Thursday, May 28, 2009

Nothing Beats Handmade Children's Clothing!

Today was an awesome day!
I'm doing a personal swap with elvissatx from over at Craftster & I received my package from her today!
The kiddos were thrilled when the mailman rang our doorbell and then delivered a package for them! Usually the kids are disappointed because the mailman only brings things for 'Mama's work'...but today was special! I was only expecting a package for my DD...and was delighted to find one inside for my boy as well!

They tore into the paper with glee!
At first babygirl didn't know what to make of her surprise!

With a little help from mom they were all dressed up in their new duds!

The little man is thrilled with his new fancy button up collared shirt & can't wait to show Grandma because green is her favorite color! The pattern on the fabric is a sweet retro print featuring kittens & puppies! Elvissatx even included a couple of extra case we lose one... does she understand little kids or what? The two of them look so darling, I'm thinking we should have their photo professionally done together! Getting them to stand still is like telling water to stop running down a hill though!

Mr. Handsome...putting on his sweetest smile!
Once I was done taking 'official' photos...babygirl knew what to do! She twirled & twirled on the porch & kicked up her feet to make the skirt all swishy! When I put her down for her nap just now, she was a little upset because I put pants back on her...she's got a couple of boo boos on her knees from a tumble in the driveway & we're waiting for them to heal a little more.

Spin! Spin! Spin!
I love these so much! When they're outgrown...we're going to pack them up for safe keeping & maybe one day I'll have a little grandson or granddaughter who can use them again! Handmade clothes like this cannot be compared with anything you'd buy off the rack at a dept. store. I can honestly feel the love that went into every stitch!
Thank you Elvissatx!!! Your work is stunning!...and you made my kids' day!

Branching out...and trying new things...and loving the results!

More & more folks have been learning the craft of working with resin & I've taken some time to teach a few people how to do it through the tutorial on my blog & craftster as well as through convos back & forth on etsy & flickr because people are curious how resin jewelry is made & would like to learn.

It's so fun to share the knowledge & then see what people come up with once they get a handle on it. I don't mind sharing because the reward in knowing how much fun someone is having with it is unmeasurable!

I find it easier to instruct someone on the art of resin rather that the art of drawing because I find that resin is more technical when starting out. You have to pay attention to temperature & measurements & whatnot when working with resin...whereas I could show someone how I draw...I don't think I could make a universal 'drawing tutorial'.

Sprinkles & glitter are fine & super fun to work with...& although I don't plan on stopping any time soon, I'm finding that they are limited in of them self. The problem I'm having is that there are only so many combinations of colors you can do & since resin is most likely poured into a commercial person's design can be mistaken for another's very easily. I like making things that don't look like what everyone else is doing...& I'm aware of some crafters assuming others are knocking them that's a good scene to avoid altogether.

The new stuff I've been working on lately has been different from that of other resin jewelry crafters out there by mixing my love of photography or drawing with my love of resin...& now I've got a wicked fun variety of items available that don't only have candy & glitter in them or just appeal to teenage girls!

These are completely my work & vision! From the time I snapped the picture or put a pen to paper...they have an edgier, kitschy, pop art appeal to them that make them stand out from the crowd.

I personally love wearing one of my creations out & always get compliments & questions about it from total strangers!

The most fun I have creating something is when it's a custom item that is totally one of a kind...made with a special person in mind...and already knowing that it's going to mean so much to them.

This clover keyring was a custom order I'd made ...using a real four leaf clover I'd found. More clover items to come to the shop soon, as I've been finding them all over the place!


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Another wordless Wednesday...Butterflies Love Lollipops!

If anyone knows what type of butterfly this is...I'd love to know... we've never seen this kind around before...and it was so tame!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wordless Wednesday...

I have a lot of things I could say about this photo...but I'll let it speak for itself! LoL!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Biker Chic(k) ...a new trend?

Browsing the spotlight section of Etsy's Storque I saw this article which really peaked my interest... Biker Chic!

I believe that the biker style is more 'timeless' than trendy, however I am thrilled nonetheless to think that a couple of the projects I have waiting in the wings are considered to be 'on trend' at etsy!
Most of my current selections are sweet & cute & I'd love to bring a little edginess in to balance things out...the ying to my yang!

In photography my passion is taking photos of people. I find all types of people fascinating & love capturing a moment in time. My favorite subjects to photograph are men & a raw & 'shoot from the hip' style of street photography.
My art photography is very different from my 'family snapshots'...more gritty, dirty, & in your face.
I'd love to hear any feedback on what you think of this new artistic endeavour!