Saturday, October 31, 2009
I just love how these bracelets turned out! I got the colorful little skull beads from Ornamentea, and then each bracelet features an artist skull. The one on the left has a pewter skull bead from Green Girl Studios and the one on the right has a silver charm from Hint. I just love how I found some silver beads that have what look like little dotted flowers on them to match the eyes of the skull in the Hint charm! That bracelet I am keeping for myself, but the Green Girl Studio has been listed for a mere $18!
And here is a necklace inspired by the falling leaves. I got this Raku leaf pendant at a bead shop in Wisconsin over the summer. It is so gorgeous on it's own, I wanted to keep the rest of the design simple. I just love how the copper looks with it! It is now listed for $36!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I too, fell in love with her cute little wood house charms. Lately, I have been finding so many "blank canvases" so to speak for my wood burning work. I promptly ordered her DIY kit of 4 houses. Here is the first little wood house I decorated with the wood burner, now for sale in my Loose Feathers shop. I can't wait to play with the rest of them! I'll probably try my hand at decoupaging some of them as well for my own use. Let me know what you think of them with wood burning though, so I know if I should make some more or not....
Monday, October 26, 2009
Another busy week is in full swing, but I just listed these 2 necklaces while I had the chance!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
First up, pumpkins - perfect for the Fall harvest!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
1. I love tea! I drink a lot of it on a daily basis. I like it hot or cold, sweet or unsweet, different flavors, etc..... My everyday favorite is Tazo Zen green tea. Now don't get me wrong, I do enjoy a Starbucks now and again but I know it's not something I can't drink all the time because I like it loaded up with chocolate and cream and sugar and OMG the calories!
2. I love upcycling things into jewelry. It excites me so! Over the past year or so I have used materials such as: old car paint cabs, men's ties, spoons, pennies, old watches & bands, keys and buttons.
So when I was paging through the book Amulets and Talismans by Robert Dancik, I was super thrilled to see the pendant he made from a tea strainer! You see, about a year ago I ran across these metal mesh tea strainers in a dollar bin at a discount store. I bought 2 of them - one for home and one for work - and was looking forward to using them in place of the spoon that I usually use to remove my tea bag once it has brewed. Unfortunately, I don't know if it was all just in my head or what, but the strainers definitely changed the taste of my tea. I don't know how to explain it..... So I was bummed that they ended up sitting in a drawer unused. But hey, now I could turn them into a unique necklace!
I made mine a bit different than Robert did. You see, he used the strainer in it's entirety (both halves) but I thought that made for quite a large bauble! So I only used one half per necklace so that I could make 2 of them!
Once I disassembled them, I did create the patina on the mesh like he did with a torch. Another difference is that his have dangles coming out the bottom but mine do not.
Both of these necklaces are long (on 30 inch chains) so they are very comfortable to wear and you can look down to see and touch them. It is also a nice length to be able to show them to people - you can actually pull it away from your body a bit so they can get a closer look.
These were really fun for me to make and I know there will be more on the way. I can't wait to see what interesting thing I will find to upcycle next!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The first time I had ever been to Vegas was with my Mom also - about 8 years ago. She had driven my Grandpa out there, since he is afraid to fly, and my Grandma and I flew out to meet them there.
I couldn't believe how much it had stayed the same, yet changed. There were many more new hotels since I had been there and I can't remember what was imploded down for the space. Right next to where we stayed - the Monte Carlo - there is a huge complex going up called The City Center. There are multiple towers (hotels and condos) and a shopping center. When I had first been out there, I was not married yet (although close to it). So it was interesting for me to be there now that I have grown and matured so much. I am not really a gambler, so I can't even say that I put so much as a quarter in the slots. But what I love about Vegas is the shows, the wonderful restaurants, the shopping, and the beauty of some of the hotels.
Here is a picture of Mom and I at dinner on Friday night. We ate at the Eiffel Tower restaurant at the Paris hotel. Then we were off to see Cirque du Soleil present The Beetles, Love at the Mirage.
This is the view from our dinner table at the Eiffel Tower restaurant. I love the fountains at the Bellagio!
On Saturday night, we saw Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian.
The shows we saw were wonderful! The food we ate was great! We really enjoyed ourselves, but man, does that city take a lot out of a person! We did so much walking I don't know if my legs and feet will ever be the same! At least I walked off all that rich food I ate!
Now it's back to reality, and trying to get back into a routine. As much as Vegas and I have both changed in the past 8 years, it is still a place the makes you forget about reality. I guess that means Vegas is doing what it is supposed to be doing!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Here is a funky owl made from a Vintaj brass branch, a Wisdom ceramic bead from Diane Hawkey, and a polymer clay owl head from Quirky Corn Crib.
This polymer clay squirrel from Humblebeads has gathered 3 acorns for the season: a polymer clay one from Humblebeads, one I made with an Elaine Ray ceramic bead cap and metal bead, and one I made with a wood bead with copper accents.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Above is a necklace I made to match a new top I got. It is simple - wire wrapped carnelian and crystals with a Tim Holtz key. I wore this combo to work this week.
So, we'll see what I get done tonight. I am already feeling the holiday pressure - the Art Center is starting to take work next week already for their annual Holly Mart sale that starts November 1st and goes through the holidays. I have to get them some stock and start thinking of gifts for my friends and family. I also have some magazine submissions in mind - wow, it's hard to think that it's something I might not see in print until next Summer! And, I have been toying around with the idea of shopping my wood components and/or etched pieces to a local bead shop. They don't carry anything like it. And with the addition of my mixed media jewelry class on Thursday nights in October, that makes 3 beady nights in a row during the week! I can't complain!
Friday, October 2, 2009
I am curious to see where this journey takes me. I still have a few things on my shopping list:
a better hammer
the brass tubing to make the rivets (Hobby Lobby was out of it)
an engraving pen (the one I bought didn't work so I have to return it)
the dappling set at Harbor Freight was very tempting..........
As always, I will continue to share as I go along!