Saturday, April 27, 2013

Drilled Layers Pendant in PolymerCafe Magazine!!!

I'm honored to say I've been published in PolymerCafe Magazine again this month.

It's another spectacular issue!
My project is something that's been jangling around in my brain for years. It's loads of fun and has endless possibilities with colour variants and drill bit shapes and sizes. I've eve played with the pendant shape. 
I also must say I'm a little envious of the studio focus in this issue!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Doodling Some Shirt Designs

I've been planning some sewing projects to boost up my meager wardrobe.
I'm planning to make a few Peter Pan collared blouses. (Why do they call it a Peter Pan collar? I don't think I've ever seen him wearing one....)

I sketched out a simple blouse design with my trusty STAEDTLER marsgraphic jr marker set and scanned it into my computer. I layered the sketch onto some fabric ideas so I could keep track of what I'm thinking about making. 
I love to use this technique for trying out ideas before I actually put the work into making the piece. It gives me a feel for how things will look before I go ahead and commit to a design.

They are so helpful!

Do you have tricks to help you make decisions before you sew?
I'd love to hear your ideas.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Some Things.

We've suddenly been swamped with spring time home repairs and spruce ups. Improvements are coming along pretty well now. Hope to have things squared away by summer so we can enjoy doing nothing for a bit.

We have had a yard full of these guys. They seem very angry about the snow this weekend. They keep looking in the windows and screaming at us. I'm a little bit worried....

Made some more of our Quinoa salad for energy. Love this stuff. Never get tired of it.
I made this batch with just quinoa, I didn't add any couscous or other grains. I did add some broad beans and basil to the mix.

Hope you're having a great spring weekend too!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cabbage Rose Nail Art

Spring is finally here!!!
Decided to celebrate with some happy nail art.

I used all Joe Fresh colours to make this design but any medium grey base will do.
I made white blotches and while it was still wet I swirled a peachy pink into it with my stylus tool and voila.... I had roses. I added some two toned green/turquoise leaves and a couple layers of clear coat and I was done. I'm diggin' the peachy pink lately....
Pretty girly of me huh?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Fimo Jewelry and Filters

 I've been working on some new pieces and playing with some of the filters available on PicMonkey.

I made these beads with STAEDTLER fimo and I used beads from Five Sisters Beads on ETSY to glam them up a bit.

I'm trying to decide if I like using the filters or not. I think they might take away from the look of the pieces. I think a plain old clean up edit and crop would do the photos more justice.
What do you folks think?
Do you like jazzed up pictures of projects, or just clear plain old photos?
I think I change my mind on the subject every day.

Sunday, April 7, 2013


What we've been up to.

Maggs had a school project to make a world wonder model. She chose Stonehenge.
The teacher mentioned it would be awesome if they could eat the projects.
Maggs did this.........

And just for a bit of added drama, she threw in a Dr.

It's not the right Dr.....
But he could have gone there too. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mini Cup Flower Retro Jewelry sets

 Thought I'd share the instructions for these retro style mini cup flower jewelry sets.
I made them with the same technique I used to make the grape hyacinth brooch.

Materials needed to complete this project:

STAEDTLER fimo effect clay in a variety of yellows, white, and oranges.
I mixed the colours you see here from left over clay from other projects.
Jewelry adhesive or super glue
Brooch back that matches the length of your finished flower cluster and earring posts.
Cornstarch or baby powder to act as a release agent

Tools needed to complete this project:

Round toothpick
shish kebab skewer
Medium grit nail file

Paint brush with a round smooth handle end about 1/4 cm thick

I made different gradients of yellow/white and orange/white STAEDTLER fimo clay mixes.
I had four different shades of the colours I chose to make a flower cluster.

I made two,1 cm wide flat bases of the darkest clay mix. I dipped the handle end of my paintbrush in some cornstarch and then pushed a 1/2 cm ball of the lightest colour clay onto the paintbrush handle. I made a teeny little cup and pushed it onto the center of my base and removed the brush handle. If the handle doesn't come out easily, just add more cornstarch next try.

I kept adding these teeny cups of the lightest colour until each base had four cups.

Then I moved to the next darker colour and changed to a rounded off skewer. I rounded the end of a kitchen skewer with a medium grit nail file and dipped it in the cornstarch before pushing an even smaller ball of clay onto the end. I filled in the spaces between the really light cups with these new smaller darker cups.

Next I moved to a toothpick and an even darker colour. I filled in spaces between cups and even added cups inside of some of the paint brush handle cups.

I think they look a bit like the plastic flowers from the forties and fifties.
I added earring posts to the smaller flowers and made a larger flower the same way and added a brooch pin to the back.

Here's a set done in orange.
They feel like spring to me.
I'll have to make some peter pan collar blouses to wear them on.