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I cut out a piece of decorative paper and inked the edges with black ink. I cut out the picture of the woman (from an Artchix collage sheet) and inked those edges as well. I glued the paper and picture onto the inchie blank. I cut out the word, inked the edges with Distress Ink (walnut) and glued that on too. Finally, I added a Swarovski crystal.

I feel like it needs a little something else, but I’m not sure what. Again I’m not totally happy with the placement of the word. It took a while for inspiration to come with inchie #4!

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more treasures
I received another delightful package in the mail last week – my order from ArtChix! It arrived much faster than I was expecting; usually it takes over a week, coming all the way from Canada.

I ordered the Vibrant Menus and the Classy Labels collage sheets – very cool and different. I also got some German scrap and the new Art Blast playing cards. I love the cards; not only are they beautiful to look at but each card carries its own creativity prompt, whether it be a color combination, a certain media to work in, symbols that you can use in your art, or project ideas. And you can even use them as actual playing cards, if you need a break from all the creating!

new magazines
I bought the new issue of Somerset Studio (March/April) – the paper doll issue.
Somerset Studio - March/April 2009

I already skimmed through it and adore all of the paper doll art. I love paper dolls; I had many as a child and I wish I still had them. Because I would play with them!

I also noticed that “aubergine” is one of the upcoming themes. Purple is my favorite color, and since the due date is August, I think I should be able to come up with something to submit.

I also bought the premiere issue of Somerset Apprentice.

Somerset Apprentice Volume 1

I love learning new techniques and this looks pretty cool. I’m looking forward to reading it.

from russia with love
I finished reading the January/February 2009 issue of Somerset Studio. I totally love the Russia-inspired cards by Rachel Emilie Jackson.

page 19, cards by Rachel Emilie Jackson
Russia-inspired cards by Rachel Emilie Jackson

Aren’t these gorgeous? They truly are perfect. I also enjoyed reading her story about the romantic notions of Russia she held as a young girl – a “sparkling land of snow, Tchaikovsky, and strange beauty”.

~dreaming of a fairy tale land~

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new earrings
As previously promised here are a couple of the new earrings I’ve made for my soon-to-be-open Etsy shop. I’ve also made a few necklaces, although I am going to rework a couple of them a bit. They need a little more oomph. Anyway, here are the earrings.

I made a pair of these for myself too. The beads are glass.
Red earrings from my November 1919 line.

These beads are Swarovski crystal.
Purple earrings from my November 1919 line.

in the lab, part 2
I bought some Krylon Workable Fixatif to try out on my Polyshrink components. I’m trying it out tonight for the first time, so we’ll see how it goes.

new goodies
I ordered some new stuff from Joggles and ArtChix – a mix of collage sheets, glitter glue, embellishments, and rubber stamps. I swear I am constantly buying arts and crafts supplies. I like to think of it as doing my part to shore up the economy and support small independently-owned businesses. There, I feel better now.

~eagerly awaiting my new treasures~

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Now that my MA pieces are done and off in California, I’ve turned my attention to creating some jewelry. I realized the other day that the only jewelry I’ve made this year is the pair of earrings I made for Julie for her birthday. And they barely count – all I did was throw some beads on wire and attach to a finding. Here they are:


Don’t get me wrong – I think they are quite pretty, and I still want to make a pair for myself.

For now though I’m working on a necklace; it’s a project from the December 2007 issue of Bead & Button. I don’t make very many projects from magazines – I’d like to, but I’m always so busy with my own projects. But once in a while I try one, just to do something different. And it was a project in Bead & Button that initiated my love of Swarovski crystal. I never cared for it – I felt it was too cold – until I made this one bracelet, and I’ve loved it ever since. Anyway, here’s the magazine:

Bead & Button magazine - December 2007

The necklace is by Bia Alessi – gorgeous!

And here’s the article:

Crystal Showers pendant necklace by Julie Glasser

This necklace was designed by Julie Glasser. It’s a not-too-complicated pattern for someone who is familiar with right-angle weave. For me, it’s been a bit of a struggle. I don’t know what it is with right-angle weave, but even with the simplest of designs I have problems. And I never have problems with any other stitch. My needle always seems to be coming out at the wrong place. But I’ve managed to get my pendant almost completed:

Crystal pendant, design by Julie Glasser

This picture, as with any picture of Swarovski crystal, just doesn’t do it justice. The sparkle! Like stars.

I almost forgot about the Holiday Memories ATC Swap I signed up for at Artella. I wasn’t sure what to use as the foundation, and I knew I’d seen ATC blanks, so I did a little searching and found some at Artchix that are made from watercolor paper. Now I suppose I could have just made my own, but here are my reasons for not doing so:

1. I don’t have time
2. I like to support my favorite arts & crafts suppliers
3. This gave me the opportunity to also order some Artchix collage sheets

Of course reason number 3 was the deciding vote. Being on a limited budget, I only ordered two collage sheets, along with the ATC blanks, but I’m happy with that. I love Artchix collage sheets – I have a bunch already, and I have used them in many projects. Of course now I don’t remember which ones I ordered (I think it was maybe about a week ago) but that’s ok, because now it will be a surprise when I get them.

By the way, if you’re curious about the title of this post, my two-year-old daughter Lily is going through an I-don’t-want-to-wear-my-pants phase, so the words “where are your pants” is a common refrain in my house. Oh, the joys of living with a two-year-old!

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