Know first who you are and then adorn yourself accordingly.--Epictetus--

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Kids!

 some of my many great-nieces and nephews hamming it up in the santa hats i gave them. i decorated the ball at the end of the hats with jack skellington's face and the kids were thrilled with them.
it was a bittersweet holiday and celebrating without my sweet husband and dad was very difficult,but it's said that christmas is for children,and it's always fun watching the kids get so excited. my husband jim loved children and i was never quite sure who was more excited about the holidays,jim or the kids.

Saturday, December 25, 2010


merry christmas to all our dear friends,old and new.

Thursday, December 23, 2010


 well,the rains here in usually sunny so-cal have finally stopped, least they've stopped for a little while,as another storm is on it's way!
it's a terribly thing to admit,but i don't like the rain. it's okay for a day or so,however,days and days of it drive me a bit batty and i really start to crave the sunshine. 
 i did manage to get out during one of the short breaks in the rain and get these photos of some of my plants. i do love the drops of water on everything and i know the plants are enjoying the very long drink that they are getting.
it's hard to believe that just a little over a week ago,the rosemary and bottle-brush shrubs were full of bees and humming birds. in fact,there were so many bees,that you could hear a distinct humming from several feet away.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Nick!

it's been a very busy couple of weeks around here.  my son nick,just returned home last night after a 10 day trip to northern california. you can't imagine how happy shadow,(the cat who owns us),and i are to have him back.
while nick was gone,i spent a couple of days at my mother's home and we made the tamales for christmas. we also got a bit of shopping done,and started planning a trip for next spring. i also got the boy's presents all wrapped and ready,and am finishing up the gifts that i am making for my friends and family.
sometimes,it is still hard to get through the day,as i still miss my husband and father so much. christmas will be difficult this year,but hopefully,the many memories of my christmases spent with those two wonderful men will help me get through.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Last of the holiday shows!

these jolly fellows are art on one of the outside walls of the solo gallery in the cedros design district.  as you can see,they are all in a holiday mood.
 we have one more show this year at the mermaids mercantile,which happens to be right next door to this building.  come on down and visit us all this sunday,december 12th!
we will also be at the "get your jolly on" show on saturday, december 11th,at 4354 University Ave,Riverside,CA.  this will be a fun show with live entertainment,i know some awesome belly dancers will be performing!

all the photos in this post are by my son nick,including the self-portait in a mirror over t the mercantile. i love this shot of him in a vintage tie and jacket. oh,and by the way,he's not smoking in this photo,(he doesn't smoke and keeps on me to not smoke),it's actually a flaw in the mirror.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

You are invited!

 come to the carnivale! we will be vending over at "out of the blue" in solona beach,along with other wonderful artists.

also,it is time again to come to the chateau! this is such a fun show and once again,there are so many amazing artists selling the most wonderful things.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


 one of my acorn pincushions is in the new sew somerset!
 the pincushions were actually the christmas present that i had made for friends and family last year.
i will have a few pincushions and some of my other silk acorn goodies at the mermaid's mercantile show tomorrow. come on out and see me and many other fabulous artists!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

New Work!

here are some of the new pieces that i've been working on!  i love these new acorn ornaments!  the leaves and acorns are all hand stitched by me and the caps of the acorns are real. they make darling tree ornaments and i've also been wearing one on my jacket. 
you can find these at the next few shows i will be doing. on saturday november 20th,nick and i will be at ART IN THE YARD @ 4182 Linwood Place,Riverside Ca.,from 10 to 4.
sunday november 21rst we will once again be at the Mermaids Mercantile down in solano beach.
come and see us along with other fabulous artists and get your holiday shopping going! 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


while out at the mission this past weekend,i spotted this adorable ladybug girl and her sweet bumblebee dog.  aren't they both just precious!?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Dia De Los Muertos

Members of our family went to the San Luis Rey Mission to set up an alter for Dia De Los Muertos. Having just lost my husband and most recently my father, it was very therapeutic for Nick and I to do this. Here's Nick and I with other family members.

Here's the finished alter with many family photographs, artifacts, and foods.

 Here's a close up, the small framed photograph is my father who recently passed away and the larger poster board is my father in law who died five years ago.

 Nick and I did a lot of people watching while we were at the festival and when this little girl and her dog came by we had to have a photo of her. She and her dad were happy to oblige.

Friday, October 8, 2010

new work!

here's some of the teeny silk pumpkins i've been working on.
these will be available at the next mermaid's mercantile!

Trying to get back to work

i am slowly starting to get back on track with things. obviously life for my son and i is very different and we are still working on finding our way.
as you can see,on the right side of the blog are listings for our next shows,so come and see us. 
while i hadn't been able to create for several weeks,it seems now that ideas are flowing in and i hope to have some new stuff to show you soon.

Friday, September 17, 2010

memorial service

the memorial service for my dear husband will be held at 11:30am on saturday september 25th at st.patrick catholic church,carlsbad ca.92008
a reception will follow at the home of karl and stephanie molinar at 1861 timber trail,vista,ca.92081.
please attend if you are able and help us celebrate the life of a truly special person.  peace,sabrina 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

james e. molinar
july 26, 1961-september12, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

Been working on something special, can you guess what it is?

As you can see Shadow (the cat who owns us) is modeling with one of my new Halloween banners! These are all hand-made by me, using vintage fabrics, sequins, beads, and whatever else I might find in my scraps of stiching goodies! I will have some of these at a special show at The Mermaid's Merchantile on Sunday September 5th. Come by and see us.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

come and see the mermaids!

sorry i don't have any photos today,(no tech support from the boy). anyway,just wanted to remind you all that the mermaid's mercantile is happening this weekend and nick and i will be there tomorrow! 
i have some great new pieces and there are going to be some very cool give-aways happening.  come and join the fun,you won't be sorry,if fact,you might be sorry if you miss it!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New Work!

sorry i haven't posted sooner than this, but i've been busy working on new jewelry and just keeping it together with life in general.

here is susan modeling some of the new work

i personally love long dangling earrings, but I know some people prefer a shorter version.

either way they're very cute and very wearable!

i also got some petal earrings done. these are always favorites, and i love finding new words to hammer into them.

this is always a good word, don't you think? leave me a comment with one of your favorite words!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A glove in hand!

don't you just love vintage gloves? i remember wearing gloves to mass when i was a little girl and now i collect them. 
i decided i wanted to do something with the gloves and this is what i came up with!
i love the way this glove-purse turned out!

i stitched a silk lining inside and it's got just enough room to carry a few basics. i think it would be a fun evening bag.
i have also been working on the mini books and should soon be doing a class on these. 

 they are alot of fun to make and i can't seem to stop making them! ;o)

i will also have these available for sale at the next mermaid's mercantile and at the next chateau de fluers.

we have also been busy with doctors appointments,you can read about that here.

Friday, August 6, 2010

55th Anniversary!

here are my mom and dad with the majority of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren,(i think we were missing one of each in this photo).
tomorrow the family will be celebrating mommy and daddy's 55th wedding anniversary! can you imagine,55 years together?
my parents have always been great role models for my siblings and i and even more so,they have been wonderful parents.  we are a very close family and that doesn't mean we always get along and agree with each other.  but,the thing we have learned to do is forgive each other and try to be there for each other.
thanks mom and dad for this amazing life! thank you for believing in me,and for showing me that good things do happen thru love,work,and sheer determination!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

keeping busy!

we've been busy here with appointments for jim. however,i do have some cuteness to share with you.  the little sweetie above is a peg doll i painted a few months back.  the really fun thing about her is that she is also answers your questions with her spinner!

these are some photos of a couple of necklaces that i had made for a client.  she had given me most of the components from her collection and as you can see i added some of my own touches to them.

i've also been keeping busy working on some new class proposals and some new jewelry for the next mermaids mercantile! i'll post some pics of those things later this week.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

a wonderful time was had by all!

nick and i had a fabulous time teaching my class over at Paper Tales!  the staff in that shop are so wonderful and make every effort to make sure that everyone is comfortable and happy.

here are photos of my students wearing their new scrapbook journals.
here are the close-ups of all the stunning pieces!
thanks so much ladies,i had a blast,i can hardly wait to teach again!
p.s. all the photos in this post were taken by nick g. molinar thanks nick!