Tuesday, July 31, 2007

School Supply Ads? What the leaf?

Well the school supply ads came out this Sunday and I've been swamped with school work. It seems that summer is coming to a close. Lots of meetings with colleagues and plans to make. I'm giving my first staff development this year (on teaching reading) and am busy designing power points and hand-outs. The
clay table is empty of projects and my desk is full of things waiting to be antiqued, sealed, and strung. Before all the school madness started I had started on my long list of things to create to expand my leaf collection. As I've said many times before I'm often teased for constantly returning to my favorite theme. My style of leaves have kinda become my signature style. I was going to wait till the fall when I had the copper leaves and the fairy leaves (mica powder) completed but now I'm not sure if I'll have time to get to them. I also have a leafy wreath about halfway complete that I'm making for a good friend (you'll have to wait for the grand reveal on that one). The slipping away of summer suddenly inspired me to reveal some of my leafy goodness ahead of schedule. I'm hoping that by the end of this week I'll get a little bit of time to clay this weekend and finish all this leafy goodness. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

yay for new stamps!!!

yay for new stamps!!!
Originally uploaded by dcdesigns
I walked into Hobby Lobby today and they had stamps 50 off!!!

Texturing clay with stamps is my second favorite way to use it. (My first? Well making leaves of course!)

I never let myself buy real stamps, I always search the dollar and discount bins.

Some of the summer job money went to DC Designs supplies so I decided I needed some new inspiration. As you can see I went for three leafy motifs (surprise, surprise) and a butterfly. But paisley???? I just loved the swirly feel, and I think it could look cool with my faux tooled leather thing I do. Hopefully I will get some time to play around soon. I've got quite a few orders to work on this week and of course I have to finish rereading Hal Blood Prince by Friday when the hubby gets home from work with the new book. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Big Blue Ocean ACEO

Big Blue Ocean ACEO
Originally uploaded by dcdesigns
This was a Surprise ACEO. The customer bought an ACEO but had no idea what it would look like. I used pearl clay in this so its really shimmery. I also sanded it and buffed it. The card came out really slick and shiny. On the back is stamped my name and website. The name for it was inspired by my friend Pam who has an etsy shop called BigBlueHeaven. She makes awesome hand painted tiles. www.bigblueheaven.etsy.com

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Crafty DC

I recently acquired a new dining room set. I was trolling the craft store looking for fabric to recover the seats of the chairs in when I came across the button aisle. Okay I bought the cover a button kit with the intention of making some hair ponies for myself only. But they were just so
darn cute and fun that I went nutty and made a ton. So I kept a bunch for myself and I've decided to list some since I have sooooo many (only 4 bucks a set) . See I can be crafty. :)

Monday, July 02, 2007

No AC = mushy Clay

The air conditioner broke late Saturday night. Thank God we are having rainy weather again and it is only in the mid to high 80's. Typically we would be having 98 degrees, 99 degrees, 102 degrees, something like that around this time of year. It has been very unusually rainy and not so hot. The house is up to 84 though so its still bad. The humidity is the worst.
The muttdog is starting to smell a little too doggy. I spent yesterday reading, a
whole-book-in-a-day kinda day. Just sat on the couch with the fan pointed on me and ate no sugar- added Popsicles and drank lots of iced tea.
I decided to try to clay today. The clay is super smushy. Can't really do much except for play around with the smushiness. Smushy clay tends to be good for sculpting so I'm playing around today with a project page from CF Originals. Her stuff is really amazing and she has such a defined style. I got the ocean book for Christmas and I've been wanting to play around with it. Figure her techniques might work well with smushy clay. Of course knowing me I'll just smush it when I'm done. ;) Don't look for any of that in my shop though. I think enough people are doing CF style stuff right now. Its not really my bag of jellybeans (sculpting projects that is). But its fun to have a diversion every now and then.