I'm a woman with many talents. Glass bead maker, photographer, boxer dog lover and cats too. Gardening keeps me busy. Nature and flowers. Colorful artist. I create my own beauty wherever I am. Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile.
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!
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 s…
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.
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~
FirstI 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…
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 themhere
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.
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!....