Perler Play

Another thing I did  on a long trip with my husband (who is really a super sport about my project, especially when I haul a bunch of supplies on driving trips) was perler beads
I tried a lot of different patterns
and sorted a lot of mixed pack of beads
these were some of the designs I took with me to a comic con when I had a selling table in the artist section.
These also can with me to the same convention
but the star wars
and Dr Who sold the best
He are some of the others that did well

These were just some I did for fun
but amazingly they all did alright at the show

jewelry box

This piece was another mixed media project. I took a wood box I bought at Hobby Lobby and painted it black

then I cut out some words on my Cricut  next I tried my hand ay some simple quilling
I then assembled them in the recessed lid of the box and used quartz chip and resin to create the lid
Then I decoupaged the sides of the box and covered it with modge podge
Here is the stage before it s finished I am sorry to say I cannot find the picture of the finished project.
I am sure I will be doing another on in the future. This one was a prize at an event in Kansas last year

Fabric Fun

These first two pictures are not that good and very old. It was something I did for my first child. We were students at the time and I was able to find all the things I need to make the wall hanging and all the crib  linens on sale. I think everything cost me about 10 dollars in total. Both the fabric was on super sale and things were cheaper then, but I was still so proud to be able to give our baby such a fun space and do so within the budget we had.
This next piece was a purse I designed and sewed fo another swap I did at an event.
Now this project kinda got out of hand. I wanted to learn some tye dye  styles 
I think I must have done close to fity shirts

In all kinds of colors and patterns. My husband told me he was worried that all his clothing would look like they came from the sixties. (I did not touch any of our normal clothing though)
Here is the results of that weekend of tye dye binging
I ended up taking them to a show a month later and they sold really well. Would still l…

Resin and crystals

One of the things I experimented with was resin cast crystals to make pieces to use in mu jewelry
They came out fun
and the variety you coulf do with chips of precious stones was really intriguing 
Butterfly were one of the beginning ones I worked with
Some I even used flakes of gold in for coloring and effect
Then I worked on some leaf designs
getting a fall feel to them

Then I went on to hearts for more necklaces here is a closer look at one of them

i will probably come back to using some of the things I learned doing these pieces soon.

Mirror, Mirror

For a retreat I went to we were told to create some mirror to exchange as a swap. I started with just some dollar store mirrors and decorated them up . I did several to decide which one I wanted to take along and swap

I decide I likes the butterflies best so that was the one I choose

Next I had to decide what kind of packaging to use. I choose a book I picked up at a thrift store. Then I cut out the center so the mirror would fit in and glued the pages together to have a hiding place in the book. Finally I decorated the inside cover and first page to accent my project When finished, the mirror fit nicely inside this mother goose story book

Getting ready to Show

Most shows I attend had a variety of things I had made. When I was packaging things up in my work area it looked like a mini tornado has come through

Every surface had things on it

And I always had a few things that I decided to make last minute

even some chainmail product, like the start of the bracelet below
I never did the same design twice, so every piece was a pretty much unique
even the woven necklace had different colors and glass pieces with them
and lets not forget the steampunk style things
and the ones I just semi precious  and precious stones in
this is one I did with silver and gold chainmail style and astone heart
This one is one where I stamped the metal and distressed it

In my hotel before a show, I would use my bed to sort out my jewelry so I could have the pieces groups in style together
I used the desk for the earring to make sure they survived the trip all right and were all in good condition to sell.

Those shows were fun, but also exhausting. usually I had to bri…