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Sunday, December 13, 2009

New Pendants and Trinket Box

Christmas is nearly upon us! Don't you love the holiday season? The sights, sounds and smells and all of the parties and gatherings. So far our weather here hasn't been too bad. Wicked winds recently actually knocked down power lines. I think the wind chill was zero degrees...yikes! Not a good time to be without power.

I am busy working on Christmas presents and I also just finished a little angel trinket box and three new pendants. I imported some polished stones to use in my jewelry and I just love them! I brought in Sea Sediment Jasper, Spider Wed Agate, Botswana Agate Lapis Lazuli, Tiger's Eye, Labradorite, Chohua Jasper, Ocean Jasper and Autumn Leaf Jasper. They are gorgeous! Can you tell I love jasper? LOL

So far sales have been great for the holiday and I am so glad! I just had to have the struts on my car replaced, my daughter's tuition payments begin and she needs a new car. Ahhhhh! I'm so glad that I am able to supplement my income with my art or I don't think we'd make it. :)
Oh, and on an ironic note; I paid my car off and not two or three days later that it started popping and rattling because the struts were bad....three days! Isn't that so cliche LOL

Have a Happy Holiday!



Sunday, December 6, 2009

Burning the candle at both ends and lovin' it!







I can't believe it is already winter! It seems like fall was just yesterday and now Christmas is just over two weeks away. Am I ready people ask....of course not! I always vow to begin my shopping in the summer and summer quickly turns to fall and then before you know it it is nearly here again. Sigh* Live isn't easy for a chronic procrastinator!

I love this time of year (except the part about scraping the windshield lol) Parties and family gatherings, the house all decked out in lights and the Christmas classics on the radio...and my art table stuffed with custom orders in various stages of completion! Ahh, I am so busy with custom requests! All of a sudden people from all over the world began to email me with their requests. I was so surprised and pleased. Then I became worried that I would not be able to get them all done in time. Luckily I completed several this weekend and I have a few more in the final stages.

I love these special requests, they often come up with ideas that I never would have thought of or tried. They can be a real challenge but I think it helps me to think of new ideas and try new things. One project I'll begin this week is a steampunk box for a compass that someone is going to give for Christmas. They would like gears and that sort of thing included in the design. I love steampunk, it's so fun. :) I decided to take apart some old watches I was given and use the parts inside. Much to my dismay they were mostly plastic. The really curious thing was that no matter what shape the watch was, the inner workings all looked exactly the same. There must be some watch maker in China that everyone buys their inexpensive watch parts from LOL.

I decided to go to a local antique mall and see what I could find there and oh my gosh, it is a haven for unusual one of a kind things! (but sadly no watch parts). I am so excited with my finds and I can't wait to incorporate some of them into new designs. I also bought jasper, agate, lapis lazuli and tiger's eye cabochons from China. They are so beautiful, I can't wait to use them. I really need to learn to wire wrap. I'd also like to learn to use silver clay but I can't afford the special kiln right now but.....someday.....*gazes wistfully to the heavens*

Some very exciting news...I was contacted by "That Creative Place" and I may begin teaching an online class early next year! I am excited and nervous and I am thinking of projects that people may like to learn how to do. How cool is that! I was also contacted by a woman in Spain that would like to incorporate some of my designs into her metal work. She is fabulous! Check out her work at www.kabiliam.com

Well, that's all for now. Now I have to get to bed. Sweet Dreams!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Get Back you Swine!






Well, I am happy to say that I am beginning to feel like my old self again! I was sick with the H1N1 virus and it really kicked my backside for awhile.
I was at work on Monday, October 12th and I felt fine but all of a sudden I became stuffy and I couldn't breathe through my nose. I thought it was allergies. The next morning I woke up with a very sore throat and a cough. The cough was the worst, it felt like my lungs were on fire. Lots and lots of coughing, in fact I'm still coughing nearly two weeks later but it is getting better. The doc prescribed a cough suppressant with codeine. High fever, body aches and a headache that lasted for days.....not fun. There was a point when I thought I might need to call 911 because it was getting harder and harder to breathe! It was rather alarming to say the least.
I'm so glad I stayed home from work when the first flu symptoms appeared. Who knows how many coworkers I would have infected. I just don't know where it came from. Someone told me that the virus can live on an object for about 6 hours or so. I guess if that is true it could have come from any number of things. The handle of a shopping cart, a door knob, money....who knows.
Anyhoo...the good news is I am getting better and better and actually felt like working with clay again. I finished two pieces today that you see here.
I hope you all stay healthy, and if you do get sick I hope you make it through as well as I did. Take care!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A little plug for my talented sister Vicki






My sweet little sister just opened up her first Etsy shop. It is her very first experience with online selling and today is her maiden voyage!
She uses Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones and sterling silver to make the prettiest necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Click on the title of this blog to go to her new Etsy shop. She will be listing more items each day.
If you see something you like but you wish it was another color, another size etc just send her a message, she would be happy to custom make something just for you!
She is a real sweetheart and does so much for so many people and I really hope that her new venture does well.
Good Luck little sister!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

New Fall Themed Polymer Clay Cabochons






Just finished a group of cabochons with a fall flavor. The weather is cooling down and I'm so ready for summer to be over! I will be listing many of these in my Etsy shop soon. Just click on this blog title to be redirected to my shop. These cabochons can be made into pendants, pins or magnets. The could also be little decorations for your desk or used to top a decorative little box. (which is what I will be doing with a few of them. :)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Halloween Treats






Halloween is coming up and I have a few treats for sale in my Etsy shop! A candle holder made of polymer clay over glass. Painted in purple and green and covered in cobwebs and blood red glass gems. Also a sweet little wooden trinket box covered in polymer clay and featuring red glass gems, ghosts, skulls, black cats and jack-o-lanterns. Also a scratchboard ACEO of a Vampire Skull.....yikes! Lastly a Dragon's Eye pin that would be the perfect compliment to a Wizard or Witch's costume! Click on my blog's title and it will take you to my Etsy shop where you will find more views and other handmade treats made by yours truly. Happy Haunting!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Gearing up for the upcoming Holidays!






School is back in session and summer is coming to an end. This is always a bittersweet time of year for me because I hate to see summer end and the days begin to grow shorter but I LOVE autumn and the cooler weather. Ah, I can smell the pumpkin pie, hot spiced cider and roasted turkey....mmmmm yummy! Autumn here in Missouri is a beautiful colorful time of year. Albert Camus said it best "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower"

For those of us that sell our artwork on Etsy and the like now is the time to begin stocking up the 'shelves' in our online shops. I sure hope this selling season is a good one for all of us!

I just finished a new journal and a unique candle holder that I just love. Let me know what you think!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

New Whimsical Notebooks and Exciting News!






I just finished a group of fun little notebooks that I found at the craft store. I added my own little polymer clay pieces to customize each one. It was easy to do and they turned out really cute! (IMHO LOL!) I also made another polymer clay ACEO with silver metal tropical fish, glass gems and pearls. All of these pieces are currently for sale in my Etsy shop. Just click on the title to this blog and it will take you there if you are interested. :)

I am so excited about a trade I am making with an artist in Poland. She makes the most beautiful wire wrapped silver jewelry and she approached me about trading for my Seahorse Journal. I enthusiastically agreed. She loves to trade with other artists and you can find her at www.sweetcandydreams.deviantart.com They are shown above along with my whimsical notebooks and new ACEO.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

New Jewelry and a Halloween Trinket Box!





Happy Halloween!..............okay, well maybe I'm a bit early. :) I've just finished a Halloween trinket box and three new pieces of polymer clay jewelry.
Some of my friends at PCAGOE gave me a tip on how to get polymer clay to stick to wood and it worked like a charm! First bake the wood at a low temp to ensure that all moisture is removed. Then apply a thin coating of white glue to the surface of the wood (I used Weldbond) and apply your clay to this surface. The glue was dry or nearly dry by the time I applied the clay. Yay! I had some wood boxes and could not get the clay to stick for the life of me!
I'm having fun creating little pieces of jewelry and I've sold one of them to a buyer in Italy. I was so happy! I love the effect the PearlEx powdered pigment has on black clay. It just glows!
It has been a glorious weekend here. Mostly sunny and cool. Unbeieveable for July in Missouri!! I haven't had the air on all weekend and the windows have been open letting the cool breeze in. Ahhh...just wonderful.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My Green Eyed Goddess book is finished!


Well, I've finally finished my latest journal. It is a blank book that I've decorated with polymer clay and solid brass sea creatures. I found those pretty brass pieces and I just had to tangle them up in her hair! This sultry beauty is made of polymer clay in various shades of brown and light flesh and was painted here and there with acrylic paint. The background color is a metallic emerald green.
Each strand of hair was placed individually which took some time but I love the result!
For more views click on the title of this post and it will take you to my Etsy shop where she is for sale!
On a sad note, my Aunt Amma passed away today. She had been suffering for quite some time and even though she is now at peace, she will be deeply missed. She and my Uncle just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and I am so glad that they were able to celebrate their marriage with lots and lots of family. Love you Aunt Amma!

Monday, July 6, 2009

My Latest Project a 'Goddess' Journal


This is what I am working on now! It is a work in progress and I may add a few more touches before I attach it to the book. It is a bit different for me but it's fun! It is all polymer clay with solid brass starfish, shells, sand dollar and fishes. She was going to be a Goddess and then I happened upon these neat little solid brass things that I just had to add and so she became a Mermaid...or a Siren, I haven't decided which yet!
There are several things that I will do differently next time. As my daughter said...'she has a very strong chin'....yes indeed! I may paint the background a green and paint her face a bit. Highlight the lips so they don't look quite so flat. Hmmm...not sure what else yet. I'd love to hear your thoughts or suggestions for this or my next 'goddess'. Let me know, I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy 4th of July!


Happy 4th of July to all of those in the U.S.!

I'm excited! A few of my journals have been featured in an online magazine called MetaCreative Magazine put out by Mystikka Jade. You can find the magazine at www.metacreativemagazine.com
One of my vases will also be featured in a 2010 calendar! I'll post a link when it becomes available. I have three comissions to work on, so I will go for now.
Have a safe holiday!!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

One Lovely Blog Award twice!


Thanks so much to Arlene Harrison from Harrison Hollow Designs www.harrisonhollowdesigns.blogspot.com and Maria Psaltis www.mariapsaltis.blogspot.com for the One Lovely Blog Award! If you have not visited their blogs please do, they have the most wonderful creations there!

Now it's my turn to pass this award on to some of my newly discovered favorites. Here are the rules:

~Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.

~Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.

~Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award!

My 15 newly-discovered lovely blogs (not in any particular order):

www.polymerclaychameleon.blogspot.com
www.treewingsstudio.blogspot.com
www.alidilibellula.blogspot.com
www.aufildespates.canalblog.com
www.ametistadea.blogspot.com
www.tonjastreasures.com/wordpress/
www.livingwithwall.blogspot.com
www.polyclaykunst.de
www.doreenwilley.blogspot.com
www.kimcavender.blogspot.com
www.alkhymeia.jimdo.com
www.forgottenobjects.blogspot.com
www.marciapalmer.blogspot.com
www.beadbunny.blogspot.com
www.garritygal.blogspot.com

Such wonderful varied talents and styles. Take time to visit each of them, you'll be amazed and inspired. I know I was!

Happy Father's Day! New Organic Pod Vase finished






Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!

This is a vase/candle holder that I just finished for my Dad. It has an organic look to it don't you think? Lotus pod type texture and roots or vines meandering across the surface. It is a glass bubble bowl covered in black and brown Fimo and painted here and there with acrylic and metallic paint. There are holes cut in the clay to allow the light to shine through. Hope he likes it! You can click on this blog title and it will take you to my deviantART gallery with more views.

The second photo is a little arrangement I made using things that I found on my walks through the woods; a fungus of some sort, a small stone, galls on a twig, a spikey dried seed pod and artificial ivy leaves and berries (didn't find those on my walks of course :) ) all arranged in a little ceramic pot.