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In the Studio

The studio has been busy with finishing touches on the Make 5+3 gifts. I had a blast making them and am really hoping the recipients like them. Once they are all delivered I will share photos on flickr.

I learned some things this week about pushing the creative flow. Trying to build my own boxes to wrap these lovelies in, must have been hysterical to watch as I flipped cardboard around, cutting, cursing, hurting myself and having tape attached to all parts of my body but none actually going on the boxes. I finally gave up and ordered some handy envelopes online before calling it a night last night. I also managed to place a paint pen on it’s side which decided to leak out and onto the backs of a few of the gifts. Muttering carefully chosen words this morning, I realized forcing myself to finish up what I was doing when I was so tired was pushing a bit too much. I learned that when I am tired I get hurt, can cry easily from frustration and in the end nothing gets accomplished and often has to be redone or repaired. Thank you, Wise Creative Muse, for teaching me what patience is all about once again!

I have made some new pendants going into the store fronts this week. Each one is made from a bottle cap, acrylics, glitters, tempered glass and grout. I loved making these and will be doing more in this style very soon.

New pendants

Tempered Glass Pendants

I’m cleaning out the studio and there will be a de-stash sale happening soon. As I work with different kinds of jewelry bases I am learning what I enjoy working with and what I don’t. Space is always limited in my studio so why not share the things I don’t use?!

I have some exciting news! Peace Patch sold a few days ago at the Riverbank Arts Gallery in Stockton, NJ! What a great feeling!

Peach Patch

Peach Patch SOLD!

The contest to win a free mosaic worth $25 is still running this week. Weigh in on the opinion poll on Facebook and flickr to get your name in the random drawing. Because I am getting opinions from both sites, I am going to pull a name from each site. So far the opinion is to place a mosaic on the splash page of my website instead of a photo of me and I have to admit I was happy to hear that. I have already changed it and will switch it monthly with a new mosaic photo. A photo of me is now under the tab labeled: Artwork, in the folder: About the Artist and the Art. The contest ends this Friday, Sept 3rd and I’ll announce the winners on Monday, Sept 6th! Good luck to all!

That about covers the fun in the studio for this week. Next up is working on a vase exchange and 2 donation pieces! A possible mosaic for Art and Soul by Phoebe Gallery in Muncie, IN might be worked on if I can get it accomplished before the deadline. The theme is Halloween! Wouldn’t it be cool to have a mosaic of mine in her window?! Plus I’m always working on a few odds and ends to place in the store fronts for the upcoming holidays these days!

On Monday I will sharing a new Treasury from Etsy. They are so much fun to create!

Have a wonderfully creative week and remember to listen to your muse!



In the Studio

This week in the studio has been spent working on top secret things!

I am taking part in a wonderful “gift it forward” offer that started last year on Facebook called “Make 5”. The premise is to offer up 5 gifts of your choicing to the first 5 to respond to your offer. In exchange they must post their own “Make 5” offer. It was a lot of fun to see all the creative things coming through as the months progressed and how happy and excited all the recipients were, including me, to receive their gift. It headed over to my flickr community a while back and I wasn’t able to join in at that time, but had a small window this past month and wanted to offer it up. I also decided not to put myself on any lists to receive this time around. I just wanted to give and offered up to 10. I truly do love to give away mosaics!! I have 8 people on my list and have completed 5 mosaics so far. Once they have been received I can share the photos of them here but until then, I have to keep it a secret!

I have made some small jewelry boxes that are in the pre-grout stage. I think they will be grouted later today and once they are, they will be posted on flickr if you’d like to see them completed. These are going to my daughter’s friend who has started her own business doing jewelry parties, as an incentive to buy the most and for those who win the games she provides. She is like a daughter to me and I’m more than happy to give her these small tokens of love. I may play with some new tints for grout with these so take a look on the photostream to see the result.

for Meghan

ready for grout!

I am doing a trade with another Etsian who likes my pendants and I her pottery! This one came out of the blue after I ordered one of her fantastic peace symbol mugs. To see Emily’s store front go to: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MoorefieldPottery and take a look around.

Drawing and designing don’t come naturally to me, but I have been doing both for the upcoming donations projects. It is good to stretch your skills a bit and although I often veer off in a new direction and don’t following them, drawing some outline designs helps to get the creative juices flowing. Both will be mentioned more within the next few weeks as they get closer to completion and I can share a photo or two.

A mosaics and stained glass forum I am involved with is doing an exchange as well. This one is for vases! I have a few plain glass vases at my disposal and am excited to get working on one for someone. That, too, can’t be shown until it’s been received.

The holidays are fast approaching and there will be some new items in the shops as well as one more sale in the coming months. Meanwhile I am starting to gather materials to work on the family gifts and that will keep me fairly busy for a while.

On Monday I will post a new Etsy Treasury. This one is all about vintage items I found while searching for the previous Treasury goodies. Some are really very cool and deserve their own Treasury!

Have a wonderfully creative week!


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