July 19, 2009

Beads!


Two weeks ago, as I was browsing in Hobby Lobby, they had a fantastic 50% off sale on most of their beads. I wanted to try my hand at making a multi-layered pearl necklace with some vintage glass and a unique pendant that I have. Glass pearls would be perfect, I love the way they feel. There were so many to choose from, but I bought several sizes of the off white ones. I also bought a few strands of the black pearls, they were lovely. The weight and sheen is so nice. They were a great buy at half off, so I stocked up. I know a few girls who might like these necklaces! The other beads I bought will incorporate nicely, they were a periwinkle faceted glass, again in multiple sizes. I will share pictures when I have finished them.

If you need inspiration for a design, the Beadin' Path is the place to go. I stumbled upon this site and it is a great find. Just look at these earrings. They have tutorials and material lists available. You can click what you need right into your basket. Way, way to easy...and dangerous! Go there and see for yourself, there are pages and pages of free designs for earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, as well as, how-tos on basic beading. These pieces would make the perfect gift.

So, jewelry has been on my mind lately, especially the handmade lovelies!  This one is from my summer swap partner, Ellen of Village Fiber Works. I have been wearing it a lot lately and receiving many compliments...thanks again, Ellen.

Here is the picture of the fiber necklace I made for her. She loved it and I was so glad. I definitely want to make more of these. It was fun to use my wool singles and my felted balls (courtesy of Woolly Fabulous). 

Go make yourself something fabulous...and don't forget to share!










July 7, 2009

My Little Artists


Here is my little Luke, age 6 giving a "Mario 3" drawing instruction...is this cute or what? He loves to draw and does it constantly. 
The love of art is genetic, of course and Nana encourages him in his endeavors!







Luke's cousin Colin is also a fine artist, and was invited to a special event at a local college, he won first prize for his "jewelry" entry!
He created this video presentation all by himself and sent it to me, he was 8 years old at the time. He is a computer expert as well and I ask for his expertise when I am having troubles with mine! 

I am so lucky to have these two "knuckleheads" in my life!!! Nana loves you, guys!


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July 3, 2009

Elephant Needle Felt Sculpture








A wonderful Japanese book called Felt Zoo inspired me to try a needle felted sculpture. I have been needle felting for some time, but other than a bead or rope, I have never tried a three dimensional object.  It was a challenge but very enjoyable. It was completed in an afternoon. Mr B. has been collecting elephants for quite some time and I am always on the look out for a new medium to add to his obsession. This was a Father's Day present along with some very nice Pro-V golf balls. He really loves it and I do too. We decided together that she had a definite female personality. Her name is "Binky", not my idea...??? 

It may sound a little scary, but I really think the dolls and other toys I make, become alive to me. They all have a distinct personality that seems to tell a story. Okay, hmmm....

If you have any interest in trying needle sculpting with wool fiber, I would recommend this book. although it would be great if you could translate Japanese, as with most of their excellent craft books, you don't need to. The illustrations are easy to understand and dimensions are given in metric. There are many books out there on the subject as well as internet tutorials, and of course, various objects to create. This particular book had a wide variety of realistic animals with delightful details. I am tempted to give this chipmunk a try. Our cats will love it!