Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year

I just want to wish all my wonderful, talented and kind Blogging friends a wonderful, safe and Happy New Year!!


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My Jewelry/Shiny Thing Addiction at Christmas

Here is one of my prized possessions. I made this tree over ten years ago after seeing something at an antique store made of jewelry. Mine has about ten times much jewelry on it as the one I saw, and I love it!!

Tree Topper

This is one of the favorite things I have made of jewelry. It is my tree topper. I covered plywood with batting and red velvet. Then I pinned most of the pins on, so as to not ruin them. A few of the

Tree Pin Collection

These are my beautiful Christmas tree pins. I have collected them for years. Behind them are some of my pearl covered trees I made years ago.

Jewelry Addiction

Here is my tree with my collection of beautiful Swarovski snowflakes. My husband gets me one for each anniversary.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


My wonderful father in law, Darelle, passed away yesterday at 11:15 in the morning.

I am glad his suffering is over, but I will miss him dearly.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sad Day

Darren's dad is worse. They just had to discuss the DNR order and readmitted him to hospital. I am headed there soon. Any good thoughts would be appreciated.



Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Jewelry Pumkin

This is the "jewelry Pumpkin" I made a few years ago. I just hung it on my kitchen wall for the fall season. I guess until I get something new made, I will just post my old stuff.

Monday, October 5, 2009

New Venture in Felting

I have been so very busy with my sick father-in-law. But I feel the need to create! So, I gathered some old wool sweaters and scarves. I am going to try my hand at felting. I figured it would be hard to mess this up. My hope is to throw them in the washer and end up with some great felted fabric to work with at some point.

Wish me luck! Since I am "trying" to ruin sweaters, it probably won't work.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Finally! Got a new necklace in my shop.

Wow.......I finally got a few new pieces in my Etsy shop.

It has been a struggle to get anything done this summer. Took three weeks to get new furnace and A/C installed. sick awhile. Just glad to get a few pieces in there.

I am working on neck warmers now. In August......great, huh? Got that new air conditioning...guess I figured I could crochet!


Monday, July 27, 2009

Creating by Brewing Beer!

Just wanted to share some good news. My husband and I entered our Milk Stout Beer in the Ohio State Fair Home Brew competition. We got the results Friday. We got a silver medal in the stout category. There were 26 entries in that category. There were 335 entries in all. That is an all time high for entries.

Not big on tooting my own horn, but we are pretty proud!


Friday, July 24, 2009

I Made This

I decided to show a couple of neck scarves I made last year for two reasons. I needed something to post, because I am not finished with the jewelry I am working on at the moment.

And, I want to try and win a cool book on

I am going to be back in the swing of things soon on here, hopefully. My new furnace and a/c are almost done. That has been a slow process....ick.

I have almost all my rearranging of work spaces done. I am ready to create my butt off!


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence Day

Happy 4th of July everyone! It is great weather here. We are having a small cookout this evening. I hope everyone has a great day with loved ones!


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Been SO Busy!

I have been on two short vacations in May. One was to New York Institute of Technology for my daughter's graduation. She got her masters degree, after all these years. I am so proud of her! Got to see New York City for the first time! How exciting that was.

Then my husband and I went on a short three day trip last week. I am tired of vacation! How dumb is that?

I have been working on my work spaces for weeks. Reorganizing EVERYTHING I own. What a monumental task! I have three rooms I use, and more stuff than you can imagine. As soon as I get my camera back from my brother, I will put up some pictures. I can't wait to get it all done. Now that I am home, I might get it finished!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Painted Some Jewelry

I finally dug out some old wooden jewelry to paint. I separated the big hoops and made two different pairs of earrings from them.

The paper clay pieces, I am still working on. I haven't done anything but prime the wooden bangle. I will work on those this weekend, hopefully.

Blue Banana Dangles!

This is the top part of the old wooden hoops and some cool blue banana shapes from a vintage necklace. I like these a lot.


These are the bottom part of the old hoop earrings. I love to splatter paint!

New Earrings

The hoops I splatter painted. The top part of the old hoops I used to make another pair of earrings. I painted them robin's egg blue. Then I used sparkly nail polish on them. I used parts of a funky old necklace that looked like blue bananas for the dangles.

I like both pairs!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Cleaned the Workspace!!

I am so happy! I got my work area newly organized, cleaned........ready to go! I am so very ready to start creating something........anything.

I just got back from a small vacation with my daughter and grandsons. We went to Georgia. It was colder than in Ohio. I got my taxes done, finally......that was doing me in. My father-in-law is doing pretty well on his chemo.......all is pretty good at the moment. I have no excuses for not getting something done.

My biggest problem now is what to start

I will post something soon about "some" project. All you wonderful, artistic people keep me inspired at all times. Thanks so much.


Friday, March 13, 2009

I got a Feature!

I am so excited and so surprised. I got a nice feature/bio on

I am truly honored. If you have a minute, take a look.


Saturday, February 28, 2009

Some of My Pink Stash

Here are a few things from my "pink" stash. I love pink. I am trying to find my purple stash. I used a lot of that on my daughter's heart I made, but I know I have more somewhere!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pink and Purple

I haven't had time to make anything new for while, so I thought I would just post some pink and purple jewelry! It made me feel like I did something anyways.

I want to make some eggshell earrings for I am thinking pink and purple.

Have a great day.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Holding Pattern

I haven't been here to talk in awhile. I miss it.

I have a very sick father-in-law, so I won't be here much for awhile. If anyone has any great, inspiring ideas that I can "think" about while I am at the hospital, let me know. My brain never shuts off, for sure.

I tried to get the butcher paper the other day, but couldn't find it. So, I am still thinking about that. I will try to at least check in once and awhile till the crisis passes.

Any good creative ideas you guys have, gives me something to think about.

Also, I was just over on She is having a giveaway of a beautiful Heart Quiltie. I am inspired everytime I go to her blog. If you have never checked it out, today is the day. I would love to win the heart. It is GREAT.



Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Butcher Paper

Has anyone ever done any printing or painting on butcher paper. I have some ideas, but didn't want to invest 20.00 on a huge roll of paper until I was sure if it was good to work with.

What did you do with the papers after you painted them?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Creative Clutter or Chaos?

I have come to the conclusion this week that being able to create is a delicate balance between the clutter that I just seem to need in order to create, and the chaos that seems to take over at times.

Am I the only one that way? I don't seem to be able to have a really clean surface/area to work in. I need my "things" around me. But then it can easily turn on me. I am SURROUNDED by my things! They want to overtake me.

When I have the perfect balance, all is well. I can think and move forward.....maybe even create something. Out of balance.........ick. I just sit there and look at the mess.

Please tell me I am not the only person that cannot create in a neat, tidy work space.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I Finally Made the Necklace!

For some reason, I couldn't get this necklace finished. I don't know why, it is a very pretty, vintage mother of pearl heart. For some reason it sat on my table for ages. But, finally, the finished product.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Jewelry Stash

Here is about half of my Jewelry be used yet.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Small Mirror I painted


Scrabble Tile Message Board


Butterfly Pins in My Kitchen Window


I collected butterfly pins and had to figure out a way to display them.

Heart Art in Kitchen

This is the jewelry heart I made for my kitchen. It matches my colors and counter top.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Creative Block! Help!

I am so stuck. I have enough supplies to make art for years without ever going to the store. I have plenty of time. But here I sit......I cannot get started on anything. I am so frustrated.

What do you do when you are blocked? I just cannot get focused on anything.

What little spark do you give yourself to get going?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Some of my Jewelry Art

I was talking with Mary. She wanted to see a picture of my Christmas tree done in Jewelry. So, I thought I would try to post a few pictures of the tree, a teapot, a snowman and a heart.

Lots and lots of jewelry used on these! The tree is close to 24" tall.

Sorry for some of the messy pictures. I took them just before I gave them away. Wasn't thinking much of picture composition.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My First Blog!

This is the very first time I have ever posted a blog, so please bear with me!

I want to talk jewelry. What is the most unusual thing you have ever made jewelry from? I have used branches, plumbing washers, erector set parts, paper and clay.

I am always looking for new ideas. Sometimes, the crazier it is, the better I like it.

Thanks for any replies.