Friday, December 18, 2009
What could be better - a jar of buttons, a willow pattern saucer, a brass buckle, rhinestone ear bobs, vintage black beads and some old pearls! Oh and the little bakelite dolly with articulated limbs!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
These badges were made from old comic and advertisments - just had to have a few of those!
Some of my fellow artists and their work - screenprints, sculpture and painting.
("Arty Farty" went to a woman whose partner is a man of science and always refers to her as being "arty farty"!)
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Yay for blog pals!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
This one is made from recycled silverware ( a tray ), sterling silver and the beads are yellow turqouise (eventhough it is more green than yellow!) and olive jade.
These are a new design I have been working on and are made from crockery shards and sterling silver. The red ones were a vase and also have a little bead on the front. The blue ones are made from one of those sweet little noodle bowls. Both were sourced from the op shop - of course! They have a little hook at the back that acts as a closure - you will have seen them in this post http://divajools.blogspot.com/2009/10/hang-it-all.html - which makes them nice and secure. I have made them a little shorter than the originals so they hang about 3cms below your lobe.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Generally, he lives in a vivarium in the lounge room - so I really do have a Lounge Lizard now! Now that the days are sunny and warm we have been taking him out for a spot of earwig and slater hunting - he is pretty fast! He really seems to enjoy catching his own lunch - well it is a bit more challenging than being fed a dozen crickets in a confined space where they have no chance of escape! When he is in his house he provides endless amusement for the kitten who likes to keep a close eye on him!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I bought a white shade from Target and recovered it by joining lots of different lushy fabrics and then embelishing with braids and ribbons! Some of these fabrics were from things my Mum had made and are over 30 years old. The final touch was a beaded ribbon around the bottom. I think it looked great - just right for the new BoHo look my friend was aiming for! Unfortunately I didn't get to see her unwrap it but the feedback was good and she is just the kind of girl to really value something that has been handmade. Yay for DIY!
Why bother shopping really?
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
My darling pal Melissa was on hand to help set up and run the show over the three days as well as feeding me ( gotta love all those home grown vegies!) and giving me a roof over my head! It was great to hang out together for the whole week - big thanks to her and her darling hubby who took the invasion in his stride!
This was my stall at the Paskeville Field Days - this event takes place in the middle of an enormous paddock! Being a rural event there is often a predominance of navy, khaki and pink - my little stall looks quite exotic in comparison!
I had a lot of "repeat offenders" who had purchased goodies from me two years ago and sought me out first thing! They sent hubbies off to gaze longingly at enormous farm equipment whilst they gave their credit cards an airing!
All these pics were taken on the first day - after that the stock dwindled and we spread things out - at this stage though it was a riot of colour and choice!
This was my favourite pair of ear-rings - in fact I think it was the only pair of "fancy" ones I made for the Field Days ( well the trouble with ear-rings is that you have to make two!) and they were snapped up really quickly! The new owner was dead delighted with them so that made me happy too!
I caught up with people that I literally only see at this event every two years and I met loads of new and interesting people too! All in all it was a great week - heaps of fun and succesful to boot!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Busy hands getting the hang of saw-piercing.
Debbie had never used a jewellery saw before today!
This was Debbbie's first sawing effort - cut from a copper penny - and she didn't even break a blade!
The heart takes shape.
This a spoon that we made into a pendant - there was sawing,filing,stamping,eyelet setting and wire wrapping involved - oh and adding patination!
Debbie also had a go at sawing material other than metal - the black butterfly is a vinyl record. She had just enough time to have a bit of a play with the doming block!
All in all Debbie was as proud as punch of her acheivements and I feel I have empowered another artisan to get out there and CREATE so I am very satisfied with that feeling! We handcrafters will take over the world one day! (insert evil laugh here!)