Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Beaded Iris - New Shop Find

I've discovered a new shop over at Etsy called The Beaded Iris.  
The shop owner, Kelsey, is a local artist.

Here are a few of the unique and very cool things I found in her shop.

Totally Twisted Wire Earrings-- Red, Orange, and Shell Pink
This first one made me laugh out loud and
 it's reassuring to know that there are earrings
 in the world that describe me. :)

Peace Tea Floral Necklace -- Soda Poppies UpCycled Aluminium Flowers

This necklace caught my eye because I'm a tea lover.  I love the way this
seller presents her product.  Always in search of unique gifts for
friends and family, I can see quite a few here that would fit the bill.
Also, for me the package is almost as important as
 what's inside and this one is ready to go as a gift or
 as a special something for yourself.

Here is what Kelsey says about this necklace - 

Peace Tea cans are easily one of my favorite brands to work with...
so many different color options and striking patterns. 
This little flower makes abundant use of another feature common on Peace Tea cans--faces! How many can you find?

Each Soda Poppy is a truly unique flower, hand-cut from a used beverage can and formed and assembled in my home studio. Petals are hand-sanded  to remove sharp edges; the flower is firmly affixed to a chrome-plated pendant component, and comes strung on 16" steel ball chain.

As with every item in my shop, this little beauty ships wrapped 
in tissue paper and an organza bag, ready to be gifted!

Check out her About Page to find out more about this fascinating artist.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Altered Clipboard Examples

I thought I would share some of the things I've done with my clipboards.  These boards are 13" wide x 7.5" long and have 3 clips.  The clips are fastened with rivets not screws.  They have a nice white painted finish with rounded corners that make it easy to embellish them without finishing the corners or having to cover every bit of them.  I bought these for a workshop I gave and I have quite a few left over at my Etsy shop.

For this snowman one (which is currently for sale at my handmade shop at Etsy) I used a 12 inch x 6 inch paper which left some of the white border showing.  This doesn't bother me because the board is finished so nicely in white with rounded corners that I don't feel the need to cover every inch of it. :)

Putting Away Christmas

Saying bye to 2013 and to these guys! :)