"It's All About Creating" blog is 4 years old today! 1,023 posts! This blog has brought so much joy into my life it's hard to put into words. The readers who have made comments encouraged me and touched my heart.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday, May 30, 2013
One of the Mimbres pendants I made during the Barb Fajardo workshop. Barb is so sweet. She opened the weekend with "You have my permission to make as many of the Mandalas and Mimbres as you want for yourself, family and friends. You can even sell them. But, please, please do not teach it because it is how I make a living!" Who couldn't respect that? Still creating more of these and remembering what a great workshop Barb taught.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
When I saw Badgley Mischka's large oval Navajo Deco Cuff (below), I was inspired to make one from polymer clay. I used Barb Fajardo's Mandala Madness technique to create my large round polymer clay cuff bracelet.
[As Seen in Shape Magazine]
Friday, May 24, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
HERE) to 35 around and pinned them to my Pinterest board (click HERE). Now, I am enjoying beading some of those old patterns and collecting new ones.
Monday, May 20, 2013
HERE) is from Anna Gray of Gray's Crafts. I love this tutorial for a simple roll on bangle. Anna's photos, supply list and instructions are excellent. If you are too busy beading other projects, Anna sells her birthstone bangles in various sizes on her Etsy site (click HERE).
Sunday, May 19, 2013
It's fun collecting photography props and jewelry displays. I love searching the internet for craft booth ideas (click HERE) and beautiful photographs of jewelry (click HERE).
Friday, May 17, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I slipped some lead-free soldering wire inside my Love & Kisses bead crochet bracelet so it can be worn on the upper arm, as a wrap or as a cuff.
Above is a bead crochet bracelet I also used lead-free soldering wire in (click HERE). After I cut the soldering wire, I always use a fine metal file to smooth all the edges. If not smoothly filed, any burr has the potential to tear the inner threads of the bead crochet.HERE for pattern) was made using size 8/0, 7 beads around. Just make sure there is enough room inside the bead crochet tube (or any beaded tube) to accommodate the soldering wire.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
HERE). I love this pattern. Renate was kind enough to give me permission to share. I hope all of you have a great weekend full of love and kisses.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
HERE). Below is Barbara on the right and me wearing my Mandala earrings and my Crackly Goodness pendant.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Barb Fajardo's Workshop. I was thinking about how great the weekend was. Before the workshop, I get happy-hyper buying supplies, conditioning clay and packing. Then I worry if I have everything and what am I going to do if I don't. My friend tells me, "It's all good, don't worry, just chill." During the workshop I'm so far in the zone, it's hard to reel back in. After the workshop, I can't wait to get home and play. What day is it? I'm still playing.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
I took Barbara Fajardo's excellent two day polymer clay workshop over the weekend. She is a wonderful teacher and an unbelievable polymer clay artist. Her website can be found HERE, her blog HERE and her Facebook page HERE. It has taken me until today to finally do a short post on it because I have been busy playing. It was one of the very best workshops I have ever taken. The above earrings were my first pieces completed. More to come.