Friday, April 30, 2010

What do you think about my Shoes?

Well I mentioned previously that I was asked to do something with some shoes.   I wasn't told what kind of shoes just that a friend was bringing some to me along with a picture of something she had seen.

At first, I was thinking regular shoes that you walk in.  I have seen people do me amazing work decorating a pair of pumps or totally transforming Converse.  That was not at all what I have been asked to use. 

Low and behold I was given a bag of HORSESHOES!     And this is my first decorated shoe!
This particular horseshoe is very old.  It came out of barn in Maine.  I have some newer ones that are smaller and I have some ideas for those which are a bit different from this one. 

Just goes to show you that ANYTHING can be changed into something new with some wire and beads!


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Little Bit of Steam Punk

A good friend asked me to make her sister a necklace that had watch parts on it.  So Steam Punk it is!

I have made several small pieces over the years and just love them.  Each is special and unique. 

I have another interesting commission I am working on  but it is taking me a bit of time to figure out exactly what I am doing.  I will post a picture when I am finished.  I will tell you that it has something to do with Shoes!  Hummmm.  What could it be! 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Baby Knits!

I love to knit baby things!  They are so cute, quick to knit and they are worn by sweet little angels who I love to hold.  One of my friends just had a baby this weekend!  YEAH!!!  She had a little boy and another friend is a photographer who wanted some photo props.  Here is what I made for baby Max.
A sweet little hat!

This is a papoose that the baby is put in to have their picture taken!

As much as I love little baby boys, little baby girls are have much more frills so I made a girlie version also. 

Love to add flowers to hats!

Another version of the papoose!  
I also had to make these sweet little booties!
Now I need to find a little baby girl!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Coral Reef is Coming Along

Saturday a group of us from the Crochet Guild got together and started putting the reef together so we can have an idea of what we are doing for the Indiana State Museum.  Right now we have over 600 pieces of coral that has been made by people from all over the state.  Libraries are getting involved, girl scout troups, fiber groups and any crocheter who is willing to help.  We still need more but I think we will get enough. 

We covered baskets with batting and felt than added the crocheted coral pieces.  The result was so exciting!  I am amazed by the creativity of the people involved.  Besides the coral, we have crocheted fish, shells, sharks, anemones, jellyfish and lots more! 

This is such a small part of what the entire reef will be like!  Can't wait to see this amazing community creation when it is finished! 

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Custom Order Lampwork

Thought I would share some of my Signature Beads that I made for a friend as a custom order.  She makes the most wonderful felted purses.  I am trying to get her to put them on Etsy and let the world have access to her beautiful work.  Her name is Holly and if you every see a "It's A Holly" purse,  that is her.
Anyway she needed some lime green and hot pink lampwork to go on her latest creation.  Here is what I came up with and I will post her bag when she is finished.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Magnola In Bloom

My neighbor has a beautiful Magnola tree that is in full bloom.  Yesterday right before a thunderstorm went through, I ran out to grab a few pictures.  I am not a photographer but I really like these and wanted to share them.

Monday, April 5, 2010

My Constant Companion

We have three dogs, yes, three.  We have had a little black pomeranian and a black minature dachschund for the past few years and were completely happy with our little pups.   Well, this past September an abandoned 9 week old Boxer puppy came into our lives.  He had no tags, chip or collar.  His belly was bloated from eating out of trash cans and he had a few little patches of puppy mange.  After some TLC, good food and some meds, I am happy to say he is still with us and is a fabulous dog.

The pomeranian (Bentley) has always been "my" dog.  He lays close by me most of the time.  The dachschund (Daisy) is the "diva", in charge, and is my husband's constant companion.  The new boxer (Ducati, Duke for short) has fit in wonderfully.  The curious thing is Duke is now with me ALL the time.  He follows me into my glass studio and watches from the doorway while I make my beads.  He lays at my feet while I am at my desk.  He sits on the floor by the couch if I am reading or watching TV.  He is in the kitchen while I am cooking.  Everywhere I go, there he is!  So  I was thinking about a blog post and you guessed it, there he was looking at me so I decided to share a cute picture of my Boxer buddy!

Isn't he just adorable!!!  Don't know how anyone could have let him go, but  we are grateful they did!