Archive | February 2010

Chinese Take-out?: Collage Obsession challenge

Chinese Take-out?Chinese take-out tonight dear? The prompt over at Collage Obsession was the word Chinese, with a lovely photo two young ladies. My printer needed ink so I couldn’t use them… hmm what to do? I didn’t want to cook tonight so I chose to go a different way with the prompt, and make a take-out box and some fortune cookies, hint hint.

The box is made from a machine stitched paper bag from Cost Plus World Market. I had a template for the take-out box that I bought at Quilter’s Resource.  I saw this article on making your own felt fortune cookies on CraftyStylish, and thought that it would be fun to make a few for my box. I re-covered the chopsticks with a box that our Chinese calendar from last year came in. I added in some old and reproduction Chinese coins, a couple of buttons and a few painted wooden beads. The figure is actually a Japanese immortal (sorry for mixing my countries), but he looked lonely in the stash box, so he came along for the ride.

I have kept our Chinese fortunes for so long, now I finally have a place to put them in! Happy Year of the Tiger to you from someone who was born in the year of the Monkey!

enjoy- Christen

A Heart a Day: #22

image of heartsShower the people you love with love
Show them the way that you feel
Things are gonna work out fine if you only will.
– – – – James Taylor “Shower the People”

enjoy, Christen

Giggles: MMM challenge

mixed media, junk, found objectsWhat makes you giggle? is the prompt for Mixed Media Monday’s challenge this week. Please stop over there are always an amazing collection of art pieces to inspire and challenge you!

My piece started with a paper zipper wrapper; found tickets from forgotten events; a vintage alphabet; and a few jokes from our Christmas poppers this year. These are glued onto  cardboard which I  glued a corrugated cardboard frame to. I stamped the ladies bust onto newsprint, and this does make me giggle; the jokes are dumb and silly and they make me giggle; the found objects were mostly found on my walk, this makes me happy which can make me giggle; and I find safety pins in every corner of my work room, this makes me giggle because I wonder what I ever needed them all for!

I think the one thing that makes me giggle the most are the small wrapped package of nails (.15, at the top of the picture) that I found in my dad’s tool box; it just cracked me up that he saved them for just the right project, and he did, thanks dad!

Enjoy what you do! Christen

A Heart a Day: #20

circle of heartsIf you love someone, put their name in a circle, instead of a heart, because hearts can break, but circles go on forever. — Source Unknown

enjoy- Christen

Friday’s Favorites: Mother of Pearl part 4

tahiti shell buttonsFriday’s Favorites is all about the lovely brown Tahiti shells and brown mussel shells, that fall under the Mother of pearl category. These buttons here have the same amazing coloring of the Mother of pearl buttons, with a brown base instead of a white base. In this picture the buttons and buckles carved from Tahiti shells are the deeper brown shells, with the vibrant pink, blue and green shimmer; the brown mussel shell buttons and buckles are lighter in color but still will show a faint blue, green shimmer.

Urban VillageThis is my “Urban Village” necklace, made from vintage Tahiti shell buttons and a new brown mussel leaf pendant. The base of the necklace is made from Hanah silk rouleau. A few of the buttons had large holes that I could use to thread the rouleau through and I attached the larger buttons with beads, fresh water pearls, and smaller buttons. The bracelet is strung on Soft Flex, my “BBB” pattern; with brown mussel shell and metal buttons with shanks, fresh water pearls, and glass beads. I also added dangles of beads and buttons.

bracelets made from vintage tahiti shellsThese top two bracelets are covered with Tahiti and brown mussel shell buttons. The first bracelet, my “Klimpt Kollage Kuff” pattern,  is a vintage French Jacquard ribbon; the second bracelet, my “Beaded Ribbon Bracelet” pattern, with a base of vintage velvet ribbon. The second bracelet is made from Tahiti shell discs, with brass buttons set into the discs, then strung with leather cord. The last bracelet base is made from silk rouleau braided into a base; the buttons were stitched on with seed beads.

jewelry made from vintage Tahiti shell buttonsThis is my “Cobblestone Collar”, the base is made from seed beads, with fresh water pearls and vintage and new Tahiti and brown mussel shell buttons. I included three pairs of earrings that I wear with this necklace and the Urban Village necklace. The first pair of carved Tahiti and brown mussel shell buttons have a post glued to the back. The second (really big pair) are made from vintage Tahiti shell leaves with porcelain cabs. The third pair are made from vintage  brown mussel shell and metal buttons, with a 20 gauge silver wire running through the holes of the button and used for the earring hook.

pink shellFor this necklace I strung pink mussel shell, tourmaline, pink opal and fresh water pearls on Soft Flex. The bracelet is made from carved pieces of pink mussel shell, strung on elastic cord. The pink and peach mussel shell buttons are rarer than the Tahiti or brown mussel. The pink and peach mussel shell will have a brownish/yellow glow as opposed to the AB finish of the white Mother of pearl and Tahiti shells.

pink shell buttonsThe top bracelet is my “Jeweled Pi” pattern, made from pink mussel shell discs (which are often referred to as Pi),  seed beads, pink tourmaline, fresh water pearls and shell chips. The second bracelet is made from peach mussel shell buttons carved into the shape of butterflies, this is my “Button Brigade” bracelet pattern. The vintage oval buttons are carved from pink mussel shell; to the right is a single pink mussel shell disc that I didn’t use in the bracelet.

The nacre of the Mother of pearl, Tahiti shell, and mussel shells is very delicate, it can scratch easily so keep these away from sharp objects. Excessive water, or putting these shells in the dryer will remove the layers of nacre, and therefor damage the shell beyond repair! If you need to clean this type shell, try rubbing with a soft cloth, or a cloth dabbed in a mild solution of soap and water.

Enjoy- Christen

A Heart a Day: #19

ribbon worked heart

My Gypsy Heart

“Don’t turn around, don’t turn around again
Don’t turn around, your gypsy heart
Who’s gonna ride your wild horses?
Who’s gonna tame the heart of thee?”

Excerpt from Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses by U2, my favorite band in the world, their poetry speaks to my gypsy heart!

Enjoy- Christen

Summer Sweet Scents: TTM Nature Challenge

Summer Sweet Scents

Summer Sweet Scents

This is my entry for The Three Muses challenge this week: Nature. I chose a sweet little girl holding her puppy, and placed her in a field of butterflies, paper roses, shell buttons, and other treasures.

Great prompt, thanks again ladies for all the work that you do to keep these challenges, challenging!

Enjoy- Christen

A Heart a Day: #18

silk ribbon embroidered heartMy heart is blooming with flowers for you!

This is a close-up view of the front of “Beribbonned“, which is one of my favorite vests. The background fabric is silk, with satin ribbons randomly stitched onto the background. I then dyed lace fabric and cut this into different heart shapes. After these were stitched down, I stitched ribbon worked flowers and leaves, then embroidered these bouquets with silk ribbon embroidery. I stitched beads and charms into the flowers for extra embellishment.

Enjoy what you do! Christen