Thursday, June 24, 2010

Craving Spring

So my last jewelry update I was inspired by Summer.  This time around it's Spring.  I think the heat is getting to me!  New things listed in the store today.  Just a little note:  I'm gonna have to apologize for the jewelry names.  I'm not feeling so inspired so there's lot of French.  I don't even speak French - thank you babelfish.

A canvas I just finished!  I was inspired by the May/June issue of Cloth Paper Scissors - which I am able to buy here in Kuwait!  I saw this project in the magazine & had to do one.  The artist is Serena Wilson Stubson.

Here's a close up of the finished piece.  I need to find a place to hang it.  I've go so many things propped up in my room so I really need to get on the ball & get some decor on the walls. 
I just did something that really had me out of my comfort zone & was able to complete the task.  I jumped back into the comfort zone & made this for me!  Thanks to Serena for the inspiration.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Clip Art from the Graphic Fairy

Karen is a fellow blogger I met while I lived in the Maryland area.  She has the coolest room at the Old Lucketts Store with lots of fun merchandise.  She also has a few terrific blogs: The Graphics Fairy, clip art galore, Background  Fairy, for blog backgrounds, and her newest one Ciao From Tuscany.  What's so fun about this blog is that she & her Italian friend, Daniella, blog about their lives from 2 separate countries.  I just love it!

I layered the Mermaid image from Karen's Graphics Fairy blog with a map collage to decorate gift boxes for some special jewelry.  I came up with the graphic above & printed it on a tea stained colored piece of cardstock.  I put that on top of vintage sheet music then put that on the box.

I finished it with some tulle & a "fishing tail" with some sequins & one of my Moo cards.  Voila!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Where Women Create

NOTE:  I'm really bummed I don't have any pictures.  I'm having a hard time getting them to load.  I'll continue to try loading them & hope you'll come back!

FINALLY: Pictures!!

Thanks for visiting & make sure you pop over to Karen's blog to see her beautiful space & lots of other creative artists.  Thank you Karen for hosting!

 Did I seriously just post this pic?  It's a work in progress.  I have most of the junk off the floor, but all the stuff is still on the bed!

This magazine from Stampington & Co is one of my favorites.  I draw such inspiration looking at beautiful studios & work areas.  Having a creative area is something that fluctuates with each move.  We are a military family & move quite often.  Just here in Kuwait we have already had an unexpected move to another house.   It makes life quite exciting.  I've had everything from a corner to an entire room.  This past move just got me a room :)  It's still a work in progress; I actually just got all the boxes out from the middle of the room so I could take some decent pictures - ha ha!

 My "corner" when we lived in Charlottesville

The table is the main area I use.  I design my jewelry on the pink tray & most everything is within hands reach.  I have some additional storage under the table in clear drawers.  I got the spice rack & jars from Ikea.  The glass globe was a prize from  Katie Runnels.  I store baggies of half started projects or components that I plan to make into jewelry.  Some of those components have been waiting to be created for years!  The right corner of the table has become my photography area.  There is an ivory metal accessory I got at Target for $20 (!) with some tulle on top.  This window has great lighting.  Under the table in one of my bins is the packaging storage - shopping bags, jewelry boxes & rolls of tulle.

Next to my table is this great piece of furniture.  It was in our last house stuffed in the laundry room.  The first thing I thought of was "craft storage".  I was able to move it to the new house.  I hope to clear the desk & area & use it for my paper crafting.  Having a clear space for me is quite difficult though!

 Woo hoo, it's a paper cutting area!  I keep all the accessories in the drawers.  In the last place, my poor Cricut lived on the floor on top of a box.

And a vignette area!  The dresser houses my finished jewelry pieces.

The top of the dresser houses my traveling artist statement (it goes to all my craft shows), a gorgeous vintage fashion plate, jewelry from my volunteer work with Trash to Treasure & some of finished pieces on the end (those are the newbies that need to be tagged)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

New Pictures Around Kuwait

The beautiful view up.  This day was so wonderful - I even sat outside on the patio with my coffee & computer.  Unfortunately, those days are long gone.

My favoritest street sign...Ever!

Got lost one day (what's new?).  Made a mental note about this mosque (I'm so predictable).  I happened to be in the same neighborhood & pulled over to take a picture.

Architectural detail.
Even though many of the buildings here are the same color, there are some with incredible detail.

The stained glass dome at the Hard Rock.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010