Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Getting Ready for Shows

I have been organizing my inventory and making more to sell to get ready for a bunch of holiday shows this month. Here are the newest items I have made, please comment:












Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What Do You Think??

Victorian brooch

Victorian Pendant sold as soon as I posted on FB

Vintage Keyhole Pendant--looks like wings in flight

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My Newest Projects


Think of a golden sunset over a grape vineyard!! I started with a metallic gold paint over the whole frame and added spots of metallic green paint. Then I painted dark purple colored paint grape cluster shapes. Then with dark green paint I added leaves and tendrils. The entire surface was then sealed with glossy decoupage. Then I added dark purple faux gemstones that look like grapes!  Check it out on  http://todayscreativeblog.net/get-your-craft-on-24/!!!!

Beautiful silver crosses on a blue/white frame painted to look like the sky surround part of a song from Handel's Messiah: "And the glory, the glory of the Lord shall be revealed." The quote is printed on blue/white paper to also look like the sky/heavens.  When I used to be a soprano, I sang this song in HS Chorus, I loved it!!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Keychains:

I started with 'pre-holed' industrial brass tags and mixed white acrylic paint and Mod Podge Gloss. Made another set with Mod Podge Sparkle. Working all the way through one side at a time, I painted numerous coats, added stickers, and then coated 3 times with Dimensional Magic. Then I poked the holes and added a key ring on one end and some bling (always need bling).  This project took me a LONG time with a bunch of learning from mistakes--next year I will start in August!!!




My display at work

Monday, September 20, 2010

Just When I Think This is All for Naught....

I had just been thinking that maybe people are not just into my stuff, and Ashley from Etsy's Shop ArtsyAsh101 puts my green shabby chic mirror in a treasury with fabulous artists today!

It makes all the mistakes I have thrown away worth it to keep on keeping on!!

Thanks LOADS Ashley, and I will be sure to feature your art photography in the near future!!!!

Check out the treasury, and be sure to check out the ArtsyAsh101 shop!!!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c979fb7af9a8eefa986f334/the-pretty-predicament

Friday, September 17, 2010

This Week

I know, I have not been posting!  I finished the tiny hands frame, packed and ready to go.  I started working on a mirror with peacock colors--My husband said he wasn't feeling it.  So I am up at 3:30 am to drive to a meeting on Tuesday and I look at the frame and I think "Sunset Over Wine Country"  I am still working on it so I don't want to show a picture yet.

Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness so I am making some keychains to sell at work-1/2 of the proceeds will go to BCA.  I tried using plain white acrylic paint and it looked to dry.  I removed the paint and mixed the paint with glossy Mod Podge, looks much better.  I will take pics in stages.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

HI ALL!

I am working on a custom frame, and so of course I want to put it together it in stages to make sure that the person buying it is happy.  It is for the Aunt of a first new baby for the couple,  due in January, and the sex will be a surprise.   Tiny primary colored hands embellish a white frame.  Here is where I am, the hands have not been glued yet, waiting for confirmation from the buyer.  I painted the wood frame 50,000 times; and then decoupaged (glossy) about a million times, both sides--drying between coats is what takes the longest.  Excuse the tin foil, it is what I work on so I don't ruin my kitchen counter and I didn't want to move it before finished :).  What do you think?!!!:

Check it out---Featured on:
http://todayscreativeblog.blogspot.com/

Monday, August 23, 2010

What I have been Working on

I usually work on multiple projects at one time because when I make frames, it is done in stages.  I made another doily bowl.  I put 2 avocados and a tomato in it so you can get an idea of the size.  As soon as the avocados are ripe, I will cut up 3 tomatoes, 3 avocados and a head of radicchio for my lunch salad.  I never put dressing on it, I love the flavors together and the juice from the tomatoes keeps it from being too dry.











Then I found bronze Victorian hardware that looks like a flower so I made it into a necklace with antique brass plated chain:

Here is the mirror I am working on, I decided to go bolder:
first coat of decoupage after painting

stiffening cloth flowers for embellishments--I look for molds everywhere :)
a finished stiffened cloth flower

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New Idea


I found various information about making vintage doilies into bowls and other  holders for say pens, flowers, etc. I love elegant vintage (1880s -1935) so of course I had to try it.   This one can hold coins, keys or a battery operated votive candle.  Isn't the one picture cool with the candle in the dark?
Note:  NOT water friendly!!!!.




Monday, July 26, 2010

This Month has been so Hectic and HOT

I have been so busy at work these past couple of weeks, and when I come home it has been soooo hot I have to stay outside with Jack Frost. I have a house that was built in 1936 --it has radiator heat so we only have window air conditioners in the bedrooms.


I finally posted all the pendants from the pictures I made on Etsy and have cleared up my workspace to work on the bulletin board and baby frame. I will post pics of them when I finish them.

I also have a new piece that I have been mulling over, an elegant steampunk. Do I make a bracelet or a necklace? I meet up with my jewelry group friends on Thursday so I will ask their opinion. It is great to have friends you can bounce ideas off of, especially when they are into all different designs and materials--they are wonderful support!!!!  You will be the first to see the finished product!!

Two years ago, I would have never thought I would be doing this! After I took my first (and only) jewelry class, I jumped in with both feet and got a space at a local craft show. I made enough to pay for my spot +$5.00.   Back then I was selling wine charms  and at the show, all my things kept blowing away--I have learned so much since then!   My friends think I should start selling them again--What do you think?   Here are some pictures:

Seaside Treasures



Martini Time

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Been Busy

Whew!  I have had a lot going on these past couple of weeks.  I am  designing a website which really does take a lot of thought, but it has been fun so far.

I have made  scrabble tile necklaces from the pictures I showed on my last blog post and have them on Etsy.  Making the necklaces are not the hard part, it is deciding on the pictures that I hope people like.  I keep refining what I do as well, see what medium works, what doesn't.  I am going to make my new pendants via decoupage instead of the plastic cover that I have been using.  I will post pics of both finished products so you can see what I mean.

After I finish making all my pendants, I will work on two projects people have asked for--a decoupaged bulletin board with matching pushpins and 'new baby' frame.

I am listening to Stephen King's Duma Key on audio in the car -- the story is located on a beach in Florida.  That gave me a mirror idea! I have not been to the beach in ages and I miss it :


It reminds me of walking on the beach seeing all the shells that have washed up.  I left the wood unpainted because it reminded me of driftwood and the wood is the color of sand.

Here are my latest pictures:

                                                                 
Mini 1/2" pine cones--how cute are they?!!

Leaf frond on cement--I was checking my picture focusing technique :)
Cardinal on my fence--I have been waiting FOREVER to get a picture of him! 

Water Lilies--this was taken at the duPont estate, Winterthur
Koi Pond at Winterthur--the Koi looks decorated for  July 4!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pictures for my Pendants

Mimosa closing for the evening
Mimosa Blooms


I Heart Ivy


Butterfly :)


At Rest



Can't Keep Me Down