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Wire Wrapped Bird Nest Pendant

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life, Delightful Tutorials | 1 comment

Wire Wrapped Bird Nest Pendant

I love nature, espe­cially any­thing hav­ing to do with birds and actu­ally have sev­eral nests sit­ting in my stu­dio win­dow. Two are wren’s nests that mom removed from her hang­ing planters after the lit­tle wren fam­ily flew the nest. The other nest is one I found that fell from a tree in our front yard. I even have two bird baths out­side my win­dow and enjoy the daily bat­tles of a Blue Jay and Mock­ing­bird try­ing to claim its ownership. Since I’ve started mak­ing jew­elry pieces I decided to include my love of nature in some of my...

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Jewelry Clay + Stamps = Awesome Part 2

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delightful Tutorials | 0 comments

Jewelry Clay + Stamps = Awesome Part 2

Here’s a peek at how the bird piece I cre­ated from jew­elry clay is com­ing along. If you missed the blog post about it last week you can view it here. As you can tell, I painted, inked and stamped all over the cured jew­elry clay. Now I just need to wire wrap lots of beads and pearls to attach between each link. I love hav­ing lots of pretty sparkly baubles on bracelets. I’m still not sure I like the tog­gle, actu­ally I know don’t the more I keep look­ing at it the more it both­ers me so it’s com­ing off and will be replaced with I have no...

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Rocky Mountain Memories ~ I’ll be There Soon

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delight In All Things Paper, Delight In The Art of Collage | 1 comment

Rocky Mountain Memories ~ I’ll be There Soon

I’m get­ting so excited about my return visit to Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries in Estes Park, CO. This is the sweet­est most quaint store that sits in the heart of down­town Estes Park along the river­walk. Rocky Moun­tain Mem­o­ries is filled with great prod­ucts and super fun peo­ple. Cheryl Grigsby, the owner is liv­ing my dream. Seri­ously, a scrap­book store in Estes Park, CO, pure heaven. Last year, when I taught there I got to stay in Rick and Cheryl’s amaz­ing cabin. While there all I could think about was how much mom and dad would love...

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Jewelry Clay + Stamps = Awesome

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Delight In All Things Altered | 0 comments

Jewelry Clay + Stamps = Awesome

I needed a big accent for an idea I have for a cuff  and since I couldn’t find what I had in mind I decided to make my own. I mixed a batch of ETI Jew­elry Clay, formed it into the shape I wanted, and pressed one of Dina Wakley’s Scrib­bly Birds stamps into the resin clay. Then to cre­ate a slight bend in the piece so it forms to the wrist bet­ter, I cov­ered a bot­tle with plas­tic wrap, put the bot­tle on it’s side and placed the resin clay piece on the bot­tle to cure overnight. Super simple. Once the piece cured overnight, I add paint...

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From The Archives ~ Paper Bag Easter Basket

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Delight In All Things Paper, Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Tutorials | 0 comments

From The Archives ~ Paper Bag Easter Basket

This tuto­r­ial was orig­i­nally posted on my blog, April 11, 2011. Paper Bag Easter Bas­kets are fun to cre­ate and with Easter just around the cor­ner I thought I would re-share it. I love the sim­plic­ity of brown paper bags and think they make the per­fect Easter bas­kets. I remem­ber mak­ing them in grade school and being so excited to bring them home to show mom and dad. This bas­ket can be left plain or altered using pat­terned paper, stamps, inks or paint. You can care­fully use any of the many Fiskars bor­der punches to cre­ate...

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Weekend Fun

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 1 comment

Weekend Fun

Since Terri and Laren live right in the heart of Deep Ellum, Sat­ur­day Alan and I headed down to see them, grand dog Lola AND go to the Deep Ellum Arts Fes­ti­val. Laren’s par­ents came down too so it was a super fun after­noon. First we walked over to Pepe’s & Mito’s to fill up on their awe­some Mex­i­can food. After we were all stuffed we started walk­ing the streets. The fes­ti­val had some great bands play­ing and we had a won­der­ful time walk­ing, talk­ing, laugh­ing, dodg­ing rain drops and see­ing some amaz­ing art. I was so busy...

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Unexpected Creativity

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

Unexpected Creativity

Since I’ve really jumped into this jew­elry mak­ing I decided it was time to sort this 1 Pound Lux­ury Bead Soup Mix I pur­chased a while back from Mar­got Pot­ter. I grabbed one of my old muf­fin tins, sat in my big comfy chair, put on my head­phones and started sort­ing. You all know I love the thrill of the hunt and sort­ing this amaz­ing bag of assorted beads was just like being on a lit­tle scav­enger hunt. I had no idea what I would find but what I found was won­der­ful. As I started sort­ing I dis­cov­ered I had enough of these green...

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Leather & Rhinestones

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

Leather & Rhinestones

I just added some new cuff style bracelets to my Etsy shop and I incor­po­rated my love of vin­tage by adding vin­tage baubles to them. The com­bi­na­tion of leather, ham­mered metal and the glam of vin­tage baubles is a favorite of mine. If you see some­thing you love in my shop don’t wait to make your pur­chase because once the item or items are sold I will not cre­ate another piece exactly as the one you loved. I like to keep things unique and one of a kind. Also if you have teeny tiny wrists as did one of my cus­tomers, SIZE 5, I will...

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A Simple Quote for a Monday

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Delight In Everyday Life | 1 comment

A Simple Quote for a Monday

This is a great quote to start the week. Although the words are sim­ple I find the actual act of wak­ing up, doing my best and sleep­ing very hard to accom­plish all in the same day. Some morn­ings it takes me hours and sev­eral cups of cof­fee to fully wake up due to a night of not sleep­ing and instead just toss­ing and turn­ing. Some nights, I can­not turn my brain off and I will think of all the things I did that day that I can improve on (gotta love hav­ing a type A per­son­al­ity) or I will think of all the things I need to do the...

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Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Book Review & Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Delight In The Art of Collage | 0 comments

Delight In The Art of Collage ~ Book Review & Giveaway

Reviewed by Melissa Con­ner, Edi­tor of FaveCrafts.com There’s some­thing so artis­ti­cally amaz­ing about mixed media. To see items like bro­ken spoons, beeswax, fab­ric scraps, and bot­tle caps come together to cre­ate some­thing truly inspi­ra­tional is a sight to behold. The beauty and artistry behind col­lage and join­ing unlike pieces together is a skill many have mastered…but few can cre­ate such incred­i­ble and inno­v­a­tive designs as artist, Lisa M. Pace. In her new book, Delight in the Art of Col­lage, author Lisa M. Pace shows us...

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