Skip to main content
Well Christmas is almost here and I know everyone is busy with family, friends, baking, presents and getting our homes ready for all the visiting. I am working a few hours today but then need to come home and do some serious house cleaning. I've been using my cutting table to wrap presents on and the craft room looks like a tornado hit. I still have about 5 gifts left to wrap and then clean up my mess. Then the last minute baking of cookies and I think I can say it's done. 
I miss sewing and playing with my other crafts but during this busy season there just isn't time for playing. 

One little last thing I need to get done today is put an old drawing in a frame. 
This drawing was done for my little sister when she was around 4-5 and hung in her bedroom. My mom had saved it all these years so now I'm going to reframe it for another 2.5 year olds bedroom. It's marker and ink and when I look back at a drawing I did when I was 17, well it really brings back memories of how I used to draw all the time. 

I saw a video on u tube about adding color to metal with Tim Holtz Alcohol inks. 
So I had to run out and get some of these right away. 
They are in the scrap booking section of your craft store. 
After I had done all the texturizing to the metal I just dropped a 
drop of each color onto the metal and swirled it around. 
It dries quickly and then I followed that with a clear coat sealant. 
With a little experimenting I think this will become a great new
way to add color to my metal jewelry. 

Here is another necklace that I used the Tim Holtz metal accents on. 
The key in the bottom dangle and the metal on the top that looks
like the hardware from a dresser drawer were from his collection. 
The hardware was attached with rivets on to the brass base. 

And just wanted to share this - I was cleaning my sewing room 
and was tossing out this old pillow, but it seemed that my 
little buddy thought it still had some good use left in it. 
Thou he just barely fit, he took it over right away. 

There won't be much time left for posting and I'm sure
few have time to read posts with Christmas just a few days away. 
So I 'd like to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas. 


Gene Black said…
Yes, it (Christmas) is getting very close and posting gets slack. Merry Christmas to you also, Royce.
Quilt Rat said…
LOVE those pieces! Fabulous!!!!

Popular posts from this blog

Sewing Withdrawal

With my next jewelry show a mere 15 days away I've needless to say been twisting and hammering to get new items ready. This will be the last show of the year and I really need to get busy with my Christmas sewing. I have 2 projects on the machine cabinet ready to jump into - but that will be after Nov 12 when the show is. I did combine my two loves last week thou when I was at Stefanie's sewing. I started the base for 4 different fiber jewelry projects. I've always wanted to make one of the big fiber bib necklaces and got a good start on that - it's not done yet thou. These smaller mixed media pieces are finished. 

Happy to say that I sold one of my fiber art wall hangings on my Etsy shop today.  It's always such a great feeling to know someone loves your work.  I like making wall hangings and post cards the best.  The freedom of knowing I can put anything into the art and  let my creativity run amuck is a wonderful thing.   So Stars In The Sand is now history. 

Sewing Withdrawal

Well it's just been days since I've done any sewing - 7 as of today. I do feel like I'm not quite centered when no creating is going on. I have had time to squeeze in a little doodling but that's about it. 
With Earth day this month I wanted to share the tote bag I made from a bird seed bag.  There was almost nothing left over from the original bag. They only thing tossed out  was from evening up the bottom. The wonderful Edna showed me how to make this. The only thing you need to keep in mind is don't use your regular sewing machine needle. She had me get a leather needle and it worked great. I just used regular thread too. So now Angel has a big old tote for her treasure hunts at the flea markets/yard sales. The handles were cut off the top of the bag above where the pretty bird drawing is. 

This morning I finished up Angel's hand print zen doodle. I used water color pencils to color this in - you use very little water. Just enough to blend the colors. 

And speaking…

Managing Time

One thing I have found during the last 10 months is I have trouble managing my time like I have in the past. Seems like distractions and life run all over the schedules I make. I sometimes wonder if I'm like the little dog in UP and get the squirrel distraction.
For what ever the reasons this blog has drifted off into my Scarlet area of "I'll deal with it tomorrow. "

With my first show of the year just a few weeks out I'd normally be in full swing of creating new pieces for the show. I have only started creating again a few months back and seem to be getting into the flow of working at my bench once again, thou now as regular as I did in the past.  Here are a few of the recent items.

 This brass butterfly was given a rusted look with alcohol inks. 
An old sewing machine bulb, the end of a fork and some wings created this pendant
The focal element of this necklace is from a vintage bracelet
Then one day I decided to get out the poly clay again.  I've not done anythin…