Vintage Ballerina Music Box – Renovated

December 18, 2011 /
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Renovating this Music Box was a lot of fun.¬† In the next few days I’ll post the Tu Tu, Dress-Up Trunk and Tiara Box that were made to go with the music box (some days it a very thin thread for me ūüėČ Spark (more like an explosion) of an idea: My granddaughter loves to…

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Vintage Floppy Disks = Jewelry

December 15, 2011 /
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We had dozens of floppy disks (they weren’t really floppy – they were 4 x 4 hard disks). I hesitated to throw them away because although we couldn’t get information from them anymore some clever thief might find them in the trash, have a relic of a computer laying around the den and get all…

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13 More Sleeps Til Christmas

December 12, 2011 /
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A lot has happened this month… My long list of “firsts” without Mom is at an end (first Birthday, Easter, Mother’s Day, etc).¬† She passed away December 3rd, 2010.¬† I could hear her talking to me as I was lamenting my need to make this year’s Christmas cards.¬† First she would tell me how pretty…

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IT’S OFFICIAL (I’ve seen it with my own eyes)!

November 22, 2011 /
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My book is featured on page 57 of the Premier Issue of Cloth Paper Scissors “PAGES” magazine.¬† Woo Hoo!! The book featured is my¬†SmARTaleck Studio book made from a vinyl store banner.¬† I use it to sketch sculpting ideas and take notes in class.¬† It’s a little worse for wear – schlepping it back and…

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Woven Star from Vintage Book Pages

November 17, 2011 /
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Stars made from pages of books, magazines, cloth, ribbon – just use your imagination for an easy,¬†fun, rewarding,¬†project.¬† Technique for “making stars come out at night” is towards the bottom of this post. This is the first star I made using 1″ x 8″ strips cut from an old dictionary. After that I reduced the…

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Last Year’s Ornament

November 15, 2011 /
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I’ve been sooooo busy (Ha). Thought I’d share a past project with you while I get pictures together to post about my work with leather and my jewelry made with repurposed floppy disk parts. I make my grandchildren a christmas ornament every year. This was last year’s ornament for my grandson Martin who LOVES sharks.…

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Ideas I haven’t Shared Before

October 31, 2011 /
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I picked up the Flea Market Style magazine at the hardware store. Holy Cow! There were some really neat ideas in there. Below are pictures of some of the things I’ve done with “other” things.1958 Chevy fender wings ($1 ea at a car swap meet) = coat, bag hanger Fireplace Mantel ($8 at garage sale)…

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40th Vase Sculpture

40 Already?

October 28, 2011 /
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My son’s 40th Birthday is today, October 29th. Geeze – can he be that old? CAN I be that old? Yep and yep. At 40 he’s a successful business man, husband and father of three. We’re very proud of the man Michael has become. I made Michael this sculpture to celebrate his 40th year. The…

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Weiner Dog – Metal Letter Stamp Storage

October 24, 2011 /
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I’m rearranging work areas in my Studio.I consolidated my metals work to one table, dedicating the other work table to sculpting. Moving things around usually means I come across something I haven’t had my hands on in a little while and then I’m off. Finding and reviewing some of the videos on www.beaducation.com got me…

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Some of This and Some of That + Wire Storage

October 20, 2011 /
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Some of This: (Just an FYI – I rescued you from a rant, this post was a page. I let it marinate and cut it back to the important basics…) – Searching the internet for a disc cutter I found beaducation.com. Folks, if you have a question about the proper use of a tool –…

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100 Bottles of Beer on Wall, 100 Bottles … you get it

October 17, 2011 /
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What a hoot! My friend and I spent more time visiting the WonderRoot Creative Reuse (wrcratl.wordpress.com/about) table than we did any other table at the recent Brookhaven Art Fair (a fabulous fair by the way). WonderRoot Creative Reuse does many things regarding environmental awareness and arts and crafts in the community but what interested me…

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I haven’t been idle… +one

October 7, 2011 /
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Sculpting class started the Tuesday after we got back from vacation. I started a sculpture AND made a vase. Remember the longest yard sale and how we only got to visit a few sales before it rained so hard I was expecting the ARK to float up? Well, the long story is…my friend, knowing I’m…

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The Longest Yard Sale

August 27, 2011 /
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At the beginning of August our vacation started in Savannah, GA. From there we went to Asheville, NC to visit some awesome galleries and art studios and then on to Tennessee where we picked up the yard sale trail. The first couple of sales we went to were side by side. We didn’t find anything.…

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Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

July 22, 2011 /
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About four years ago I agreed to be mobilized from Atlanta to the Gulf of Mississippi to support a disaster housing project related to the Katrina Disaster that devastated the Coast. I had never been to Mississippi before. Katrina was still a vivid memory when I arrived and it’s Citizens were reeling from loss of…

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C&W Design and Technical Challenges

July 19, 2011 /
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You can see why I posted these design and technical notes separate from the finished project. Design: I knew I wanted to put legs on the ATC can – that’s it – I wasn’t sure where I was going from there.Design thoughts: The legs had to have flat feet. Then tall legs or short legs?…

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Pack Up Your Cares and Woes…

July 18, 2011 /
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Metal Medley Challenge #5 Cares and Woes (C&W for short) is 12″ tall and is for the person who jots things down on scraps of paper. For those of us that don’t journal this is a place to drop notes, thoughts and concerns. There’s a slot in the back of the body for the scraps…

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We Interupt This Broadcast…

July 16, 2011 /
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Metal Medley challenge #5 has created a firestorm of possibilities – I thought I had the basics pulled from my stash . . . – but me, myself and/or I had ideas floating to surface as we woke up this morning. We’re thinking of adding green beads, ice resin, tree bark, copic markers – aw…

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Metal Medley #4

July 14, 2011 /
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I knew right away what I was going to use the title plates for. Many years ago I made a foam core cabinet for melmine dessert trays I found at a garage sale (when I was young – they used these trays in our cafeteria – so I know they’re vintage). I glued wooden beads…

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Something Old – Something New

July 13, 2011 /
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While I’m working on Metal Medley challenge item #4 I thought I’d share a pin I made and the story behind it (sorry – but everything I do has a story). My Dad was 17 when he enlisted in the Navy (he lied about his age). During WWII he was in the gun turret on…

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Faux Wire Wrapped Necklace

July 11, 2011 /
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OK – I’m posting finished item #3 in front of finished item #2 of the Metal Medley challenge (in case you missed the previous blog – it’s my own challenge)this is easier to photograph. I’ll post #2 tomorrow.Supplies from the Medley: 4 diamond shaped and 4 triangle shaped paper clips, 3 picture hangers, 7 eyelets…

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