The newest additions to my shop:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wow Me Wednesdays - Free Toys!

I've been having a blast printing and creating paper figures such as this shark swimmer combo by Marshall Alexander - paper engineer.

Visit his website to make some for yourself:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Photo Props

One of the most important things a seller does to sell work online is take good photos. Photography is really not my thing, but I do try to show the best side of my work. With my new pasticcio resin earrings the photos have presented some new and interesting challenges. Yesterday I experimented with some props. Let me know what you think, what works best?

For me its time to take a break for the evening. Happily the hard work of taking and editing photos is done which means I'm all ready to list my earrings on etsy tomorrow

Friday, August 21, 2009

Covered in glue and bits of paper and string

"Covered in glue and bits of paper and string" is how I found myself yesterday around 5:30 pm. I was also hungry as I had only managed to stop crafting long enough to eat a peach and a couple twizzlers. How did it all happen?

Exhibit A:

This work desk was mostly clean when I started. My first task of the day was to work on a bracelet for my Aunt. I lost the prototype but I was able to find the tools I needed and the 'recipe'. However, I realized my recipe book was not up to date so I kept it out and vowed to add my latest tweaks. Additionally, when I was looking for the supplies I found my stash of christmas cards
waiting to be recycled into something cool for this year's holiday season. Inspiration struck and I whipped up a few new things. Here is one of my favorites:

After finishing that project, I realized my new resin beads were done curing, so I investigated those and got them popped off their straws (100% release yay!) I'm so happy with how they turned out. I didn't have the things I needed to turn them into finished earrings, but I made a shopping list for the bead store. I also decided that two were too big for earrings but would make a nice necklace.

Towards the end of the day I played around with my new prismacolors (sorry no pictures yet) I'm going through the initial stages of planning a piece for myself, to fill some of the empty space on the dining room wall. I thought I was going to get back around to the recipe book (yeah right) but just then I got an etsy e-mail with a link to a forum thread on blogging. I found some really good insight and inspiration there.

In the end I technically did not accomplish all that much, but I would describe yesterday as a very successful day indeed.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wow me Wednesdays - steamboy

I recently re-watched Steamboy one of my favorite movies ever and find myself drooling over all things late 19th century and gear-y I want it all. Here are some of my favorites:

A beautiful necklace by steampunkjunq:
For the house this clock of clocks by CyberMoon:
Something a little sparklier a necklace by purpleshiny:
And last but not least this royal red felted victorian bolero by TianaCHE:

Monday, August 17, 2009

happy birthday to me

Last week I turned 25 and 2 fabulous crafty presents appeared in my world - coincidence? I think not. Well it probably is, but I prefer to think of it as a birthday gift from the universe.

First I won the naming contest of ecokaren (previously ecogeneration) and received this fabulous reusable coffee sleeve:

Secondly I had the honor of trading with Surlymermaid on etsy and now these beauties are on their way to me in the mail:

There's nothing better then getting a package in the mail with something fun and handmade inside. I should start treating myself more often

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

wow me wednesdays - loudxmouse

Trying out a new regular feature: Wow Me Wednesdays. Once a week I'll feature something cool which I have stumbled across on the internet.

First up is Etsy seller Loudxmouse

What really wow's me about this trashion artist is her ultra-creative take on re-use. I've always felt its a sad sight to see old paintings in yard sales or flea markets, wondering if they were a failed art project or a redecorating reject. Now old paintings can have the hope that Loudxmouse may find them and give them new life - plus as a bonus they get a visit from the prince and his magical sticky katamari ball.
Plus she also paints these cute little tea cups - lovely

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What's your color?

I've always known that 'my color' was lime green - I use it pretty often in my art and am constantly surrounding myself with lime green things. So I was pretty excited to find this colorstrology guide: to see what color 'speaks to my innermost self.' Sadly lime green was filed away under June 22nd (my dad's birthday actually) but the description fits me to a T.
"You have a strong inner world that is rich with imagination. You have the ability to build your dreams into a solid and fortuitous reality. Although you can be practical, you also have a strong feeling of nature. Therefore it is important for you to express your creativity and innovative ideas. Your personal color helps you relate to others with ease. Wearing, meditating, or surrounding yourself with Bright Lime Green increases your adaptability and helps stabilize your emotions"

So what's your color?