Saturday, August 29, 2009
This week, it came to me. In my love of recycling/upcycling things, I saw an idea to make a necklace out of an old men's tie. The basic idea is, you split open the ends of the tie so you can put beads inside the fabric and tie them off with knots. I used this technique, however, I also added these large holed beads on the outside. I am happy with how it turned out! As chunky as it looks, it is quite light because I used wood beads on the inside. This is quite a statement piece and will look great with simply jeans and a t-shirt. Or for work, dress pants and a blouse. If you'd like to make your own tie necklace, I suggest finding a skinny tie rather than a traditional one. This way, you have less bulky fabric and do not have to deal with the fabric getting larger on one side.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Building on the theme of this cool gardening book, I thought I'd share a tour of my own garden and some of the unusual recycled objects in it.
As you look at this picture of my front door, you can see where I came up with my Dr. Seuss title for this post. The steps are flanked on each side by a red fish planter and a blue fish planter. On the right hand side you can see a glimpse of an ornamental bonsai like tree and on the left, part of a Japanese maple that I love!
Of course I have peacocks in my garden, so I might as well show them off first! This one is in my rose garden, to the right side of our back door. Here, we've also used an old fence gate that we found when we moved in as a decorative interest. You can also see part of the walk out area of our old stone foundation basement.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
(some newly decoupaged Vintaj components that will be used soon)
I started seriously beading about 10 years ago. Sure, when I was younger I made the friendship bracelets out of seed beads with my friends. But in my early twenties, I discovered peyote stitch. I was always fascinated by loom work, but trying a loom seemed so daunting. Here was something that gave the same effect but without the loom. I promptly signed up to take a class at my local bead store Funky Hannah's. Here, you can see my very first attempt at peyote stitch in the smaller peacock amulet bag, with a color scheme made to match a shirt I had. There is also another larger peacock feather I made in a class I took later.
When I decided to start selling my work, I had to come up with a name and business cards. Having just gotten into scrapbooking too, I had a collection of ephemera that included quite an interesting little image: a little fairy flocked in peacock feathers. That is how the name The Peacock Fairy came to be. Here she is on my first business cards. Since then, my business cards have evolved into different designs. But she will always be the beginning of The Peacock Fairy.
(while I don't do much peyote anymore, it is fun to dabble in it once in a while)
(I used to do hand painted furniture too, but now just focus on jewelry)
Oh how I'd love to own my own peacocks someday! But for now, I love surrounding myself with pretty peacock things. Jewelry and beading components of course are most exciting! But I also have picture frames, candle holders, garden statues, dining sets, ornaments, sculptures, and too many other things to name. In my wardrobe I have lots of shirts, skirts, dresses, scarves, even jeans - enough to the point that if I wanted to, I could wear a peacock item everyday without using anything else from my closet! It truly is fun being The Peacock Fairy!