Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Word Up Wednesday

The hardest part of holiday gift giving for me is coming up with something perfect for each  person.  I bet I’m not alone! 
So each Wednesday until Christmas I plan to feature some of my favorite fancy’s.  Here’s one I’ve been anxious to share with all of you:


 Remember this post from last spring? 
 During the Workshop I met Patricia.  She is a very talented jewelry designer who I was lucky enough to sit beside in the Karri Meng class.  She even let me borrow a pair of reading glasses.  It was so hard to see all those little jewelry parts.  I fussed and fussed until she came to my rescue!  (it was at this very table that 40 hit me right between the eyes…do you ever have those moments?)

I started following her blog as soon as I returned home
and I absolutely LOVE her jewelry.  You can find it here at ETSY.    (These little beauties would make excellent Christmas gifts!) 
She is offering 20% off any one item until 10/25... hello...bonus!!
happy day!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fun with Cake

Every Monday our home is a buzz with fun and excitement when these two sweet sisters come over to visit.   This week I decided to pack in a little project that involved sweets (because we LOVE projects AND sweets!) 
These cake pops were just the thing…
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We will definitely be having some more cake pop fun! 
You can find out more about CAKE POP’s  HERE.
Happy Day!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New Studio Pieces


Found this old Vanity Mirror on a junk excavation a couple of years ago.  It broke soon after buying it for my little princess’ room.  I hung on to it knowing I could someday give it new life.  ( ok, I' hoard.)  SO… I brought it out of the abyss one day and decided “Angela” needed to be right here.  She is a depiction of an actual real angel.  Angela passed away far too young a few months ago.  She was put on this earth to be a wife, mother and friend to many.  For me, Angela was a lesson in humility and grace.  She never met a stranger and touched many many lives.  This is her now, up there right where she belongs… with the angels.


Assemblage:  Paperclay, Linen, Pastel, Acrylic, Wire

No story to tell, just some good creative art play!

thanks for stopping by!

Happy Day

Friday, September 3, 2010

6th Grade Social Studies Project

 Project #1 in Mrs. Martin's Advanced Social Studies:

3d Map of the United States

What's the first thing that comes to mind...
Salt Dough, of course!
(recipe follows)

Here are the instructions:

1. Search for and  print an outline of the United States 
  (don't forget to include Alaska and Hawaii).
2. Take the copy to a print shop. (we went to Staples) 
   and enlarge to required size. (A local pizza place donated a  
   large pizza box but we decided to use the backside of a wooden
   canvas instead). 
3. Have your student color the entire BACKSIDE of the map copy 
   with a soft - medium charcoal pencil. Tape the copy, charcoal 
   side down, on the substrate.  (pizza box, wooden canvas, etc.)
4. Draw around the perimeter lines of the map using a pen and 
   medium pressure.  Remove the copy and you will be left with a 
   charcoal line of the United States.  (this is a form of print 
   play doh consistency.  

6. Press the dough into the map outline.  Allow to dry at least
   24 hours.
7. Paint a base coat using gesso. 

                  8. Follow class instructions to finish the project.
Project #1....check!