11/26/2014

Oldies but Goodies - Yellow

The Northern Hemisphere is facing winter, in fact winter has already hit pretty badly in some places. What better to brighten the day a little with the sun color yellow?
Yellow seems to be quite rare in jewelry, at least some of us were somewhat baffled by the idea of having to find something yellow for the Oldies but Goodies Challenge at the Jewelry Artisans Community. What they found, you can see in this thread, but like always here is a sneak peek of what awaits you.




11/25/2014

Decades

This month's JAC blog carnival is about decades. Pick a favorite decade and tell us about it, make something in the style of your favorite decade or even in a favorite style of a not so favorite decade.
The task wasn't as easy at it may sound.

I was born in the 60s and still remember the mod style vividly. So much color! Or how about the classic elegance of the 50s or the rock'n'roll style? Let's be honest, though, I am totally in love with the style of the 20s and 30s. Art Nouveau and Art Deco are fascinating to me, design, architecture and fashion.

After thinking for a while I remembered Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a Scottish architect, designer, water colorist and artist. I had made a little wall hanging for a friend before that had been inspired by his work and featured a font that he developed, part of a chair design of his and the well known Mackintosh rose, and always had wanted to make more in this style.

This is my take on a Mackintosh design, a bead loomed pendant featuring the rose and the buds on a cream background, adorned with a fringe of beads and crystals. I put the pendant on a bronze tone chain for now, but I am thinking about getting a silk cord in a matching purple tone for it.
What do you think?

Mackintosh rose inspired pendant in my Zibbet shop

Please check out the other members' posts, too. I'll add the links as they come in.

The Crafty Chimp
Jewelry Art by Dawn 

P.S. If you want to know more about Mackintosh, visit the page of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society.

11/24/2014

11/23/2014

Quote of the week

Today is Clone Day. I know you have never heard of it, but it's a special day for the alien in my life.
Dear alien, this post is for you. Happy Clone Day!

George Fox: Do you seriously expect me to tell the President that an alien has landed, assumed the identity of a dead housepainter from Madison, Wisconsin, and is presently out tolling around the countryside in a hopped-up orange and black 1977 Mustang?


Believe me, stranger things have happened. I know.

Starman, USA, 1984

11/21/2014

Once upon a time ...

... there was a necklace. It was finished, but then the artist saw that the pendant wasn't sitting perfectly, and the necklace got put away for the time being. From time to time it was taken out, but always put back until a better moment would come. The moment didn't come and the necklace lay in a drawer for a long time.

The waiting is over now which kind of makes my other WIPs hope that they have a chance to resurface again, too ;-)


This necklace with the sapphire pendant is crocheted and spool knitted from fine silver wire.
It is available in my Zibbet shop now.

11/19/2014

Oldies but Goodies - Blue

Last Sunday I told you about the importance of color. It's pure coincidence that the last JAC Oldies but Goodies Challenge was all about Sir Lancelot's favorite color blue or is it?
Anyway, I put together some lovely blue items for you and as always there were many more which you can browse here.
What is your favorite color? Who knows, maybe there will be a challenge for you soon?



1 The Crafty Chimp
2 MC Stoneworks
3 RioRita
4 2 Fab Fristers
5 Jewelry Art by Dawn
6 Violetmoon's Corner
7 Cat's Wire

11/17/2014

Interview with the artist - Jay and Linda from Gallery at Kingston

This interview is a little different from all the others. This time we don't have just one artist, but two! Say hello to Jay and Linda. Linda was so nice to answer some of my questions about her and her husband's Gallery at Kingston.

Wood sculpture dachshund

Tell us a little about who you are and where you come from.

We are Jay and Linda Cargill.
We retired to Lake Texoma in Oklahoma in 2009 and thought we would fish our life away. We Love the outdoors and everything there is to nature.
We love to travel and have a 5th wheel we take off in and enjoy all that God has to offer.

What's your craft and how did you get to do it in the first place?

I have always loved to craft and sew, and when we retired, I wanted a separate building just for all my crafting supplies. I have 3 sewing machines and can spend hours out there just being one busy beaver!!
I love to make banners which are quilts with applique pictures put on them. I have made many for Churches to hang on the walls with biblical scenes on them.
My husband discovered that one can only fish so much and became a little bored, and I realized he needed a hobby. I came up with the idea that he try creating some things with wood and created a monster. The first thing he made was a Black Panther, and he did a wonderful job on it, but he does not like to do the finish work! That has become my job, I do all the staining, painting and in most cases make the original patterns.
Needless to say I have very little time to do many of the crafts I used to do!!

Blue crochet scarf

Many of your wood pieces are animals, do you have pets yourself?

We have 3 dogs and we Love animals! Our life rotates around them. They go everywhere with us and are included in just about all of our activities.
Animals are all beautiful creatures and we both enjoy just watching all of them.
We were just drawn to making all the animals we make because they are so beautiful. The tiger is magnificent, the color, the movement and the wonder of that animal.

I think this is one of the most asked questions - what inspires you?

What inspires me, it would have to be all the beauty around me. I did not mention above that I also paint in acrylic and watercolor and I have an eye for colors and shapes. I see things many times that others around me don't observe and appreciate, and it makes me smile.

Tell us a fun thing about yourself.

I never ever look at life as a glass half full!! I am always laughing and enjoying everything I am doing. There is no greater joy than seeing someone smile or laugh out loud.
Jay is just a natural comedian and he always keeps things hopping around at home.

Abstract wood art

Do you do other crafts, if yes, what?

I love to sew, paint, crochet and yes, make jewelry!! I have many other things I want to try on my bucket list!!

Which one of your pieces is your absolute favorite? Which one was the hardest to make and why?

The Lion head is my favorite, there are 179 separate pieces to that project. Each piece was cut out and sanded and put back together again. This process gives each piece we make a lot of depth and texture. It took about 3 weeks to finish this project.

Wood sculpture lion head

The flying eagle was the hardest to make, there were 250 little pieces to that project.

Wood sculpture flying eagle

Is there someone whom you admire and who inspires you?

There are so many truly talented artists out there and they all inspire me. Each and every piece they make is unique in some way. I just love it when something just jumps out at me and really makes me take notice.

If you had free choice of just one supply you can use for your crafts, what would you be dreaming of, no matter how expensive?

This would have to be a Fabric's!! What girl would not like to have an endless supply of materials to create whatever comes to mind? I am dreaming now!!

Burnt orange handbag

Do you sell online, if yes, where can we find you?

You can find us on our website, at our Zibbet shop and at our Etsy shop. We are also on Pinterest.

Famous last words ;-) Is there anything else you want to tell the world out there?

For all artists - believe in yourself and great things will happen!!

Thank you for being here, Linda, and please give our regards to Jay. Keep up the great work!