautiful flower-laden hats and beaded hat pins. I contributed tons of red and purple hat and scarf pins in the Love Notes tradition. Our side-kick and mastermind of our partnership was Helen Hickson, who despite a dislocated shoulder kept up our spirits all weekend -- and fetched us lunch.

Part of the joy of the vendor area is meeting other artists. In particular, I met one Dawn Anderson of Dawn Anderson Designs who makes her own clothing and hat patterns and is an absolute genius at hand-sewing. Dawn gives workshops and sells kits for making one's own hats, including the pillbox variety and wild Zigfield Follies types.
I also met Nicole Janan of Red Hat Glamour. Inspired by her red-hatter mom, she has hit the ground running with outrageous high-heel "ring bling" caddies, which are made out of dress shoes and hold rings and other baubles. She also makes treasure boxes and aprons. She's very creative, and very into red and purple.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Diving into T-shirts

This is my most recent quilt, made from the T-shirt collection of a Navy Diver. This brave man passed away 2 years ago, and this quilt will be a gift for his 9-year old daughter. My challenge was to make something that reflected his "bad ass"-ness (see all those punk rock skulls and topless mermaids?) and was still sweet enough to carry his memories to his little girl. I think I did it. Note his sailor shirt in the middle hugging her Star Wars hoodie. Not a dry eye in this house.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Fiber gets New Trademarks!

After a year's wait, "Fiber of Her Being" is finally a trademarked name! We received the paperwork from the U.S. Patent & Trademark office last week. The company now owns exclusive rights to use "Fiber of Her Being" on quilts and quilted wall-hangings and home decor in these fifty nifty united states. Does my little lawyer heart good.

Another -- LONGER -- CraftyPod Interview

Last month's 5-minute interview was not enough. At CraftyPod's request, Fiber of Her Being's very own Kay Bailey was featured in a new, in depth, 20-minute interview with Diane Gilleland, the creative genius behind CraftyPod podcasts and blog. Join us as delve deeper into the value of preserving human memories in fabric, and the particular rewards and challenges that go along with it. Listen to Kay get mushy, make a dumb pun or two, and even cry a little! You'll also get to hear the story of this Frisbee quilt, made for a couple who met while playing Ultimate Frisbee. The fun never stops. It's all at http://craftypod.com/?p=178.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Fiber of Her Being is Moving!

Fiber of Her Being is moving to a new home this month, and we've grown so large we're getting our very own post office box!

The new address is:

Fiber of Her Being, LLC

P.O. Box 50083

Arlington, VA 22205

(703) 752-4798

The phone number will remain the same: (703) 752-4798 BUT it will take several weeks to transfer it to the new house. In the meantime, you can find me on my cell phone at (703) 635-6762.

Thanks for your patience while we throw ourselves into chaos and try to climb back out.


Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Kay featured in CraftyPod podcast

I'm a star! Click this link (http://craftypod.com/?p=150) to hear my May 4, 2007 interview with Diane Gilleland, the creator of the CraftyPod podcasts, discussing the business side of Fiber of Her Being. CraftyPod is devoted to inspiring regular folks to become "craftypreneurs." This 20-minute internet radio show also includes 5-minute interviews with:

Darcy Ellarby, of ipodcrafts.com
Brenna Giannini, of Sugar Lily
Janine Predmore, of Things That Make Scents

Stay tuned for more podcast interviews with CraftyPod!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Donate Yarn for Families of Child Murder Victims

Hi, folks,

Here's a great chance to clean out your craft closet and help families in need! Please donate your extra yarn and knitting or crochet needles -- and even your crafting skills -- for a project to help the families of child murder victims in Washington, DC.

The project is called "An Afghan Memorial Project for Child Victims of Murder: Wrapped in Love" and has two components:
  1. Teaching families of murder victims to make Afghan blankets to express their feelings about their fallen children and create a warm, tactile memorial, and
  2. Creating a tapestry for the MLK Jr. Public Library in DC, where the children's names can be hung.
If you have extra yarn and knitting or crochet needles, please consider donating them now. You can also come knit and crochet with us on May 19, 2007, when we'll be making the tapestry for the library.

Send donations to the Art Division, MLK Jr. Library, Room 209, 901 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. The phone there is 202-727-1238 and email is art.dep@dc.gov. For more information, contact the Project Manager, Deirdre Wright, at 202-494-2724 or dwright.wrappedinlove@hotmail.com. This project is sponsored by the MLK Jr. Public Library and the Frantz Fanon Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies and has received grants from the DC Humanities Council of the District of Columbia.

I can't imagine a better cause. Please help.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Before and After

Thought I'd show you a Before and After of how a photo becomes a pillow. This is a photo of Luke Balicao being lifted up to see his baby sister for the first time twelve days ago. I printed the photo onto fabric, cut it into a heart and appliqueed it to some fleece and the fleece to the pillow. Then I stitched the words "Love at First Sight" around it with the kids' names and Sara's birth date. Luke loved it! Sara, well, she hasn't commented yet. Give her a week or two.

Art, Words & Poetry Opening

The Art, Words & Poetry art opening was a tremendous success. I elbowed my way through the crowd to take pictures of my two pieces, both of which were accepted into the show. I can't say enough good things about the Del Ray Artisans -- organizationally and artistically. It was a top notch event. And the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center is as charming as can be.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

April 10, 2007 Newsletter

My dear friends,

Here’s a quick note about noteworthy art events you should check out:

1. Words, Art & Poetry – a show I’m in (Alexandria, VA),
2. Smithsonian Craft Show – a show my former step-brother, a glass blower, is in (DC),
3. Hoopla Traders – a one-woman show I’ll be putting on next February (DC), and
4. CraftyPod – An Internet radio show that’s interviewing me about my business.

April 13 to 29, 2007

I have two pieces in this Del Ray Artisans show, which explores the juxtaposition of words and visual art. See my blog at www.FiberOfHerBeing.blogspot.com for a sneak-peak at the quilt made from my Mexico travel journal, “My Mexico.”

Place: The Nicholas Colasanto Center, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301.
Times: Opening reception Friday, April 13, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. After that, Saturdays 10:00 to 4:00 and Sundays 12:00 to 4:00 through April 29.
For more info: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

April 19 to 22, 2007

My former step-brother, Pablo Soto, is a phenomenal glass artist in Penland, North Carolina, and will be showing some of his work at the 25th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show. For pictures of his glass, see http://www.smithsoniancraftshow.org/content/Exhibitors/Glass/Gls_Soto5.html. For information on the show overall, see http://www.smithsoniancraftshow.org/indexmain.asp?content=Glass.

February 9 to March 3, 2008

I will be holding a one-woman show next February in this artsy Capitol Hill shop. See www.HooplaTraders.com to learn more about the store’s fair trade, hand made, earth friendly enterprise. You can see previous featured artists and their work at http://hooplatraders.com/page.cfm?PageID=62.

May 4, 2007

I will be interviewed for a CraftyPod podcast (an Internet radio show) about the business of Fiber of Her Being… the concepts behind my art, some marketing strategies, and my custom artwork business model. To hear the interview, go to www.CraftyPod.com and follow the instructions. Welcome to Cyberspace and 2007!


Sunday, April 08, 2007

My Mexico - Quilted Journal / Journal Quilted

The Del Ray Artisans released a call for entries for an art show featuring poetry and word themes. So I brought out my journal from when I lived in Mexico after college. It's the best source of words -- united with art -- that I have. So I copied twelve pages out of the journal, including drawings and paintings that I'd done, sections of text describing my adventures and loneliness, and photos and do-dads I'd pasted in. I printed the copies onto fabric and put them into this quilt. The crowning element was a sequinned Virgen de Guadalupe applique my Dad had given me years ago. Brought just the right amount of sparkle to the piece.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Sara Hillard Balicao, born 4/5/07

Announcing to the world the birth of a sweet little girl, Sara Hillard Balicao. She weighs in at 6 lbs., 8 oz., and had a smooth delivery into this world. Mother (Betsy), Father (Francisco), Big Brother (Luke), and Baby are all doing fine. Welcome, sweet girl! We love you!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Wedding Wire Reviews

I've started advertising on WeddingWire.com and have been promised that having lots of good reviews will help me claw my way to the top of the search results. If I have made something wonderful for you, would you please let them know by clicking the button to the right (scroll down to just under "About Me") and writing a quick review? Once you get there, they'll ask you what service I provided; the answer is "Other unique service."

Thank you so much! My cyberlife and I thank you!


Washington Bridal Showcase

My faithful assistant and husband, James, and I attended the Washington Bridal Showcase expo at the Patriot Center last weekend. We met a whole host of wonderful brides, parents, and other vendors. Here are some photos as proof of our presence, lest we need an alibi for that time and date.

Bat Mitzvah Quilt

Here are some photos of my most recent creation: a wall-hanging gift for a girl having her Bat Mitzvah. We managed to include all of her interests: friends, cell phones, softball, basketball, and wheaten terriers. And I had to add silver thread and some beads and sequins, because she is a 13-year-old girl, after all! We've all been there.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Miniature Huppa Display

I'm proud to virtually unveil my new miniature huppa display. It features a square canopy on wooden poles (frame provided by my talented wood-working father, David T. Bailey). This particular huppa has a cloud motif, with reverse-applique clouds that are nothing but a layer of tule that you can see right through. The sides of the huppa are embroidered with: "Rachel Green and Ross Geller," "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine," and the date. This is a sample, obviously, as Ross and Rachel never did get married, as far as I know.

Inside are the tiniest miniature bride and groom ever, standing in for Ross and Rachel. Pretend like they're bigger. Huppa frames are on average 7 feet tall; they don't usually dwarf people like this. Unless you start out with really small people.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Free Washington Bridal Showcase Tickets

Calling all brides: I have 8 free tickets to the Washington Bridal Showcase event this Sunday, March 25 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. Tickets will be $7 at the door.

This is the largest bridal show in the DC area, with zillions of wedding vendors of all stripes, just waiting to give you free samples of things and show you their wares. I can promise free magnets, the best brochures ever made, and a chance to rub your face on some sample wedding quilts. To claim your free ticket(s), email me at kay@FiberOfHerBeing.com. For more information on the expo, see www.BridalShowcase.com.