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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Honeybees and Spiders

I don't know what it is with me and insects the last couple of years, but I just love them and they are the only things I want to art.  It is working out though because I think I am making some cool stuff!

Up on my Etsy as of this morning is a beehive stash jar.  It took me literally all day, but I couldn't stop until it was done.  I was driven!

I had a lot of fun figuring out how to make drippy honey and beehive and of course the buzzy bees which I realize look more like bumble bees than honey bees, but screw it, it's my art =P

I also finally got around to taking pictures of my spider web inspired beaded and embroidered necklace:

This is recycled sari ribbon wrapped around 3/4 inch cotton cord.  I then sewed each little bead and pearl on it reminiscent of dew settling on a web.  Next I needled felted some cocoons and sewed them in place.  Finally I spent ages embroidering like 2 dozen little spiders and I only ended up included 3 of them on the web.  I thought subtle might be better in the end, plus, they weren't looking as hot as I hoped so, yeah.  Voila!

I'm currently working on a cicada necklace that is a polymer and embroidery hybrid (see the wings from the last post) and I have my mind set on figuring out a dung beetle project.  Onwards!

Friday, May 4, 2018

It's been so long since I made a new octopus stash jar, but YAY snuck one in before the craft fair next week :)
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Monday, April 30, 2018

Small Listings & other thoughts

I have been in the (slow and arduous) process of updating my shop with some small listings that I have never posted before.  It is SO MUCH work for such tiny items.  But with the craft fair coming up and an itch to get some stuff out there, slowly but surely things are going up.  So far I only have my sari earrings and some of the small faux fairy gardens posted.  This past weekend I worked on re-stringing some of my older pendants that I was never really happy with how I presented them.  They are next on the docket!

I've been way more into getting into the embroidery game lately.  I've got four five six projects that are all started and at various stages of being done.  Here is a little sneaky peak of (yet another) cicada project, nearly finished and update coming:

I've also just realized that I never posted my completed embroidered and beaded dewey spider web inspired necklace because I never took a picture of it.  I'll get to that in the next few days

Special shout out to the lovely woman I just had a chit-chat with at Peet's.  Sometimes all it takes is a few nice words from someone that turns out to be encouragement enough to update a much neglected blog.  Thanks Barbee!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

It's been 6 months??

Holy shoot I had no idea so much time had passed since my last post!  I haven't been doing much in the way of making (had surgery so that took a big chunk of my life ) and I came out of that on more of an embroidery kick than working in polymer.  Guess it is image dump time!  I'll start with my latest first.

Embroidered stuffed cicada inspired bug pin

9 inch long embroidered and stuff beetle wall hanging

X-mas gifties for my nieces:
Mermaid tail necklaces

Ocean waves jewelry set
Group gift special order:
Ocean textures rings
Buncha jars:


Succulent necklace: 

Well seeing it all laid out like this I made more stuff then I thought since I last posted.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Rick & Morty Fan Art

I was commissioned last month to make  two Rick & Morty jars.  The task was left open ended at first and after talking to my client we came up with a Mister Meeseeks jar, and an Ants-in-my-Eyes Johnson jar.

I tackled Meeseeks first.  I knew I wanted to do the Meeseeks box and then a variety of Mr. Meeseeks around the bottom.  For reference for the non-fans out there:

The fist version of the jar came out thusly:

Doing the 'box' graphic as a round lid proved to be difficult and the final version here is the product of 3 trials that ended up in the garbage.  I also wasn't 100% satisfied with the characters around the body once it was done, so went ahead and produced what my second idea had been from the get-go:

The box top is amazingly easy once you are working on the 5th one, heh.

The one I love the best and really wanted to keep (seeing as I am also a  Rick & Morty fan) was the one based on this unfortunate soul:

My original thought was to have the bottom section appear as if he was on fire too (something that happens later in the episode) but I learned that I suck at making fire so left it alone.  Et voila!

Super love this guy!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Succulent Problem

Well, I don't know if it is quite a problem. YET.  I love succulents so much.  They are such hearty, lovely plants in all their shapes and sizes.  I am not an expert on the plump little beauties, but I do know that when I go to my local succulent nursery, I leave with a box full of babies and end up with a mudroom full to the brim of new plantings.

On my last journey, I got a whole bunch of little interesting cacti too that had crest mutations - something I never really heard of before.  So now my mudroom has such lovelies as this joining the ranks of my succulents:
I also got this weirdo plant that looks like alien finger suckers on the end.  Such wonderful strangeness.

You can see a couple of my clay critters hanging out in the planters there.

Since I went a little nutty buying new plants, I decided to cull my leggy plants that have grown crazy over the last three years by propagating the cut heads and replanting them in time for the annual craft fair I run.  So, these little monsters (once I get some moss added) are headed out to new homes next week:

I'm not gonna lie - I hope these don't sell out.  I want to put them back in the mudroom!

My succulent game is set to be pretty strong this year at the fair.  Aside from these real succulent mini-gardens, I am also coming stocked to the gills with faux-succulent mini plantings and jewelry.  I have mini clay gardens in shells, watches, and jars.  There will also be succulent jewelery in the form of  necklaces, rings, and pins.  I'm super excited!
(clicky for bigger images, or just go to my flickr gallery)

Oh and PS, this one is NOT for sale... its a proof of concept that I am madly in love with.  I will likely make one to go into my etsy shop eventually though!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Busy End'o' Feb Weekend

I had an eclectic weekend!

Made this fuzzy stash jar monster man!

And this weird little snail jar.

And I tried to make some pendants.  I did a couple of florals I didn't take snaps of, and this strange little thing.  I think they are all destined to be decorative badge holders rather than necklaces to appeal to folk at the business office craft fair in May.

And now to start work on what I have in mind for this weekend!