Friday, June 27, 2014

Do You Tangle?

My little tangled heart here to send off to Charity Wings for June's "Give Back" project. I must say I really enjoy this drawing method of Zentangle. I really want to take an official class. I'm finding that I come up with some imagery for other projects too when I do a tangle. At any rate it is pretty addictive. And I can do it just about anywhere.

Friday, June 20, 2014

June Necklace

Here is my simple-because I am soooo into simple these days-offering for the Art Bead Scene June Challenge. The pendant is mine-painted wood and mounted in a brass setting. the chain is broken up with a chain segment I made using Susan Kennedy's pretty aqua glass rondelles and carved red horn beads. Lightweight and simple.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Choose Hope

About a month ago I received an issue of Molly Makes USA.  Apparently my Crochet Today Magazine will no longer be produced and as a substitute the staff notified me they are continuing the remainder of my subscription with Molly Makes. WOW! I love this magazine!!! One of the articles featured a contest for creating banners for  Charity Wings Banners of Hope.  Create an 8x12 banner to be in a traveling display to encourage hope.  This is what I came up with.  I backed my canvas with a piece of hand dyed fabric that I had made years ago. Colored my image with inks, and pencil and attached one of my felted flowers. I am a little distressed that there appears to be a permanent crease in my canvas, but overall I am happy with this and I sent it off anyway. I hope that it makes someone smile.  Then it is a success.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

I Will Embrace My Stubborn Self

Temporary tattoo with anchor "I refuse to sink"

I ran across this this morning on Etsy. Isn't it beautiful?!?! It is a temporary tattoo from Tattoorary. What awesome inspirational words. Stubbornness in it's positive form. During one pre-adoption counseling session, we had to list our positive and negative qualities. So often what we see as a "bad" attribute is just a really good one that's gone haywire. Oh and cancel the announcement that I am moving my blog.  I guess I just needed to change my browsers to appease Blogger. So I did. Keepin' the fingers crossed and so far so good....

Sunday, June 1, 2014

History Hop Reveal

Leah of Beady Eyed Bunny hosts a really fun challenge every year. The idea is to create a piece of jewelry that is inspired by history. This year it was based on regions as well. I chose early Russia. I have to admit my research didn't get real extensive before I found something I was interested in. The necklaces I made were based on manistee necklaces which are layered necklaces that usually have a pendant or coins incorporated. See Viola's blog.  Viola lives in Siberia and has a lovely blog with a lot of really interesting information on her site. It is beautiful, interesting and very well done. The super cool glass rectangle beads are the beautiful creations of Checkoway Glass. Yes, I have been sitting on those puppies for about four years now. I used black waxed linen cord for all the strands and wrapped in around the beads to form my manistee pendant. The awesome bird charm is from Spirited Earth.  Here is a  list of the other participants. Enjoy!

Leah Curtis - Indus Valley -
Laney Mead - Māori -
Becca - Art Nouveau -
Melissa - English Romanticism and Mourning Jewelry -
Tracy Stillman - Native American -
Gerda - English Romanticism and Mourning Jewelry -
Liz E - Native North American -
Ahowin - Māori (New Zealand)  - 
Jasvanti - Indus Valley -
Lizzie - Art Nouveau -
Julia Hay - Merovingian -
Dini - Celtic -
Caroline - Art Nouveau - 
Charlie - Moche of Peru -
Karin - China -
Niky Sayers - Rome -
Marcia Dunne - Celctic and Mourning Jewelry -
anafiassa - Mesopotamia -
Kokopelli - Native American -
Christa - Native American -
Clair - Roman -
Susan Bowie - Native American -
Gloria Allen - English Romanticism -
Sheila Garrett - Early Russia -