Thursday, May 31, 2012

Treasuries to treasure

I'm thinking of posting Etsy treasuries here once in a while, to give you some yummy eye candy. Here's one I made - perfect for the upcoming wedding season. Click on the title to go to the treasury.

love love love

$80.00

$9.00

$2158.00

$18.00

$20.00

$15.00

$4.00

$5.00

$87.00

$42.00

$16.00

$18.00

$5.95

$10.00

$28.00

$40.00

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

More flowers

These are the last of the flowers I made over the long weekend. Fluffy asters and a zinnia. I thought I'd try slicing the petal cane really thin.


I'm down with the flu, so no more claying this week. Boo.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Today's flowers

I had fun making these two focals today.
 

Here they are with the couple of flowers I made yesterday. So far, I've made four. I can't wait to make more! I love the colors!

 

Right after I took the photos above, look who decides to "help" me. Hihi!  The blue and purple one was halfway to her mouth before I could stop her.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Work in progress

I'm having fun working on large floral focals right now. I made a bunch yesterday, but only these two turned out okay.


I would like to thank Janet Pitcher for inspiring me to make petal canes. I found her Petal Pusher tutorial in a back issue of Bead Unique last year.

Too bad you can't see the caning here because of my crappy photo. I don't have a decent camera right now.

It took me 30 minutes to make a 2-inch cane. And that's just the cane, the construction of the flower is a different story. What with my rusty hands and the really hot weather which made the clay gooey. But thank God for my electric pasta machine! I don't think I'd make any progress if I had to crank my small manual one.

It's going to be hard to let go of the blue and green flower. That's my favorite out of everything I made this week. But I'm gonna have to resist my hoarding tendencies this time.

New stuff

In between nursing and crawling after the little one, I was able to sneak in some clay time this week. So happy!


Those are handmade photo transfer polymer clay cabochons set in lovely vintage-inspired settings. They're now available at The Beadlady in Cubao Expo. There are new rings and lots of lovely little charms there too.

I hope to get a few more hours of clay time tomorrow, just enough to finish a few more pieces. Wish me luck!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Almost...

Years ago, when I opened my little craft store, I moved most of my craft stuff out of the house and into the second floor studio of the store. When I got pregnant last year, and couldn't go to work at the studio anymore, I moved my stuff back home.

Well it's been a year of trying to reorganize and create a workspace here at home, and I am still not done. Can you believe it took me a year? I've been hoarding so much craft stuff and thingamobobs over the past 10 years, they've all been sitting in bins and boxes and odd containers. It was hard for my preggy self to make any real progress last year (no lifting of anything heavy, no getting exposed to possibly hazardous materials, etc.)

Finally, January of this year I had some decent storage made.


But it was only last month that I got to seriously sort through the chaos that was my giant craft stash.

It was a mind-numbing, heart-wrenching process. It was like going through a journal. In every old piece of jewelry I unearthed, in every tupperware of beads I opened, I saw a life that I once lived. Who would have thought cleaning up a craft room can be so melancholic?


Well, time for a clean slate. I'm almost done. There are still a handful of bins to sort through, and the books need arranging. But at least I can see the floor now. Ha!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A class with the Queen of Hearts

I've been in awe of Tejae Floyde's encased hearts ever since I saw them in Polymer Clay Daily many years ago.  I couldn't figure out how she made them, they were so intriguing! Well a few weeks ago, I was finally able to enroll in her online class.  This was my little reward for myself for finishing my article!


So far, I've only tried making an encased heart once. No time to clay yet. I'm not too happy with how it turned out - the textures aren't any good, and I botched up the paint job. I don't quite get yet how to achieve that painterly effect Tejae Floyde's hearts are well-known for.

Hopefully, I get it right the next time. The great thing about this class is you can view it at your own pace. I watch a few minutes of it at night while the baby snoozes, pause the video when it's time to nurse. When she doesn't go back to sleep, I watch the video whenever I have free time.

The downside is you only get to watch it 12 times - they put a limit as a safeguard for piracy I guess. So I hope I can nail the texturizing and coloring before my views run out!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Time for change

So much change has been happening around me, it's hard to keep up. I am still adjusting to my "new normal" - so still no crafting beyond the tiny projects that take me 30-45 minutes to create.  But I do have something to show you!

I did a writing gig a few weeks ago, and needed to include a web address in the writer's profile.  Problem was, my old website (the one for the store) was in all sorts of dysfunction (still is). For weeks now, I've been wanting to update it.  But since I do not have time to wade through the clutter of outdated information in the old website - not to mention a now-forgotten HTML/CSS code - I decided to just go ahead and start from scratch.

Last night, while baby was asleep, I made a simple splash page.  I wanted it to look whimsical but simple, like cotton candy. What do you think?

This blog is next in line - it's begging for a redesign.  Question is, when will I find the time? Hopefully, within the next ten years. Haha.

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