Friday, March 29, 2013

One Fish, One Fish, Red Fish

Okay, so we all know I'm not Dr. Seuss, LOL! Here is my latest for The Friesen Project, exploring the style of Christi Friesen & hosted by Kater's Acres. As always, click on the link on the left for more info.

While this fish was inspired by and made in the style of Christi Friesen, it was also inspired by a recent series of ACEOs by my friend, Karen Anne Brady of Ireland Brady. She created Bettas or Siamese Fighting Fish is all poses and colors--here is one of my favorites. I can't wait to see what is in store for next week's Friesen project!

Wishing all of you a Happy Easter and a happy, creative weekend!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Seahorses!

Hi everyone! I'm getting caught up on my Christi Friesen inspired clay work for The Friesen Project. I had such fun making seahorses that I actually made two:

The seahorse on the left has a blue lace agate bead embellishment; the one on the right has a few beads, glass cubes & a metal springy bead. They each have a hole in the body for hanging that isn't visible from the front.

I also antiqued all the projects...including the sea turtle and the two starfish:

It seems much easier to add the patina and protective coat to all the projects at once since I pop them back in the (clay) oven at a lower temperature to seal the finish.

As much as I loved making the dragons, I love making the seahorses even more! I even decided to put a seahorse/starfish pair in my Etsy shop. Now I am off to complete the next project that I will (hopefully) show off on Friday!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Hi Everyone! Just a real quick post today to show you part of this week's Friesen Project. As always, you can click on the link on the right to learn more about the project and also browse Kater's Acres blog for beautiful polymer clay figures and lots of helpful shop tips.

So this week we were making starfish and seahorses! As you can see, I only accomplished the starfish, but I hope to catch up next week after we bring our daughter back to college--we are all just having so much fun together!

Have a happy, creative weekend everyone!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Springtime ACEO

Seems like it has been forever since I have created a new Aceo. I've had a few ideas running around in my head, and this is the first one that has made it to paper!

It was created with acrylic paint and archival markers. I'm entering it in the aceo challenge here and it is in my shop here.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Time to Go Under The Sea!

It's Friday and that means it is time for The Friesen Project hosted by Kater's Acres. As always, just click on the link on the right for full information. The next book we are exploring is Christi Friesen's "Under The Sea". Now I don't know about you, but every time I hear that phrase, this song starts playing in my head:

It's fitting that our first project should be a Sea Turtle, and here he is:

I opted for more clay swirls and dots and less bling this time. I used one glass bead and a few glass pearls.

Doesn't he have a cute smile?

Next week is Spring Break for our daughter, so I will most likely be in and out a lot. Hope you all have a happy, creative weekend!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

IA Tag Swap

Today is the day selected to show off the tags we received via the IA Tag Swap. I had a lot of fun making my tags, and even though they are not as elaborate as the ones I received, I hope they were enjoyed by the recipients just the same. In no particular order, here are the tags I received--remember the theme was "hearts":
From Katja came this beautiful tag in pink and grey with a splash of blue! I love it--Thanks Katja!

Here is the tag received from Kim I love the little removable gift tag behind the rose bouquet! Thank you Kim!

This is the tag I received from Brandi. It says "Hope your day is filled with smiles" and is just fully of hearts and roses. Brandi didn't include a blog or shop addy, so I hope she will see my comments here. Thank you so much Brandi; I love it!

This was lots of fun--Can't wait to visit everyone's post to see what they received!

Monday, March 11, 2013

For My Girl...

Who loves scarves! My daughter put in a request for a wide, extra long, extra warm scarf, and since she her Spring Break is coming up I am really trying to get close to finished. The pattern is called Broomstick Lace since you pull up loops and hold them on a ?broomstick? (I'm using a cardboard tube)and then crochet stitches into them. It is really fun to do, but it turned out to be a little more time consuming than I thought it would be.

It's a real stash buster, too, since I have already used two skeins of yarn and it is probably not even halfway done--I really haven't measured it yet.

Here is a close up of the pattern. It sort of looks like peacock feather eyes--it is actually gorgeous done in a shaded yarn, but alas, my sweetie wanted a neutral.

That, plus a custom beaded flower order has been keeping me busy and off the computer. I'll be around to visit soon, and I'll be back on Wednesday with a reveal of the tags I received via the IA Tag Swap. Hope you all had a nice weekend!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Meet Belin!

Here is my newest dragon inspired by Christi Friesen.
This is one of my favorite color schemes which I think lends itself well to dragons. I used rainbow fluorite and rose quartz chips on her wing & body, and added lots of swirls, curls, texture, & dots.

I made another heart, also adding rainbow fluorite chips:

I like the look of the rough texture the chips add to the smooth look of the clay. One of my better ideas! I added a patina to this heart & baked in a double ring on the top for hanging.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Another Appliance Cover

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a nice weekend. Our snow is just about all gone, but it has turned very cold again! I finished the second appliance cover using the same fabrics but a different pattern. Imagine a square of squares. A random square of squares. That when sewed together, trimmed, and set on point would stay random. That's what I was trying to achieve here...apparently, I can't do random, LOL!

When I laid out the pattern, it looked random, it really did! Now, it just looks like I made a mistake. Oh well, since I already had to take it apart once because it came out too big, I don't have the patience to take it apart again to fix this. I can live with it until I need to make another one!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Ribbit!

Before we leave the jungle and head off to the next adventure, here is the last project:

Boy, the months sure go fast! I tried a different brand of clay to see how it acted, but I was not as pleased. It was a little too soft to sculpt with. I think I will begin mixing it in with my other clay to make it firmer. This froggy has a pair of floppy legs, lol!

I'm really enjoying working through these books. They are inspiring me to keep on creating! Another heart and another dragon just came out of the clay oven and are waiting to be introduced next week!

Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

PS-I've linked up with the Artist Play Room whose challenge this week just happens to be blue & orange. I had forgotten about it (must have created this subliminally) until Darla called it to my attention. Thanks, Darla!