Friday, March 17, 2017

Sea glass inspired necklaces

Inspired by the little seaside town where I live 

and the ever-changing colors of the sky and ocean 

these tumbled glass beauties were created

 by mixing and matching a variety of natural materials

with bright beautiful shades of blues and greens.

I wanted to create multilayered multifaceted pieces

that can be layered or worn alone

and are perfect for that statement pop of color.

Grateful to have them included in the latest Jewelry Affaire Magazine!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Treasured vintage button collection

I pulled out my button box and gathered together over 50 

of my all time favorite vintage gold toned buttons.

A wide piece of elastic was the perfect base to attach them to. 

I cut it to fit my wrist and dyed it to match.

Some of my treasured collection of vintage gold tone buttons

that have been hidden away for so long are brought out and

 all lovingly hand sewn onto a piece of wide elastic 

that I dyed to match.

I love it!   

Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too!

I couldn't seem to stop with just one!



Sunday, January 8, 2017

Fun with succulents!

My local Anthropologie hosted a little workshop on how to create 

headbands using succulents.

Bits of lace used as a base, glue guns and lots of little 

succulent bits were strewn across the tables.

Julie, from House of Sunshine, was giving us suggestions 

on how to create our pieces.


We were surrounded by beautifully displayed inspiration 

and provided with light refreshments.


 Here is my completed little number displayed as a hat band.

On a bed of greenery,

and below, on my girlfriend Marlo's beautiful head!

 That was fun!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

My latest masterpiece in clay,

inspired by black and white photographs of a beautiful old statues

 and amazing masses of flowers at a cemetery in Paris.

I've created this vase using heavy cotton fabric dipped in slip 

and artfully sculpted to create the massive flowers 

embellishing the top.

This is just how my imagination works...

I'm feeling blessed and thrilled with the result just out of firing!


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fishnet with seashells pitcher

This lovely came about when a girlfriend gifted me 

with something new to experiment with.

A cotton steaming cloth that made me think of fish netting.

I dipped it in slip and draped it across a pitcher shape

then added some of my seashell pieces to attach it here and there.

Because the netting was a rather tight weave

 I had to blow out some of the clay 

so it would show off the pattern and design.

Continuing the asymmetrical composition on the opposite side 

with my seashell creations.

YaY, another successful experiment!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Power tools and puree marbles

in combination used for embellishing my redwood fence

It began when my neighbor gifted me with a handful of golden colored marbles 

and I thought they would be perfect for creating a sea star for the sun to shine through.

So I  pulled out my pink (I wish, just kidding) power drill and went for it!

But it didn't quite read the way I expected and after drilling 15 holes there is no going 

back so I decided to make a ceramic sea star to be next to it 

hoping you would get the idea. 

And of course you can't have just one ceramic shell, 

so I made several and a seahorse too!

with tiny blue puree marbles confiscated from the same neighbor and used as bubbles.

This is the fun view that I have of it from my kitchen 

window with the sun shining through.



Saturday, May 14, 2016

Latest lovelies out of firing

Ceramic vases embellished with handmade mushroom corals.

I was experimenting with turquoise glazes 

and chose to add a luster glaze in the final firing.

The tall peach colored vase is a wedding gift 

for the neighbor's daughter

 and the tall turquoise vase will be auctioned off at a local 

event held here in town called "A Taste for Charity". 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Analogous Color Mixing

on a simple square plate using egg shapes 

because Easter is just around the corner.

Numbering and mixing the color on the left

with the color on the right

and having a new color as shown in the middle.

warm colors before firing

 cool colors before firing

and adding specks by flicking a purple glaze 

with the toothbrush over the top becauseI like the look.

Happy Easter!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Latest sewing project

is a canvas tote with a Ralph Lauren paisley pocket 

and blue cord detailing.

It was one of those wonderful canvas bags 

that comes with the company's logo printed on the front

that my neighbor was giving away.

 I chose to cover the logo with a great big pocket

and a little embellishing.

Perfect for toting your favorite magazines in!

Grateful to have it published in Greencraft Magazine!



Sunday, January 17, 2016

A coloring page

I wanted to create a coloring page 

that could be hand colored and then used as personal stationery

to share with others

because who doesn't love receiving snail mail?

And hand colored or painted is even better!

Of course we will need an envelope!


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Mermaid sail boat

created with porcelain clay

and a remnant of dotted swiss fabric was used for sails...

We cannot control the wind... 

but we can control our sail as it catches the wind.

Learn to set the sails of your perspective

 and use the winds to move you forward toward your goal.

Happy New Year friends!


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Playing with scraps of wood

My neighbor gifted me with a box full of small scraps 

of various sizes and types of woods. 

I knew in my imagination exactly what it was I wanted to create.

 I learned how to use some power tools and had fun designing 

and creating my latest cone shaped tree.

 Of course in my world, embellishment is needed

and I have a box full of beautiful seashells wanting to be shown off.

And a bowl of handcrafted ceramic shells that could be great!

Creativity continues here at the cottage by the sea.