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...
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.
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!
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.
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..
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!
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) you either have lots of money
(2) you have a successful business (growing pot..hmmmm)
(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!
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...
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