Thursday, October 31, 2013

More Trees!

Hi everyone!  I finally finished up the last two revolving, musical trees.  I went for a more rustic, organic look--something that someone might enjoy all year long rather than a holiday themed tree.
This one is wound twice with jute and the criss-crossed up and down with more jute.  I did the knob the same with 18K gold spray paint, gold glitter and a clear sealer on top.  The bottom is covered with a piece of paper that looks like cork and is wrapped with jute around the edge.
I wrapped this one twice with the same pattern on top as the jute tree. I used a homespun yarn that is brown with gold & reddish highlights.  Another piece of coordinating heavy weight paper finished off the base. 

I'm off to do some claying and taste test the Halloween candy!  Have a happy, safe Halloween!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tea Tuesday alTered charms

Hi Everyone! Today I am joining up with Bluebeard and Elizabeth's T on Tuesday linky party to show you the alTered charms I received in a swap.
First, here is a sample of what I sent out:
I made five similar to the above and here is what I received in return:
Here is a closer look and the credits:
Olga Brock
DeeDee Johnson
Roni Johnson
Elaine Paullus
Shirley Hall
I love each and every one of them!

Thanks for stopping by even though there is no photograph of Tea today.  We are having company for dinner & I'll be busy all day cooking. The tea will come later on with pastries! Yum!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday Tea and Trees

I got a late start this Tuesday after a rough bout of Sciatica yesterday.  Whenever the weather changes, it seems to affect this intermittent condition.  Anyway, it is colder here and very overcast--in fact the kind of day when I would say it looks like snow if the temperature was right.  So I slept late and feel much better today.

This photo pretty much sums up my day:
Drinking a cup of English Afternoon Tea and crafting more trees!  I decided the tree I showed last week needed a little color, so I temporarily wrapped it with a string of tiny lights.  I thought it would be more versatile if they could be removed and the tree could be displayed year round. I'm making a second one just like it, and have begun a third one with a brown/gold color yarn.  I will have one left to do, and I am thinking perhaps twine. 

By the way, what looks like plastic wrap in/on my tea is actually a reflection!

Linking up with Bluebeard and Elizabeth for Tea Tuesday!  I'll be around to visit everyone a bit later!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Angel-Making Marathon

One of the best parts of doing craft shows is also one of the worst part...stocking up.  While making anything is fun to me and I work well under deadlines, I generally do not like to do assembly line work.  By that I mean work on the same type of item over and over again.  But alas, I do have to be ready, so this week was an angel-making marathon.  I am up to four so far, and hope to complete another three this weekend.  That will give me a comfortable cushion to be able to list them in my shop and possibly still have some to sell in December at the show.  Here is my progress so far:

Red, Lavender & Cream plus the Peach one already in my shop.  These tree-toppers are sure keeping me busy!

Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

And the Winner is.....

I put all the names in a bowl, stirred it around, and pulled one out.  The winner of my charm giveaway is....

Willow, it must have been your great singing voice!  Please email me through the link on my blog.  I tried to email you, but for some reason it was returned.

Thanks everyone for entering!

A Birthday Giveaway

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Hi Everyone! Once again, I am celebrating my birthday by giving the presents!  Last week, I showed off some altered charms I made for a swap, but what I didn't tell you is that I created another one to offer as a giveaway.
All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered.  The giveaway is open worldwide, and the winner will be announced on October 15, 2013.

This is the time of year when I also offer some shop perks.  This year I am offering:

Free Shipping in my Weebly shop to USA and Canada.  Exact shipping cost will be refunded to your PayPal account. Valid until Oct. 31, 2013

20% off any purchase over $15.00 in my Etsy Shop. Valid until Oct. 31, 2013

I'll be listing new items as often as I can, and Christmas items will be making their way into the shops soon, too.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Tea Tuesday

Hi Everyone!  Life is busy, but not particularly interesting so in order to participate this week in Bluebeard and Elizabeth's Tea Tuesday link-up, I had to get a little more creative.  I decided to go outside and take some photos of Trees! The first two are to share a little Autumn color with anyone who still has plenty of green around. These were taken down the street from our house.  In the first photo, you can see the road.  Everything beyond the road--grass, trees, etc. is call the "park district" and is public property.

 I always enjoy taking a photo looking up a tree trunk. Since it was late afternoon, this was the best I could do since the sun was right there.  I did my best to block it out with a tree branch.

The next two photos were taken around the corner from us. 
I thought this (?) moss or lichen looked interesting.  Doesn't seem to be bothering the tree much.
I loved the tangle of branches growing here.  Again, doesn't seem to be bothering the tree as they have been like this for years.  Here is a close up of the bottom:
And finally, I'll leave you with one more I am making.
I wrapped a foam cone with yarn and decorated the base with some heavy paper and trim.  The ball on top is sprayed with 18kt gold paint, spray gold glitter & then clear sealer.  It rotates & plays music (Lara's Theme) .  Still a work in progress, I think!

Happy Tea Tuesday! Thanks for visiting my Tree post!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Steampunk Ghoulie!

Hi everyone! I created another steampunk project inspired by Christie Friesen's book, Steampunkery, and coincidentally also the subject of The Friesen Project this week.
Grungy, isn't he?  A rusty screw & key form his arms, and he has gear teeth and two half gears form wings.  I rubbed on some coppery color mica powder here & there to add to the grunge. He is made from glow-in-the-dark clay--here is the best (blurry) photo I could get, but I think you get the idea:
From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!

-Scottish prayer

Have a happy, creative weekend everyone! There are still a few days to enter my birthday giveaway.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Steampunk Dragonfly

Hi Everyone! I had some time to play with clay again and completed another project for The Friesen Project hosted by Katers Acres.  Click on the link in my sidebar if you want to see what it is all about.  This time I made a Christi Friesen inspired dragonfly. I'm doing my best to look at the project in Christi's book and then
complete it on my own, so there is at least some of my style in it.
Again, I am all about using what I have, although I did buy a bag of these gear thingies since I didn't think I could do without them.  Anything that looks like a screw in this project is actually clay.  The decorative piece on the thorax is an ornament cap that I heated with a flame to give it an aged patina.  I made holes in each of the top wings so I can hang it. I made another fun little steampunk project that I will show you next time.

Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Happy (Birthday) Mail

Hi Everyone! Today I want to show you some Happy Mail that I received from Stacy of MagicLoveCrow.  I know most all of you who visit my blog are familiar with Stacy, but if you have not been introduced to this talented artist, please stop by her shop and website & say hello.  Now before I show off what Stacy gave me for my birthday, I have to tell you a little story--hope you don't mind Stacy!

Stacy was determined to get this gift to me on time for my birthday (Oct. 2) so she made sure to ship (from Canada) extra early--in fact she shipped it the first week of September.  She kept wondering why I never said anything until the package found its way back to her  doorstep! After a few back and forth conversations about my address, she went directly to the post office and mailed it again.  The next day, a lady from a few streets over is at her door with the package so upset because the package keeps coming to her and she didn't know what to do.  Ironically and coincidentally this lady's street name was the same as all this time, the package kept getting mailed but never made it out of the same town!  Of course, we were both relieved and I was delighted when at last it did arrive (still in plenty of time, too!)
Stacy knows that I adore anything Egypt, Native American, or purple, and she personalized the painting and aceos just for me.  What she didn't know at the time is that I also like big cat prints like the goddess in the painting is wearing.  These beautiful paintings plus the amazing card all made me feel like a goddess for a day.  Thank you dear Stacy!