Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas Wreath

This was such a quick and easy one; it's literally just a bunch of lace pinned onto a styrofoam wreath!   Thanks goes to The Gilded Girls Stash Society for the inspiration!

My holiday mantle was a point of pride this year, as everything there was made recently-ish...although maybe I should have traded out the usual framed print for something festive.  There are tiny lights under the snow at night, which is nice when the (timer) candles go on.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Glass Flower Jewelry Party

Recently I got together with my girlfreinds to make jewelry with gorgeous glass floral beads.   This is the necklace, it's very long....

The beads are pretty hard to source; some are from French General, some from etsy.   Most of them are vintage.  The lucite (and fake lucite) ones are from those places, plus Michaels had some briefly.
The bracelets came out so wonderfully!   They took a couple of hours each, and it was fun to put together while we all chatted.   Somewhere I have a pic of theirs too, if I find it I'll post it   >.<

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Santos Love

One of my new (somewhat guilty) pleasures is Santos cage dolls; so called because most of them have cages for legs.

I find them so evocative and though they have hidden worlds inside, as do we all.  They were originally Spanish saint carvings, but these are all inexpensive reproduction ones.

Adding new bits and bobs to them is part of the fun, and a convenient place to put things I've made recently.  They genially watch over my art room from the fireplace mantle. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Swaggity Swag

Last month I got swag-making fever and churned out a few.  This one started with some goodies from the last Spellbound Art Retreat -

-and this one was lots of lace and fabric I had around (some of which is from the wonderful Gilded Girls Stash Society: it's pricey, but I'm never disappointed in what I get.  Plus they always have great craft tutorials for the month's supplies, which inspired this swag).

They were so fun, fast, and easy to make!   Here they are swaggin' it up on a mantle, altho they've already been moved tbh.   Maybe pics of the current location next time   =)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Lovely Ladies

There has been a flurry of attention lately to one of my fave subject, which is the lovely ladies of the Victorian/Art Nouveau/Art Deco periods; probably a Gatsby/Downton Abbey effect.   I made this the other day featuring one....

...and the best part is that it's dual purpose ~  next time I piss off my mom, I can circle "apologetic" at the top and give it to her, or if  I make it to Mother's Day without being a fail daughter, I can circle "appreciation"!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Holiday Houses

A recent crafting day with my girlfriends found us making these cuuuute little houses - first, here's how they look at night...

aawwwww!!  There's a fake tealight in each (they have timers now, and come on automatically each night for 4 hours - woot.)

The two biggest were made with the Sizzix cottage die - this thing is so genius!!

I'm using the Tim Holtz Vagabond die cutter now, because I killed my old cheap one, because yes, I'm retarded and got something stuck up in there *whistles and looks away* -BUT I'm really happy about that because the Vagabond is the BOMB.   It cuts through multiple layers of paper and felt like a hot knife through butter.  Anyway, all those tiny pieces; shutters, shingles, door, chimney, etc., all get cut out in one easy pass thru the Vagabond.  Sweeeet.

The little houses I made last November at the second Spellbound art retreat, in a class taught by Cathe Holden

Here's the houses spun around so you can see how fun they are to decorate all the sides.

If you dig thru her blog you can find a template for making them - free!  Thanks Cathe!

Nothing inspires creativity like the holidays; hope you had time to make something too  =)

My House, in the middle of my street

Hi again!  Long time no post - altho I have been making stuff.  Here's something I made for a new calendar/art journal (because New Year means New Projects, right?!)

That's my front door, and my cutie lil' pup! It's done in fabric, and the photo is digitally printed on linen.  Lots of sweet vintage trims and bits, which always gives me a little thrill to use.  Knowing a fabric or bit of lace is 50 or 100 years old, and is still here being loved and used by someone makes me feel connected to the larger world somehow.

 I've started two weekly journal prompt groups, Life Book and The Documented Life Project.  I'm just kinda squishing them together, and hoping my short attention span lasts through the year with at least one of them.    This was the prompt from Documented Life, which was to use your front door.

Does it look like that's a sun in the upper left?  I might need to add some rays to it.....