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A little surprise was waiting for me when I got home from work on this last day of March……..


An advance copy of this lovey magazine, which won’t be in stores until tomorrow (although I have since heard that at least one store put them out last weekend)……  And what’s inside, you ask?  Well, there is this……..

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And this………

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It’s always an honor to be featured in this magazine.  The photos of my work are just lovely.  I can tell these special pieces have been enjoying their California vacation!

While waiting for the Winter that just won’t End to finally breathe its last breath, I have kept myself busy in the studio.

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I’ve been working with moonstones, pearls and aquamarines to create some gorgeous (if I do say so myself) earrings.  I also decided to go way out of my textile and jewelry loving comfort zone to create a mixed media collage tutorial for A Gilded Life’s Gilded Girl Stash Society.  The hand-made papers they sent me to work with in this month’s kit were to die for – I had to find a way to use them.

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The sun is shining.  Spring has finally arrived.  Welcome April!

Collections – Vintage and Antique Handbags

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Handbags and Purses.

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So very personal.

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We keep our lives in them.

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I am drawn to these elements of days gone by.

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Statements of style, beauty and workmanship.  One of a kind.  Special.

Meangadh = Smile

2014-02-23 10.57.26Well, March has arrived with the threat of more cold weather and snow.  I see a bit of blue sky out my studio window right now, however so I will “Meangadh”, which is Irish Gaelic for “smile”.

To usher in the month, I created a Gaelic-inspired wrap bracelet tutorial for A Gilded Life’s Gilded Girl Stash Society.

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You may remember the sneak peek of these cute covered buttons , which feature some wonderful vintage ephemera that I had scanned and then printed onto fabric. I incorporated some of these onto the wrap bracelet.

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I am sharing these cute little clover girls with you to use in  your March creative projects. Clover Girls Scrap scan 300 dpi I would love to hear about how you used them!!

In the Studio

I am waiting patiently for Spring to arrive.  The Witch Hazel is blooming, and the snow has pretty much melted away.  To keep myself busy on these chilly Winter days I have been playing with Ice Resin. ice resin bonbon heartsThese little heart bonbons were made using a heart candy mold.  I added a little charm and some pretty script paper for the backing.  They will be turned into pendants, I think.

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Gorgeous, right?

I have a few projects in mind, and started working on one today.  Here’s a sneak peek!

2014-02-22 17.09.53I just love how this little covered button turned out.  It features some of my favorite vintage ephemera, that I scanned and then printed onto fabric.  Perfect for a little Gaelic-themed project, don’t you think?  March is just around the corner, after all!

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Gosh is it February already?  January was basically a very cold blur.  I did have some lovely time in the studio during the past couple of weeks though.  Here’s a peek at what I’ve been up to…….

Making jewelry…..

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And creating tutorials for A Gilded Life……

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I appreciate having the time to work with such glorious and inspiring materials, old and new.  Each piece starts as a bit of story in my head, brought to life in a swirl of lace, pearls, rhinestones and other glorious bits.  There’s a chance for a bit more snow in a couple of days – perhaps some extra time in the studio?

In the meantime I will play with some fabrics and jewels,

and wish for Spring.

Just a Bit Bohemian….

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This weekend I found a way to use up some of my many scraps of antique lace, leftover bits from various projects – too tiny to make anything substantial, but too beautiful to just throw away.

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After making the first belt, I felt compelled to continue……..

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And continue yet some more!

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These belts are a bit like my affirmation cuffs, only on a bit larger scale.

Now to just create some buckles worthy of these denim and lace works of art!

Looking Forward to a New Year of Creative Adventures

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Wow!  Is it 2014 already?  I have to say that last year seemed to just fly by.  Of course I was busy with the usual stuff – teaching, gardening, plus getting my kid off to college. Then there was all of the wonderful creative stuff – Attending the Spellbound Art Retreat, working as a Design Team Member for A Gilded Life, and getting the exciting news that some of my work will be published in an upcoming issue of Jewelry Affaire.

I can also share now that as part of the Design Team for A Gilded Life, I had the amazing opportunity to work on samples and projects using their new bezels, dies and texture plates – a collaboration with Spellbinders that is being unveiled as we speak at the CHA Mega-trade show in California.  Trust me when I say that these pieces are an absolute blast to work and have such unlimited possibilities for all kinds of projects. These materials will be available at JoAnnes and Michaels very soon!  Here is a quick peek at some of the projects I created for A Gilded Life to share at the trade show.CHA purse watermark


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I guess Debbie and Shea from A Gilded Life like my work, because they have asked me to continue on as a Design Team member, which means I will continue to receive wonderful materials from them to play and create with.  Developing tutorials for them has been an enriching and challenging experience, and I am grateful and excited to be able to work on more of them this year.

2013 was a most wonderful year, and I am really looking forward to what 2014 will bring my way.

Happy New Year everyone!

A Bit of Glitz

I’m sure everyone has been busy getting ready for the holidays.  I have too, but thankfully I still find time for a bit of creative fun in my studio.  The December box of supplies arrived from Debbie and Shea of A Gilded Life.  I am really enjoying serving as one of their Design Team Members this year. Such lovely treasures to work with – it’s almost impossible not to come up with something elegant and lovely.

Here’s a sneak peak at the latest tutorial I created for A Gilded Life’s Gilded Girl Stash Society.watermark 1

Just perfect for an evening out on the town or a special holiday party!

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Here are some of the wonderful projects I have been working on over the past couple of months for A Gilded Life……

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These projects were all created with materials from A Gilded Life’s Gilded Girl Stash Society monthly boxes (October and November, respectively). As a Design Team member for A Gilded Life, I have the wonderful opportunity to create tutorials using each month’s materials.  The tutorials are posted on the Gilded Girl Stash Society’s private blog.  You can find out more about the Gilded Girl Stash Society here.  I can’t wait to see what the December box brings!

Embracing Spellbound

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As I previously mentioned, I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Spellbound Art Event in Pasadena, CA.  This event is put on by the uber-talented Mother and Daughter Team of Debbie Murray and Shea Fragoso, otherwise known as A Gilded Life.  I didn’t think last year’s event could possibly be topped – but indeed it was!  Things started off with a pre-event sorrie at A Gilded Life’s new studio space in Santa Ana. 2013-11-06 20.43.01

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each participant was gifted with an awesome linen tote overflowing with art supplies.  And then, Spellbinders brought in Artisian X-Plorer machines and bags of dies for all the participants!  2013-11-08 15.21.04

The group project that evening was embellishing cute little crafting aprons.  The evening wrapped up with the swaps.  My Textile Treasures Zip Bag swap was a big hit – so many lovely little bags, just bursting full of treasures!!  Thanks to all the ladies who participated!

Friday and Saturday were all about classes – new techniques tried, friends made, lots of laughter and creating to be had.

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Sunday the event wrapped up with a trip to the Rose Bowl Flea market.  Acres of amazing things. 2013-11-10 11.52.37

I shopped.  I shopped some more.  I came home with 2 bags more than I arrived with.  Can’t wait til’ next year!