Thursday, April 10, 2014

Deez Bunnies!!

So, I had this idea to make a bunny pendant, and then I had this idea to give him a fluffy tail with a THIRD layer of laminate and boom! 

"It's so fluffy, I think I'm gonna die!" 

These are so stinkin' cute and I used pastel colors cuz it's Spring. These would look so cute for a little girl to wear. Can you imagine a bunny necklace in your Easter basket?
(Do these pictures look fuzzy? They look fuzzy to me. Last time, my lens had a big ol' fingerprint right on the inside that made all my images fuzzy.)

This is the blue one, it was my first bunny and I gave the second one a bit more curves to make him look even fluffier.


 Oh, and I need to get the remaining feathers in my shop moved on out to make room for some new things so I've marked them down 10%. 

A few of the remaining feathers lean toward Fall palettes which is good I think because I'm pretty sure magazines are starting to put together their fall/winter issues and are going to look for submissions with slightly warmer color palettes.




Da bunnies and feathers are HERE.
 
That's all for now. 
I've been helping my sister paint her room the past couple of days and I'm beat! 
I'd forgotten how hard painting is! 

(Though I must admit, it makes the room look brighter, cleaner, and fresher and I'm pretty sure it'll be the best $40 we've spent in a while!) 

I hope you're enjoying the first few weeks of Spring, it's downright gorgeous here and we've been most afternoons cruising the neighborhood on feet or bicycles! 
Get out and get some sun!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Did you see this?!

 
I happened to be of the generation that was blessed with Disney's stellar series of hand animated musical cartoons that featured beautiful princesses and handsome princes and I know it's not PC and we shouldn't teach girls to rely on men, blah...blah...
 
I think girls learn far more from the women who shape their lives everyday than they do from cartoons.
What did I learn from the Disney cartoons?
 
Beautiful dresses come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and so do the women who wear them.
 
It's far better to be beautiful of heart than beautiful of face.
 
Often, you'll find your destiny in the least likely of places.
 
But, the thing that I enjoyed most about the movies was how it brought my sisters and I together. We spent countless hours watching and singing along to these movies and they will forever be the loveliest of my childhood memories.
 
So, when I saw these, my jaw just dropped.
I first viewed the line up on Pinterest, but the article appeared on The Knot Blog.
 
 
WHAT?!!
Can you guess which one is my favorite??
 
Okay, I'll tell you...
Pocahontas!
 
Awesome!
Which one is your favorite?!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring is Coming


"Spring is coming,"
I hear the Paper Whites whisper to the Daffodils. Little yellow heads nod in agreement and slender green arms reach toward the sun welcoming the light.

"Spring is coming,"
The bumblebee hums to himself as he hovers over fresh blooms, a busy little worker collecting nature's loot.

"Spring is coming,"
The doe leans down to whisper into the ear of the little faun and they both flick white tails in greeting as I pass by.

"Spring is coming,"
The Robins chirp to each other as they pass by, gathering twigs and leaves for sturdy nests to hold fragile eggs.

Spring is coming.
I feel it in my skin that soaks up the sun's warmth and smell it in the delightful scent of new growth.

I wanted to share my Spring with you. This is something new for me. A limited edition of note cards, each, a tiny snapshot of the wonders of my own personal garden. Bright pink Azaleas, buttery Daylilies, purple Pansies, these are just a few of the glories of a North Carolina garden in full bloom.

These pictures were taken last Spring just after the baby was born. It was a celebration of live and renewal and after the winter we've all had this year, I think it's a timely reminder of the freshness of Spring.

There are five cards in each set, printed on card stock and with a glossy photo finish, each arrives with an envelope and I've left them blank inside so you can fill the whole card with your words.
I'm offering them here.

I do hope you'll remember, no matter where you are, and no matter how much snow and ice still cover the ground, that Spring is coming.
 
 

Monday, March 31, 2014

I don't know how this happened.

One day, I was bringing home a tiny 6lb. 8 oz. little human.
I remember my hands shaking and stomaching knotting as we bathed her in my mother's bathroom sink, tiny little hands and bright pink skin.
 

 
We're still not sure where she got blue eyes.
 

I think it was just the day after that she started gumming Cheerios and we wondered if she'd ever grow into her ears.
 
 
I'm pretty sure it was just last week that we started drinking out of tipee cups and watching little knees pattering around behind little hands on hardwood floors.


I blinked and a year passed.
 

On Wednesday, she decided she was too good to crawl and hasn't stopped walking since.
Happy Birthday, Little One.
 
You'll never know how much you've meant to me this year.
 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Feather drop

 

I made something for myself for a change.
I used one of my mustard yellow feathers and hung it below this copper round that I wrapped with these dark red jasper rounds and brown linen.


The strap is a long length of this mustard suede that I tied in a lark's head knot.
It's just a sample of what you can do with these little feathers.
 
 
Speaking of...
guess what?
 
I've got more feathers!
I'm dropping some of these in the shop tomorrow:

 
Along with a straighter style that I'm calling Arrowhead Feathers.
 

And a softer, less angular feather that I'm calling Fluffed.
 
 
Oh, and also a little surprise...
hhmm??
 

 
Be sure and check out the shop tomorrow!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

An Inspirational Break


 Thank you, Thank you to those of you who left such sweet comments on my blog about the feather pendants, I'm so glad you liked them!
I am planning a feather update sometime toward the end of March (stay tuned!) and I've been putting together some color combos that are more reflective of spring and summer weather.

But....
the other day while blog hopping, I came across the new painting for the Art Bead Scene monthly challenge, and bam, inspiration!

This is the painting by Adolph Dietrich with the color palette pulled out by Brandi Hussey.
 

 And this is my tiny little collection of birdies inspired by the wide array of colors in Dietrich's painting.
 




My absolute favorite is this little guy, three levels deep, he has an orange belly!
 

This one is a bit more simplistic, with colors drawn more from the fall side of the color palette.
 

This little guy is much smaller, still a good pendant size, but could also be a lovely charm.
 
 
And finally, I tried to capture the bird in flight. This one is a bright mustard on that mossy green background and is on the medium side.
 


My pendants are priced based on the amount of work it takes to create them, both the sketching and the sawing and riveting.
 
My large pendants are anywhere between 50 and 60mm.
The mediums fall somewhere between 40-50mm in general, and the smalls are usually 40mm and under. I've got some itty bitty charms in the works and I'm also thinking of doing some large feather pairs. These cuts would make perfect earrings as they are feather light. (pun intended)
 
These little birdies are HERE.
 
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Feather Update

Guess what??
 
 
All of these colorful, one of a kind, upcycled, hand-cut, hand assembled...
feathers are in the shop.

 
In sizes small...

 
medium...

 
 
and large...

 
I had so much fun putting together these color combos, and I'm working on some fresh color combos for some charm pairs.
 
In the meantime, these are available HERE.
 
Enjoy the rest of your week!