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.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Queen of The Night - The Most Selfish Plant on Earth

This has been the year of The Queen Of The Night.
My Dad has been babysitting this plant for years and this summer we had a spectacular showing of flowers.  My original post about this plant explains how it only blooms once, in the dark.
These photographs were taken at 10pm at night.
This is my Queen of The Night that my Dad made for me with cuttings from his plant.  
I had one flower on it that I have been watching since August.  
On this day I thought it was close and meant to set an alarm to remind me to go downstairs to see it.
 But I didn't check.  
I am so mad at myself.
I am mad at the plant too.  
I'll have to wait at least a year to try to capture this flower again.
So much beauty.  No one got to see it.  
The after photo.  
This really is a one night only special.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

My Crafty Links

There is a brand new and inspired book which Carmi used to “Craft Her Stash.”

Anne asked for quick craft projects that look like they took a lot of effort. We can all use a few quick craft projects like that, can’t we?

Check out September’s challenge entries!

It’s hard to believe that this year’s “Bead Journal Project” is already three-quarters over! Cyndi shares her piece for September, finished just in the nick of time!

Cherie makes curtains for her kitchen.