Tina and I along with Marie Segal will be selling at this fair. Rain or shine. Come join the fun!
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church will be hosting its’ 6th Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Sat November 12 from 9am to 3 pm. There will be over 60 local artisans and crafters this year offering Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday décor, pottery, jewelry and accessories, photographic art, unique gift ideas, specialty food items and gifts for all ages. Come shop for the perfect hostess or secret Santa gifts and get started on your holiday shopping early. Our Lady of Mt Carmel is located at 13541 Stoney Creek Rd. in Rancho Penasquitos at the corner of Carmel Mt. Rd and Stoney Creek. (intersection at the top of the hill at the light) Location is near the 56 and 15 Freeways. Hope to see you there!
I was knitting some new amulet bag necklaces and then got sidetracked by family stuff, not bad stuff, just busy. I finally finished one of the necklaces today.
I’ve got 8 more to go…oh goodie.
Yup, this is up for sale in my Etsy Shop. – T
I have been planning on making Birdhouses for some time now. We had a bunch of wood pieces left over from trimming the ends off of board when we built our fence. They are nice boards and I thought that they should not be wasted. So I decided that I would make some birdhouses and decorate them in some fun ways.
Today Marty and I got them all put together. We cut all the sections and then did an assembly line to put them together. I have big plans for the finishing of them. But for now they are all natural. I plan on putting wire and beads on them and possibly painting or washing some with a color stain. I figure I will do as the spirit moves me. -K
I taught the Extrusion Distortion Class a few weeks ago at the San Diego Polymer Clay Guild’s anual Round Robin. Here is the cane that I ended up making from the extrusions that I made. The gals that took the class seemed to really enjoy the class. They came up with some nice combinations of their own canes. The Makin’s Extruder is fabulous. I even literally dreamed up another technique that I have to try the next time I am working to make some simple beads. If it works like the dream it will be some really beautiful beads with very little work. I will let you know if it works like I hoped.
In the mean time get out your extruder and see what you can make. -K
Well, I received another special request. This time the customer wanted an Amulet Bag that I have listed… only in all black. I knew I could do it. I just forgot how long it takes and where the pattern was! I remember I enjoyed making the bags, not the prep. I asked for at least two weeks knowing that I would have to find a/my pattern, cotton, beads and needles and time. I figured it would be mostly taken up by searching.
This is what she saw…
After a little research I got to work. It all came back to me.
This is what I did for her.
It is hard to know what someone else has in mind. I hope she likes it.
This project has kicked-in the knitting bug again…yup, I’ve started two more! – T
I have been a bit scatter brained lately. Not really focused on anything in particular. I have not even told you about the wonderful classes I took from Marie Segal! I had 2 day chock full of information. I was able to read through the directions a day or two after the class. We had so much fun playing in the class. First of all she was teaching us how to use the amazing clay Cernit. It has some wonderful qualities. One day was devoted to the porcelain effects that you can get from it. I have lots of fun pieces in various stages of completion. With Marie you just never know what she is going to teach you next. Some times the simples thing is a big “awe ha” moment for the class.
We started off Saturday with a somewhat intense button making project. They all turned out great! We liked it so much several of us traded samples amongst us so we could go home with different examples. We did beads, caning and tassels using pearl ex and paint and ink. So if you ever get the opportunity take a class with Marie. It is sure to inform and entertain! -K
Lathe turned Bead
I promised I would tell you about my second entry for the San Diego County Fair. I made a bead that had a beach theme. It had a big wave, a sand castle, some footprints in the sand and a big sun. But it did not excite me. I had initially wanted to enter one of my beads that I turn on the lathe. So I looked around to see if I had one that was nearly finished. I found one that I really liked that just needed to be sanded and buffed to a nice shine. I wanted to add some wire and accent beads to dress it up a bit. I used some crystals. Give it a little Bling! I even created the Bead Stand for it so it can be displayed at the fair. You can check it out there. -K
Kaleidoscope Bead Necklace
It is that time of year again. Soon the smell of deep fat fried everything… will fill the air. I am talking about the San Diego County Fair. I entered two items in this year. First a necklace made from my Kaleidoscope cane beads. I had a particular vision in my mind. I kept thinking I should have taken pictures along the way. I would get the chains strung and then I would think of an idea that I thought would make a better design. So I would change it to the new idea. I think I went through at least 3-4 different variations. Even after I took pictures of it so I would have them to show you I changed the back necklace. I didn’t like it having the clasps on each side of the end of the three strand chains. I changed it to a single lobster claw clasp which hooks in the back. So if you want to see the final product you will have to visit the fair. Next time I will tell you about the other entry. It has a story also…. -K
I have made a bazillion polymer clay mint beads…or at least it feels like it!
This is also Cernit polymer clay. You gotta check out Clay Factory Inc., Howard’s waiting.
I used white(porcelain) with a little opaque white mixed in and red. I think, except for the size, they look very real.
This is only some of what I have! I don’t even have a plan for them all. Hmm, bracelets? necklaces? for ornaments? I know, a mini garland! – T
I have An Artfire Site where you cannot only see the things I am making, but purchase them.
Tina and Marie have been encouraging me to get going for some time now. I am a slow starter.
The above pendant is just on of the items available to you.
There are crosses and hinged pendants and other Kaleidoscope pieces.
You may just find something you can’t live without!
Please check it out and tell your friends.
I am always available to make special orders. I plan on making beads and canes for use in your pieces too.
Thank you for looking it over. Let me know what you think! -K