Tuesday, January 8, 2013
This time, I went to visit relatives, take in art galleries, eat, tour around on the nice days, feast with family, get a view from Sears Tower, and attend a Bulls game. Although the snow was thin, the boys did get to go sledding and to walk on an iced over lake for the first time. We were impressed at how fast the younger family members could get their snow gear on. Not something we in Oregon face often.
It's lovely to travel, feel inspired and then get a long weekend at home before Winter break ends. Love to you all and best wishes for the new year.
Friday, December 7, 2012
|One Bird Tree|
I'm celebrating year FIVE of making my wrist warmers! While I enjoy full time work in my new wholesale jewelry business, I am happy to have time, between orders, to get new warmers made for the holidays. I would miss the etsy community, and all my wonderful customers much too much, if I closed up shop.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Guaranteed to give you greater confidence and comfort on your way to the big job interview, while at the dentist, and taking tests. Loved by teens and grandmas alike. Yes, I do have solid colors and men's sizes.
Jackson has such short hair, he's happy to wear a coat indoors and out. The kids and I have had fun making custom dog coats out of old sweater sleeves and this polar fleece one.
Friday, November 9, 2012
What is going on in the garden?
Did some Halloween ghoul spill it's secret potion on it's hop over the fence? On this first rainy and quite cold morning, the camera and I went to explore a mysterious explosion of greens and colors in the corner of the garden..........
Thursday, November 8, 2012
I took a class with Jill Cardinal at Oregon Art Supply in Eugene. We had a great deal of fun, painting our own tape and stamping with hand made stamps.
Hand made stamps are my favorite. I quickly carved this eye stamp in class. The feather stamps, I made previously.
I am always on the look out for good abstract design stamps and tend to over-think it. Jill and I were playing with "random designs" and she showed me her best trick. In her box of carving material scraps, there are many discarded designs and broken, or cut-off pieces. They make GREAT random stamps! Cut off a few edges and try lining them up in various ways to make repeating patterns. Many of my "fancy" washi tape designs were made with these so called scraps.
We played a game: on person cuts lines into a stamp section and hands it to the next person, who cuts out a piece that looks fun to stamp with. We tried lining up the prints every which way. See more examples on the bottom photo.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The transition from retail to wholesale has been wonderful for me. I've been so busy getting set up shop, and filling orders, I haven't seen many friends recently, so it's time for a little open house. Drop by the studio and say hi after school (parents) and after work, 4-7 this Thursday. Wine and chocolate and free raffles.
My nature themed pendants and earrings will be available at great prices. Pre-holidays sale. But really just come say hi, I'm inviting neighbors and friends. xo Alysse Hennessey