Monday, October 12, 2009

book charm swap

The recipients of these little Book Charms will be able to write their own STORY on the tiny little 1 x 1 1/4 inch pages, then attach the charm as a focal piece for a necklace. My little book covers are made with mica altered with alcohol ink, paper altered to look like aged metal, a little diamond glaze for dimension...inside pages are watercolor paper...and the book is bound with eyelets, silver beads and twisted wire.

Friday, July 31, 2009


A couple of quick ATC's flying out the door today for a little exchange. Last thing I had to complete before our summer trip North.

Monday, July 27, 2009

stamped metal swap

Another charm swap. This one is actually supposed to be "Stamped Metal". Photographed here on a Moo Card so you can see size perspective. My alphabet metal stamps are so small that I decided to just make a little tag that reads "ART".

token swap

Finishing up a few swaps before we head out on our summer adventure to Canada and Alaska. These are my "Tokens" for the Token Swap.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Finally got pictures uploaded of my latest banner swap. As you can see, the theme was Wing It. I had fun with beeswax for these and believe me gluing feathers to anything isn't as easy as it sounds!

Friday, July 10, 2009

peace and love charm swap

Finished my Peace and Love charms for another swap and put them in the mail today. I decided to practice some wiring techniques for this one. I got in the groove by bending, twisting, hammering and adding a few "love" beads.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

round robin necklace ~ for Gena

This is my offering for Gena's "Ju-Ju" themed charm necklace. My little amulet addition, which I've called "Hidden Visions", is an old flattened bottle cap with the the word "VISIONS" nearly obscured under layers of mica. I've attached an additional charm that I made from a deep blue feather and silver spacer bead. Close up of the nearly obscured word "VISIONS" on the charm. I cut the word from a vintage 1865 book and glued in under the mica with diamond glaze.
Below is my charm on the thus far completed necklace. Only two my necklaces to go and this swap will be complete.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

round robin necklace ~ for Eunice

I was able to work on my charm for Eunice's necklace today. Her theme is "Old things made new". I had this old key with red on it that seemed to fit right in with her necklace. The red beads were passed on from the player before me so I used them to jazz the key up a bit and attached it with a little ball chain. Below is how it looks on her necklace. Lighting isn't very good in these pictures, but I wanted to get this one packaged back up and ready to mail.

Friday, May 29, 2009

new summer look for blog

This summer I will be working on a Round Robin Book Project centered around Marie Antoinette. I thought it might be fun to change my blog to go along with that theme. I found this cute background and banner here. Of course I will be posting pictures from the project as I go along.

This RR book project will be a little different than the norm. We won't be sending around entire books...we just send out our own pages to all the participates, they work on them and send them back to us. It is really more like a fatbook exchange of pages, but still should be fun. I've already received my first page to work on, but first I have to get mine ready to mail out!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

round robin necklace ~ for Darlene

Here is my offering for Darlene's Necklace with a theme of "anything goes". I loved her pendant focal piece and wanted to do something that tied in with it.I made a little wire heart and hammered it flat then made a little staple to hold the key on with. I decided not to polish the wire, but to just keep the dark feel going. Below is her necklace so far, I was the 4th person to work on it.

Friday, May 15, 2009

round robin necklace ~ for Suzanne

This is my charm addition to Suzanne's "Natural Beauty" Necklace. Copper wire, a few feathers and two odd shaped little pearls.Here are all the additions to her necklace so far.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

text charm

My daughter got married! I finished my Text Charms! These are displayed on her wedding dress.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

heart of the sound

Trying hard to finish up all my commitments this month so that I can get ready for ArtFest. This little charm was done for my Charmsters is an exchange between the 12 Charmsters that will be attending ArtFest this year. I got mine sent off yesterday. The ArtFest theme this year is Sea Monsters...not really my for this little swap I took my inspiration (after coming across this already wired glass bead in my stash), from the movie Titanic. My take on the "Heart of the Ocean" necklace from the movie. Here is my little offering...Heart of the in Puget Sound.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

round robin necklace ~ for Amy

The second necklace in my Round Robin went in the mail yesterday. Amy's theme was "Royalty", loved that one. I just had to use a photo of Marie Antoinette and give her a key to the kingdom.

Monday, March 2, 2009

windows ~ Lori's round robin book

The last book from our Round Robin swap goes in the mail to Lori today. Her theme was windows and the work in this book is absolutely beautiful! Wish I could show you all the is my offering for the last page of her book. My window inspiration centered around Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution. Around my window I wrote "Outside her window a revolution raged". I only had one window to work with, which peeked into the lovely artwork of Laurel on the previous page.
This was my first round robin and it was so much fun. I really enjoyed seeing all the books arrive and looking at everyone's artwork. I'm hopeful that we will do another one so that the creativity can continue!

Friday, February 27, 2009

round robin necklace ~ for Donna

This is the first of 8 necklaces that will be coming my way for me to work on this year. The above necklace belongs to Donna and her neclace theme is "Treasure". My contribution to her necklace is the set of fused glass hearts. On the back of the blue one I've written "Where your heart is so is your treasure". I wrote it with a sharpie, but I don't know if it will eventually wear off. These necklaces also come with a book to write in so I've written the words there as well, so she will always know the meaning behind my "heart treasure".

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

oh well... is an example of artwork that doesn't even remotely resemble the original vision I had in my head. It is just one of those cases where things don't work out and you still have to go with it. This ended up being my ATC for the ArtFest ATC Book hosted by Bee Shay. I had wanted to do some type of specimen collection, but didn't get started on this project soon enough to really create my vision. Therefore I ended up with this version that doesn't look like a "collection", but instead looks like some freaky sea creature snowman! However, the theme for this year's ArtFest IS Sea Monsters, so maybe this little creation will fit in after's just not my usual style! The image is printed on a transparency and embedded into paint. The jelly fish are stamped into the paint. This photo looks really flat...the texture and shine show up much better in person. Oh well, that's the way it goes sometimes.

Monday, February 9, 2009

valentine mini banner swap

This is my offering for the Valentine Mini Banner Swap that I just hosted in my 'In This House' Yahoo group. It was so much fun having all the lovely little banners arrive in my mail. Lots of wonderful art!
I mailed out all the little packages to the participants this morning so that they will arrive by valentines day. Below is a "sneak peek" of some little goodies every player will be receiving. Hope everyone enjoyed playing!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

round robin necklace travel case

I finally finished sewing the case for my necklace to travel in! I used some vintage velvet drapery fabric from my stash to create the case and used more of my old metal buttons for part of my closures. I also used up the left over odd beads I had from making the necklace.
As you open it..........
then just a peek....................
and finally the necklace is revealed.
This little tied up bundle travels with the necklace too.
I made ATCs for my fellow participants to embellish and to indicate at what location on the necklace their particular charm hangs. These are my "artist sign in" pages where I've asked each person to attach a photo of their charm and sign their names.
Here is a glimpse of my own ATC showing the pendant part I created.
I can't wait to see all the lovely artwork that will be coming my way as these necklaces start to arrive!