Friday, October 30, 2009

I Dreamed I Saw...

Isn't this a beautiful image?
I got a nice note from Gay at I Dreamed I Saw today saying she posted about my arm necklace....This blog is about the "beautiful, the strange, and the whimsical in the design world, the arts, and literature." Every post is such a feast for the eyes- she has such an eye for finding beautifully strange and unusual handmade designs. This is not your typical "Etsy finds" blog!

You can see the entire Arms and Heralds post here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Just Finished....

A few more leather bracelets.... ..
This one is leather & vintage cotton lace with vintage glass beads, and a vintage religious medal...
All are designed to wrap 3 times around your wrist- all one-of-a-kind. Find them in my Etsy shop here and here.

This one features all vintage brass & glass.
Thanks for looking! Don't forget to vote for my necklace over at Objects & Elements. Voting continues through Wed. All you do is click my name HERE- you can remain anonymous if you like.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Vote for Me!

I submitted this necklace of mine in a reader's challenge on one of my absolute favorite blogs Objects and Elements. The challenge was to use found objects and unusual bezels. Voting starts today and continues through Wed. Vote for me HERE- vote in the purple box at the bottom of the page. Thanks!!

Leather & Lace...

I just finished a few new leather & lace bracelets I'll be listing in my shop. All are designed to wrap 3 times around your wrist- this one features antique lace, vintage glass beads, and assorted vintage brass religious medals.
All are one-of-a-kind. I'll post pics of some other color variations I made- red & purple. I'm trying to get away from my usual robins egg blue colors. More tomorrow.....
On a personal note- we adopted a little puppy this weekend. She's a sweet little 9 week old beagle/ golden mix. Yea! The boys absolutely love her. She's sleeping on my feet as I write this....
More tomorrow!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A Little Macabre?

I know- a little creepy. But the little antique porcelain doll arms fit perfectly in these spent bullet casings. I think Halloween is getting to me....
Lightly brushed to give the brass a warm glow, they hang with antique pocket watch gears and antique lace. I just listed these in my shop if you want more info.
Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Just finished....

2 of my new favorite materials- leather and antique lace. I previewed this in my last post and it's finally done!
Sterling hearts, fresh water pearls, bits of antique lace, and a vintage venetian glass blue bird set in an old watch case. The text came from an antique bible. More to come- I'm on a roll!

Friday, October 16, 2009

What I've been working on.....

Some of these old venetian glass birds are so fragile to work with that the embedded wires break off. These birds are getting pretty rare so I had to find a way to use the broken ones- so I started these little ephemera pieces.....
The words "beauty" and "bird" came from an antique bible (it was already falling apart- I swear!) mixed with fresh water pearls, and other vintage bits.
These will eventually become pendants..... I'm starting to sew like mad getting ready for holiday shows so I won't be able to indulge myself in these projects as much. (Santa's broke) I'll update on the holiday events as I get details.
Have a great friday!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

In Progress...

This necklace has been in my thoughts for awhile. I've been feeling a bit unfocused lately- too much on my plate, not need of direction. Is the compass too literal of a symbol for me?
After finishing this necklace something happened to make me understand the direction I need to take. I know- so vague & mysterious! But I had a revelation of sorts.
More about that later- I promise! A glass fuse and a vintage compass (I have a tin full of these vintage dime store compasses that I hoarded) are surrounded by sterling, amazonite, prehnite, Korean jade, quartz, etc. Just gather up all the bits & pieces & colors that inspire you along with a good bottle of red. What I love about this necklace is that it seemed to be the catalyst in a process I had to go through. I'm back in the game- FINALLY!

Monday, October 5, 2009

This Weekend......

I made a few leather cuff bracelets. Antique lace, semi-precious stones, vintage brass and glass....
Some wrap around your wrist 2 times, some 3 times......
Some have vintage glass butterflies, and some have vintage religious medals.
The clasp clips onto brass chain making them adjustable to your wrist.
It was quite a productive last few days. I stayed up too late- that always happens when I get an idea like this. I've never worked with leather, so it was fun mixing all these elements. I tend to obsess over details.... (this one's my fav!)
With evening classes and school stuff- I hope these will make it to my Etsy shop in a day or so.
Thanks for looking!