Saturday, November 23, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Go ahead. Try it. Try going slowly for a while. The colors of the trees become more vibrant and your breath becomes the music that you've always wanted to hear. Your senses wake up and kiss you with their authenticity. What used to be so important about going fast? We all know that in the end, the tortoise wins the race.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Recently, I have been having a great time giving small gifts to people that cross my path each day. I have even been thinking about it as some kind of "calling." I love to see the smile on people's faces and the surprise in their eyes when I just give them something unexpectedly. Often times I don't even know the people who I am gifting. One time, a waitress admired my handmade earrings and I left them for her with the tip. Another time I took little pieces of art that I made, put them into gum ball machine capsules, went to the local bagel shop, and handed them out to everyone who was there. One of my neighbors was recovering from a back injury so I gave her a bluejay feather that I had found that morning for good luck. Today I put a lavender sachet in my purse made out of a vintage handkerchief and gave it to a receptionist at a doctor's office. And now I am imagining what I can do tomorrow and in the days to come - it is so much fun!
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
My wonderful new friend Callie has helped me get connected! She is also helping me out at the store and with the walk-in arts and crafts. Come and visit us - its a beautiful, breezy and cool day here in the garden!
Thursday, July 11, 2013
There are four color photos too, but unfortunately I couldn't download them from the internet. Here is the article:
MAKING CRAFTS IN SUZY'S GARDEN IS A CAKEWALK FOR PENELOPE CAKE
By CHRISTOPHER SOUTH
Cape May Star and Wave
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
WEST CAPE MAY – Many come to the shore and end up leaving with a souvenir – often a T-shirt or a knick knack; sometimes a sunburn or a jellyfish sting.
Penelope Cake, who runs Suzy’s Gift Shop at Emilia’s Garden, likes to help people create a memory they can take home with them.
Cake is a visual artist who is currently specializing in creating art from recycled items. She is also running an arts and crafts program open to kids, teens and adults.
“A lot of the things in the store are made out of recycled materials – but not everything,” she said.
Cake, who retired as a dance instructor after 35 years, said that is now her principle interest as an artist. She said she takes an item such as a tossed off button down shirt and tries to use every part of it. She takes the shirt collars and makes collarettes for dogs, obviously for dogs who prefer to look more formal than a crew neck or boat neck provides.
She will also take the cuffs off a shirt and make reusable wraps (or heat guards) for coffee cups.
“I will make a pillow out of the rest of the shirt,” she said.
Cake said she will incorporate hardware into her art; also using keys for jewelry, flatware and ceramic plates for wind chimes. She has also been using T-shirts to make into rugs. The T-shirts are cut into strips and then the strips are pulled into spirals. She rolls the strips into a ball, like yarn, and then is able to crochet a rug.
She also uses items like soda can tabs and elastic to make fun bracelets.
Cake said she lived in the Tribeca section of Manhattan since she graduated from college, but now lives in the Cape Woods neighborhood in Lower Township. After retiring from dance she has engaged in the visual arts.
“I’m now busily pursuing my interest in visual arts, and in merchandizing and crafting. I like seeing how much I can do with that,” she said.
She said doing arts and crafts is something she has done most of her life, and she likes teaching the arts and crafts component of her business.
“I do it whenever I am here. I have about six projects to do for $10 each. It allows people to experience their own creativity while they are here,” she said.
Right now she probably has more kids doing crafts but she wants to encourage teens and adults to try it as well. She said the other night she was teaching some girls to knit.
Knitting and crocheting are each an aspect of the crafts she teaches. Anyone can decorate a picture frame with a variety of natural and man made items. She will show people how to make a snake-like decoration from an old necktie, she helps them make collages, or make a bag out of an old T-shirt without any sewing – just cutting and tying.
Cake showed a bag with a print from Flying Fish Studio in West Cape May. Her fiber art crafts do not require sewing but she does some hand-sewing on site. Cake makes totes of recycled canvas that are hand-painted. The ones on display in her shop have a “CM” for Cape May but she can make them with a person’s initials – given a day’s notice.
You can reach Penelope Cake via email at email@example.com or by calling Emilia’s Garden at (609) 435-5710, or visit the garden and gift shop at 479 W. Perry, West Cape May.
Christopher SouthManaging Editor
Cape May Star and Wave
600 Park Boulevard Unit 28
West Cape May, NJ 08204
Fax: 609 -884-2893