Archive for March, 2010

new goodies!

I have new treasures to share from Artbeads – this time we were allowed to choose from anything on the website, in celebration of spring. So hard to choose! I ended up going with antiqued-brass base metal components (I’m going for an antique sort of spring!).

As soon as I saw this leaf chain I had to have it. It’s fabulous! It feels wonderful against one’s skin, and has a nice drape and weight to it. And all the little leaves make a delightful rustling sound.

leaf chain

Here we have a beautiful filigree flower pendant. I love how there is a hole in the center – this is perfect to add a bead for a little color. This pendant is very detailed and has a lot of dimension and interest to it. You will definitely get noticed with this around your neck!

filigree flower

I love this chain – it’s the coolest! It needs no further embellishment. You could put a couple of these around your neck and you’re good to go.

3-oval chain

And finally, here is a sweet little bird nest charm. The perfect thing to welcome spring!

nest charm

Disclosure: I have received these products from Artbeads free of charge. I am posting an honest review of said products and have not been paid to endorse said products.

~sweet dreams of spring!

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kansas she said is the name of the star.

My Mom made me this awesome-beautiful Wizard of Oz quilt for me. A month ago or so she showed me this fabric she bought that had Wizard of Oz scenes printed on it in the most lovely, saturated colors. Seeing as how the Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie, I shamelessly begged her to make a quilt for me.

She wasn’t sure what to use for the background, so I suggested a neutral color so as not to distract from the panels, and she wanted to use blue, red, and green as the borders for the panels, which I thought was perfect. She ended using black fabric for the background, and it has sparkles in it! It is absolutely perfect.

Some close-ups:

this fire
I finally finished my collage. I decided to simply call it “this fire”, after the Paula Cole song from which I took the words.

this fire

I love how this collage turned out, and I love this woman, this photograph. I don’t know who she is. I don’t know what she was thinking. But the expression on her face…the slight shine in her eyes…the steady hold of her chin. She is beautiful and strong. As soon as I saw her photo, I knew it was the one I had to use.

The words read “Where do I put this fire? This bright red feeling? This tigerlily down my mouth – it wants to grow to twenty feet tall.”

I feel like I have a creative fire within me, but often there is not time to express it, so it’s just burning. I hope it doesn’t go out!

~nighty night

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only five episodes of american idol to catch up on
I am soooo behind in everything it seems! Since getting back from Vegas it’s been rather difficult getting back into the swing of things. I don’t think I’ve ever gone this long without posting.

The last few days have been so lovely outside – spring is surely on her way. The snow is all melted, birds are making their way back here, the air smells fresh. I can’t wait to put away my winter coat! It seems like it’s been cold forever.

back to business
Anyway, I finished my digitally-altered book and submitted it to Artella’s contest. Click here to check it out. I’m pretty pleased with it. I think it came together really well.

I also attended an online class hosted by Marney (of Artella) and Annette, who designs many of the “papers” in the digital studio packs. The class was about making professional and polished-looking digital background papers (I guess they’re not really paper per se, but to me that’s what it is. Intangible paper.). I’m starting to realize that a lot of digital art is taking something ordinary and simple and applying different styles, layers, patterns, etc, using Photoshop (or whatever photo-editing software you prefer). So maybe this digital art thing is within my grasp. Now if I just had more time….

I’m having a lot of time issues again – feeling like I have way too much stuff to do, and hardly any time to myself. I keep going over everything I do, and I really don’t know what to cut out or change. oh well, I guess I’ll get it one of these days.

Anyway, the class was pretty cool. Annette makes such beautiful papers; I have admired her work for a while.

tactile art
I decided to scrap the mother’s day project I was working on. Once we got back from Vegas I knew there was no way I could make the March 1 deadline, and though I could certainly finish it and submit it for another deadline, I just am not feeling it. I still sent the birthday crown that I had made for my mom’s birthday (I am no longer allowed to say which birthday as I have gotten in trouble for mentioning it previously!) So we’ll see how that goes.

I have a ton of things to write about, not even counting our trip! So stay tuned for lots more rambling.


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