Monday, December 28, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I have a group of online girlfriends. They're from all over the world. We all met in the Italian Forum on TripAdvisor and have been hanging out online for the past 2yrs. Last February a group of Ladies got together in Rome for the first time. There is a webcam on top the hotel next to the Pantheon, so they would tell us what time they would be there, and we would all get online to watch as they waved to us. It was such a hoot. People passing must have thought they were nuts waving their scarves at the webcam. If they even knew there was a webcam there. Anyway this March there is going to be another meet up. I was not able to go last year, but I plan on going this year. We will meet up in two places this time. Rome and Venice. Did I mention we nicknamed ourselves the Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarves? Hence the title at the top. In our conversations someone mentioned t-shirts, and I thought what a great idea. Then Michelle sent me a web page of an illustrator from Australia. Her name is Shell Sherree . I just fell in Love with her work and so commissioned her to do an illustration for our group. So that's three of us standing in a gondola in front of the Pantheon.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Three Black and gold handmade Murano glass beads from Italy accented with black and gold seed beads. $110.00
Matching earrings $25.00
Bronze delica beads worked in a peyote stitch to create the chain and bail. The Focal bead is another one of my Murano glass beads bought on my last rip to Venice. $110.00
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Today's necklace is made with seed beads in various sizes, shapes and colors using a spiral stitch. The focal point is a Murano (Venice,Italy) glass bead. Don't know if bead is the right wrong. But I thought tongue sounded pretty gross....LOL The Price of this piece is $80.00
Friday, December 18, 2009
I've decided to post some of my jewelry that I have for sale. If you are interested please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a price. No obligation.
Today it is 2 Pendants made with Swarovski Crystals and gold vermeil seed beads. Special orders are welcomed.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I made this Angel in the 1980's. This was when I was very much into doll collecting and doll making. I did my own sculpting and mold making. Then the molds were pored in porcelain, fired to a bisque then china painted. With many firings in between.
I don't make dolls anymore. I felt I went as far as my limited talent would go. And with all the so called collectible dolls coming out of the orient it was just not profitable anymore. Even so, I still have my collection. Many of the dolls I own are made by other Doll Artists.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
You can hear me laughing myself silly as I was recording this. He really got into it...Who knows maybe he has a new career...here are a couple of more pictures. It's really cute but of course can't compare to the real thing.
Here are some more pictures of our Disney Adventure. Notice how big Joseph's gets. This was the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Now for some beautiful landscapes. So very different from the East Coast.....
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Northern Star Quilters Guild and the Desmond Fish Library are the 2 that I will have my work in. This necklace to my right is made with Venetian Murano glass beads that I bought when I was in Venice taking a lace making class. Also included in this necklace are Swarovski crystals and gold vermeil beads and spacers.
This necklace also has Murano glass. The chain is a spiral
design done in 2 shades of blue and bronze color Janpanese beads
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
The last time I posted I mentioned that I won an ipod. Well I took it with me apple picking. This little puppy does a whole bunch of things. One of them is taking videos. And what better then to video tape Grandson #1 Matthew picking apples. It would be an understatement to say I'm having a lot of fun with my new toy. It took me a while to figure out how to load it to the PC but my getting to be a very tenacious person. I refuse to give up.
Apple picking is something the whole family likes to do every year at this time. Then when get home and we all help my daughter peel and cut the apples for the pies. As in 2 very delicious pies. Here's a little sample of what my ipod does.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Today the town that I live in had their 1st Street Fair. Many local businesses where their advertising their services. Lots of games for the children and food to eat. Many free goodies. So my husband and I decided to go and see what it was all about. While I was there I signed up for all the free raffles. Walk around, talked to a whole lot of people. Generally enjoying the day. So when we came home; there was a message on our answering machine. I WON AN IPOD. The newest one. Can you believe it takes videos? How cool is that....Am I excited...You bet your bitty.....here is a photo of my new toy.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Today I finished my 4" squares. I've decided to call them "Ode to DaVinci". I satin stitched the edges. Instead of batting I used timtex. The 2 top pictures were transferred using the water method. The bottom one I used TAP (transfer artist paper) by Lesley Riley. I added beads and pearls and some gold netting....
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I belong to a SAQA group that meets once a month. This summer the group had a challenge to make 4" square mini quilts to swap. I didn't participate because I really haven't felt inspired. I also didn't want to make 30 four inch squares....LOL....However, I will be swapping with 3 of my friends. I have finally gotten inspired and started my project. I chose to do some foto transfer methods that I learned in a Lesley Riley class. So the first thing I did was to go online and gathered four pictures of DaVinci's paintings and sketches. These were printed on inexpensive photo paper. Then cut apart.
I then transferred them on to white muslin. First I sprayed the fabric with water. Just to dampen it. Not soaked. Then I sprayed the picture, flipped it over on the the fabric and burnished it. First on the back and the on the front. Then very gently lifted the photo to see if the transfer was made. They came out pretty good. I'm pleased. I will post again tomorrow with the next steps.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
They are Gods reward for Motherhood. I have 2 of the sweetest grandsons. Well most of the time they are the sweetest....lol. But then I can just give them back to their Mother....My youngest grandson, Joseph will be 4 tomorrow. Can't believe how fast time has gone by. He asked me to make him a Dinosaur quilt. So of course Grandma will make one... I have the quilt top done and layered for the dreaded quilting part. I also did a couple of applique dinosaur wall hangings. One of the wall hangings is finished. The other one is ready for machine quilting. So of course my tension is off on the machine and I'm having a really lousy time trying to quilt this.Today is his birthday party and I only have one
walling hanging done. Well I guess it will have to do.