Sliver Clay Pendant & Earrings

It’s been a while since I made anything with silver clay.  So, here are some earrings. I used a mold I made from vintage glass buttons, pressed the clay, fired, polished, and combined it with bali sterling beads and champagne freshwater pearl drops:

And here is a pendant I made.  It is decorated with a “Maneki-neko”, beckoning cat.  In Japan, Maneki-nekos are a symbol that beckons or welcomes  good luck and fortune:They can both be found in my Etsy Shop.

Zentangle Challenge #28 Trip To Tripoli

This week, the Diva’s weekly assignment was to do a tangle using “Tripoli” – three sided polygon:

I thought this would be an easy pattern, but I was wrong.  The more I drew, the more distorted it got.  So, I just did a small section, and filled in the rest with whatever :-).

Drawing Lab 2011: June Art Show Blog Hop

(Apparently, the blog hop was cancelled due to lack of participation, but I did it any way…  so, “A Big Welcome To My One Woman Show!!!” :-))

Welcome!  It’s time again for the Drawing Lab Art Show Blog Hop.   I selected a few of my favorite work from the last three months.  This on-line class with Jeannie Dukic has been a lot of fun.

It seems the more I get into digital graphics/scrapbooking, the more I want to frame and embellish everything:

Of all the work presented, I found the portrait to be the most difficult, and the art journal to be the most fun.  I will have to challenge myself with portraits on upcoming artist’s choice weeks.

I used a scrapbook kit called “Let Them Eat Cake” – a Marie Antoinette theme.


Blythe, Military Girl

It’s been a while since my Blythe girls were featured.

I recently participated in a challenge that used a kit called “Military Girl“. Since I do not have the honor of knowing any women serving in our armed forces, I used my Blythe doll Hana as a model:

She is dressed in military garb “borrowed” from my son’s action figures ( I knit the cap).  And here is the layout I made:

I added a quote from Calvin Coolidge which I felt conveyed my feelings.

Saint Benedict Medal

My friend Maria brought this beautiful Saint Benedict key medal and cross, back from Mexico for my daughter and I.  I just love adornments of crosses, religious medals, and spiritual emblems, so I thought I’d share:

This medal originally came from a cross in honor of St Benedict. On one side, the medal has an image of St Benedict, holding the Holy Rule in his left hand and a cross in his right. There is a raven on one side of him, with a cup on the other side of him. Around the medal’s outer margin are the words “Eius in obitu nostro praesentia muniamur” (“May we, at our death, be fortified by His presence”). The other side of the medal has a cross with the initials CSSML on the vertical bar which signify “Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux” (“May the Holy Cross be my light”) and on the horizontal bar are the initials NDSMD which stand for “Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux” (“Let not the dragon be my overlord”). The initials CSPB stand for “Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti” (“The Cross of the Holy Father Benedict”) and are located on the interior angles of the cross. Either the inscription “PAX” (Peace) or the Christogram IHS may be found at the top of the cross in most cases. Around the medal’s margin on this side are the Vade Retro Satana initials VRSNSMV which stand for “Vade Retro Satana, Nonquam Suade Mihi Vana” (“Begone Satan, do not suggest to me thy vanities”) then a space followed by the initials SMQLIVB which signify “Sunt Mala Quae Libas, Ipse Venena Bibas” (“Evil are the things thou profferest, drink thou thy own poison”) – Wiki 🙂

Sand Between My Toes Kit & Freebie

Created By Jill Scraps has just come out with another fun kit for the summer called “Sand Between My Toes” – just perfect for making beach themed layouts:

Here are a couple of layouts I made and the freebie Quick Pages to download:

And here is the second layout:

Bird A Week Challenge: Week 25/52

A couple of weeks ago, I made a magnet.  This week, at my daughter’s suggestion, I used the same method, vintage print, glue, and metal findings. Then I incorporated vintage chandelier drops and made a necklace:

I also made matching earrings with pearl drops:

Drawing Lab 2011: Life Drawing

This week’s assignment was to do a life drawing.  Our instructor suggested we look for a life drawing class locally to sit in on.  I really did not get a chance to look, and without readily available volunteers :-), I opted for this:

A life drawing of a baby :-).

Lampwork Dangle Earrings

The weather has suddenly decided to turn hot after the first official day of summer.  Since my lampwork studio is in my garage, I will have to work in the evenings or take a break.

I made these earrings some time ago.  They are wirework incorporated with my lampwork beads.  Here are rubino oro glass beads made into chandelier earrings with copper, sterling silver and swarovski crystals:

And here are dangle earrings made of cosmic style beads, copper, sterling silver, and swarovski crystals:

You can find them both in my Etsy Shop.

Zentangle Challenge #27 “Duo Tangle”

This week, we were to use two tangles, Dex and Verdigogh.  It was a bit difficult for me to do when limited to two defined tangles.  Here is my effort:

Designer Spotlight Challenge

I participated in yet another designer spotlight challenge at Oscraps.  This time, it was a double designer – Vera Lim & Kitty Chen. And here is my layout:

It was a journal challenge with “Magical Moments” as the theme. I chose an old photo of myself when I was 10 years old during my first camping trip to Yosemite.  I still remember feeling so small amongst the giant trees… magical.


Back To School Shopping & Antiquing

Ok, it’s a bit too early for back to school shopping, but it’s always good to have an excuse purpose when you do go shopping.  My daughter and I took off for the Cabazon Outlet Mall.  It was a really nice day, a bit windy, but that is usually the case out in the desert.  DD found some really great deals.  We even stopped by Hadleys,  to have a date shake – yummy!  DD prefers Hadley’s date shakes, but I still have a preference for the one from the Shake Shack off Pacific Coast Highway (I have good memories of going there as a child):

On the way home, we managed to hit some antique stores in Beaumont.  It’s like walking into history.  Every item there seems to have a story to tell:

I managed to be good at the mall, but I found some very nice buttons in one of the stores. I even found some MOP horse buttons again!  And of course, I couldn’t resist the happy sunflower salt and pepper shakers smiling at me throught the glass case: