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Monday, November 30, 2009

Cake Topper and such...


I spent the better part of yesterday working on a cake topper for a friend's upcoming wedding.  Her colors are eggplant purple, sage green and ivory and it's a garden wedding theme.  She's pretty particular about what she likes and she does NOT like the 'cheesy' cake toppers.  Can't say I blame her.  When we went to look at them, they were mostly plastic and protrayed a bride and groom with mishapen features or of the bride dragging the groom to the alter by the collar.  Worse yet were the sheep and cow bride and groom.  Serioulsy?  This topper is going to be on a small cake that's going on top of a cupcake stand. It's not don't yet, but you can see where it's headed.
I decided having some cute little memory boxes on hand would be a good thing and a coworker of my husband's is having a baby girl.  That's what prompted this little box.  I put polka dotted ribbon on the bottom but I think I'll paint the top edge with a pink stripe.  What do you think?  Help me out by taking the poll located on the left side of the page. 
Of course I got sidetracked and decided that I needed to make a purse, the first in a series of miniature purses.  Hey, if I can't keep buying purses, I'll make 'em instead, right?  I'll be listing these very soon on my new website, http://www.designsofdestiny.com/ (but that's currently a work in progress.These are just some flowers that are drying and awaiting placement on different projects...Hope everyone has a great week!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Love the Long Weekend!

It's been a really nice weekend so far and we still have one day to go.  Steve is sick though and we spent some time at the Minute Clinic (Minute?  I beg to differ) because he was really feeling badly.  He was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection.  Here's a hint if you have an HMO: before you go to a minute clinic in CVS be sure they're in your network or you'll fork out over $60!  Ouch.

I didn't do the early Black Friday shopping this year, but I did hit my favorite store, Michael's, with the 25% off entire purchase coupon.  Did anyone else find any good deals out there?

I spent a few hours today making flowers.  I'm doing a cake topper for my friend's wedding and finally managed to match the eggplant color she's after.  Who knew it would take red, blue, brown and yellow?  In it's completed stage, it will have the deep purple roses, cream roses and sage green hydrangeas.  I think it will be quite pretty.  I enjoyed making my petals while watching it rain.  (Yes, I said petals.  These flowers are made one petal at a time and then assembled into a flower.)  We really needed a good dose of water and I'm sure it's not near enough.  I'll have the photos up soon, hopefully tomorrow if I get some time to work on it (between running errands).  So tell me, what's your favorite flower? 

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Roses, roses

Yesterday I had my first Deco Clay class.  It was so much fun and I learned so much.  My instructor, Sumi, has been using this medium for 3 years now and the first thing I saw when I entered our workroom was shelves filled with wedding bouquets, little figurines, miniature purses...it was like a claymaker's Disneyland. 

I was there from 9:15 to 4:30 and loved every minute of it.  Sumi is all of 5'3" and maybe 90 lbs soaking wet but my, oh my, the talent she has is bigger than Bigfoot himself.   She is somewhat of a perfectionist and I ended up making and remaking several roses.  She explained that because we're paying for the course, she wants us to get the best out of it.  She was so sweet and patient and I can't wait to go back for my second trip.  During the next class, we'll be making teddy bears from clay and they're actually pretty cute!  Then it's on to daffodils and gerber daises (one of my favorite flowers).  I have to admit, I never thought I'd be walking out of there with a wreath of roses and seashells! 






Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My First Gardenia



guess the blog title gave it away but, yes this is my very first gardenia.  Not too bad.   I'm so in love with this whole clay flower thing! 

I also tried my hand at some miniature cakes.  





On another subject -  It's good business practice to use social networking sites to promote your business; Facebook, MySpace, Twitter....  Speaking of which I have a Twitter account.  I occasionally update it but when I log in I'm overwhelmed with all the tweets from my followers.  I feel like it's a bit impersonal.  Does anyone out there use Twitter for business purposes?  Do you find it helps draw people to your business?  Or do you feel it's just a numbers game, meaning people are only trying to see how many followers they can get?  I tend to feel it's the latter.  But if you have lots and lots of followers, how do you keep up with all the tweets?  Anyone have any comments about the use of Twitter as a business tool? 

Monday, November 16, 2009

What is Deco Art Clay?

Since Deco Art clay is my latest medium of choice and flower design is quickly becoming my passion,  I thought I'd take a moment and give you a bit of background on it and let you know about some of the things you'll be seeing in the near future.

This clay has been around for about 30 years in Japan. It's slowly made it's way to Hawaii and now is showing up in the mainland.  This air-dry clay allows for extremely detailed flowers, the petals of which can be made paper thin and yet harden to a durable form that will last for many, many years and won't fade - or die!

  The Deco Art Academy is based in Honolulu, Hawaii and offers intense curriculums on flower design as well as supplemental curriculums on tropical flowers, theme creations and even figurines.  When I complete the curriculums, I will be certified by the Acamdemy as an instructor which  I'm very excited about.  I look forward to be able to teach others this amazing art form. 

So how are these flowers made? These are not flowers of the 'cookie cutter' variety, rather each petal is created by hand and then formed into a flower, then each flower formed into am arrangement.  Any details such as the freckles on day lilies are then painted.  No two flowers will ever be alike. 

I was shopping with my friend last week for flowers for her wedding.  She is getting married in December however wants colors that are extremely difficult if not impossible to find at this time of the year; eggplant purple and sage green.  She loves hydrangeas and also is looking for round flowers such as button mums for "pops" of color among green hydrangeas.  The only problem is.....well, there just isn't anything in season with those colors.  It was hard for me to see her disappointment when she found that if she wanted real flowers, she had to settle for ivory hydrangeas and a color purple other than that of her dreams.  Enter the wonder of clay flowers!  Any flower -in season or not- and in any color you can dream up (real or not) can be made and in any design you wish. 

Something else I like about this clay is that it air dries overnight so it's more "green" than the general polymer clay in that it doesn't need to be baked or fired.  It's not just for flowers either.  It can be made into things like decorative cotoure, cake toppers,  shadow boxes and the list goes on.  Take a look at what others have made - this will give you an idea of what's coming to Designs of Destiny very soon! 

(PS - I will be keeping you posted on my clay designs and classes in this blog.  Many of you enjoyed reading my random ramblings which will now be contained in my other blog, Down the Rabbit Hole. )





Sunday, November 8, 2009

It's Sunday and....

I realize I didn't post a feature Friday.  But I do have a good reason.  I hosted a bridal shower for my friend on Saturday and Friday found another friend and I up to our eyeballs in cupcakes and icing and well, you get the idea.  I apologize for the oversight.

I'm willing to bet you noticed the change in my blog colors and header.  Yup, time for a change.  You read it right, I'll be doing clay flowers in addition to my jewelry.  I'm studying floral design as well as how to make these gorgeous flowers in a lightweight clay.  Here's some pics of what I'm aspiring to - done by those who have already completed the classes I 'm involved in. 





Aren't they gorgeous?  And that's just the tip of the iceberg....

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