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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tag Your It!

I was tagged and now it's my turn to Tag someone. Berrybluecreations http://www.etsy.com/shop/berrybluecreations?ref=seller_info

Her Gulf Coast Snugglefish

Can be purchased from her Etsy shop.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/49747117/colorful-gulf-coast-snugglefish-free-us

Monday, July 12, 2010

FAE Exibition

Check out the Fantasy Artists of Etsy Secrets of the Sea exhibition on our blog.
http://faeteam.com/exhibition.html
I have a mermaid in the exhibition.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Wonderland Doll Event

http://artdollsonly.blogspot.com/2010/07/wonderland-blog-event-participants-abi.html














Started yesterday. My head seems to be unscrewed.
I finished my doll and here it is. It's made using air dry clay, glue and tissue paper.
Please leave a comment!







Monday, June 7, 2010

ADO (Artdolls only) Challenge







"Alice in Wonderland" ( http://artdollsonly.blogspot.com/ ), any character. I saw a cool picture of the Cheshire cat on the internet. here is my work in progress.
Anyone can participate, come follow us down the rabbit hole and join us, follow the link to find out how.



I used air dry clay, this is a first time for me. The top picture is a rough work and the next 2 bottom pictures show where I applied slip to the creature. (slip is a mixture of clay and water to make a thin almost sludge consistency)
Wire was used on the ears and tail, the tail is a little loose ( sewsawing back and forth) but I will probably have to glue it in place after the piece dries. I will give it 1 week for drying.
I think maybe wings on it's back would make this creature look even cooler.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Project Quilting

Season 1, Challenge 1
A challenge for everyone. Kim of Kim's Crafty Apple ( http://kimscraftyapple.blogspot.com/2010/05/season-1-challenge-1.html ) has given us a challenge for quilting and its inspired by Project runway. Where we are given insturctions on what type of challenge it is, what can be used, the dimensions and how much we can spend. Anyone who sews can participate so come and win some great prizes and get critiqued on your challenge piece by professional quilters. There are 3 ways to win: win by the popular votes by the public, judges vote for best in points and leave your name and email to win a prize from the comments.

I'm looking forward to this next challenge as I was out of town for the Apple Blossom challenge.
Come join us you all!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Wedding or Prom?





Bling,bling! Sparkle, shine, bling!

Wow these Swarovski bracelets would look great for a wedding or the prom.

Highly bling as all Swarovski is only more so with it being aurora borealis. Swarivski crystal ab sliders matched with 4mm bicones ab with very feminine box clasp, sterling silver victorian butterfly clasp or a fold over magnetic clasp.
Wear 1, 2 or 3, mix or match to make a cuff.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Antiquing Copper








The other day I went bead shopping, I picked up 4 strands of Blue Impression Jasper in varying sizes at Bead Dreams. I went to Bead by Design and got some liver of sulfur. After wire wrapping my beads I noticed a lot of scuffing on the stones and don't think I will be using the stones unless i can wire wrap without scratching them. I beleive the wire was a larger grade than the ones I have been using which makes it harder to work with in bending and wrapping.

I tried the sulfur on the copper and the color is outstounding. I am loving how it antiqued the copper. Here are the results.




Monday, April 12, 2010

Art Bird Poem


we are to make a poem with these 5 words to go with our Art Birds and their Shrine:
small, bird, cozy, space,home

Art Bird Poem

Oopsy Birds came from out of time,
not much bigger than a dime.

Held together with glue and spit,
they was created with discarded pieces
and rejected tiny bits.

From Whoopsy land,
right into my hand.

Weird little creatures,
that became searchers.

To finaly find a home,
with this old crone.

They took over this cozy little space,
in this decorated aspirin bottle case.

Finished this with much sighing,
as I'm not great at ryhming.

Debbie Smith April 12, 2010

Freeform Copper Wire Wrap
















So 4 days ago I started on this free form wire wrapped cuff. I cut and shaped the copper to size, I seperately wire wrapped a bead and then a attched it to the frame. This is what I designed and created.










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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Shrine with Art Bird











I have finished a home for my leetle friends.
I have to stop before I add more and make it really tacky looking. I am obsessed with wire wrapping right now so I will probably be adding it to a great many things as I work on them.







Art Bird Shrine

This past week we had a technique week in our FAT (Fiber Art Traders) Yahoo group. The technique was Art Bird Shrine, Sharon taught us this one and her quote on Monday was "The word for today---in fact for all this week---is SMALL" So I took her word on this and did what she instructed and these teeny tiny Art Birds came into creation. I call them the "OOpsy Birds" as I had fun using strips of this and discards of that, I love these little ones and right now I am making their nest of yarns and shiny metallic threads intertwined. They will roost in their little aspirin bottle that I making their shrine from.
They measure, the larger of the two: 2 inches which include the copper crown and stand by 1 1/2 inches,
the smallest one measures: 1 1/2 inches by 3/4 inches not including the head crown.

(I see a little bit of Alice in Wonderland influence in them, what do you think?)



Wire Wrapping with Copper

So I have been experimenting with wire wrapping, it's nothing new to me as I have wire wrapped a little bit in 2004 with the wire dolls I have made even sold one on Ebay at the time. Now I have some copper wire I aquired from my stepson and a copper tube from my husband out of his garage. I hammer the tube to flatten it, added a semi precious stone of Snakeskin Jasper and do some wire wrapping and this is what I made:



I got anew book from Hobby Lobby named Contemporary Copper Jewelry and I made this from it:



Saturday, April 3, 2010

BLEH!

It's no wonder I am stuck with no new followers and very fortunate I still have the ones who elected to follow it still here. I do believe i have lost some.........
Lets review: boring? maybe, nothing new in over a week
uninteresting? true I'm not the most exciting person on the planet
I will just have to think of something.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Monday, August 13, 2007

Love/Hate relationship with my Treadmill
Category: Goals, Plans, Hopes

I have a love/hate relationship with my treadmill. I love the thought of losing weight and getting on it but after 5 minutes I'm like I want to be doing something else like crafting or doing something artsy. Usually I turn on some music but not today I forgot to. After walking 25 minutes I'm thinking I want off this thing right now! so I made up a little tune I sing low key like:

I can do it, I can do it,
Yes I can, yeeeeeees I can.
I can do it, I can do it,
yes I caaaaaaan.
Lose the fat, lose the butt, lose the gut.
keep on going, keep on going,
lose the fat, lose the butt, lose the gut.
Keep on going, keep on going,
dont' stop now!
I can do it, I can do it,
yes I caaaaaan!

repeat.

I kinda like it and maybe it will help you too to sing it when your legs are aching and your out of breath.
I'm gonna put this in my blog........

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Crepes





Saturday that just passed I made crepes for breakfast (plus the sausage and eggs with toast). This is the first time I made them and they was delicious (even tho there was flour lumps in the batter)! The recipe i used was from Cooks.com http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1813,158169-240194,00.html
minus the strawberry jam, as I made my own.
I made the cream cheese filling from this recipe
So this is what I have:
1 pint of fresh strawberry's and sugar
To make the crepes-
1 cup of flour
1 tbsp sugar( or more)
pinch of salt
3 eggs well beaten
1 cup of milk
melted butter (for brushing the pan with)
To make the filling-
16 oz of cream cheese 
3/4 cup of powdered sugar
and whip cream for topping and powdered sugar for sprinkling

Wash and hull fresh strawberries, slice into 4ths and crush with pastry blender, put into pan and fill to top of strawberries with water and 1/2 cup of sugar, boil. Stir and taste and add sugar to taste (seems really sweet with 1 whole cup), I will thicken it with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and water, I can make this as thick as I want. Set aside.
Combine the soften cream cheese and powdered sugar and mix it good, you can leave as is or put a couple of tablespoons of the strawberry mix with it which makes it really yummy.
It is best to sift the flour into the liquids and mix with a whisk or mixer, put a little bit of butter in the hot pan on medium heat. Pour a little bit of the batter in the pan and tip the pan to spread the batter over the bottom of the pan. Let underside brown just a little bit and turn over to brown on the other side a little bit, dont over cook as the edges will be crunchy.
Spread the cream cheese in the middle of the crepe,wrap over itself, sift powdered sugar on the wrapped crepes, spoon strawberry's over the crepes and put a dollop of whip cream on top of all.
Yummy, enjoy!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Cali saga continues....

I mentioned the windmills yesterday but didnt load any picutres of them. So my vague memory tells me it started in Texas when we first saw the windmills, lines and lines of them in the background and some closer.
These are out of sequence. I still have La Vegas, Death Valley, Sierra mountains and Yosetime Park. These were taken before San Franscico and the Golden Gate Bridge.








Monday, March 1, 2010

California

We took a trip out to California last year on June 2009. Driving along the coastline starting from San Fransisco up to Oregan then back home again. The first thing we noticed is the alternative energy with the huge giant windmills to harness wind power. They was everywhere! Well almost everywhere not occupied by humans or their dwellings, mostly out on the interstate or animal pastures.

I will try to give an account of our trip, as it is unbelieveable to grasp how men and women on horseback and wagon trains traveled this rocky road across the Sierra's. Driving in a vehicle on paved highways and roads is a vacation compared to the trailblazers of yesteryears.

Along the way we stopped at Hoover Dam Arizona/Nevada to snap some pictures.





Friday, February 26, 2010

Pillowcases to Help Haiti

This year our Etsy Quiltsy team decided to do the 1 million pillowcase project. As a international team we wondered how to make this feasible to send to the same charitable group and it was thought we could help with pillowcases for the people of Haiti. Read here how all this came about: http://teamquiltsy.blogspot.com/

At the Etsy forums berrybluecreations ( http://www.etsy.com/shop/berrybluecreations )started a thread on this huge endeaver and trying to entice others to contribute: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6440648&page=1

We put pics up at flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1323649@N24/pool/



I plan to make more of the pillowcases for the ConKerr Cancer project http://www.conkerrcancer.org/.

You can read up on the 1 million pillowcase challenge here: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/index.html



Here are the 8 pillowcases I made and sending off today!



Thursday, February 25, 2010

FAT Pocket Exchange








I did a exchange with my FiberArtTraders group at Yahoo! This is what I received, thank you ladies and thanks for all the extra goodies.










I sent these FAT pockets out, I hope they are well received and liked.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Being in the Etsy Blog


How exciting to be in the Etsy Blog! I had no idea until one of my friends sent me a convo informing me it was there. The Branched choker was sold a couple of weeks ago and probably with its owner now.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New Tote: Twisted Log Cabin?

I used the ATC design and made a tote bag. Using a variety of different fabrics and so many color ways, these are the fabrics used: moire, taffeta, satin (both craft and brocade) tissue lame', toile, and other fabrics of no determined make, all done with a log cabin piecing with a twist. More of a crazy log cabin design no same dimensions, no same size blocks, no same look in every block but each one planned to look different, some cut apart and reassembled. Twisted log cabin? Log cabin twist? Crazy log cabin? Huh? You decide.





Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bra Quilt



Some members of my Quiltsy team at Etsy and I made a bra quilt that we are donating the proceeds to cancer research once the quilt sells. Each one of us made a block with a bra on it, other members donated fabric for the sashing and back and others donated their expertise on piecing and quilting, yet another took the time to finish the quilt and listing it in our shop at Etsy. We all donated a little piece of ourselves to make this quilt happen.


The sashing fabric is very appropiate for this quilt, little pink ribbons.




This is the block I made

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Paper Fabric


Hi I used Beryl Taylor's making fabric paper technique that was in the Quilting Arts gifts magazine, Holiday issue winter 2008 to make this paper fabric. I went a little further by using organza as my fabric choice and a blank white tissue. To get the crinkly look to this I heat set it with the heat embossing gun, in doing so I melted the organza enough for it to crinkle, this made some great looking homemade fabric with valleys and ridges. Another little thing I have done on this piece is lay wax paper on top and iron it onto the paper part and it give it a waxy sheen. I do this about 4 or 5 times and between freezer paper, parchment paper might be better as it doesn't stick to too many mediums.

New ACEO's


Ok. I so liked the new look of the ACEO's I have been making, I made some and offer them to those who like to collect little works of art for their own. In my Etsy shop now, listed seperately


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