Saturday, November 08, 2008

Happy Halloween

cinderella group
Originally uploaded by dcdesigns
Yet another Halloween with the crazy kinder teachers. :)
Soooo disappointed you can't see my pink chucks with the sparkling laces to match my wand. Oh and I have silver star charms dangling on them that match my necklace and earrings which you can't see either.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Oh time why must you fly?

October! It's almost October! Oh my! Well let's see I didn't touch even a scrap of clay for about five weeks once the end of summer vacation hit and it was time to get back to school. Thankfully things have started to slow down a bit at school and I found some time to assemble some finished clay pieces in time for the show last weekend in Gruene. I did pretty good. Unfortunately, my sister-in-law and I aren't sure if we are going to have a booth there for Oct- Dec. like we hoped. Apparently the spots we have been in are from people who come back once the holidays come around. I'm trying to find some other local craft markets to try. There are quite a few to choose from, however I haven't actually attended them which makes me nervous. Things have been so crazy at school that this weekend is the first one that I've been able to relax a bit. Well, if relaxing equals catching up on mountains of laundry, cleaning the office which looks like DC Designs and school stuff exploded into each other, and cleaning the bathroom counts as relaxing. Hopefully next weekend I'll get back to claying and have some time to take pics of some new stuff. All the new stuff sold at Gruene so I didn't even have time to photograph it. Kinda cool. :)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

What a great weekend!

Gruene was a lot of fun. Too tired to actually string together a coherent post but here is a pic of the booth. :)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

I'll be at Gruene Market Days this weekend!

After my experience with the Crafty Mama's Market in March I decided that I would no longer try craft shows that haven't been around for awhile. After much research online and a few leads from some very helpful craft booth vendors I had a list of venues to check out this summer. First on my list was the monthly Market Days in the historic district of Gruene. Gruene (pronounced "green") is located only thirty minutes outside San Antonio and just an hour from Austin. Gruene is part of New Braunfels, Tx. My sister-in-law also has an etsy shop and I convinced her to come check it out with me in June. We decided that a two day market was a little intimidating as far as the amount of product to fill a booth goes and we decided to try doing a show together. After much late night instant messaging we decided to create Little Meadow Studios. Check it out! :) And come say hey if you happen to be around New Braunfels this weekend.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Let's Hear it for Wii fit!

Okay so according to the wii fit I've lost 4.8lbs! Yippeeee Skippy! Don't you dare tell me it is just water weight or that it is natural for the body to fluctuate up and down 5 lbs as the month goes on. I'm going to believe what the cute little wii fit board told me. :) I've also been eating pretty healthy. Well, I did have some Mexican food yesterday with my sister-in-law while we were scouting out Gruene's Market Days as a potential venue (you can read all about our adventure and new business venture here), but other than that I've been super healthy. Breakfast has been 1.5 whole wheat mini bagels. Why 1.5? Well, that's the right number of bagel halves to equal the right number of ozs for a serving of whole grains. I've been topping it with a smidgen of whipped cream cheese. A side of sliced strawberries finishes the plate and makes it all worthwhile. I've also been having a mug of green tea which is supposed to help with migraines, weight loss, and adult acne (Wow!) and it sure does taste good. I'm reading the book Eldest in this pic, it was a good junk food kind of read. The place mat and napkin were made for me by my friend Jen of Winged Egg. She surprised me for my birthday with them. Aren't they the prettiest place mats ever? For lunch I've been sticking to this salad from Ellie Krieger. It's really tasty. If you decide to make it triple the amount of Grey Poupon you put in the salad dressing and use red wine vinegar instead of the balsamic. I left out the parsley because I forgot to put it on the grocery list and it still tasted really yummy. I've been working on finishing assembling all those finished clay components that are just waiting to be transformed into finished pieces of jewelry. Hopefully I will have some shots of new stuff to share soon.

Friday, June 13, 2008

For all us San Antonians

Who doesn't love local stuff? Alamo Mama is a site maintained by a couple of groovy San Antonio Moms with a great eye for where the cool places are, from a motherly perspective of course. Want to know what restaurants have the best sand boxes? Maybe you've been wondering where you can go play dress up on a stage with your 4 year old. Then check out this really cool site all for moms, which also happens to have excellent taste in jewelry.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Someday I will......

Learn not to procrastinate. Someday I will sport a "carpe diem" attitude. However, not today. Today I am allowing myself such trivial pursuits as playing my new Wii game, "Wii Fit." I hate my fat mii (the character you make to represent yourself changes according to your BMI, eeek!!!) and am determined to see it shrink. Today I did Hula Hooping a couple of times, hit the soccer balls with my head and managed to hit every damn shoe that was thrown at my poor mii as well. I tried out the running and got really tired. Then I did a few yoga poses (the lady trainer is really annoying with her perky boobies and teeny waist) and finished the session off with the Balance Ball game. I got some fitness credits in my piggy bank but I didn't play long enough to unlock a new game. I'm very jealous of the hubby who got to do boxing today. grrrrrrr........ The hubby has played the game three days longer than I and has been sore each day after. We'll see how I feel tomorrow. It really is a fun way to exercise and procrastinate all at the same time. :) I also procrastinated today by spending some time trying on some hair colors (turning 30 has made me a bit conscious of the grays that I started getting back when I was 20.). Seriously this Clariol Hair Studio thing is hysterical and a great way to put off doing something important like laundry. Someday I will have purple hair!!!! Seriously, someday. And that is totally not may hair. Someday I'll figure out how to use rollers effectively too.

Monday, April 07, 2008


M&M dc
Originally uploaded by dcdesigns
So you have tons of work to do. You don't feel like folding that laundry. The studio is a mess but you just aren't in the clutter buster zone. Everybody is hungry but you just can't seem to turn on the stove. You find yourself running out of opportunities for procrastination. Eek! What is one to do? Have no fear. The M&M-anator is here. I wasted about an hour finding the perfect haircut for my rockin purple hair. And I kept wavering between the more true to life book in hand or something more exciting like the tiki cup drink or the wizard staff. I'm quite loving the purple hair and the sheen on my green skin, but the thing I love the most is that even though my M&M is quite round she is still looking pretty kick ass. M&M-anate yourself at

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Tortellini Soup

This is a really yummy soup that is cheap, fast, and very tasty. Instead of boiling the tortellini in water boil it in stock, beef stock, chicken stock, veggie stock, mushroom stock, whatever kinda stock you have in your pantry. We like it with beef stock or mushroom stock. So follow the directions on your package as to how much liquid and for how long. (I use two cartons of stock for one small pack of tortellini.) While the tortellini is boiling sprinkle in some steak seasoning (I use McCormick Montreal Steak seasoning). Slice up some roasted red peppers from a jar. If you have some marinated mushrooms slice them up too. When the tortellini is tender crank the heat down to low and taste the tortellini and broth. Add more steak seasoning if you want. Throw in as much of the peppers and mushrooms as you like and ladle it up into the bowls. Sprinkle in some shredded parmesean and cut up some crusty bread for soaking up all the yummy broth. This soup tastes great left over also. If you use the chicken or veggie stock it will taste lighter so I'd probably leave out the steak seasoning and use some fresh basil torn up or whatever Italian Seasoning blend you have in your pantry.


Originally uploaded by dcdesigns
I stole an egg today that had fallen from a nest in the tree in my backyard....

I dropped the egg I stole

It cracked really bad after I dropped it

Hidden Inside

Originally uploaded by dcdesigns
I gently opened the egg up and hidden inside was a tiny Mama bird! Three of her eggs had been stolen and were trapped in a bird cage!

Well okay, actually this is my entry for the Polymer Clay Guild of Etsy's April Challenge. The theme for April is "Covered Eggs." I wanted my egg to look like I had stolen it from a nest, dropped it, and caused it to crack. I never do anything realistic so it was a fun challenge to try to get my egg as realistic as possible. Trying to get a real looking crack and not just a cut was the most challenging part. Since the plastic easter egg I covered came hinged I knew I wanted to keep the hinge and hide something inside. I just couldn't resist the temptation and I had to do a bird. I thought the copper would look good with the pale blue and then I remembered I had some vintage copper birdcage beads. I pried the cage open with my pliers and put three tiny beads of turquoise dyed jasper. I like to think the mama bird's eggs have been stolen and put in the bird cage.

You can see the making of this piece documented in this set of photos in my flickr photostream.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

getting ready to egg it up, but I should probably clean up this mess

Every month the Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy has a challenge. For April, it's to cover an egg. I've never covered an egg before so it should be interesting to see what happens. I went to the fridge this morning and pulled out a real egg, but I just couldn't bring myself to poke the hole and blow the egg out. I don't like eggs. I can't stand the way they smell. Then I went to Walgreens to buy some Advil (darn those cramps) and I came across some hinged plastic Easter eggs. So I thought, why not? The bag came with lots of different sizes and I figure I have 14 opportunities to mess up so hey, for $2.50 and no yolks that isn't too bad. I have a feeling that I'm going to plagued with air bubbles. I haven't tried covering an object in years. Not since that Christmas with the infamous snowflake covered box that cracked and drove me mad. Of course that was over 3 years ago at the least. I'd like to think my clay skills have evolved since then and hopefully I'll be more successful this time. Or I'll just to a highly textured and antiqued egg so that the air bubbles are very sneakily disguised. hehehe, let the eggy claying begin!

Friday, March 21, 2008

The wind is my new enemy.....musings on my first craft show experience

The alarm rings at 5am. I run from the office/ clay room into the bedroom, flick on the lights, and jump on the bed. “Wake up! Wake up!” I shout as if it were Christmas morning and I were only 6 years old again. “Okay, Okay calm down please.” Says the no longer peacefully sleeping hubby as he rubs the sleepies out of his eyes and actually gets out of bed without hitting snooze once. He loads up the car as I run around the house frantically trying to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything. The car is packed and off we head to Austin at 5:35 set to arrive at the Crafty Mama’s Market right on time for set-up.

In the car I try to fight off the urge to close my eyes after an all-nighter in the clay room. Seriously, I tried to go to sleep. Honestly, I really had every intention of sleeping, but I was just too gosh darn excited. I mean seriously it is my first time bringing DC Designs out to a craft show. Who wouldn’t be so excited!

So the hubby and I get there right on time even after stopping for breakfast at Chick-fil-a. Let’s all pause for a moment to appreciate the deliciousness of the Chicken Minis. Mmmmmm Chicken Minis. So we pull in to the parking lot, I meet Traci the organizer, in person. She is as sweet in person as she is on email. And I find my spot labeled, “DC Designs.” The hubby and I set up the tent (which a bar snapped on during the practice run so we had to duck tape it.). So begins the first problem. I can’t get my side up at all. I’m a wuss, what can I say. I have no upper body strength what so ever. Luckily, the really nice ladies next to me have some burly men with them who run over and help the hubby out. Gotta love that DIY spirit.

I throw up the folding tables and we get the tent weights my big brother made (my sister-in-law was doing the show too) and begin setting up. Somehow when the hubby put the vanity in the car and unscrewed the legs something happened to the molly bolts and the legs won’t screw back in. Luckily I’m able to prop the legs up and get it to work. We roll out the gorgeous banner my Dad made for me and I start making signs with prices on them.

Then we notice the wind! The tent is blowing like crazy and displays keep falling down. So my big brother decides to go get cinder blocks and I take down the easel displays I just bought and put things down flat. My display is now way less interesting. It’s about 11:00 and we still haven’t seen any customers. Vendors start walking around and peeking at other people’s stuff. The tent is blowing forward inch by inch and seems like it’s going to blow away at any moment. Two people’s tents actually tumble and blow away. Necklaces fall and blow off. It was crazy. The hubby starts guessing whether people are customers or just coming to see a friend’s booth. By the end of the day the hubby counted only 18 real customers. Hardly any of them bought anything from any of the 40 vendors assembled in the parking lot.

My brother and his wife and son come up from Georgetown to check out the show. The first thing they said was that there was only one sign and it was on the gate. They had trouble finding it even though they had directions. They thought for sure there would be signs of the main streets. My sister-in-law and the nice ladies at the booth next to me give some names of some well-established markets that always have great turn-outs. Looks like I picked a bad venue.

But all wasn’t lost. I learned that my tent is crappy and I’m going to exchange it for the one that has supports in the middle. Whatever you do don’t buy an EZ up Embassy II. The winds were only up to 15 mph. The EZ Up couldn’t handle it at all. The people next to me had an EZ Up with the trusses across the ceiling. This one didn’t move an inch and it was weighed down by only three bricks on each leg. I believe it was the Express. Apparently at Sam’s there is one for $149.00. That’s the one I got. Then there is one for $194.00. That’s the one they had. This is a circumstance where it is worth the extra money to get the better model. I also learned that my displays need to be heavier. I bought the most adorable antiqued copper racks. But they were easily blown over. I finally weighted them down with the hubby’s Stephen King novel once he realized he couldn’t read as he was going to have to spend the whole day holding the tent. He certainly gets a gold star.

So I learned a lot my first time out even though I didn’t sell a thing. And the best thing was right before we were getting ready to pack up I got to meet my friend Sam from Old But New live and in person! I have a great group of Etsy buddies online and we have been chatting it up together for almost a year now. We help each other out with promoting our shops through treasuries and bumping forum threads. It’s great to have people to go to who can help you out with crafty business questions. And quite frankly we just hang out and chat quite a bit. They are a great group of friends and I’m so lucky to have them. Sam and the boy and the hubby and I went out for some Chinese food afterwards and had a great time gabbing away. So even though the craft fair wasn’t profitable financially it was a great experience.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Busy little Beader

I 've been beading and claying as fast as my little hands will let me go. The Crafty Mama's Market is this Saturday the 15th and there is still so much I want to finish! Another tray of clay is curing in the oven and I decided I had to snap a shot of one of my earring racks. I've never made anything without polymer clay components before. It's been really fun to just sit with my box of brass and my box of beads and just go crazy making earrings. I decided since I'm short on time to focus on polymer clay necklace focals and mirrors and then make the earrings out of vintage beads. I got a ton of yummy glass vintage beads that complement the colors that seem to predominate my work. So here's a sneaky peeky!

Monday, February 18, 2008

The best gifts in life....

For Valentine's Day this year I got one of the best presents possible from the hubby. A clean house! Yep, he mopped, he vacuumed, he washed dishes, he scrubbed toilets, he did just about everything but dust. And no, you can't have him. :)

So what did I give him? Well, normally we go out to eat or pick-up Pei Wei for Valentine's, but since it was the first day in almost two weeks that he wasn't having to close. I decided to do it up right and cook a special dinner. I bought some Bacon-wrapped Fillet Mignon and made a mushroom sauce to go with it. (I'll post the recipe on my blog sometime this week), cheesy scalloped potatoes (from a box, hey it was a work night!) and steamed haricot verts and parisienne carrots with lemon pepper and a bit of butter (It was Valentine's Day after all). I hadn't really cooked in so long. We both just sat there and went mmmmmmmmmmm.

The hubby is not one for fancy desserts so I brought him home the leftover un-frosted cupcakes I had ordered from the grocery store for school. In my book a cupcake has to have sprinkles and a cherry on top or it's just not a real cupcake.

Then we snuggled on the couch and watched Lost. What better night could we possibly have had?

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Good things happen in threes. :)

My mom always says life is like a box of.........oh wait......let me start over (okay cheesy I know, but i just couldn't resist).....My mom always says that things come in threes. Babies, deaths, weddings, new jobs, exciting news, etc. I've never really quite believed her but in the last few days her theory has proven true.

The first exciting thing is that I got a really sweet convo (kind of like an email for you non-Etsy folk) on Etsy from Traci of MyHouseBoutique inviting me to participate in the first Crafty Momma's Market in Austin. I mailed off my application yesterday and I was just so thrilled that I practically did the Happy Joy Joy dance all the way to the mailbox. This will be the first time DC Designs has had a booth at an event and I just can't wait!!!!! *squeeeeeeeeee* Well that's assuming that I sent my application in on time and there is still space and all. I did it really early though so I should be okay. I'll keep you posted. The last couple of nights I've been lying awake envisioning my booth and dreaming up displays. This is the tent I'm thinking about purchasing. It got really great reviews from other sellers and it's a huge deal at the local Sam's Club. It's going to be so fun!!! And I love that it's outside. I love any excuse to spend the day outside.

The second thing that happened was that I hit my 100th sale!!!! *throwing confetti in your hair and handing out balloons* I wanted to make it to this landmark by the end of February so that I would have 100 sales my first year. (I actually listed my first item in Feb.) I was so excited to make it. And yes, I jumped up and down, grabbed the hubby's hand and started dancing around like a fool. :) And what was it that sold? *drum roll please........* The "If only you knew how beautiful you really are" mirror." Six of them to be exact! So my 100th sale was just over 100 dollars. That will go nicely towards buying some more supplies for the market. I need to build up that inventory.

The third and final bit of good news is that I decided to join the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy. I used to be in my local guild but I have been so busy lately that I was never able to make the monthly meetings. This guild is full of wonderfully talented and super welcoming artists who have shops selling polymer clay items on Etsy. Their website and flickr photo pool is shock-full of talent. You can also go to Etsy and enter the tag PCAGOE in the search bar to find items made by various sellers of this wonderful online community. The other day when I was on the phone with my clay buddy and she asked me if I had tried/ seen the new line of clay and tools out I realized how out of the clay loop I was. I had no idea there was new clay out there! It made me realize how important it really is to have keep up with the polymer clay community by belonging to a guild. It is also great fun to have other artists to bounce ideas off of and get feedback from.

That about sums up my three good things. So I guess now I better go email Mom and tell her that just maybe she is right and that good things certainly do come in threes.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Look, Look, Look at me!

Yep, that was a very self-centered post. But anybody who knows me would tell you that I'm so the opposite. So I thought they'd get a chuckle at that title. =) I came home from school today to find lots of fun convos in my inbox on Etsy. I love convos. Sometimes people send them to ask questions, to say how much they love something, or just to say hey. Today I got a convo from Jessica, creator of a really totally jawsome blog called Funky Finds. She talks about some of my Valentine's Day items today. How cool is that!?!?!?! Check it out and leave a comment! Pretty please. :) I'm really excited today because the shop hit 99 sales! My goal is to be at 100 by the end of February. At this rate, I think I might make it! So thankful to all my wonderful beautiful customers. :) I'm also contemplating bringing DC Designs out in person for the first time and participating in a local market. I'm not sure yet because I need to find a helper. I'll have to bribe a friend with some jewelery maybe. :) I'll keep ya posted. xoxoxoxoxo (Can you tell I'm quite chipper today with all my smiley faces and hugs and kisses.)

*edit* I'm one away from one hundred! Which is so crazy because all day today I celebrated the 100th day of school in kindergarten. It's a really big deal for the kinder kids and we do fun stuff with the number 100 all day, like making crowns with 100 stickers and necklaces with 100 fruit loops. How cool would it be to hit 100 sales on the 100th day of the school year. Well, I got six more hours and a showcase going on so maybe.....

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Extreme Makeover?

So I finally found a way to add a shopping cart to my actual website that I can understand. All that CSS, html, Xtml, etc. stuff is like Greek to me. I signed up for Big Cartel which is basically a shopping cart service you can subscribe to. It prompted me to think about changing things up a bit as far as the design and the layout of my site goes. I've been polling people on the Etsy forums, bugging my flickr buddies, and posting bulletins on Myspace asking for opinions. Surprisingly a majority of people really think the black and white shows off my work better. However a lot of people are big fans of the pink and green flowery look. My sweet friend Sylive of AlbinaRose has been quite a banner making diva and wiped out some really neat options to try to combine the two looks. I'd love to know what my blog readers think. If anybody is reading of course. :)
You can get a sneak peak at all the different home pages trying to mesh the two different styles.

*update* The new look is uploaded!

Old Style
New Look

the new meshed together look!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Very last special for the anniversary sale

Tomorrow, Monday Jan 28th will be the last day for the anniversary specials.
So I guess I better make this one count eh?

Buy one item of $15 or more and take 25% off a second item of equal or lesser value.

just enter coupon code "anniversary" at checkout.

This special will expire at midnight, central time, Monday, January 28th 2008.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

or so said good old Henry David Thoreau. I remember back in junior year of high school (oh about 13 years ago or so!) we had to read some excerpts from Walden. If only the real world were so very simple. Unfortunately there are bills to pay and other people who's expectations you must meet. I think now a days we tend to live so that maybe someday we will have some free time to pursue those dreams. If only we could have simple dreams. Do we ever stop having more dreams. Once one dream is met does another wait in the wings to manifest only once you think you are content. Can we ever truly be content? Can't we just be happy with being simple? HDT's mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great." I actually have that hanging above my clay table. It reminds me that it's okay to be happy with the fact that my clay work is simple. If only I could apply it to all the areas of my life. If only I could hold good old RWE's quote fast in my head whenever good old HDT starts coming to mind.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Only 8 days of specials left!

New special

free shipping and a free surprise gift with all orders of $15 or more.

I'm feeling really tired due to stuff going on at school. I have tons of ideas for new stuff, but I'm just kinda too exhausted mentally to work on anything new. Kinda sad. Maybe I will condition a bunch of clay tomorrow to work out some of my anxiety about stuff.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Mailbox Fun, Ramblings, and the next special...

One of the funnest things about buying supplies is getting them online. I went to the mailbox today and just about did the happy dance in the middle of the sidewalk when I saw I had a package. I bought some really neat vintage white chains to make some Valentine necklaces with. I'd post a shot but the camera just won't work at night in my house with cheap builder's stock light fixtures. (Someday I will get around to picking out and buying some and the hubby will get around to figuring out how to install them....someday) Last night I ordered some more of the awesome copper chain that I've been using in my heart necklaces. I ordered all that the supplier had. I hope she has more eventually as I have quite a crush on copper and I've been trying to find decent copper chain for about 6 months! I also have some fun copper charms coming soon. And my new years resolution for the shop is to make at least one pair of earrings a week. For some reason I make them for myself but never save some to sell. Go figure. I'm going to go ahead and roll out the special for the next few days.
*insert drum roll*
Buy 2 of anything in the shop
and get one item
of equal or lesser value
absolutely free!!!!

Wow! Now ain't that a peach of a deal.

DC Designs’ Etsy Shop
Buy Handmade

offer may not be combined with any other offer or coupon
please enter what item you'd like for free in the note to seller at checkout
valid until the next special is posted

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

extending yesterday's special

If you are looking for the blog special scroll down, I'm extending yesterday's till I post the new one late tomorrow.
I just listed this in the shop. Its pretty different for me; it's not antiqued, it's hearts and the clasp is in front. I think I might make another in turquoise this weekend. Nighty Night.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Back to work

So vacation is over and I'm already tired again. I spent about four hours moving furniture around at work and now I'm sore and grouchy. No new jewelry today but my friend Crystal inspired me to offer Custom Candy. So now there's mean candy, nice candy, and custom candy! *singing* "I want candy....du..du...du..du...du..du..du...I want candy!" I can't remember how the rest of the song goes!

DC Designs One Year Anniversary Celebration!
31 Days of Specials!

Day 11
January 7, 2008

Free Surprise Pair of Earrings
with any purchase from the shop of $10 or more.

DC Designs’ Etsy Shop
Buy Handmade

Please enter coupon code Blog 09 in the note to seller at checkout.
Offer valid until the new special is posted.
Sale maybe combined with anniversary coupon.

Friday, January 04, 2008

DC Designs One Year Anniversary Celebration!
31 Days of Specials!

Day 8 -10
January 4-6, 2008

Free Surprise Pocket Mirror
with any purchase from the shop of $10 or more.

DC Designs’ Etsy Shop
Buy Handmade

Please enter coupon code Blog 08 in the note to seller at checkout.
Offer valid until the new special is posted.
Sale may not be combined with any other special offer or coupon.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Day 7 of 31 days of Anniversary Specials!

DC Designs One Year Anniversary Celebration!
31 Days of Specials!

January 3, 2008

Purchase anything from the

In the Meadow Collectionand take 20% off the purchase price.

Please enter coupon code Blog 07 in the note to seller at checkout.

Offer valid until the next special is posted.
Sorry but, sale may not be combined with any other special offer or coupon.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Mean Candy

Remember those Valentine Candy Heart stamps I was talking about? Well, last year I thought it would be hilarious to do some mean candy, but I never quite got around to it. Maybe this will be the year I finally, “get around to things.”

A couple nights ago I made the first prototype for my mean candy. I resisted the urge to go with the classic puffy heart candy shape because I figured these hearts are mean and they need to be a bit sassier. So I made an elongated heart with a little curve at the tip that should hit right at the cleavage. Now I was making mean and sassy candy hearts. I started to get even more excited about the project.

I wasn’t happy with the lettering and I didn’t want the hearts to need to be antiqued. So next I worked on solving that problem. Thanks to those new letters and the inkpad the problem was solved. At the last minute I decided it needed a bit more and I added a flat-back crystal. Now I had sassy, sexy, mean candy.

Last night I baked the piece off and I couldn’t wait to assemble it this morning. First I had to sand and buff the piece so it was nice and shiny. Then I opened up my box of vintage treasures since I decided sterling silver just wasn’t right for this piece. I took out a length of vintage copper chain that I bought a long time ago from EpochBeads on Etsy. Then I remembered the vintage glass dangle beads with copper headpins and an idea began to take shape. I had made some spiral topped copper headpins a while back but never used them. I got out a headpin and added some Swarovski bi-cones. Then I remembered the spiral jump ring type things I hade made while practicing my wire work and got one of those out too. I added the two dangle beads and had a nice little spiral dangly beaded thing-a-ma-bob to add to the chain. I was pretty happy with how they looked together and now I all I had left to do was to attach the clasp.

Little did I know that figuring out how to close the necklace was going to be a project unto itself. The vintage chain was too fine to get a jump ring or a piece of wire through. I couldn't figure out how in the world I was going to attach a clasp. I tried several different things but eventually I decided to use a length of beading wire and make the ends beaded. I have some vintage snap clasps but I thought they were too hard to open and close so I took it off and added my obligatory handmade hook and eye clasp.

So finally, here I have my first piece using my Mean Candy. I’m actually really excited about it. This piece is the first piece I’ve made that encompasses all of my jewelry making skills. I got to use some wirework, some bead stringing, some assembling, and of course some polymer clay skills. I plan on spending the rest of the day making some more “Mean Candy” with different sayings on them. I also promised the hubby I’d make some “Nice Candy” because as he so eloquently reminded me, “Valentines is supposed to be nice you know.”

If you are looking for today's special, well, thanks to too many glasses of wine for New Year's I forgot to post it last night at midnight. So yesterday's special is good until midnight tonight. Just look two posts down.