The past 2 days did not turn out as expected...My plan for the week was to come up with another item for the OWOH giveaway and post it.I also had grandiose plans of finishing my poppy painting along with photographing and posting more items to etsy. WELL... Yesterday started out pretty good then went crazy in a heartbeat! My daughter's horse injured herself so I spent a good deal of time on the phone with the barn, the vet, the trainer, etc, etc, etc. I finally had to get dressed and go to the barn and check her out myself. She's like one of my babies also. And as far as the stress level when your kid is sick, it's almost as bad when your animal baby is sick. I called the vet to come take a look at her and to make a LONG story a bit shorter...I think she's going to be OK, but that was pretty much my whole day Monday! NOT one piece of art except my little daily tag.Not one photograph either! So I thought today, Tuesday would be better, then I remembered I had a dentist appt. The plan was to re-do a crown that has been giving me trouble for a few years. I was informed that I would be there about and hour to hour and a half. So I'm thinking OK, I'll be home by 12:30-1:00 at the latest and I'll head to my studio. That gives me all afternoon. NOT... I was in the dentist chair for a solid 2 hours. OUCH! I don't remember the original crown taking so long, or having so much soreness. Anyway, by the time I got home, attempted to consume some soup with a mouth still partially numb and then take a handful of Advil, I finally spent some time on the computer answering emails and messages on facebook. I made it to my studio at 4:45 this afternoon. Did my daily tag and that was it.This collage I'm posting is one I finished on Sat. but was unsure whether or not I was finished. Sometimes you think you're done and then you take a second look and think maybe you need to add something else. So I left it alone for a few days so I could come back and look at it with fresh eyes. I decided it had enough going on, no need to add anything else. What do you think? Tomorrow's plan: Pottery class then my art studio. Unless of course something else gets in the way! TRY to live your life creatively...
The theme challenge of the month over at Art Jewelry Elements was 'trees'. I was delighted that Caroline chose trees for the month of September. Trees happen to pop up quite often in my work.
I also happen to take a LOT of pictures of trees. They are a constant source of inspiration.
What's not to like about trees? They are beautiful during every season. In fact, I think during winter they might just be at their most beautiful.
If you read my last post, you saw that I ordered some fabulous jewelry elements from blueberribeads.
The first thing I made with trees in mind were these cute little earrings using the gingko leaf headpins. I paired them with Czech glass beads and some copper washers that I distressed and aged. Can't wait to wear these!!
Trees and leaves and acorns-oh my!!
The next tree piece I created was the necklace (above left & below) using a gorgeous porcelain tree pendant made by Caroline over at bluebe…
This was definitely a challenge for me... I have just recently joined the Art Jewelry Elements group and thought I would sit this art headpin challenge out. Then after returning home from a quick trip to visit relatives I figured I should just go ahead and jump right in.
Well...I didn't have time to order some of the lovely glass or ceramic headpins that some of my fellow AJE members create so I decide to just make my own.
So what do I make? How about polymer clay? I haven't played with it in years, but what the heck, let's try it. When I went to my stash the only colors I happen to have are black and purple. Hmmm-Ok, I can make it work. Used a bit of Pearl-Ex powders on the clay before cooking and here they are.
I thought it was too much Pearl Ex, so I sanded them. Then they were too blah, so I added dabs of gold ink here and there. (sorry I forgot to take photos after the sanding and dabbing of ink)
I attempted to go for something fun & funky and a little bit o…
I just love the team over at Art Elements!! Since joining I have been inspired to produce WAY more work than I would ever have created 'alone'. It really does take a village for me to get creative and work in my studio!
Every month there is a theme or a component of the month challenge at Art Elements.
Sugar skulls were the component of the month for October and was hosted by Jennifer Cameron. Jen creates beautiful lampwork glass beads and headpins. Fittingly, for October she created glass sugar skulls and distributed them amongst the group. I also received the wonderful antique key with the glass bead on the end:-)
As soon as my sugar skull arrived I knew exactly what I wanted to create. (haha)
I happened to be working on the caged trinkets tutorial for the AE blog when the skull came so I had wire weaving on my mind. I cut some pieces of wire, flattened the ends into paddle shapes and twined thinner wire around the padddles. I ended up with a flat woven piece that fanned ou…