January 31, 2011


For those who follow the fun and exciting annual One World One Heart 2011 blog give away, I am happy to let you all know that I am getting involved in the event's final year. What am I giving away?
I am giving away a mini version of my chainmaille "Night Owl"...the piece won't be identical to the one you see here because I don't really like making identical things if I can avoid it. "Baby Night Owl" will be just as interesting and touchable.

So do you want to know how you can go about winning a prize from me?
Simply leave a comment on this post. Easy peasy!
You have until February 17 to comment and then a name will be picked by a number generator.
Please make sure I can contact you by having a current email. If by chance you win and I can't get in touch with you within 7 days, then I will redraw and you will miss out.

Good Luck!!!

January 27, 2011

fried marbles and a night owl

A couple of weeks ago I came across an image on the internet of a beautiful glass sphere that turned out to be something called a "fried marble"...intrigued by the term I searched for instructions and discovered that since the 1950s people have been baking them to use in jewellery. They are really easy to make and quite addictive once you begin...I have about a thousand now.
Anyhoo I used polished annealed 22 gauge steel wire to cage and wrap a couple of my first marbles.
The owl is created using chainmaille and metal scales, his face is a rusty gasket that I found on one of my junkyard hunts. The eyes are fried marbles.

Lindy Hop with Lindy's Stamp Gang

Hooroo all, I am jumping up and down with excitement as I announce that Lindy's Stamp Gang will be hosting their very first "Lovin Lindy" hop.
Monday, January 31st! All of the LSG Design Team members will be sharing a project on their blog using their favorite LSG products. Of course there are prizes to win on each DT member's blog...lucky hoppers can WIN a Design Team member's FAV products!! We have all 8 DT members participating in the hop, which means 8 divine giveaways to be won!!!
Be sure to spread the word, mark it on your calendar and check back on January 31st. I will have a post with my project and links to my fellow LSG Design Team member's blogs. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment on our January 31st LSG blog posts. Names of winners will be chosen by the DT member of the blog you comment on.

*I will also be giving away the art that I create that day.

January 24, 2011


I love crowns, I have several...a crown is great to wear when you want to feel special...it's nice to feel special.
The base of this piece is ultra thin cardstock...and all the beautiful flowers, lace, die cuts and crystal stems are all from Green Tara...I soooo love a product that I can use for everything.
I'm proud to be a part of the GT design team, they are a great company with lots of beautiful products and the best value. I think I might make some more crowns this week

Valentino art doll

I'll tell you straight away...she isn't paverpol, she is one of the polystyrene foam dress forms that I got at Collin's Craft in Perth on my last visit.
She is totally dressed in the latest Green Tara fashion...I think I might paint on some ruby red lips though. She was created for Valentine's day

ribbons and zippers

I'm sure you will remember the lovely Green Tara ribbons I got late last year and I pinned them together to create a log cabin patch...well today I stitched around the square to secure it and then decided to turn it in to a flat bag to store my ribbon scraps, and while I had my mini sewing machine out I began work on a zipper bag...at the moment it looks more like a funky pillow case but tomorrow I will finish it.

January 22, 2011

Linking to Art

I love creating things I can wear, things that encourage people to ask lots of questions and to possibly get to creating interesting things of their own. I created this piece as wearable mojo for myself...the pages inside the mini book are decorated in a fun way to inspire...fun colours and patterns and images...things that make me smile.
I am proudly teaching this piece at Scraploot on February 26th, so if you are interested in joining in please call the girls and book in and preorder your kit (only available for this class). This piece is on display in store, so pop in and check it out.

the missing link

actually there are no missing links but I couldn't think of a quirky title...
I have been playing with chain and links for years (believe it or not), and I even went and did a two day workshop...and I have been surfing the net looking for inspiration for different link styles...and I came across some brilliant online stores that sell jump rings to use in CHAINMAILLE!!!! sorry, I got excited!
The pink bracelet is my first attempt at the Helm style and of course my man just had to have something for himself, so his is made from steel jump rings that I made by hand.