It's a part of who I am...

Creating heirloom pieces at present - leaving my footprint behind, and perhaps a little something extra for my loved ones in the future

Friday, October 29, 2010

Floral Clay Jewellery Bowl

I created this floral clay jewellery bowl for the side of my sink actually so I would have a spot to place my rings and such when I am preparing food, or washing the dishes/counters etc. I used "Crayola" clay for this product which I am very impressed by. Comes in plastic tub about the size of a margarine dish and has fresh workable clay in its natural bisque colour. You can add droplets of water to this clay to gently smooth out wrinkles, and best of's air dry. Of course, it takes much longer to dry this way; however, when it is dry, it's soft, smooth to a matte finish. Now I don't have to worry about my jewellery getting lost, or falling into the sink, it stays protected and safe in my floral clay bowl. :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fall and Winter Unite!

October 25th was the day to mark on the calendar - the arrival of our first snowfall here in Edmonton Alberta. Once again, experiencing more than one season at a time sets my creativity a blazin' with post Halloween thoughts of pre-Christmas craftin'! Somebody stop me!!!!! Wait...don't do that...I wouldn't like it... wouldn't like to see me get angry...I might turn green.....

....The Hulk? No, no.....the Grinch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Pursie...blinking in disbelief at the early arrival of Jack Frost...I say that it is far better for her to be on the inside looking out, than the other way around! :))

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Origami "Venus" Tutorial by Lanie

See Here's The Venus! and 1000's of others - or share your own on Cut Out + Keep

We're Going "Victorian" This Year.

Thats right...Victorian Christmas will be our theme this year, as I am truly inspired by the colour palette of Plums, Lavender, Ivory, Gold and Silver. I've started to create some of the decorations this year (you have to start early you know) with these lovely mini wreaths that will eventually adorn my tree.

How To Create Your Very Own Mini Wreath.

You will need:
Fimo Clay in varying colours. I chose White, Lavender, Purple, Burgundy, and Gold

It's best to create this project on a wax lined cookie sheet right from the "get-go". You don't want to get all touchy-feely with it.

Using your white Fimo Clay first, create three long strings measuring ten inches long, and braid them loosely. Then form into a wreath shape. It's nice to have one of the strings skinnier than the rest, to give it an uneven yet natural look.

Then use your Lavender and Purple Fimo to create baby rosettes, which are just tiny little tubes loosely formed and gently press into the clay.

From there, use the Burgundy and Gold Fimo to create berries that surround the flowers.

Bake in the oven using the directions on the package. Do not overbake, and when the project is completed, let it cool on the cookie sheet. Hot Clay is extremely fragile, so resist the urge to pick it up. Once your wreath is completely cooled, apply a sealant to protect your wreath. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Matte Gold Victorian Clay Roses

Fimo Clay is a wonderful medium to work with. With its range of muted colors, to bright, to their sparkly "effects" clay,  there are many wonderful crafts to be created using this product.
To create a lovely matte gold color, mix equal parts of Gold Effects, and Silver Effects Fimo Clay. I'm using these flowers as decorative accents in my Victorian style living room.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Another Project Complete

A few weeks ago, I began a simple Felt project for the Autumn season. What I loved about this project was that I only needed to make a small autumn themed mandala at a time. This was a perfect project to work on in-between piano students. Twenty minutes here and there was all I needed to complete something of sentimental value as each mandala was created from a special memory during my favourite time of year - Fall!

Now..time to break out the apple cider....yum!