After I took a class with Linda and Opie O'Brien, I came home ready to rivet and grommet everything in sight. I cut a copper base with my new metal-sawing skills and mounted a vintage chauffeur's badge from 1951 onto it. I added an old chandelier crystal and hung it from some sparkly vintage rosary beads attached to a stainless steel chain. Now I just need a chauffeur and a limo!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I found the pattern for this adorable creature on Dirigo-Knitting by the Sea and knew I had to make it. I used Queensland Collection Merino Spray yarn in orange, which knits into a nice boiled-lobster-shell shade of orange. One skein was enough to make two lobsters, so now we have Clawdia and Clawdio!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
etsy. Imagine my delight when I found this pattern!
It was my first attempt at needlefelting...what fun!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
This week's challenge at Always Chrysti and Ilka's Attic is "stripes". Below are some colorful toy guitars on Olivera Street in Los Angeles.
|A beautiful old building|
|The Train Station in L.A.|
|The Grille of a Classic Car Seen on Rodeo Drive|
Sunday, July 25, 2010
This is the second necklace that I salvaged from my attempt to make "Sally Jean Alexander's Love Bird Necklace". As I described in my previous post, the end result sadly ended up in the junk pile.
I could not get the solder "beads" that are around the piece to be a consistent size, even though I learned how to make them in Sally Jean's Soldering for Virgins class. I'm sure it will come in time but to solve the problem, I snipped individual balls from a sterling-plated ball-chain and soldered them on. That certainly takes a steady hand! The necklace is also reversible:
Dangling from the heart is a blue bead from a Peyote Bird watch that I wore until it died beyond repair. A stainless steel chain closes with a sterling silver toggle clasp that I bought many years ago at a trunk show at a local bead shop. I am thrilled with how this turned out!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Last summer, I spotted a class taught by Sally Jean Alexander called "The Love Bird Necklace". Unfortunately, it was already sold out. I figured since I had taken a class from her in the past, maybe I could figure out how to make it on my own. It took all summer of trial and error...soldering and unsoldering, and when it was finally done, it weighed a ton and didn't hang right. At the end of it all, I had learned why it's better to take a class (the instructor has already made all of the mistakes and can steer you around them) and I had a pile of what seemed like junk at the time. Well just the other day, I pulled it out of the junk heap and took it apart and put it together into a different necklace and I love it! If you love it too, it is for sale on etsy!
I drew bird shapes on glass and used a glass grinder to shape the pieces. Because the collage is sandwiched between two pieces of glass, getting them to be the same shape and size was the first challenge!
Antique chandelier crystals give it a touch of sparkle.
The beautiful pewter bird is by Lynn Davis and is perfect for this piece! An Artgirlz Spikey Heart charm finishes it off.
I learned many things by attempting this project...most importantly, don't throw out anything that you are disappointed with. Put it away and then look at it again someday. And when given a choice, take the class!!!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I found an interesting photography challenge via Deryn Mentock's Something Sublime blog. Two bloggers: Always Chrysti and Ilka's Attic have chosen "Market" as this week's theme. My husband and I just got back from Los Angeles, where we stayed at a hotel right across the street from LA's Farmer's Market. Here are some glimpses into our adventure!
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I can't take credit for being original with this collage but I sure did learn a lot. In this lesson, we followed DJ's step-by-step layering process for creating a digital collage. Sounds easy, right? Still, it took me all night because I discovered if you mess up on a layer, you can just add more layers on top of it. Let's just say this collage has MANY layers!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
The most important lesson I learned was this: when you are talking on the phone, don't keep hitting the delete button or else you'll lose a layer or two. But on the other hand, it was much easier the second time around!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
My Cowboy Kerchief quilt has taken a backseat since my online Photoshop class started. The first week was beyond frustrating as the kinks were worked out of the class. The class is running smoothly now and I've let go of my idea of perfection. I was trying to make my projects as beautiful as the instructor's but then I realized that I'm just a beginner. Now I just go for it! The nice thing is that if it turns out awful, there's the handy delete button. Much quicker than a seam ripper!