Disco lives! Oh yeah! Make these glittery earrings and you will soon be strutting your stuff across the dance floor. They are super lightweight as the core is Smoothfoam. They are a snap to make. For the full directions, check out my post on the Smoothfoam blog. Don't forget to post a picture of your version on my Facebook page!
Laughter is an instant vacation -- Milton Berle
This month's Designer Crafts Connection theme is vacation memories. I didn't take a vacation this year, but I have a jar full of coins from my travels around the world. This particular coin is an Australian dollar that I saved from a vacation 14 years ago. I've been itching to get back to Australia, so I figured a little talisman around my neck may bring the funds required.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. -- Walt Disney
I've moved! Yep, I finally pulled up stakes in Chicago and returned to my hometown of St. Louis. Now while you may think moving back would be a simple matter, it wasn't. I've been living in Chicago for 20 years with many friends and colleagues. Chicago was my kinda town, but the desire to be near family outweighed all else.
These past few weeks I've been slowly cleaning out my studio. It's been a job given that my studio is filled with 14 years of accumulation. I like to create from chaos. When I bead, I don't keep my colors separate, I pour a little of each into several trays allowing for serendipity to happen. So yes, I'm that person who saves buttons, keys, old stamps and other ephemera.
Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity. -- John Ruskin
Slowly the Glass Prairie grows. Here are two more flowers - Goat's Rue and Wild Lupine.
Each flower is made from hundreds of seed beads and wire using the French beaded flower technique.
I made each flower and leaf part separately before assembling them.
Each living creature must be looked at as a microcosm--a little universe, formed of a host of self-propagating organisms,
inconceivably minute and as numerous as the stars in heaven. -- Charles Darwin
This spring my art was exhibited in Gone Viral: Medical Science and Contemporary Textile Art at the Casie and Jesse
Marion Gallery at SUNY's Rockefeller Art Center in Fredonia, NY. Curated by Dr. Leese Rittlemann, the exhibition explored
the intersections of art with medical inquiry. Participating artists included Sonya Clark, Laura Splan, Anna Dumitriu. Paddy
Hartley and myself.
And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
-- Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant"
In honor of spring and the flowers slowly unfolding in my garden, I bring you a few
more French beaded flowers from my Glass Prairie collection. While they aren't
necessarily spring flowers themselves, they raised my spirits during the darkest
of winter days.
I love my bling and Cousin makes it so easy! Their new slide bracelet components are gorgeous and simple to use. I had to keep my daughter out of the studio as I worked. She kept trying to sneak off with the finished bracelets before I had a chance to photograph them! For each bracelet I was able to coordinate and add as I wanted. The slide beads come in pre-coordinated sets for all tastes from rock-n-roll to girly romantic. I rarely wear bracelets as they are generally too big
for my skinny wrists, so I especially love that I can cut the leather bands to size.
"Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that."
-- Michael Leunig
I like to give myself thematic challenges when crafting. Can you imagine the theme for this one? I love
wedding cake and thought it would be fun to make a paper version. This is perfect for a bridal shower
that could double as storage for all the small momentos that come from a wedding or to have at the wedding
itself with a slit at the top for family and friends to give gifts of money.
Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.
-- Lewis Grizzard
Last summer during a blistering heat wave, I made a garment inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's story "The Snow Queen." The top is knit from Lion Brand's Vanna's Glamour®. It's a lovely yarn to work and adds this gorgeous shimmer that shifts with the light - perfect for my Snow Queen Dress. Having recently invested in a large die cutter, I decided to put it to the test. I cut a 100+ cardboard snowflakes which I then embellished. Naturally, no two snowflakes are the same. I painted, rubber stamped and colored with pencil and pen. I glued on sequins, wrapped threads and added small sparkling stickers. The dress became an experiment in how far I could push a mixed media approach.