Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Gettin' My Autumn On

































A new fall necklace.

A big lampwork glass pod made on the end of a mandrel.
Rough cut garnet, freshwater pearls and vintage chain.


I wish I had spools of this chain with it's little pod like links.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Halloween is Coming

Halloween is coming and I will be ready.

































Leather bangles with skulls.
The skulls stay in place but the beads move freely around the bracelet.
Great fun if you like to fidget with your jewelry.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Is It Fall Yet?

Fall.
I'm feeling it.





































































































































Some tried and true earring designs in some new seasonal colors.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Boo Berries

































Halloween is coming and this year I will be ready.

'Boo Berry' earrings - lampwork glass beads, rhinestone rondelles, ceramic skulls and tiny colored bells

Sunday, September 11, 2016

It's Show Time


































Every now and again I make a band poster.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Back From The Dead - Again

































'Strawberry Deathcake' earrings.
I haven't made a pair of these in ages.

Glass strawberry headpins on black steel wires.
The glass is Cim's 'Sangre' rolled in clear frit.
Olive green rhinestone rondelles.
Hand carved bone skulls.
Gunmetal leverbacks and a couple little gunmetal spacer beads to anchor the skulls.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I Am So Sewing

































After much hemming (pun intended) and hawing I have one of my mother's old Bernina sewing machines working.

I found a ruin of an old crazy quilt at an estate sale and am working on replacing all the rotten silk pieces.
It's more of a project than I intended, the more I repair the more that falls apart.

Quilting is a certain kind of fun.

Rescuing and repairing old ones it far more interesting to me than making them from scratch.
I don't really understand going to the store and buying fabric, cutting it up and putting it back together.
I like to thrift my fabrics - isn't the whole point of quilting making something from nothing?
I don't know, but I do like rescuing things.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

So Many Buttons...

In an attempt to make a dent in my dish of short rods I went on a button making binge.









































These, and many more, are all up in my etsy 'Belvedere' shoppe.

In case you're a flameworker and wonder how I make them...
they're worked off mandrel and I use a tool called a 'Handy Andy' to make the holes.

The holes are flame polished so that they're super smooth and will never, ever cut your thread or yarn.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Baked

The summer doldrums.
I am a slug, a mess of creative inactivity.

But I did bake something, a fresh blueberry breakfast cake

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Grape Jam

Beads right?
Nope.
It's been way too hot to torch.


































Instead of working with the flame I have been painting.
Which is also slow going because my studio is sweltering hot.

You maybe asking "why is she painting it in the frame?"
Because I bought the frame at a yard sale for $10 with a painting already in it, and I could NOT get the canvas out of the frame. The frame was intricately built around the canvas by some mad genius. So rather than just chuck it I decided to paint right over the painting that was already in there. Sorry (not sorry) previous painter.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Miss Dog America

































Kiki P. Oodle in repose. Let sleeping dogs lie, in a pile of pillows.
































Poodle + Odalisque = Poodalisque.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Warm Outta The Oven
































Some earring pairs, a button cab, a nice two hole heart button, some end-of-the-mandrel pendants, etc...

Monday, August 01, 2016

Back To Buttons

































I'm selling my buttons in a new shop.
It's called "Little Button," how perfect is that?
(in case you're a Rochesterian, it's on South Ave. in the heart of the south wedge shopping district)

Carding my buttons is something new.
It takes some extra time to get them on there but I like the presentation.