Archive for July, 2009

ooh les fees!
My little French fairies are all done.

La Fee Francaise ATC

La Fee Francaise ATC

La Fee Francaise ATC

I’m pleased with how they turned out. I restrained myself in regards to adding embellishments – originally I intended to add lots of crystals. But it didn’t look right, and I didn’t want the fairies to be overwhelmed by too much sparkle (did I just say “too much sparkle”? heaven forbid!)

La Fee Francaise ATC - detail

They ended up with a simplicity and subtlety that I’m really happy with.

La Fee Francaise ATC - detail

dreams of paris
I started my other aubergine project as well. I found the absolute most perfect picture to use.

she dreams of paris

Isn’t she wonderful? I just love her!

I got the new July/August issue of Somerset Studio (50% off coupon again. AC Moore knows what I like!)

Somerset Studio - July/August 2009

Lots of color and flowers in this issue, as well as the usual gorgeous-ness. It has been added to my magazines-to-read pile.

get ready for the holidays
I received a copy of my article that will be in the next issue of Somerset Holidays. Lovely, of course, thanks to the beautiful layout and photos. It’s so exciting to me, and I feel that it’s just the beginning.

details, details.
The wind blowing the rain so hard there was a mist coming in our front door. Thunder and lightening. Lily screaming in delight over her new flip-flops.

~off on my way~

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first impressions
I received a lovely package in the mail – my sealing wax and seal! The wax is gorgeous, and the seal is perfect. I couldn’t wait to play with my new toys.

Then I learned that it is not so easy to do as one might think. Melt the wax, push in the seal, voila! Right? Um, no. At least not for me. The wax kept sticking to the seal and sometimes it even ripped right off the paper! I think it’s a matter of letting the wax cool to the right temperature before pushing in the seal.

This was my eighth attempt – not too bad.

Eiffel Tower seal

I used up almost one stick of wax already, and I only bought two. I better figure out how to do this quick!

Last Friday (the 17th) we took a day trip to Knoebel’s. Marc’s employer was hosting their annual employee appreciation day there.

Lily was so excited to go – she was talking about it all week, and informed us several times that she wanted to go on the merry-go-round first. Well we got there and dutifully took her to the merry-go-round – and she wouldn’t go on! We walked around to all the kiddie rides, and she absolutely refused to go on anything.

But she did at least enjoy herself riding around in her stroller eating Skittles.

lily, knoebel's 2009

Then it started raining. Then it started pouring.

This is Marc and Lily as we took refuge from the deluge.

marc & lily, knoebel's 2009

Lily was hiding her head in Marc’s lap because the rain was very loud on the roof.

After dinner Marc’s boss’s wife convinced Lily to go on the merry-go-round with her, and of course once she finally went on a ride she wanted to go on everything!

lily, knoebel's 2009

lily, knoebel's 2009

lily, knoebel's 2009

It still rained most of the time we were there, but not too heavily, and I love the rain anyway so it was fun to walk around in it.

~finally dry~

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an ensemble is never complete without the right pair of earrings.

Here are the earrings I made to go with my new pendant necklace.

Chain earrings

I wanted to make something quick and simple, and of course elegant. These are made with two different antiqued-brass chains, antiqued-brass findings, and Czech fire-polished beads.

I made these while Lily played on the computer. I can’t believe I actually got to work on a project while she was awake! Note to self – let her play on the computer more often…

my little french fairies
And here are my aubergine-theme atc’s so far.

les fees francaises

I still have to add words and crystals. I came up with a phrase for each, in French. I hope my meager grasp of French vocabulary and grammar doesn’t embarrass me! Unfortunately I don’t know anyone fluent, so I’ll have to take my chances.

I think they look good so far, n’est-ce pas?

life is in the details
Watching three little bunnies running around the cemetery at the church where Lily’s daycare is. Pinkish light on the house across the street as the sun was rising.

~must renew my French lessons~

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my favorite magazine

Somerset Studio, May-June 2009

I finished reading the May/June 2009 issue of Somerset Studio. My favorite article is Spirit of Steampunk, by Ramona Szczerba, featuring her wonderful steampunk art.

page 37
Steampunk art by Ramona Szczerba

Steampunk art by Ramona Szczerba

So cool! I love her palette, the whimsy, and the contrast between the natural and the industrial.

Other articles that got my creativity all worked up:

With One Palette by Tammy Kushnir – beautiful colors and imagery.
Rainbow in a Box, by Connie Govea Stuart – cool idea!
Souffle Papier d’Art, by Sandra Evertson – I want to make some souffle papier too!
N. 104, by Linda Trenholm – the treeshouse of my dreams.
Type Drawers, by Lynne Perrella – just simply neat-o.

love those ancient traditions
I ordered the sealing wax and seal for my aubergine project. I got a pearly moss green wax, and an Eiffel Tower seal. I’m so excited! I get excited over strange things. I can’t wait to try it out!

bead stuff
In magazine-land I also finished the June 2009 issue of Bead & Button. Two articles caught my eye.

Triple Time necklace, by Cindy Pankopf, page 38
Triple Time necklace by Cindy Pankopf

This is a little Steampunky itself. I love the colors; matte metallic beads are some of my favorites.

Dangle Delight necklace by Jess DiMeo
Dangle Delight necklace by Jess DiMeo

Very pretty. I bet it’s wonderful in the sunlight with all those crystals and facetted beads!

I’ve been thinking about letting my Bead & Button subscription lapse. Not that I don’t like it (although there are a lot of ads these days). I just don’t bead like I used to. It would hard though because I’ve been reading B&B since issue #4 – the latest is #92! And I have all of them, minus a couple. Or maybe I’ll switch to Beadwork magazine. I haven’t decided.

one more item in magazine-land
I bought the latest issue of Somerset Life (I had a 50% off coupon, so why not?).

Somerset Life - Jul/Aug/Sept 2009

De-lightful! Can I just jump into the pages and live there? It’s so lovely.

life is in the details
Enjoying a few moments of peace and quiet before I get up in the morning. Listening to my Julie Andrews Selects Her Favorite Disney Songs album.

~wishing upon a star~

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more & more new jewels
I made this necklace to showcase the beautiful Russian pendant I got from Artbeads.

Emerald - russian pendant necklace

Emerald - beautiful pendant necklace

I used one of my favorite types of beads, Czech fire-polished, as well as antiqued-brass chain and findings. Artbeads has a great selection of beads, including lots of beautiful Czech fire-polished.

I’m really pleased with the necklace, and of course I’ll be making a pair of earrings to go with it.

Emerald - necklace

oh aubergine
I decided to make a second aubergine project – a small (approximately 7″x5″) canvas. This will allow me to use the sealing wax and seal, as was my original intention. It will have a photo of a vintage lady on it and be French-themed, and other than that I haven’t decided exactly what I’m doing with it. I’ll just find a photo I like and let that be the inspiration.

still playing with the fairies
I worked some more on my digital art piece:

fairy play

It’s getting there. I want to add some words, maybe something about playing with dragonflies.

a spoonful of sugar
My daughter has been watching Mary Poppins (on repeat!) for the past couple weeks. I had bought it for her maybe when she was one, as part of my effort to build up a nice library of Disney movies for her. I’d never seen the movie myself, and I still haven’t seen the entire thing, but I must say I adore that Miss Poppins.

It’s a wonderful movie, with great songs (which are now lodged permanently in my brain) – it’s fun and uplifting. You cannot possibly be in a bad mood after watching the delightful Mary Poppins.

life’s in the details
Enjoying a bowl of delicious cold cherries. Wandering the aisles of AC Moore. Watching Lily play at daycare before she realizes I’m there.

~looking for a carpet bag of my own~

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I finished my latest Polyshrink bracelet (I posted a picture of it unfinished last week).

Polyshrink bracelet

I love how it turned out – the chain and pearls make it so elegant. I plan on making more components (still haven’t thought of a better word) and buttons after I finish my Russian pendant necklace.

french fairies
I’ve started working on my submission for Somerset Studio’s “aubergine” issue. The word “aubergine” makes me think of France (I don’t like eggplant). I decided to make a set of three ATCs depicting vintage French fairies.

vintage ladies

These are my fairies, wingless, but that will soon be remedied. My initial inspiration for this project was my desire to use sealing wax in a project, but now I’m not sure that I’m going to use it. I’m thinking the seal may be too large, but I might get the supplies anyway and try it out.

more fairy play
I started a new digital art piece using one of the “pixel packs” from my Artella digital art membership. Here it is so far:

fairy play - digital art

Not much to look at – yet. I really admire those who can do intricate digital art – I aspire to be at that level someday. For now I would call my style (and ability) digital collage, because basically I just stick stuff on a background. I guess that counts for something, right?

small moments
Trees tossing in the wind outside the windows at work. Sitting in my car at lunch reading.

~playing with the fairies~

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