Friday, June 26

playing with fabric & fiber...

I recently happened onto a new artist through connections made online. Both Judy and Joanna introduced me to fiber/mixed media artist KC Willis. Her art, online workshops, and more...
have me feverishly contemplating which of her offerings are best for me. She recently announced Studio Retreats in Colorado. hmm... could there be a road trip this summer??? 

My love of all things vintage have me wild for her use of aged fabrics, and fabric photo transfers. I love her use of small bits and pieces, and am thrilled to be able to incorporate even more of these things I love into my own art. I'm completely inspired to play and create KC Willis style, and just wanted to share this talented artist with you all. Stand warned... you can easily spend the next hour pouring over her art, workshops, Etsy site and more!

PS: the picture above is of my dear Grandma taken in the 1920's

Monday, June 22

because you asked...

I've finally put together a few kits for those of you who've asked. This is from the class I taught a few months ago at Gilding the Lily. You can find them here, if you're interested...








Friday, June 19

Happy Father's Day...

Wednesday, June 17

letting go...

You know how I said I'm not a jewelry designer a few weeks ago? Well, I'm not... and so last week I began letting go of some of the things I've picked up over the past couple of years. I figure if I'm not going to use this, maybe some of you can.
I love the feeling of letting this stuff go. Sometimes I get so attached to it all, and forget that it is indeed only stuff. 
And so, on that note I've also decided to let go of some of the jewelry I've made. I didn't realize how many things I really had put together!
While I love the pieces, I simply don't wear this stuff. So it to is headed into my Etsy shoppe. I have few pieces I'm keeping,
but if you're interested you can find the rest of it here

Monday, June 15

playing and creating...

It was love at first sight when I saw this great canvas earlier this spring, and ever since I've thought about making one myself. The project was one Heather had done in a class with Amy Hanna, the original creator of the project.

This went together easily once I felt free to use the things I love the most... things I'd long thought I'd use in jewelry... old rhinestone strands...
a vintage prayer icon, as the topper of our house... old mercury glass buttons...
vintage shell cameos. When I found the old tin type frames, at Gilding the Lily's last trunk show, I immediately saw them as windows and I was finally ready to create a canvas of my own.
It's amazing how easily things come together when you allow yourself the freedom to play... (and some great inspiration doesn't hurt either). In turn I've come up with another project I hope to finish tonight and share with you all soon! Here's wishing you the time and freedom to play, and use the things that you find beautiful!

Tuesday, June 9

I lied...

Last week when I said I was going to go make jewelry (or at least attempt it) I lied. Please forgive me. I realized that I really have to rally myself when I even think about making jewelry. I love the look of all the vintage jewelry online recently, but apparently creating it just isn't my thing.
I do however love all the findings for jewelry... all of the elements, the rough stones, vintage pieces, broken bits, and I love the look the designers use in their own jewelry. But I've really struggled in making this art my own...
and so I'm giving it up. I have to say I feel a huge relief! I was talking with a friend of mine about my gathering, and collecting of this stuff only to find I'm not doing anything with it. While we were at the flea market, I literally banned myself from even looking at any more of it! I don't do anything with what I've already bought!
Then we ran into another friend Tami, she is a wonderful jewelry designer, and her's is the look I really love! After telling her how I was feeling, she suggested I should use the things I collect in the art I'm most comfortable... my books.
I'd never looked at these things as pieces to add into my books, but when she said it, it made perfect sense. Tami was right, I don't need to make jewelry, I don't even wear jewelry that often! 
But I do love my books! I don't know why I hadn't thought about this before, I guess that's what friends are for. Sometimes they see things more clearly than we do. So now I really am off to make something, I promise. I'm just not promising what it will be... but you can bet it will be filled with all of the pieces I cherish the most!

Wednesday, June 3

grey skies...

We've had such odd weather all day with grey skies, wind, and rain. I love it, but it feels more like January than June.
So I'm inside playing with these new pieces I picked up at Gilding the Lily's Trunk Show last Friday night. As usual Nancy had a full house, and lots of loot to go around.
I've either got to stop gathering these things, or start making something with it all! I LoVe the metal connector on the rosary, and those tiny mercury glass beads, the mother of pearl... oh, it all makes me so happy. Ok, so I'm not a jewelry designer by any stretch of the imagination, so wish me luck and I'll share the results soon.
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