Show And Tell: Wire Wrapped Bracelet And Earrings

As I do not have anything new today, and for some reason, I feel the need to post daily (for now, at least), here is a show and tell bracelet and earrings in the Eni Oken style that I made a few years ago.  There are only certain types of wire wrap techniques I like, and this is one of them:

The bracelet is made of quartz nuggets, Bali sterling beads, and vintage mother of pearl beads wire wrapped in sterling silver.  It is a bit time consuming, but the results are worth it.  Eni also has very informative tutorials if you want to give it a try, on her site as well as at Jewelry Lessons.

Drawing Lab 2011: Art Show Blog Hop

We are having an art show blog hop to feature some of the work we have accomplished in our drawing lab thus far.  I joined Jeannie’s Drawing Lab 2011 class a couple of weeks late, so I decided to do the two assignments I missed. I believe the first week was to draw a cat, and the second week, a bird.

When I was young, we had a couple of calico cats:

When we lived in Australia, the Kookaburras were all around us. I think their calls more than anything made me feel that I was in fact, living down under: 


And here is my gallery of some of my favorite work from the drawing lab assignments:

I am really enjoying the drawing lab.  I took oil painting lessons as a child in fourth grade with my then best friend, Linda.  It was only for about a year, but  I have very fond memories of it.

Here is the rest of the blog hop list of participants to visit:

Kim’s blog
Dagi’s blog
Linda’s blog  ***YOU ARE HERE***
Marsha’s blog
Grace’s blog

Jeannie’s Blog  Our Instructor

Digital Whisper 100 Themes Challenge #82 Dance

My daughter has a very dainty Cinderella music box from childhood that she treasures.  Cinderella and her Prince dance in circles to the music:

The story may be a fairytale, but it captures the dreams of many girls – dancing the night away with your Prince!

Here are the credits:

Background and Elements:  Irene Alexeeva Designs

Star Overlay:  Mariscrap

Digital Whisper 100 Themes Challenge #61 Cemetery

I was visiting Stefanie  of  Stefanies Sammelsurium blog, and saw a very beautiful photo of the Pere Lachaise Cemetery that she took during her vacation in France.  I thought it would make a beautiful theme for the challenge, and contacted her.  Stefanie was very kind and generous in permitting me to use her photo for this theme:

I did not want to do too much to the photo as it was so beautiful to begin with.   I lived and worked in Paris back in the 80’s , but never happened to visit the Pere Lachaise Cemetery.

 Here are the rest of the credits:

Light Flare:   Auntie M Designs

Elements:  Catherine Designs

Grunge Mask:  Teresabelle Designs

Addies Roses And My Very First Scrapbook Freebie

I am so excited! Addie of Addies Designs is hosting a scrapbooking challenge.  You can find the challenge at Coolscrapsdigital, CU Pack for a freebie.  Addie is giving away these very pretty roses and we are to make freebie elements with them:

I have been having fun learning digital graphics/design (on my own and at my own pace) and felt up to the challenge.  When I saw the roses, I thought, Mother’s Day! So, without further ado, here is what I came up with:

The above is DH with his mother (isn’t he cute! :-)), and the following is my own beautiful mother:

The white frame is from Delicious Scraps, and the Mother quotes are unknown.  And you can download the freebie frames here for your own personal use:


Digital Whisper 100 Themes Challenge #6 Revolver

I am not much of a gun enthusiast, so I had to think a bit about this theme.  I saw my daughter eating a banana, and it brought back memories of my boys when they were little.  Invariably, when they first grabbed a banana, they would hold it like a gun, and pretend to shoot.  As I had a few teenage boys on hand;  my younger son on spring break and his friends, I enlisted their help for this theme:

The background is a photoshop modified google image of the movie Gunfight at O.K. Corral, and  the grunge frame is from HG Designs.

Bird A Week Challenge: Week 12/52

I have not had much mobility to be too creative earlier this week, short of sitting in front of the computer or sitting and drawing.  I dedicated this weeks challenge to “Two Injured Birds”.  My daughter had knee surgery, and on the same day, I stepped in a pothole, took a very “graceful” dive and ended up at urgent care with a badly sprained ankle.  I remember the days when my boys were young, when one got a boo boo, the other had to get a bandaid as well.  So, now, I am hobbling around on crutches (my “bandaid”)  alongside my daughter on her crutches :-(.

Her injury was a respectable sports related one. Mine, well… we all have our “klutz” moments :-).

For the blog hop list of artists, or if you want to join the challenge:
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Drawing Lab 2011: Tracing

This weeks assignment was on learning by tracing.   Well, something like that.  We were to find an Old Master drawing and trace it,  then do another one, hand sketched.  I chose a drawing of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza by Honore Daumier:

DH thinks Sancho looks like a penguin :-).  You can click on the image for a larger version.

Organic Bracelet

I wanted to try my hand at making organic type beads.  But, invariably, the pink snuck in there somehow:

I strung some natural stone nuggets to complement the organic look.  You can find the bracelet in my Etsy shop.

Blythe Spring Outfit

I sewed up a quick top to match a vintage skipper pants:

And a matching crocheted cap as well.

Lacy Wire Necklace

Since I started making glass cabochons, I have been turning some into buttons, and others, well, sit waiting until inspiration hits.   Recently, I came across a most wonderful book – Lacy Wire Jewelry by Melody MacDuffee.  I now have great ideas on what to do with the glass as well as the rock cabochons I polished at the local Gem and Mineral Society.  Here is a necklace I made for a special commission:

The silver leaf reacted with the glass, and gave the cab an overall gold look. I used copper wire and chain, and honey colored seed beads to complement the cab.

Digital Whisper 100 Themes Challenge #2 Love

There are so many expressions of love…  I felt it would be very special to take a  photo of DH and I holding hands.  For the background, I made a collage of flowers from our garden, and a few flowers I saw on an outing:

I added a photoshop elements effect,  golden flakes from Kitty Designs, and an ornate overlay from Robyn Gough Designs.  The overlay makes it look like we have tattooed arms.