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.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cut and Paste Poetry

It was a dark and stormy night.

Well, I guess it goes without saying that nights are dark, but it really was stormy, and the electricity popping around outside made sure that I coudln't be online doing super-important things like harvesting my peanuts on farmville.

"I don't know how to entertain myself without the internet!" I proclaimed, but my husband was reading a batman comic and didn't feel my pain.

So, I did what any girl would do in my case.....I grabbed a magazine, a pair of scissors, a glue stick and my brain, and made a mess on the kitchen table.

Okay, maybe not EVERY girl would do that. Probably not any girl would do that because...well...I'm odd.

But I spent the next hour and a half with my magazine, my scissors and my gluestick and worked on one of my funner (to me) hobbies. I made "Cut and Paste Poetry."

Cut and Paste poetry is sort of like Magnetic Poetry, only messier and it doesn't usually involve a refrigerator door.

I made two such creations, and informed my husband, "I have the most useless hobby in the world" as I proudly gave him my first work of art to read.

"Is it a hobby?" He asked.

"Well, I've done this more than once, that makes it a hobby right?" Then after a pause. "Wait, are you trying to tell me my hobby isn't a hobby?"

"I don't know," he said, "Do other people do this too?"

I told him probably not.

DO other people do this?

Don't Resisit

One Lucky Girl

Meanwhile, after the storm passed I went online and looked for cut and paste poetry, and I found mostly pictures where someone had typed a poem up on the computer then cut it out in strips and glued it to a piece of paper, but nothing where all the words were cut and formed out of an old magazine.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

August Calendar Pages

Well, I did it. I manged not only to create, but to FILL an entire journal calendar. Granted some of the filling is just...well...fillers...but there is something in every square.

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It even led to the creation of a travel sized journaling kit so that I could do stuff to it at work on my lunch break. Cause, lets face it, as a mom who works a full time job my lunch break at work is the only time I don't have someone tugging on my pant leg.

(There will be a future post on what a travel sized journaling kit consists of in my world)

Despite the pant leg tugging (and a begging cry of "Whee mommy! Whee mommy! Whee mommy!) I did manage to pull out one or two supplies and make a spread for August.

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I scribbled yellow color pencil over the pages, but it didn't look good to me, so I went over that with yellow watercolor paint (the solid kind they sell for kids). Then I added a peaceful field of red and blue flower stamps, and matching floral letter stamps to spell out my month.

Yoga lady, and the quote under her ("She should've had a V8 instead) and the quote at the top o the page ("I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.") were cut out of a SKIRT magazine.

My theme for August is supposed to be self love/inner peace, with a heavy dose of wishing I was in good enough shape to contort my body into such positions.

And so I leave this new calendar in the hands of all the lovely creative people at The Kathryn Wheel.

New Book Goodness

When surfing amazon for stitchery books, how could I resist one that boasts a butcher pig on the cover as did Twisted Stitches. Or a book of tiny stitches that proclaims Not Lame! and Very Cool! Like Makoto's Cross-Stitch Super Collection.

When I got home from vacation I had these two very fun books waiting on my table for me to open and browse. And I've already picked out the first patterns I'm going to do out of each one of them!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

June/July Calendars

I was inspired by a friend in a journaling group to do monthly calendars in my journal.  I made them for a while, but never put anything in them, so I stopped.

For my birthday (June 22) I decided to start journaling on a regular basis again, and start doing the calendars again.  So, of course, I started browsing flickr for other peoples journal calendars.  That is how I found the calendar challenge at The Kathryn Wheel  And while my cut and paste calendars are nothing compared to the BEAUTIFUL created pages that I've looked at, I hope they don't mind me tossing my calendars in the pot too. 

Maybe I'll get better at them as I go along.

Here is my July calendar, I just put in my journal today.

This is my June calendar. I didn't even put it in the book until my birthday, and then I hardly did anything in it....much like before.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Art Journaling

While drawing and painting have never been my strong suits, I've always loved playing with words.  I've also always loved playing with Scissors and Glue sticks.

It should come as no surprise that I always loved magnetic poetry.

And when you give me an old magazine, a pair of scissors, a glue stick, and my journal, things like this happen:

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Nona's Jewelry Shop and More?

Seems to me lately I'm doing more beading than I am stitching.  I think that is just because a necklace or simple pair of earring is so much less time consuming than a well done stitch.

In the shop now:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

First Sale

Today was a good day for me.

I made my first sale!

Not long ago on my facebook page I posted a picture of my Peacock and Guinea feather necklace. 

She said she was interested in buying it, and wanted to know if I could make some earrings to match. After a little time I finally got the feathers to make a pair of earrings as well, and sent the photos to her for approval.

She did like them, so I quoted my price, and BOOM made my first sell.

But wait...there's more!

I finished a small cross stitch tonight, and literally seconds after I had posted it someone said they wanted it. And mere minutes after that, it had been sold as well!

So I'm sitting here feeling all happy and bouncy and more inspired than ever to make and try to sell things!

I'm just all full of WHEE!!!!!

Feel free to browse my Etsy shop Nona's Needlework (and More).  More items will be added in the near future.