Saturday, August 29, 2009

Faerie Charm tutorial

Little Pink Ballerina Faeries.

Yep, that's what these are. And little is the operative word.
They are on there way to the charm queen herself, Miss Amber Dawn.

Amber is creating a charm bracelet to go to the Magnificent Monica for

Here's how to make these charms.
Pluck tiny fake flowers.

Keep the centers. That is what creates the tiara.

Begin with an eyepin and sting the plastic flower center (I flipped mine after this photo was taken), pearl and a gold cone bead.

Add 6 layers of petals to create the tutu.
String on two tiny pearls to create the ballet slippers
and bend the eyepin in half.
End it off with a slight twist.
The twist will look like legs on point.

Carefully super glue on a hook for the arms.
Cut a flower petal to form tiny wings and glue on also.
With acrylic medium cover all the flowers with two saturated coats to stiffen and make waterproof.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Napa Valley Day

I live in a two story house.
I awoke when I heard someone say,"Is the coffee ready?".
The dogs barked and a basket full of tourist were literally gliding by my bedroom window. I dove under the covers until it lifted up, over my roof top and landed out front.
Just another summer day in the Napa Valley, California.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Do Bee

This is a warning to all parents.
Flickr Photo: Susie T
Show extreme caution to what you expose your children to at an early age. Their little brains are so easily influenced. I thought Romper Room was a "safe" show. 'Do Bee' and 'Don't Bee' were always considered solid foundational training of good moral and ethical standards.
As a parent to children that are now considered "adults", I can tell you that past influences still remain fresh in their minds.
So when your 26 year old requests
you make a swimsuit like this for there college swim class...
...don't say I didn't warn you!

Friday, August 21, 2009


Do you know what the definition of

I thought it was a name for a new "ninja" or "jedi", but noooo.

Flickr Photo: Zakka Paca

It's the mad world of these "uber" cute little dolls.

Flickr photo: LR Monkeytoes/Lisa

Oh my, this is something I need to stay far, far away from.

Flickr: Toki. Doki 75

Flickr photo: Teka e Fabi

It is a collection waiting to happen and another collection of anything will not hold up well in my "collectors anonymous" meetings!

Now this might be acceptable.
Momiji is holding a couture challenge to create a fabric doll. This sounds fun. You can see contest rules here.
For even more inspiration check out the flickr Momjij pool

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"BOB'S" the Man!

The lights flicker "on" then "off" then "on" again. I sat down later at the computer and what did I see?


Not a darn thing. No "On". No "Off".

Checked the power source, checked the cables, and yes, even the serge protector. Nothing.

What do you do when NOTHING happens on your computer?

Call BOB!

Flickr Photo: Alwayscurious

Bob comes over, picks up the lame tower and disappears into the night.

Well, it was the day but night sounds much more dramatic!

My daughter the "Action Hero" warns me," Bob cuts wires!"

Flickr Photo: trance-elbow

I'm not alarmed.

He always returns with my computer working.

Who's the man?

BOB is!

Yell....clap..... war hoop..... cheer..... salute..... bow....

I can BLOG again!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Colorful "Muse"

I'm going to use these 2 amazing pieces of art as a "muse" for my next fashion project.

Teesha Moore's journal page

Alisa Burke shoes

What will it be?
As of right now I have no idea....I just know I NEED to do one after seeing these!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Recycled and Revamped

The "Revamp" reveal is on!
The ever so talented Natasha Burns hosted this fabulous challenge.
Pulled from the tired and worn

and recreated into the new and improved.

Hmm, that gives me an idea!
Since I feel tired and worn, I wonder if I could be recreated into a new and improved?

The sweater was cut and resized to allow it to be worn with the "V" in the front or the back.

The excess that was removed from the bottom was serged and used as all the decorative ruffle.

Happy to finally have a use for the flowers I made awhile back, they were added to the shoulder as an epaulette.

The skirt was made from a pinstripe trouser that I loved with leather and zipper detailing. The legs were cut off to form a yoke, hitting at low hip. The legs are then cut and spread flat.
The legs were then gathered onto the yoke with a white cotton under slip that peaks out from the sides. It is trimmed with a white eyelet ruffle.

The final touch is the belt.

I have a gazillion labels. Yes, I said gazillion!

They were stitched onto a black belting fabric.

The buckle was covered with fabric and coated with Aleene's Paper Glaze.

This entire recycled and revamped outfit was created exclusively by:

Monday, August 10, 2009

"Artist Paint Pants"

"Please, I'm a visual person. Go change your clothes."

No, I am not speaking to my children. This is what I have to say to my hubbie.

The latest mantra is, "You can only wear paint clothes when you are painting."
"Were you planning on painting in church today?"
"Oh, are you going to paint at the restaurant while we eat?"
Well, no more...


I spotted over at OutsaPop this page in her inspiration book.

And this photo in Alexander McQueen's 2010 resort collection.

These are not even on the market yet.
His unpainted Levi's sell for $795!

So I went looking into the closets of my house.

These are the real deal!

Whooo Hooo

I'm in the money!

With the popularity of this new trend I thought I'd offer a tutorial.
Have at it and if you get stuck write me and we can work out a deal.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

"Artist Paint Pants" Tutorial

Here is the simple way to create your very own "Artist Paint Pants".

1. Gather together brushes. A wide range of brush sizes works best.

2. Collect a variety of acrylic paint. Household latex works best and is the least expensive. Artist acrylics like Liquitex work well although they cost a bit more.

3. Purchase or pull from your stash a pair of levis or any type of cotton duct pants. They work best and seem to hold the paint well.

4. Marry him.

You will have all the painted clothing you will ever need!

Thursday, August 6, 2009


"For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Hebrews 4:12
I've often said life as an artist is very much like that of a absolutely must be dependent upon God to bring in all financing. Actually this is true with all professions, although an artists life is given this gift of awareness quite quickly.

How awesome is it when you receive a download from God, respond and are blessed by the outcome!
This is what happened to my friend Lisa and her jewelry line.
Godtags is one of the coolest creations I've seen in a long time.
The website is up and the blog is running.
Lisa wants stories from "tagged" recipients to fill the pages of the blog.
Check out GODTAG.
Tag a friend and then stop by the blog and share your story.
Make sure to "follow" the blog to see how God is working in the lives of fellow taggers.
Say "Hi" to Lisa and encourager her on this adventure.
I'm sure we will soon be seeing people getting "tagged" all over.