Easter Earrings

Happy Easter everyone!!
A few weeks back I ordered some of Jangles new beads called the “Woodland Collection”.
Ever since I got then I have been trying to figure out what to do with them.  They are sooooo amazingly cute that it has to be the perfect project.
So I was looking at the whole set today, trying to figure out what to do and the little lilac birds were just screaming “EASTER” to me, and I paired them with some white and yellow feathered glass beads I had made.
I have more ideas for the rest of the beads just need to wrap my head around the assembly part of it.
Go and check out the Jangles website and Jennifer’s blog.  She is one amazing ceramic and jewelry artist.

A Little Something New

Still busy, busy, busy trying to create a good bit of inventory, but I thought I’d do a quick post to show you another new item.
Been so inspired by the artwork I have seen lately using felt and embroidery.
I don’t think I have embroidered since grade school!
Added some sequins just because that is one classy owl, and did some leafy-stippled quilting.
This little bag is perfect for grabbing your keys, money and phone and zipping out the door.  It even has a wrist loop so it can be with you all the time.
Bottom has a slightly flattened bottom so it can sit all by itself.
Bye for now…… I am off to finish doing one million things all at the same time 🙂

A Beachy Owl

In the Bahamas we have owls and we have beaches, but I don’t think it’s natural for an owl to live at the beach…….not this owl……
His silver tag underneath says “My Heart is at the Sea”.
So this little owl lives at the beach with his little pink beach birdy friends.
Amongst the coconut trees and tall grasses.
After he was created I had to decide what I could possibly do with this little quilty project.
I am sure most of you could guess……..
A journal cover!!!!!
I am having so much fun with these.
I have other ideas for these quilted owls, other than journal covers and scarves, but the days just aren’t long enough.
As soon as my ideas go from a sketch into a quilt….you will be the first to know!

Platters!!!

I was so excited to get these out of the kiln that I was diving in while the kiln was still almost 400 degrees!!!  Just had to at least get the top 2 pieces out to show you.
So here is the first one…….an owl of course, with his two little birdy friends!
 And deep down I still have mermaids in my imagination, so I had to do a mermaid piece.
Here she is.  Been painting ceramics for longer than I’d like to remember and never painted a mermaid!
My mermaids have ended up on furniture, pillows, quilts……but never on anything clay…..hard to believe!
Anyway, just a quick post to show you some new clay goodies that I have been talking about for a while.

Owls Keep Appearing

Today I have been trying to get enough clay stuff together to fire up my kiln, and i was not getting very far since my kiln is pretty big.
So while I was waiting for that to dry I decided to make this journal cover for a friend.
The above picture shows the entire quilted piece, before i added the binding.
Here it is all finished, with a ribbon tie for a closure and another ribbon for a book marker.
I sure hope she likes it.
Can’t forget to show you the back with the little pink baby bird.
In between making this journal cover, waiting for glazes to dry and getting frustrated because my kiln is too big……..I ordered myself a smaller kiln.
A neat little one that plugs into a regular outlet….the one I have needs a dryer outlet.
The new one can do glass, ceramic, bead annealing and metal clay!!!
Should be here next week……I cannot wait…..but hopefully by then I will have fired up my big one and get to show you those pieces……..I think there’s probably a few owls in there!…..imagine that!!

Donations :)

This week has been busy so far…..wrapping up work that I am donating to various fundraisers.
The “early bird” quilt above, “mermaid garden” and “bird watcher”, below are going to an art show in Nassau (the big city of the Bahamas), called “Art for Haiti”
A group of artists have come together to have this show, and each artist is donating a portion of their sales to help Haiti after the devastating earthquakes.

“bird watcher”

“mermaid garden”
I also had to paint two buoys for Friends of the Environment’s upcoming “Reef Ball” which takes place this coming Saturday.  Check out their website…..they do great things for our beautiful island of Abaco.
On Saturday night when a guest makes a donation they will be able to pick from a variety of buoys that have been painted, or decorated, by local artists.
A little “thank you” from Friends of the Environment!
The first one I did was with a mermaid that wrapped right around the buoy, and a saying on it “if fishes were wishes, all dreams would come true”
It’s hard to see the whole buoy in pictures, unless I posted about 5 pictures!
I originally wanted to mosaic one of the buoys, but this was taking longer than I anticipated, so I will have to finish that later on and share it in another post.
These buoys wash up on the beaches here, in the Bahamas, so this is recycled art.
Plus I love to collect them, so my husband was very happy that two would finally be leaving!
Of course I had to do one with owls 🙂
Both sides have an owl on it….this is my favorite.
Then there was the fundraiser for “Pathfinders” which is a local scholarship charity here in Abaco.  
This is a mixed media, framed quilt.  The artwork started out as a traditional quilt, then i embellished it with paint, and framed it in a driftwood frame which is embellished with smaller driftwood pieces and sea glass.

And I said in a previous post that I would post a picture of my completed journal cover.  I finally got the binding on it, with a button for the closure.
I had alot of fun doing this and I am sure there will be more of these in my sewing future.
Will be sharing lots of new work with you over the next few weeks.
My imagination is in high gear and I am producing new goodies everyday.
Happy creating….until the next post!

An Owl of a Journal

I told you a few posts back how I have been sooooo inspired by birds and I thought it was time to let you see a project.
This is a journal cover I started a few weeks ago.
Had it all fused and ready to quilt and then lost my inspiration for that particular project, but found it today and got it all quilted.
The above picture is the back……sometimes I love the back more than the front.  It looks like a doodle.  Actually this will be the inside of the journal, not the back.
Took a picture to remember it since, when I put the sleeves in it, to hold the book in place, this doodle will be covered.


Here it is over the cover of the journal.  The book I am using for a journal is actually a very nice datebook that was given to me by my insurance company.
Since I already had a cool Kelly Rae Roberts datebook, and I couldn’t stand to throw away a book full of paper, I decided to make a journal or a notebook out of it.
Tonight or tomorrow I will add the sleeves to hold the book inside and the binding.  I will post a picture to show it to you as well as some photos of some more things birdy 🙂
I would like to stitch a catchy, maybe even corny, “owl” saying onto the front of this also…..anyone got any ideas?