Friday, October 24, 2014

Crafty, Beady Links

Art Bead SceneArt Bead Scene Editors take the October Monthly Challenge using Milton Avery’s painting Autumn as inspiration.
A Bead A DayThink it’s okay to go crazy with sparkle? Lisa does too! Stop by A Bead A Day to see her latest find!
Taking a Fall DriveCherie uses the colors of fall as inspiration for some new pictures.
Beading ArtsLearn how to make the very popular wrap-style bracelets that you see everywhere these days!
Carmi’s Art/Life WorldFun saying in resin filled bottle caps will make you smile today.
Homemade Halloween Cupcake TopperMake these darling Halloween cupcake toppers to delight the kids. Just grab the free printable and have fun.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween Themed Necklace

It really is a good time for me to be wearing such hot colours.
This choker features some handcrafted glass and neon Swarovski.
There are glass beads and a little wood.
 The main skull and matching glass dangle beads are a gift from my friend Karen.  I just loved this set and didn't want to wear them any other way.
Ready for any event this month!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Antiquing in Allentown Pennsylvania!

I have just unpacked my antique haul from my weekend trip to Pennsylvania.
Everything you see is from just one store.
 In the Merchant Square Mall I discovered Hidden Valley Treasures.  I was so overwhelmed when I walked in that I neglected to take a picture of the whole store.
Bonnie, the owner is known as the "linen lady" and clearly needs to become my new best friend. 
Look at the piles and piles of beautiful linen.  Everything is clean and ironed and her prices are excellent.
 There was so much more to see in her store however.  
She has been in the Mall for 22 years and her inventory was wonderful.
 This gingham apron has the most wonderful hand sewed rick rack.  The quilted pin cushion caught my eye as well.  The work involved to make just one...sigh.  
 I found some sweet vintage beaded projects.
 I can't tell you how hard it was not to buy everything.
 These handmade items I will incorporate into other projects.
 Those napkins are incredible.
She also allowed me to pick through stacks of her costume jewelry.
Several hours went by and it was time for me to go.  I could have spent the whole day with Bonnie.  
A wonderful store with a wonderful owner!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Resin Filled Pocket Watch Pendant

 I wore this new necklace over the weekend and received several very nice compliments.  I am so happy with how it turned out.
What makes the watch so unique is the unusual background I started with.
Every year, I spend time in the Pebeo art section in the BHV department store in Paris.  Their samples and demonstrators have the most fabulous work on display.  Your hand automatically reaches out to touch the surface of these pieces.  
I used Pebeo mixed media reactive paints to create my background.
 To begin, I decided to add a very thin layer of resin into my bezel.  
I wanted to seal my paint before I added a second layer of imagery.
 This gorgeous rub-on is from a Crafter's Companion Fairyopolis card making set I presented a few years ago on the Shopping Channel in Canada.  I have never seen more beautiful rub ons.
 Here is the rub-on, now floating on that first clear layer of resin.
 I added some glitter glue and gold marker lines to accentuate my floral imagery.
One more pour of resin finished my pendant beautifully.
I love resin!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween Resin Filled Bezels

This is the season of orange.
I do love this colour and seem to only use it in October.
I am showing you some fun and easy to create resin filled bezels today.
What makes them easy is the already designed artwork from Lisa's shop on Etsy.
All I did was cut my images, seal them with mod poge in the bezel and then pour in some resin.
 How cute are these?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Upcycling Older Sculptural Art

I have added a new piece of artwork to my home!  It is a refreshed version of a very "brown" old framed head.

 When I found my artwork it was hanging behind a lot of other paintings.  I actually thought the head was wood.  I was attracted to the idea of a 3D portrait, but knew I could not live with the original colour scheme.
 It wasn't until I deconstructed the canvas that I discovered the head was heavy for a reason.
 It is made of cement!  Happily, it was also made in Canada.
 I used spray paint to get my new art deco shiny colour palette of black and silver.
 The new background is this gorgeous velvet wallpaper I found in Paris.
I love it now!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Resin Clay Jewelry ReMake Project For Pinterest

These pretty pendants were remade with Jewelry Clay.
 This picture give you a good look at how easy it is to redesign jewelry using Jewelry Clay as a glue.
I turned them into a project for Pinterest.