Skip to main content

Summer is Coming

and with it the show season begins 

Just finished taking new photographs of my jewelry and looking over several show possibilities. I am still a bit shy of spring shows due to the hail storm and nearly loosing my tent several years ago. So many years I've seen the spring shows get rained out, it is so sad to think of all the work and money the artisans loose when this happens. It's all a gamble of course with weather. One of my fall shows in October was so cold and windy. We spent the day chasing my display and trying to stay warm. That is the way of it thou. On the up side when all is good and the sun shines and the temp is just perfect life is indeed good. So I keep my fingers crossed for good weather and good sales. 

This year there will be new designs. The sketches have started and materials being set out for mulling over. New designs often bring about new techniques which excites me to no end. Several of the new materials this year will be Mica, leather, enamels and a new outlook into poly clay. These will merge together very well with my current techniques and designs. 


I also plan on doing a lot of form folding (air chasing) and metal shaping that I've not done before. I will be getting a new jewelry saw - ordering that today and a few other tools. A sweet friend gave me a gift card for Christmas and it's all going towards jewelry tools. Things I've wanted for a good bit but just couldn't afford. Thanks Janice!

For now I need to get back to taking new photos and uploading them to the Zapp site so I'll be ready for show entries.

I have a quilt on the machine that needs to be quilted and hope to get that started later tonight. It's harder for me to work on projects at night for some reason but I need to make the most of all my time. 
Have a creative day...and night

Comments

Gene Black said…
New tools are always fun. So glad you are able to get them. If shows are outdoors it is always some sort of challenge. I just don't do those anymore.

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. 
Stefanie

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…

It's Cold out - stay in and create

The weather here has been very odd, freezing, 60's, snowing - so my desire to go out is nill. I've been working on jewelry pretty non stop lately. So I thought today I'd do some sewing! Oh my word I'm making little pot holders that are quilted. Don't be shocked. I've not given it up. Just have to get going on the new stuff for 2018. It's time for new designs and new techniques. 
So here are a few of the recent designs. 
I've been playing with smooth river stones and wrapping them in silk. Adding beads, wire and other bits of fiber. 
This one has several layers of silk hand dyed ribbon two hole and single hole beads and some wire wrapping on a leather cord. 
I've had this crinoid stem fossil for years and the other day when I looked at it I decided it's time had come. I added some of my favorite beads.  This was a plant at one time living in the ocean, just think.
Continuing to play with clay and this faux fossil is from my imagination, maybe it'…