Monday, April 29, 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Next phase of my furniture distressing project







      I hope it looks good...not really sure what I'm doing!


 This is the Second coat...



My dog "Capone" thought he was helping...
I'm going to let it dry overnight....

I need to go out and get more sandpaper in the morning..

Friday, April 26, 2013

Refinishing furniture-Distressing ideas-Shabby Chic

I've been admiring the distressed look in furniture that is all over Pinterest. I want to do something like that with this blue chest of drawers.
I'm thinking I want it a lighter color with the blue coming through. 




 After viewing some YouTube videos and searching the internet, I'm ready to try this project.

First step, remove the hardware. Then start sanding.

Of course, Capone needed to check things out..



Sanding, sanding and more sanding!

 It's looking pretty good. I'm liking this weathered look.

 Ok, that part is done. Next I wiped it down with a damp cloth to remove all the dust.
Now I'm going shopping for some paint to apply over the blue. Then I'm going to sand it again. Can't wait to see what it looks like. I've never painted furniture before...Have you? If you have any tips for me, please leave them in the yellow comment box below. Thanks!


Monday, April 22, 2013

It's time to get your camera out..

  This is the perfect time of year to open your eyes to the beauty around us. Use the Macro Setting on your camera and get up close.










Friday, April 19, 2013

Who is into Enameling? Thanks to Jean Van Brederode...I am!

I must admit, I've been wanting to get into enameling for some time now and since my Bead Soup Blog partner, Ali McCarthy ( http://northwoodscreativestudio.blogspot.com)
sent me some of her enamel beads, I knew it was time. Ali was kind enough to explain the process to me. With some internet research and youtube videos, I was ready. 

I found a Thompson Enamel distributer in my area. Her name is Jean Van Brederode and you can find her etsy store here: Enamel Warehouse.


By chance, Jean was offering an enameling class this week and there was an opening for me. I wasn't sure what to expect but I knew it was an opportunity not to miss. Jean is a fabulous teacher and terrific person. Her workshop is full of knowledge ( and tools. )
First I learned how to use a hydraulic press with an acrylic die to press a sheet of copper to make my bird shape. Then I used the drill press to make holes around the bird shape. I then learned how to use her sanding machine to smooth rough edges. Jean has some cool tools !

After learning and experimenting with the liver of sulfur process, it was finally time to enamel. Jean has a huge selection of enamel powders to choose from as you can see from the above picture.

Carefully sprinkling light layers of enamel powder on my piece, I put it in the kiln. 
The colors are amazing once cooled. 






Then back to our work area, we picked our photos we would like to use and a clear cabochon bead along with drilling more holes and lining them up to screw/bolt together. 


Some finishing touches, bird feet and wire wrapping to the necklace pulled the whole piece together. 
 I met some great students in this class and look forward taking another class soon. 

Jean offers instruction in enameling to small groups in her PA studio. In addition, She also teaches classes at Art and Soul retreats in VA Beach, Las Vegas, & Portland, (http://artandsoulretreat.com) 

Visit- CHARMED I'M SURE  See what these fabulous enamels can make!
 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cocktail Party in California...

Stir your drinks in Style


Just sold another swizzle stick drink stir with my handmade lampwork glass beads decorated on top. Shipping it to California today...Yay! Let's celebrate...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Handmade Artists Shop Featured Artists for Week April 14


I participate in the Blog Ring in the Handmade Artists Forum. Each week one shop/blogger is featured in the Handmade Artists Forum Feature Of The Week.        

This week let's take a look at Teresa from trusk4u

  You'll find her jewelry has her own unique style. I like the wire working she adds to her designs. It just flows so freely. Each piece is simply beautiful.
 Here's a few of my favorite pieces. Check out her other items in the links below.



 You'll find her jewelry has her own unique style. I like the wire working she adds to her designs. It just flows so freely. Each piece is simply beautiful.

Teresa also runs a shop in downtown Mebane, NC called Hollyhocks. The shop carries handmade items from independent artists. Here is the link and more places to find Teresa.         http://handmadeartists.com/shop/trusk4u
http://about.me/teresa_rusk
http://twitter.com/trusk4u
http://www.trusk4u.blogspot.com/
http://www.hollyhocksllcshop.blogspot.com/
https://facebook.com/trusk4u
https://facebook.com/hollyhocksllc

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party 2ND REVEAL DATE IS HERE.

Today is the day of the 2nd Reveal for the 7th annual Bead Soup Blog Party. A big Thank You to Lori Anderson and everyone who has made this event possible. What is a Bead Soup Blog Party? It's where two designers swap a bead soup (a clasp, a focal piece and a mix of beads) with one another and then design something out of their soup mix.
I'm proud to tell you my partner for this Bead Soup is
Ali McCarthy from Northwood Creative Studio.





This is what Ali sent me! I fell in love with the enamel she does and she's into lampwork (like me) so I'm especially fond of the glass beads she has made.
They all came in these beautiful boxes which she made herself. Wow~ weeeee~



First I made these earrings with the great enamel beads, copper headpins and swarovski crystals Ali sent. I added my own purple lampwork with raised dot designs and some copper french ear wires. So Cute!




       Next is this necklace. I knew I wanted the dragonfly as the focal piece. I keep seeing wire wrapped beads on chains and like that rustic look. I thought it was time to try it myself.
 
I wire wrapped Ali's lampwork and enamel beads with copper artistic wire. The enamel flower clasp she made dangles and adds a garden theme to this piece.


       The last piece has a soft, subtle look to it. Ali's hollow lampwork beads take center stage up front.

 A few enamel beads, swarovski crystals and small cat's eye beads were added for a beautiful mixture of blues, greens and lavender.




Thank you Ali for the wonderful bead soup. It was fun !


(This is a pic of what I sent to Ali ) You can see what she made on her blog too. Here is her link. http://www.northwoodscreativestudio.blogspot.com/


Please leave your comment below in the yellow box . 
Here is the link for the rest of the participants. http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/
Thank you and enjoy the hop...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party map. Beaders Unite Across the World.

Check out this map.


Saturday, April 13th is the 2nd Reveal !

To learn more about the Bead Soup Blog Party, click here.

Daffodils Up Close and Personal...


I like taking pics of flowers ...up close...The way the light reflects on them is amazing when you put your camera setting on macro. Anyone use their macro setting too?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Big Big Hoops. Not for the timid. Do you dare?


I bought these 3 1/2 inch black gun metal hoop earrings months ago at a bead fest.
I knew my handmade lampwork glass beads would look great on them. I only have three pair. Once they are sold, that's it~no more in stock. Why didn't I get more when I had the chance? I love the way they came out.  Don't you?  Feel free to post your comment below.           
Shop for them here

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Handmade Artists Shop Featured Artists for Week April 7

Handmade Artists Forum Feature Of The Week.

Each week one shop/blogger is featured.

This week let's take a look at The Alchemists Vessel


 The word alchemy means to turn something common into something extraordinary. A perfect way to describe this week's featured artist. As the sole proprietor Alixandra is meticulous in care and detail of each piece. She is a Certified Jewelry Designer and Repair Technician.

 Alixandra is also the owner and operator of Little Shop of Artists, a retail venue for local artists in Boise, Idaho to display and sell their wares. She is also the author of "In Chains", a forthcoming e-book with 18 fun projects for you to make..

                   See more fantastic items at the below sites:                                                                                                                      

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Stir in Style. These lampwork beads decorate your swizzle drink stirrers.



Sold to the lucky person in Florida. Enjoy your drink and stir in style.

All these lampwork beads have been made one at a time by melting glass in a torch fire flame.
Custom orders welcome.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Spring Earrings. Add some Color to your look.

Wearing these earrings is great way to add a splash of color to your look.  All of these beads have been made by hand by melting glass in a torch fire.
What better way to support the ARTS...Buy Handmade!....

Monday, April 1, 2013

Long Island Ice Tea Spoon-Lampwork Bead Decorated. Ready to party!

Aren't these great? I've added my handmade lampwork glass beads to these 10 inch Long Island Ice Tea Spoons. Who's ready for a cool drink?

You can find them in my Etsy Shop Here.

Purple flowers in my garden .