Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pretty Little Pagent

It's been a hectic this weekend, but I'm really excited to participate in Tall Mouse's Pretty Little Pageant jewelry show this Saturday! I will be at the Tall Mouse in Yorba Linda, which craft store I grew up with, so fun for all! :)

So what's the scoop?

Saturday May 2nd from 10am - 3pm
Tall Mouse in Yorba Linda
7576 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
(714) 996-0101

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Time out from jewelry making for more jewelry!

There's something brewing this week, requiring a 3 day weekend, but more on that later. :) Today's break involved stepping away from the clay to go to a jewelry & handmade soap/candle party held by a fellow jewelry making coworker. It's relaxing to step out of my busy bee mind for a couple hrs & hanging out with people I don't run into or talk to everyday.

I DO find it funny how "hey, can I use this for my clay!" pops up at utterly random times!

Essential clutter in my craftspace includes a lightbulb & neck massager that have never been used for their intended purposes. The deoderant looking thing is a soy lotion bar that I'm highly tempted to add to my clay kit as that tin of Burt's bee's in the corner is looking a bit sad!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

She's gone crafting

So it seems this whole blogging thing will take some practice! Either way, here's a some of the shenanigans that has been bouncing 'round my brain:

In the debate over cupcakes or scones today, the winner is scones!

These are Mango-honey scones, recipe adopted from
I really like how the dough puffed up & became ginormous after baking! As I haven't made scones before, I'm not sure if the dough was stiff from over mixing or from the frozen mangoes, seems to taste ok though.

Last weekend I hung out with a friend at the craft store she works at & got in touch with my crafter roots again :) They had blank canvases decorated with paper, fabric, maribu, etc. What started as a started as a mini-folding screen idea, somehow turned into a jewelry (or scone!) box of sorts.

The canvases are 8x10, the side with the mesh is a regular artist's canvas, & the other side is a deeper gallery style canvas. The insides of the canvases are painted with black acrylic paint, & the hardware cloth attached with a staple gun.

The little the hinges & upholstery tacks ar so cute! <3

Surprising to me, only 1 "fat quarter" of fabric was needed, which included some overlap so the edges of the fabric could be folded in neatly. The fabric is attached to the face of the canvases with spray mount & at the edges with upholstery tacks. The latch & hinges screwed easily into the the canvas & fabric.

No plans for jewelry stuff & look what happens, go figure! :P

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter & Happy Spring!

I'm off flitting around this weekend, but leave my Cloudswing aerialist pal here for your entertainment :)

This adorable lampwork aerialist hails from the studio of Stephanie Sersich & the yummy sherbet-y ribbon created by Heidi Bond of Jamn Glass.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Tsuru crane carving

Has it really been a week since Breabeadworks' Bead Away in Las Vegas? Well, obviously there's been too much fun (& tool unpacking) to be had!

I took a carving workshop with Gordon Uyehara, & learned how scrape/carve a tsuru out of a flat piece of clay. It was challenging, fun when you get into the groove of it (haha), & something I want to keep playing with. Besides learning the techniques highlighted in the projet & being able to hang out with clay buddies, I also get the reminder to have patience & be gentle with my pieces. Common sense, but still a good reminder!

So it seems my claying has also spread to some of my friends, though in polymer. I <3 getting other people into crafts, don't you? :D