Friday, September 30, 2011

Back Again!

I am back again to announce one of the best sales ever in my Craftymoose Etsy Store! Since October is my birthday month--you get the present:

Free Shipping for the month of October on all orders to the USA and Canada! (Custom Orders are excluded)

If you are in the USA, use coupon code FREESHIP at check out to receive this bonus. Unfortunately, because of the way Etsy configures coupon codes, I have to ask anyone in Canada wishing to make a purchase to either convo me first & I can set up a reserved listing with no shipping or purchase & I will refund the shipping.

Lots of new items will be making their way into the shop--beaded flowers, ACEOs, jewelry, holiday items, and back by popular demand...My paper angel tree toppers! I will be listing all month long so stop back often!

Happy Shopping & Happy Weekend!

The Winners Are....

I printed out all the names....
Cut them up, folded them, and put them in a bowl....
Mr. Moose picked the names of the three lucky winners...
Congratulations Everyone! I'll be in touch with all of you for your mailing info!

Don't forget to stop by later for a big shop announcement!

Chain Maille DVD Review & Giveaway!

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I am always excited to receive my latest issue of Bead and Button Magazine, and even more so when I saw my favorite Chain Maille artist, Scott David Plumlee was one of the feature articles. If you regularly read my blog, you may remember this little review I did about a month ago. After that review, Scott asked if I would be interested in reviewing his new DVDs--of course, I jumped at the chance!
The first one, "Make Chain Maille Jewelry" runs for 87 minutes.
This is a very comprehensive look at making single, double & Byzantine chain weaves, and you will come away with the skills to create specific projects and even a beautiful "S" clasp. The camera angle is often from the maker's perspective which makes it easy to see exactly what to do. He starts out by outlining the tools you will need--many of which you may already have. I appreciated the time he took explaining what each tool is capable of and the tips he sprinkled here and there in the DVD.

The first thing Scott does is teach you to make your own jump rings. From the types and gauges of wire, to how to wrap & cut the rings, all the way to proper opening and closing of jump rings, everything is clear and demonstrated.

Moving on to projects, you learn how to make a single, double, and my personal favorite, Byzantine chain. What I liked about the demos was that he used very large rings first and repeated the steps a few times before moving onto the smaller jewelry size rings. Think you are done--no way! Next he shows how to modernize these weaves by embellishing them with beads!

Lastly, he shows you how to forge your own clasp from a simple piece of wire--how cool is that?!

There was not a boring or wasted moment in this DVD & if I wasn't already excited to try more projects...I am now! What? You, too? You are in luck! Scott David Plumlee has very generously provided me with not one, not two, but THREE of his Beaded Romanov Earring Kits for a giveaway. These are the same kit that I made in my previous post above.
So, what do you have to do? Visit Scott's website, look around, and come back here and post what your favorite pattern or thing about his site is.
The winners will be drawn about Noon EST on September 30, 2011. One entry per person. Open to everyone worldwide. I am going to cut up the comments so everyone has a fair chance at winning! Good Luck!

This is an unsolicited, honest review of this DVD which I was provided free along with the 3 kits for the giveaway.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Spain-IA Challenge

This week's challenge at Inspiration Avenue was Spain. I've been many places, and even though I've never been to Spain, the idea for this one came pretty easily. I love animals so I googled animals of Spain. Well, the first one I came across was the Bat which are apparently prevalent in Spain and actually the symbol of the city of Valencia. If you are a new reader to my blog, go here, to see why I wasn't going to "touch" that one. I decided to go with the perhaps more well-known and safer Bull.
Day of The Dead Style Bull ACEO 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

Stop by and see all the wonderful art that has been created inspired by Spain!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Appreciating what is around me

I see you even if you don't see me! Cardinals are perhaps my favorite bird (next to flamingos, but since there aren't any of those flying around my yard, I gotta go with what I have), but they are so skittish & hard to photograph. I finally got a photo from inside by climbing up on a chair, hiding behind a hanging plant & shooting through a clear window. It was worth it!
Looking out our back door (without my glasses on, LOL) I saw what looked like a pile of whitish stuff on the lawn. After finding a bone on the roof (post)I didn't want to imagine what creature dropped whatever this pile was. But on closer examination...I found the sweetest mushroom village ever!
Walking back to the house I saw some raindrops suspended in mid-air! Kidding! It was a spider web in the lawn!
Lastly, I leave you with a photo of what is now growing on my vines--a gourd! Let me explain...I had some seeds, planted them & when I planted the cucumbers I put the gourd plants way done the end of the trellis--and then promptly forgot about them. Well, they took off & when I looked at them, they looked different, they were lighter green & had "bumps" under the flowers but didn't seem to be doing much else.
Soooooo, I pulled them all out! Later on, they started growing again & I found this gourd & realized what I had done. Chagrined but ready to try again next year!
It's hard getting older, but the best thing is that October, being my birth month, is when I announce a surprise, so stay tuned on Friday for the advanced announcement heard here first! Oh yes, my giveaway one post up will also be announced in a separate post at noon on Friday--still time to enter if you are interested! Phew! Long post--thanks for sticking with me!

Friday, September 23, 2011


The challenge this week at Inspiration Avenue is "Keys". Click on the link and stop by and see all the wonderful entries! Here is mine:

Now I know you have all been wondering just what do skeletons do if they are missing a few bones? And Pirates...what do they do will all those skeleton keys they steal to release themselves from prison? Come on, I know you have been wondering about that, too! Wonder no is the answer!
This pirate skeleton has collected all the skeleton keys he has found and has used them for extra parts. He even wears one as an earring! They may be mismatched and not his size, but he doesn't care at all! Thank you to Hettienne for this fun challenge--you really got me thinking!

In other craftymoose news...Don't forget to enter my giveaway one post up!

Have a wonderful creative weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Whoo Am I?

I didn't post yesterday because I was playing with my watercolors! I painted this little owl who thinks he is hiding behind his mask in a witch's costume. It is an ACEO--the size of a standard baseball card for anyone not familiar with them. He will be in my Etsy shop later today.

I'm also taking part in Magaly's All Hallow's Grim Blog Party that takes place on October 13. Originally I was not going to participate, but last week when I had a chance to play around with my supplies, I created something that told me it wanted to join the party. Lately that has been happening to me a lot--my creations telling me what they want to be. You'll have to wait until October 13th to see the one that was directing me!

I also did some experimenting with dyes again and will show them when they tell me what they want to be!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway 1 post up!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Friday!

It's been a long week and an even longer day here. The basement walls are starting to mold and mildew so it looks like I will be getting some more experience in sheetrock taping! Yeah! Thank you hurricane Irene! My husband has started to pull it out, but it is doubtful that it will be replaced before Spring. Some of you I've told already that he hurt his knee. Well, a visit to the Orthopedist is leading to an MRI on Tuesday and possible surgery depending on the result. This morning the microwave also broke....Is there some cosmic law that says everything must happen at once?

TGIF--Have a nice, creative weekend everyone!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Autumn is coming!

Apples, gourds, pumpkins, Halloween, spooky things, and Christmas is right around the corner!

This is an ACEO that I did for the "End of Summer" ACEO challenge. It actually fits the Inspiration Avenue theme this week of "Autumn Splendor" so I will share her there too.

I am starting to load up my Craftymoose Etsy shop with lots of Autumn and Christmas goodies!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Patterns-IA Challenge

I created this cute witch that I named Esme in conjunction with this week's Inspiration Avenue challenge which was "Patterns". Esme is illustrating that checks and plaids Do go together! You can see more of Esme here. Take a look at all the wonderful art that was created for this challenge here.

It has rained all week here, and the water is just sitting in the backyard trying to soak into the ground. No major water in the basement since the pumps are working--just a few trickles.

Have a wonderful creative weekend! I'm hoping it dries up enough for me to do laundry!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Finally..New Art!

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a nice long weekend! Most of the basement clean up is done, our daughter is back to College, and we had Verizon FIOS installed yesterday! Our internet is fast, fast, fast! I'd like to share a few of the newest additions to my shop. This is another french beaded flower cuff--similar to the first one I made but with different colors.
ACEO collage called, "Nature's Wisdom". I just love this sentiment! Collage is a new technique I am trying--what do you think? Does it need more oomph?
This ACEO is call "Sunspot". It was created with dimensional paint. I have used this technique several times--all with space-related themes.
Lastly, a basket of french beaded marigolds. I love the rich oranges, reds, yellows and browns that these flowers bloom in. They are so easy to grow, and I always collect the seeds from this year's crop to grow next year!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Beach Inspired Art

Firstly, I would just like to thank everyone who left a nice comment on my last post about our hurricane damage. We lost internet right after I posted and just got it back last night. We are still drying out and throwing out just about everything that was within 12" of the floor.

The challenge this week at Inspiration Avenue is to create something beach inspired. I hope they will indulge me and allow this post of a past project. I just could not finish anything this week. This is a giant lobster claw that I sprayed with a stone texture finish and turned it into a vase. I created french beaded Freesia flowers and made a stand from two scallop shells and polymer clay. I was reading Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh at the time which was my inspiration for this piece.

Have a nice creative weekend!