Friday, September 30, 2011

Anything Goes Friday 9-30-2011 CFA Guild Oct. Promotion

I thought for today I would do another post about the participating members of the Crafting For Animals Guild on Artfire and the October promotion for Close To Home Animal Rescue. I've done two other features of some of the other members participating and they can be found on my posts on 9-23-2011 and on 9-12-2011. Click on the shop name to be taken to the shop's homepage and click on the image to be taken to the webpage featuring that item.

OBXPuparazzi - "Welcome to our studio! Dave does the woodwork and I do the sewing. Have a look around - if you don't see what you are looking for, please contact us - we both do custom work for clients! We will do wholesale orders for businesses and rescue groups."

JazzItUpJewelryDesign - "Welcome to my studio of original jewelry designs necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and sets for every occasion from casual everyday wear to formal evening designs and custom work."

JenniferLynnProductions - "Casual. Natural. A little bit primal."

Paws_And_Claws_Designs - "Animal items for animal lovers! My items are crafted with top quality fabric and materials."

KanweieneaKreations - "My studio features fine art work and originals painted by me, Gunilla Wachtel. I work in a variety of mediums such as graphite, watercolor, airbrush and more."

3PeepsDesigns - "Here you will find my handmade jewelry, embellishments, and keepsakes. Occasionally I will list items with some of the proceeds going to my favorite animal charities like Alley Cat Allies, Carolina Care Bullies, Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc, Bad Rap, Greyhound rescues etc."

Thursday, September 29, 2011

If I Won the Lottery Thursday 9-29-2011 Metal Work

I've had metal working on the brain a lot lately. It could be from the magazines I've been reading, the galleries of jewelry I've seen, the daily emails I get from jewelry making sites, or the online window shopping for jewelry that I do at Artfire. So, I thought, what else would be good for "If I Won The Lottery Thursday" than tools of the trade.

I have a few items, a vise, a metal block, some basic alphabet stamps, a few hammers, etc. But there are some things that I really, really want if only I had the extra money. And a few because you can never have too many.

The first is a good workbench for hammering and pounding away at metal. This is a very nice one from American Workbench called "The Common Man."

Next, there are a bunch of different hammers I would like to add to my collection. Much like office supplies in general, and pens in particular, you can never have too many tools. These two are from Fusion Beads.

Then of course I will need a disc cutter and this one from Fusion Beads would do quite nicely. I want to be able to make a ton of metal blanks for bead caps, pendants, and some other ideas floating around in my head.

And you can't forget the cool letter and number stamps. Like pens, you can never have too many different fonts. Here is one found at Beadaholique and another one found at FDJ On Time.

And one last item... a forming block set also found at FDJ On Time. I don't exactly know what it is for, but I have an idea and besides, it's just cool. Tools, themselves, after all, are a form of art. And better yet, without tools, how can you make art?

***As usual, click on the name of the store or the picture to be taken to the website in case you would like to purchase these or other items. Or perhaps, like me, you just want to daydream a little bit.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

W.I.P. Tuesday 9-27-2011 Studio is Almost Done!

Well, here are pictures of my studio that were taken today. The painting is finished... everything needed 2 coats! Thanks to my husband for painting the ceiling for me - that was a lifesaver as he was able to do most of it without a ladder. Most of the furniture is now where I want it to be, but I still need to put all of the books and magazines back into the shelves (but first I want to apply some poly to them... will be a two-tone finish... some in walnut some natural) and move the small, ugly bookshelf to another location. Across from the books will be my sewing area. I have 4 sewing machines (one that I use, one that I don't know if it works and 2 that are antiques and I don't use at all) and a table for laying out sewing projects. I hope to do more sewing this year. My beading station is my favorite area along with my little cutting station and big table. I can't wait to get going on projects!

This is the view as you walk in.... books to the right sewing machines to the left. The books still need to be put back... you never know how many you have until you have to move them!

Another view of the long wall with sewing machine, tall dresser full of cut fabric, attic door and of course the tv for background noise.

View of big window, table, and my desk with my beads.... not seen is the cutting station... a little desk just for cutting leather, paper, and other stuff. I can't wait to get some things hanging on the walls! For now, at least, I plan on leaving the window naked for optimal light.

Here is the photography section... get's the best light during the first half of the day.

And here is a view looking towards the door.... notice the new light? Found an inexpensive one that I liked and my husband put it up for me. Eventually when I find a decent looking fan on sale I will have the old ugly one replaced.

My favorite part of my painting? The hand prints in the pink circles! So far I have only had my kids, husband, and myself put our prints up, but I will get some cat and dog prints up too.... most likely via foam stamp. And some of the other circles will eventually have some words in them or anything else that takes my fancy.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Eye Candy Monday 9-26-2011 Johnny Depp

No need to thank me :-) Just click on the pictures to go to the website for the free wallpaper downloads. The hardest part of your visit to my blog today will be choosing your favorite image of Johnny!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Anything Goes Friday 9-23-2011

Today I want to share with you a few more of the Crafting for Animals ArtFire Guild members who are participating in the October Promotion and are accepting the coupon for a 10% donation to the Close To Home Animal Rescue. As with my "Eye Candy Monday" post from 9-12-2011, click on the picture to go to that particular item or click on the shop name to go to their storefront. The hardest thing about doing posts like this is just picking one item from each shop! They all have so much to offer.

CreativeCritters is a shop that I have been a fan of for quite some time.  Her shop features some really great polymer clay sculptures, stuffed animals, plush WoW characters, jewelry, magnets, and catnip toys. Please stop by and take a look at all of her wonderful sculptures, I think you will be amazed with what can be made with polymer clay.

JewelryByScotti is a wonderful shop on ArtFire that features one of a kind jewelry for many different occasions including necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Scotti donates 25% of all sales to her local animal shelters. Take a look in her shop, I'm pretty sure you will find plenty of items you'd like to make yours.

CardstockEquine is a shop who's motto is "For the love of everything horse, for the joy of crafting". And features handmade cards, photographs, paper craft supplies, and picture cards for many occassions. The hardest thing about her shop is choosing the card you want... I bet you buy more than just one.

SewBizzyGifts is a shop that is chock full of handmade items including photo greeting cards, accessories, key chains, jewelry, eyeglass cases, photo frames, pocket tissue cases, and so much more! They are all very useful and affordable handmade gifts. The owner of this shop is also the owner of SleepyCatDesigns (mentioned in the "Eye Candy Monday" post) and features all of her cat themed items.

SimplySmiss is a cute shop that sells hair pins, ponytail holders, barrettes, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, magnets, badge reels, and print and design services. They also sell some really unique cross stitch items called "Snark Stitch" that are really worth taking a look at.

SweetWhimsy is a shop that incorporates original paintings and digital art along with dominoes, bottle caps, game tiles, and poker chips into pendants ans purse hangers. This tribute to Wednesday Addams domino pendant is my favorite.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

If I Won The Lottery Thursday 9-22-2011

Having to photograph my beaded creations and then think of the words for listing them, not to mention the tedious stuff like measuring them for my ArtFire listings drives me crazy. I hope to some day be a good photographer when it comes to stuff like jewelry and handmade keepsakes, but so far, that is just slow going. It took 3 photo sessions to get the pictures below, not to mention the time editing.

So, for this week's "If I Won The Lottery Thursday" I would hire a photographer/secretary to do my listings for me and take the photographs and just manage things so that I can continue with the fun stuff. I would be helping first myself and then I would be helping a starving artist or student in the local university studying photography and/or art.

I would keep doing my blog myself... somewhere, somehow I lost my writing ability and joy. I really used to enjoy writing. Especially letters. My mom saved all of the letters she has from me and I can't believe what I wrote about and so many letters are actually funny and witty. Where did that girl go? I'm sure she's still in here somewhere and with time, she will make her way back out.

Anyway, here are a few of the pictures I took yesterday.... these items will appear in my shop over the next several days... I will add links to the pictures as I list them. Thanks so much for looking!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday 9-21-2011 Pet Postcards

** Click on the picture to go to the Pet Postcard website. My kids did these to help feed homeless pets.  This fundraising effort is so easy even you can do it!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

WIP Tuesday 9-20-2011 My Studio

I have decided to post pictures of my studio so that I will be inspired to get it done... it works for most of my WIP projects, so that means it should work for this, right? I painted it last year a nice granny smith apple color. I love that color. It was the color of my kitchen in Jacksonville, FL. I decided to do my kitchen here in a butter yellow color and move the granny smith apple color upstairs. So, like I said, I painted the walls last year when we moved in while waiting for furniture. I had to do two coats of primer and two coats of the paint. The previous color was a forest green. I loved the room before and now I absolutely love it!

The room has been a storage room for the last several months... holding my craft supplies and my husband kept using it as a staging ground for what needed to go into the attic as the door to the attic is in my room. Anyway, I've warned him today that that needs to stop. Final Warning! 

Today I started painting the moldings, doors, and ceiling. They never had a coat of semi-gloss, just the primer finish. My ceiling is also semi-gloss... its a big room and I want the light to reflect and carry around the room. My hands hurt from holding the paint brush. I know I've got arthritis in my hands and when they hurt, they just kill me. Anyway, before I could paint the moldings I had to move all of the misc. furniture. This room is where furniture goes that doesn't have a place in the rest of the house. My big metal desk is awesome! I got it for $40. I love it. Some day I will paint in another color. I need more shelves. I need more dressers. I need to paint the closet, but that will be another day. I love my room of mismatched furniture. All it needs now is a couch :-)
Anyway, here are some photos;

View when you first open the door.... door is always kept closed if I am not in there... I don't want the cat's playing around in here! Although I wouldn't mind Buffy doing here spider hunting in here... found several babies in here today.
My beading desk... gonna move it to the wall next to the window. I love that big window, makes me feel as if I am among the treetops in the sky!
My favorite table... its solid and was bought a few years ago used at a yard sale. its an awesome table! I can never have too many tables... I have another table that will be making its way in here very soon, it used to belong to my husband's grandmother. It's sides drop down and can fit in a lot of different places.
A nook that the previous tenant (a teenage boy) kept his bed in... and another nook.
This nook will be where my photo tent goes as it is the brightest area in the room. Charlie likes to lay on the floor in the sunny spot whenever he is in here. Anyway, another table and then the photo tent and props and a shelf or two.
More of the photo tent nook... and then a closet... good sized, its a walk-in closet and it needs another long shelf or two.
Better pic of the closet nook and then the side of the bookshelves.
And a view of the way out of the room. Gonna replace those lights on the ceiling and the ceiling fan on the other side of the room - eventually. They are ugly, dated, and the fan has rust... I don't think the previous owners used the A/C much because all of the fans on this level had a bit of rust.
So, next time you will see photos of the finished painting (hopefully Hunny Bunny will help paint the ceiling... those cool curves are a bit of a pain to paint.... a tad bit harder than a flat ceiling) and furniture rearranged. I still have more molding to paint, two more doors, and some more ceiling. I ran out of paint, but it was a good time to take a break. I am also planning on putting some pink spots around the room. I bet I will want to sleep up here when it is organized and finished :-)

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