Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Back to Business...

I made some cute little (.75"x.75") alpha charms under beveled glass - not as cute as baby chicks, but still cute.

Welcome Home Little Chicas

They're here....twelve little Red Star chicks and one Plymoth Rock Rooster {Cocky Rocky}.

Friday, April 25, 2008

First Window - done.

I finished the first window for the chicken house. There will be two like this and one longer, skinnier one in the middle of them. The window frame is really REALLY an intense blue. It's beautiful. I used the old glass from the original windows - it's that sort of wavy looking glass - maybe 100 years of chicken poo will do that to glass.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

You Might Not Like It...{but you gotta love it}

I just finished this necklace, and love it....If I had one of those scary dress forms that other people use to display their necklaces on, you could see that it sits between those two sticky-outy collar bones. The back side says "Pretty is as Pretty does". The background is florally, but just didn't show up well....

The second one (playing guitar) is great fun fact - I think your Mother would like one for Mother's Day!

So - do you not like them? just love them? would your wear them? Are you wondering if I have some sort of multiple-personality disorder that is making me jump from these skull necklaces back to cute little baby faces for Moms?

Back to work. On real orders....

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Celebrating Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, I am going to do the following: When I go to the store to pick up some organic groceries shipped in from California on a big diesel truck, I will use this giant bag I crocheted out of my old grocery sacks (and one pretty teal one from an adorable pair of shoes I bought). I will wear this vintage Levi's jean jacket I bought last week at Goodwill {for $3.95}. There will be absolutely no cleaning going on at my house - and if there is, it will be a spray bottle of half hydrogen peroxide, half water {no smell and easy on the earth}. And I will admire the absolute beauty of the emerging season of Spring with a cocktail on the deck in the sweet glasses and pitcher I bought at Goodwill for a total of $3.50. Just doing my part to
Save The World.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Show and Tell

Here are a few of the things I made at Art Camp....

The bracelet is made of aluminum slugs riveted together, filed, stamped and polished.

The ring is made of "fine .999 silver" using PMC3. It's supposed to look like sticks that are just getting leaf buds.
The little picture is of a big basket I made (actually I made two of these) out of chokecherry sticks. Farley likes it too.

Art Camp

Last week I went to Art Camp out in the Sandhills of Western Nebraska and LOVED it! I met the most wonderful people who all shared the love of crafting and creating and taught me some new skills. I was so busy whittling, drilling, locker hooking, pounding, polishing, grinding, and making silver jewelry that I didn't remember to take many photos of work in progress. I did take some photos of the snow storm that blew through, though. Ten to twelve inches of snow fell pretty quickly but failed to deter anyone from getting there, although no one could leave again! Thank you to the talented and dedicated people of the Great Plains Creative Arts Association for making this all happen.
I will post some pics of my finished projects's 3am and too dark to go outside!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Spring Bracelet

Yesterday I was finishing up some bracelet orders and the sun was shining through the blue piece of glass in the center so beautifully I had to take a pic. Color evokes emotions in me and this bracelet is so calm and cool it makes me want to sit on the deck with a mojito {once the chance for more snow is past}.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Congratulations Are in Order

My In-Laws celebrated their 60th Anniversary this weekend. Incredible. I was honored to cater the event (never having done something like that before was a bit nerve racking) and with some help from friends and family, pulled it off. I also made these invitations for the event:

* * * * * * then I decided to spray paint these doo-dads for the chicken house. Since we are going to get Red Star Chickens {and one black and white speckly leghorn rooster} I made the stars red! Besides, you can't spend eight years living in Dallas and not want to stick a star on your vintage out building. Tim picked up the shingles and started shingling the roof - Red. My In-Laws find this all amusing - they think if a chicken poops on my stained glass windows I will have it for dinner (the chicken, not the poop)... anyway - here's the stars:

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Mardi Gras Style she loved the necklace so much that she came to my workshop herself to have another one made. "Let's make this one Mardi Gras style" she said. {she's quite fancy} So we did. We opened the bead boxes, laid out all the charms and this is what she came up with...I have a feeling we're not done adding bling - there was still 2 mm of space on the wire.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Too Cute!

I just finished this necklace and had to share it with the world...