Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Dis and Dat

Well it's getting closer to the time for my bottle spirit class to start on classheaven.com I am waiting eagerly. All that is left is to take pictures and fine tune my tutorial and it will be ready. I am also planning on other classes I may do on that site. Even though the fairy house I did was my first one I really enjoyed making it. Even the 6 hours it took placing pebbles on there one by one so there weren't any gaps lol. I'm now thinking of more houses and have bought several wood pieces at Michael's to use for them. I think I will have each one a different theme. The next one may be a Fairy Beach House theme with a two story house. I have shells and beads and even some beach glass I can use. I may take pictures as I go along on this one and if it comes out well maybe do it for a class also. But I will iron out all the ""wrinkles"" so that every thing will be easy to read and follow.

I also have plans for a possible wrap doll class and an altered stuffed animal or doll class. I would like to be able to show people what they can make from things they have around the house and how different just a little bit of work can make them look.

I will also be doing an altered bottle class that will be be more advanced than the original bottle spirit class. More techniques such as simple beading and using more materials.

Down the line I may do beading classes but I'm not sure on that one. I used to do beading classes on one of the MSN groups and it was not easy. It is hard to tell people what they are doing wrong when you don't have pics. But we shall see.

Well that's it for now. Stay tuned for late breaking news as you never know what I will come up with next.

Friday, January 16, 2009


My husband went to Michael's last night to get me a few more bird houses to play with. I was expecting the small ones, but he brought home two two story houses and said he almost got me a castle.

I'm thinking of doing a Fairy apartment house or Beach house. Will need a bigger base for it since the house is significantly bigger.

Also hoping to play with utee today in preparation for the class I will be doing in February on bottle spirits. I think I will also think seriously on a fairy house class as a mixed media class.

On my yahoo group we are starting a Wicked challenge. Everyone is to make something in mixed media with a Wicked/Oz/Tin Man theme. It should be a lot of fun. I'm bouncing between an Elphaba bottle spirit or a cloth doll. We shall see.

Now that Christmas is finally over and the tree is down I can move all my supply boxes back into the living room where I can get to them easily and start seeing what I have and what I may need for the forseeable future. Need to look for an appropriate bug stuffed animal for a challenge that the web site The Beadin Path is sponsoring. Each person does a beaded bug then sends it in. The pieces are then put on display in the store in Maine for one month. That piece is due in July so plenty of time to do it.

Other than that same old same old, different day different ideas brewing and I'm still insane.

Sanity is way overrated.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fairie House

I am in several different yahoo groups. On one of the doll groups I'm on ther was a challenge/contest to turn a small bird house into a fairy house. I finished the house the day before yesterday and posted pics yesterday. The house came out very nice and I just may have to do another one soon. I used pot pourri and gemstone beads for the leafy roof, twigs on the side of the house along with cinammon sticks. I got some small gravel type rocks and created a walkway and rock garden. This proved to be the biggest challenge. I quickly found out that in order to have the walkway and garden look right I had to place each stone one by one. Very time consuming but at times beneficial when I had a migraine as concentrating only on the rocks helped to reduce the migraine. I used three large pine cones at the back of the house and small pine cones at the front for trees. Added some small dried flowers and larger rocks and a beaded tiger eye pendant for the window and it was done.

I think it came out very well and so far everyone seems to love it. I do think there will be more of these in the future.

Monday, January 12, 2009

A Tip to the Wise

Had to share this funny. I recently became interested in the art of Steampunk. It looked like a great way to advance my jewelry and maybe start a new line of products. Well, I went on ETSY looking for the little gears and cogs to use. One person had little canisters of gears for 3.99 each. I looked at the pictures and said great these are exactly what I want. I then ordered three canisters. I love to make people say OMG so it was a big surprise when I got the canisters and was saying OMG myself lol. The canisters are a little bigger in diameter than a dime. And each one packed with teeney tiny gadgets. And when I say teeney tiney I mean I could fit three of the gears on my big toenail. My first thought was what in the heck am I going to do with these. But my own gears are working and I will be coming up with Steampunk items and jewelry soon with these gears in them. No matter what the size they were still well worth what I paid and the person was super to work with. She has good prices on her items and if you want to take a look here is her addy http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=36140. The name of the etsy shop is cOveTableCuriOsitIEs.
Stay tuned for my own Steampunk Revolution