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!!!!

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!!!

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


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:

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