Tuesday, May 20, 2008

My Newest Jewelry Designs

These 1st necklace (2 different views of the same necklace) are made from a vintage rhinestone brooch, vintage chandelier crystals, crystal quartz & silver tone rings & chain. I need to measure this, but it's approx 18 inches long.

The next one below is similar... it has all the items above, but also has soft pink potato pearls. The vintage crystal brooch was repurposed to become a pendant. it is attached to a silver-tone filigree circle.

I love this necklace - it's very simple - about 16 inches in length. The diamond shaped smokey topaz beads are much prettier in person. I just couldn't seem to show the light coming through them. I need to work on my photography skills!! LOL!! The rose in the middle, may be real ivory, but I am not sure. I was once a button, it has a new life now as a pendant. A chandelier crystal dangles from it. You can't see this other bead, but on the left, there is a tiger cowrie bead. It's approximately 25mm. there is mixture of gold & silver link chain at the end.
This one has less vintage pieces than the other pieces above. It too has a smaller tiger cowrie bead (leopard looking, rectangle), aqua quartz bead, diamond shaped smokey topaz, a vintage rose cabachon, vintage brass filigree bead & dangling vintage cameo piece.
This necklace is my favorite piece right now (it changes constantly) - I love the shell piece. It's vintage... but I don't know where it came from. I has little crystals in between the shells & it's attached to a filigree piece. I love the center piece as well - it's simple, but very sweet!!

Hope you enjoyed looking & I hope to have all these on etsy by tomorrow! Keep your fingers crossed!! :-)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Vintage Collage, Grunge & Jewelry meet...

Like all crafters (or artists... I have a very difficult time calling myself an artist) - I have a hard time deciding on what to craft next... I go from making vintage jewelry to funky jewelry, to painting, to soldering... to now digital scrapbooking. I am not new to digital anything, but I am learning about more & more in photoshop about this whole process. I've been working with photoshop for 8 years, but I had the darnest time understanding the transparent PNG file. By George, I think I've got it!! OMG (oh my golly), that sounds like my mother!!

Below is a bottle bracelet that I made from vintage crystals & metals. The ribbon is not vintage.The next few photos are of my latest digital collages...

Here are a few photos of jewelry I have made recently - I will take a closer photo of them later.

oops, here's another digital collage -

Monday, May 5, 2008

Ok, so why was my day so stressful??

I have had these photos of Tracy's for a week - and I have so much going on, it's just tough to try and fit it all in, in ONE day!! today was absolutely crazy. More about my day after Tracy's pics!!

This 1st photo is something Tracy made - picket fence pieces & old shutters. I could see this at my house, but where in the world would I put it???

Here's another "shutter" piece - made into a jewelry display, with vintage knobs & an old shelf at the bottom. I could see this in my house too!! ha ha!!

This is a clock made from old shell buttons.

Here is a tin board with beautiful magnets. You can't really see this bottle bracelet, but it's a cameo & she has tied a little pink ribbon above the crystal. I want this too!! LOL

Isn't this cute? Shabby, distressed - part of an old light - then vintage pulls attached.
This is a pillow made from a vintage apron. sweet!
These pots are so clever - write whatever you want on them.

Ok, so why was my day so stressful????

For starters, this morning, Seth commented before leaving for school that he hadn't seen our cat, Coco. I was thinking last night that I hadn't seen her either... Coco doesn't go outside (which my dad thinks is cruelty to cats). And, I do agree that Coco loves all the chirping birds outside & flies & all crawling creatures outdoors.... but she is truly an indoor cat. She will walk on the front porch, but hears the door slam & she runs back to the door, only to find it's closed.

Well this morning, we all started looking for Coco. We looked in all the usual spots... then I took them to school. After the kids went to school, I continued to look all over the house. I looked for an hour or so. Finally, I was secretly starting to worry. I posted we had a "Lost Cat" on our neighborhood web-site forum... I called Animal control & the shelters... left all my information.

It was around noon, after I had picked up Luke from pre-school, and I was fixing lunch. I was breaking the sad news to Luke. He said, "I'll bet Coco is underground [he points to the floor]..." - Immediately, I start to get curious, just by that one comment. I start to ask all the questions... It's funny, how moms just KNOW - I knew he'd done something...

...after about 30 seconds of listening to Luke, I was sure Luke had put Coco under the house, in our crawl space. But he blamed his other friends, Drew & Pierson. I had actually looked there earlier that morning (my smart husband said, just this morning... I wouldn't put it past the boys to lock her in there). I went outside to the crawl space & after standing there a while, she came walking up, very calmly. Luke was there to greet her. If I were Coco, I wouldn't let that child get near me again.
So yesterday, Coco not only spent the entire day outside, she was taken capture by Luke, my 5 yr old son... and locked under our crawl space. Poor cat. Since then, she has hardly eaten. The vet says she may be dehydrated... so, we'll be spending un-allocated money on that, it seems! I need to take it out of Luke's allowance, but he doesn't get one... believe me, he has paid for this now... :-(

Thursday, May 1, 2008

I was at SuzAnna's Antique's yesterday - LOTS of pics coming later!

Is that a PINK door I see??

I was at SuzAnna's yesterday taking a lot of photos of all the work they are doing. It's coming along! They are adding a new addition & adding more vendors... here's 3 photos for now...

I have a crazy day today, but later, I'll post TONS of tasty eye candy!! Tracys' things & many photos of Beautiful things, inside & outside plus photos of Sam's new farmers market area.