Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I am currently clearing out some of my Maudies inventory. Check it out http://www.maudies.net/- 40% off jewelry, scarves and purses! I am serious about finding new homes for some of my creations so I can have more space for the new!
This week between Christmas and New Years is a week I use to get rid of some of my clutter, make goals, think about what I want to create and enjoy family time.
So, my new spring jewelry collection is in the works, I haven't actually made anything yet, but I have some sketches done and my little brain is just full of ideas! I also will be back at my torch in the next couple weeks. Unfortunately the store that sold my lampwork here locally is going to have to shut it's doors next month. They have not faired well in the economic situation. So, I have lots of lampwork beads to use in my designs and to offer other creative types for their jewelry needs! I am in the process of posting them as we speak (or write or read whichever fits)!
I am also toying with an idea. In addition to my jewelry and lampwork which I love, I also have a passion or obsession if you will for purses! I absolutely LOVE them! I have made and sold many knitted ones and some fabric ones. They are very time consuming so I haven't done alot with them but with the new year, comes new ideas. I am going to make a limited edition purse collection of a small number of handbags which are unique and made from a variety of materials. My special project for the year!
All my goals inspired me to get my studio together and fix it up, so that is what I have been doing for the past few days. And to tell you the truth, it has turned out better than I had expected. My studio is in the basement, so light is in short supply. To remedy that situation, I painted a couple walls and cabinets and the difference is huge. I also have nasty carpet from the 70's. Orange and avocado green if you can imagine! Well, now is not the time to recarpet so I bought a pretty area rug to put down and now I just pretend that the yucky carpet is not there. I now have an office area (where I am working right now) and around the corner, my workspace for jewelry, then into another room for my torch and glass work. I am set now!
Mine may not look like those in the Where Women Create magazine, but for now it works for me.
Happy New Year and Happy Creating!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
We are going to Bloomington to pick up some glass I ordered and have dinner with our nephew who is attending I.U. Our daughter wants to check out the campus also. It should be a wonderful day. The rain is supposed to hold off until this evening, so we are keeping our fingers crossed!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I know, I know. I shouldn't be talking about Christmas yet, for heavens sakes, it is not even Halloween yet. But those of you who make things to sell for the holidays know that we have to start months ahead. I am really behind, but will try to catch up. I wanted to share my latest holiday creation that I took to Sanddollar Beads today.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Look like I am in a BLUE mood also. I guess I didn't realize it until I see them all together. Oh well, I still like them.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
These were taken right after he came to us. Sorry about the quality, they are a bit blurry. (my husband, the camera guy, would be appalled if he knew I was posting these!) Anyway, better ones to come when I download them to my computer. But this will give you an idea of our new beasty's precious face!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Look for me soon!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
She will be there for 2 days then off to France for 10 days and then to Italy for the final 5 days then returning home!
I am so happy she has the opportunity to do this but OH MY is this hard! Fortunately I know one of the other parents pretty well and have had almost 9 months to became acquainted with the other students and parents. But this is going to be very, very difficult!
I am left with my 12 year old son (who seems to need constant interaction) and my wonderful husband (who is having an even more difficult time letting his daughter go than I am!)
I will let you know how it goes. I have a feeling that the next 19 days will be like none other!
Monday, June 1, 2009
There is so much more to do!!! It is amazing how BIG that case is!
I also will be doing a local gallery walk fair in a great small town around here so that should be fun and I have a couple orders for my freeform purses.
I think that God is looking out for me and keeping me occupied since our daughter leaves for Europe in less than a week and will be gone for almost 3 weeks! I am excited for her, but also a little apprehensive. I think it has something to do with control issues and that parent thing!
Well off I go and hope that all is well with everyone out there in bloggerland. I haven't even checked in with anyone else's blogs lately either. Barbra Joan was so sweet and sent me an email to check up on me. Bloggers are great!
Will post again soon!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Just had to share the Jungle Cat!
Friday, May 8, 2009
This card was made with stamps and colored pencils.
This one was made by freehand drawing leaves with a fine tip marker then filling in the colors on mulberry paper.
The stroller was made from paper I had made and cut out in the stroller shape.
Monday, May 4, 2009
I have been busy at my torch making beads, creating new pieces of jewelry, knitting up bags and baby clothes, along with scuttling kids back and forth to all their events, along with working at the dental office. Life is full and we are so fortunate.
Today is going to be a catch up day. I am going to take some pictures to post and visit all the blogs I have ignored for the past month. I am looking forward to seeing all the wonderful things everyone has been up to.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
I am also playing around with different ways to display my jewelry. I used a plain vase for this.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
So........for the latest........
I started making a very soft hat for a gentleman that is going through chemo right now and is having trouble staying warm. When I started my business several years ago, I named it after my mother-in-law who passed away from ovarian cancer. So this will let me get started helping others who are going through that terrible disease.
I have never knitted with double pointed needles and have had some trouble. If any one has any tips I would greatly appreciate it!.
Anyway, I will let you know how it goes. If anyone has any easy caps patterns, I would be interested in them also.
Off to knit again.