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.



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


PayPal & Venmo accepted

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!

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