No matter where you go

there you are.

I’ve been wondering what the hell to do with this blog – since I so rarely come back to update these days, I feel guilty and obligated, but then I wonder if anyone is actually reading anymore. It comes and goes in cycles, I guess. I like the idea of no-obligation blogging.

I’ve been up to quite a bit in the studio over the past few months as Maia Rainwood Design seems to be taking a bit of a sideways slide into stuff for houses, not just people. I’ve been preparing quite a few light catchers and garden ornaments to help my friend with inventory at her booth at the Southern California Renaissance Faire.

They’re pretty damn spectacular if I do say so myself – a mix of prisms, vintage and new chandelier parts, crystal points, repurposed beads (vintage and new) and odds and ends from various flea markets. I’ve been having a blast making them, they’re pure play and so beautiful in the light. It’s hard not to fill my own windows. I mean, if I were being 100% honest I’d totally fess up to the fact that, I might have actually filled my own windows with light catchers that are NOT being sold.


So now, in the morning and at certain points through the day, the kitchen is filled with rainbows and it’s pretty damn marvelous if I do say so myself.

Some of the light catchers are more than a bit over the top.


Hopefully someone will want to take the big ones home. Pictures don’t really do them enough justice. I might figure out a way to hang them from a light fixture, can you imagine having one of these beauties hung ’round a light in your bedroom?

Once I’m done sorting things out with the State of California and get my Etsy shop back up and running, I’ll have a bunch of these listed for sale. Till then, you can find them on my work Instagram.

Pretty, pretty, pretty.

The other thing I’ve been playing around with lately is needlework, specifically embroidery, wool appliqué, and penny rugs.


I honestly have no worldly idea what the hell I’m going to do with any of these. Make things I supposed. They’re really fun. SO fun. Embroidery is lovely and wool appliqué is a lot of fun. Looks like folks will be getting something other than knitwear for Christmas this year.

OH here’s a funny story…

I just had my gallbladder out on Thursday and in the Norco-hazed 3 days between surgery and today, I apparently went and bought some needlepoint, quilting and sachiko embroidery supplies. I have no recollection of this, it’s just that my Pinterest pins have multiplied, I have a lot of emails from Etsy vendors saying, “thanks for the sale”, my bank account is suddenly empty, there’s a hold on my debit card, and packages full of thread and vintage reclaimed fabrics have begun arriving at the house via USPS. I have no recollection of buying ANY of it. But it’s all really great and I totally don’t want to return it now!

Still, in an effort to get some of the money BACK it looks like I’ll be adding some textile arts to the home decor in the shop at some point.

Apparently I also planned an appliqué quilt for the grandbaby because there’s all this Kaffe Fasset fabric in hot pink…

The problem is, I don’t, actually, quilt.


Post-surgery problems.

About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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14 Responses to No matter where you go

  1. HAHA! Oh no! Yay for fun supplies, but whoops! I love all your light catchers. They’re so awesome. One of these days…

  2. GivingHands says:

    I will have one of your sun catchers some day soon, Rain! I hope you keep writing in this blog when you feel the need. I love hearing your adventures, regardless of the medium of your artistic expression, regardless of the flavor of your life lessons. I’ve done the distracted purchasing, but fortunately, you bought materials you can craft with, and make beautiful things.

  3. tinakomi says:

    Oops! Remind me to stay away from Norco! 😂 I LOVE your light catchers too! Would love to buy one – maybe in summer. Take good care and enjoy all your new fun stuff!

    • Maia Rainwood says:

      My doctor says it was likely a reaction to the anesthesia, pain and anti nausea meds in recovery, AND Norco. Unlikely to ever happen again but if I ever get surgery again my husband says he’s taking away my computer.

  4. Should you want to learn quilting, I can point you in the right direction. LOL. My mom was a quilter and taught for years, and I’m friends with a lot of her quilting friends still, so we know all the good shops and teachers. LOL

    • Maia Rainwood says:

      It’s all sashiko, boro and kantha, and the raw edge appliqué and more free form stuff, judging from what I bought and my Pinterest feed over the painkiller fueled weekend.

  5. Hope Smitherman says:

    I hope the surgery went well. They must have given you some really fabulous drugs. I didn’t have anything like that kind of no-recollection shopping spree after I had my gallbladder removed. That’s probably for the best! The suncatchers are real beauties. I’m sure they’ll sell well or at least be well-admired! Have fun with all the new goodies!!

    • Maia Rainwood says:

      Thank you 🙂 I love the sun catchers too! I don’t think they gave me anything particularly strong but I am *exquisitely* sensitive to painkillers and medications in general and stuff just hits me hard. We switched everything to half doses and now I can remember, less blurry, not as groggy, and it’s fine. 😛

  6. I am reading your posts — backwards in time — and enjoying them. Thought I should tell you this, given that you wondered about the point of blogging. (I, as a new blogger who has an aversion to the word blog, have had the same thoughts.)
    Enjoy all those delicious threads and fabrics you inadvertently bought! BTW stitching is addictive.

  7. The fun you had in making those penny rugs shows in the stitching. They are glorious

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