Thursday, April 29, 2010

Make Your Wedding Your Own!

So you found the perfect dress, shoes, veil, and flowers. Now, how about adding a bit of fun and personality to your day?

I've been really busy working with brides who want to add just a touch of fun to their day through their toasting glasses. Now, you can buy glasses anywhere, right? You can even get some stock engraving done, wait forever, and have your glasses look exactly like your sisters did...or you can get a set of custom glasses that show your guests what is wonderful about you!

Any of my glassware can be customized to suit you and your day...trust me, no request is too off the wall! In fact, the more unique, the more fun they are to make and show off! Got you thinking?

Well, how about showing your wild side? This bride was married in Vegas by Elvis in a leopard outfit. Not traditional, but certainly showed her personality!


This bride was not interested in traditional champagne flutes...so what do you do? Beer mugs!



Guess what? There is nothing wrong with color! These brides were looking for something bright and fun that will really stand out on their table and their pictures!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pieces of the Past



Now I don't know about you, but if i drop a plate and it breaks into a thousand sharp shards I generally head for a broom, sweep it up and into the trash it goes...not so with this amazing artist! Christine of memoriesinmosaics has spent years turning those broken pieces and small treasure finds into works of art! She says that she loves the idea of taking someones treasured china pieces and getting them out of the cupboard and creating visual art! I love this idea! Who looks at Grandma's china any day other than Thanksgiving? Now you can see it all year long!

Christine doesn't just work with china in her Florida studio, but always likes to add a bit of "bling" to her pieces. she adds tiny glass marbles or even pieces of jewelry to her art. This little touch of surprise is just one of the things that makes her work special.


Thinking to yourself (I can hear you!), what is the big deal? I can glue down some pits of stuff all by myself. Oh really? Check out this talented artists explanation of her process and see that it is a bit more than just gluing some stuff down. "The first step is to design the mosaic and cut the base from plywood. I then begin the design process and cut away at each tile so that it fits into place. Once the entire design is completed I glue each piece with Weldbond and let dry overnight. The next step is to grout and let dry overnight again. During the first few hours I spray it with water to keep the grout from cracking. Once the piece is dry I take a toothpick and go around each and every tile, gem, shell, etc. to be sure it is residue free and and has a clean line. The final process is to spray with a quality grout sealer and buff out the tiles."
Now you could do this yourself...but will you? If you are anything like me, those wonderful china pieces will continue to sit in your cabinet for many years to come...never becoming visual art because you don't have time!


Now, if you want to see more about this fabulous artist you can check out her Etsy shop and her blog. Both are full of wonderful images of her latest projects as well as some personal touches to let you see the artist behind the piece.

Friday, April 9, 2010

HAFteam Summer Challenge


It is that time again! The Etsy HAFteam, based on the HandmadeArtstistsForum has put together an amazing group of entries for the Spring Challenge! The theme this time is "Nature Calls" and we got a great group of interpretations. Head on over to the team blog and cast your vote! The winner of the challenge gets top billing advertising for their shop on the team blog as well as the forum.
Why should you vote? What do you care? Well, if you vote and leave us a comment you will be entered into the drawing to win an amazing pair of earrings generously donated by Trusk4U!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Scenting the World with Style!


There is nothing as soothing as a really good candle at the end of the day! Jen of Jennuinecandles is ready to provide the perfect candle for you! She, by day, is an occupational therapist that works with the older population to help them maximize their quality of life. I am just so thankful that there are people like this out there giving respect to the older population so that they may life full and happy lives!

After her day job, Jen heads home and creates! She focuses on palm candles, which I didn't know much about but sound amazing. Not only do the scents sound heavenly, but the designs are such that they are more than just candles, they become little works of art on their own! These little melts are baby powder scented! Now to some this brings up nightmares, to others there is no cleaner scent.
Need another example? Well, picture a romantic night at home...roses, wine, music...why not add that same romance to your candle? I mean, come on, it is called Love Spell! What more to you need?


Need more? Check out Jen's Etsy shop for an eyeful of artful candles in lush scents! Still want more? Head over to her blog and get some insight into the woman behind the wax.