6/01/2020

Zibbet finds of the week - Light and shadow

Have you ever thought about losing your shadow?
I have loved the Mary Poppins books since I was a child. In the last chapter of "Mary Poppins in the Park" which is called "Hallowe'en" people's shadows get one evening of freedom from their "owners". I remember looking at my own shadow and wondering if I would have felt like a part of me had been taken away from me.

Light and shadow, none without the other.
I may not be the only one who sometimes feels there's more shadow than light at the moment, but today I have brought you both from my walk through Zibbet.


Light Play - fine art print by Fire Spirit Designs


"As I Walk These Lonely Streets" art print by Shashamane Dream Photos


Cat shadow rubber stamp by Cherry Pie Art Stamps


Winter Light - Fine art print by budanArt


Crystal forest terrarium light by The Moonstoned Alchemist


Aluminum print Firefly by Two Rabbits


5/29/2020

Tackle that stash - Bead embroidered mystery rock

I have a few tumbled rocks in my stash that I have been trying to use with different wire techniques forever, failing every time. I was never happy and always ripped them up again.
After a while this can almost turn into a obsession.
This rock was one of them. I don't know what kind of stone it is, but the orb like pattern and the soft colors were so appealing to me. A wire crochet or knit bezel didn't work, the feeble attempt at a prong setting failed not only because of the irregular shape of the rock but also because it was so smooth and slippery!

When I made my first steps into bead embroidery, I wondered if I could finally pin this rock down. The backside wasn't flat, but maybe I could glue down the ridge along the center and then secure the rock additionally with the beaded bezel.
After this worked out better than I had expected, I added the embellishments.
First I sewed down some spacer beads I had salvaged from a little crystal bracelet that I had found once. I chose beads to pick up colors from the rock which had brown, a soft pink and a hint of orange.
Somehow it reminds me of a coral reef. Maybe the spacer beads with their orange edgings make me think of sea anemones?


At first I wanted to turn it into a pendant and even tried out a few different bails, but none of them did it for me, so it's a brooch now instead.

5/28/2020

Oldies but Goodies - Young

I remember a lady once saying about a pair of my earrings that she guessed teenagers would like these. It wasn't a compliment. I would have taken this much harder when I started out making jewelry and kept thinking I was doing everything wrong, but in this case it just reminded me of something my ex had told me years ago and which I ignored as well in the end. He told me that I should stop dressing like a teenager - talking about my animal and nerdy t-shirts (and no, that was not the reason for the break-up).
Yes, there are things I wouldn't wear, bare midriff shirts for example, but that's my choice, not because someone else is telling me I'm too old for it.

The same goes for my jewelry. The jewelry I wear can be with diamonds or glass, elegant or whimsical, and no one can make me feel bad about that.

Today's topic for the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge is young, and that can mean different things to different people. In our time, what is young, anyway? Anything goes, right? If we like it or not, everyone embraces his own style, like I refused to get short hair. Why, just because I'm turning grey and the old color needs time to grow out? As long as I like my long hair, I'll keep it, and who knows once it's all grey I may braid it and put flowers in it ;-)
What does you make feel young at heart even if you are not on the outside anymore?

Here are some of the "young" pieces from the challenge. Which ones would you wear?


1 My Bijou Life
2 and 5 Cat's Wire
3 RioRita
4 and 6 Jewelry Art by Dawn

5/25/2020

Zibbet finds of the week - Animals to love, Pt. 2

In last week's Zibbet finds I showed you animals that were crocheted or knitted, and weren't they simply adorable? This week I brought you some more animals which are made in a different way and not all of them are toys, but they are definitely not less adorable!
Are you ready for it? Let's go.

Embroidered flour sack towels for every day of the week (check out the other days!) by EmbNut

Baby's first teddy (personalize with name) by BBs for Babies

Black cat plushie by Zoo Toys

Baby blanket owl quilt by Designs by Di Blankets

Wooden bird (choose your color) by Duane's Workshop

Rainbow bunny bean bags set by Handiworkin' Girls

5/21/2020

Oldies but Goodies - More flowers

Almost a year ago a friend and I made a short trip to Munich (to see Jane Goodall, one of the greatest experiences I've ever had). On the way back home we didn't take the quick way, but went for a little detour here and there (which was great because how else would we have found out there is something like soccer golf??).
I also remember a beautiful field overflowing with wheat and poppies and on the other side of the road one single poppy that had obviously left the family for adventure ;-)



When I stumbled upon this picture once again, it inspired this week's topic for the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge. We did flowers as a topic before, but that was so many years ago, since then new flowers were grown in JAC's garden. Here are some of them.


1 and 8 RioRita
2 and 6 Jewelry Art by Dawn
3 and 5 My Bijou Life
4 and 7 Cat's Wire

5/19/2020

Nostalgia - Drumbo

Some years ago when I still did the "Finds of the week" posts, I had some called "I'm a collector" in which I shared vintage items. Over time my collections have mostly stopped growing due to different reasons, but they are still there and still loved. I also have vintage items, some inherited, some gifts, some from fleamarkets, some more interesting than others. So I thought it could be fun to share some of them every, now and then and tell their story.

Although my family wasn't a customer of the Dresdner Bank (which has a rather infamous history, but that's not the topic of this post), we knew Drumbo of course. I didn't know his name was Drumbo, but I knew the little elephant that had been introduced as a money box in 1972 for the World Savings Day. My friend had one and I thought it was so cute!
Rumor had and still has it that the famous designer Luigi Colani is responsible for the minimalistic design, but according to the Commerzbank blog (the Commerzbank swallowed the bigger Dresdner Bank in 2009) that is not true, it was the designer Bernd Diefenbach who worked for a Munich design studio. I didn't know that myself before today.
Drumbo - the name was chosen from the 1.659 employees' suggestions and is a mix of the words "Dresdner Bank", "Dumbo", and "Jumbo" - came in green first (the bank's color was green), but later different sizes and colors were available. There were even porcelain version, plush animals, paperweights, and more.
You can still get Drumbo today, but only in yellow now because that is the Commerzbank's color.


My elephants that we got at a fleamarket years ago out of nostalgic feelings are orange and yellow as I don't like the particular green of the original one.
They are 6 cm and while I can't tell what year they are from exactly, I know they are not new as it says Dresdner Bank at the bottom.


As you can see there's no lock. If you wanted to empty your elephant, you had to use the knife in the slit method which required some patience, but also was kind of fun, but you better didn't wait until it was full because then the only way to get your money out again was to break it!
The new versions and bigger sizes, though, do have locks.
So my Drumbos are not being used (as if I had money to save when there are beads, ha), but guard the category "Nature" in my bookcase instead.

5/18/2020

Zibbet finds of the week - Animals to love, Pt. 1

Have I mentioned before that I collect Steiff? Just kidding, of course I know I did.
I have also shown you my very own teddy bear which has been my best friend since I was born, mostly because he knows all my secrets, gulp. This morning when he knocked the tissue box off my nightstand again (he tends to lose balance sometimes, then his head knocks it down, maybe I'm snoring and he doesn't get enough sleep ;-)), I had to give him a quick hug. I'm not a natural hugger of everyone and everything in my sight, but now, after more than nine weeks in isolation and without Ponder (still not able to talk about that) even I miss an occasional hug. Gundel loves snuggles, but she's even less of a hugger than myself!
This gave me the idea to hop over to Zibbet and look for animals to love. As you see, this is part 1 which concentrates on crocheted and knitted animals.
Say hello to these cuties!

Crocheted guinea fowl by JEM Creative Creations


Poo-Poo calf and his Mom crocheted by Dum Dum's Shop

Stuffed toy animal lamb by Barking Dog Designs

Knitted pig toy by Dong Lai Handmade

Crocheted classic colors sock monkey by Miniature Monkey Creations

Crocheted duckling by Created By Chell