Thursday, August 30, 2007

I'll Fly Away

I recently took a mold class at Colleen's house to learn how to use and make molds with Silver Art Clay. When I saw the mold for the angel wings I knew instantly that it was want I wanted to do that day. I'll fly away is one of my favorite spiritual songs of all time. They used to play it at my grandma's church when I was little. I also just felt like flying away that day. Everytime I wear the earrings it takes me to another place and makes me feel like I can fly!

Found Object Bracelet

I took this class at ArtUnraveled from Keely Barnham.  She was great!  She showed us how to drill anything with a dremel.  I drilled all the materials for this bracelet and beaded everything.  This was the last class the I took on that weekend and I decided to make this piece about Love because I loved the whole experience in Phoenix.

Early Birthday Ring

Today I decided to take a vacation day from work and attend a gemstone class at Colleen's house. There was only two of us.  It was so much fun.  This is the 1st ring I have ever made and it turned out pretty good for a first try I think.  I enjoyed making it along with the great company and of course the chance to pet Rizzo.

Wonder Woman

All the world is waiting for you and the power you possess.  In your satin tights fightining for your rights.  Just kidding.  I do love wonderwoman though.  This was a collage class that I took with Kelly Kilmer at ArtUnraveled in Phoenix.  It was a lot of fun and we learned some basic background concepts.  My love of wonderwoman goes back to my childhood.  My dad loved the show and Linda Carter of course.  I told my grandma who lived right next door that wonderwoman gave my daddy goose bumps.  Too funny for a 3 year old!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Lucky In Love

I made these pieces for my soon to be sister-in-law's birthday. I hope that she likes them as much as I do. The hearts are all made out of Silver Art Clay. I then completed the earrings and necklace with pink crystals and sterling silver balls. The clasps are really cute too complete with heart and arrow. Appropriate since my brother stole her heart. Awww...

Saturday, August 18, 2007


I made Alice next.  She was so whimsical looking that I decided to call her Alice after her adventures in wonderland of course!


Abena is the first necklace that I ever beaded through taking a class a discount beads.  I love how she turned out.  It attracted me to the creation of jewelry which has been going ever since.  I like to name all of my pieces so this one's name is Abena, which in the African language means born on Tuesday.  Abena was made on Tuesday and she is made out of African turquoise.

The Canvas Tissue Collage

This canvas was created in a workshop lead by Leslie Parsons.  She assured us all that we did not have to know how to paint or draw.  She was right, as I can do neither and look how this turned out.  I love sunflowers and pink.  What a perfect combination this turned out to be.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Anywhere But Here

Again the atlas. I told you I loved it. In this exercise we had to send a message to ourselves. I decided to send my package away with no return. This was a different experience for me to utilize a different color pattern in this piece. As you will notice I enjoy bright primary colors but this piece is very shiny and gold. These pages really represent a love for Copper and Annie that could no longer be expressed. My love of my world, my kitties, could no longer be with me. My mom and I raised them when they were orphaned. They have a very good loving home but I still miss them a great deal and sometimes I still imagine that Copper is up snuggling with me by my head and that Annie is curled up in bed at my feet. You will always be in my heart, kitties.


This is the atlas again. We had to write a story across the two pages about our arrival in Las Vegas. I wrote about my drive across country from Illinois with my two kitties. Then we had to cover the writing with images of our true home. This image represents my home complete with a horse. I love horses. We had 4 growing up and my dad or should I say mom has 1 now named Tootie. We have a barn and lots of trees in our yard. The middle of the page says roots but you can't really read it in this image. These are my hands literally touching the earth. I went outside got some Las Vegas dirt and rubbed it across the pages. In farming one of the most important elements of success is the health of your soil.

Living Large: The Altered Atlas

The atlas journaling class by Juliana Coles was my favorite!!!! I loved working in the atlas plus the atlas itself is special to me. I was talking to my friend Katharine and telling her that I was taking this class but didn't have an atlas yet. She happened to have one in her car which she went out and got and gave me. This was the very first page that I did in the atlas. I enjoyed working on it and had fun putting everything on the page.