Saturday, November 6, 2010

What a cool surprise!



OK all I had to do was add a comment to the posts of Candace Jedrowicz the Creative Play Muse at Cool2Craft and the Hive.  I saw the earrings and thought right up my alley lol.  If I didn't win them I would make them sooner or later.  The person that did win them didn't claim them so I got a nice e-mail saying I won!

Got a big package last week - too big for just a pair of earrings LOL.  All kinds of paper and out comes the Haunted Lighthouse!  It's SO cute at least to me - the colors are great.  And the earrings are great.

OK here are some links for today:



Monday, October 4, 2010

I am giving away these two classes!


This is the second jewelry class I've signed up for (or maybe the third LOL) from Craftech University.  Linda Peterson started this for those that either can't get out for a class, or you can watch it later on at your convenience.

I love the look of this jewelry - funky, chunky with a personal touch that you add yourself!  I love coppers and aged copper. You can always go to a thrift store or possibly your hubby's or significant others tool box to find unusual pieces to make this necklace your own, or even a hardware store!  I bet you can't imagine shopping for jewelry supplies at a hardware store huh?  Fortunately for me my hubby inherited his dad's tool box with LOTS of fun stuff.

I can see this necklace with a nice fall top and slacks or even one of those boho skirts that are out now.

I'm not sure who all is going to blog about this class but Linda is GIVING away this $90 class after reading the blogs and picking someone.  I have paid for the class, so what I'll do is YOU comment on this post and I"ll do a random number picking when the time comes with randomizer and you will win one of these classes - let me know which one you are interested in OK?

Here's a description of the class - METALWORKING MEGA WORKSHOP - FOUNDATIONS

This is a special 6 HOUR event!

$90 + shipping/handling

LIMITED SPACE!

Beginners Welcome

Some experience is helpful.

November 6th, 2010

11am to 5pm (breaks included)

Create a very unique necklace using copper, wire and other mixed media.

You will learn how to create textures on copper, wire wrapping, cold connections, patina and color effects on copper

We will create our own elements using found and unusual objects.

You are welcome to incorporate any objects of interest you have.

Class fee includes the following kit*

KIT INCLUDES

Copper metal
Steel Washer - copper plate technique
dragonfly charm
copper tube 1/8" diameter 3" long
3 small brass washers
1 tiny brass washer
tim holtz gear x 1
copper wire - 1 roll - amaco
Copper wire 18:
brass washer 5/8"
chain 10"
two brass tarnished lobster clasps
brass split rings X10
screws - tarnished
Liver of Sulfur Chips
HURRY SPACE IS LIMITED

*Student to provide necessary tools - additional materials needed will be supplied

Kit will create the basic necklace

Linda is very good about letting you know what else you'll need for the class in plenty of time.  Even if you've never made jewelry before you can ask questions and also Linda would be able to see if you are having a problem by your webcam - but you don't necessarily have to have a webcam to join in.  The program is recorded, so you can watch it over to catch something you didn't catch the first time.

I love Linda's classes - and I've also taken classes from Tiffany Windsor, Ann Butler, and Samantha Starr.  The classes are inexpensive and you can watch and participate from the comfort of your own home.

I wrote a little about Linda and her classes here:


I have not done any crafts before really except when I was in my teens and 20's I did crochet.  For someone that's not familiar with crafting Linda is very patient and before long you've made some jewelry from polymer clay or friendly plastic!  I've done things that I thought were so intimidating, but once I began it was pretty easy following Linda's directions in class.

So let's get to posting a comment to win a class!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sorry I haven't posted for a while

I think I've "over scheduled" myself LOL but it's gonna be ok.  It's either "feast or famine" - can't remember where I've heard that expression.  Taking two online classes but thank goodness Magpie Girl (Rachelle Mee-Chapman) says I can take hers at my own pace!

I'd like my readers to give me some kind of inspiration ok?  I have quilling supplies, polymer clay, friendly plastic, jewelry makings and I can Zentangle!

I see all the cute Halloween stuff out there and ordered some pumpkin lollipops - tastes like pumpkin caramel YUM.  I know I'm not as "into" Halloween as some others are but I love seeing what you do.

OK inspiration please . . . 

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Zentangles of Healing

http://beezinthebelfry.blogspot.com/2010/09/zentangles-of-healing.html

I read this today in my list of blogs I follow.  I always like to see what others are creating and hopefully get some inspiration.  I do believe that any kind of surgery, illness, etc. is better healed by positive thinking.  I've forgotten about that in the past few years, but I'm slowly getting back to it - positive thinking that is.

I hope when I post this Mary Ann can get some more positive thoughts and prayers from my followers or just people that are reading this through my Facebook and Creating the Hive group I'm in.  I don't know MaryAnn personally but anyone that needs positive thoughts and prayers to make it through a rough time - I'm all about it.

Even though I'm new at it I'm going to send MaryAnn a zentangle I'm working on right now - and I'll show later.

Thanks for reading and I hope MaryAnn comes through the procedure better than ever!

Talk about inspiration - I am following my Artist's Way teacher Dayna Collins and her husband Howard through a 30 day trip in France!!  I remember when she went to Italy - and that was a beautiful trip also.  Even if I don't get to go to either spot seeing it through someones eyes that you know is good too.

Off to do my zentangle!

Friday, August 27, 2010

My first Zentangle




Yesterday on Facebook I said I needed some motivation to create something. I also chatted with my FL craft buddy Bev, talking about having the supplies but sometimes I get overwhelmed and end up doing nothing LOL.

Dayna Collins told me that when she picks up a pen or pencil and starts to doodle it helps.  So Dayna - you got me started.

At first Zentangle fascinated me but also I was intimidated.  I know when I'm on the phone I doodle - mostly squares for some reason.  I'm following a few blogs that feature zentangles and also some on YouTube, so I started there.

I did what any beginner would do - traced my hand LOL!  I created sections and just started doodling.  I had some music on - Lady Gaga, Earth, Wind & Fire and some other upbeat stuff that I would want to dance to.  I made some boo-boos and used a pen not a marker but all in all I think my first attempt is pretty fair.  It was very relaxing to me but time consuming so Bev - my project will be today LOL!

Here are some Zentangle blogs, sites & YouTube videos - enjoy!

Zentangle Beads with Friendly Plastic

Life Imitates Doodles

Easy Paisley Doodles

Hope this gets you started.  I LOVE it!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Three pounds of polymer clay please

I couldn't resist when someone was selling "scrap polymer clay, some canes, etc." by the pound.  My creativity is still on hold since I've not been feeling that well this past week.  I read this today from a group I've joined - Creating The Hive - for crafters whose description is "The Hive is a dynamic social community designed to help provide a connection between everyone in the arts, crafts and hobby industry. Whether you are a manufacturer, professional artist, hobbiest, retailer or consumer, you have a voice."


How to be your own best muse - 101 Ways to Delight and Inspire Yourself

I really like some of these suggestions - blowing bubbles, drawing with chalk on the sidewalk, write with a different colored pen, crayon, marker, free writing.

I'm hoping that connecting with other crafters it'll help me get back in the groove.

Here are some creative - type links for you today:

I love mandalas and zentangle so -

http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=mandala+zentangle&m=text

I think this is sooo cute and hope to try the tiger one day

http://www.garieinternational.com.sg/clay/tiger_accessories.htm

Polymer clay - basics, tutorials, etc.

http://www.polymerclayweb.com/

Monday, August 9, 2010

Craftech University

Linda Peterson started Craftech U just a short time ago.  She loves to teach and it shows.  I've taken most of the classes that have come up and I'll tell you why.

They are inexpensive, you can watch them again, and Linda is a patient teacher.  If you are a crafter you'll have some of the materials on hand for classes but I did have to go out and buy some stuff before I started my first class.  Linda has the Friendly Plastic Addicts Club which I joined and you get discounts on Friendly Plastic and other materials.

Can't wait to take the 3 classes I signed up for - Magical Millefiore, Caning, and Vintage Charm Bracelet.  The first 2 are polymer clay techniques and I was told the 3rd one is a great one with a method Linda has come up with transferring pictures onto metal!  I told Linda I'd like to do an interview with her and that will be soon.

Any Facebook friends reading this?  Please visit my friends Marcie Budgell and Bev Mossman.   They both have Facebook groups where they are selling their handmade items.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=137025516313598&ref=ts
Marcie's Craft Corner

http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=104870186232679&ref=ts
Bev's Craft Shop

Another thing in crafting I like - stamping.  I like the clear unmounted stamps to use with polymer clay and friendly plastic.  I got an ink pad when I won that little package from Paper Niche but didn't think I would get into inks until someone was selling their inks in a poly clay group I'm in.  I went from one ink color to over 41 Staz On and Ancient Page stamp pads and I haven't even counted the ink refills LOL.

I hope to have some new projects to show on this blog soon.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Second Set of Blocks going Out and another package came - woohoo!


Well got them done and off to Bobbie's!  So sorry I'm such a procrastinator.

These are done with strips of Friendly Plastic and some pretty stamps.  I did the electric skillet/hot water method - sweat pouring from my forehead LOL.  I love mixing and matching the colors I have and I'm hoping to get some more soon.  Would love to do "animal" type prints and so forth.

I got a package for the Metal Jewelry class at Craftech U on Monday.  I am a bit intimidated with the copper wires and copper and silver metal sheets, but I'm sure it's gonna be fun!  I'm also taking a Zentangle claas - another fun one!  I usually doodle when I'm on the phone waiting so I think I can put my own spin on my work.

Also I got another set of blocks to do:



Pretty bright blues, reds and the second side is blues and purple.  What a treat to get and to try and figure out what to do for my side.  Red, orange and yellow maybe?

Wanted to wish all my American friends a great 4th of July!

Until next time . . .

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I'm overthinking - again!

As I wrote in my last post I'm doing the block exchange.  As I mentioned I've loved miniatures for a long time, and for people that can do them I applaud them.  I would love to get to the point where I can make a miniature of our pets and a sea otter (for my collection).

I am still doing the doors idea for my blocks, and next time after that do something with clay.  Kitty Bryan, Bobbie's sister-in-law, is part of the block exchange and has never done this before.  Could have fooled me Kitty - here's her art ed up blocks that were sent to me - done with a wood burning kit!  Aren't they sweet? Rich took the picture - sorry about the upside down one LOL.  If this is your first time doing this Kitty can't wait to see more blocks as they come through to me.  I'm excited to see the creativity!


OK links for today:

beautiful hand made dolls and hand made costumes!  I especially love the Shape Shifter with all the swirls on the body.

I just think this is the coolest thing - a crocheted coral reef!

I love some of these and have seen some of these movies

Not sure if dancing is a Craft LOL but it is somewhat of an art if you do it well.

Monday, June 21, 2010

And so the journey begins . . .

Well as some of you have read on my other blog 50 is the new 40 I've attempted different crafts, gone to The Artist's Way with a craft at each session, and to a card making class at a local craft store.  I thought maybe I'd write my attempts at crafting here and let you know what works, what doesn't and maybe get some suggestions from my followers.

I got my winnings from Paper Niche today!  Beautiful chipboard word art, a glitter marker, beautiful lace butterfly, six sheer butterflies on a key chain and some glittery sticker dots, some pretty silk flowers and dark peony (purple) ink.

I took the day off from crafting but tomorrow I'll watch the video from www.craftechuniversity.com making the whimsical polymer clay bear.  I tore mine up to use for the class but I'm hoping to make another one.  For some reason making one during class I just couldn't do it if that makes any sense.  The bear I did make I just used the principle of using the basic shapes and going from there.  Linda told us to look at a "how to draw a cartoon animal" type book and train your eye to see the basic shapes. I did that with round balls and logs and it turned out pretty good.  It's the detail I get stuck on.  When it  comes to certain things my perfectionism kicks in.  I don't know how many times I rolled and re-rolled the ball for the head LOL.  Linda is on vacation but she checks in on Facebook so I'll be hoping to make some things from the classes I've taken from her and post them.

I'm also "arting" up some blocks.  Bobbie Bryan asked me if I wanted to be in an exchange - she got the idea from Dayna - http://alleyartstudio.blogspot.com/2009/10/final-round.html or at least she gave me this print out so I can figure out what I wanted to do LOL.  At first I wanted to print out pics and art them up but then my printer needed ink.  I finally got out my friendly plastic and some unmounted stamps.  I'm hoping next blocks around I can do my first idea.  Beautiful doors and "when one door closes" etc.  I got my next set so now I know what I'm going to do and just need to get on it.

Thanks for following me I think this is going to be a great adventure!

Some of my favorite artists, crafts, etc.

http://www.cdhm.org/user/aleahklay_animals
This woman is AMAZING in my book!  I've always had an interest in miniatures and one day I hope to make miniatures (an inch to a foot) for a Victorian style doll house.  I would love to try some things in polymer clay but that won't be for a while since I do better right now doing pretty small but not tiny things.

http://www.polymerclayweb.com/opal.asp
http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/susan_opals.html
I LOVE opals and now that I found I can make them from polymer clay I am going to have so much fun with this.