Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Creating for a cause- Help BABY KIPTON

This treasury was created by Kristine of TOOZOO to help raise money for baby Kipton who is fighting A.L.L. (Luekimia) he since he was 5 months old. He is now 11 months and fighting for his life. 
His Grandmother Heather Smiths has a site set up for him on a Caring Bridge site under Kipton Krumland and a Facebook page under "Prayers for baby Kipton". Heather also has a Etsy shop Thersmith where a portion of her sale go to help Kipton.

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a form of leukemia, or cancer of the white blood cells .He was Diagnosed at the young age of 5 months. He is now 11 months and fighting for his life.
Proceeds to help baby Kipton win his battle against Leukemia

Here is the treasury I donated a pair of amethyst earrings

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Treasury Time!

Here are some great treasuries I would like to share. I hope you enjoy the art and other handmade goodies. Please click away to visit the their shops to see their other wonderful items.

Crows my favorite bird and one of my favorite subjects to photograph!

Storms another favorite of mine!

Watch this treasury take flight!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Mondays Maddness

Like always the weekend flew by and now I left with the chaos of a new week. Since this week I am doing collages with my girls for art (homeschool) I thought it would be nice to share a few of my collages in this post. Here is a brief definition of collage from WikipediaA collage (From the French: coller, to glue, French pronunciation: [kɔ.laːʒ]) is a work of formal art, primarily in the visual arts, made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.
A collage may sometimes include newspaper clippingsribbons, bits of colored or hand-made papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty.
So here they are two that I have made in the past.

This one was done in one of my journals and I wrote one of my favorite poems
down Loves Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Like most of my person art
it holds great meaning to me and I do not normally share it publicly but it is my
blog after all, lol. It was made using acrylic paints, glitter modpog gel pens, drawings
 and image cut outs.

I think most woman can relate to this one! It is the build of emotion and
stress that happens from just living life. While some of it is leaning
towards my own issues with bipolar it also has a common theme many
of us go through at any stage of life. This one was done on canvas, I used a cool
blue because it seems to feel more emotional distant and fleeting to me, I used
water colors, magazine cut outs, rubber stamps, pen and staples.

Item spotlight from my shop

Quoth the raven "nevermore" trinket boxPre-made wood box painted black and hand stamped with a Quote from The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe and a rave on a branch. Box is finished with an acrylic sealer. The box measures 4 3/4" x 2 3/4" x 1 1/2" Great for any crow/raven or Poe fan to keep their small treasures in.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Feature:)- badEGGknitts

Todays feature is Angie of  badEGGknits. Her shop has some very cool sweaterless sleeves, hats, and other beautifully made knitted treasures. So come get to know her a little, visit her shop and show a little love!

How did you name your business?
I call it badEGGknits because its mostly knitting that I sell there and on my homestead my main focus is poultry. We have chickens, ducks, turkeys, and peafowl.  Right now I am upto my eyeballs in eggs.
How long have you been doing your art/craft for?
I have been knitting for 3 years now. I taught myself through youtube videos :) I have been a painter since I was a child, I actually went to school for that for a while. I'm learning to spin yarn currently.

What inspires and influences your work?
For knitting its usually the yarn itself. It tells me what it wants to be. 
Otherwise sometimes I see something in a store and think I could do
 that and lastly the Most common thing is I will find a pattern start to
 knit it and think of something better to change it too.

Where can you artwork/pieces be found?
And I'm on user id: kagedgoddess. I dont sell thru there but you can see All my knits there.

What do you do when your not creating?
Raise 4 kids, take care of the homestead, keep house. Run,
 I'm running in a half marathon in May, Tough Mudder in sept.  
And a few other smaller races throughout the year. 

What is your favorite piece(s) that you have created?
My fav right now is SweaterLESS sleeves.

Why did you create this piece(s)?

My arms were cold but I hate sweaters. I like t shirts

What do you feel is special about your art/craft?
 Its handmade, unique and comes from the heart.

Are there other forms of art and crafts you would like to learn? And why?
I would like to work with clay. I love it but I am pretty bad at it. I feel really grounded when I am shaping the lump of clay. Finished products look So beautiful, but they are way too expensive for my budget. :)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Creating for a cause- The Cat Slave

The Cat Slave is a awesome shop full of steampunk treasures and guess what 100% of proceeds from sales, less materials are used to help support C.L.A.W.S. . C.L.A.W.S which stands for Cat Lovers Alliance for Welfare and Sterilization,
founded in 1992 and is a tax exempt org.
C.L.A.W.S. depends on donations to maintain the care of these little felines. So explore her shop and maybe you will find a treasure and help a good cause.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Giveaway- Tucked Away Pearl Earrings

Would you like a chance to win a pair of copper wrapped pearl earrings? if so come enter my giveaway at the Out Of The Box Sampler App. Well your at it enter to win other wonderful prizes from the other shops that have give aways going on! Click here to see details

Tucked away pearls giveaway

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Treasury Time! 2/21/12

Here are some brilliant treasuries some made by others and some made by me. Click links, visit some very cool shops, arts, crafts and everything else handmade!

My most recently made treasury features members from the latest Etsy Team I have joined.

Happy Goths, Emo, Steampunks, Hippies, Geeks, Freaks and everyone Else

Wash me away in ocean waves- this one features one of my prints

Domestic Bliss- this one features one of my Trinket Boxes

Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday's Maddness!!! 2/20/12

Mondays are always crazy for me. There is always so much to catch up on that I put off over the weekend. Extra cleaning, homeschool, half finished project and way to many errands to run all this consumes my day! But there is always time for creativity and inspirations can comes to us at the most chaotic of times! So I am  dedicating Mondays to the chaos and madness of life and creativity. Post what ever comes to mind and what ever happened over the past week/weekend that does not fit quite any where.

I read this wonderful quote in the book The Handmade Market place by Kari Chapin. The quote was from artist Mati Rose Mcdonough. "I don't think people have to choose only one area of focus, I believe all of the arts and crafts overlap and feed into each other and fuel new ideas.There are no boundaries where creativity is concerned." This rings true to me in so many ways. It is the reason I jump from craft to craft, to art to art and inter weave them together. It is the reason I find joy in my person works of art, my collages and altered art. The things I share and the things I keep secret. I try to mix up combined and reach for new things. But at the same time it becomes over whelming! There is always a new technics, crafts or medium I want to learn or try. I am sure many of you are like this, too. It is reward and fun to learn and (hopefully) master new artistic and crafting skills. And what is better then combining these skills to make something new or unexpected!

What's new in my shops click the captions to see the full listings in my Etsy shop.

Falling Vampire Tears Earrings
Crows in Chrome Trinket Box

Red and Copper Whispers Princess Chainmaille Choker Necklace

I have been busy working on chainmaille project, getting spring jewelry and other spring themed products ready. Spring gets busy for me because I sell to some local shops that are open seasonally for the tourist. So I have to have enough items made that they have a good selection to pick from by the time they start stocking there shelves before opening. It gets busy and it seems I always have multiple project going on. This is the first year that I am going to try to sell chainmaille jewelry as well, I am looking forward to seeing how the market will be for these items locally.  

I have also start making more trinket boxes. Not just decoupages but stamped as well. I figured I keep buying all these stamps and inks I should be using them for something, lol. 

Recently I was asked for samples from a fellow blogger because they wanted to try and review hand creams for her blog. I checked out her blog and really liked it, so off in the mail went a nail & cuticle salve and blissful hands hand cream sample. Here is a link to her first review on my product Chrissy-jo's All Natural Nail & cuticle Salve Review

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Treasury Time

Here are some wonderful treasuries I have been in lately or that I have put together. I hope you enjoy and visit some of the shops!

Here is one I made with members of the Out Of The Box Sample team on Etsy

I love this one. My full moon photography print was featured in it. Look at all the pretties!

One more, this one featured my gothic spider web trinket box.

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