10/26/2020

Zibbet finds of the week - Cards by Colette, The Hallowe'en collection

Today's Zibbet finds of the week are a little different because they don't just cover only one topic, but also just one shop - Cards by Colette.
If you follow the finds, you may have noticed that her digital collage cards keep popping up. No matter which topic I'll choose, I will always find a card of hers that fits it perfectly. There are the elegant, the whimsical, the romantic, the sweet cards and so much more.
So I decided to give Colette her own little spotlight. You have no idea how hard it was to choose from all her Hallowe'en cards! Instead of adding individual links I'm asking you this time to take a moment, click the link above and get lost in the fun of Colette's cards! :-)


 



 

 

 

10/22/2020

Oldies but Goodies - Rainy Days

The last Oldies but Goodies challenge was about fall colors, and this week is about rainy days that fall will (hopefully) bring as we still need rain.
I love rainy days, and the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge didn't disappoint with its beautiful entries for the topic. It was very hard to pick only a few!
Do you have memories about rainy days that were special to you? When people are surprised that I like rain, I tell them the story about when I was in 2nd grade and there was a thunderstorm. The classroom was dark even with the lights being on, and I remember feeling safe and snug and enjoying the spectacle outside.
Enough now, time for some jewelry!

1 My Bijou Life
2 Jewelry Art by Dawn
3 RioRita
4 Cat's Wire
5 The Crafty Chimp

10/19/2020

Zibbet finds of the week - Pumpkin time

Have I told you before that in my area we didn't have carved pumpkins, but "turnip ghosts"? It was mainly a tradition in the rural parts because farmers grew the turnips for feed, I never carved a turnip myself. This tradition is dying out not only because many farmers don't grow the turnips themselves anymore, but also because the pumpkins have been taking over thanks to Hallowe'en which came from Ireland to the USA and then back across the pond.
Since 2000 a town not that far from where I live, Ludwigsburg, even has an annual pumpkin exhibition with contests that claims to be the biggest one worldwide. According to friends - I haven't been there myself - it's pretty amazing.

The pumpkins I'm about to show you which I found on Zibbet may not weigh as much as the one holding the world record (2,624.6 lb.!!) since the exhibition in 2016, but I don't think you will mind.
What's your favorite?


The Twins Halloween Cat Folk Art Print by Kilkenny Cat Art

Pumpkin patch quilt by Strandz


Crow and pumpkin toddler peasant dress by Artsy Crafty

Halloween tags by Daintie Designs


Paper pumpkin small book art decoration by Paper Apple Company

Pumpkin spice soap with real pumpkin by Soap by Selena

10/17/2020

The HeatherCat shoes - Part 1, zzzzzz... or Lazy Cat

After my last shoe adventure  I had vowed not to work on something big that fast again. How silly of me. I thought of the HeatherCats and knew there would not just be another pair of sneakers in my "near" future. I wanted to go a step further. With the last shoes I didn't have to think about a pattern. With vertical seams in the fabric and bugles for beads there wasn't much room for a pattern. But the HeatherCats ....

For those who don't know the HeatherCats yet, here's a little explanation.

"Heather is a friend of mine, a painter from New Zealand. I met her on deviantART and got to know the Essencestudios. I couldn't even tell you in what group it was, but among her talents Heather has a talent for bright, whimsical paintings, many of which are cats, so how could I not be fascinated the moment I saw the first one?" This is from the first blog post I wrote about the HeatherCats and in which you will find the whole story how it started. As a matter of fact the cat in the first bracelet I ever made after her paintings was also the first cat that I chose as my first shoe pattern.

This project really needs a lot of patience which I'm not necessarily blessed with. I beaded this two beads at a time, and there are a lot of beads in this.
So, instead of writing one big blog post sometime in spring I decided to write one for each side of both shoes as there will be four different patterns, anyway.
Here's the first one.

Heather called her gouache painting "zzzzzz..." which is very accurate. I don't know if the other name came from me, but in my head it was always "Lazy Cat".
Lazy Cat is sleeping on a wall in a garden under blue skies. It's very peaceful and you can almost hear birds singing and bees buzzing even if you can't see them.
This is the original painting.


It's not always easy to transfer Heather's distinctive style into beads, but she graciously allowed me to make changes where needed. That is one thing in the loomed HeatherCat pieces and another in a bead embroidery piece as I was to find out. She likes to use points and swirls as in the plants, and often there are details with fine, differently colored borders. That's where I had to let my fantasy play.

The second challenge was to fit the details on the shoe which obviously isn't rectangular. So I had to lose the tree for example and the flowers couldn't be quite as high. I also had to deal with some seams even if there weren't any vertical ones.
Last but least there was the part next to the heel which is thicker as the rest of the shoe, just like the part where the tongue meets the denim towards the tip.
Doing just that little white part to the left of the big plant took me forever because  I had to work blind again and find the right spot to poke through the layers - with the help of pliers, of course - and I don't even want to talk about the part on the right where I settled for a few stray beads.
I won't show you the pictures of the inside, but if you ever need my DNA, you can try to get it from the blood stains ;-) I also did my best to help out the needle industry. My record was five brandnew needles in one hour.



I honestly can't believe I even made it that far. I already started the second side when I was waiting for a bead order, so hopefully it won't take too long until you get to see more.

10/15/2020

Oldies but Goodies - Fall colors

Fall, sweet fall, my favorite season! Granted, this year I don't get to see as many colorful leaves as usual and I haven't picked up my first chestnut yet, either. Still there's the feeling in the air.
Is there anyone who can resist fall colors? How about these that I brought you from the latest Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge? Imagine walking in the forest under a roof of those colors, smelling the fresh air, maybe collecting leaves for a bouquet or a table decoration ...

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

10/12/2020

Zibbet finds of the week - Hallowe'en is near

First let me apologize. There were no finds last week because I simply forgot. There are days when I have no idea what weekday it is, not to mention the date. That hasn't got better with being in self isolation for the most part. My weekend is not short, but sometimes it just runs by me and I hardly notice it.
Today, however, I'm back, and I'm bringing some friends with me for Hallowe'en. Not long now! How are you going to spend your Hallowe'en this year? Will you prepare anything or have you already turned into a zombie yourself? Do you have any routines that you will follow - watching favorite horror movies, dressing up, decorate the house?

Now it's time to introduce my - more or less ;-) - scary friends from Zibbet to you!


Greeting card "Monstrously good holiday" by Nanusi


Halloween House charm bracelet by 3 Cats Jewelry & Art 


Little pink sock monster by Creative Miscellany


Painted green zombie feet canvas shoes by ink-wear


Measuring tape with tiny skulls by All About The Buttons


Hallowe'en mug by The Unique Stuff

10/09/2020

Tackle that stash - Ammonite carnelian pendant

Lately I have been neglecting my wire badly. One reason is that my thumb tires much more easily when handling wire, so I have to take more breaks, another is that the beads simply talk louder and especially clearer to me at the moment. Not literally of course, I'm not THAT crazy.
This pendant started out with a few very bad attempts at a simple woven bezel. It almost felt like my first time doing that. My thumb hurt, my motivation sank, and even the wires started looking tired. I ripped everything up and only a few days later a small idea popped up in my head that you can't even see in the piece anymore.

Often I don't choose a stone or cab and make a bezel for it, but start weaving and bending the wire instead to see if something comes of it, and then I go looking for something that has about the right size and make the two come together.
In this case I tried a fossilized coral, an agate and a glass cab before I found the ammonite.
If you know my previous ammonite pendants, you see that this is not a variation of those, and there are no tentacles! Actually the tiny swirls at the top were there before the ammonite as well, so it's not an attempt to sneak at least something "tentacly" in ;-)

To give the pendant a little more color, I decided to add some beads, chose matte carnelian to enhance the autumn feeling and filled up the empty space on the left. You'll have to trust me on this, there's no weaving underneath there.


Even if it looks as if the woven part on the bottom is flat against the fossil, it's not. I hope this picture can show it a little better.


This is my welcome to autumn :-)