This weekend, we went away. We went to the Pasadena Bead Show and spent the night in Pasadena. After the show we walked through the shopping district and the old part of the town. I love browsing through the shops and and people watching. These little guys were waiting for their human:
Ended up at Venice Beach, where the people are... ecclectic, to say the least.
And watched some skateboarders who made the whole thing look so easy as they flew through the air!
Been working with some cold porcelain clay and made flowers for these decoupaged keepsake boxes, which can be found on my Etsy shop by clicking the links.
I spend a lot of time when I'm not in my crafting area dreaming about what I'd be making if I were in my crafting area. I call this daydreaming brainstorming. My day job is about as fun as having a root cananl (I type pretrial reports for people who get arrested, anything from petty theft to murder, so I try to keep a seperate block of my brain focused on more pleasant things). I think partly due to the nature of the job, I've taken my imagination to other areas. This last few weeks I've been pipe dreaming of a sort of quiet little area in the forest where I met a little fellow named Bilpin (whose name means Forest in Burmese, if I remember correctly.) Here's a peek at Bilpin's first time on a swing....
Bilpin is made of polymer clay (except for the flowers which are made of cold porcelain) and comes with everything seen (or scene) here. He's ready for adoption in my Etsy shop and comes with the main tree, three flowers and a seperate tree. I love to hear your comments/feedback!
For years I've been trying different things in crafts - I need 16 arms and a MUCH larger craft area to accomplish all my desires. :)
I've analyzed my diversity in crafts and found that no matter what I try, I always go back to clay, in some form or another. There's something about working with a squishy, moldable medium that enthrals me. Even as a kid, all I wanted to play with was Play-Doh and mom's scrap pie dough. Wonder what an anaylist would have to say about that...
I hate to see summer end. I prefer warm weather, however fall and winter do have their perks. The cooler weather and clouds that already prevail make it easier to stay in doors and on task, creatively speaking.
Hanging out with artsy friends has inspired me to continue to expand my repetioire and recently I dug a little deeper into my rekindled shadowbox/diorama fascination. Breaking out the sewing needle, paper, and polymer clay led to this exploration in miniature (and the discovery that miniatures are harder than they look!) This tiny room measures 3"tall x 1-1/2" deep and can be found in my Etsy shop.
Along the same lines as the tulip shadowbox necklace made for my friend, Gayle, (found in an earlier post) is a smaller version, approx 1" x 1.5", made on special request.
Does anybody remember making dioramas/shadowboxes as a kid in school? Usually from a shoebox or tissue box? I used to LOVE doing this (I remember doing one for a book report on Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express). This is a soldered shadowbox that I designed for a friend of mine. The flowers are polymer clay and it measures approx 2 x 1.5 x 1.5". I was sort of testing the idea out and I really enjoyed it. She can use it as jewelry or as a home decor item. Currently I'm working an a custom order for a smaller one (approx 1 x 1 x .5") with blue flowers.
Watched a couple of older movies today: Dirty Dancing and Grease. My husband told me they're planning to remake Dirty Dancing?! Why? I'm not thrilled with the idea - some things are better off left as they are, especially this, in honor of Patrick Swayze. What do you think?
And as long as we're talking about viewing the boob toob, I'm wondering who to credit the brilliant idea of "respecting the roll" and trying to peddle ugly toilet paper roll covers. Honestly, who's offended by seeing a roll of toilet paper? And why should I respect it when it's not on the holder? Considering what it's designed for, I think 'respect' might be a strong term. Just sayin...
No, it's not what you think. I've been happily married for 18 years...but I did fall in love with another form of jewelry. Took a class on this collaging images between glass and soldering, which I enjoyed thoroughly and this is what I turned out in the class:
Next I'm going to widen it out a bit and make some deeper shadow boxes using a similar method. I like this form of 'scrapbooking' because it's less intimidating as it's a smaller project. Plus there's the added benefit of JEWELRY! (something I appear to be addicted to)
In a prior post I halfheartedly mentioned something about submitting a handmade entry to the fair. Well, shock of all shocks, I DID. And not only that, I placed on both my entries! I received Honorable Mention on the teapot which is actually a 1920's teapot (grandma's) filled with a bouquet with a variety of my clay flowers. The other entry, cherry blossoms, placed 2nd. Once the fair is over in July I'll get $15 dollars plus the ribbons. Hey, it's not a huge win but every little bit counts, right??
Hubby entered as well with his plethora of Disney pin collection and memorabilia. He didn't place which made him sad (can you tell by the look on his face?) but he'll do another entry next year (with a little helpful advice from one of the judges...shhh!)
The theme this year was "Race to the Fair." I don't think you can get much of a race out of this little thing but it's very economical and silly looking. It's 9" narrower than a standard Goldwing motorcylce. It does seat two, however I envisioned driving with my shoulders attached to my ears in this little thing. Definitely not a comfort vehicle -
This was in the gem and mineral portion and upon closer inspection, everything is made from rocks! Pretty ingenious.
A couple of crazy rides (barf machines) and after walking around for hours, this next pic is pretty much how I felt:
You have to admit, he does look like he's contemplating something, doesn't he?
My computer crashed!! Currently I'm using my husband's teeny tiny laptop (formerly mine but he spoiled me with a large screen).
Over the past couple of weeks I had a little retail therapy. I decided I needed some new black shoes. Here's the result of that shopping trip:
I've been working on a cuff bracelet now for awhile and finally got it done a couple nights ago. Hundreds upon hundreds of tiny little seed beads. I love the netting effect on it though.
I have another seed bead project underway as well as a polymer clay bead project. I'm also trying to make something with my clay flowers to enter in the county fair this year. Hmm...given my history of procrastination, I'd be shocked if I made the deadline. But I'm gonna try. I've already got my first entry of a cake top 2/3 of the way done. That's a miracle in itself!
Crafting has always been a passion for me. I have yet to stick with any particular medium, as I love to switch it out and try new things. This blog is sort of a testament to that fact. Hope you enjoy...