Words of late artist Frank Howell...I totally relate!

"There are few days off and no retirement from this entanglement of knowledge, passion and vision that will be molded and converted into creative expression. There are no guarantees of acceptance, understanding or reward, but...the noise inside the mind never ceases. I will paint today, tonight and for as many tomorrows as I am given..." Words of the late artist Frank Howell...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fab Fashion Fridays- Over 50 Daily Casual Look

It's time once again for Fab Fashion Friday and today I'm sharing another casual look that will become your favorite outfit for everyday wear...the one you throw on in a hurry to run errands and such without having to put too much thought into it.  The main piece is a chambray denim shirt dress.  I'm showing it here both with and without capri leggings.  I had a similar dress and wore it until the pockets were coming undone!  It was completely worn out when I finally parted with it.  I plan to order this one as soon as I'm finished with this post.  It's a great price point and so versatile that it's well worth the money.  I would wear it without the leggings, but I know many ladies our age feel a little too naked showing that much leg.  I'm only 5'4", so I can get away with the length of dress.  My knees do show, but I've been able to get away with it without strange looks so far...yes, I'm actually watching for the strange looks!  If they ever do start, I'll know it's time to add a ruffle to the bottom of the dress! Seriously though, if you feel like you need a little more coverage, put on the leggings.  Either way you choose to wear it, flat shoes are in order.  I'm showing four different options for shoes and accessories so that you can get an idea of what will work.  Just remember to keep it casual and comfortable with this shirt...You should start seeing shirt dresses in the stores soon.  I'm getting the idea that they are about to become a fashion staple once again.

Note:  In the description listed under the collection picture, it refers to a "long dress"...I'm not really sure why they called this a long dress, because it is definitely not long, unless they are thinking that it's a long shirt...Ignore that and let the picture speak for itself.  The link does work - if you click on it, it will take you to the correct place to purchase the dress.

Fab Fashion Over 50- Daily Casual Look

Long dress

Juvia burnout tank top
$56 - jades24.com

SPANX capri legging

TOMS flat

Keds vegan shoes

Via Spiga leather flat

Mara Hoffman red purse

Bop Basics beige tote

Floral purse
$15 - next.co.uk

JENNY JENNY jenny jewelry
$61 - boticca.com

Brooks Brothers anchor jewelry

Teardrop necklace

Charlotte Russe collar necklace

Bridge jewelry

Thanks for joining me for another episode of Fab Fashion Friday! Plan to visit again next week to see what I'm putting together, and have a great weekend!

My Silversmithing Adventure Continues

Today I'm sharing an update on my silversmithing adventure.  I've completed two more very simple pieces and I'm at the point now where I'm thinking I'm ready to try something a little bit (a tiny bit!) more complex.  I'm learning more with every class, and I'm getting to the point where I'm enjoying it more with every project.  The only real problem at this point is that I am having trouble seeing the tiny little details (like prongs) that I really need to be able to see!  I think there's something available for metalsmiths and jewelers to wear to flip down for magnification...I will look into that later today, because my eyes are getting old like the rest of my body and they need help.  So, that's the update...Now I'll share my two newest pieces.

The Silver and Amethyst Pendant/Enhancer

So, this piece is very simple and highly polished with a faceted, emerald cut amethyst that I picked up years ago.  I just sawed out a piece of metal, filed and cleaned up the edges and soldered a pre-made setting onto the pendant.  Then I set the stone into the setting, closed the prongs and polished everything to shine and sparkle!  I'm showing it on a simple silver chain that I already had, but I'm thinking I will either buy or make a neck wire. I think I would like this pendant up higher on my neck.  I'm loving the idea of making pendants with the enhancer hook because of the versatility it gives.  I will use this enhancer style many more times, I'm sure.

It was hard to get indoor pics of this piece...I needed good light to get that amethyst color to really show up, so I set this up at the big dining room window.  I did manage to get a couple of good shots, but...

...we are having such a gorgeous sunny day, that I think I need to take the new amethyst and silver pendant outside for a photo shoot.  I will stage it on some cool books that I recently purchased at our library sale.  (More about those in another post...)  I do realize that these colors came across maybe a bit bright and harsh, but that's okay, because I'm all about that color. I'll suggest you protect your eyes by putting on sunglasses to view the next pics!

The Silver Stamped Bracelet with Obsidian Beads

It was near the end of class and I still had some studio time left, so I wanted to make something fast out of scrap silver.  I cut a small bar shaped piece, filed and cleaned up the edges, and stamped the word "DREAM" in a sort of wonky fashion (I didn't want it all perfectly lined up, because I'm weird like that...) and filled in each letter with a black Sharpie fine point marker.  I drilled a hole in each end, then shaped it to give it a slight curve to fit the wrist.  A quick polish and it was finished. When I got home, I strung the obsidian beads to complete the simple bracelet.  The pics were taken before it was actually finished, but it's easy to get the idea. 

I've got some more fun silver pieces planned, so stay tuned.  I'll share them when they're finished.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday- Celebrating Color- Blue

True blue...today it's all about the pure blue color that is found on the color wheel as one of the three primary colors (with the other two being yellow and red)... Primary colors are special.  Why?  Because they carry the workload of the entire spectrum of colors; it is from these three colors that all other colors are made.  

Now, think about blue for a minute...What comes to mind?  I immediately think of blue eyes, cobalt blue glass and ceylon blue sapphires.

What popped into your mind when you thought about blue?

Here are some pretty blue things that I found...

Via Onewed.com

Of course, I had to find some blue suede shoes!

Via dmarge.com

Via 1stdibs.com

Via Buzzfeed.com

Via Indulgy.com

Via  kriegerdenis940 Flickr.com

Now, I'll share some blue with the complementary color, orange.

Via Delish.com

Via Michael Zeigler on Flickr.com

Since I'm in Alabama, I can't leave the blue and orange color story without mentioning the school colors for Auburn University - Blue and orange.  I'm not going to include a pic here, as the logo is a registered trademark and I don't want to ruffle any feathers!  If you pay attention to school colors, they will very often be complementary colors on the color wheel.

What we call "navy" blue is pure blue with black added to it.  Here is is shown with the complement, orange.

Via Aliexpress.com

When white is added to pure blue, it becomes a very tranquil light blue, sometimes referred to as baby blue.

Via Go4costumes.com

Via Leron.com

That's about all I can think of to share with you for the blue post...I'll be back next week to explore blue-violet.  Thanks for following along with me on our trip around the color wheel!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mystery Wood Fragment

Hi everyone!  I'm hoping someone can help me identify what this beautiful fragment originally was. I've had it for years.  When I found it in an antiques store, it was marked "unknown" and I purchased it to use simply as a fragment to display in a vignette. Recently, as I was going through my things searching for Gypsy looking pieces for the Gypsy bedroom, I pulled this out thinking it could work for something.  When my original bed idea didn't work (that post here), I remembered this piece and thought it could make an interesting canopy over the bed.  Well, the canopy idea didn't work either, because the bed has to be centered between the two existing lights on the wall, and I don't have a stud or joist in the center, either on the wall or the ceiling.  We don't want it to come crashing down on us, and I don't want to use a toggle bolt to put a big hole in the drywall to have to patch later.  I could probably get away with hanging it off center, but I don't think I would be happy with that....It will probably end up in another vignette on top of the wardrobe, but I would like to know what it is.  Just one of those things...I need to know. 

This is the back side.  It has four eye hooks as if it hung from something.  This is how I was going to hang it if the canopy idea had panned out.

...and, in the center of the back side, it has a "threaded" hole, like a post was screwed into the piece here.

Any ideas?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

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Easy Valentine's Day DIY Conversation Heart Necklace

I made lots of these a couple of years ago when I had an art gallery and they sold like crazy. They were intended to be for the kids...but a funny thing happened - the grown up ladies liked them, too.  I thought this would be a fun little easy DIY to share with you since the holiday of hearts and love is right around the corner.   If you would like one, but you'd rather not make it, I have just a few left in my shop, JujuQueen, and they're on sale through February 4th, 2015.  If you do want to try your hand at making them, read on...

What you will need:

  • Candy conversation hearts
  • 2-part Epoxy Resin (available in paint department at Lowe's)
  • Popsicle sticks for stirring
  • Several disposable glass or heavy plastic containers for mixing resin
  • No stick craft mat, waxed paper or parchment paper
  • Drill, drill press or Dremel type tool with tiny drill bit
  • Head pins from jewelry making department of your favorite craft store
  • Ball chains or ribbon
  • Emery board to clean up edges

You will need to have everything set up and ready to work quickly, as the epoxy resin has a short window of work time, and can't be left in mixing bowl if it's plastic. (It will melt plastic container.)  Also, make sure you're working in a dust free environment...(I have cats, so I have to work in the studio where they don't go), otherwise dust and hair will find a way into the resin and drive you crazy!

Pick out the hearts that you wish to use, and lay them out on your prepared (waxed paper or one of the other options) surface, face down.  You will apply resin to the back first. 

Mix a very small (as per instructions on box) amount until you learn how far it goes.  You don't need as much as you would think.  Once it's mixed, put a little on the backside of each heart and spread it around with the Popsicle stick.  It is self leveling, so you don't have to get it perfect with the stick. Allow them to dry, then turn them over with front facing up.  

You will need to mix another small batch (use a clean container) of the resin for the front sides.  Mix and repeat as above.

Let dry and check for any missed spots.  If you find spots that need to be covered, mix another small amount and touch up.  It is important that they are completely encapsulated in the resin, or they will break down over time.

When dry, if you have rough or uneven edges, you can clean them up with the emery board. Then drill tiny holes through the top center.  Using simple jewelry making techniques, insert head pin so that head is in the front.  Bend pin upward and wrap pin around round nose pliers, then down around to wrap.  Wrap three times, then snip with wire cutters. Using your flat nose pliers, flatten cut end so that sharp edges can't be felt.

"I'm In Love" Pink Conversation Heart Necklace

"I Heart You" Green Conversation Heart Necklace

"I'm In Love" Orange Conversation Heart Necklace

"Too Cool" White Conversation Heart Necklace

"You Rock" Lavender Conversation Heart

I just took these pictures last week, and these pieces are three years old, so they do hold up well.  The only thing I've noticed is that the colors have faded very slightly over the years...not much, but if you turn them over and look at the back, you can tell.

Let me know if you make these, and how it worked out for you.  

I also have other Valentine's Day gift options available in my shop also, with a sale going until February 4, 2015.  Would love to have you visit...link here.  JujuQueen

Thanks for dropping by!  I appreciate my readers...

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