Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Time for a Giveaway!!!!!!

So as I noted on my Facebook page that once I received 100 likes. I would do a give away!!!

Well here it is!!!

The Giveaway
A needle tatted lace necklace with copper wire bird's nest.  The eggs are dyed blue jade and the necklace is accented with Tiger's eye. Also a full set of Artist's Series II Cards. 

How to enter:

There are three ways to enter. Yes, you can enter once with each way. That's gives you mulitple chances of winning.

1. Leave a Comment below, with your name.

2. Send an email to with your name.

3. Share my page, and comment on Facebook my page that you shared it.

Contest Dates
December 19, 2012 to December 30, 2012 January 2,2012

Winner will be chosen at random, using and announced 

Must be in U.S. to enter.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Canvas Chat : Meet the Artist Sky Susan

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing artist Sky Susan Sommer. Sky is a native of Valdosta, Georgia. Being the daughter of a Navy family allowed her to travel rather extensively in her youth. Her travels included: Japan, Korea, China, India, South America, Central America and the Philippines. Her favorite place she’s traveled however is Hawaii. In 2008 Sky moved to Jacksonville with her daughter, Morgan. Sky and her daughter have three dogs: Princess, Coco, Bootsie, and a cat named Mason.

Viewing Sky’s work for the first time was like opening a box of treasures. Her pieces sparkle; each piece is a part of her imagination. Sky’s landscapes include darling details like a bunny or a pair of cardinals. Her landscapes are not what however has caught my attention. I love her Geisha pieces. The bold colors and touches of gold catch my eyes. The attention to details in hair and makeup. There is beauty in the simplicity of them. Sky is very passionate about her painting, and it shows in her work.

During the course of the last year she's had ample time to paint while recovering from knee replacement surgery. Sky has always dreamed of expressing herself through her work and sharing it with others.Sky has a very sweet and down to earth personality It was an absolute joy to interview. Sky and a pleasure to introduce her work to you.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My Crochet Hooks have been busy!

I like to crochet but, I have to be in the mood for it. My family recently became larger with the addition of my new niece Hannah. Her mom is a big LSU Tiger fan, so I asked if I could make Miss Hannah a hat in the team colors. After acquiring the yarn colors of choice, I sat down for pattern research. I have made hats before, just not a hat for a baby. I think my blonde cap must have of been on.

I made my own pattern by simply reducing the number of rounds instead of following someone else's pattern. I used a scallop edging to finish the hat. I also added two matching flowers in coordinating colors of the team for the perfect touch. I am shipping off this little hat this week to my little niece I can't wait to see her in it!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Canvas Chat: Meet Artist Kevork Boyrazian

All right here we go! This week's interview is with artist, Kevork Boyrazian. He's a ball point pen artist who focuses on photo realism. His pieces are breath taking. First glance sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between a photo and an illustration. I had that issue when I first saw his Bruce Lee piece. Two of his pieces are featured in Local Artist Trading Initiative, Series II :Heroes.

Tell us about yourself?

My name is Kevork Boyrazian, I reside in the United States.
I have an immense addiction to stay active. I love to exercise, go bike riding for many miles, long walks, skateboarding, and of course, utilizing my artistic skills at every chance that I get. I like to listen to all genres of music. I enjoy going to the movies and catching a good flick. I like cooking, eating healthy foods and enjoy splurging on junk food a few times a week. Yes, I love to indulge with “chocolate!”

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dream Catchers and Self Portraits

So recently, on a trip to St. Augustine, I spied a large rainbow dream catcher.The colors were very vibrant and it was also adorned with rainbow feathers and capiz shells. I figured since I know how to make a small dream catcher let's make a ginormous on. This of course meant another trip to Hobby Lobby.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Canvas Chat: Meet Artist Dan Davis

This week's interview is with artist, Dan Davis. He's another very talented member of LACT, guild. He's one of the members featured in Artist Series II : Heroes. He also has an awesome mural of Five Points at my favorite pizza place, Carmine's Pie House.

TC: Tell us a little about yourself?

Dan: I am 41 and have been drawing and painting since I was a youngster. I am one of the founders of another local artist collective called Le Refuse and I have been actively showing my art out and about in Jacksonville for a little more than a year.

Trip to Georgia! Part 1

So I took a little vacation up to Georgia to visit family and recharge my creative spirit. I arrived early Saturday morning at the festively awesome house of Heather Ozee. Heather is my cousin and she's awesome. She's also an amazingly talented artist! I spent the day celebrating her oldest daughter Roxy's birthday and the evening we spent together painting. There's just something awesome about painting with another artist, that's magical..

I had a blast at her house and being around her family was awesome. She also painted something for me. It's of the carousel horses at Disney. I love it! Through some magical accident involving glitter the painting is a tiny bit sparkly. I have to thank her younger daughter Isabel for that.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Canvas Chat: Meet Artist Nick Dunkenstein

Here we are with another very talented Artist from Local Artists Coming Together, Nick Dunkenstein. Let the chat begin!

Tell us a little about yourself?

I have a hard time describing myself to people, I never know what to say and others tend to do it better. I guess thinking of words to use to explain my character can vary, but I guess I’m just the normal person always wanting to improve myself in any way possible. I never feel complete or satisfied and I’m always day dreaming, which can get me in to trouble sometimes.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Painting in Progess.

I have my own painting ritual, its one that takes time, silence and patience. I have recently endeavored to push my skills to a new level, past their previous marks. In stating that, I decided to take on a portrait project. I had inquired a friend of mine many months ago if I could paint her daughter, Olivia. Just recently finally cleared a space for it and time.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Canvas Chat: Meet Malorie Shannon , Artist and Jewelry Designer

I have the pleasure of introducing Malorie Shannon artist and jewelry designer. Her pieces are beautiful and her earrings are unique. I met her through Local Arts Coming Together{LACT}. Without further adieu, meet Malorie Shannon.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I am 54, a wife, a mom of 3 grown children and an artist. I have spent the majority of my life in Florida,  with my family settling in St. Augustine in 1966.   I have been doing art all my life, winning small contests and awards. I also had the honor of having some of my work on exhibit at the Rogue Space Gallery in New York city at two of their international art shows.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Canvas Chat: Meet Kyle Willis

Here's my next interview, its of professional Artist
Kyle Willis. I met him through the group Local Artists Coming Together on Facebook. His work is detailed and the photo realism is amazing.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sometimes I dream about Pink Elephants....

I really wanted to paint this piece. I suppose part of it was from an old commercial for, Ellie the Elephant. Also, parents gave me a pink elephant swizzle stick for my 21st birthday. The elephant broke off the swizzle stick awhile back. I have been keeping the tiny glass elephant in my terrarium. My best friend loves elephants as well. She was also a huge influence on this painting.There have been pink elephants dancing my head for about a month.

When I finally had some quiet time, I worked on a small sketch first. Then took a day to step up my board and paints. I really love using watercolors. They have a wonderful translucency to them when you paint.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Canvas Chat : Meet Artist and Historian Jennifer Teeter

Jennifer Teeter
I have the pleasure of introducing the wonderfully talented Jennifer Teeter. I stumbled upon her work by accident a few years ago while I was in Atlanta for a gallery opening of Screaming Silently. Her brother and my husband happen to be very close friends. We  stayed at the Teeter Residence during our visit. The room we were in showcased some of the most beautiful paintings I have seen. Jennifer Teeter is not currently practicing art, however she has a wonderful way to combine her love of art and history. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tatted Awareness Ribbon

New project, its Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So I thought I would make something simple that can be worn in support. It can also be made in any color to support anything form of cancer and so on. For the Pattern go here!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Samurai's Last Ride at Sunset

"The Samurai's Last Ride at Sunset"

Watercolor and ink on water Color paper.

This painting is in honor of my Father. I lost him in 2007, to several health complications. He always supported me, in my every endeavor. I chose a samurai because he told me, that he lived his life like a Samurai warrior with his candle burning at both ends.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sunshine: A Needle Tatting Pattern

So, I've been a little busy lately and things have been super crazy here in my mad scientist lab. I have been making monsters, and whale tails. Needle tatting and  crocheting as much as possible. So many ideas and so many projects, with so little time. Here is my newest instructable for a tatted sun!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Canvas Chat: Jeremiah Moore

This interview needs very little introduction. I'll let the interview do the work, meet Jeremiah Moore, professional artist.

AtC: Tell us about yourself in a short bio?

J.M. : My name is Jeremiah Moore; I’m an avid professional artist that should probably finish college when I find the time. I have quite the sordid past, having been quite the rebel in high school (although I still managed to graduate with a 3.4 GPA, lol)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Catch up time!

I have been quite busy lately. Its nice to be in creative over drive. I had time to finish my mermaid painting. I am quite proud of the finished product. I named it "The Mermaid's Atolls." It took me awhile to complete, but it was worth it. I plan on doing a small series of these in water color.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Canvas Chat: Meet Katie Garcia

Katie Garcia and her daughter, Guinevere
This week I had a chance to interview a photographer, Katie Garcia of Katie Garcia Photography. She is a wonderfully talented photographer that has taken many beautiful photos that inspire and capture the imagination. Katie's work also captures beautiful moments and memories.  I own one of her prints myself from her trip to Japan. The print hangs in my bedroom, it's called "Ancient Gardens." I have loved her work since I first saw the piece "Ancient Gardens" a few years back.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Mermaids and the Beach

Recently, I decided to dust off my paintbrushes. Watercolor is often my weapon of choice. There's something about the way you can make shadows and light with it that I absolutely adore. This piece started late one night after studying the female figure. I started sketching working up my concept.

Typically when I paint I rush the piece, not this time the image shown here to the left is only part of one session of painting. Previous to this I did a quick work up of a painting using watercolor pencils. I love mermaids and have always found them so very fascinating.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Canvas Chat: Meet Grace Roselynn

This week's interview is different, I met with an artist of literary the world, Grace Roselynn. She's the author of Samirah: Light and Shadows, a romance novel that debuted this summer. Its the first book in the series. Her book is currently available on Amazon and many other ebook dealers.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Arrgh! Pirate Attack: Let's Decoupage a Bangle

This week's project focuses on Decoupage. I had a lot of fun making this. It's pirate themed by choice of course. The finished piece even includes a photo of me and my husband from my 23rd birthday. This project is fun and easy. Another great part of it is how inexpensive it is. I bought my bangles for this project however you can up cycle an old bangle and bring it new life with this. They also make great gifts for birthdays and the holidays. To make this project check out my tutorial here:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Turtles and Zombie Roses

Recently, I received a commission for a very special necklace. I really enjoyed this commission, because it was for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle necklace. Each turtle is sculpted from polymer clay and measures 1 inch. The necklace is 18 inches with green accent beads. I always enjoy when I get to work on a Geekery project. I'm still trying to finish my series on Avatar: The Last Airbender, element necklaces. I'm on the last element in the set, air. I am still dreaming up ideas for it.

Roses are Red.......
Dead zombie flesh is green...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Canvas Chat: Meet Kaura!

I enjoy interviewing artists. So with a short introduction I'd like to introduce Kaura of Wire to Bling. She's a chainmaille artisan with a passion!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Let's Make a Fairy Wand!

This is one of my fun "just because" tutorials. I set out to make my niece a fairy wand. Not just any wand a pretty pink handmade wand! This project is fairly inexpensive to make and fun, because it can be customized any way you like. Check out my Instructable here:

Monday, July 30, 2012

Summer Sneak Peak

Here is a sneak peek of some of the new jewelry, I have been making this summer. I took time to practice perfecting my roses, learn new techniques,  and use new colors. The ones featured here use a pearlescent clay and bake in very vivid hues.

Speaking of roses, I came up with a Zombie Rose piece. The idea slightly from Batman's, Poison Ivy and the grotesque show The Walking Dead . I've

Friday, July 20, 2012

Where in the World Have I Been?

Well as I warned I was moving! I've been to a dozen different places this summer. I've also been very busy working on things for the shop as well. Reorganizing my work space and craft supplies. I've got tons of new pieces in store for everyone and new projects to share! Sorry for my long absence. Here are some photos of my summer adventures!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lucky Star Garland

Finally I have completed this project! A few months ago I was playing with origami folds and making different animals. I made fish and butterflies. Then this little tiny project "Lucky Star" came up in my search for more things to fold. Then I ended up making 200 stars and was stuck trying to figure out what to do them.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Sweet Memories

"At the temple there is a poem called "Loss" carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot feel loss, only feel it."- Arthur Goldman, Memoirs of a Geisha

March 22, 2012, my grandpa passed away. That day I lost someone who I loved very much. I  had only spoken to him the day before it happened, He told me he loved me and to take care like always. It was a sad day. The quote about loss is something I think that only you feel, there are no real words to put in place of loss.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

DIY: Personalized Bracelet with Needle Tatting.

DIY: Personalized Bracelet with Needle Tatting. I came up with this simple project while a brainstorming ideas for Jewelry Challenge on Instructables. I wanted to make something simple and easy to follow. Also I am still very nearly addicted to stamps and polymer clay.

I bought more stamps yesterday with my sister. Steadily, I am cultivating a collection of them. I hope to get a large texture block for a mask. Back to the project at hand, this project can be done in the span of hour or less its pretty straight forward. Also inexpensive.

To make this bracelet:

Sunday, February 19, 2012

DiY: Stamped Valentine Necklace and Giveaway

All right finally I have completed the Valentine's Day project, I've been so busy that I feel like I've been procrastinating on projects. This necklace was fun, because it combines the sequin bead technique and using ink on clay. I learned quite a bit for this project. I love how this necklace came out and how well the stamp technique worked. Which was actually painless compared to how I assumed it wold go. For information about ink and polymer clay, check out this article .

I've started a small stamp collection since I completed this necklace. I want to pick up embossing next. I have several new plans and projects in the works for the upcoming weeks as well. This month has been super busy, but I have enjoyed every minute of it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Obsession: Glitter Paint

Cotton Candy Pink Glitter Paint
Oh glitter, where have you been all this time, hiding from my collection of craft supplies. I recently have been collecting colors of Martha Stewart's multi surface glitter paint for various projects. I really like how well it works.

I've only used it on wooden beads so far, but I want to try it on glass, polymer clay and maybe even something tatted. It says if you allow to let it cure for 21 days it becomes dishwasher safe. I forsee glittery mustache necklace and matching mustache coffee cup.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Dress it up with Shoe Clips

The  ballet flats are by Soda, Scout S
in Black Glitter
Here's my newest Instructable! This one is for shoe clips. I used to wear shoe clips when I was little. I remember cute the little bows my mom would buy. I've been dreaming up project with shoes for awhile. I figure I would start small.

I ordered a Deco supply kit, from my friends' shop "My Sister's Treasures," These lovely talented sisters make wonderful jewelry, that sparkles, shines and it is super Girly! They work with Barbie, Hello Kitty and many others.They also are remarkable face painters.

I got my deco supply pack promptly from them in a pretty hand wrapped box. The box included various deco den supplies. I ordered a few so I could really play around. I've also made myself hair bow. I got Hello kitty cabochons, kawaii umbrellas and even a cute skull.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Weekend Wedding

Inlet Beach, Fl ,The wedding venue.
Photo taken 2/4/12 by Sorianna Choate
So I've been semi away for a couple days My brother got married this past Saturday, it was beautiful. I've been trying to catch up on sleep since then and my projects. I have 2  how to projects to finish this week and  a few other things. This month is going to be very busy. There's so much to do. Last week I listed a ton of new items in my shop as well feels good to catch up.

I have Valentine's Contest Planned which is close to being ready as well. Anyways just a short update.

Dream Big!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Yummy Gummies

These are Berry Blue and Melon Fusion
So recently I decided to try out  a homemade gummy recipe. The results were great. These are also something you can make as a Valentines gift, it would great in my box tutorial or a pretty cellophane bag with ribbon.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Valentine's Day Gift Box

Finally after what felt like the longest week ever in photo editing and writing my new project is complete. I came up the gift box by using a tutorial on making an exploding box. Exploding boxes are photo albums contained in a box. The paper bow is not my original design, but I really like making them. I am not sure who came up with style of bow. To make the box click the link below:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Love and Memories

Well  is Valentine's Day coming around the corner. Stores have aisles  packed with teddy bears and chocolates. Roses can be seen everywhere. Its a plethora of pink, red,  and white everywhere. Time for me to be sneaky too. I always try to get little happy for my mom and sister like a chocolate bar or something handmade. Its fun to surprise the ones you love with handmade gifts. I also always enjoy spending the day with my husband.

Our first Valentine's Day after we got married  he told me I could finally get a dog. After few weeks of searching we welcomed Tor into the family.The second one we went out for dinner he surprised me flowers and chocolates. I might just try surprise him this year. I sent love note to hopefully be published in Folio Weekly here. I'll have to put my thinking cap on.

In the photo is my newest creation,a large clay heart with roses in honor of the Holiday.Its set with glass hearts and silver chain and a toggle.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sequins and Bows

Very recently, I stopped by the I occasionally peruse the craft section for projects see to what's new. I like taking bits of projects and learning new skills or techniques.

I came across a project for sequin covered wooden beads [here]. This project I wanted to try immediately. I found the strung sequins for a dollar and I all ready had other jewelry making supplies for these earrings.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Something Personal...

My Grandfather, last year in December was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. I made this necklace as way to express my hope. Often times when my feelings are confused or just all over the place I turn to art. It helps fill a void where words often cannot.

I'm very sad about my Grandfather and hopeful at the same time.  It feels so unfair, but in the end all I can do is be present and love him everyday. I spent Christmas day with him, it was wonderful. I have so many wonderful memories of my Grandfather I treasure each one like gold. My father told us as children he never really got the chance to know his grandparents. I am thankful for him keeping them in my life.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Butterflies for Cosplay

I love getting requests for pieces to be made, December was defiantly was a month for special orders. My friend Candace made a request for butterflies. She is an avid Cosplayer and talented artist. The butterflies are hair accessories for Cosplay.

The butterflies I made are sculpted from Fimo polymer clay. The wings are translucent. It took me a few tries to find a method that worked. My first idea was based loosely on making the pieces fit together.