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!


Monday, November 24, 2014

What kind of wings do you have?

I had to think hard on the answers to the questions they had for this test.  I could have answered a few of them differently.  I wonder what other wings I might have...



Friday, November 21, 2014

Necklace Chart

Soooo today, I decided it was time for me to start putting my necklaces for sale on my Etsy shop.

 When it came time to measuring necklace, I didnt really have a chart.  I did the hunt on Pinterest and found a few I like but I didnt want to have the normal looking images...you know me, nothing is simple!  So I thought...heck why not make my own chart.

I did a little diggin in my Graphic Stock image folder and found a really cool face...but I needed a body too! LOL  So I looked a little more..and found a fun ballerina image.  I really liked it, but I had to do a little editing to get it all to work out.

I think I will write a simple tutorial on her a little later...but for now here is what I came up with...


Is she AWESOME or what???

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Another drawing from Art Jewelry Magazine

I am not going to give up...  I really wanted that cool mini kiln..but oh well...it was not meant to be mine...so I am going to try for the magnifying glasses...those would really help me out with creating fun beaded stuff!  Check out the other great things they are giving away..  I want them all...Hehehehe




Saturday, October 18, 2014

Creative Spark Fall 2014 is now available!


Creative Spark Fall is here...come check out all the amazing creations by the designers from ZnetShows..me included!  A handful of designers were asked to make something fun using Fall colors.  Here is a picture of the bead mix I chose.



 I created this fun bracelet from memory wire (found on page 27)...  I am currently working on the tutorial for making the matching necklace (VIDEO), but for now, here is the picture.. If you would like to be notified when I have the tutorial up and running, either become a fan of my FB page, subscribe to my blog, or bloglovin, or you can send me an email and I can add you to my email group.



Creative Spark Fall 2014 Fall 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Old website just got a facelift!





Miles of Country Smiles  Wow, I have never created a website so quickly as I have with this one.  I use Bravenet, and they have these new templates so I thought I would give them a try.  It was amazing how much easier it was to re-create my website.  I have so much more to learn from what I can do still to make it even better.  But now my site is a responsive website which means you can see it on cell phones, tablets and more with ease...its beautiful!  I am just so excited about this...  I normally use Dreamweaver and it can be lots of fun and challenging too...but it can also be a time vortex...something I lack these days is time.  Please let me know what you think, I would love to get your feedback!  Its not complete, but I want my Wings N Scales website to have it all...but this is just a small taste of whats to come...Hehehehe



THANKS...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Anchors Aweigh Blog Hop Reveal!!!

Just a little blurp...I am sorry my page was not put up earlier, I had it set up to post last night at midnight and it did not post the page...ARGH. But here it is...and thanks for stopping by!

Here it is!  I was so excited about winning these beautiful Anchor beads created by Diana Ptaszynski. My hubby is a retired sailor, so when Rita from Tolec Jewels put this blog hop together I was all over it, probably the first person to request them!  I received my little package of joy within a short time and had to make a pit stop at the bead store almost immediately!   LOL  These beads got to travel to DC in July when hubby and I went on our vacation and to visit our son in Baltimore (and we made a little pit stop in Germantown and got to meet Lee and Bill from Znetshow...very nice people).  Although I didn't have much time to play with the beads, I think they enjoyed the trip! hehehe


So, before I even started putting this all together, my first idea was to make a multiple wrap around bracelet I have been coveting.  But as you see, my plans had changed some.  I don't remember what I did first, but I put a few fun elements in this piece I think that really make it work!


I enameled this really pretty filigree finding I got at our local bead store.  I had the perfect colors of enamel, so it went rather smoothly with that piece.  Then I knew I wanted to add the beads at the end..so I put a piece of chain on it and threw on the beads...it was way too plain and simple for me, so I made the AHOY charm from resin clay. I made two pieces which I tried to resembled wood with a little texture on them.  Added some metallic rub on silver and gold and those looked great!  Then I thought it needed a little more color..so I added the seahorse charm which I patina'd yellow.  Now it was starting to look good... 


I strung on some beads on both sides and thought I needed something that was going to give this some wow power..then I made the LOVE MY SAILOR resin bar...so I was quite happy at this point...the necklace was looking really good... But I thought it still needed something to break up the colors just a little...and then I remembered I had these beautiful ceramic beads I received from my very first bead soup partner.  It is the light pink bead you see on the right side of the picture... That was the perfect bead...I just love this necklace!


Then, last, I made these great bracelets using memory wire.  I am now a fan of memory wire.  With having 2 of the anchor charms, I didn't want to just make some cute earrings...I wanted MORE...and I think I got more accomplished! I tossed in that cute turtle which was a perfect match with the colors.  I have decided that this set is going to be ALL MINE! I wear it frequently and get lots of great compliments.  

Without this challenge, I would not have created these, so I really appreciate the awesome anchor charms and generosity from Diana, and opportunity to create with these charms from Toltec Jewels..
THANK YOU BOTH!!



Take a peek at all the other Jewelry DIVA'S...  :-)

Participating Artists


Featured & Honored Artist:        Diana Ptaszynski

Diana's Shop:                           Suburban Girl Beads

Diana's Blogs:                          Suburban Girl Studio
                                                 Art Jewelry Elements

Hostess: TJ                               Jewel School Friends

Bobbie Rafferty                         Beadsong Jewelry

Chris Eisenberg                         Wanderware

Heather Richter                         Desert Jewelry Designs

Michelle McCarthy                    Firefly Design Studio

Kathy Lindemer                         Bay Moon Design

Dini Bruinsma                            Angaza by Changes

Cynthia Machata                       Antiquity Travelers

Kathleen Breeding                     99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall

Linda Younkman                       Lindy's Designs

Robin Reed                                  Artistry HCBD

Marla Gibson                              Spice Box Designs

Gina Hockett                               Freestyle Elements

Renetha Stanziano                      Lamplight Crafts

Marianne Baxter                          Simply Seablime Jewelry        

Christina Miles                             Wings N Scales

Marybeth Rich                            A Few Words from Within the Pines

Shai Williams                              Shaiha's Ramblings

Cheri Reed                                  Creative Designs by Cheri

Monique Urquhart                      A Half-Baked Notion

Jennifer Reno                             Musings of a Crafty Jenny

Shirley Moore                             Beads and Bread

Tammy Adams                           Paisley Lizard

Melissa Trudinger                       Bead Recipes

Jill Bradley                                  JillyBeads