Archive for May, 2010


Welcome, Giveaway, and Etsy

Theresa made this with one of my hearts. It is so beautiful

and she made it look so good with the great beading she did!

Welcome to all my new visitors from Theresa’s page, I am so happy to have you visit.

Blessings on you all, new and committed!

Theresa from Faerie Moon Creations Her Blog is Welcome to my World  has posted a

Terrifically Talented Thursday! Clay and Crochet (DOUBLE Giveaway!)  

Theresa also has an Etsy store and features people on thursdays that she finds.

Theresa’s store is

She has beautiful things and great prices.

It is about ME!!!!!!!!!! and a Talented woman named Emily. I am throwing my name in here with Emily LOL!!

Her shop is Nothing but String  and Emily specializes in handmade Irish Crochet Lace Jewelry and Gifts. You should see this stuff people, that is talent. 


Theresa has so graciously featured both of us, thank you Theresa, you are a jewel. Please visit her and Emily.


The giveaway- this is a two-fer too!

“Emily will give away one crocheted hibiscus flower similar to the one featured above to one lucky reader! The winner will be able to select this custom-created flower in the color combination of her choice! The dimensions of the hibiscus are 6″ w x 4.5″ l. The flower makes the perfect embellishment for scrapbooks, journals, head bands, pillows, afghans, and so much more!”


I’m also pleased to announce that Marie will also be gifting a lucky winner with a custom-designed Sacred Heart (similar in style to the heart featured on the light switch plate). Let Marie know how you wish to embellish the heart, and she will tailor it to your specifications!”


Did you hear that? Emily and I are giving away stuff

“ON Theresa’s Blog”

Your comment here will be lovely and I enjoy the heck out of them, but it will not count. It will only count on Theresa’s blog.

Did I tell you I have an Etsy store?

I am still working on things and trying to get everything in order. If you have any questions, just let me know.

I have to do something with my creations or my husband is going to kick me out!

This is why I have been so absent, well that, and a gall bladder attack, Madi getting sick, depression, fear, doing my web pages, and just life in general.


I got in my first Treasury on Etsy

Oh, I am so excited. I got an Etsy Shop. I was going to announce it tomorrow, but I got in my very first Treasury. I am such a newbie at Etsy, all I can do is post the link for you. LOL!!

Stay tuned for tomorrow though.

Please go check it out and check Cheryl out.

Cheryl from Cheryl’s art is the sweetie that did this.

Your work is gorgeous!

Thank you so much Cheryl, I am so honored to be in there with all those talented people!

Oh and check me out too!


To antique or not to antique… part 6

Clicking on the picture will take you to the picture

and story of these little mice.

Lone from Flowermouse Designs has a wonderful blog and attitude, I like her. Her work is joyful and brilliant in design and color. The girl works in rainbows a lot and I adore that. She usually also has a sweet little parable that goes with each picture and post to tie the two together, Lone’s words of wisdom. Eye and mind candy.

Clicking on this picture will take you to the story of this necklace

and a larger picture

The reason I am talking about her now is to show you how she has antiqued, washed, or painted her pieces to great effect. Have a visit to the lovely Lone, you will enjoy it.


Giveaway 13, part 3- winner

In all of my time of Random Number Generators, I have never ever seen a random number generator pick the # 1. It has though, and that is Jan from Laughing Dog Arts

Jan you are the Winner, please contact me with your address and if you would like to keep it as a cabochon or if you would rather have Brooch.

Yay!! Congratulations Jan!!

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend.


Giveaway 13, part 2- winner

Used the random generator on my page for this pick too.

There were 20 wise people playing and no duplicates.

The random generator picked #5

Barbara/ myth maker that would be you.

Congratulations Barbara!!

You have one week to get back to me with your address and whether you would like this to be a brooch or left this way with out a pin back.


Giveaway 13, part 1- Winner

Well, my other random generator (Madi) is out with her mother.

So I resorted to the standby.

There were 19 of you, no duplicates. And the number drawn was 18, that would be Nydia.

Nydia you have one week to get back to me with your address.

I also need to know if you would like to wear this as a brooch or if you want me to leave the pin off the back so you can use it for something else.

Congratulations, Nydia!!


To antique or not to antique… part 5, a little project- Inspirational tags

These are the Nature colors  from Cernit and they happen to look very much like sand and stones. They have a porcelain look to them and are filled with all kinds of fibers and glitters. You can click on the picture for a larger view.

They also look very nice, you guessed it, antiqued!

You can find these colors at my husband’s on line store Clay Factory .

For quick and easy little tags for book marks, necklaces, and earrings. I am sure you can think of  lots other things for them too.

Inspirational Tags

Cernit Nature colors in your choice (link above)

Clay Words Sheet stamps 269-001, 30 words- ERAGraphics

A Bic stic pen

Black or Brown Ne-opaque- Clay Factory

A piece of old towel


Condition the color of clay you want to use.

Cut the stamps apart, or not. That is really up to you I guess.
Roll little coils that are a little longer than the stamp you are going to use.

If the words are skinny make the coil smaller in diameter.

If the words are thicker make the little coil thicker
These two in the first step should give you the general idea.

Flatten and lengthen the coil a little.

Lie one end of the coil at the bottom or end of the word and have the excess  extend over the beginning of the word.

Do not press the stamp all the way in. It looks better if you do not have the outline of the outside of the rubber there on the clay.

When you antique it after it is baked it will highlight that line there.

Do not peel off the stamp yet.

Use the point of the pen to make the whole in the top

of the little tag.

It works great if you press gently on the rubber to hold it and drill the pen to loosen it from the clay and make the hole.

Peel off the stamp and then bake this on a tray just the way it is.

Going through it again with the other stamp.

Smaller or thinner stamp, smaller coil, flatten and lengthen a little.

Press in the little stamp, these stamps are made for clay and are very deep, so do not press too far. It is OK if you do because you just smash it up and roll in to a coil again.

No worries.

Use the pen again and drill the little hole in the one end.

Peel the stamp out.


Now bake these at 275 degrees for 30 minutes, shut off the oven and let them cool in the oven.

When cool, paint with black or brown ne-opaque and let it dry a little on the clay. With a damp not wet old piece of towel and rub(sometimes vigorously) the excess paint off.

Easy or what???

 No hole you can use them as glue on words. If gluing on, I suggest Weldbond or Crafter’s pick the Ultimate glue for the job!


To antique or not to antique… part 4, sometimes it is the only answer

My friends Kelly and Tina have a fun blog. It is called KTdidclay 

They share the space together, and with their great senses of humor and creative personalities, it is a fun place to visit and the eye candy is huge. I love being with them in person too! We laugh and get in trouble a lot.

It just so happens that Kelly did a little thing on white clay and then antiqued or washed or painted (whatever name you choose to call it) with acrylic paint and then wiped off the excess.

I thought “oh,  this is perfect for the tangent I am on”!

click on the picture and it will take you over there to ktdidclay and a giant picture.

You can even see the veining in the stem of the “weed”.

As in Kelly’s case “one man’s (or woman’s) “weed” is another ones art.”

Kelly says,

“I picked a few “weeds” which I thought had some interesting potential. I had created them by impressing the plants into the raw clay which leaves the texture behind.”

See, it just goes to show you something as simple as weeds and paint can add a whole new view to a plain piece of white clay. I can imagine whole little landscapes being made this way.

A work of art is born.


To antique or not to antique… part 3, try another color

Pick a color…any color

Black Ne-opaque

Brown Ne-opaque

True Gold- Lumiere

Red Ne-opaque

White Ne-opaque

Click on the image for a closer view.

Wow, what a difference a color makes!

I used all of the same colors of clay. 

Do not forget the 13th giveaway, with 3 parts.

Part 1  ends the 19th of may, 2010

Part 2  ends the 20th of may, 2010

Part 3  ends the 21st of may, 2010


Taking shape-changing ideas and altered directions- part 18, getting a handle on things

Getting a handle on things… Also known as “to antique or not to antique”.

Do not forget the 13th giveaway, with 3 parts.

Part 1 ends the 19th of may, 2010

Part 2 ends the 20th of may, 2010

Part 3 ends the 21st of may, 2010

May 2010

Marie’s Etsy Shop

Marie’s Etsy Hoarders Closet

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