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My contributor’s copy of Belle Armoire Jewelry…the one with my Polyshrink article in it!

Check it out…

belle armoire jewelry

shrink plastic jewelry

shrink plastic jewelry

shrink plastic jewelry

shrink plastic jewelry

And, to make it even more exciting, my article was mentioned in the editor’s letter!

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fragments in the wind
Guess what? I finally finished my Polyshrink Fragments jewelry and mailed them off to Belle Armoire Jewelry! yay! It only took, you know, forever to get these done. I’m so glad though. I feel a new sense of freedom now!

Here are the pieces I mailed:

fragments bracelet

fragments bracelet

fragments bracelet

fragments bracelet

garden fairy necklace

amulet necklace

I haven’t seen anything like these in Belle Armoire Jewelry before, so I hope that the editors see these pieces as something new and interesting, and want to have them in the magazine.

In other exciting I-can’t-believe-I-finally-have-this-project-done-that-I-have-been-working-on-for-years news, I also finished a scarf that I started almost four years ago. In my defense it was my car project, meaning that I mostly worked on it in the car when we were driving somewhere. That’s why it took so long to finish. Plus it’s quite long – at least five feet. I wanted it to be long and narrow. I knitted it with Bernat boa yarn in black, and I used size 3 needles. It’s dense and luxurious, and I can’t wait to wear it when the weather gets cold!

Now I’m turning my attention to my blog, and making some changes. I’m working on a new banner, and a background, and some other things that I’ve been wanting to do for a while.

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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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I finally found some time to shrink my Polyshrink pieces. I tried the oven this time, which resulted in thicker and slightly smaller pieces than when using the heat tool.

Here are the pieces – first picture is after shrinking, second picture is before.

Polyshrink bits and pieces for jewelry

Polyshrink jewelry components

I started working on two more sheets. I want to make a few pieces to send to Belle Armoire Jewelry to see if they would be interested in an article.

I’m doing one sheet white and one black. I suddenly thought a few weeks ago that it would be cool to try the black – I have a bunch of light-colored inks that might turn out nice on it. We’ll see!

~toodles for now~

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i’m shrinking!
I started working with my Polyshrink again. I made a bunch more components to use in jewelry, although most of them are not quite good enough to use in jewelry that I might sell. But I decided to make a bracelet with the best of them:

Polyshrink bracelet

There aren’t enough components (I really need to think of something more descriptive than “component”) to make a full bracelet, so I’m going to add the chain as an extender, and I’ll add pearls to that for some extra oomph.

Here is a comparison between the Polyshrink before shinking and after:

Polyshrink - comparison

Pretty neat, yes? It’s so cool watching the pieces shrink. I think that’s my favorite part!

I’m also planning on submitting a Polyshrink bracelet to Belle Armoire Jewelry to be considered for an article.

grey gardens
About a month ago I watched this HBO movie called Grey Gardens, about a mother and daughter. The mother, Edith, was Jacqueline Kennedy’s aunt, and the daughter, Edie, her cousin. The movie explores the relationship between Edith and Edie and how they started out as wealthy socialites and ended up as hermits living in a decaying, filthy, decrepit house. Edie is played by Drew Barrymore, who is fantastic in this movie. Edie was quite an eccentric, strong personality, but I just fell in love with her. I could have listened to her talk all day, with that strange New York/Boston accent. I loved this movie – I laughed, I cried, I didn’t want it to end. I highly recommend it.

small moments
Getting to have the bed to myself, and taking a few extra minutes in the morning to lie in bed awake, enjoying all the extra space! Listening to the birds twittering in the morning. Eating Herr’s cheese curls.

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trick or treat
I’ve been diligently working on my vintage Halloween projects to submit to Somerset Studio. I have the party favor bags almost completed. These are “my girls” who are gracing the bags:

Altered vintage photo for Halloween project

Altered vintage photo for Halloween project

Altered vintage photo for Halloween project

Aren’t they sweet? I wanted to make happy little bags, and these girls are just perfect. The words were added in Photoshop.

The other project is my Scary Ladies Halloween gift tags. They should be done this week. They have to be, because my brother-in-law’s 40th birthday is only a few weeks away, and I’ve got a bracelet to make!

color me green
I picked up the March/April/May issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry.

Belle Armoire Jewelry, March/April/May 2009

As usual the first skim-through brought feelings of jealousy and annoyance with myself that I’m not making more jewelry. I still have not come to terms with the time constraints that Lily has brought into (or forced on!) my life.

But I try to keep a positive attitude and look at the magazine as inspiring rather than jealousy-inducing. It does have a lot of cool stuff in it, plus there’s an article featuring Thomas Mann which I very much look forward to reading.

~fading green~

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