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and the french fairies make a grand debut

Let’s start the new year right, shall we?

I bought the new Somerset Studio yesterday. The ‘aubergine’ issue.

Please turn to page 114.

My little French fairies! They look wonderful, don’t they? Very nice (big!) photograph.

I also like the artwork underneath, by Eileen Terhaar Clark. La Danse des Papillons. Lovely!

I will take this as a harbinger of what is to come. I’m really excited for this year. I expect good things to come my way, certain things/situations in my life to improve, lots of personal growth, and I think this will be the best year of my life.

And yes, learning to solder is (again) one of my goals.

i wish i had a belle armoire
I also bought the Dec/Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry.

I skimmed through it and it looks great. I saw a couple techniques I thought were really cool – particularly the earrings on the cover, where the artist used a wire form to create a resin-filled bezel. I would love to try resin some day (I should add that to my list!) and it’s so clever to use wire to form the bezel.

must use gift cards immediately.
I received a Michael’s gift card for Christmas so of course I had to use it immediately. One of the things I bought was this cool set of clear stamps by Tim Holtz.

tim holtz stamps

I was surprised to see that Michael’s had a nice selection of Tim Holtz products. I like his line of art stuff – he always has interesting and different supplies. I particularly like his inks and glitter glues. As soon as I saw these stamps I knew I had to have them. I love that chandelier!

I hope this new year brings all sorts of wonderful things for everyone!

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food for thought

I had a thought the other day when I stopped at Wegman’s to get some soup (I was sick). Soup and chocolate can cure pretty much all ills. If you’re sick, or cold, or just in need of comfort, soup is the perfect thing. And if you’re stressed, in need of a little pick-me-up, or craving a bit of indulgence, chocolate is right there for you.

Soup and chocolate. One of the secrets to life.

the girls have left home
I finished my last aubergine project and mailed them all on Tuesday. Thank goodness I did not have to get overnight shipping for once.

Here is She Dreams of Paris. The picture is not so great. I was in the middle of packing the girls when I realized I never took a picture of this one. So I quick grabbed the camera and took a few shots. I would have preferred to scan it, but last time I scanned a wax seal some of the wax got stuck on the scanner and was not so easy to clean off.


She Dreams of Paris collage

I’m generally pleased with how this one turned out. There are a few things I would change if I were to do it again. But I think it’s lovely.

small moments
Before Lily was born I never would have called myself a morning person. I’m not sure I would call myself one now (I much prefer night owl). But since I’ve had to rearrange my schedule to accomodate la Lily, I’ve learned to enjoy the morning – the darkness, and then the light of the sun rising, birds twittering, the peacefulness and quiet before the busyness of the day. It’s also the only time of the day when I have the house to myself. I love the night, but morning has its charms as well.

~rising with the sun~

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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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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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every bead gets used, eventually
Here is a necklace I made recently. Once again I have to apologize for the poor scans, but this was the best I could do at 10pm, tired and ready for bed.

Hint of Glint Necklace

The large bead was given to me by my son a couple years ago and I finally decided to do something with it. I love lampworked beads, but I find them challenging to work with as I never know what to do with them.

When I do use them, I like to keep the piece simple so that the focus is on the beads. I remembered I had the other smaller glass beads that have a pattern very similar to the focal bead, and then I thought a simple tiered necklace would be pretty.

Hint of Glint Necklace

I used sterling silver chain to string the beads and a lobster claw clasp to hold it all together and voila! – simple, elegant, with a hint of glint.

magazines neverending
I do love my magazines. Not only did I receive my order of magazines from Stampington but I also picked up the new issue of Somerset Studio.

Somerset Studio, May-June 2009

Lovely, as always.

I came up with an idea for the aubergine theme, which is due August 15th. I was inspired by sealing wax! (hey, I’ll take inspiration from wherever it comes!) And I see in the new issue that Alice in Wonderland is an upcoming theme, due on October 15th. I’d definitely like to make something for that. I have an idea, or rather a vague notion of an idea, so I’ll let it percolate a bit longer.

And I sent my Halloween party favor sack article to Somerset Holidays. I can’t wait to see it, and I hope readers like it.

earth, devoid of humans
I’ve been watching a neat show called Life Without People on The History Channel. It’s about what would happen to the remnants of civilization if every person on the planet suddenly disappeared – how Nature, freed from man, would once again reign, and animals and plants would claim the empty cities as home. It examines how manmade structures would deteriorate, what would happen to domesticated animals, how living things might evolve. It’s really interesting, and there’s something about seeing the cities – decaying, overgrown, desolate – that I find fascinating.

small moments
Black trees against a midnight blue sky, very early in the morning. Listening to Madame Butterfly. The warmth of the sun.

~loving that lady in blue~

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