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Happily Back In My Studio August 7, 2008

Filed under: altered art,collage,pillow,plastic beads,quotes,sewing,vintage beads — Our Studio with olive m'lou @ 3:52 pm

Ah, I am feeling more relaxed and happy now. Now that I am off the steroids for my hearing I am feeling much more like myself. Yeah! I have gotten my creative energy back, too. I still can’t hear of my left ear, but I’m getting used to it. Sorry for being so crabby last time.
Yesterday morning I made a little pillow with one of my collages printed on fabric, and I was so happy with how it turned-out that I stayed up half the night making a bunch more. The first one is a present for a dear friend, so I am not showing that one yet. They are all around 5″x4″, plus the hanging parts.
Anyway, a few months ago I went to an estate sale and walked away with 4 storage units of little plastic drawers FILLED with mainly vintage plastic beads. Who doesn’t need thousands of those in every color of the rainbow?! I just couldn’t leave them… Some of the other drawers had newer jewerly/craft supplies that I will someday get around to listing for sale.

So, most of these small hanging quote pillows are trimmed with the fun beads. The one above has glass leaf and flower beads that I bought and just love, too. I used vintage barkcloth and a vintage tablecloth for the fabrics. I have ideas for incorporating vintage hankies, too, especially for baby ones.
I also went through my ginourmous stash of fabrics, and I can’t wait to start plowing through it. I used to be a milliner, hat designer, until I got really burned-out, so I put my fabrics and sewing stuff away for a while. OK, years. Now it feels like I have all this new stuff to play with, so that’s good. I’d forgotten how relaxing and sort of meditative (is that a word?) sewing is for me. I am even thinking of making some more hats. I’ll post some pics soon of some of the hats I made when I had my millinery store.

So, I’m going to list these in my etsy store and see what happens. I wish my pics didn’t turn-out sort of washed-out. I use Photoshop, but I’m afraid to tweak them too much bc they start to look too messed-with. Any suggestions?
I hope you are having a creative and relaxing day!

 

Little Altered Shadowbox Collage Pendants August 23, 2007

Filed under: altered art,collage,etsy,milagro,pendant,vintage necklace — Our Studio with olive m'lou @ 8:52 pm

I made these little 3-D shadowbox necklaces, and I am so happy how they turned out! I started with little metal flip-top frames (which I will be listing as supplies soon), then layered a milagro between a transparency and another image. There is a piece of glass on the front protecting the pieces, and the backs of most of them have a mirror, but a couple have a piece of antique sheet music behind glass. They are hung from a length of faux suede.

Please check them out in my etsy store, along with more.

This is one of those vintage things I just HAD to have when I found it. It is chunky and heavy, but the chain is lightweight. The pendant is about 4″ long, and the letters and the top detail are actually set into the metal, not sitting on top or printed. I couldn’t resist. Now I have to decide if I am going to keep it or sell it!

I promise that tomorrow I’ll get some pics of the cool printing and engraving goodies from that estate sale. I think I’ll also get some shots of my studio.