Saturday, May 31, 2014

New Brilliant Blooms Jewelry -I-

Every spring I get into a mode of making lots of flowers.  I am not sure if it is due to spring fever and all the flowers popping up that inspire me or more to the fact that when I go through our inventory, I discover that we have few flower designs left in stock and the need to make more.

This year I wanted to create flowers that were extra bright and cheerful.  I decided to use the Pantone Spring 2014 Fashion Colors for inspiration.

Whenever I make my flowers (shown above), I like to save some extra "petal" canes to make the sculpted flowers like the ones in the scarf necklaces and earrings (below).  These were made the same way as the "Daisy" flower in my Sculpted Flowers Tutorial.  I just used bright colored clay in place of the white and black instead of the grey for the outlining.

These are our new falling petal earrings
for our interchangeable earring system:

The colors I used to make the flower petals shown above (left to right) are:

Dazzling Blue (with more white added),
Violet Tulip (reduce the amount of white mix to 1/2 part)

Each earring comes with three "strands" at different lengths that can be worn individually or combined in various ways.

Sevilla FC - Gameiro, Vitolo y Carriço -I-

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Follow up on Fibre Festival in Vernon -I-

We had a great time at the Fibre Festival put on by A Twist of Yarn in Vernon, BC last Saturday.  There was all types of activities all day for the young and the old.  The day started with a sheep shearing demonstration by Phil, a professional sheep shearer.  Three sheep for shearing were provided by Homestead Hill Farm of Armstrong, BC.


This sheep (above) was pretty relaxed the whole time and was almost enjoying it.  We saw the harness there and I first thought it was for the sheep but later discovered from the demonstration, it was for the shearer for support for his back while working.  As he was carefully removing the layer of wool, it came off in one piece.  Here are the piles of wool from the 3 sheep that lost their winter coats.

And a happy one who was feeling much cooler afterwards!

A display was set up showing the various stages of preparing the wool to make it ready for spinning.

There were ladies spinning, weaving and knitting all day with plenty of chairs to take a break in the day and relax in the shade.

Front of heritage house which is now a quaint yarn shop.

This is Nikki from Nickelbee Art Studio and Supplies.  She gave an excellent demonstration on Nuno felting and acid dying of fibres and by the examples of her work, she has a real eye for color.

Nikki also did a kids felting workshop and some of the pieces they made were pretty impressive.

We brought along a selection of our latest work to show off and set up on the front porch.  We are just setting up here.

And here is everything finally in its place.  We wanted to show off our button and shawl pin selection as well as our popular scarf jewelry and interchangeable earring system.


I had the opportunity to do a flower and lady bug cane demonstration and share a bit on how our buttons are made.

All in all it was a fun day and a job well done Camella and Ryan of A Twist of Yarn!

Sevilla FC - Tricampeón de la Copa de la UEFA -I-

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fibre Festival at A Twist of Yarn in Vernon, BC -I-

We have been surrounding ourselves with flowers this week -- both in the garden outdoors and these new ones we have been making indoors.  These are our "Brilliant Blooms" shawl/hair sticks in our new display ready for the Fibre Festival in Vernon this Saturday, May 24th.

The Fibre Festival is put on by A Twist of Yarn and it should be a fun full day.  There is lots of activities and we are especially looking forward to see the sheep sheering and felting demos.

We will be there with our large selection of buttons, shawl pins and scarf jewelry and I will be demonstrating how we make our flowers and ladybugs.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Photo shoot photos done -I-

We received the photos from our photo shoot and finally found some time to post them on our website.  I am still trying to figure out a way to embed a slide show so will do that later.  Colin MacArthur is a wonderful photographer and was a real pleasure working with him.  We couldn't have found a better model than Tiffany and the three of us had a really fun time that day.

Here are a few of our favorite photos.  You can see more scattered throughout our website, particularly in our jewelry and scarf accents sections.

Desert Reflection

Emerald Forest

"Turquoise" Collection

Country Garden

Medieval Medallion

Soft Elegance Scarf Necklace, Medallion Shawl/Hair Pin

Soft Elegance Scarf Necklace, Spiral Bracelet

Friday, May 16, 2014

Just a Happy Customer -I-

Here in Canada we don't have too many places we can purchase our jewelry or polymer clay supplies.  It is difficult at times to order south of the border and even though there are companies that offer huge discounts, the cost in shipping and U.S. currency exchange can end up being more in the end.  We are very fortunate to have Shades of Clay as our major supplier of Kato clay as well as so many other tools and items at a very reasonable cost right here in our own country. Even though they are more than 5000 kilometers (3000 miles) away from us, they are still a Canadian company and we don't have customs and high shipping costs to deal with.

Shades of Clay has been around for quite a few years and last year Wendy Orlowski took over the company from Margaret, the previous owner.  Wendy continues to give the same excellent service and is working even harder to build up a wider selection of cool items for us.  The latest news is that they will be bringing in some of the Pebeo Fantasy Prisme paints and zentagle markers which I am very excited about.

So why am I telling you all this?  I am not being paid to promote Shades, but just a happy customer and wanted to share that with you.  We are also both Canadians and therefore we like to support one another.  It is wonderful to find a supplier that you can work with directly and can supply so many items that we need.

Anyhow, I cannot write a blog post without showing you at least one picture.  Here are some new flip flop sandals we are working on for this year.  The flowers are from the new canes I showed you earlier (you can see them here).  Since we live at a beach (lake) and there are many lakes with beaches surrounding us, our flip flop jewelry is generally a big hit at the summer shows.  We decided that this year was time to come out with a new look and this is just a sample.  The cords on these pendants are a type of "buna" called "softglass" which is available here.

It is already warm here and is nice to be wearing summer clothes and flip flops again!

Sevilla FC - SL Benfica -I-