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
Whew! I got Nikki’s birthday party done. She had a great time with all her funny friends. Apparently, to keep this crowd happy it takes is a pool, noodles, squirt guns, bubbles, glow sticks, stick on moustaches, a couple of sombreros, sour patch gummies, pizza, soda, skateboard keychains, cake and markers to write on the tablecloth. Good times…good times…
We had to use the table that I work on for the party, so now that I have it back I’m back in biz! I’m still into Halloween colors and goodies, getting stuff together to sell.
Why is it always food? – T
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 working on actually putting jewelry together with the quilt canes I’ve made. Assembling isn’t my favorite part. I do a good job an’ all, I just like doing the clay part better.
I did sell quite a few at the quilt guild meeting. This is good, it supports my creating addiction.
I think I need a larger variety of colors. I really only have this style and the multicolored one. I like having a choice when shopping, I’m sure I’m not the only one! – T
The other day I seemed to get a little push from the great beyond or something. I just had this feeling I need to add more stuff in my Etsy Shop. I didn’t question the feeling I just did it. Usually, I will question – is this good enough? I think we all do. Art is very personal. I have so much stuff made and ready to sell at a craft sale.
Digging around I found my Christi Friesen inspired dragons I made a while back. I have all her books, she’s awesome!
I really like this one, he’s my new favorite. – T
Extrusion Kaleidoscope Canes
Have any of you gotten addicted to the Makin’s Extruder? Every time I play with it I discover new and exciting things that it can do. I love making canes. Kaleidoscope canes never ceases to amaze me. I have found that if you make Skinner blends and roll them up and put them in the extruder you can come up with different effects depending on the disc you use in the end. By combining several different extrusions you can make some fabulous canes. I am teaching some of these wonderful techniques coming up in one of our Round Robin classes. If you would like to check it out see the San Diego Polymer Clay Guild website www.sdpcg.org for more information. Tina is also teaching her “Non-lethal Steampunk Jewelry” class the same day. It all happens July 16th. Check it out! -K
After teaching a few classes at The Bouncing Bead I couldn’t help getting back in the steampunk mood. I’ve made some rings and pendants for my Esty Shop. Back to silver overlay bottle caps, you know… fancy recycling.
Notice the little flower swirl in the pendant? I got that from one of Marie’s Etsy Shops – The Hoarder’s Closet. I kinda like that bit of pretty in it.
I thought all bottle cap jewelry was the same until I held other brands at the craft and hobby trade show last January. The ones from the scrapbook companies were really light weight, they almost felt like soda can metal.
I did not buy any.
These are from a jewelry manufacturer, Amate Studios. Big difference, these feel so much sturdier.
It looks like I just can’t get away from purple and blue. I’ll try to force myself to expand my color choices on the next thing I make…really! – T
I demonstrated at the San Diego County Fair on Saturday. The San Diego Polymer Clay Guild Has done that in the Home and Hobby section of the fair for years. It is fun to show people what the clay is all about and talk with the visitors. We let them make a bead if they were interested. Then they could come back after we had baked them and take them home. They all seemed very excited about doing it. Most of them couldn’t wait for them to finish baking and cool off. We had to give their bead in a paper towel because it was still hot from baking….
I had found out earlier in the week that my necklace had places first! Then when I got to the fair I found out that the bead that I had entered had also placed first. I had posted pitures previously. Very exciting! What fun! There is a lot of fabulous pieces of art in the Home and Hobby section of the fair. You should go check it out. People put a lot of heart and soul into their work. Of course we had to look around at all the other things at the fair. The worst thing I ate was probably the fried zuchini, and that is just because it was fried. I did not partake of any of the other “goodies”. So if you are in the area go visit the exhibits in Home and Hobby at the Fair. -K