Express Yourself!

Until recently, if you were to lock eyes with me in a store, at the park, wherever . . . you would be greeted with a big smile!  I’m still smiling, but I can’t see your smile either. I am offended by masks, truly. However, I have made hundreds of them for people, but to me it feels like a bit of our identity has been stolen away. How about you? Therefore, I introduce to you, MASKED NOT MUTED (so that you can) EXPRESS YOURSELF!!!!!

What is MASKED NOT MUTED, you ask?  It will be what you and I make of it together. For years I have loved making clothes, and doing woodworking and refinishing of, well, nearly anything. I will be using my sewing experience and creative energy to help myself and others not be lost in a world of covered smiles.  What is it that you love? Are there expressions that you want folks to know as they see you . . . even from a social distance?





Meet Dink’s fancy pants award winning, “Most Unique” Deva of a Dragon! She is made from upcycled jeans, vintage brick-a-brack, a man’s tie, buttons & she even sports and antique crystal from a chandelier (No wonder she’s a deva!).  




I was challenged when I heard my daughter say, “My kids will never keep a mask on!”  It got me to thinking, “What would encourage a 4 year old to wear a mask?” Here in Pennsylvania USA they are required in public places. What is a child to do? Thus, masks made into animal shapes!  Funny thing is, I know of a few woman wearing cats when they go out!


Wanna make a statement with a silly old man on your face?


 What would help you express yourself?

I’ll be posting regularly as I dream up these new masks so that YOU ARE NOT MUTED! Let the world know that you are fun, serious, have a message . . . or simply a smile!

What shall we create together?



Yes, I am choosing to have some fun in a very difficult season of history. I do hope that you and your family stay well, safe and somehow make the very best of each and every day as each day is faced with new challenges and opportunities.




Grandma’s coat, an old set of grandpa’s tools, or a piano, there are things that have great meaning to us. I have many of them. Most are in boxes in the attic “because they are so precious!” I pull them out every now and then . . .


Wouldn’t it be great to display those pieces in a nice way so that they can be enjoyed rather than hidden?

I can help you do that!

Here are a few memory pieces I’ve crafted each one is made with great care knowing just how special that piece is to you.


Mom’s organ-shelf will display photos & trinkets.


Would you believe I wore this ugly sweater when we _________? But, oh my how much fun we had!

Dad’s favorite shirts!

OK, I think you can see that almost anything can be upcycled so that it can be less bulky, or at least, not hidden in a box somewhere. There will be more to come! What would you like to have for a keepsake of a special memory?

Alright! I’m heading up in my own attic today and take great grandmom’s quilt out and see what I can do!

Litter Box not Necessary!

These little kitties are so much fun to paint! For shows I’ll just let my mind wander, or get ideas from photos I see on Facebook like this one. I can’t wait to paint the center one, he’s so freaking cute!


They are 10 x 2 inches, made of wood & “stacked”. There are 4 layers . . . So when you hang them on the wall, they look as if they are walking out! Here are some of the cats I’ve custom made:







Completed kitties: $29.00

Custom:  $45.00  (Hey! That sweet-little-snarky-picky-eater-ball-of-fluff of yours takes some time to do!)

Will I do other animals?  OH, GIVE ME A CHALLENGE!

If you would like your little-feline-friend all I need are photos showing me as much detail as possible, face, two sides, tail, feet. Show me the crooked fur lines, etc.  Just send the photos through email to


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Good Memories!

Of course, I’d be happy to!
Here is a teddy I made for my 84 year old Mom. It’s made from my grandmother’s winter coat & was hanging in the closet for 25+ years. I’m surprising her with the teddy for Christmas. A few folks have expressed an interest in having one made. My answer, “Of Course, I’d be happy to!”
I know, “Dink” is usually working with wood, but the way I learned to use a band-saw & think about putting things together is thinking, “This saw is like a sewing machine with a different material”.
There are so many creative things that can be made to PRESERVE MEMORIES, whether it be a teddy bear, throw or, yeah, you know me—-something beautiful from that old piano taking up space!
It is truly an honor to give new life to special things that remind us of special people in our lives. I’d love to see your ideas & “things” that you’ve kept to remind you!

Dink’s Digs Coming Soon!

Oh my what fun!  I love doing wood work & “revisiting antiques” meaning I destroy things & make them beautiful again in a different way!

I think setting up this site may destroy me!  I’d so much rather be standing in my shop cutting wood, or painting!!!!  OK, here is what you can expect:

Woodcrafts — Crazy creatures, useful decor & custom designs

Antiques Revisited— Anything from refinished furniture to jewelry made from a pressed oak chair. (I really like to destroy pianos & upcycle the leftovers)

Jewelry—  OK, so what can I say? I’m a rock-hound & enjoy sharing my finds.

Here are some samples of what to expect in coming weeks:






Keep watch for new items!

If you would like to order: please comment on this blog & I will get back to you, that is, until I have things fully set-up!

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