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Monday, September 20, 2010

Bead Shop Hop Weekend

We had the most fun yesterday!  We went on a Bead Shop Hop which was hosted by several bead shops throughout California.  We did the San Diego ones since that's the closest to us.  We brought another jewelry artist and friend, Michelle Loon, with us while my poor outnumbered husband chauffered us all over the county.  We "back-seat drove" for him and had great fun searching for these places and shouting out when we successfully found them (after a few U-turns and phone calls to the shops).  We got little free gifts at each of them and since we wanted to cover as many shops as we could, we tried to keep our oohing, aahhing and drooling to the bare minimum but, dang, that was hard!  Because we couldn't spend the requisite hour or so pouring over each of the treasures in each shop, Michelle and I took to furiously scribbling notes in our about the shop we'd just visited while trying to navigate Steve to the next shop. I tried to behave myself spending-wise but I did wind up with some stuff.  My favorite is a lampwork bead with a frog on it.
 We managed to cover 6 of the shops; going from Oceanside to Ocean Beach to Julian and everywhere in between.  We got to Julian just in time to have their famous pie & ice cream (Steve and I had Dutch Apple and Apple Peach respectively and Michelle had Boysenberry-YUM!) under the peaceful calm under the trees with a nearby bubbling fountain.  If you want the links to which shops we visited and read Steve prospective on the whole day, check out his blog!
 (PS.  Become a follower of his because he keeps track of great travel saving tips and ideas!)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

New Attempt..And The End Result

Recently, I decided to try making gum paste flowers for cakes. In my excitement over it, I thought, "Hey, I make clay flowers, how much different can it be?" Boy, was I surprised. I bumbled around at first using the same techniques I use for my clay flowers...but gumpaste has decidedly different characterisitics than the clay I'm used to. I watched videos on YouTube and got some idea on the technique but my biggest issue was making the silly petals stick where they're supposed to. The gumpaste makes for heavy flowers and as it turns out, is way more fragile than the clay ones. I have a new admiration for gumpaste artists. Of which I'm not. So I turned my attention back to my favorite medium and made a spray of flowers which can be used on a cake...and/or used as a decoration on a shelf, etc. The great thing is these are very lightweight and much less fragile that gumpaste. This one has sweet peas, roses, hydrangeas and stephanotis which I've highlighted and shadowed for realism. It's now listed in my Etsy shop however may soon be going up for sale in a cake shop (a new venture for me).




Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My Best Friend's Wedding- Psst...I Made Her Flowers!

Well, I'm finally getting around to posting picture of my dear friend, Amanda's, wedding.  In case you're new to my blog, she's an Australian artists who makes gorgeous sculptures from polymer clay.  She's also working on a website where she is sharing tutorials on how to make your own sculptures...absolutely free. 


Anyway, Amanda got married a few weeks ago and she asked me to make her flowers for her (from air dry clay).  I was thrilled to do this and here's the photos of my beautiful friend (and her flowers) on her special day:
This is the corsage she is wearing on her wrist.Grooms corsage. 

I'm so into wire lately...I made a pendant that started out to be simple earrings, but turned into a dragonfly.  I'm not sure how....I also started another necklace (also wire wrapped) but I went to look for the pendant and it seems to have grown legs and walked off!  I'll be spending the better part of tomorrow looking for it... grrr

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