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Published Again!

IMG_3532I am excited and blessed to announce that one of my necklaces has been included in the December issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. It is in the Boutique section on page 114 with the instructions on page 123.

IMG_3561I am humbled and honored to be on the pages of a magazine that I have admired and loved since it first came out. Many thanks to Stampington and to Natalie Way, the managing editor for her help in making this possible.

I’ll let you in on a little news too…I have a piece that will be in the March issue also. Stay tuned for updates and check out your newsstand at the beginning of December or go to their website for your very own issue full of yummy creations from many other artists.

Off Of Cloud Nine And Back To Work

After floating around in the clouds for a while after I received my copy of Artful Blogging, I figured it was time to get back to work, so I decided to take a little trip to the Nashville Flea Market for some inspiration and supplies.

IMG_3297Well…it was kind of a work/play day.

IMG_3303These cool bars made out of vintage truck grills were created by the guys at Rusty Rats Antiques & Vintage in East Nashville where you can find some of my jewelry creations made from vintage hardware and other up-cycled finds. IMG_3304

IMG_3295You name it, you can find it there!

IMG_3305I scored big on some beads! Mostly, I was interested in finding the vintage, pressed glass African trade beads and also some earthy stone beads that you can’t find locally. There is a bead supplier from Alabama that I always find a lot of interesting treasures in their booth. I had to search to find a few vendors with the more interesting trade beads though.

IMG_3302Then back in my studio, I started experimenting with some new methods of sand casting. I brought home some beautiful, white sand from our recent trip to the Gulf coast. Mixing it with a couple of other ingredients provided a pretty good medium to cast in. I tried some of my own designs and also cast some seashells I had collected from previous trips.

IMG_3289Combined with the trade beads and other wooden and glass beads, I was aiming for an earthy, Bohemian look for the completed pieces.

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IMG_3277       I’m very pleased with the way they turned out and excited to find new ways to cast focal pieces that are one of a kind.

IMG_3291These pieces will be available locally, but if you are interested, please leave a comment and I can create a custom Etsy listing for you in my shop.

A Little Helper

Lately I have been experimenting more in digital collage. I recently was inspired by the work of Sloan Bibb, who is a mixed media collage artist who lives about an hour from me. He constructs huge works that include vintage photos, rusty metal bits, and all kinds of random objects. He mixes humor and the unexpected into his art. I thought I might try some of the same ideas in my digital art.

This is the first of the bunch. I’m calling it “A Little Helper.”

Each element is a separate photo which I have applied filters and effects to. The background is a shot that I took while driving to visit my kids near where they live. I opened it in the DistressedFX app and added textures and effects.

Next, I had found this cute little girl in a 1961 Life Magazine. I just love her little white gloves! I mounted her to a piece of mat board and cut her out carefully. Then I painted an egg for her to hold. Looking for a backdrop to photograph her on, I found this old cigar box lid. After photographing her, I added the effects.

Then I took one of my nests that I saved last spring and placed it on top of a vintage white glove and put them on top of a rusted old oil heater. Effects where applied to those too.

Then I combined them in the Procreate App on my Ipad and erased any parts I didn’t want to show up. I found a vintage illustration of a bird and layered it on top and erased the background. In Procreate, you can adjust the color balance so I tried to make the tone of each element coherent. I also opened it in an app called ScratchCam and added an effect to the whole composition to unify it. I may add some text to the mix when I figure out what I want it to say. The fun thing is that I can save the original and experiment with the copies to my heart’s desire.

  
More to come…

 

Eau De Love

I remember playing with the cosmetics that my mom and aunts had tucked away in drawers or displayed on their dressers. The tiny perfume sample bottles always intrigued me. They were much more fun than the paper, rub-on samples or generic vials of perfume that you get today. Here is another of the small ones that I picked up at the antique store last week.

 

Salvaged Vintage

 

I spent one sunny afternoon walking around downtown Columbia, TN and checking out some new and old shops. First I went to Collectors Alley which is a store for antiques and collectables. I found several goodies there and then I went to Accent and Antiques on the square. Also I browsed around the Old Curiosity Book Store and enjoyed their selection of books and free coffee. Our little town which seemed to be drying up, is coming back alive!

Some of my little treasures made it into some new creations in my studio. I love to turn cast off bits and pieces into something unique.

 

By The Sea

Well, I wish it was really by the sea, but it is just a photo of sand behind a new ocean themed necklace I just finished. I combined another one of my vintage drawer pulls with freshwater pearls and brass charms and a mother of pearl charm.

Thanks for the great turn out for this month’s First Thursday Artists’ Party. We have decided to make it a monthly event so mark your calendars! I’ll keep you posted.

Blue Girl

I was cleaning out some old boxes and found this very old pocket watch case. I added a photo of my grandmother when she was a young girl and a very blue butterfly. The chain is glass and brass beads, chain, and some blue sari fabric yarn that Steph sent to me.

This will be available on Thursday evening at the Artisans’ Party at Wall Candy, 116B West Seventh St. in Columbia, Tennessee.

The party will be from 5:30 until 8:30 with yummy food, drinks, and live music. Come and support your local artisans!

Eclectic Mix

I found some fun charm elements that I decided to combine with my vintage drawer pulls. I like the eclectic look. I hope you do too.

New Blues

This is a new torch fired enameled copper “stone” with turquoise and glass beads.

Vintage brass drawer pull with torch fired enamel dangles and dyed mother of pearl beads.

Repurposed Vintage

Vintage dresser pull, crystals, glass beads, wire, chain

Vintage dresser pull, freshwater pearls, French coin, metal leaf charms, wire, glass beadsVintage dresser pull, glass beads, torch fired enamel on copper, wire

These are coming up for sale at an upcoming open house art show that I am doing with some local artisans. The show will be at Wall Candy which is a frame and art shop just off the square in Columbia, Tennessee. 116-B West 7th St. on Thursday, December 1 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. There will be food, live music by Damien Boggs, and a wine tasting by Lexington Vineyard.

Test Driving

Whenever I finish a new piece of jewelry, I have to test drive it even if I just wear it around the house. I try to make sure that it is comfortable, that nothing falls apart, or pokes in your skin. This one passed the test.

This piece is for sale at Heart and Hands in Franklin on Main Street.

More Sillyness

Vintage hologram key fob, key, game pieces, glass beads, charms

I’ve had a couple of these vintage hologram key fobs for several years. I decided to finally make something out of one of them. This could add some radical color to a dull day. I think it would be a conversation starter.

The two image views.

Pink

 

My poppies have been glorious this year. They were so heavy with blossoms that they kept falling over. The pink was an inspiration for this girly necklace. I’m not usually a pink person, but lately it has been growing on me.

 

Vintage gold plated watch case with encased photo, brass wire, glass hearts and beads.

Available now at Cliques Hair Salon in Columbia, TN.


These are some of the flowers that Steph helped me plant when she was here visiting. Thanks Steph!

 

Maggie is waiting for a belly rub…as usual.