Archive for May, 2011

halloween in july
I have exciting news…my vintage Halloween Party Sacks, which were featured in volume three of Somerset Holidays & Celebrations, will be included in an upcoming issue of Handcrafted magazine! The issue is due out in July. What a lovely surprise!

then by all means draw
I’ve had a strange urge recently to draw. Strange because I have no drawing abilities. I’ve never considered myself gifted in that area. But I have felt unusually inspired by Somerset Studio lately – all of the lovely & intriguing painting and drawing contained in its pages. And some of that artwork – the artwork that is simpler and childlike – I look at and think, I could do that. So I’d like to try my hand at it.

To that end I have purchased a ridiculous quantity of supplies – water-soluble colored pencils, regular colored pencils, graphite pencils, drawing pencils, pastels, and four (four!) books of paper. I’d like to get some watercolors too.

drawing stuff

Thank goodness I can get these supplies at AC Moore, with their weekly 40% off coupon!

I am keeping this quote from Vincent Van Gogh in mind: “If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

victorian glam
I finished my glammed-up paper bags and mailed them off to Somerset Life. I think they turned out very nicely, but I am a little concerned that they are too simple in design. I needed to decorate them though in a way that was quick and easy. I like them, anyway. I call them my Victorian-Glam Paper Lunch Bags.

victorian-glam paper bag

victorian-glam paperbag

victorian-glam paperbag

They are simple to make: generously spray the bag with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (it’s hard to see this in the photos, but believe me, those bags are glimmering!), stamp all over a bunch of times with different colors of ink, and apply self-adhesive jewels. Easy!

Thanks for stopping by!


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modern vintage, or vintage modern?
I have a new Artbeads challenge piece to share. The challenge this time was to combine old and new, vintage and modern. I had strongly wanted to incorporate an actual vintage component into the piece, but I had to accept the fact that I just don’t have anything vintage that is easy and simple for me to incorporate into a piece of jewelry at this point in time.

After much thought, I let myself be inspired by a base-metal bead I had received from the previous Artbeads challenge. It was a TierraCast black-finish pewter bead, which was so gorgeous and I just loved it. The bead was antique-looking in design, but the black finish was very modern.

And, I remembered there were several other styles to choose from. So for this challenge I chose a butterfly, a bow, angel wings, a bird, the aforementioned bead, and another bead.

To bring some more modernity to the piece, I chose fuchsia heart- and flower-shaped Swarovski crystal pendants. The incredible sparkle adds a modern element. Plus, the deep pink color lends itself to the vintage feel, as well as using the heart and flower shapes.

And, since I love charm bracelets, I decided to combine all of these beautiful components into just that, again bringing together the old and new.

So finally, may I introduce Gertrude Goes Goth?

dear gertrude

The title is also a combination of the old and new. I love old-fashioned names. And since the bracelet is black, I thought goth was a good modern description. A young lady from the past, interpreting her favorite motifs into a modern object of beauty and charm.

dear gertrude

dear gertrude

Everything on the bracelet is from Artbeads, except the round and bicone Swarvoski crystals and the headpins, all of which were from my collection.

I hope you enjoyed this little bracelet!


Disclosure: I have received these products (beads, Swarovski crystals, chain, and findings) from Artbeads free of charge. I am posting an honest review of said products and have not been paid to endorse said products.

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