Friday, October 21, 2016

We're All Ears :: October Challenge

 Wheat Field with Cypress Trees by Van Gogh
Since the weather has been all over the news for a lot of the month of October 2016, it seemed that it might be a good inspiration for this month's We're All Ears challenge.  So our challenge is the weather... wind patterns, cloud formations, precipitation... whatever we would like to represent! I selected clouds for my specific inspiration.

Pale blue earrings by BayMoonDesign
The blues, greens and whites in clouds of the Van Gogh painting were the inspiration for my pair of pale blue earrings. These modern blue earrings are made with handmade artisan Ming porcelain beads by artisan Scorched Earth. Gunmetal ear wires and beads are used to compliment the gray in the pastel blue beads. There are also little pops of green in this light blue jewelry. I love the rustic look of these handmade boho earrings. The long earrings are light and comfortable to wear and measure 2 inches in length.

                                                         Photo credit:

I focused on the browns, beiges, whites and swirls in the clouds of this dramatic photo for my next pair of earrings.

Brown ceramic earrings by BayMoonDesign
These textured brown ceramic earrings are earthy and rustic.  The brown ceramics and jasper beads  dangle below natural brass ear wires.   The beige and brown earrings have natural brass ear wires that go great with brown and beige of the ceramics and jasper beads with a hint of orange.  The artisan ceramics are made by Marsha Neal Studio.  

Glacier National Park, Montana
I spent some time recently in Montana and I enjoyed the magnificent scenery and pristine environment.  The sky there is often a brilliant blue that you rarely if ever see on the east coast or near any major urban center. 

Glacier National Park, Montana
Sometimes I forget how blue the sky can look especially when there are white puffy clouds for contrast.  At Glacier National Park, the white of the glaciers also highlights how blue the sky is.

                                                               Glacier National Park, Montana

Weather can change quickly in the mountains.  In some parts of the park, we were so high up in elevation that we drove through the clouds.  One day we drove through light rain, light snow, and fog. We were rewarded with this gorgeous rainbow!  I came away from this trip with lots of inspiration from the weather, clouds, and wind. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Favorite Fall Finds

Fall leaves
I am amazed at how fast October is flying by.  Can you believe it’s already halfway over? Autumn is one of my favorite seasons of the year, and I’m trying to enjoy every minute of fall while I can. I hope you have a happy weekend and enjoy a few of my fall favorites.
Favorite Fall Earrings:
Textured Brown Earrings by BayMoonDesign
These textured brown ceramic earrings are earthy and rustic -- qualities of fall. The brown ceramics and jasper beads dangle below natural brass ear wires. They are light and comfortable to wear. The earrings have natural brass ear wires that go great with brown and beige of the ceramics and jasper beads. The artisan ceramics are made by Marsha Neal Studio.
Favorite Fall Clutch:

                      Argyle Design Felted Clutch by TwiceNicePurses

Fall is a time to show argyle. This pretty little clutch by TwiceNicePurses is made from a very soft repurposed sweater. The gray argyle design is a nice contrast with the light purple. There is a pocket inside, a magnetic snap and a handle that can be easily attached and detached.
Favorite Fall Soap:

                       Pumpkin Cheesecake Soap by PipingHotSuds

Pumpkin Cheesecake Soap by by PipingHotSuds is a autumn favorite of mine.  The smell of this natural soap is yummy smelling. Pumpkin pie spice is used for the color (and smell) and cloves and ginger root essential oils are added! Great for the holidays and all year long! It is perfect for men and women
Favorite Fall Holiday:  Thanksgiving
Be Thankful Banner by ShopatLilys

Thanksgiving is my favorite fall holiday because it is a time when my family gathers together from different parts of the country to celebrate what we are most thankful for and to enjoy a meal together. This Be Thankful Banner! by ShopatLilys will be strung across our fireplace mantle. This banner is made using orange and kraft paper cardstock. Each pennant measures 5" by 3.75" and has been strung using jute twine.
Favorite Fall Scene:  

Favorite “Aww”:
How are you getting into the fall spirit? 
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Change of Seasons and Favorite Fall Accessories by Crafty Friends
Maybe it’s my amazing family and friends or maybe it’s the change of seasons, but I’ve been feeling the love lately and let’s just say it shows in favorite accessory that I made this week and items found among some of my favorite crafters.   There’s nothing better than stumbling across something that immediately puts a smile on your face.  Just keep scrolling to see what has me smiling this week…

Favorite Earrings that I made:

Fern Earrings by BayMoonDesign

These fern earrings are made from natural brass sheets that have been embossed with a fern pattern. love the look of the greens in these green leaf earrings. The green earrings are hand painted with patinas to created this fern jewelry. The metal has a protective coating to keep the color vivid for years to come! I have hung them on brass ear wires and added green beads at the top. Natural brass ear wires add to the earthy look. This leaf jewelry is nature inspired and are perfect casual green earrings. These green leaf earrings are a perfect gift for the outdoors lover.

Favorite DIY Kit:
Beaded Gourd Kit

This sparkling beaded craft project called Peaks and Valleys, was developed by Lynn aka Midnightcoler and taught at the NC Basketmakers Convention in March of 2016.   You'll learn to bead coil a zig zag rim to crown this vibrant gourd bowl, then add sparkling accents to complete it. It starts with an organically grown prepared gourd from Lynn's garden.   Kit includes a prepared organically grown gourd (approx 3 1/2 - 4 1/2" or so, sizes vary a bit,) coordinating bead mix, thread, beading needle, bead stops, gems, complete instructions. An enjoyable, relaxing project. 

Beaded Gourd Kit by Midnight Coiler

Project takes approximately from 5 to 7 hours, with most completing it in around 6 hours. This project is easy, and is for all levels, from beginner to experienced beaders. It's suitable for adults or for some older children who can handle a beading needle and scissors. 

Favorite handmade fall wreath:

Fall wreath by laurelsbylaurie
I love this artificial eucalyptus wreath in lovely orange and yellow.  The artificial eucalyptus used is soft, light & airy, and not heavy at all. The wreath is made on a 24" x 24" grapevine twig base so the finished piece measures about 24" x 24". Wired on the center front of the wreath is a "fall" word sign. There is a wire attached on the back of the wreath for hanging. 

Favorite fall handmade headband:
Hand knitted fall headband by fizzaccessory
This  orange and green headband by fizzaccessory is knitted in the two colors and embellished with cross stitch. It is a unique design and a perfect accessory for cold weather. It keeps your head and ears warm. It is hand knitted with soft high quality wool acrylic mix yarn. 

                                               hand crafted pumpkin pin by PaintFabricWhimsey

Hand crafted Pumpkin Pin:

Isn't this perfect for fall holidays! This unique, hand crafted pumpkin pin by PaintFabricWhimsey features quilt quality cotton fabric with hand beaded leaf and coordinating orange glass beads sewn around the edge.  A touch of paint here and there has been added for emphasis. This pin features two adorable little pumpkins side by side. This pin is mounted on a small 1" metal bar pin. It measures approximately 1 1/2" x 2 1/2", which includes the stem.

Are you feeling the love yet?

I can’t wait to hear which of these is your favorite!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Art Charm Swap for Beads-of Courage and Fundraiser Auction

photo credit: Andrew Coelho: Unsplash
Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?  
                              Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker's Guide to thE Galaxy (1979), Chapter 16

I am very excited to be participating in an Art Charm Swap and Charity Event with the theme --fairy tales! Simply put, a fairy tale is a children's story about magical creatures. Fairy tales can have dwarves, elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, goblins, mermaids, trolls, or witches, and usually magic or enchantments.

I selected fairies as my magical creature to use as an inspiration for an art charm.  The term fairies can describes any magical creature, including goblins or gnomes.   At other times, the term only describes a specific type of more ethereal creature.  In modern fairy tales, fairies are usually depicted as tiny human-appearing creatures with wings and the ability to perform magic.  

I wanted to build a house for a fairy.  The above photo serves as an inspiration for where my fairy house would be located.  I wanted to make a fairy house that blends in with this setting.  I designed one that looks rustic and made from nature.  I created an acorn like roof. The house looks like it could be made from clay found in the earth.  The colors I used are colors found in nature with a magical sparkle added.

Fairy House created by BayMoonDesign

I began by cutting dark annealed steel wire 22 gauge.  I love the rustic and earthy look it gives.   I used round pliers and wire pliers as well as carving tools.  I cut 4 to 5 inches of steel wire.  

I then made a loop at the bottom and attached one of the tiny, rustic acorns that I purchased from Maya Honey.  I love the small size and the fact that the design is on both sides.  

To create the fairy house, I mixed a tiny bit of emerald green color polymer cay with a yellowish green shade of clay.  I rolled the clay into a round ball and put my steel with the charm through the bottom center to the top center.  I squeezed the polymer clay ball gentle to form an oval shape and used one of my tools to press down the clay on the bottom half of the oval.  I ended up with a mushroom like top for a roof.


I textured the roof with this part of a pine cone and applied bronze PearlEx that I had on hand for the caps of the acorn. Next I used brown, yellow, and orange clay for the door, windows, and door knob.  I made the doors and windows and then applied them onto my fairy house.  The bronze PearlEx was then applied with tools.  I heated the charms for about 45 minutes at 265 degrees.

 11 Fairy House charms ready to ship

Each participant makes 10 charms to swap, plus 1 extra to be auctioned off later with 100% of the bid price going to Beads of Courage If you would like your very own fairy house like this one and want to help this good cause, you are in luck.  This fairy house is being sold for this Beads of Courage fundraiser.   I love their mission, which is "providing innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them." What's not to love about this?  

                                Here are the 10 charms that I received in this exchange.  

I love each charm that I received in the exchange and I can't wait to see what else folks made.  There were lots more than 10 participants, but 10 is all I received in the exchange.  I will need to checkout all of the blogs below to see what else is being auctioned and to see the rest of the charms that were created.  I will give the details of the auction in a future blog.  

A special thanks to the organizer of this event --Jen Cameron.
Please visit each participant's to find out about their experience and to see what they made for the auction:

Alenka Obid

Do you believe in fairies? If you believe clap your hands.
Don't let Tinker die.
J. M. BarriePeter Pan (1904); "Tinker Bell" thought she could get well again if children believed in fairies.