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


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.


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


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!


Quote of the week

Color is important, we all know that. No matter if it's our walls, our clothing, our jewelry or even our hair color. Did you know, however, that color can be a matter of life or death?

Everyone who wants to cross the Bridge of Death has to answer five questions - three questions! - erm, three questions (I can tell some of you already know where this is going).
First is Lancelot. The bridgekeeper asks him his name, his quest and his favorite color (blue, by the way). No problem. Sir Robin makes a mistake when he thinks he is going to get the same questions, but he fails at the third question and there he goes, right into the Gorge of Eternal Peril. Seriously, would YOU have know the capital of Assyria? Would you?
Next is Sir Galahad.

Bridgekeeper: Stop! What is your name?
Sir Galahad: Sir Galahad of Camelot.
Bridgekeeper: What is your quest?
Sir Galahad: To seek the Grail.
Bridgekeeper: What is your favorite color?
Sir Galahad: Blue! No, yel........... aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

You better start thinking about your own favorite color. Who knows when you will get to the Bridge of Death? ;-)

Monty Python and The Holy Grail, UK, 1975


Wire calling

With all the bead looming I have done recently my wire started to feel neglected and I heard it calling to me.

It will never stop being fascinating to me how different the feeling is if I pick up the bead loom or the crochet hook.
Once I get to the bead loom, I usually have a pattern ready that I have to follow and there are not many changes I make during the process.
The hook, however, lets me change paths in the middle of a piece. Although you don't see much of the wire here from the front, the back is built up from several randomly knitted layers which make the pendant sturdy and helps the crystals to sit right.

The pendant is now available in my DaWanda shop.


Oldies but Goodies - Insects

Insects are not for everyone, but there's no doubt that some of them often turn up in jewelry. Some are creepy, some are gracious, some are downright beautiful - and they are this week's topic for the Oldies but Goodies Challenge over at the Jewelry Artisan Community. This is but a small selection of the items shared.

1 The Crafty Chimp
2 Cat's Wire
3 Violetmoon's Corner
4 MC Stoneworks
5 RioRita
6 Jewelry Art by Dawn
7 Robin's Jewelry, Antiques, & Collectibles

P.S. Yes, we know that spiders are no insects, but we are generous in our rules, if we weren't, there wouldn't be a little mutant in this picture, either! ;-)