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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!

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 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 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!

Day 123: Biker babe!

10 May

It’s Tuesday again…time for my accessories club!  This week, the girls and I made funky cuff bracelets like this one from forever ago.  The girls made frilly pink lacy creations with buttons and flowers and glitter.  Mine, on the other hand, was pure biker chic!

vroom vvrrrrrrrrrooooooooooooom

I love me some studded black “leather!”  It reminds me of my edgier days….

totally bada$$

Don’t mess with me!  Those cuts and scars on my hand…they’re not from the cats..no no…they’re from a bar brawl…a really bad one…with big men…double my size…3 of them really…yeah…but they didn’t stand a chance…oh no..because my fists are deadly weapons…oh yes they are…you better watch out!  😉

Day 113: The gift of jewelry

30 Apr

Last week, my grandmother asked me to make a jewelry set for her friend’s birthday.  As per yesterday’s post, I procrastinated.  Really, I just got sidetracked and demotivated (is that a word????) by my friend’s passing and all the darkness I’ve been feeling.  It happens sometimes.

Yeah, well….Marion’s birthday is TOMORROW, so I had to kick it in gear and make her gift pronto!

Here it is!!!!

ooooooooh.....aaaaaaah.....

It’s a lovely jewelry set consisting of a necklace, bracelet, and earrings in varying colors of green, blue, and gold.  I used blue agate for the main stones and fancy jasper and glass for the supporting beads.  I think the whole thing came out rather nice.

aaand a close up!

This picture is a bit blurry, but you can see the pretty colors in the stones.  I love using natural materials in my jewelry.  It has a much nicer weight and feel.  Also, it’s a way to connect with nature on a daily basis.  Okay….I’ll stop with the hippie nonsense now.

I really hope Grandma’s friend likes it!

On another note…..that’s the awful coffee table mentioned in my 29 before 30 list.  The thing is a true antique (I think it was my Great Aunt’s from the 50’s or something) and it’s all scratched and water stained.  Any suggestions on refinishing it?  I’ll take all the help I can get!

Day 106: Sweet swap surprise

23 Apr

It’s so nasty outside today.  The rain started early this morning and hasn’t let up for more than a few minutes all day.  Normally I don’t mind rain, but Scott and I really wanted to do something outdoorsy today.  Yeah, not so much now.

Instead, I stayed in and got my next swap all ready to send.  This was another craft whatever swap, and my swap partner turned out to be a very interesting lady.  Her profile told all about her life and the life of her son, an Asperger’s teen.  Now, I understand that many of you may be new to this term, but I’m not going into a giant speil about Asperger’s Syndrome and other spectrum disorders.  Google it to get your own info.  What I will say is that, as a teacher of children with special needs, I am quite familiar with the challenges faced by those on the spectrum.  My heart really went out to this woman.  I had to make her something special.

Which brings me to today’s giggle: her swap package.

Here it is all ready to go!

Aside from the item I made her (more on that later), I sent a few extra goodies along with my package.  It’s common to throw in items one doesn’t need (destash) in the hopes that the recipient can use them.  My swap partner mentioned a love for card making, so I threw in an interesting blank card, stickers, and xmas scrapbooking tags.  I got the tags in a bundle, and I obviously won’t use them…….but let someone else make something pretty!  I also included a used book in the package.  She mentioned her son is involved in a service project that gives used books to the needy.  What a great cause!  I kinda wish I didn’t just donate most of my books to the local book exchange…

Anywho…so about that handmade item… I decided to make this nice lady a pretty bracelet to wear.  It’s not just any bracelet though.  This bracelet is made in her favorite colors and sports several tiny little gold puzzle piece charms in support of autism spectrum disorders like Asperger’s Syndrome.  Here’s the finished product!

The bracelet is made of deep blue and green glass beads with gold findings.  My favorite part are the puzzle pieces.  I made them from the coolest stuff on earth: shrink film!  Do you remember Shrinky Dinks?  I used to play with them all the time as a kid.  I had Smurf ones and My Little Pony ones, and they all came with little stands and playsets to use them with.  They were awesome!  Apparently, someone out there decided to market the shrinky plastic to adults in art stores.  I have no idea what else I can do with it, but these little charms came out pretty neat!

Any ideas for other shrink film projects????

Day 98: Bead bonanza!

15 Apr

Spring break is finally here!!!!!  I am so very ready for this vacation.  I look forward to a blissfully relaxing week.  Unfortunately, I do have a to-do list of errands and tasks that have to be done this week.  I might as well start on them now, right?

One of the items on my list is to restock my jewelry display at my uncle’s store.  I’ve sold a lot of pieces recently, and my inventory is kinda low right now.  It’s time to do some beading!  Here’s what I made tonight…

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This necklace is made from swarovski crystals and glass beads.  My favorite part aside from the super sparkly crystals is the magnetic closure I found today at Joanne Fabric.  This wasn’t the only piece I beaded today…

These are 3 bracelets I made using the same magnetic closures.  I hope other people like them as much as I do (I desperately need the extra $$!!).