Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wall Decor

Less than 3 days until Front Range Pagan Pride!

Remember the sketches I did of the Day of the Dead skulls I was planning? Here's how the polymer clay versions turned out:

For the most part, I think they turned out just the way I sketched them, and it was nice to have a sketch to reference, I think creating them went pretty smoothly.

Below are some ideas that I didn't sketch out, a couple of Celtic Trees of Life...

Spring and summer trees; I also want to do an autumn one and, if I can figure it out, a winter one, too.

All these & more will be available at my vendor booth at FRPP on Saturday!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Scarab Beetle Jewelry

Only four more days until Front Range Pagan Pride Day!

Here is just some of the sculpted Egyptian Scarab beetle jewelry I've been working on for my vendor booth at FRPP--

A hint of metallic blue, green & gold over black makes for some scarabs with an iridescent glow...

I stepped out of my color comfort zone when I created these turquoise and copper scarabs, but I'm glad I did! Hope this set turns out to be as appealing to others as it is to me!

I have a couple other beaded designs and also have some simple necklaces with the scarabs on silk cording which is done in phoenix tail knot work; all will be at FRPP next Saturday.

Scarab beetles are associated with self-creation, renewal and resurrection. They can be worn as a powerful symbol of rebirth or transformation.

Monday, September 26, 2011

This Week I Am

Watching: My sweet Moose-man sleeping on the couch next to me. Also, another Dexter weekend with the hubby. AND this week's season premieres of Criminal Minds, CSI and The Mentalist.

Thinking: Why is it so hard to find plain old brass thumbtacks? I need some, pronto

Creating: new earrings & necklaces for my vendor booth at FRPP next Saturday, Oct. 1st

Planning: all sorts of new ways to display my items at my vendor booth

Reading: It by Stephen King. I've never read it. Never seen the movie, either. When October starts to roll around, I usually dig out Salem's Lot to read-- my fave King novel. This year, thought I'd try one of his books I've always heard about but never got around to reading.

Listening: I admit it! I've been listening to George Michael's Faith CD while I clay! I'm a total child of the 80's, what can I say?

Trying: to keep a mental list of all I need to accomplish this week to be ready for Saturday; I think maybe I'd better start writing stuff down

Feeling: giant energy & mood swings

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

WIP Wednesday: Moons & Bats

I have several projects half finished...

The two small moons will be pendants and the large moon will be a brooch/pin. Now that they are beaded, I need to put clay on the backs to cover the beading wire and put a pin back on the big one, then they'll be baked again. Then I'll varnish them and cure them one more time. That will finish the pin and the pendants will be ready to make into necklaces.

And... from sketch to semi-reality--

the little bat pin is in the works! I have to figure out how I want his nose to look and then he's ready for his first bake. Then he'll be beaded, I'll put clay on the back side to cover the beading wire, add a pin back, bake again, varnish and cure one more time.

I also have some lavender colored african violet petal and gold leaf pendulum beads that just came out of the oven. They'll go into the rock tumbler with wet/dry sandpaper for a couple of days, then be buffed and then ready to put together the pendulums.

Not sure if its better to have lots of projects in various stages of completion or to entirely finish a project before going on the the next. At any rate-- more items in the works!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

This Week I Am

Watching: Dexter season 3 (again)-- weekend Dexter marathons with hubby!

Creating: polymer clay items for my vendor booth for Front Range Pagan Pride, which is coming up October 1st

Planning: Mom said she'd help me get ready for FRPP while she's here visiting for a week; figuring out what would be helpful to have her work on while I clay, clay, clay!

Reading: Past Tense by Samantha Hunter-- another tarot-reader turned sleuth book, I seem to be hooked on them lately

Listening: to Josh Groban's self-titled CD & 2nd one called Closer, while I clay

Realizing: life just hasn't slowed down at all this summer-- well, since March, actually

Trying: to remain calm

Feeling: a bit overwhelmed

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

WIP Wednesday: Project Sketches

With my L'il Bro visiting, I haven't had time to sit down and do any claying, but I recently took a little bit of time to some quick sketches of a few ideas.

I want to do more decorated skulls for Dia de los Muertos and Samhain, which is fast approaching, so I drew out a couple ideas I had for designs before I could forget them.

I also want to make more cloak pins or brooches-- I thought some beaded bat designs would be cute. I also have ideas for owls, leaves, witches hats...

I've not often ever sketched out my ideas for clay designs, I tend to be pretty spontaneous about what I create. But I do know some people who do their planning on paper beforehand and I've wondered if this might be a good thing for me to try so that I don't forget ideas I have or so I can identify potential difficulties in design and come up with a solution before I actually start creating.

I also wonder if I'll finish my pieces more quickly if I already have my ideas solidified by drawing them out. Perhaps sketching designs will turn out to be a helpful tool for me.

Monday, September 5, 2011

This Week I Am

Watching: Old episodes of The Waltons; there just aren't good shows like it on TV any more. Gah, how old does that make me sound!?!

Thinking: Will our cats EVER get along again? *sigh*

Creating: memories with my L'il Bro & his gf who are here visiting for a week

Planning: A ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad tomorrow

Reading: Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland by Gerald Clarke

Listening: to crickets chirping... such a peaceful, homey sound

Trying: to use my L'il Bro's visit as a good way to face some fears (heights) and be more active (walking, hiking)

Feeling: content, tired in a good way, happy... and a little bit sunburned

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Floral Nostalgia

Aeons ago, I used to be a floral designer. I specialized in silk floral and wedding work, which was very helpful in saving money when I got married, as I did all our wedding party corsages, boutonnieres and bouquets, plus the table decor for the reception.

The Mister's boutonniere, top left, and a corsage & bout set for the grandparents from our wedding. Keep in mind these were made during the era tight, full designs, not the lovely, looser and more natural floral designs of today.

This was Gram's corsage from when my dad got remarried. It was a very small wedding and I did Dad's boutonniere and my step-mother's floral hair circlet and bouquet as well.

I also did the flowers for my sister-in-law's wedding. This is the boutonniere and corsage set for the grandparents.

Grandparents are wonderful about keeping nostalgic items. With the exception of my husband's bout, which I kept, all the other flowers pictured were carefully kept through the years by the grandparents who wore them for the occasion. Since all of our grandparents (my husband's and mine) have passed away as of earlier this year, I have inherited their tokens of nostalgia, which have now become mine.