Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Farewell To Innocence

As my children continue to grow and face new challenges I find myself missing the preschool years.  Things were so much simpler then.  I wish I could just keep them in a safe little bubble forever but I know I can't and that they need to learn and grow and make their own mistakes.

Kitsch, the new kit by Holliewood Studios, reminded me of my own childhood and gave me the perfect tools to illustrate that change between childhood and young adulthood.

The image below features my daughter, who I purposefully placed off to the side, because anyone who knows her will tell you that she is a free spirit and isn't about to follow a path laid out by someone else.

Am I the only one who thinks this whole parenthood thing is a lot harder than they let on?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Phat Lewt

So... I just got back from my first Gem Faire.  I was expecting to pay less than I would in a retail store or even online but holy cow!!  If there is a show coming to a town anywhere near you I highly recommend you check it out.  They had some very pretty finished jewelry as well. 

Below you can see some of the strands that I picked up to use in my future projects.  I can't wait to get started! :-)

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Build Zone

One of the many things keeping me busy these days is Deryn Mentock's Build Zone class.  The first time I saw her work I fell instantly in love with it.  It has a rustic, vintage, handmade, spiritual, mixed media charm that makes you say, "Wow!" 

At least that's what it did to me.  So, when I found out she was going to start offering online classes I jumped at the chance to take my jewelry making skills to the next level. 

The Build Zone is all about the basics.  So far, I've learned how to put a patina on silver and copper wire with both Liver of Sulphur and fire.  I've learned how to wire wrap beads in a way that's less formal and stuffy and more artistic and expressive.  I've learned how to make jump rings, twist wire, create links, make handmade clasps and re-use vintage clasps and elements. I've also learned how to use various hammers to both harden and decorate wire.  I've learned design principals.  I've learned how to use a torch!!

Needless to say, I'm having SO much fun!

Below are a few pictures of my first completed necklace.  It is made with sterling silver wire, aquamarine and amethyst beads and in the center:  moss quartz.  I chose this particular stone because at its heart is a tiny crystal castle filled with magic... at least that's what I like to believe. :-)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Attic

When I was kid I always wished I had an old magical attic to escape to. 

Please see my Flickr page for credits

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March Cover Girl

I'm honored to be the Featured Cover Artist in this month's Deviant Muse E-Zine! Download your free copy HERE and then sign up for the DeviantScrap Newsletter so you won't miss another issue. There are so many wonderful articles, coupons and freebies inside you'll be on creativity overload! This month's issue focuses on my favorite genre: Steampunk!! :-D

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