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Friday, October 30, 2009

FEATURE FRIDAY - WILD HARE FOR ANIMALS

Happy Friday everyone!

Today's feature artist puts her magnificent art to work for a wonderful cause.  As an animal lover myself, it's a cause especially close to my heart.  Meet Karen Poole.   This is a tidbit from her "About" section of her website:


" ...meet my friend, Duckie. Duckie is one of seven ducks, 11 cats, 3 dogs, 1 sister and her puppy and 3 cats, and various wildlife and rehab wildlife, with whom I am priviledged to share my life here in the beautiful Sierra foothills of northern California."
 
Karen is the author of three books;  How to Sketch Animals, Drawing Birds with Colored Pencils and Simple Landscape Painting.  She has worked in decorative acrylic painting, fine art drawing, watercolor, and acrylics, and lately in polymer clay.  And what a job she does.  Not only is her art breathtaking and realistic, but every dime of her sales goes to help animals.  You absolutely have to check out this website!  Meanwhile, this should whet your appetite...
 




Need I say more?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Stuck in Purple Mode~

Those of you who know me well know my favorite color is pink.  Always has been, always will be.  In fact Dad used to say, "You have a pink spot on your brain."  Quite possibly true.  However until I did the photography for my new listings I hadn't realized I was stuck in purple mode.  The last three items I made were all some form of purple.  Have you ever had that happen?  I guess I just fell down the rabbit hole and ended up falling down the purple chute. 
Violet Vixen -( click here to buy)

At any rate, here are the latest earrings:

                           Starry Nights (click here to buy)
Finally I was able to pull out of the purple slump and pulled out something from my stash I had forgotten I had.  Remember that old addage, "Have a Coke and a Smile?"  Well, now you can, if you're a true Coke fan, at least have some with you all the time.  Kinda fun and funky, huh? Coke Anyone? (click here to buy)

Ahhh, at last...back to the pink.  One last reminder that this is the end of Breast Cancer Awareness month. I did all the wire work myself and couldn't resist the pink ribbon hat.  I may or may not have gone overboard with the pink ribbon - but it's removable in any event.  Cure Necklace (click here to buy)Well, I'm off to see what other trouble I can get myself into...

Friday, October 23, 2009

FEATURE FRIDAY - Vintage Timeless Vixen

This is a bit off the path I usually choose for Fridays but I couldn't resist this one.  The shop is on Etsy and is called Vintage Timeless Vixen.  The name alone conjures up images of an era gone by.  These ladies have a shop in Beverly Hills, CA and have many dresses from 1870s to the 1970s.

After browsing through the shop I knew I wanted to feature them but I wondered how I could tie them in to artistry.  I soon realized that these people have an artist's eye for fashion and it must take a tremendous amount of man hours to find these exquisite dresses. 

Timeless Vixen has been involved in the California Vintage Expositions and carries everything from cocktail-attire and vintage-bridal, to burlesque and boudoir.  It's definitely worth the time to stop by the shop whether online or in Los Angeles.  Put them on your list of resources for special occasion dresses and you can be rest assured no one else at the party will be wearing the same thing!






Thursday, October 22, 2009

Here at Last

Better late then never I suppose...but as promised, the earrings made from the stuff we got at the bead show.  I love them both, but the cupcakes make me crave....well....cupcakes!

The beads on the Red Velvet are much deeper than the photos portray as are the green crystals.  I don't like it when the camera lies like that!

Aren't these cute? 

I have some other things in the works and will post those soon.

Tomorrow is Feature Friday so don't forget to stop by and see the ladies from Timeless Vixen Vintage.  It's a step away from the norm but I couldn't resist.  If you're into vintage, you're gonna love it!

The other nite I was snooping around  on the internet and found these interesting sculptures.

Can you believe they're made out of glass? 

Gorgeous, aren't they?

If you're like me you like flowers. The only problem with them is that they die.  These beauties are made from a special clay and yours truly is studying up on how to make these gorgeous posies.  This is going to be a full fledged change in my business venture as there are very few people in the country who do this.  Stay tuned.....

Sunday, October 18, 2009

So Much Sparkle, So Little Time...


This weekend was the bead and gem show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  It's been awhile since I've attended one of these because I...ummm....have no self control.  Much like a parrot, if it sparkles I want it.  So today while I wandered down aisle after aisle of gorgeous beads, silver, gold, stones, finished jewelry and crystals I bought everything I saw ...*sigh* I had to buckle down and behave myself (which was sooooo hard!)

Steve went with me and that usually helps put a damper on my spending but today I made out quite well.  I found these unbelievably deep red facetted rondelle beads.  The red was so deep and with the light on the facets, it looked strangely like it had a velvet texture.  Sounds werid but Steve said the same thing.  I had to pick them up to be sure they weren't.  Of course I had to have some of those (which I've already made 2 pairs of earrings from).  They look amazing with the antiqued sterling silver bead caps and dangling crystals on the bottom.  (Don't drool,  I'll post pics of them tomorrow)

 I had to stock up on my breast cancer awareness treasures so be looking for some new stuff along that line in a couple of days.  And of course, I couldn't let the darling cupcake beads just sit there...they were calling out my name and I think Steve heard it cuz he let me have them.  Already have earrings made up of those too.  They are just toooooo cute! (Steve was watching a movie I wasnt particularly interested in so I sat and worked on earrings for a couple hours). 

And last but not least is my ladybug bracelet.  I've loved ladybugs since I was a little girl.  I used to see them in their larval stage (black fuzzy with red stripes)  on the outside of the house and I got to watch so many turn into ladybugs.  Loved them ever since.  Did you know that a ladybug has no spots during it's first 24 hours of life?  Now you can rest easy, cuz I know you've been dying for that piece of info.  Anyway, got off track, sorry.  I found a ladybug bracelet in pink, (my all time FAVE color) and all these feelings rushed through me.  It's weird...though I don't remember the significance of it, I know I had a pair of pink ladybug earrings as a young girl.  I know they were special but I can't remember why or where they came from.  I just knew the posts were a bit short so I'd put up with the pain of having them squish my ears because of was in love with them.  When I saw this bracelet today, I got that feeling I got when I was little and looked at those earrings.  I know, it ranks pretty high on the Weird Things scale.  But I'm happy.  And when momma's happy....you know the rest. 

Last night I decided to try to sculpt my first miniature baby.  He looks like he's a cross between a baby with Down's syndrome and an alien (Course he only has one arm and a partial leg)  Nevertheless, something else is wrong with the poor little thing.  I shall have to submit a picture to Amanda and have her help me out with that, but at least it's a start.  Like I don't have enough to keep me occupied. 

Well, folks, lot's of walking and shopping and trying to manufacture self control is enough to burn a soul out so it's off to bed for me.  Will post pics tomorrow.

Friday, October 16, 2009

FEATURE FRIDAY

Welcome to Feature Friday! I enjoyed featuring my favorite artist, Amanda Day, so much that I decided to dedicate a post every Friday to an artist who's work is impressive - and there are a lot of you out there. (If you are an artists and would like to be featured on this blog, simply become a follower and leave me a msg).  Onward and upward...

I'm starting the fun with a jewelry artist from a small town in the UK, Janet Lily.  She absolutely loves making jewelry and it shows.  She has over 300 items in her shop with so many beautiful items it's hard to choose from.  I finally was able to choose but believe me, that took some doing. 


The first piece is this beautiful bracelet:  "Art Deco Girl In Green With Gloves Charm Bracelet Tamara de Lempicka" -   Her focal charm is of a piece of art done by a 1930's artist, born in Poland as Maria Gorska and later moved to Paris with her lawyer husband where she became known as Tamara de Lempicka.

Janet adorns this bracelet with clay flowers, lucite flowers and some darling charms.

I couldn't resist posting this one as well:  "The day It Rained For Romance Art Deco"

Janet makes all kinds of jewelry but this particular necklace caught my eye; "Black Widow" cascading necklace.  It's a very unique piece.  Janet Lily's shop is definitely worth taking a look at so go ahead.  Bet you can't resist...



Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Is it Foam? or a marshmallow? or what?


I decided to try a different clay medium, Sculpey UltraLight.  It's definitely light, no question there.  I described it to my husband as a cross between foam and a non-sticky marshmallow.  It's quite fun to work with and is supposed to hold up without cracking in either large items or in my case, thin edges of flowers.  It's also a nice alternative to using foil and tape as armatures.  Also good for making large beads (and covering with PC).  Keeps them light and comfy.  I foumd it at Michaels for about $10 and WalMart has it for $8.  Tip: Use Michael's 40-50% off coupon!

On a completely different subject, I went to the eye dr. yesterday cuz it's definitely time to get some new peepers.  As usual I submitted to the glaucome test which, for anyone who doesn't know, is where they put this machine about an inch or so from your eye and blow a puff of air into it.  It doesn't hurt but the idea of having this machine invading your personal space and knowing it's about to spit in your eye is a tad unerving.  But it's only one puff in each eye..... until I met up with this tech who's belief system entailed the "Once is never enough" theory and got me twice in each eye.


After the part of the exam where the dr. shines a bright light into the eye (can they see your brain that way?) he says to me, "Did you know your eyes are dry?"  HELLO!  You just shot 4 puffs of air into my eyes, had me hold them open trying not to blink while you searched around in them and you wonder why they're dry

Then came the drops to dilate my eyes...because apparently he didn't see enough with that big ol' bright light the first and second times.  He put this contraption over his head with a light on it, then looked through a round, thick glass. Suddenly I felt like the ant under the magnifying glass and he was the little mean kid directing a beam of sunlight on me.   In the end I selected a frame that I just love and I chose the Transition lenses so I no longer have to juggle the eyeglases/sunglasses when shopping at an outdoor mall.  Woo hoo!  I'll post the pic when the glasses come in - about a week from now.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

My Lil' Pot O' Posies

What a night last night was. I was on my way downstairs to go to bed and I swear one of those stairs turned to ice. My foot slipped right off of it, shot out in front of me and I landed on my back. Of course I couldn't stop there, I had to bounce down a few more steps before I came to a halt sprawled out like a drunk duck. I suppose it looked like I had decided to lie down sled down the stairs without the convenience of a sled. It truly knocked the breath out of me but I had my dear husband standing behind me. I was blocking his path to bed so he expressed his sympathy by saying, "Can you get up?" I prefer not to, as I'm so comfortable lying with the corner of these stairs stabbing me in the back.  "Yeah, give me a minute."

Anyway, after fleeting thoughts of a broken back and ending up paralyzed, I managed to move my legs and eventually hoisted my body up and into bed.  I ended up with nothing more severe than a bruised lump on my spine and a lovely black and blue oblong bruise with red carpet burn in the middle on my right arm.  'Course I hit the stairs so hard all my innards feel like they've been rearranged and today I feel like I've been in a car accident, and yet I live on to bore you to death with the details.

I did manage to get my little roses done and potted.  I love flowers and had a blast making these - it reminded me of when I did cake decorating.


I plan to add them to my Etsy shop except they'll be nestled in potpourri so they smell like roses.  Wouldn't want to confuse the cat any more than he already was....



Monday, October 5, 2009

October is Here

Yup, it's October. I'm not going to launch into my statistics, etc because you can find that in my older posts. I'm just going to post these pics of my latest design. I love these lampwork beads and decided they needed to be showcased, so I chose to top them with shades of pink Swarovski crystals. All metal is sterling silver. Because of the flowers on them, I've titled them, "Garden of Hope". You can find them here. Only followers of my blog will receive a free booby charm or a cell phone charm with purchase of these earrings. (Become a follower so you can find out about upcoming sales, giveaways and contests!)




I've been messing around in the polymer clay again. I really want to do a sculpture but ended up making roses instead. And promptly fell in love with the process. Here is a sneak preview of 3 roses. These and more are going into an arrangement in a planting pot covered in a basket weave pattern (in clay, of course). Yeah, I know, that sentence makes no sense. But it will come together once I get it together, hopefully tomorrow.
I did manage to start a sculpture of a seahorse but we'll just see how that comes along before I go embarrassing myself by posting photos.

Speaking of sculptures - I feel I have to mention an artist whose talent graces Queensland, Australia. I first found this artist while searching YouTube for lessons on sculpting (click here for her first tutorial - she has 7 or more). Her soft voice, patient manner and clear explanation prompted me to view all of her tutorials. 'Course once I tried my own version of a female face, I would up with something even Shrek would reject. Over the course of time, though, this artist, Amanda, and I have become friends. I feel honored to know such a talented, sweet person. Take a peek at some of her work:

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