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...
Over at Art Elements Jen hosted the Component of the Month for April. She is a glass artist and made some amazing lampwork glass beads with texture. I just love the colors especially when the light hits it. She said she had the 'northern lights in mind' when she created these beauties.
She planted the 'northern lights' in my mind as well. Immediately I thought about freeform peyote and creating some sort of movement of light and color streaking through the sky. I have to confess I do a LOT of bead embroidery and some peyote bezeling BUT I don't do a lot of bead weaving. But I thought this was my chance to do some practicing!
I attempted to created lots of movement/texture with the beading. I left some open spaces and also created lots of waving/rippling with changing up the bead size periodically. AND I had no idea what I was doing. Just picking up beads and trying them out. I think it worked okay.
Once I got the slightly irregular piece beaded, I needed to figure …
Over at Art Elements Caroline created the most beautiful starry bead sets for August's Component of the Month Design Challenge.
Below is the bed set that I received. The photo doesn't do them justice. The lustrous finish is just gorgeous and those stars on the central bead are brilliant.
I received these beads while I was working on a tuturial for etching brass bullet casings (you can see the dirty fingers in the above photo). As soon as my bullets were etched I knew the brass would look really good with these beads!
So I created a tassel of brass chains and seed beads to dangle from the bullet shell then added the starry bead at the top.
Once I create a pendant whether it's bead embroidered or a tassel type pendant, I am always torn about how to finish the necklace portion off... Of course I knew I would use the other 2 beads but I didn't know whether to use chain or more beads or leather etc etc etc.... Too many choices.
I ended up creating just a short beaded porti…
Over at Art Elements it was Lesley's turn to host the Component of the Month. She made these gorgeous ceramic cabochons and pendants with the impression of a cross section of a shell. Just love the earthy look and shells are one of my favorite things!
I failed to take a photo of the one I received but as you can see from the photo below it was one of the cabochons with the darker glaze with the touches of green pooling in areas--yummy!
I knew I wanted to pair it with either more shells, or rocks that would keep it beachy yet earthy.
Out of the millions of sea shells I have I could not find ONE that looked good with these darker shades in the glaze. I also wanted to enhance the circular shapes by using round shells. I tried several different colors of snail shells-nope didn't look right. Tried some pebbles but they were too black and too blah. So I found this fossilized coral cabochon in my stash and decided to use it.
It wasn't circular but the starburst effects in the c…