Chandelier Pendant Class

I led a workshop tonight with some lovely ladies from the Gardiner area.  They created these wonderful beaded pendants. (I apologize for the cat and dog hair stuck to my necklace stands.  That long haired cat and plush German Shepherd of mine really know how to shed some fur!)

 

 

 

To me, these want to be paired with jeans and cowgirl boots.  Yee-haw!

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Nellie Week 2

Here is my simple yet interesting Nellie No Friends Week 2 homework.  We were asked to neatly arrange a collection of items on a postcard sized area, each item following a certain criteria.  First I needed to find something from my childhood, so I started with the little lamp.  It’s from the dollhouse I had as a little girl.  It actually plugged in to a bureau that had batteries  in it so that the lamp actually turned on.  The D stands for dollhouse.  How I loved playing with my dollhouse!  I often have glimpses of great art I could make with dollhouse furniture.

We were also asked to add something from our craft stash and so I piled on the googly eyes, neatly of course.  We then had to add a bit of texture, so on went the vintage mini pom-poms.   I needed a piece of jewelry, hence the cool queen and a piece of nature, which is the little mussel shell from a beach here in Maine.  These arranged collections are so fun, I could play around with this idea all day, even altering the pics with some sort of online app.

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Button and Bead Bracelet Class

Last nights’ Button and Bead Bracelet Workshop was a great success.  Nine crafters walked away with some fabulous creations.  I love it when students teach me new ideas.  It happens at almost every workshop I lead and last night was no exception.  The room was buzzing with different spins on how to make this bracelet.  In 3 hours, these chunky beauties were made along with a couple of button rings to match:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I Love You

Spring is on it’s way.  My crocuses and daffodils have emerged.  I LOVE springtime!

I work downtown on Sundays at a cute little boutique.  We recently had a Valentine’s-themed front window display that consisted of little love notes taped up for the world to see.  Customers (and a few employees) filled out the notes.  They were prompted to either finish the sentence “I love you…” or write their own custom letter of love.  I asked to take them home with me after Valentine’s Day was over, in order to create some sort of art journal.   I was given over 300 of these sweet little love notes.  I plan on machine stitching them onto pages and then sew the pages into a book.  I will organize them by category.  Here is the pile of them:

 

There were many who chose to express that they loved their Valentine more than a food choice.  I counted atleast 4 “more than chocolate” notes.

 

There were many notes written to beloved pets (mine included!)

 

And there were those that professed their love to be greater than the love they felt for certain animals:

 

And colors:

 

And certain television programs:

There were many humorous ones:

 

 

 

And some very endearing ones too:

 

 

 

 

There were a few with little bits of artwork:

 

And there were 4 or 5 written in foreign languages:

 

My goal is to have the book completed before Valentine’s Day 2013 (as my creative endeavor schedule is a bit full at the moment) but it will come to life eventually!

 

 

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Nellie No Friends

I’ve joined an online creative workshop called Nellie No Friends.  Week One’s assignment was to create this neat little book like thingy with two pages.  We first had to chose a 5-color pallet and create using those colors.  For the first or top page we were to create a self portrait involving stitching.  For the second, or bottom page we were to create a pattern using our 5 chosen pallet colors.

I really enjoyed drawing with thread.  The simple, meditative act of stitching allowed me to loosen up and let go of my perfectionist ideals.  My portrait evolved into a woodland fairy of sorts but I thought that was appropriate for me being from Maine- atleast the “woodland” part!  We do have a lot of woods around.

I cut up the cover of a vintage children's book for the bottom and top piece

 

My eyebrows are not that large in real life.

 

This pattern came to life unexpectedly- with no plan ahead of time

 

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