Tuesday, November 15, 2011

More Memory Wire Jewelry

I've spent several hours the past couple of days stringing small beads onto wire. I've made 4 more bracelets, 2 of which got added to Etsy today:

LGBT Pride Rainbow Bracelet

I made this one for my shop, but plan to make one for myself as well. I do believe that Love is Love, no matter what your sexual orientation, and made this rainbow bracelet surrounding a silver heart to show that.

Autumn Flower Memory Wire Bracelet

This one is a little dressier. Made from lovely glass bi cone beads in shades of smoke and amber, it is accented with a small flower charm boasting a matching stone in the center.

Friday, November 11, 2011

New Items in Shop

I'm trying to come up with a "giveaway" to help promote my shop. In the meantime, if you'd like to take a look at the items below, or my shop in general, I'd love it. Maybe you'll see something you like, or something you'd like to share with a friend.

Today I listed a new item in my etsy shop Nona's Needlework (and More). I also recently re-listed one that had expired without selling.

Today I listed a 6 loop memory wire bracelet: "Blue, Green, White Memory Wire Bracelet"

Then I re-listed my "Go Away" cross stitch in a cute tabletop frame.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Skeleton Bat Decoration - Kids Craft

I joined in on the Favecrafts October Blog Hop: Halloween Crafts

If you like my craft can you please visit the Blog Hop, and click the "LIKE" link under my image?


I often compare my "art" to what a kindergarten child would do, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that I like kids crafts.

Holidays often offer the CUTEST kids crafts to do, and now that I have a kid, I'm eagerly collecting them for the day he reaches an age where he cares about doing crafts.

This craft is super simple. You can make a "Skeleton Bat" with your children, and they can hang the bat up for decoration! Most crafty families will already have all the supplies needed handy around the house.

  • 1 sheet of black construction paper (8.5" x 11" or larger)
  • 1 rectangle of black construction paper approximately 4" x 5' for a child hands, or 5" x 6" for an adults hands (or you can use a empty TP roll for this part)
  • White paint (black paint too if you're using the TP roll)
  • A short piece of yarn or ribbon (around 6" is good)
  • 1 set of Google eyes
  • 1 foam paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Glue of your choice (I recommend white glue or tacky glue)
  • Soap and water for quick hand washing

1. Using the foam brush, cover BOTH of the child's hands with the white paint.
2. Have them press their hands down on the LARGE piece of construction paper. They should have the thumbs of each hand touching and the fingers spread. It should look something like this:

3. Set the hand prints aside and quickly wash the paint off the child's hands.
4. While the hand prints dry, take the smaller piece of construction paper and glue the short sides of it together to form a roll. (If you are using the TP roll, paint the roll black.) Glue a pair of google eyes at the top of one end of the roll. This is your body.

5. By now the hand prints should be dry, so its time to cut out the wings. Have the child cut around then hand prints, leaving some black around the edges. Leave plenty of black left between the pointer fingers. (this is where the body will go.) These are your wings and should look similar to this:

6. Tie the ends of your yarn/string/ribbon together to form a loop. With the fingers of your hand prints pointed toward you, glue the knot of this loop to the top of the thumbs.
7. With the fingers of the hand prints pointed toward you, glue the body (eyes towards the top) to the center of the hand print. It should cover the bottom of your yarn/string/ribbon loop.

Give the glue time to dry, then hang your SKELETON BAT whenever you would like to display it!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October Calendar

I'm pretty late in the month even getting this posted. This has not been a nice month for me, and holiday shopping season is already in full swing where I work. I'm stressed out the wazoo....and I've got a BIG wazoo to be stressed out of.

My original plan for my October calendar involved a skull rubber stamp, and resist techniques. When my resist didn't work, I slathered the whole thing with acrylic paint, stenciled on a few leafless tress and this was the end result:

Saturday, September 3, 2011

September Journal Calendar

I've done the bad thing I used to do when doing my calendars. I've left most of my squares empty for August. I really lead a dull life not worth writing about.

I also didn't even get started on making a calendar for September until last night! (the 2nd of the month).  Nothing too fancy.  Acrylic craft paint.  Vellum for the months squares, and collage images from SKIRT! magazine.

I've been addicted to "found poetry" for the past few weeks, so it was pretty much written in the stars that it would happen on my calendar.

If you want to see more awesome journal calendars, visit The Kathryn Wheel for other's calendars.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Venus Felix (Lucky Venus

Don't Compromise Yourself.
Go out
for a night.
See the Emotion
Visible to all.
Be opinionated,
Be Rebellious.
Be Brave.
Be Free.
You are all you've got.
Don't accept
lowering the standards.
Make a list
of things you could do
over a lifetime.
Flex your creative muscles
Let your freak flag fly.
Have fun


I've also finally put a few of my collages (including this one) for sale on etsy! My etsy shop is Nona's Needlework And More.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Collage Art

I've been going a little insane with my found poetry word collages lately. They've spilled out of my journal onto some 5x7 canvases, and I've even tried my hand at doing some actual PAINTING for the backgrounds.

Having several artists assure me that my work doth not sucketh made me almost feel good about my art. Good enough to put my first couple up on Etsy.

Destination Unkown is selling for $15


Forever, Sin is going for $10.

The two that I have gotten more hands on painting done on are still in the drying process and haven't been scanned yet.