Thursday, April 29, 2010

From The Closet Of Intentions

Last year when I decided to be the two hundted and twelve billionth artist to try and sell her jewelry on Etsy, I was also thinking, oohhh and I can also make ............ Well one of my brilliant ideas was to create frog "bean bags." Remember the frogs from the 70"s? Loved them. Grandma collected them. That's probably how they came to be on my mind. I have tons of fabric so I thought I'd do my own little variation and I gathered all these cool eyes.
Well of course she just never trusts herself. I messed around with different patterns, tried to make my own. Really tried to simplify the shape. (This shape is good for owls too!) But couldn't get the tiny little puckers to not appear. Mr. Pearl and Pebble, inspite of not being crazy about stuffed stuff, seemed to think the puckers were normal. I deemed the whole thing silly and moved on to other things. They have been sitting in the closet for over a year now. When the construction end of it didn't pan out, I thought, well hey at least you have some fodder for an illustration. OK. So I did that.
Of course as I'm doing it - I love it and of course then I have to run out and buy acrylic inks and what not. AFTER IT'S DONE it's another story. "Oh it's just silly." (I can't figure out why I do this?) So I looked at it again today and it's really kind of fun. I don't know. Do you think like this? I can't figure myself out sometimes. It must have something to do with my self diagnosed ADD. My solution seems to be to buy more beads.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Village People

We have a pottery studio in town where one can purchase clay and studio time and have the work fired. I know I have mentioned it, but last summer I got a kiln for my birthday. It is a small one, but it will fire to cone 10 if I want to use it for ceramics. My primary intentention was to use it for PMC-which I am learning. But anyway, I purchased a month at the studio and ended up with a few beads and these wee people. I love them! I love clay. Of course I don't really know how to do anything with it except mush it up and paint glaze on it. But that's a start right?
What should I call them?

Friday, April 23, 2010

It has been a very crazy week indeed! I did manage to make a pair of earrings for my poor neglected Etsy shop. But only because I am supposed to be painting. The paintings need to be delivered next weekend. They are not all done. And the one I posted the other day? TOTALLY changed it! Why Tari? Why would you do this? you ask. Well now, I asked Mr. Pearl And Pebble (the engineer) his opinion. I love him dearly. I do. But I need to stop asking him his opinion, at least until my back bone gets stronger. So I lost some hours there reworking and reworking. And so I figured, heck, what's a few hours more? I'll make earrings. These lovely little components are from Bellas Beads. I love her findings. And the lucite is always soooo nice. This is the first time I've used the long kidney wires. I like them alot. I tend to wear smaller earrings, so I've been creating smaller earrings. But these are wonderful. Not bulky at all but comfortable and lightweight. There is a reportedly huge Earth Day Fest that starts today. Looking forward to it! The sun is shining beautifully, I just wish it were warmer.

Monday, April 19, 2010

What Say Ye?

I have another show coming up and I decided to add some flora. I painted this outside today. A little chilly, and a little windy - tulips kept moving around in the vase. What do you think? (There are no wrong answers) Thanks for any input!

Friday, April 16, 2010

My New Favorite (Non-Beaded) Yum Yum

OMG!!! OK let me first state for the record that this little plug is of my own accord. This is the best most excellent stuff-EVER! I went to the art museum the other day and got a yogurt at the cafe. Was a different brand, but still called Greek Yogurt. Was pretty darn good. Better than the national brands which we usually eat. So when I was at the market today, I noticed they had this. I chose the honey flavored. When I got home and cracked this puppy open it was like WOW I have never had yogurt before! Awesome!!! Like a cheesecake. No foolin. Rich, creamy, lemony, and soooo smooth. I literally licked the cup. (Apparently Heidi isn't the only one who does this.)

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Now, I can do a mean wire tie if I do say so myself, but I didn't want a tight wrap on these. Not so mean when I'm working loosely. So I need some critiquing here. Do these look sloppy, or do they look intentional? All comments welcome. No feelings will be hurt!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

For post no. 100 (yes that's right) I offer a picture of my budding cherry tree. I do believe that Spring has arrived. Today I had my first PMC class. It was all lecture. That was fine with all of us I think. I have been yacking about PMC for almost a year now. You know, got the kiln, afraid to blow it up..... So a few weeks ago when I found out about this class, I jumped on it! Can't wait to play!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Winner Is.........

Congratulations JUSTATISH! You are the winner of my little giveaway! Email me your info and I will mail these out to you! Thanks to all who played along:) Have a super great weekend!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

What is a weed? What is a wildflower? All I know is these tiny little flowers popped up in the garden the other day and I felt the need to pluck them, not because they were any nuisance, but because I found them so soft and fragile and lovely. The flower is a wee bit bigger than my thumbnail. The petals are tissue thin. Soft and white with stripes of pale blue and a pop of butter yellow. Dainty and fragile. I would love to see these reproduced in glass. And wouldn't they be lovely on the end of a headpin?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Like 'Em?

Want 'em? Visit my current Etsy Treasury, click and comment there. Then come back here and tell me which treasury item you liked the most. That's it! The treasury expires on Saturday in the wee hours of the morning. I'll announce the randomly chosen winner a little later in the day.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What Would You Do To Win A Custom Pendant?

JUSTATISH wants to make a copper and stone pendant just for you! Check it out! Leave her a comment because she is going to draw the name of a lucky somebody on Friday!!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

So Do You Like LOTS Of Beads????

You might want to go here and leave Kelley a comment and answer two little questions because she is giving away ONE AND A HALF POUNDS of beads on Friday!

New Wool

My latest batch of dyed wool. The top neutrals are the natural shades of the wool. The bottom oranges are after a being dyed. I can't believe how fascinated I am with this. This wool is from Icelandic Sheep that I purchased from Iclandics on Etsy. I really love this stuff. It will felt almost just by looking at it! Great sunflower colors eh?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Bluebird Necklace

This is my necklace for the BOC Color Challenge using a Tetradic color scheme. Turquoise, red-orange, yellow-green and violet-red. This was a tough one. Two sets of complimentary colors gets a wee bit tricky! And yet it is one of my favorites I think. I LOVE how if feels on. Do you see the way cool pendant by Diane Hawkey?!?!?! Oh we love that yes we do!!!! Another late night here-bad lighting for the picture......same ole story! Sorry bout that. I PROMISE to try and be more organized for the next post!