Friday, April 30, 2010

ELUKKA


I wanted to share with you an amazing clay artist from Finland that I found on ETSY! Her pieces are so fun and full of character! Each one has it's own personality and sense of whimsy...and they just make me smile. :)
I bought this little treasure from her, and when it arrived in the mail I loved it so much I had to buy a few more right away! They are less than 1.25" square (very tiny...just a little bigger than a quarter) and are her landscape version of domino/puzzle/lego pieces. Each is one-of-a-kind...and super cute!
Be sure to check out her blog at elukkapaja.blogspot.com and her ETSY site at www.etsy.com/shop/elukka. She adds new things practically every day and I'm always amazed at her creativity and talent!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Stitch Challenge #2

I fell a little behind with this one. It was supposed to be finished in early April, but better late than never! :) This is the second in a series of stitch challenges that I'm participating in over the next several months. Each piece is finished to 5" x 5" on a background of felted wool over linen.
The second challenge was as follows: use a TRIAD color scheme in combination with the CHAIN stitch. Here are my results...
I has having a lot of fun with the embellisher and didn't end up with much embroidery in this one. My colors were yellow-orange, blue-green, and red-violet. I was having a little trouble staying within only those color choices but found that keeping the design simple and letting each element be a color made my decisions easier.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Buried Treasure Necklace


My newest necklace, Buried Treasure, is an eclectic mix of beads in rich earthy browns with some green undertones. I took it to the gallery this morning and re-vamped my display case a bit with some new pendant/earring display stands as well.

If you're in town this weekend, be sure to take in the Italian Street Fair on Saturday, April 24th from 12:00 noon to 9:00pm on Gay Street & Market Square in downtown. It is part of the 9th annual Rossini Festival, and will be full of food vendors, artisans, and live music. The Art Market Gallery will have a booth, and the gallery itself is open as well on Gay Street during the entire event. Don't miss their silent auction in the gallery, where opening bids on artwork start at half price!

Handmade Glass Buttons


I got a handful of button mandrels to play with and had fun making these little guys. Aren't they cute? :) They're kind of addictive...so prepare to see more. I've listed them on Etsy.com if you're interested!