Monday, June 30, 2008

Sold Baby!!

So, if you did not notice already, I opened up an Etsy shop to, hopefully, help me clear out some of the pieces I have made, yet don't really know what to do with. I only have so much wall space to hang stuff. Well, I have sold my first piece of artwork, and I am so excited. I just opened the shop on Saturday night, and came home this evening to check email and...there it was....a shiny new message from the etsy people and the Paypal people. Whoo Hoo.!!! This is the piece that sold. It was posted in an earlier post, and inspired by Kelly Rae Roberts technique in CPS magazine.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Vintage Spoon Book

I read about this cool project in the latest Cloth, paper, Scissors magazine called "vintage spoon books" and I had to try it. After searching through many antique stores to find reasonably priced spoons, I scored a few when Dana and I went to Pasadena this week. The text is one of my favorite Proverbs, and it reads left to right on both front and back. I thank my hubby for drilling the holes for me!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Connor's Clay Project

So I had to go to Michael's today to stock up on paint. I had used every bit of my favorite Goldens color, nickel azo gold. First of all, this stuff is so ridiculously expensive it's not even funny. But....I love it, so what's a girl to do? Buy it, that's what! So I waited until I picked up Connor from summer camp, and we went. So of course, he wants to get a project too, so we pick up this Crayola Model Magic kit that is the Black Pearl, from Pirates of the Carribean. Connor is good for about the first 20 minutes of any given art project. When he got bored and wandered away to watch yet another episode of Sponge Bob, I took over. Here is "our" completed project. Ok, so before you comment on my amazing clay molding abilities...(you know you were gonna!!), let me confess that there is a mold that comes with it, all we really had to do was smoosh (yes, it's a word) the correct colors in the correct places. Ok, so it still looks like a 6 year old did it, but it was pretty fun stuff for a summer afternoon.

Tiara Comes Home

So I went to this GREAT little shop in South Pasadena yesterday called Zinnia , you have to check it out. They had so many great finds, I was in heaven. The owner was remodeling and gave me the best price ever on a paper mache head and bust. Just the thing I needed for a home for my tiara. I brought it home, collaged it a bit, painted it, threw on some fun rub-ons and embellishments, and voila, here it is.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Singers Journey

8 1/2" x 5 1/2" collage, acrylics, ink, vintage text

A Greeting Transformed

16"x 20" canvass, vintage papers, acrylics, hand carved stamps, original artwork, original poem.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Boy Wonder

I might play with this a little bit more, but I like it as is, too!! I own the original cabinet card of this boy, and I have used him countless times!! He is just so cute. Wonder what he is thinking?
11" x 15" collage on cold press watercolor paper. Scrap images, acrylic paint, vintage game tiles, handcarved stamps, ink.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Necklace made from flat backed glass marble, collage work and soldered.

Happy Birthday House

This is a card I made for a friend at church, for his birthday. I learned some new techniques from Sally Jean this weekend, so I applied them here. The house is a Sally Jean Alexander piece made of glass and collage work and soldered together. It is truly beautiful!! I collaged around it for this card using images from her book, Pretty Little Things.

A Sally Jean Weekend

WOW!!! That is all I can say about the amazing weekend Dana and I had. We flew up to Portland on Friday to take a 2 day studio class with Sally Jean Alexander. She is an amazing artist that does the most incredible pieces I have ever seen. She is a pro with the soldering iron, and was very generous with the secrets to great technique. We learned so much. We took the "Totally Tiara" class, and spent 2 full days creating artwork, soldering glass and embellishing our tiara creations. The talent in this class was amazing and Sally Jean was so humble, and gracious, and showed us so much hospitality. Meaning she let us crash her studio for 6 hours after our class was over! What a gal!!! Definitely check her out at
Here is my completed tiara. It was finished in class, however, we had a casualty getting through security at the airport, so I had a little repair work to do when I got home. I am now in search of a half mannequin that I can alter and use for displaying the crown. Off to Ebay!