Thursday, January 29, 2009
That's the picture that I had planned on posting today - my new glass stash. Unfortunately, my hard drive decided that it wasn't going to happen. Nope, not today. No pictures for you, Shirley. Not gonna happen. I'm done. It's over. Sayonara!
Some days I just hate computers. Since my torch is being much friendlier than my non-bootable laptop (I'm borrowing another one to write this little rant), I'm heading out to the bead lab to put that new stash of mine to good use. And maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to get pictures of today's creations and show you the real deal. I mean hey, words just can't describe the little nuances that happen in the torch and the kiln.
I'm off to create... Have yourselves a wonderful day!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
And now I'm heading to my "wet lab" to sink my fingers into some wool. May you all have a happy, productive, and creative day!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
I managed to get out to my "hot lab" yesterday and make a few beads. It felt good to be back on the torch again, and rather than make the beads that I should have made (works in progress waiting for specific beads), I played around with some very expensive glass that does really interesting things when you change the flame atmosphere. This is one of the beads that came out of the kiln this morning. I'm going to turn this into a pendant - I have an idea about an unusual way to embellish it, since it's such an unusual shape. I just need to decide which part of the bead will be the front.
I have a few Etsy Treasuries to show you today. I was featured in 1 Treasury this past week and I created 2 of my own.
Blue Between featured my Golden Peacock Felted Vessel in her "Injured by GLASS" Treasury.
Here are the two Treasuries that I created over the last week.
The first is "COLOR POPS", which was in Treasury West.
And on a much lighter note, the second is "Warm OATMEAL on a GRAY Day".
Now I'm off to the wet lab to see what pretties I can cook up today. Have yourselves a wonderful weekend!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
If I blend some of these colors with colors that I already have, I can get darned close to what I see in the Pantone Spring 2009 color chart. Ah, but do I want to be so "cookie cutter"? Maybe I'll come up with my own blends. But I can't wait for my new wool, I think I'll go make something later today. Perhaps some new vessels are in order. It's been so long since I've added any vessels to my Etsy shop, and I really need to embellish the guys waiting on my table!
A little over a week ago, I had a wonderful surprise when I went to visit jewelry artist Cheryl VanDyck's blog - Lavender Cottage. Holy cow - a full-post feature, what an honor! Thank you, Cheryl. For those of you who aren't familiar with Cheryl's work, you MUST visit her shops - Lavender Cottage on Etsy and Lavender Cottage on 1000 Markets. Here's one of my favorite pieces.
After I wrote about Pantone's Spring color picks, I found myself mentioned on the blog of one of the "Palace Blue" artists I chose - Day By Day Paintings By Itaya. Thank you, Itaya! You can find Itaya's lovely paintings in her Etsy shop Divinity Gardens. Here's one of my faves - looks like a perfect blend of Lucite Green and Super Lemon! :-)
It's no surprise that these are my favorite picks from Cheryl's and Itaya's shops - you know me and leaves and trees. Hmmm, if you DON'T know me and leaves and trees, go to my Etsy shop and see what kind of beads I make. That's the old New England blood in my veins...
Now I'm off to make up a big pot of beef stew - that'll need to cook for a few hours - and while I'm cooking that, perhaps I can cook up another wool creation.
Have a lovely evening, folks!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Today I'm looking at the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2009. They've toned down their bright color choices a bit, but color still dominates. Using 5 of their top 10 colors for spring, I've found some items on Etsy that do a wonderful job of showcasing these colors. Here are the 10 spring colors from Pantone. I've randomly picked 5 of them for my first set of samplers.
Starting with Fuchsia Red, here are 3 Etsy items that are real eye-poppers!
First up is a fun little keepsake box by PBDesign - perfect for that girly girl!
Next we have a lively raspberry tutu dress by TuTuCuteBaby - could this possibly be any cuter?!
On the end is an in-your-face dahlia photo by TrueBloom - spectacular!
Our next color is Salmon Rose, evoking a promising sunrise.
First we start with this original painting by Egilpatr - a work of art executed not a moment too soon.
In the middle is a thoughtful looking Dachshund by dogartstudio - who doesn't love a dog?!
Lastly, here is a set of potpourri tarts by WoodcraftsandCandles - add a lovely floral aroma to your home!
The third color in our lineup is Palace Blue, a lighter and brighter version of Navy.
On the left is a gorgeous faceted glass pendant by redgemstudio - I just might put this on my wish list!
In the center we have the Ohio River Coasters by visualingual - a nice pop of color for your decor.
On the right is the Still Waters abstract painting by divinitygardens - sure to be a calming influence in any room.
Lucite Green comes next, mellowing things out a bit.
First we have a happy little art print by boygirlparty - I can just hear that serenade!
Next is a lovely amazonite ring by Beadoodles - this just cries out "Spring!".
We end with a hip retro limited edition print by kerrybeary - there's a touch of Dark Citron and Vibrant Green in here as well - so cool!
And last, but certainly not least is Super Lemon, staying in line with the year of yellow.
We start with a whimsical flower clock by SpareTime - this will certainly brighten up any room!
In the center is the April Orchid print by marleyungaro - not only was a toned-down version of Super Lemon used in this painting - Fuchsia Red and Vibrant Green show up here as well.
Finishing up the colection are the bright and versatile crocheted stars by CardBlanc. These would look great on one of my hand made bags!
Well there you have my first round-up of Etsy items for Spring. How will these colors influence your creations? Next week I'll blog about the remaining 5 colors in Pantone's top 10 collection.
For now, let the first 5 colors roam around in your head and get those creative juices flowing!
Friday, January 09, 2009
Tonight we're having dinner with friends we haven't seen in ages. We're celebrating our friend Walter's birthday - one of those milestone birthdays - at his favorite restaurant here in town. "... in town." - that town is Fremont, CA. The Centerville district of Fremont is known as "little Kabul". On the strip of Fremont Blvd. between Thornton Ave. and Central Ave. there are many Afghan businesses, one of which is the Salang Pass restaurant. That's where we'll be dining tonight and I can't wait to sink my teeth into some wonderful Ashak... or maybe Qaabuli Pallow... and if I'm lucky, they'll have Bolani Kadu, and maybe... and... and... OK, this will have to wait.
All About Treasuries
Lots of Etsy Treasuries to show you today! I was featured in 4 Treasuries this past week, I'm going to catch up on a few more that featured me awhile back, and I managed to create a few of my own.
These are the Treasuries in which my work was featured. A great big thank you to all the curators!
Windermere Designs featured my Meadow Tree Bead in her "Nature Walk!" Treasury.
Thanks, Angela! Visit her shop for lovely jewelry and lampwork, such as this Copper Ice Bracelet.
Lady Fran's Artistic Outlet featured my Golden Peacock Felted Vessel in her "WINter, SpRiNg, SUMMER, FaLL MIX" Treasury.
Thanks, LadyFran! Visit her shop for wonderful jewelry, such as this Seaspray Mist Button Necklace.
OhMay Designs featured my Dusk Nouveau Felted Vessel in her "A Peek At Purple Peeps" Treasury.
Thanks, Ohmay! Visit her shop for beautiful knitted items and patterns, such as this Yellow Poppy Knitted Brooch/Pin.
Thanks, pmcookie! Visit her shop for fun and vibrant art, such as this Orange Tabby Striped Cat Original painting.
VickiDianeDesigns featured my Storm Brewing Tree Bead in her "ARTISTS OF ETSY EXPOSED PART 27" Treasury. So now you can see what I've looked like over the years. :-)
Thanks, Vicki! Visit her shop for bold and unique jewelry and accessories, such as this WHO SAYS ROMANCE IS DEAD brooch.
Here are the two Treasuries that I created over the last week.
The first is "Late Day SUN on TURQUOISE", which was in Treasury West.
And the second, to applaud the upcoming inauguration is "January 20...".
Hope you all enjoyed this round of Etsy Treasuries!
Starting New Projects
In the fiber department, I just created my first felted flower. I plan on beading it, but I don't yet know what I'm going to do with the finished product. I wanted to use it in a brooch, but considering how large it it, I may have to rethink that. Or not - it might look great on a coat lapel! Then again, I could make a felted bag and put this on the front of the bag. Hmmm... now I know what one of my weekend projects will be.
No new finished pieces from me yet. I've been working on my leaf necklace, but I have to make a few lampwork accessory beads in order to complete that project. Perhaps I'll fire up the torch later this weekend if I can tear myself away from the wool.
Speaking of weekend, I'm off to get ready to start mine. I hope all of you enjoy yours!
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
It's amazing how quickly spammers and hackers find ways of disrupting one's life. I've only been posting on Twitter for a short time, and now I see that someone's perpetrated a scam out there. Fortunately, that one didn't impact me. But over the past few days someone has started spamming my blog comments with nonsensical garbage that included links to commercial websites. Looks like they were hitting only my posts with a label of "jewelry". I guess my settings weren't tight enough, so hopefully that's fixed. We shall see...
I had a similar but much worse problem with my email account. It's been hijacked more than once, and someone was sending out tons of email spam using my email server. So I got "blacklisted", and now when I send out emails a lot of folks don't get them because their spam filter blocks my server address. I don't know if it was my email server that was turned into a botnet or if it was actually my laptop. What next?
The year 2008 was the 30th anniversary of spam - well, at least the cyber-spam version of spam, i.e., lower case spam. The only spam I've ever enjoyed is the spam that I saw on TV during that wonderful episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus that first aired in 1971. So let's hear it for the world of spam.
Oh, and if you're wondering where I got this picture of the 70th anniversary of Spam (that's upper case spam), I actually own this can of Spam. How could I resist a nostalgic can of this stuff? Spam had its 70th anniversary in 2007. That same year, Tang celebrated its 50th anniversary - so where's my commemorative jar of Tang?! I never saw one of those in the grocery store. Somewhere in my "archives" (perhaps the back of a closet?), I have a poster commemorating the 100th anniversary of Dramamine. Of course! It has a picture of a roller coaster on it, and I'm a hard-core coaster fan. To find out more about lower case spam, check out this article: Origin of the term "spam" to mean net abuse
Finishing Old Projects
OK, on to other things. I'm still working on the necklace in which I've incorporated some of my leaves but I HAVE finished the 2 lariats. Here they are. These pix were done on the scanner - not that great. When I finally get some pix of them hanging on someone's pretty neck, I'll put them into my Etsy shop.
The first is my "Blush" lariat, in colors of blues, greens, peach and coral.
The second is my "Winter" lariat - the colors are predominantly brown, silver, sage, and a pop of aqua. The colors are very metallic, and the leaf is actually sprinkled with dots of fine silver.
And now I'm off to continue with projects. I'm hoping to show you some new woolies soon - gotta get my felting fix! Until then, have a productive creative day!