Thanks to all of you who came out to the Domino Art Pendant classes at the Bead Bug last week. We had a blast and everyone made such unique and beautiful pendants. They were all wonderful! Here are some photos of the pendants they made. There will be more photos coming in the next day or two. We are also going to have two more classes in January one for the kids on Martin Luther King Day. See the Beadbug website for more info.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I am excited to be teaching my domino art pendant class at the Beadbug in Crabapple, Ga. For local people who are interested there will be two classes coming up before Christmas. Go to the Mybeadbug.com website for more info. I hope to see you there!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Dominoes make such a perfect little canvas to work on. I just got this butterfly stamp and have been having fun using just portions of it on these pins and pendants. I colored these with brush makers and they spray sealed them. I am not sure if my color combos are "real" butterfly colors, but I like them anyway.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Here is the holiday special I am offering on Etsy this month. This cute little Santa domino pin is buy one get one free in my etsy store. It is stamped in black and and hand colored. It makes a cute inexpensive handmade gift for all of those teachers and helpers you want to get a little something for. You can get them here.
Monday, December 8, 2008
My girl had her surgery on Friday and seems to be doing pretty well. I told her she had to go to rehab and she said, "NO, NO, NO" (hee hee couldn't resist). The worst part of this by far is when she has to wear her plastic cone around her head. She is totally freaked out by it and afraid to move at all. She won't even put her head down. I hope she gets used to it real soon, b/c I need some sleep at night.
Monday, December 1, 2008
I have been cranking out these little canvases lately. It is so much fun to work on these with the ipod cranked up. It seems they almost make themselves sometimes. I think my favorite is this last one titled, "Grow." It has really bright colors and then the little bit of bling on the pot is my favorite.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I had such a great time visiting with our family that live in North Carolina. We had lots of fun, great food and shopping. I always manage to sneak in a visit to the Enchanted Cottage in Lewisville, NC. The store has mega amounts of stamps and scrapbook items. I never can get out of there empty handed, this time I got a great damask stamp, inks and glitter. I was very happy with my little package. I went back to join the family and they decided they wanted to learn how to make domino pendants. Here is the picture of the pendants that were made that day. Didn't they do well. My youngest nieces ages 5, and 10 got into the act too. There were so sweet, wanting to make one for all of their friends. I brought all of them home with me to seal and drill. I love looking at them as a group, wouldn't this make a cool mosaic?
There are lots of ways to decorate your dominos these all used Tim Holtz alcohol inks in the Farmers Market colors, and the other was "Cottage Cabin" that had pretty browns. Then we just used regular black dye ink to stamp onto the backgrounds. We let them dry for 24hrs and then I sprayed fixative, then matte spray sealer on them. Now they are ready to string and wear. This is a great gift for pennies!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wow, it was a cold day to be outside for a craft fair! There was a an option to move inside, but it was very crowded and I thought we were better off outside with more room to spread out. Well I think it was not ideal either way. We had an ok day, but met some great people. Thanks for all that stopped by to see us! We met some other great vendors as well. This bottom photo is Alisha of Alisha's Accents. She makes these absolutely gorgeous handbags. Her materials are rich and made with great attention to detail. She has an etsy store so you can get one for yourself. You can see how my friend Pam of pammyt on etsy is dressed that we had a frosty day. I came home and layed on the couch with a heating pad and blanket I was knocked out by 7:30.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Somebody stop me! Once I get going on these little canvases I can't stop. They are so much fun given there is not too much white space to work with. I think it's less pressure for me. The fun starts with the embellishing for me. The camera doesn't pick up all of the detail, but the bird canvas has buttons, rhinestones big and small, twill tape and ribbon. I had to take it out of my studio otherwise it would have a couple more doodads added to to it.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
For readers in the Atlanta area, I will be participating in the St. Pius X High School Craft Fair this Saturday from 9am to 3pm. It is located at 2674 Johnson Road in Atlanta. I have participated in the past and it always has a great variety of vendors. I hope I see you there! I will have a ton of my jewelry as well as painted canvases and some other little goodies I am working feverishly to finish. I need someone to yell, "Pencils down!" or I will work until 2am Friday morning trying to get more things done.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I found artist Lisa Kaus' work featured in a recent Sommerset Studios magazine and was instantly drawn to her style. She does the cutest canvases, buckets, houses, and cake box towers. The "cakes" feature objects that go along with the theme. I want them all! I decided to make one for myself using her style for inspiration. This one is my first, I call it "Nest." I am happy with the way it turned out. I used pages from an 1870's ledger, tissue paper, mini nest, and eggs. I definetly need more stuff for adding on the next one. Check out Lisa Kaus' wonderful shop yourself here.
I hope to take a workshop with her one day, but until she makes it to the East Coast I will just have to wait.
I hope to take a workshop with her one day, but until she makes it to the East Coast I will just have to wait.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
This is my sweet girl Maddy. She is now ten years old and is having some real problems. It seems Labs are prone to hip dysplasia and she has started limping. This has come on rather suddenly, and I took her to the vet. The vet thinks that maybe she tore her ACL. I did not know these things could happen to dogs. She is going to an orthopedic vet to get diagnosed and see if she is a candidate for surgery. It breaks our hearts to see her hobbling around, and she still grabs her ball wanting to play. She has become my constant companion over the last ten years we are hoping they will be able to fix her up and have her back to her old self. Our fingers are crossed!
Friday, November 7, 2008
I have been so busy making art and jewelry for shows and my etsy shop, but rarely make one for myself. Here are the two I am now sporting around town. The first is photo of me on back of an initial pendant. My older sister stuck my in a photo booth and by the fourth one I figured out how to smile. I put one of my always/lucky stick words with it b/c this is how I feel about my life. Lucky or really blessed to have my awesome family, and friends. It serves as a good reminder to me to count my blessings.
The second pendant is of a collage/painting I did awhile back. I loved how this turned out. Light and whimsicle so I decided to shrink it down for wearable art. I am now offering this in my etsy shop. Do you have a favorite work or art, atc that you think would make a great pendant or ornament? Just send me the jpg and I will seal it under glass for you to wear or give with pride. This would also be fun with your child's artwork. My son did a drawing that I am especially fond of that will be added to my always lucky necklace.
Enjoy and as they say in the south "Happy fall y'all"
Monday, November 3, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I finally got a chance to take some pictures of some of the treasures I bought while exploring some small towns in Alabama. The first photo is of some of the jewelry I found, the next is of some of the old books I found. One of the antique malls had so many good ones to choose from it was hard to get just 5. One not pictures here is called, The Devil's Curse or Hell's Commerce" it is a book from the days of prohibition. It has some really great art and poems in it. The bottom picture is of the white patent leather go-go boots I found at the Unclaimed Luggage store. When I was paying for them the lady said, "Honey are you sure you can walk in these?" with her sweet southern accent. I assured her no I could not walk in them for sure, but I am sure I can find someone that can. Don't you love them?
Sunday, October 26, 2008
My sister-in-law and niece asked me along for a road trip through Alabama before my niece went back to school. Of course I was all in for it and had a great time. Our first stop was in Scottsboro, Al to the Unclaimed Baggage Center. I remember seeing if featured on Oprah once and wanted to go ever since. I have to admit it was a bit of a disappointment. It was kinda like thrift store shopping since most of the items were used, but not thrift store prices. I did get a great pair of white platform go go boots that were never worn. I plan on putting them on Ebay. They had a Channel Diamond watch for $13,000! They had designer and wedding dresses ( I hope the wedding was over before they lost their luggage). The funny thing is you have to keep reminding yourself that this stuff was all packed in a suitcase or shipped as freight that lost it's way. I know I will never pack anything of great value in my suitcase after seeing the stuff in this place.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Yes, I love birds. Anything with a bird or wings incorporated into it gets my attention. So here is another encaustic collage with a bird. This time I tried to paint a little nest for the bird to be sitting in. I am not the greatest sketch artist, but I like to play with my watersoluble crayons in this way. I also found this little keyhole hardware piece that I thought looked good up in the corner. These collages are 6x6 inches. I may get bold and get a pack of 9x9 canvases. Oooh that's a lot of white space to work with....We'll see.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I bought these wide profile canvases awhile back. I have been saving them for something really special. I now decided that there will probably never be something really special and I am just hoarding my supplies as usual. So I made these two collages. The first is completely collaged with vintage hymnal pages, ledger pages and a sweet vintage image. The second one I did a color wash, stamped, and drew on the branch & leaves with my watersoluble crayons. These are so much fun to play with. I then collaged on the sides and the bird and used a pencil to put in the final details. I will be selling these in my booth. I hope some one buys them!
Monday, October 6, 2008
I am so thrilled to have a new local store carrying my jewelry. Sweet Grass Spa & Salon in Atlanta is the coolest place you have ever seen. It is colorful and funky place that draws you in to explore. The staff is so warm and friendly. If you live in the area you owe it to yourself to check it out. Here are some pictures of the jewelry displays we did.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I am trying to destash my craft room and am offering this book for sale. "Creative Machine Embroidery a Practical Sourcebook" by Gail Harker. It is a beautiful book that offers practical guidance with creative inspiration. The original price paid was $24.00, I am selling for $9.00 and it will be shipped media mail for $2.25. The total cost is $11.25 still less than half. I am accepting Paypal. Email me if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I was just sent this link for sculptor Ron Mueck he is a realist sculptor, using fiberglass resin. The people, or faces or either blown up very large or miniaturized. I would love to see this show if it comes to a museum near me. Check his work our here.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I am participating in a necklace swap with the Dremel Yahoo group. The rules were that you had to make your necklace at least 24 inches long with a minimum of 6 charms made using your dremel tool. I at first was going to do a sea inspired necklace using sea glass. I tried multiple times with multiples tips and broke the sea glass each time. I went back to the drawing board and came up with a "Vintage Travel" necklace I used letter tiles I drilled to spell "Paris",and then I drilled disks I painted and added vintage ephemera onto them. All in all I think it turned out pretty I hope my partner likes it!
I was included in a very cool treasury by JanelDudley, she called it "Something Wicked comes this way...." It has some really fun items for the fall/Halloween season. They even have custom made horns! Check it out at http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=27278
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Didn't you have that dream as a kid, singing into your hairbrush? To be a rockstar, singing to the masses, hearing them chant your name.... oh sorry, I guess I was daydreaming lol. Well I thought this was such a fun idea. The little skull charm just had to be part of some necklace, so cute and sassy at the same time. Oh yah.....Rock Star.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I have been working hard on some new pendant designs. Sometimes my creativity flows like a river, and other times it's a trickle. Well it looks like the water has been turned back on for now. I have several new ones that are going to be listed in my etsy store. I just rediscovered these butterfly images. I made them into transparencies so you can see the words through the wings.