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Days 266-272: I love me some wearable art!

5 Oct

I had so much fun with my crow cameo that I just had to make more!  Over the past couple of days I’ve made 3 more shrink film necklaces.  Unfortunately, I had some adhesive issues, but after finding this stuff……all’s good!  It even comes in clear!!!

So time to show the goods!

retro chic!

Aren’t they lovely?  I love how they have the look of something old but are still kinda modern.  And they were soooooooooooooooooo easy!

pwetty!

Days 262-265: Nevermore…..

29 Sep

Well…4 days isn’t so bad.  Maybe I have a shot of getting back to daily giggles!

Thanks to the Jewish New Year, I’ve got off from work today and tomorrow.  This holiday came not a moment too soon, because I am sick once again.  What a way to spend some free time!  The good news is that I finally had some time for crafty goodness.

A while ago I picked up some clear shrink film.  I used to love this stuff as a kid.  I had several Shrinky Dink play sets growing up.  I love that I get to relive my youth through plastic!  A while ago, I made a bracelet with shrink film puzzle charms.  I love the idea of using this stuff in my jewelry. I just never could figure out how…

Then I came across this tutorial and it all made sense!

Cameo or bottlecap? You decide...

Not bad for a first try, eh?  I didn’t have any pretty cameo colors hanging around, so I used Sharpie and white pencil to add color.  It’s got such a Edgar Allen Poe feel, doesn’t it?

And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted – nevermore!

Days 185-253: A crazy crazy summer!

17 Sep

Well hello there dear readers! It’s been quite a while since I last blogged, but this time I promise that there’s a good reason for the absence.  However, you’ll have to patiently await that reason.  Hell….you’ve already waited this long…   😉

Anyway, I had a blast this summer.  I kept super busy and giggled lots, even though I never posted anything.  Well, the time has come…  Here is a visual recap of the last 69 days!

Oooooooh

Aaaaah

Weee!

Huh?

Ohhhhhhhh!

Awwwwwwww!

Aren’t the bunny hat and booties the cutest?!  But who could they be for????????

That’s right!  Me!  Well…..actually for the mini me due to arrive this spring.  Yes folks, I am officially pregnant!

Day 182: Happy Hair

7 Jul

I am a big fan of fun and funky hair things. (As you can see here, here, here.)  So I was browsing swap-bot a few weeks ago, and there it was…..a swap made especially for me!

A HAIR ACCESSORY SWAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How could I resist that?  I signed up and anxiously awaited my partner assignment.  And what a great partner I got!  She’s young and funky (like moi).  I had a blast making her swap package.

Without further ado….

oooooooooooh

The first piece I made is a clustered flower headband in shades of black, white, and silver.

aaaaaaaaaah

Then I made a pair of red poppy bobby pins.

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

The last piece I made is this funky little pouf  It’s attached to a clip like most of my other flowers.  I think it would look adorable tucked behind the ear or adorning a messy updo.  I hope she likes them!

 

Day 165: Beads Beautiful Beads

20 Jun

One of my summer goals is to reboot my Etsy site.  I make so much stuff…I have to get rid of it somehow…and if I can make some $$ on the side…:-D

I got to work today making a fabulous beaded necklace and earring set.  I know I tend to say this about everything I make, but this really is my best yet!  Part of me doesn’t want to give it up for sale…

ooooh aaaaah

It’s glass and ceramic beads with silver tone findings.  Check out the matching earrings!

🙂

and together

I hope someone out there likes them…cuz I could really use the $$!

Days 159 and 160: The official start of summer!!!

15 Jun

Today was the first day of summer vacation.  It was fabulous!  I slept in late, lounged around all day, cooked and baked yummy food, and had a generally good time.

Since I didn’t post yesterday, I have 2 giggles to share today.

The first is a summer to do list…

SUMMER 2011 TO DO LIST

  1. PHOTOGRAPH ALL JEWELRY, HAIR ACCESSORIES, AND ART FOR ETSY
  2. CREATE A CATALOGUE WITH NAMES, MATERIALS, PRICES
  3. UPLOAD TO ETSY
  4. MARKET PRODUCTS LIKE CRAZY
  5. CLEAN OUT/ORGANIZE  CLOTHES CLOSET
  6. CLEAN/ORGANIZE ART SUPPLY CLOSET
  7. CLEAN/ ORGANIZE LINEN CLOSET
  8. CLEAN/ORGANIZE MEDICINE CABINET
  9. REFINISH PANTRY DOORS
  10. REFINISH COFFEE TABLE
  11. CLEAN OVEN
  12. RELAX
The 2nd giggle is a necklace I made for my grandmother’s friend.
I used clay “pebbles”, tibetan silver findings, and some nifty paper mache beads.  Oh..and little bitty shells.

Here it is close up

and far away 🙂

Days 155 – 158: Of blogs and other things

13 Jun

Blogging is a funny thing.  It’s a lot like keeping a diary, except everyone in the world has the key.  I pour my heart and soul into these pages and give others a glimpse into my quirky little life.  I like having a venue to make my thoughts and beliefs heard.  However, unlike a real diary, I have to be careful with what I post.

Everyone these days is internet crazy.  Between Facebook, Twitter, BBM, and all the other social media out there, words can circulate like wildfire.  All it takes is one picture, one joke, one misstep and your peace can be destroyed.  Take this whole Anthony Weiner thing, for instance…  So the guy sends some nudie pics to women he met online…this is nothing new.  People do this all the time.  They have cyber relationships and sexting and all that fun stuff.  Being a politician doesn’t make it any more wrong than if he was Joe Shmo the office clerk, but it does mean that he’s got more to lose.  And that he’s being watched more closely.  He got caught, and now he’s royally screwed.  His life and career will never be the same, all because he snapped a picture of his junk and put it on the internet.  Serious lack of judgement…

You don’t have to be high profile to have this happen to you either.  I read somewhere that infidelity is on the rise as a result of social media sites.  People think that the computer screen offers them privacy.  They can do things through the screen that they wouldn’t normally do.  However, Big Brother is always watching…

Let’s take my blog for instance…I’ve shared my life and views with you all for over 5 months now.  In that time, I’ve posted about politics, religion, society, relationships, culture, etc. in addition to the art and laughter that is this blog’s focus.  I’ve touched on controversial issues, and I’ve tried really really hard to not dig my own grave.  I won’t lie…I seriously censor my posts.  Each of my more serious entries has gone through several revisions before I deem it safe enough to publish.  It sucks, but it must be done.

I wrote a very long and very eloquent blog post earlier.  I read and reread it, each time coming to the same conclusion…It’s un-postable.  It really sucks, but what can I do.  As passionate as I feel about some issues, it’s best I keep them to myself.

That being said, on to the giggles!

Friday, I made an awesome dinner.  It inspired this giggle…

Yum!

This was a modified Rachel Ray recipe for pineapple hominy stuffed avocados.  I used mango and shrimp instead of the pineapple.  It was deeelicious!

The next giggle is a headband I created.

pretty!

I don’t know what it is about these headbands that I enjoy so much.  I love them!  This will look fabulous with my grey skirt…

The piece de resistance of today’s list of giggles is my new handbag!  A while ago, I posted about my experiments with woodburning.  Did it ever pay off?!

Ta da!

This is my wine box purse!  She’s burned into the front of the box and painted in watercolors.  I glued pearls around the edge and on the face of the box to add a little sparkle.

and the back

I used an embossed paper and ribbon to cover the back and sides of the box.

and the inside

I lined the inside of the box with shell pink paper and fabric and put a little pocket in for lipstick and goodies.  I’m very proud of my new bag!!!!!

Last, but not least, is today’s giggle.  It needs no explanation…

 

Days 149 and 150: Handbag madness!

5 Jun

What a weekend!  Not only was I out and about all weekend, but my shipment of purse hardware came in!!!!!

I’ve been working hard on the woodburned wine box purse that I started a few days ago.  It’s coming out pretty fabulous if I do say so myself (and I do!).  I’m not unveiling the purse until it’s complete, but I will show some of the details…

Yay for beaded handles!!!

I ordered a handle blank and beaded it up.  My favorites are those pink pearl clusters.  I looooove pearls.  Next to the handle is a funky little tassel-thingy that I’m gonna hang off the side of the bag.  I can’t wait to finish it!

Days 145-148: I’m baaaaaaaack!

3 Jun

Hello there!  Good to see you.  It’s been a while.

So the week from hell is finally over.  Nothing bad happened…I’ve just been super incredibly busy with stuff.  I started a yoga class that will last through the summer.  I’m seeing a new doctor to help with my back issues.  And today was the last teaching day of the school year!!!!!!!!

With everything that’s been going on, I just couldn’t find the time to post.  I did make stuff though.  Lots of giggles happening here!  First up is another funky pillbox hat.

Believe it or not, I actually made this one with my club kids.  They thought it was hysterical.  Theirs came out pretty cute too.  Will I ever wear this one?….probably not.

except maybe this once...

Eccentric much?

Anyway…so that was Tuesday’s giggle.  Wednesday I was just too busy to do anything.  Yesterday’s giggle is a fun photo…

It's alive!!!!!!

Remember my herb garden?  It’s only been a week, and this sh!t’s growing like crazy!  I have no idea which of the herbs those are, but I can’t wait to find out!  I’m looking forward to some homemade caprese salad this summer!

Last of all is today’s giggle.  I’ve been working so much with my curvy mermaids lately….it was time for a bit of a change.  Today, I chose to paint something else…

CATFISH!!!!!

Isn’t he cute?!!!!!!  I think the next painting will be a curvy mermaid with her pet catfish.  🙂

Days 134 – 139: Yes…I’m an addict.

25 May

Hello.  My name is Marissa, and I am a True Blood addict.  I have watched almost every episode of all 3 seasons in the past week, and, as a result, have seriously neglected myself, my home, my kitties, and my blog.  I realize that my addiction is irrational, especially considering how campy and poorly acted True Blood is, but I am powerless against it.  Help!

Unfortunately, my True Blood binge has kept my computer tied up over the past couple days.  I just can’t seem to tear myself away long enough to post.  However, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t giggle!  Let me sum up what I’ve done the past 5 days…

Spent most of Saturday preparing for the end of the world.  It didn’t come.  Bummer…or not.  Actually, I was pretty psyched that I got to live another day.  And another.  Imagine that…me…happy about life!  Have I ever changed?!

Anyway, so I was house/catsitting this weekend for the parental units (Trivia question of the day: Where did the term “parental units” come from?).  Their cat is freakin’ weird.  She’s afraid of the dark and has never been alone, so…..Molly spent all weekend hiding in the basement.  I spent Saturday night watching True Blood and drawing mermaids.  I turned my favorite into the painting below.

So there she is in all her splendor.  This is the first one to which I added environmental details.  I haven’t collaged a background for her yet, but she’s nice so far.  She literally took me 2 days of drawing and one of painting, during which I sliced my hand open and bled all over the glass.  I guess you could say I put blood, sweat, and tears into this piece.  Or maybe I was just trying to act out scenes from True Blood.  Either way…

I have another swap due out tomorrow.  This one is a “craft your craft” swap for a lady in Florida.  She said her favorite colors are blue and green, so I made her a chunky turquoise necklace!

I love using natural materials in my jewelry.  It’s like wearing Mother Earth around your neck…Okay, okay….enough with the hippie nonsense.  I just really hope she likes it!