Tuesday, May 29, 2012

30 Day Creativity Challenge

I was invited to join the 30 Day Creativity Challenge, and I am doing it. You creates something everyday in June and then take a photo and upload it to the board on Pinterest. You can find the board here. Begins June 1st so don't dilly dally. You can use the suggested topic for that day, or just be creative on your own.  Can't wait to see all the goodies.






Sunday, May 27, 2012

How To Make Memorial Day Jewelry

I am posting all my Memorial Day stuff now, because we have a very strong tropical nuisance named Beryl, bearing down on us. I am assuming I will have no power for at least part of the day on Monday. Below are two tutorials for some Memorial Day, or any US patriotic day, you can make. OK so the nails is not jewelry, but since I am learning to paint, and I think they are really cool, I am sharing that one too. I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Memorial Day, and remember to to be thankful to all who serve, have served, or will serve.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sunset Painting

I continue to get better at my painting skills. Most of my paintings will be available to purchase for $24.99 in my Etsy store. They are signed and dated, and since I only do one of each, they are truly one of a kind. I probably will do more sunsets, but I doubt I can get them to look exactly the same. This one has a funny story to it. My daughter wanted me to paint our Lab. I tried, but it just didn't look right. So, the only way I could fix it was to turn her head into the sun and add all the other stuff to it, LOL! My mom, who is our painting teacher, said this was very, very good. What do you think? I actually have quite a few to share with all of you, just need time to get them up and going. I do have one tip, for anyone who wants to learn to paint. You can watch other artists all you want, you will get a basic idea, but you will learn your own style and technique the more you paint.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Learn About Emeralds

My daughter was born in May, so her birthstone is the beautiful and coveted Emerald.  If you were born in May, then you also have the birthstone of Emerald.  I just found this lovely little video, that not only will show you some of the nicest Emeralds but also teach you about them as well.  Were you born in May?


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Who Am I?

Some of you might already have an idea of who I am, since you have been learning and growing with me on this blog, for years. Others may be new to my blog and are curious. So, I am going to tell you a little about myself. My name is Melissa. I am 42 years old, grew up in a small town in NY, now live in a small town in FL. My mom became disabled about 15 years ago, and moved to FL for health reasons. In 2005 my children, husband, and myself moved to FL to be close to her, and help her as needed. If you have never lived in another state, from where you grew up, than you should. It is like living in a whole other world. Funny, but true. I have been a nurse for 25 years. Yes, that means I was 17 when I graduated from LPN school. I also completed most of my RN, but then dropped out for many reasons, and never really wanted to go back. I have held many different certifications through the years, as an LPN, so don't ever let anyone lead you to believe that an LPN is not as good as an RN. It simply is not true. I have loved being a nurse, and my career has always meant a lot to me. Now that I have children my career has changed some. I only work one night a week, so I can be a mom, wife and I also homeschool my children. I can not even begin to tell you the glory I get from teaching my children everyday. No other profession or job can ever compare. I have a wonderful husband and am happily married. I guess I have always loved jewelry. I used to think the prices are so high, even for ugly low quality jewelry. Why is that, I would ask myself? So, I started to learn about gemstones and the jewelry making process. I loved learning about the gemstones so much, that I started to collect them. Someday, I will take classes to be a certified Gemologist. That is way in my future, but a goal I intend to meet someday. I am learning to identify gemstones, using a refractometer. This is a very slow process and still does not guarantee that I can identify the stone, but it does narrow it down a lot. Eventually I collected so many stones, that I figured I better do something with them. So, I started to make jewelry. Another goal for me will be to someday make my own castings and settings. For now I buy my settings through various sources including, Fire Mountain Gems, JTV, Rio Grande, and sellers on Ebay. I taught myself to set the stones, which sounds easy, but it really is not. It took a long time to learn to do this. Through the years I have made a hobby into a small business. A very small business, but one that grows and evolves each year. I have am now learning to paint, do beading and wire wrapping to add to my skill set. I am still not 100 percent comfortable with any of these techniques, but continue to learn and grow. If you would like to visit my Etsy store please feel free to do so. I love to learn new things, and believe learning is a lifetime process, never to end.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Painting Names and Flowers

I wish I had the time to paint every sing day, for hours at a time. Each time I paint something I think, well I could have did this or that, but then don't get to paint again for a few days sometimes. I love the concept of painting a name, I used my daughter's Caitlin, which is a large name, then adding flowers to the letters of the name. Then I thought why not paint the letters in the shapes of flowers. I will have to try that the next time. The jar shown has Caitlin painted all around it, you can only see part of her name. Then I tried to add vine and flowers. I did not care for the vine look at all, but the flowers I did. So, today I painted her name in white only, then added the flowers, and then a little garden of flowers underneath. I like this much better, though still not exactly what I want. I am hoping to get this how I like it, in the next few painting tries. I will be sharing some more of my paintings, and my daughter's as well, in the coming weeks. There is so much to learn, so little time.

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