Happy May!

I think the busyness of my life may be slowing down a wee bit!  I have finished up a good chunk of my orders, last Saturday was the last farmers market until October, and I have lots and lots of fresh ideas brewing in my brain.
One of my items that has been really popular are my quilted journal covers.
This was one of the last I did for an order:
The above picture is the front, and below is the back…..
Here is the entire cover…..
Do you see that ultra cute fabric in the *grass* that has flowers with black and white striped petals?  I won that fabric in a giveaway on the Jennifer Jangles blog.
Go and check out Jennifer’s blog and the side tab has all the links to her Etsy shop, Flickr, and website.
She is an amazing ceramic artist who now designs really funky, fun lines of fabric.
This is the stack of fat quarters that I won:
I could only bear to cut off a strip to use for the grass on this journal.  I must get my hands on some more, then I wont be so possessive over these pieces!
Today I am trying my hand at stenciling on fabric.  Waiting for the paint to dry is the worst part.  I will be back tomorrow to show you the results ~ hopefully it turns out!

Pay It Forward 2011

With all the chaos going on in the world right now life can be pretty depressing.  It is so confusing who to help and which cause to donate to.  There are small things we can do for the people around us that make a difference and cause a ripple effect, because in the end what goes around, comes around.
Some in the blogging world are starting to pay it forward thru their blogs.  The theory is if you do something good for three people, and those people each do something for three more people, and this keeps on going, hundreds and hundreds will be touched.
Fellow bloggers I encourage you to join me and continue this thru your blog.
The first five people to comment below will receive a small handmade gift from me.  Please make sure I can contact you thru your blog to get mailing/contact information.  
When you do something good for someone there is a chance they will do something good for someone else.  Even if they dont, it will brighten that persons day, at the very least.

“Be the change you want to see in the world” Ghandi

Creative Project #28 ~ last day of the creative challenge.

I am kinda sad that this creative challenge is over.  It has kept me so inspired throughout this month!  Although like I told you in a previous post I joined a new group called “Creative Everyday”.  I wont be posting every single day about what I have made, instead weekly, but I still will be creating everyday!
Some days were a crunch to get something creative done, but it was well worth the effort to make the time to do it.
So today I made some more beads. I am hooked on making headpins.  Here are a few of the batch I made.  You will have to wait and see the rest when they are in a piece of jewelry.  I have lots of ideas for these little gems.
I got hooked on making these pins when Cassie Donlen, of the Glass Beadle, had a giveaway on her Facebook page for some headpins that she made.
I WON THE GIVEAWAY!!! WOOHOO!!!

Cassie is an amazing glass bead maker, and has a great video out if anyone is interested.
Cassie then asked on her Facebook page how others made their glass headpins.  She made hers on the end of the mandrel then attached the wire with epoxy.  I wrote in and told her I made mine on high temp wire, but then I wanted to try her method since the wire can be tricky if it isnt completely straight.
The last couple of days I have been making them on the mandrel and kind of like that way.
Here are the awesome headpins that Cassie made, and I won….
I got to pick out the four I preferred.
I cant wait to use them with one of her toggles I bought last year.
Have a great 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!

Creative Project #11 for February……a little bit of this and a little bit of that!!!

Phew!!! Today has been quite the day.  I have done a bunch of creative things.
First I started to make a silver heart bezel for a ring that has been in my head.  With all the filing, polishing, and soldering that took most of the morning.
Then I had to gather tiny pieces of sea glass and shells to fill the bezel.
I was inspired to do this ring after joining a group on flickr called “Ring A Week” (RAW).
You HAVE to visit that page and see the awesome creations that are being submitted.  There are so many talented jewelers there that I have been intimidated to post anything.
This isn’t the greatest picture of the ring.  The resin in it is still drying, so it is the best shot I could get right now.  I will post a better picture over the weekend.
I also have a rack full of quilts to quilt.  Quilt tops that others have made and they have hired me to quilt for them.  So I knocked one of those out today also.
I also made some new beads at some point today, and some new earrings, but the beads are being annealed and while I write this post the earrings are in the tumbler for their final polishing.
Then I put some time into my swaps…..trying to finish some pieces for an embroidery swap I am in.
I have had a quilt top in my head for a while now that I started picking away at today also!
You can find a pattern for a smaller block here at my friends blog, House of Krom.  It is a free pieced block and is tons of fun! I figure if I do a few blocks a day that in no time I will have enough for a quilt.
It has been a busy, busy day!  And some people think I don’t work!! HA!
Tomorrow is the big day for my 100th post and giveaway, so come back to tomorrow and sign up to win 🙂
Hope you have all had a Happy Friday!