Once again, Erin Prais-Hinz, of Tesori Trovati, has given us a fun color challenge. This time, she told us about Colour Lovers, a great place for people who love color, creating palettes and coloring patterns. So, now I have another place to play, as if Pic Monkey, Pinterest, Pogo and Facebook weren’t enough. I’ve had lots of fun there, creating color palettes and even have a couple of followers.
So, let me tell you how I came to make the piece I created.
I’m always looking for fun stuff to do with my grandkids. I love to teach them things, to learn new things with them and to make things with them. Family Fun Magazine had an article about how to make a “sauce” using bananas and brown sugar, how to “paint” it on your tree trunk or mailbox post then go out late at night with your flashlights and watch moths feeding. The Great Moth Caper is what we call this.
I’m drawn to moths like some folks are drawn to butterflies. I love their dark and mysterious colors and their dusky wings. I feel bad when I find one in the house who has lost his way chasing the lights we burn at night. When I saw this plain old gold color moth focal, I just had to have it. It’s laid around for 6 months, waiting for me to do something with it. Here was my opportunity. I put a patina on the moth focal using colored pencils.
I did not want bright colors and colored pencils give the patina a more fragile look. I had some faceted glass beads with the misty gray/purple color I wanted to use then found those gold and midnight purple beads at JoAnn’s. I decided that antique gold was a better color to represent the night time than bright shiny gold. I made the figure 8 chain by hand. If you like it, you can find the pattern in Step by Step Wire Jewelry Magazine, the December/January 2014 issue.
Finishing touch: some tiny stars of purple goldstone.
I call this piece Midnight in the Garden.
One “twist” to the challenge was to take the last word of each of the colors in the palette and make a sort of tone poem. The last word of the color would be the first word of the next line. This wasn’t easy, especially with the colors in my palette. Here they are:
Mauve Eyes Sweeter……. Dark Grape………………. Wedding Lilac……….. Smokey Wings
This is the tone poem I came up with
Eyes of shade
Grape draped shadows
Of lilac mysteries
Wings of smoke
Eyes of midnight
In the garden
As always, I’ve had a great time, thanks to Erin Prais-Hintz whose challenges always lead me down new paths. Why don’t you check out what the other artists have done with their challenge? Here is the link.
Just for the record, I am not a big fan of Christmas. I love the season, the joy of giving, the emphasis on peace and love. I am pagan so we have a whole different view of the gift giving hoopla that goes with the whole commercialized media hype. I choose to have all my gifts made and purchased before Thanksgiving so that I can use the “holiday season” to focus on visiting old friends with some home made cookies or a plant, to make some charity items to donate to my personal “causes” and to spend that time with the grandkids, helping them make some hand made gifts of their own, or just fooling around playing games with them.
So, while other jewelry artists are busy creating seasonal jewelry, I am making my own gifts to give and canning and shopping for the very best deals for little kids toys.
I’ve made 9 pints of sun dried tomatoes, which is deceptive because they are not really sun dried but cut, seasoned and dried in the dehydrator then packed in olive oil. They are really tasty winter treats.
I’ve been on a sewing binge. There are 29 pair of pajamas in various sizes, including a baby layette complete with matching jammies, blankie and pillow. There are 10 body pillows and 15 hats, some adults and some children’s. Some will go to children who have no hats.
Here is my daughter in her beautiful Red Riding Hood cape. I also made a black one for my grandson, Nick. And, I had enough material from a previous going out of business sale at a local fabric store, so I made a gray one for myself.
If you read my last blog, you know I took part in the Art Charm Exchange and Charity Auction. So, I have made some jewelry. I used one of the charms I got in the exchange to make a bracelet for my mom’s Christmas box of goodies. I’ve also made some blue bracelets for 7000 Bracelets of Hope.
Now, it’s the week before Thanksgiving. I found some great deals this week and finished the last of my shopping for the little kids and man, are they going to have a blast! I’m ready for the fun part of the season to begin. The boys and I kicked it off on Friday. I taught them to make centerpieces for the holidays. They will give them to their chosen recipients on Thanksgiving so they can be on the table all during the holiday season. (Can’t show a really focused picture in case any of those recipients read this blog).
What’s up next? I’m going to participate in the Art Bead Scene Ornament Blog Hop and I’ll be making holiday ornaments with some art beads I’ve made. I think that the boys and I will try making some ornaments together and make a few memories while we are at it. Last year, we made dog treats and may do that again and some holiday cookies. The fun is about to begin., Everyone who is waiting for Black Friday to start their shopping…………well, I feel for you. I am finished AND the real fun is ab out to begin. nanna nanna boo boo, I’m all done!
Wow! This is the big reveal for the 2013 Art Charm Exchange and Charity Auction. It’s my first time ever to participate and I’m so excited. Not only do I get some very cool charms, but hopefully, my own charm will sell and I can help make a little money for Beads of Courage.
If you missed my blog about Beads of Courage, check it out and you will see what a great cause we will be supporting. It’s a wonderful program that uses color, beads and art to support kids with terminal illnesses. You know if it helps kids, I’m all in.
The theme this year was LOVE so the charms we created had to, in some way evoke our feelings when we thought of the word LOVE. Believe me, I struggled with this one. I love my family, my kids and grands, small animals, birds, nature, books and music not even mentioning beads here. So I could not decide what to do until one day, when listening to some old old music, I heard the Troggs belting out WILD THING.
This song has special meaning to me. Remember your first love? You had a song……….it was “your song”? Okay, get out of your past and I’ll take you to mine. When I was dating him, he played in a little garage band called the Swamp Eaters. (YES, I know………sounds like a sci fi horror flick, grade C). Anyhow, he played lead guitar and he was band leader. The Swamp Eaters played at local schools and a few bars in nearby towns. I never gave him an exact time when I would show up but when I did, I would hesitate in the doorway just for a moment. And I would know that he was not watching the gyrating miniskirts on the floor, he was watching for me, because as soon as I appeard…whichever song they were playing stopped….immediately. There would be a couple of heartbeats of silence and then……….the opening bars of Wild Thing. When they sang Wild Thing, you make my heart sing….I would make my grand entrance. It was quite the feeling, let me tell you, to have all eyes on me and my lead guitar grinning out at only me. Now that’s young love and that is what I wanted my charm to reflect.
I found these crazy varigated color polymer clay hearts at Blue Morning Expressions. It took a while to get the treble cleff just right but it is superimposed over the heart and two tiny wire music notes dangle from the bottom of the cleff sign. Crazy hearts and pure music, that’s young love to me.
We each had to make 11 charms, ten for the exchange and one to be auctioned off. It was so exciting to anticipate what other charms I would get in the trade. I want to show you what adorable charms I got.
First, from the talented Lesley Watt of THEA too
, this adorable little bird. My daughter is just the person who will love this little guy as much as I do and I can hardly wait to make a surprise for her. (Close your eyes, Dawn, you did not see this).
Here is a very rustic cross in a hammered ring from Artisticaos. This is perfect for my grand daughter who was just baptized and is full of love and gratitude for her new found faith.i
And look at this adorable little glass bird! DAWN! You cannot have both birds! He comes from Carolyn Chenault. What a wonderful little guy he is!
And who would not fall in love with Ginger’s tiny beaded flowers?!! Intricate work like this never ceases to amaze me. Check Ginger Bishop out here.
This little tree charm is so darned cute! That little heart just cries out for my grand daughter Jessie’s initials with her husband, Nick. This is Linda Haskell’s work. You can find more here.
What a cute folksy little heart from Patty Pulliam’s Rustic Studio!
Nancy Dale’s flower amazes me! All that tiny detail! What a beauty this charm is!
Cory Tompkins of Tealwater Designs has created this delightful little resin heart, reflecting her love of home and hearth. I know firsthand, from working with resin that a deceptively simple design like this is hard to create. Her skill just makes it look so easy!
And last, but definitely not least, this beautiful and romantic heart from Monique of A Half Baked Notion. I have a definite plan for this one! Had just got some beads for a bracelet for Mom and had no focal bead. This is just perfect, Monique!
Now, the most important part! TAAA DAAAA!!!!
You can find all these charms and many many more at the auction for Beads of Courage fundraiser. PLEASE! Go there! Buy one of these wonderful little charms. Why would you do this?
The charms are beautiful and would make fantastic gifts!
If you make jewelry, one of these handmade art charms would be a perfect component.
Even if you do not make jewelry, one of these charms would make a great stocking stuffer for someone you love. Tell you what……..if you don’t make beads but fall in love with a charm…..buy it! I promise to make you something from the charm for only the cost of the beads I use and the postage, my time is a gift to the cause….now you have no excuse not to bid on one of these beauties!!!!
Most important of all………..you would be supporting a wonderful cause! Beads of Courage benefits kids with terminal illnesses. What a great gift to give………..a gift from your heart. Tis the season to open your heart and show your LOVE! Do it now! Here is the link to the auction!
Oh, and before I forget…….a huge thanks to Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions who organizes this whole exchange and give generously of her time and energy, collecting all the charms, stresses with deadlines, sorts and matches and makes sure all participants get their exchange charms on time. Jen, you are awesome!!!
Here’s a list of all the participants in this Art Charm Exchange. After you go see what you want to buy at the auction, you can check out thes talented ladies and say hello.
Jen Cameron: http://glassaddictions.com/blog/
Toltec Jewels: http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com
Vanessa Gilkes: http://culturezine.com/blog/
Caroline Dewison: http://blueberribeads.co.uk
Lesley Watt: http://www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Susan Kennedy: http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Nancy Dale : http://www.nedbeads.blogspot.com
Alicia Marinache: http://www.allprettythings.ca
Cassi Paslick: http://cassisbeads.blogspot.com
Alenka Obid: http://www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Renetha Stanziano: http://www.lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
Shelley Graham Turner: http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Monique Urquhart: http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com
Shai Williams: http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Lennis Carter: http://windbent.wordpress.com
Cheri Reed: http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Moriah Betterly: http://mlbetterly.blogspot.com
Perri Jackson: http://shaktipajdesigns.com/blog/
Mallory Hoffman: http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com
Ginger Bishop: http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Jean Peter: http://jeanpdesigns.blogspot.com
Linda Florian: http://lilysofthevalleyjewelry.blogspot.com
Patricia Pulliam: http://rusticstudio.blogspot.com
Karin Grosset Grange: http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr
Julie Bowen: http://blog.autochthonous-evolved.com
Susan Delaney: http://ladyflowersbysusan.wordpress.com
Emma Todd: http://www.apolymerpenchant.blogspot.com
Carolyn Chenault : http://carolynchenault.wordpress.com
Terri Del Signore: http://artisticaos.blogspot.com
Cory Tompkins: http://www.tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com
Lee Koopman: http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Lori Bowring Michaud: http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Andrea Glick: http://zenithjade.blogspot.com
Jacqueline Carlson: http://www.beadgypsy.blogspot.com
Michelle McCarthy: http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Charlene Bausinger Jacka: http://clay-space.com/blog/
Kristi Bowman: http://dreamsomedesigns.blogspot.com
November 15, 2013 is the date of the fundraiser auction for Beads of Courage. I’ll tell you all about the Art Charm Exchange later. Many artists have created art charms……10 to swap and one for the auction. These works of art will be auctioned off to benefit Beads of Courage. We want to raise a lot of money for this great organization so I’ll be asking everyone I know to check out the auction. Right now, I want to tell you about Beads of Courage.
I’m taking most of this directly from the web pages because they tell the story much better than I can.
Jean Baruch, a pediatric oncology nurse, was good at hanging IV bags and checking vital signs, but she had a harder time helping her young patients deal with the emotional effects of having cancer. “I wanted to encourage them to express their pain and fear, but I didn’t know how,” she says. “It was very frustrating.”
She discovered a solution while working at one of Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang summer camps. The camp, which hosts children and families coping with cancer and other serious illnesses, gave Baruch unique insight into how kids play. She noticed that campers of all ages love beading. They spend hours making necklaces and bracelets, then trade or share them with friends and family. “The kids wear the beads for days at a time, even in the shower,” she notes. “It seems to make them feel good.”
Hoping that beads could cheer up young cancer patients in hospitals the same way they do at camp, Baruch founded Beads of Courage in 2004.
Children who participate in the program receive colored beads that represent milestones, procedures, and acts of bravery. For instance, they get a yellow bead for an overnight hospital stay, a white one for chemotherapy, and a glow-in-the-dark bead for radiation treatment. It’s not uncommon for children to amass 10, 20 — even 35 — feet of beads. It helps young patients track and celebrate their progress, but it also gives them a way to get through upcoming procedures, says Gwendolyn Possinger, the coordinator of Children’s Memorial Hospital’s Beads of Courage program in Chicago. “A child facing another needle can look at his beads and realize that he made it through before so he can do it again,” she says.
Today the nonprofit organization supports more than 10,000 children in 60 hospitals in the United States, Japan, New Zealand, and Ireland and is funded exclusively by private donations. With the help of participating hospitals, Beads of Courage is also constantly evolving. Baruch and her team have expanded the program to include many conditions and diseases. They also focus on other ways the arts can help families dealing with a serious illness.
What a wonderful way to use the arts to benefit kids and their families who are going through agonies while their children suffer. I know first hand how much a simple piece of jewelry can mean to a child who is suffering through numerous treatments and interminable pain. Read my blog about my young friend, Casey, and how much a simple necklace helped him and you might understand more about Beads of Courage. I believe it is a wonderful project.
What have I gotten myself into THIS time?
I signed up for an Art Charm Exchange and Charity Auction. Jennifer Cameron of Glass Addictions, a very talented lampwork artist, is hosting another art charm exchange. What the heck is she talking about now, I hear you thinking?
Here’s how it works. Each of 60 participants creates an art charm, well, actually 11 art charms. We send them to Jennifer. We will receive 10 different charms back (from various others) and one charm is donated to an auction, a charity auction to benefit Beads of Courage.
You can read all about Beads of Courage here. It’s a wonderful idea that use art to encourage children who suffer from life threatening illnesses. Each time a child goes through a step in their treatment, they receive a bead. I’m going to do another blog, just about Beads of Courage so I won’t tell a lot about it here.
This sounded like so much fun, I had to sign up. Then, I decided that I should maybe research a little bit about charms before I I even started to dream up an idea for a charm.
Charms have been worn since prehistoric times. Ancient peoples carved small animals or symbols from bone or stone, maybe to charm the animals to them in a hunt or maybe to protect them from animals.
Ancient Egyptians refined the art of making gold jewelry with wax casting. Most of their charms and amulets were created from gold. They used charms to ward off evil spirits, protect loved ones in the afterlife, enhance fertility, and assure prosperity. As master goldsmiths they were the first to develop the ability to cast gold, using the lost-wax technique which many jewelry manufacturers still use today.
Charms truly became popular through the influence of Queen Victoria of England. She wore small hearts with portraits of her beloved Albert of locks of his hair.
Until the Industrial Revolution, charms were mostly work by affluent people. They were not affordable for the masses but were custom-made pieces of jewelry. Only wealthy and affluent citizens had the means to afford such treasures. The machine age introduced the technology to mine precious metals and mass-produce them into affordable jewelry for the growing middle class, both in Europe and the United States
Charm bracelets reached the heights of popularity in the United States after World War II. American soldiers returned home with souvenir charms from the cities they had liberated. Jewelers soon added charms of various metals, styles, and occasions to their lines. Today, charms are as popular as ever. The first piece of fine jewelry a young child receives is typically a charm of faith, such as a cross or religious medallion. People continue to use charms and charm bracelets to tell the story of their life, whether it be a simple heart charm worn around the neck or charm bracelet filled with tiny treasures.
Art Charms are small works of art made to be worn or displayed in a small space. They are high quality one-of-a-kind or limited edition mixed media pieces, usually between Â¼â€ and 4â€ long. Hand-made and utterly collectible, Art Charms are a compact, fun, and affordable
Our instructions for submission as per Jennifer: only submit ART CHARMS. What does this mean? Well, it means you have in some way created the charm through some type of manipulation. It does NOT mean you add a jump ring to a purchased charm and call it done, or simply wire wrap a loop onto a craft store bead and call it done.
There is a whole book devoted to making art charms: Making Mixed Media Art Charms and jewelry by Peggy Krzyzewski and Christine Hansen. Peggy and Christina even have a Yahoo Group for people interested in art charms. To quote from the purpose of the group…..”Art Charms are small works of art made to be worn or displayed in a small space. They are high quality one-of-a-kind or limited edition mixed media pieces, usually between Â¼â€ and 4â€ long. Hand-made and utterly collectible, Art Charms are a compact, fun, and affordable”
Anyhow, it sure looks like I need to come up with something special. Now I have “performance anxiety”. Some of these women make their own polymer clay or lampwork beads. I’m really worried that my charm won’t be good enough, or clever enough. OMG…………what have I got myself into this time?
Most of the folks I know who make and sell jewelry, are gearing up for the holiday season, making jewelry that relates to winter and Christmas. Me? I’ve got my mind on kids….what to make them for stocking stuffers and what they can make to give to other people. And, I have to admit, my little ADHD brain flits from one project to another. Spend a week with my and you will see.
Monday: I saw a pattern for “fairy” bubble wands and thought they would be fun for some little girls that I know (well, and I might like one also). I made some. They were easy. BUT…I can’t decide if I like them with little flowers wired to them or just beads, or flowers and ribbons, or beads and flowers.
Tuesday: I saw the cutest thing in a magazine at the doctor’s office and thought it would be a cool gift for a little girl. You use an embroidery hoop and yarn and make this thingie. You hang it on the wall and it holds scrunchies and barrettes. So, I had to make one of those.
I saw another picture in a magazine. The idea was for kids to take an everyday washer from the hardware store and paint it with nail polish, then hang it from a cord and make a cool necklace. You know I can’t just use nail polish or anything so simple. I sponge painted some washers I had. I left some others plain. I used the plain ones to make two of my little guys necklaces and used the painted ones to make bracelets. They are just starting to like jewelry. My little brain got so carried away that the kids will have no fun at all making these because I have used all the washers.
Here are the necklaces.
And the bracelets
Wednesday, I was supposed to be working in the yard but I got a bit distracted when I saw a picture of these Zen spiral necklaces. I made 2 and a pair of earrings. They could go for either a boy or girl (I have plenty of each).
Thursday it was way too hot to work outside. I played around on the computer for a while and saw a tutorial to make these cute little earrings out of buttons. After I got the housework done, I sat around inside and watched a movie or two while I made the earrings. I might have got just a bit obsessed with them because I ended up with twenty four pair of them. YES, I said 24! Stop laughing! Aren’t they cute? I call them my Hippy Dippy Peace Freak Flower Power Earrings. ………And YES, I know I am supposed to be organized and thinking up winter jewelry. I got distracted. It happens!
Over the weekend, I decided I had flitted around all week and it was time to finish up some projects I had started a couple of weeks ago. One necklace had a curious crimp on one side of it and had to be restrung. I got it right this time.
I had made these filagree and flower pieces and could not decide if I wanted them to be Big Ole Hootchie Mama Earrings or brooches. Finally decided on one pair or earrings and two brooches. One will go to my mom. Hey, at least I’m in a FALL color mode!
Next on my agenda was to make one new thing this week out of a book I had bought. My goal is to duplicate most of the pieces in said book and by doing so, hone my skills with multistrand necklaces. This is the fifth piece I’ve tried, not copied, but modified and made it my own. I”m not sure I am happy with this one. I may make a change and tweak it just a bit more. Some things have to be tweaked before I am satisfied with them. Some have to be tweaked more than once.
Sunday we got some cooler weather so I gave myself a break and got out of the house. I roamed around two different flea markets, talked to some people and bought 3 tiny cactus plants. They are so cute. I want to make a sort of zen cactus garden with rocks and crystals and succulents in a size that I can take outside next spring then bring back into the house. next fall. Again, I am not thinking FALL jewelry. But, that’s the way I roll.
Once again, Erin Prais-Hinz of Tesori Trovati jewelry, is hosting a blog hop. Her Challenge was, instead of traveling far away, to write about our own home and tell why it would be a great place to have a “staycation”.
I’ve lived in Dayton, Ohio since 1979 when I moved from upstate New York. I came here from a beautiful place in the Adirondack Park that had gorgeous mountains, awesome lakes and lots of outdoor things to do. Many of my friends were musicians and my life was full of music and beautiful landscape. I loved to hunt and fish and just to walk in the woods to soothe my spirit. I hated Ohio at first. It seemed flat and boring and my beloved mountains were far away. I could not walk across the street and go fishing on a huge lake. I knew no one except my next door neighors.
Today, I have loads of friends and Dayton is no longer boring to me. Let me tell you about this town I live in.
Dayton, much like Detroit, was a motor town. General Motors and Chrysler provided income for so many people and so many smaller businesses depended upon these large factories. Many places made parts, other companies delivered parts, trucking companies, manufacturers, and the fallout extended to the retail stores. Without the generous incomes from the auto plants, people were not making purchases. When GM took away their plants, the town took a nosedive. Dayton is struggling to find its niche.
People who used to have money to travel now looked for entertainment at home. It’s surprising how much there is to do in my city, if you only look around., If you are a fan of the “great outdoors”, as I am, we have beautiful rivers. The Miami and the Little Miami run right through the town. The Five Rivers Metro Parks organization has so many wonderful places to visit that are not only beautiful but educational. There are working farms with exhibits of pioneer farming ways, beautiful gardens, wild life, a butterfly house and acres of land to explore, plus canoeing and for rock hounds, plenty of places to collect fossils.
2nd St. Market
Hills & Dales
Dayton has a thriving community of musicians, fine artists in all types of music. The Ohio Players put Dayton on the music map. Now we host 3 music festivals, jazz, blues and reggae. They are free concerts held downtown at Dave Hall Plaza, a small park right in the heart of downtown.
Most of all, I think Dayton is famous for the National Air Force Museum located near Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Anything you ever wanted to know about planes and aviation history is right here. The exhibits are fantastic even if you are not really enthusiastic about planes.
Dayton is also proud of its own part in aviation history. Wilbur and Orville Wright, the fathers of modern air planes, had a several shops here in town. the Wright Brothers Bicycle Shop was located at1127 West Third Street. The bicycle business of the Wright brothers, the Wright Cycle Company (originally the Wright Cycle Exchange) occupied five different locations in Dayton, Ohio. The brothers formally published a newspaper through their printing business. Orville and Wilbur Wright began their bicycle repair business in 1892. They also rented and sold bicycles. In 1896 they began manufacturing and selling bicycles of their own design, the Van Cleve and St. Claire, named after their ancestors.The Wrights used the profits from the Wright Cycle Company to finance their aviation experiments. They became obsessed with aerodynamics and built a wind tunnel in the bicycle shop
They conducted pioneering wind tunnel tests on the second floor of their bicycle shop at 1127 West Third St., the last location of their bicycle business.
In that building they designed and constructed their gliders and first airplane, the Wright Flyer. It cost under $1,000 to build the Wright Flyer.[ The shop closed in 1909 and they started their aviation company.In In 1937 the building was moved to Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan by Henry Ford with the cooperation of Orville Wright and Wilbur.
So, what did I come up with to represent my town? I could have done floral or nature themed jewelry, but I decided to focus on the Wright Brothers tie. Dayton is a home for technological history and in its current economical struggle, is trying to attract more of the newer technologies. What to use to represent the manufacturing trade and combine it with local aviation history?
Souds like STEAMPUNK to me!
I started with this old fashioned tricycle focal, added some gears and a propeller that actually works (steampunk is all about movement and gears and stuff). I used a steampunk toggle that I have made myself and handmade coils plus some gears and washers and a few beads. Ihe focal and some of the gears have a camouglage finish except I used dark blue instead of dark army green, the blue to represent blue skies and aviation. The few beads are deep blue, not just for blue skies but for my love of blues music (only I will see that symbolism, LOL).
Are you ready? Here is the finished piece: The Wright Brothers Steampunk Style
I love the little propellers so much that I made some earrings, not to match the piece, but still in the same theme. The picture in the bezel is a little biplane, similar to the Wright Flyer. On the back I mod podges the blueprints for the plane. And, did I tell you, the propellers really work?
If you ever come to Dayton, shoot me an email and I’ll show you some of my favorite places. For now, why not head over to Erin’s Blog and visit some of the other women’s hometowns. Maybe we will all have to add a guest room!
I would love to have someone tell me what kind of plant IS this? I saw it at the garden center and just has to take pictures It looks like some otherworld man eater. And, you see that yellow center? That’s not a center, that is a chute. Take a look at the side shot.
That looks like an engorged stomach or something else sinister. I have visions of sliding down the center chute and ending up in this thing, like Alice down the rabbit hole. Eeeeuuuuwww!!!
Now, I hate to say the obvious, but this sort of looks phallic to me……….maybe it’s just my warped mind, but…..eeeuuuwww, again.
Anyhow, I want one of these plants in my own yard for no other reason than how weird it looks. Would you think I was a terrible person if I visited the public gardens again and just took starter piece? Oh, maybe the phallus thing that looks like a stomach too is a seed pod. Whaddya think? I could lurk around till the pod opens eeeeuewwww again and pick up some seeds.
If I get picked up by the park rangers, will you come get me? LOL
Come to the Dark Side! I’m hosting the first annual Zombi Walk Blog Hop and I want you to join in the fun.
Halloween is not far away. Most of us who create handmade items to sell are already thinking ahead to fall and the most famous fall holiday, Halloween. You’ll be posting those items in September, of course, so that everyone may purchase before October 31st. This blog hop is a great way to get your creative juices flowing and to showcase your handmade items.
Never been in a blog hop before? Not sure what to do? Here are the details.
This hop is open to anyone who creates handmade, not just jewelry artisans. Take great photos and sell them? You’re in. Make cards, lampwork or polymer clay beads or charms? Come on in. Knit, crochet? Paint? Draw? Sew? Whatever you make is fine for this hop
I am not looking for cute little items like these adorable mummy earrings that I made
Design something that takes you into the night. Show us your secret dark fantasy. Want to to be a wicked witch? Long secretly for a vampire hug? See yourself as the landlady of a haunted house? Want to dance in a voodoo ring with Marie Laveau? Dress yourself up and join the hop. Comment here or message me on Facebook and be sure to give me your email address because I will need that for the list of people who are going to join. You will have about 6 weeks to create your dark fantasy item.
The week before the hop, I will send everyone a list of links to the other blogs. On September 15th, everyone will post the photos of their dark creation and the list of people who are participating. We will all take our Zombi Walk to other pages and comment on the blogs and hopefully share them.
I’d like to have at least 13 people who join in but the more the scarier! It’s a great way to get SEO for your blog and your shop and a great way to get to know other guild members. You may find items you want to buy from others. Just think of the collections that can be made from the items that are revealed! If you do not have a blog, you can use your Artfire blog page ………it’s a great way to start blogging.
If you have followed my blog, you know how many things I do with my grandkids. We try a lot of different crafts and I encourage them to make the gifts that they give for holidays. I am proud of the things that I make and I want them to take pride in what they do also.
My grandson Justin, who we affectionately call Jaybird had a birthday last week. I found a potholder loom kit at JoAnn’s Fabric and bought that and an extra package of loops for his gift. I thought that it would be an easy craft to learn. I had fond childhood memories of making potholders with my sister and hiking up and down the country road where we lived and selling them to neighbors. I know he loves to make things and is a good little crafter so I had hopes that he would like this kit. How many of you can remember making potholders or some other craft when you were a kid and going around the neighborhood to sell your creations?
Yesterday, he spent the day with me. He brought his loom and loops. He had figured out how to weave the loops through but didn’t know how to get the pot holder off the loom. I showed him that. Then I showed him 3 different patterns to make. He was so cute and so excited about his potholders! He kept going back and picking up the loom and made 4 different potholders in all. Before he went home, I took a picture of him and his 4 styles and put it up on Facebook. One of my friends happened to be online and commented under the picture that she wanted 2. He got so excited that he already had an order!
Later last night, I got on Facebook again and Jay’s mom had posted this picture as her status saying it must be exhausting to run your own business!
We got such a kick out of this! I called him this morning to let him know that he had more orders. I told him one lady wanted 10 potholders. Oh wow, was his response! I said that will be 17.50 and he told me, “Mimi”, I will be SWIMMING in money!!!
My daughter and I were talking about his enthusiasm this morning and we have decided that each of the small boys will get different kits for their birthdays and they can all “sell” their products. All 3 have birthdays within an month of each other. This simple birthday gift has turned into a wonderful opportunity to learn not only the sense of accomplishment of making your own gifts, but math and business skills that they would not learn until they were much older.
Well, I am off to Jo ann’s to buy more loops for the potholder king.