Monday, November 29, 2010

Vintage Jeweled Necklaces

I have been busy creating necklaces for my shop.  This sweet necklace is made up with bits and pieces -  an antique porcelain doll head, vintage jewelry, jade and ribbon highlight this fun necklace.
This beautiful necklace is one of a kind in delicious pinks.
Rainbow rhinestones, a vintage key and a  heart charm highlight this long necklace.
Lots of rhinestones with yellow and white flowers are used in creating this re-purposed jeweled necklace 
This necklace is made using a vintage turquoise beaded necklace, charms and a vintage chandelier charm.
Gold & rhinestones make up this vintage re-purposed jeweled statement necklace.
 I really like how this necklace turned out. I used a variety of vintage pins along with a black rhinestone bracelet.
This delicate necklace is made from a vintage pin. I've added some cabochon flowers and a lovely little dove.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Fantastic Indie Craft Bazaar

Come visit me at this great indie craft show!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

DIY - Vintage China Jewelry Stand

I love to collect vintage china. There are so many romantic and lovely patterns. By combining these mismatched pieces I have created beautiful jewelry display stands. These towered stands are a wonderful way to display as well as store your unique vintage jewelry.
It really is very easy to create these one of a kind jewelry stands.
To make your own vintage china jewelry stand like these,  you need only a few supplies.
I like to have a variety of vintage china. In this grouping I have a dinner plate, a salad plate, a tea cup and a vintage brass candle stick. I use an all purpose glue called E-6000. You can get this glue in craft stores or on line. I know some Etsy shops sell this glue as well. It works on china, metal, plastic and wood.
Apply  a continuous bead of glue on the underside edge of the bottom of the candle stick. Then position the candle stick in the center of the dinner plate. Be sure to put a good amount of glue on the candle stick. If a little of the glue seeps out use a damp paper towel to wipe off the excess before the glue dries. This glue dries clear. 
Now put a rim of glue on the top of the candle stick. This candle stick has a nice flat area, perfect for the glue. 
Once you have the glue on the top of the candle stick position the bottom center of the salad plate on top of the glued candle stick. I then put a heavy object on top of the salad plate and let the glue dry over night.
If you like, on the next day you can add a tea cup to the top of the salad plate. Just put a circle of glue on the bottom rim of the cup and position the cup in the middle of the salad plate. Put something heavy in the cup and once again, let the glue dry over night. 
There you go, a beautiful vintage china jewelry display stand. The teacup on top is a perfect place to put fresh or silk flowers, adorable in a shabby chic decor. You can also use these stands for displaying cookies or other goodies at a party.They look fantastic on a table all set for tea. Make a bunch of them for a bridal shower or baby shower and then use them for give away prizes at the end of the party.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Birds & Butterflies

The days are getting shorter and many mornings I wake up to rain or fog here on my little island. I have been working on some cheerful  mixed media paintings to help brighten these dark days. I think each one of these little 4 inch by 4 inch by 2 inch canvas mixed media paintings is a bit of  "spring time."
This lovely grouping of nine paintings consists of a variety of elements. Vintage postage stamps, vintage sheet-music, my original photography and vintage images are some of the elements that make up these pretty little paintings.
I've displayed these sweet paintings in a square grouping, but these pieces could be lined up in a row above a window or down the side of a door frame. Perfect in a nursery or kitchen - they make a cheerful addition to any decor. You can find this set of original paintings here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Spreading My Creative Wings

I told you the other day  I had been busy sewing and creating pillow.
Well here are the fruits of my labor. Lots of  - what else "bird" pillows.
I wonder what the psychological meaning is behind my interest in birds. Does it have something to do with freedom. I  remember having dreams as a child and in those dreams I could fly. That feeling was so real and fantastic. I can still almost get that feeling, but I don't have those same vivid dreams about flying now as an adult. Maybe my adult worries and fears keeps me grounded in my dreams. It's an interesting thing to analyze. I should check out information on dreams and find out the meaning. So in the meantime, I will spread my wings and fly - creating my bird art.
These bird pillows were fun to make. This birdcage pillow used vintage fabric and I added a vintage rhinestone pin for some shabby chic "bling.'

Monday, November 8, 2010

Collage Fabric Heart

One of my creative loves is sewing. I can remember when I was 12 years old I got my first sewing machine. I was hooked on sewing. Back then, it was cheaper to make your own clothing and I made a lot of my wardrobe. My mother is a knitter, but not much of a sewer. She would have to read all the directions on the pattern and by the time she was done I was halfway through cutting out the pattern. I was more of a visual learner - I could look at the pattern and figure out how everything was put together.
I don't do too much sewing anymore.  The fabric I like is not cheap and forget about patterns - when did they get so expensive. But every once and a while I get the sewing bug and I pull out my machine and make things.
I've been making pillows for my shop and I had left over fabric so I  made this cute heart ornament. The fabric and lace are vintage. I added a vintage rhinestone pin, an old key and  a couple of charms. A  pretty satin bow finishes off this sweet decoration.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Solderd Charm Necklaces

I have made lots of soldered charms. I like creating mini collage artwork that can be put between the glass.
I thought I'd share some of the necklaces I have created.
If you live in the Seattle, WA area I will be teaching a soldered glass charm class here on Sat. Nov. 13. If you are interested you can email me or give the shop a call for all of the details. It's really a fun class.

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