May 23, 2011

With this month being full of graduations, state competitions, regional competitions , expos, and so on, I am having little time to create. But , having wonderful experiences with our family and supporting each other in their all of their endeavors that they have worked so very hard for. With that said , I would like to "show and tell " today some of my favorite items that I do create with , and that are very patiently awaiting me in the studio LOL. Tintypes are one of my absolute passions. I love vintage metal of any kind really, so put a photo with rosy cheeks on a vintage piece of tin , and I am there! I also love to look and feel ornate patterns, cuts, filigrees , and textures of vintage metal.

Constantly playing with the different vintage textures on one another is often how I will figure out the design for one of my pieces. Sometimes it comes together right away, and other times it takes weeks for just the right pieces to "fit"

Wishing you all a wonderful week! Blessings,.

May 19, 2011

We are home now from Jeffrey's Navy graduation . It was So cold, it was So windy, but we had an absolutely WONDERFUL time together with him as a family. It was about a 6 1/2 hour drive from us to Great Lakes IL base, and we brought Jeffrey's fiance Sara with us. Reagan and Sara found sailor hats for sale before the ceremony . They were both SO excited to get to see Jeffrey , as our only communication with him for all of this time has been through traditional mail (no electronics, and only 2 brief phone calls), and even then he could only write on Sundays. We caught the shuttle from the hotel at 6:45 am to make sure we got good seats!

After the ceremony we got to see Jeffrey very briefly, and then later that day he was allowed to have "liberty" with us until 9pm and the same every day for the rest of the weekend. Of course he gets up at about 4am, so he had everything done, and was ready to come with us by 6am every morning LOL. Luckily there was plenty to do in that area ,so that we could make sure we returned him to base in plenty of time every night. Ok, I almost didn't post any photos of me . Chicago and my hair just have never gotten along no matter what I do LOL. I need plaster of paris for this windy city! Oh well :) All of my boys together. Jeff (hubby) , Jeffrey, and Mason. We went to six flags on Saturday and did all of the coasters. (Well ok, THEY did all of the coasters, I did 2 ... and one of them was the kiddy coaster) This double decker carousel was much more my speed. It was 46 degrees, and windy, and rainy, but we did it all! I completely gave up on the hair thing by Sunday lol. We walked a few miles on the base accross the way from where Jeffrey had been at boot camp, to take him to the store there for some items , and to learn his way around the new base. After our incredibly blustery stroll (seriously , I thought we would have to anchor Reagan down :), we went to Gurnee Mills Mall and the Rain Forest Cafe for a wonderful lunch, before we had to take Jeffrey back and say goodbye. I will have some new things to show, and to tell you for "show and tell" on Monday.

May 9, 2011

Giveaway Winner! and Show and Tell Monday May 9 2011

Happy Monday! For those who have asked , my next workshops will be at "Stampaway" convention in Cincinnati in August. Both of my workshops are on August 11. The "Haunted Little Houses" soldering and beyond class is full now, but the "Adventures in Paper Clay Jewelry " is still open . One of things we will be creating is the "Pumpkin Fairy Necklaces" as seen in Somerset Holidays and Celebrations Magazine Fall 2010. We will also be sculpting on vintage skeleton keys and transferring images onto the clay! To sign up for the class, clicking on the photos will take you to the Stampaway Convention site.

I have been working with my vintage broken china again lately, but with a very different way of framing them. This allows me to add the beautiful vintage elements like my favorite Victorian cut steel. This vintage Flow Blue necklace will be available on my PFATT page at 10am west coast ti
me on May 10th. And the Winner of the kit for all 3 vintage flower pin backs is...... "Trapshootermd" ! Yay congratulations! There is no email address , or blogger profile for you , so please, please, please, email me with your shipping information , so I can get your gift to you!
And, finally here is my "Show and Tell Monday " piece for you. A vintage tintype necklace made from repurposed, upcylcled, vintage findings, and destrung vintage beads. Of course, the Victorian cut steel frame is my favorite : ) The lovliness of fine details in antique cut steel" anything", is one of those things that always pushes my buttons when I am out and about vintage gallivanting!

This "Lady Germaine" necklace will be available on my Etsy at 3pm eastern time. My "Show and Tell Monday post will be on Wednesday next week, as we are going to Jeffrey's Navy Graduation this weekend! We are very excited to see him, and to get to spend a couple of days with him in Great Lakes IL (where base is) Blessings,

May 2, 2011

Show and Tell Monday May 1, 2011 (and Mother's Day giveaway)

Well I think this week is going to be a little Lacy as it is Mother's Day Week! (Yes , I think it should be a whole week , don't you?) First off, I received an exciting package last week that I have been waiting to share with you. It is the most beautiful apron I have ever seen! Handmade by Ms. Holly Stinnett . I wanted to show you all of the gorgeous goodies on this gal. Every part is just gorgeous. You can see more of Holly's creations here.This beaded piece is my absolute favorite part : ) !!!!!!!!!! Thank so much Holly =) Next, for a while now, I have been pondering what to do with this jar of flowers I got at Michael's. Why? I have know idea. It was a"I am going to use my 40% off coupon if it kills me moment" . LOL. I am not a scrap booker ,( I often feel a distinct sense of failure for that by the way! lol) , and usually I use almost all vintage elements . These little ladies needed "The treatment!" They couldn't just stay as they were of course . They had to acquire some rich patina, and weathering. For this I used lots of strong coffee, and then dried them in the microwave (few seconds at a time . Don't let them just go, or you could start a fire: ) . This drying method makes that wonderful staining , marbling effect. Next, came the fun part of adding lots of vintage elements! I sewed on Vintage lace, ribbon, buttons,pearls, and even a love note in a vintage jar. Adding layer after layer of vintage soft creams. Finally , I added a vintage button on the back, and added a pin back. These little 3 pins will be available on my Etsy later today. But , Guess What?
For Mother's Day, I am giving away a kit to create all 3 of these yourself! The kit will include the flowers , chain, pin back , bezel cup, buttons,glass domes,and all of the vintage elements you need to create the pins , including the vintage photos shown that are part of my personal collection. Gift wrapped from me to you :)

Just leave a comment if you would like to be entered , and I will draw the winner on Mother's Day (Sunday May 8th At midnight) I will announce the winner on next weeks Show and Tell Monday.
Also , you may want to check out the blog tour going on by Ms. Kerin Gale for her new book "Inspired Remnents Curious Dreams Mixed Media Projects in Epoxy Clay". This book is so full of wonderful projects , using lots of wonderful vintage elements, and I can't wait to get started playing with Epoxy Clay! Clicking on the photo below will take you to Kerin's blog. Blessings,