Creative Project #22 ~ silk and clay

This week is turning out to be busy, busy, busy!  On Saturday I am participating in something called “Da Market”.  It is put on by the Bahamas National Trust.
There will be farmers there with fresh produce, local food, preserves, arts and crafts.
I will have a tent there for “Friends of Abaco Animals”, and under that tent a small selection of a few of my things.
If you are in Abaco, be sure to come out.  I may have a few surprises 🙂
So this week I have been preparing for Saturday, and found some time today to finish up that scarf I started on Sunday.
Let me tell you….silk is so much fun to sew!!! It keeps running away from you!
In the end I won the battle and got the scarf hemmed!
I am looking forward to making some more of these.
I also had my hands in clay on and off today.  I need a few embellishments for this weekend.
That blue contraption is my slab roller.  I also leave the pieces there to dry into greenware.  The shelf above it my husband hung for me yesterday so I can easily grab tools and glazes.
This week is flying by…..hope it is a good one for all of you 🙂

Creative Project #21 ~ my inspiration for RAW

A few posts back I told you about a group I had joined on Flickr, called RAW (Ring A Week).  The challenge in this group is to make a new ring every week. Today the group is having a blog carnival.  At the bottom of this post you can see a list of participants and click on their blogs to see what inspired them to join this group.  You won’t be disappointed by the wonderful work you find!
I have been making jewelry for years, but until a year ago would just give it away as gifts.  I started metal smithing a little over a year ago, and it has been an interesting journey.

At first I was pretty intimidated to post any of my work into this group since the ring pictures in the group are over the top!  Then I thought this would push me to try new things especially since rings are probably my least favorite thing to make.
So I joined RAW hoping it would inspire me to try new techniques and get over my fear of making rings.
I make my rings out of fine silver, fused glass, sea glass, antique pottery shards, lamp worked beads.  Something I am working towards is making rings out of Precious Metal Clay.
For the ring above I made a silver bezel, filled it with tiny pieces of sea glass and shells, then filled it with resin.
Here are a few with my lamp worked pieces and wire wrapping.
All last night I had an idea in my head for a ring which was a combination of metal smithing and a flame worked bead.
I set out this morning to try it out.  I made the silver band but I could not get the part on the top that would hold the bead to work.  So I bezeled a piece of antique pottery to make use of the band.
I like the the square pottery on the round silver.
Sometimes the pottery pieces can be tricky to work with.  It can chip easily and the pieces are sometimes rounded from the plate or bowl they have come from.
Be sure and check out all the jewelry artists that are participating in this blog carnival.
Here is a list of them:

Marcie Abney – http://www.labellajoya.blogspot.com
Joanne Harrill – www.jojobell.com
Thomasin Durgin – www.metalriot.blogspot.com
Amy Nicole – www.rubymtnbeads.blogspot.com
Janice – www.doxallodesigns.blogspot.com
Aleksandra Micic – www.micicart.blogspot.com
Lana Chu – www.ginkgoglass.wordpress.com
Evelyn Markasky – www.markasky.blogspot.com
Kerry Alice-Twigs and Heather – www.twigsandheather.blogspot.com
Lorena Angulo- blog.lorenaangulo.com/
Kate Jones– www.katejonesdesign.blogspot.com
Maria Apostolou- www.createjewelry.gr/blog
Sarah Small – www.bysalla.blogspot.com
Rebecca Bogan – www.Adobesol.com/blog
Elaine Luther – www.CreativeTextureTools.com/news
Rebekah Timlin Meddles – www.lunasadesigns.blogspot.com
Laura M (Zoeowyn) – http://www.zoeowyn.blogspot.com/
Kimberly (bahamadawn) – www.bahamadawn.blogspot.com
Erin Austin – www.metalmusing.blogspot.com
Catherine Witherell – www.happydayart.typepad.com
Michele Grady- www.michelegradydesigns.blogspot.com
Joan Furilla – jfurilla.wordpress.com/
Kathryn Cole- www.kathryncolejewelry.blogspot.com 

Creative Project #20 ~ silk scarfs

Today I dove into something that I have not touched in a while….silk painting!
It started because I am still going through the many boxes of *STUFF* that we dug out of the attic and I found some panels I had painted back in 2002! YIKES!
I have also painted hundred’s of silk pillows, so many that I will only do them now on the rare occasion!
So when I found these panels I wanted to get out the silk painting supplies, and I wanted to paint a scarf.  I have been wearing a lot of different scarves this winter and have been thinking of lighter scarves I could wear for the spring.  Silk is perfect!
One problem was that most of my stretcher frames had gone to storage since renovations are starting upstairs tomorrow…..eeekkkk!
So I had to do what I could with what I had!
I am going to have to paint this scarf in sections on a smaller stretcher frame.
Right now this part is drying.
Of course, I was itching to *finish* something, so I took one of my lizard panels and cut the backing off of it.  It was a little too short for a regular scarf but could be used as a cowl.  I added a Jangles button to hold it closed, after I hemmed it, and taaaddaaaa!!
I think this will be the perfect accessory for spring!
See you tomorrow 🙂

Creative Project #19 ~ flea market shopping creativity

I am exhausted!!!!!!
I spent the day at the Man-O-War Flea Market helping out at our Humane Society’s booth, so there wasn’t much time for creating today, but I got some good finds at the flea market!
Of course I found some new plates for my collection.
Most were a plain mint green, but still pretty.
You can see (most) of my existing collection in the background.
This floral one with the bee couldn’t be left homeless.
A floral one with colors from the 70’s.
I also got a bunch of different linens.  I’ll show you my favorites.
This funky flamingo one will be perfect out by the pool!  Time for another pool party!
Some cutwork, embroidered napkins.
Some fun pillow cases that I think I may turn into napkins that will go perfectly with the flamingo table cloth.  I need to measure and see how many I will be able to get out of them.
And this set of 8 napkins which will be great for everyday use, since I am trying to cut down on my use of paper goods.
I did manage to squeeze in a teeny tiny bit of creative time.  One of my blogging friends, Bella Bead Jewelry, has a challenge on her blog for Art Journaling.  I have also been watching lots of youtube videos on this lately.
So this afternoon I got out the watercolors to do a small piece to describe my day.
Here is what I created…..

Watercolors really intimidate me.  I think I am terrible at them, and that bothers me.  So I am looking forward to incorporating them into my art journaling.
Hope you have all had a happy Saturday like me 🙂

Creative Project #18 ~ from the kitchen to the sewing room

Today has been a crazy-busy day.  I started out baking some banana bread for a Humane Society Fundraiser.
While that baked I worked on some more asterisk blocks.  An idea for a set of placemats popped into my head with the asterisk flowers all over them, i made some smaller blocks, but i need to figure out some other design elements of the placemats so that is on the design board for now.  
Problem was I was antsy to finish making *SOMETHING* with one of these blocks that I am so addicted to making.  This little bag was born……
It is the perfect fit for my iphone and ipod.
The back is made up of scrappy greens.
These will be a new item at my next show and will be perfect embellished with my ceramic or glass buttons.
While I was finishing up this little bag I had a loaf of whole wheat bread in the oven.

My oven has been on over time today, because as I type this post I have these (vegan) stuffed cabbage rolls in the oven!

It has been a hectic week and tomorrow will be a hectic day.  I head over to Man-O-War to help with out my Humane Society’s table at the flea market.  I hope to find some new plates to add to my collection!
Have a great weekend!

Creative Project #17 ~ when supplies are low

I have let myself get dangerously low on my fine silver wire supply, and the urge to create jewelry hit me today so I had to turn to copper.  One of my favorite sayings (I am not sure who’s quote) is “Do what you can with what you have”.
So that is what I set out to do with my creative challenge today.
I learned how to make the coiled circles from an issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry.  In the magazine they were on a silver necklace as spacers, but the copper worked just as well.
I strung the pendant on two satin ribbons for an elegant necklace.

Yesterday I told you about my asterisk blocks I was working on.  I worked on them some more today.  Here are the pressed and trimmed blocks.
I hope everyone is having a fantastic week!

Creative Project #16 ~ Aprons & Creative Challenges

This morning my dear friend, Amy, sent me a link to a website where an artist was being interviewed.  This artist was Leah Piken Kolidas of Blue Tree Art Gallery.
Leah hosts a year long creative challenge to create everyday.  I was over the moon since the February challenge I am in on FLickr has kept me so inspired, and I have been wondering what I would do after this one was over.
Of course, without hesitation I joined Leah’s group!  After February, instead of blogging every, single day about what I created, I will do one post a week with a selection of items that have come out of my creative journey, because there are other blog posts I am anxious to do.  Like the post on my plate and chair collection!
So after the excitement of finding another creative challenge this morning I went into my studio and worked on some more asterisk blocks for my new quilt and then looked around for something new to dive into.
In one of my first Creative Project Posts I mentioned an apron I wanted to make from Fat Quarterly Magazine.  Here it is……..another apron to add to my growing collection.
I LOVE aprons.  They are so practical and pretty – all rolled into one.
This apron will be perfect for art shows.  There is even a tiny pocket for business cards and a pen slot.
Plus two more spacious pockets.
All the printed fabrics I used on this apron are all vintage fabrics, even the backing fabric.
For my last art show I made the apron below out of vintage doilies and got lots of compliments on it.
The owl apron was sent to me in a swap, and also makes a great show apron because of all the handy pockets.
Perhaps another future blog post could be on my apron collection!
Because I am an apronista!

Creative Project #15 ~ Eat Your Veggies

 Today started out as a hectic day, taking one dog and one cat to the vet, and ended with dog agility class.  So my creative time was limited.  The dog if fine….the kitty has a grade 3 heart murmur 😦
I managed to squeeze in some sewing machine time, and finished this placemat which was the idea of my cousin, Tara, for her husband.
It also included a cow with a special message……
Tara loved it…..
I tried to make it as masculine as I possibly could.
See you tomorrow with Creative Project #16!

Creative Project #14 ~ Live ~ Love ~ Laugh

Happy Valentines Day!!!!!
I am halfway through my Creative Challenge for February and having a BALL! 
The project I am revealing today has actually taken a few days to complete, just because I always have a million different projects going on all in one day.
Making beads, sewing, quilting, sketching ideas, entertaining my furry children, creating jewelry, cooking, dog agility…..I could go on and on…..I get bored working on the same thing all day long.
I have a busy life, but LOVE every moment of it.  Through all the busyness we all need to do more of this everyday is……..
This placemat has been sketched out for months and sitting next to my sewing machine.  I finally decided to make it on Friday.  After I got it made, the common quote *live ~ love ~ laugh* popped into my head and I set out to make the other two placemats.
*Love* was second.
*Live* was third.
Yes, I did it completely backwards from the saying!
I love how they are the same but different.  I love the  funky-scrappy style they have.
It is a simple quote, but one of my favorites.
So let’s all set out this week to LIVE MORE, LOVE MORE & LAUGH MORE!
Have a fantastic week!



Creative Project #12 for February……G.I.V.E.A.W.A.Y. for my 100th post!!!!!

Today is the day!! WOW, one hundred posts!!!  This creative challenge I am participating in has helped me get to my 100th post quicker than I normally would have.
This is what I decided to use for the giveaway prize:
Swirls with Swirls earrings.  As always the wire is fine silver wire and they are my lamp worked beads.  I love how that color combo turned out and hope you all like them too.
I have been selling a lot of earrings lately, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong with these for a giveaway prize.
Let’s go over the *rules* again:
1.  Post a comment under THIS POST for one chance to win (not on Facebook)
2.  Become a follower of my blog for a second chance.
3.  Write about this giveaway on your blog for a third chance!
4.  For each one of the above tasks you do, PLEASE write a separate comment.  This will make it easier for me to use the random number generator.
5. You will have until tomorrow when I make my next post to play 🙂  I am guessing sometime after lunch – eastern time.

Yesterday I showed you a terrible picture of a ring I was working on yesterday.  I got a half way decent shot this morning even though it is cloudy here.
(the ring is not included in the giveaway prize – only the earrings)
Good luck in the giveaway!
Have an awesome weekend!