Thursday, September 27, 2012

I Love Cows

Do you love cows? I love cute, adorable cows. These cows I painted, using acrylic paints, are absolutely adorable. Since I am still learning, always learning LOL, it is not quite perfect, but special to anyone who loves whimsical things. I hope to do some more of these in the future, but none exactly like this one. All my paintings so far, are original paintings one of a kind, with no repeats. They are not prints. They are done on acrylic painting thick paper. I do not put them on canvas on purpose, to keep the prices lower. I am in the process of framing all my paintings. This one is not yet framed, but you can certainly have it framed. If you know a farmer, or just anyone who loves animals this would be a cute and wonderful gift idea. Be sure and check out all my unique paintings, when you visit my Etsy store.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Reverse Painting on Glass Plates

This is only my second time painting on glass plates. When you paint on a glass plate, the back side of it, you have to paint the background first and then the foreground. This is a very hard thing to do. I did the sunflower correctly, but the moon and cat silhouette, I forgot. If you were to turn the plate over, it is still very nice, but you can't hardly see the tree branches, because they should have been painted on first. Oh well, practice and learn. It is like telling your brain to be backwards, LOL! This is part of my new Fall theme dining room table. I have lots more to share with you in the coming days. I was on JTV and Ebay today adding things to my Gemstone Collecting and Jewelry Making Pinterest boards. Christmas is coming after all, and I feel like I haven't made any new jewelry in a century. Of course that is not true, but it feels that way. I can't wait to make some new pieces. Click on the widget to my Etsy store, at the top of this blog, and check out all my paintings and jewelry pieces.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

My New Hand Painted Fall Table Setting

Check out my Fall table. I have hand painted all the items shown. Some were great treasures that I found at a thrift shop and revamped via painting into something new and beautiful. My daughter and I also painted the shower wall in the one bathroom. I will share that later. I will go through each piece on my new Fall table, in the next few days, so you can see them up close. I will tell you how I did it, and how you can do it too, all for close to nothing. Painting can be an expensive hobby, but I am finding it even more affordable than jewelry making, which I still love and adore.  There is one piece missing from the table, but I will show it when I get to it.  The Modge Podge sealer works best of all the sealers I have tried.  The others leave a film that I do not care for at all.  I reduced my Christmas ornaments down half price, because I don't like the way the other sealers look on them.  I hope to be getting a new batch of ornaments done soon.  Be sure to visit my Etsy store to see all my paintings and painted items up for sale.  Plus all my jewelry, cross stitch, and loose gemstones

Thursday, September 20, 2012

September Birthstone

Were you born in the month of September. Chances are you are a Virgo, and the Sapphire is your birthstone. The video below is a lovely little video with all kinds of great information about the Sapphire. Check it out.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Blue Snowman Ornament

I have the cutest snowmen I want to paint on ornaments. So far I have only does this beautiful blue snowman. He is blue and white for his body with a yellow hat, and of course his carrot nose and licorice mouth. His scarf is dark blue with yellow polka dots. I am working on a whole collection of Christmas ornaments. Many of them are already listed in my Etsy store. You can click on any image, in the gallery at the top of this blog, to go to my Etsy store. These are hand painted by me, dated and signed, with acrylic paints and then sealed for durability. What a unique gift to give to someone you care about.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tiny Handcrafted Love Knot Pinky Ring

New in my store is a petite size 3 love knot pinky ring. I made two of these, but only have one for sale. I think I want the other, LOL. If you have small fingers like me then you know how hard it is to find a pinky ring that will stay on your finger. So, I made my own. It will fit a 3-3 1/2 size finger. It was made using soft, pliable colored craft wire in three different colors, black, mauve, and silver. It is very comfortable on the hand. I hope to make lots more of these, but with the kids back in homeschool mode, I don't have a ton of free time. I miss Summer Vacation! Anyway if you are interested in this cutie visit my Etsy store to purchase. I offer a layaway service as well.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Blue Sapphire Ring

I have been focusing a lot on learning to paint, draw and take awesome photos. But, I have not forgotten about my love of jewelry and gemstones. September is the month of Sapphires. If you were born in September, than your birthstone is the beautiful Sapphire. Sapphires are durable, can be worn everyday, and quite valuable. With that comes a hefty price for a fine quality, good size Sapphire. This ring is a sterling silver, size 7, ring setting featuring a lovely blueberry blue synthetics Sapphire. It has checkerboard faceting is in the antique cushion shape. It is a true beauty, at an awesome price. Visit my Etsy store and find out how much you really can afford a lovely Sapphire. Plus, I offer a layaway service, so you can start Christmas shopping now.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Featured Artisan Thunder Rose Leather

Woo Hoo I hope everyone had an awesome Labor Day! In case you didn't notice I haven't been around much. I have been busy drawing, painting, learning new concepts and of course thinking about new jewelry pieces I want to make. I also collect gemstones, which is why I make jewelry, so that is on my mind as well.


But, never mind all that, I have an awesome artisan to share with you. I am a member of the On Fire For Handmade Etsy and Facebook group. Each week they pick a new artisan to feature. Some of us bloggers join in the fun, and help promote the featured artisan. Now sometimes I am caught sleeping at the wheel, and I miss the featured artisan. But, lucky for Thunder Rose I was paying attention this week. At Thunder Rose Leather they make the cutest baby moccasins, of course made from leather and beads. I just love this white pair with the pink beads. Makes me almost wish I had a baby so they could wear them. You notice I said almost. I am going to have to do some investigating to see if they make them in larger kids sizes. My daughter is funny about shoes. Matter of fact she has had lots of shoes she flat out refuses to wear. I think maybe she might like these. They are slip on, soft and comfy leather, and oh so cute. Of course they make various bags and purses too.

Christmas is coming, will be here before you know it. So hop on over and see if there isn't someone on your gift giving list who wouldn't love something from Thunder Rose Leather.

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