Friday, May 21, 2010

Show What You Create Blog Party!

It's a blog party!  Andrea over at Vintage Bella Studio is hosting a blog party today where we can all show off what we make.   I show off a lot of what I make here.  I started off by scrapbooking many, many years ago.  But quickly found out I wasn't very good at keeping things neat & straight like the examples I saw in the scrappin' magazines.  So I started making things crooked on purpose.  I'd also get frustrated when I spilled my coffee or wiped my chocolate stained fingers on my pages.  So then I started staining things on purpose.  My sister now says my art looks dirty.  :-)  That's okay.  I'm not making it to impress anyone else... just to have fun myself.   Then I discovered Somerset Studio & the other magazines that Stampington publishes & I found my niche -- other people that like to make art out of junk!  Here's an example - a Bingo card collage where I used scraps of string, fabric, & lace, a reprinted photo of my grandmother & one of her old earrings, all displayed on an old Bingo card.
My craftiness continued to evolve to include more dimensional projects such as my altered hair brush, this clothes hanger...
...an old baby shoe pin cushion...
...I even decorate old bottles!
And after I made the bottle with the old rhinestone necklace I thought I'd try out some jewelry.  So here are some of the necklaces I've made so far:
You can probably see a pattern developing... rhinestones, earrings, beads& other pieces of old jewelry,  & skeleton keys.
I keep many of the things I make, but I do live in a small townhouse so I give many as gifts.  That's a little hard sometimes 'cause some people don't like this style.  So I started listing them in my Etsy shop, too.
Can't wait to see what everyone else is making!  Don't forget to go visit Vintage Bella Studio.

19 comments:

Diana P. said...

Love the necklaces! I'm so happy there are so many other people who enjoy taking "junk" and turning it into treasure! Imagine if we didn't do this...all this stuff would just sit in a landfill somewhere. How sad would that be?!?

Karen Burns said...

Love your style! I am in love with found object work, as it seems you are, too. VERY nice!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Well, I for one love your style!! Glad you found your unique niche!
Smiles, Karen

Connie said...

We lived in the east bay until we move to Idaho, sugar! Nice to meet ya, chick. Darling blog and beautiful items you craft...
xoxo,
Connie

Crafty Gal Linda said...

Everything is so lovely! I make jewelry too and like using vintage components as well as new mixed. The bingo card is wonderful!

debi said...

I love your jewelry pieces...you do beautiful work! Love the blinged bottle too!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am visiting via Friendly Fridays.

I hope you'll stop by and enter my GIVEAWAY. I am celebrating that I recently graduated from college. It only took 23 years. :)

Linda said...

I love the bingo card. I don't do things straight either. Guess I'll just have to embellish them more.

Great post.

Kerin said...

I can't imagine who wouldn't love all of these!!!

Have to say I'm especially in love with the sweet little baby shoe.

OK I'm off to see your etsy shop! Oh by the way we're about to officially launch our Mixed Media Art etsy team if you are interested. ; )

Kerin
(another blog party-er)

L ~DIY Diva~ said...

wow those are some nice items!

~L~
join me for SHOE REVAMP WEEK 4/24-28
avidaccents.blogspot

Carousel Dreams said...

Oh, all such beautiful creations! I giggled when I read about how you got into creating your vintage pieces...I can so relate! I can't be 'perfect' no matter how hard I try...dirty art, love it! So much more interesting! And the baby shoe is to die for!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

What a Fun day this has been, seeing all the wonderful Creations, like Yours ~ I Love Your Altered, Mixed Media Treasures..... Thanks for Sharing

Geralyn Gray said...

Wow you have a way of turning the ordinary into something extrordinary!!!!

Andrea said...

Your so creative! I love everything you make! Thanks fo rplaying today!

Sabii Wabii said...

Love the necklaces! Love all the trinkets on them.
Terisa

Debbie Demmers-Lujan said...

Your work is beautiful! Visited your shop, too. Going to follow you and your are a favorite in my etsy....thanks, debbie

tales from an oc cottage said...

So pretty!

m ^..^

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

I love the "dirty" look on art - makes things like old and loved and like they have a story to tell.

Ann - thanks so much for the great package! I just got back from staying with a friend and found my lovely package awaiting me. I cannot wait to get creating with it all - so many things I haven't yet worked with. I am very excited! Thanks again!

Clever Karen said...

love the key necklaces - I've been playing around with making some similar to these, too.

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