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...

Friday, November 27, 2015

Turkey Day & Back To Work On Down In The Delta

Hello everyone!  Hope you all got your fill of turkey and good times with family and/or friends.  We spent the holiday in Birmingham and had a wonderful time.  My niece hosted it in her new house, which was beautiful.  We were able to get to know her twin boys a little better, even though I'm ashamed to say, I still can't figure out which boy is which one...no matter how many times they tell me how to tell the differences!  I do know that one of them liked me a little and the other one didn't want anything to do with anybody except his Mimi, my sister.  They are at a cute age where they are trying to stand up, and I'm pretty sure they're a handful for their mom.  Anyway, thank you, Tyler, if you're reading this. We had a great time.

I went to work on Down in the Delta as soon as I arrived back home...I HAD to take advantage of those Black Friday deals online for business cards, rack cards and a banner for the actual event entrance.  Got some really good deals, so that will be good for the bottom line. If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, I would love for you to jump over there and take a look.  Down in the Delta, llc.  Let me know what you think!  Oh, and I have a blog/news page on that site, too!  If you have my blog on your blogroll, I would be so honored if you also followed the posts on that page. Here's a link: http://www.downinthedelta.net/news/

Linda of Coastal Charm has signed up to be a vendor!  I am so excited to have her...I've shopped Coastal Charm for years and I always love everything she brings to the shop! Thank you, LInda, for helping me get this thing kicked off!

Well, I'll be making more of Juju Queen's Junk jewelry over the next few days.  Still trying to get it all finished for the trunk shows.  I'll share when I have something more to show you.

Thanks for reading!  I appreciate each and every one of you.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thanksgiving, Teaching Friends to Solder and Trunk Shows

Hello friends!  Is everyone looking forward to Thanksgiving?  I know I am...nothing better than spending time with my family and feasting on turkey.  I've got to get busy working on those desserts I'm supposed to bring this year.  I hosted it last year, so this year, making two desserts feels way too easy!

I have been extremely busy trying to make jewelry for a couple of trunk shows that I'm doing, and I just shot a few pics to give you a glimpse into what I'm making.  I had some friends over on Friday to teach them how to solder jewelry, and that was fun.  They each took home a couple of pieces and I believe they enjoyed the process, a chance to be creative, and I know we all enjoyed the company of one another.  I really have to make time to do things like this more often...I love my friends. Anyway, since I had my soldering iron and lots of glass and bits of stuff out, I decided to go in that direction.  Here are my creations from yesterday...

Image is cut from a page from a discarded copy of
The Wind in the Willows.

The Wind in the Willows

Details of necklace above--crystal, abalone shell bead, and stone bead...

The Wind in the Willows

Details...

I'm calling this one "Bits of Discarded Beauty"...as each
element was a piece that had been discarded from broken
jewelry.


This one is my favorite!  I started with a vintage
postage stamp of a circus performer
with his donkey and dog, then added embellishments.


I try to make the back as pretty as the front.

Beaux Bijoux because it looks French...

The next few pieces are some that I made months ago, but have just never gotten around to shooting pics and showing anyone.  They will be in the upcoming trunk shows...




...and, I found time to smash a spoon, but I have many more that need to be smashed for orders and the trunk shows.


If you see anything on here that you would like to know more about, please message me.  I will be happy to gift wrap and send it your way!  

My trunk show at Antiques at the Loop will be the evening of Thursday, December 3 during the Open House.  

I will be doing a private trunk show for the residents of a local community on Thursday, December 10.

If you are a local (lower Alabama) resident (no businesses please) and would like to host a private trunk show, please let me know and we can arrange that.  If you host a show with ten in attendance, you will receive a $50 credit toward purchase of any of my jewelry.  With $500 in show sales, you will earn another $50 credit.  I still have dates available for Christmas shopping...

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I am still working on my business venture that I hinted at a couple of weeks ago...the website is just about ready to go live.  I haven't slept much lately...busy, busy, busy.  Still lots more work to do, but it's coming together.  Here's another hint--well, if you really look at it, it actually shows you exactly what it is!


Isn't the logo great?  Megan (one-third of the creative team that is Clamco) created it for me. We bounced ideas back and forth until it was absolutely perfect.  If you would like to contact her about doing some work for you, she can be reached at www.clamco.blogspot.com.

I will share more details as soon as there's something to see and read!  I am so excited about this...I just have a feeling that it's going to be fabulous.  

Thanks for following, and I would love for your to share anything I've posted here.  I appreciate you!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fab Fashion Friday--Palazzo Pants Worn Two Ways

Palazzo pants are big right now in the fashion world, so I wanted to show you a couple of ways to wear them. They are very versatile, and can be taken from casual daytime wear to an evening out. They are also a great look for a holiday party.  I've used the same exact pair for both sets, as well as the color blue.  The reason blue looks so nice with the pants color is because blue is the complement to orange on the color wheel, and these pants are visually closer to orange than any other color on the color wheel.  I've paired the outfit with neutral brown accessories in the casual look, but went with black in the evening set.  Either works well, depending on what accessories are chosen to coordinate. I hope this gives you some ideas if you were thinking about some palazzo pants in the near future.

If you would like details on the actual pieces I've shown here, you can click on the captions under the pictures and that should link you back to the original site where I created the sets. There you will find details.

Palazzo Pants--Western Style

Palazzo Pants--Evening Style




Monday, November 16, 2015

A Bit Of Happiness In The Halls Of Children's Hospital

As many of you know, I've spent the last week or so at Children's Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, with my little nephew who has cystic fibrosis.  He has to be admitted periodically for what they call a "tune-up" when he starts having trouble, which usually starts when school does.  Colds and viruses cause more problems with kids who have this type of health problem--it's just hard to get completely over it without IV antibiotics and aggressive respiratory therapy.  If all continues to progress as it has, we should be out of here in a couple of days.  

When I can get out of the room for a few minutes, I like to check out the art installations all over the hospital.  The art is simply amazing here.  Today, I just got on the elevator and stepped off on every floor, just to see what was right outside the elevator area.  I'm sharing some of my favorites with you today.

This first one was fabulous and fun!  I don't know what medium it is, but it's some sort of stiffened material that forms three dimensional structures of well put together outfits for kids. I took one shot of the entire installation, then a close-up one of each.





I can't believe there wasn't a plaque on the wall telling about these little outfits.  I don't know who made them, but someone did a great job!

This next appears to be circus performers, but again, no information.  It is an original that appears to be acrylic, and is richly textured.  I love the colors, and circles with straight lines.   


These great little square quilts are framed under glass in the entrance to the neo-natal intensive care unit.  The compositions are very child-like, almost like they were patterned after children's drawings. It was hard to get a good crisp pic of them because of the glass.



To see more great artwork from the hospital halls, click here to check out another post that I did a year or so ago...

I've also been hard at work on a website for my new business venture that I hinted at last week.  I can't finish the website until I get home, because I don't want to put a credit card number into the non-secure network that I'm working on here at the hospital.  I almost can't wait to share it with you. Maybe in a few days...




Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fab (Not) Fashion Friday


Whenever I'm searching online styles to share with you for Fab Fashion Friday, I frequently run across something that drives me batty--designs on garments that don't match.  Drives. Me. Crazy.  I guess during Home Economics Sewing Class, it was successfully drilled into my brain to make sure that the designs match at the seams before you cut.  For those of you who don't sew, let me explain a little about how you do that.  You use those little notches and arrows on the paper sewing patterns after you've carefully stretched and folded the fabric to get everything perfectly lined up.  You also measure and use your eyes a bit. It does "waste" a little bit of fabric, depending on the pattern repeat, but just look at these examples and tell me if you agree with me that it's worth it...I guess the manufacturers just don't care, or could it be that they actually don't know the proper way to do it?  Do they not notice the problem on the finished garments?  

I've pulled together some examples to show you what I'm talking about.  See how the design is broken at the front seams on the ones at the left?  We should see a visually pleasing design that flows right across the seam...like the one on the right. Granted, the "no" ones are all $20-$30 price range, and the "yes" one is a few hundred  $$.  It really shouldn't be a matter of dollars and cents though...not that much difference anyway.  The actual price difference here is because of that Missoni name on the "yes" ones.

Please...Don't buy clothing with mismatched designs!

Makes me want to get my sewing machine out again...or I could just continue to live in denim.  That always works.


The Importance of Matching Patterns

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Living Life Out Loud And In Color

I'm sitting with my nephew for the next several days in the hospital, so I have some time to play around on the computer...

I was feeling "colorful" tonight...

Living Out Loud


Moschino long sleeve shirt
$540 - farfetch.com


MANGO beige pants
$53 - johnlewis.com



Black handbag
$280 - pierotucci.com


Rhinestone hat
1stdibs.com



Handmade home decor
$38 - outthereinteriors.com


Personalized home decor
kirklands.com

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fab Fashion Friday

Hello friends!  I haven't posted a fashion piece lately...life seems to just get in the way of everything I want to do, and such is the story with my Fab Fashion Friday posts.  I will try to get back on track with that, because it's just so much fun to put them together.  It's like I'm shopping virtual racks of clothing, and what woman wouldn't enjoy that? 

I made another cuff.  I know, you're surprised, right?  This one is mine, and I never make pieces for myself, but tomorrow's my birthday, so I made myself a gift!  I wore it today and I could have sold it right off my arm several times...I always wonder if I should have, because I can always make another one, right?  No,  not really. I probably will never find another belt like the one I recycled, and this piece of turquoise is fabulous.  It is set in sterling silver that I fabricated to fit the stone.  I really enjoyed wearing it and I think it would be hard to part with it now.

Anyway, I'm going to pretend that I'm a little girl again and I'm playing with a paper doll--dressing her all up....and her focal piece is my bracelet....

Come along with me as I play...


... here's what I created.

Turquoise and Leather Cuff with Casual Set


88 Es In Blue blue top
$27 - yoox.com


Levi's levi jeans
macys.com


Steve Madden riding boots
lordandtaylor.com


Raagaz laptop purse
$145 - silkfred.com



Janessa Leone hat
shopswank.com