I finally finished by altered pages in the Wanderlusters book - sorry it took so long Mel.
These are 2 pages in an altered book which is being passed between a few friends
March to me means new beginnings and this poem has got it to a "T".
The poetry reads as follows - New Beginnings by Leigh Goessl
Yesterdays are gone
Memories distant past
Time to move on
Those moments have passed
A path to the future
Journey still unknown
Stumbling in search of clarity
Of seeds yet unsown
Full of prospect and dreams
With change comes great hope
And nothing's as clear as it seems
A new start beckons
Its calling your name
To ignore new beginnings
Would be such a shame
Loss of starting anew
Embrace new beginnings
As life's moments are few
If you love seahorses you will love these made by the very talented wire artist Mary check out her other creative work here http://www.allthingsseahorse.blogspot.com/
Sample card for the November workshop that I am hosting in Manchesters northern quarter check out the details here http://craftysoandso.yolasite.com/jewellery-workshop.php
I've been wanting to make these for sometime but have never found the time. So when I joined up for this swap I thought what better opportunity than to do them now. They are really easy to make.
I'm also thinking of adding them as part of my cake jewellery collection.
Copper wire leaf shapes with bead embellishment. These are made for a charm swap on ATCsforAll (http://www.atcsforall.com/index.php)
One of my friends makes cupcakes and wedding cakes and she recently commisioned me to make her some cake jewellery for a new wedding range that she was launching (pics to come when the cake has been launched this weekend). http://www.angelcakesbyvirginiavalentine.co.uk/ & http://www.cupcakefever.co.uk/
Anyway in the meantime I was messing about with some wire and beads like you do and came up with this for chrismas cupcakes.
i've got a few more ideas on cake jewellery and hopefully should have some samples made soon.
Jean is also on the front page (woot) 'staff member of the month' way to go Jean.
My wanderluster friends are also on the front page The AFA Monthly Contests winner was The Muppet and Dhawktx has her Zenshroom ATC published.
I've been messing around with the premium options in picnik and I'm really impressed with what you can do. It's simple and easy to follow. There's no trying to figure out how to make something fade away or how to change the background colours. It was well worth upgrading to premium.
P1014545, originally uploaded by itsamistry.
I absolutely love the colours in this set definately me colours. I always get lovely remarks from people when I wear it. The AB coating doesn't half make it sparkle -such a happy feeling set whether you wear the necklace or bracelet on its own its sure to get you noticed.
This one reminds me of being on a remote Island far away from anywhere. Where the sea is green the sands are golden and you only have to click your fingers for your next margarita. LOL I wish - happy dreaming.
Aaaaannnnnd another one but this time with smaller sized beads so the loops are smaller.. This one to has 259 beads sewn onto it - yep glutton for punishment. The end result is amazing so worth the struggle to attach the base of the ring.
Here is another sieve ring. It has exactly 259 beads sewn onto it. How do I know this I hear you ask. Well there are 37 holes and each hole has 7 beads stitched into it - 3 red 1 blue 3 red. will I be making anymore well lets just say I won't be sitting here making hundreds of them. I had more trouble attaching the ring base that I nearly pulled it apart. Glad that I didn't though as it looks amazing on. I used size 8 matsuno seed beads for this ring.
Gotta love this ring. It has 37 4mm round agates with silver matsuno size 11 seed beads.
I've had these sieve rings for I don't know how long. i found them today while rummaging through one of my boxes looking for something completely different. I bought them while shopping and you know how you pick things up to make up "some" day and that day never comes well today was the day for them to be made up. I think this one looks pretty cool. Its just over an inch long in diameter.
I think I feel a ring making session coming on.
Organic Quad beads by Kaz from CheekyCherubDesigns, originally uploaded by itsamistry.
Its amazing how different these beads look when paired with different colours.
The ones with the black semi precious buttons are teamed up with copper swarovski pearls and the one with the orange/tan coloured buttons are teamed up with lovely champagne coloured swarovski crystals.
See more beauties here www.cheekycherubdesigns.co.uk
Ok so here are the pics of the real thing. I've made 2 vines one slightly smaller than the other because she's not sure how far down her head she wanted the vine to go. I've used the Xillion Swarovski AB crystals 6mm and 4mm with a smattering of some 3mm pearls and 6mm light opal with sterling silver wire.
I made these as practice pieces. I've been asked to make some kind of hair accessorie for one of the girls at my hairdressers. She gets married at the end of August. Talk about leaving it to late. She'd originally decided that she didn't want anything in her hair but changed her mind a few weeks ago. These were a couple of the samples I made for her to give her an idea of what a hair vine was.
Fingers crossed these are accepted for the PAT at iATC there's definately no hand drawn element on them.
Rubber stamp, handmade paper, flower soft (to imitate coral) shell beads, gel pens, pearlescent paints acetate and gold heart brads and a little bit of glitter
WOW how cool is that my card has been chosen for June at iATC http://www.illustratedatcs.com/info/monthly_ATCs.html