Saturday, August 01, 2015

My Creations for ZnetShows Summer Magazine

Well, I had this awesome write up about this challenge for the Summer Issue of Creative Spark magazine from Znetshows.  And I managed to delete the entire page..  Dont ask, cuz really I dont know how I lost the whole thing.  Once I realized I made the mistake, I did the control Z, normal response to undoing a mistake right...NOT.. It would not work.  SOoooo, I am going to have to delay writing up the entire post again.  But for now... You can enjoy the pictures ...and the magazine.  Isnt that the most important part anyway...LOL


You can find me on page 87.  There is so much awesomeness with this issue, you dont want to miss out.  I am more impressed with each issue of all the beautiful creations.

Here is what I received... I was to make NON jewelry pieces...








Here is what I made...


FAN PULLS...LOVE THESE...but the charms need to be on both sides..other than that, they fit quite nicely on my kitchen and dining room fan pulls


These are lanyards... I call these BLT..LOL These are the first things that came across my mind when asked to make something different.  I wear lanyards at work and the students I work with make these to raise moola for the class to buy food and other stuff!

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Stitch markers...these are perfect for those who crochet or knit. I have been making stitch markers for some time now but never really made them like these.. They turned out really pretty.  I just love this color combination.


These are the extra beads I received with my bundle of joy.  The more I work with the sea glass beads, the more I really do like them.  I have liked them all along, but wow..they are so cool!


This is one of my extra pieces. The bracelet is quite yummy I might add.  It fits so nicely.  I will post more pics later today.


I am not really a ring person, but I do like to make them and how awesome is this???.  This is my prototype, I think it needs a little more work but I do like it..and its actually fun to wear..  :-)  The challenge is that is has two holes...so bending the wire is a tad of a challenge and the glass chipped just a tiny tiny bit..not enough to really make a difference in the ring, you cant really tell it got chipped, but I know its there... I think I will need to use a lighter gauge wire,


:-)   Chris

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bead and Button Publication...

Yippee... My necklace was accepted into the Bead and Button August publication.  You can find me on page 17 along with other beautiful creations.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Znetshow's Summer Issue is in the makings...YAY

I received my fun stash of sea glass bead from ZNETSHOWS last week and I already have my pieces made. smile emoticon



But I am going to keep it a secret for now...sorry no peeking yet! LOL The things I made are NON jewelry pieces...that is my only hint... The reveal date is set for July so be on the look out! Here is a picture of my beads of choice...

Aren't these just a lovely bundle of eye candy?

Monday, March 09, 2015

Wired Tree Agate Stone Necklace...

Here is a look at my finished piece I taught over the weekend. We had a great time creating all the trees necklaces.  They are not quite finished yet, but I cant wait to see what the ladies end up with when they are done!!! Be on the look out in about a month and I will post all of the finished pieces...

Before....



After


Are these awesome or what???


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Special Order Rifle Casings

I was asked about 3 weeks ago from a young lady via Etsy,  if I would be interest in creating something from the casings that were fired at her fathers funeral. My heart dropped a tad because I always hate to hear of someones passing.  I accepted the challenge!  A couple of weeks of us writing each other back and forth, we finally decided on the keychains.  I did a little practice drawings and a little research on what to draw on the casings.  We came up with the idea of flowers from Hawaii and some simple vines.  I dug through my "junk jewelry" and found some great items I knew would look awesome and that would relate to her father.  She sent me the casings and I got to work almost immediately when they arrived at my house.

I am so thrilled that they turned out beautifully! I have not done many casings this size, only about 3 others.  And these were so special I didnt want to make any kind of error.  I asked if I could show off these casings, and she said "Feel free, you should be proud, they look great!  I feel very honored that she had asked me and I am so glad she really likes them.

Thank you again Celeste!





Saturday, February 21, 2015

Another Creative Spark Magazine hits the net!

I am quite excited about this magazine.  Not because I have some of my creations in it, but because it is packed with so much, such creativity from many designers. Each time the magazine comes out, I see some really amazing pieces.  Its funny that we all have such different views of what to create when we get our beads in the mail.


This time there were a small handful of us who received the NEW porcelain beads from ZNETSHOWS.  I knew which ones I was getting from the email I was sent.  I actually have been wanting to play with these beads since they came out!  I was all geared up for my package to arrive and when it did...it was the first thing I opened.  I know I know...they are just beads right?  Well..yes, they are, but to a bead junkie, every bead is exciting to get! I love the feel of them, so smooth, so light and the designs are so pretty.  I am not one for blue, but it seems like every month, blue is getting easier and easier for me to work with.  Its mental I know!  I do like the color, but some colors are just easier to work with!!

So, I got to crackin! I knew kind of what I wanted for a couple of the pendents.  The beads are very vintage to me, so I took out my stash of vintage beads and played a little with them.  I then decided I was going to do wire wrapping for the necklaces.  I don't think I have made an entire necklace with just wrapping beads with wire.  It was quite fun actually.  I think one of my inspirational artists when it come to the vintage designs is Cindy Cima Edwards. If you have not seen her work, take a peek at her facebook page. She has some amazing pieces and I just love her work.

 THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION CINDY! XO



So why stop at one necklace right, I ended up making 2.  Also 3 sets of earrings and 1 fun bracelet out of memory wire..yes, I love that memory wire!



Check out the magazine... Creative Spark Fall 2014  you can find my creations on page 96.



Finally, we were all asked about what we liked about Winter the most.  I wrote a blurp in the magazine, but I also made a little poem on a photo I took... Hubby and I were heading back home from the West Coast on a little outing for my birthday in December.  This photo is enhanced, but only to show the amazing view of it.  It really did look this way to the eye.  We had a storm during those 3 days we were on the coast and driving back home, everything was wet, green, foggy, cloudy and just some beautiful scenery.

I hope you enjoy the magazine and all the beautiful creations.  I do have a few more designs made, but i'm considering submitting them into a magazine.  I need to do more of that.  But if they do not get accepted, I will share them here later on.

ENJOY!!!




Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy February!

Dang, this year is already flying away!  To start the year off, I made a fun trip to my nephew's wedding...it was beautiful!  The perfect day, no wind, not very cold, and nice and sunny at a vineyard where the bride works.  On my way there...300 miles drive...all by myself..which is what I have done for many moons...  I guess I messed up my back. It has stayed with me now for over a month.  Not much fun I admit.  I had to take a day off work here and there...and icepack it frequently.  Today finally I got my MRI.  I hope its an easy fix because I want it to be done now!!!  But with all the aches and pains, I still managed to hold down my day job, work my extra hours and create some really pretty jewelry out of the beads I received from ZNETSHOWS.  The online magazine comes out very soon, just a matter of days in fact.  I will post more pictures of the jewelry I made that I was not able to get in the magazine.  Its mainly because I ran out of time and wasn't able to get the write up for it.

But here is a teaser of what I made...more about this very soon..

Friday, December 19, 2014

Awesome Studio Handbook...

I was just sitting here playing around...doing the hunt for who knows what...LOL and came across this awesome handbook with tons of beautiful lettering.  I am kind of a font freak... When I was young...back in the days... I took this great lettering class in college.  Loved it...even though I didnt make a career of it, I really had fun playing with letters...hand painting them, drawing all types of creative type letters...I even did an airbrush painting of my initials which I thought at the time was amazing!  Today though...WOW...there are soooo many fonts, I have such a hard time not downloading them all...LOL..

Sooooo, I hope you enjoy this handbook as much as I do!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sitting here making some new creations

Its been way too long since I posted something fun or beautiful...so I decided I would make a post of what I am creating right now.  I wont show you a picture of it, mainly because I am hoping to submit this design very soon to a magazine once I am done with all the pics and write up.  But I will give you a little bit of a mental visual..

So, to set the mood, I am listening to quiet music on Pandora...love their easy listening music, but I am not crazy of the ads...but since I dont pay for their services, I must suffer them out..LOL  I have some nice hot tea, a glass of water...seed beads, sea glass beads, and my essential tools with a nice bright OTTlite shining brightly sitting near my granny glasses so I can see what the heck I am doing!  My notebook is on hand, along with a fun glitter pen with black ink...didnt realize it was glittery until the ink dried and to my surprise...it sparkled!  You know one can never have enough glitter..heheheh  Oh, and beside all of this cluttery fun stuff, sits my camera waiting for my beck and call!

~I just love my mug...it was a gift from a friend..although we dont drink or shop a whole lot~

Now for the real visual...this is a picture I took at the coast last weekend...My birthday present get-a-way with hubby...  Pacific Star Winery and Fort Bragg...love the ocean!
I did enhance the colors and played with some fun features on my newest version of Paint Shop Pro.  If you love to play with images..I strongly suggest this software as an alternative to Photo Shop..but I do use them both... 

I miss the coast...we were told there are 3 ways you can live on the coast.
  1. (1) you either have lots of money
  2. (2) you have a successful business (growing pot..hmmmm)
  3. (3) you live a life with far less than you have now. 


Well, I dont have lots of money, I dont sell pot, and I really dont want to live in poverty if I can help it. So, looks like we will stay right here in our happy little house, cluttered with all my (and hubby's) stuff!  Well, now we have our youngest moved back in, but only for a month until he gets himself settled in his newer place he is going to live.. hopefully with less stress...  :-)

So this is it for now...  More coming soon..I promise!