Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lucky Starfish

I love the beach but haven't had the time or money to go this year...story of my life. Polymer Clay Smoothers monthly challenge for this month was a beach theme. It has been awhile since I've done one of these challenges and I barely made it. I took some time off my ongoing project to make this creation. I started Sunday afternoon and finished it in the evening. I love starfish...always have since I was a little girl. I came across quite a few digital images on the net to help inspire me. Did you know that there are 1,800 species of starfish that inhabit all the Earth's oceans? Wow! There were so many beautiful ones, it was hard to decide which way to go on this project. I came up with two choices and finally picked this type of starfish. Then I had to decide, bracelet or necklace...I chose necklace. I found two brown glass star beads in my bead stash and decided they would look great in the design. Why did I decide to call it Lucky...well, its the color green for one!



Plenty of ideas where I can use some polymer clay canes in creating starfish...so looks like I will be making another one, who knows, maybe one in red.

Well, thanks for stopping by to look at my Lucky Starfish, Hope you have a fabulous day!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Huge Bead Giveaway

Heather Powers from Humblebeads is having a huge bead giveaway! I have been trying for sometime to win one of her awesome giveaways...love, love her beads! I am hoping this time I will be the lucky winner. Heather designs some of the most beautiful polymer clay beads, and polymer clay toggles and focal pendants. Below is a picture of the beads that she is giving away. All I can say is WOW!

Don't forget to check out her blog to see how you can be a winner of this huge bead giveaway!

Heather is also having a sale...20% off her Humblebeads (discount code listed on her blogpost). Click here to go to her Etsy shop. You are bound to find something you just live without! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Pieced-Heart

I am back to playing with polymer clay after recuperating from my knee surgery. I certainly have a heap of things of my work table...working on several projects all at the same time. I finished one of the projects today and a good thing the clouds went away because I didn't want to have to take my UV lamp out to cure the Magic Glos on the pendants that I made today. One nice thing about living in the southwest...lots of sun!
Last month at our guild meeting, one of our guild members and a friend of mine, Bonnie Kreger brought in some of her beautiful creations for show and tell... and one of the creations was a lattice-heart. She is so sweet and ends up giving several of her creations to her best buddies. Her buddies are into Kumihimo cording and they make beautiful cords to go with their polymer clay creations. This is one technique that I am so jazzed about learning and it will be taught at our annual polymer clay retreat at the end of September. The following picture is the polymer clay latticed-heart made by Bonnie and necklace/beaded cording done by Rose Anthony. What a gorgeous creation and beautiful work done by two gifted artists!




I love this lattice-heart, so I decided to try making one for each of the gals from my women's bible study group. This week we are finishing up our study in "Breaking Free" (Beth Moore Studies). What a perfect way to end this study with a pieced (lattice) heart necklace.



Mine is a little different from Bonnie's lattice-heart. I added texture and mica powders to mine as well as the Lumiere paints...also added a layer of Magic Glos. On the back I wrote one of our memory scriptures: "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Cor. 3:17


I also packaged the necklace with a little saying as well.





I am excited to learn Bonnie's technique for making her lattice-heart during our annual retreat. I hope the gals like the necklaces that I made for them. Well, I'd better get back to working on covering my spice jars...on-going project. Also coming up is Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party in September. I finally have all my beads ready to go! This is my first time participating...can't wait!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Necklace for a Special Lady

Recently, my hubby finally met up with his biological mom. She gave him up when he was a baby because she wasn't married at the time and in those days, well, you just didn't have a child out of wedlock. My hubby always wondered what his mom would be like and if he would ever get the chance to meet her. Two years ago, he finally had the chance. They were both excited to meet each other. His mom, Audrey, is eighty-six years old and never had another child. She was recently living in California but had a terrible fall where she received 3rd degree burns on her body. She could no longer live by herself, so my hubby moved her to Arizona. It has been really neat to see their relationship blossom since she has been here. Just when she needed someone, her son shows up out of the blue...how wonderful is God's grace and to come full circle!  It must be tough to be relocated and not have any of your belongings with you. My hubby packed all her things in storage till her house sells in California and we can get her into a retirement home. It has been fun looking at photos from her childhood to the present...so many similarities.  Hopefully this necklace will let her know how much I treasure her friendship too! 

I had some extra pieces from my Mokume Gane cane that I made for the paper clip swap which I used for this necklace. I also had these czech beads and metallic pearls...love it when the design comes together so quickly! She was pretty happy to have one of my creations...an original, created just for her!
Well, I probably won't be posting anything for awhile. I am headed out to see my folks for the weekend and when I return, I will be having knee surgery...two weeks on crutches! 
Take Care and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

It is definitely HOT here in Arizona...we had a scorching 118 temp. just the other day! I've been trying to keep cool inside and work on some projects. In honor of 4th of July, I made this patriotic necklace.


I purchased these great round digital patriotic images and decided to try one out as a transfer but had a little trouble with the rest. The blue ink has a tendency to smear, so I will have to try again and make some more. I also purchased some vintage ones as well. Next year, I am hoping to make a few for my studio...wait a second, didn't I say that last year? My time management is terrible these days...not enough time to play with clay. In between working on my huge project, I took a breather and made this bracelet.


Hoping you all have a wonderful 4th of July! It's days like today that make me especially proud of the men and women who serve and have served in our military.  A big THANK YOU to all of them! I am staying in tonite and hoping to watch the fireworks show from my television. The temperatures have gone down a bit, but now we have the humidity. Our monsoon weather has officially begun! We did have a small celebration, my hubby and I had friends and family come over for a BBQ yesterday. It was nice to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary with them. Where have the years gone? My hubby is the BEST...he has been my angel from the first time I met him! We didn't have a big wedding but we had our family and friends which made our wedding very special. We saved our money for our honeymoon (Montreal, Canada). And I actually traveled to Mexico City and bought my wedding dress...a traditional wedding dress from Oaxaca, which is embroidered with geometric designs and flowers.  Now that is a wedding dress that you don't have to box up, it's comfortable and you can wear it over and over again!  Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!