Saturday, January 21, 2012

Crafting for a Cure

Hi Crafters!

January is a very busy month!  First, there are tax forms to be prepared (not so much fun).  Then, there is the Craft and Hobby show to get ready for (much more fun)!  I get to spend a few days viewing new craft products, attending business seminars, networking with other designers and wearing professional clothes (no sweats!).  I'll have a table-top display at the Designer Showcase where I present what I can do and have done for the craft industry.  It's always an exciting and stressful time of year, but the hardest part is getting it all into the suitcase!

This year the theme for the CHA show is "The Power of Creative Community - Build Locally, Drive Socially".  It's all about giving back and sharing your time and talents to create a better world.  In the center of the show floor will be a Community Park with a Giving Tree hung with ornaments donated by designers to a group of charities for use in their good works.  I created an ornament for Crafting for a Cure.  This charity, which was started in Canada, works to donate craft kits to hospitals.  These kits provide a creative outlet and distraction when children need a hospital stay.  Anything involving kids and crafts is right up my alley, so I am very happy to help them out. 

To see a list of the charities involved in this year's show, go to Charity Wings and vote for your favorite charity.  The winning charity will receive a donation from Charity Wings.

Here's the Renaissance Rose Ornament I created for the Giving Tree.  It's a mixed media ornament using a tag board base, which is painted and antiqued.  Then, I added filigree and beads for a vintage look. 

I'll be taking photos this year of the show, so look for those the first Monday in February!
Until then, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Vintage Impressions Jewelry

Happy New Year!

Last spring I submitted a jewelry book proposal.  It was in a niche that I thought needed to be filled, and one that I felt suited my design bent and style.  I've always been drawn to the vintage look.  The publisher and its editors agreed and I got the go-ahead to work on it, which I did for most of the summer.  I designed and refined.  Then, I worked with the editors to further enhance, elaborate and eliminate until the book was complete.  It was quite a process and this is the first book of this size (64 pages) that I have designed.  So, I'm pleased and excited to announce the release of my new book!

It's just been released on the website.  I don't even have a copy yet, but when I do I hope to have a give-away of the book.  I hope you'll stop back by for that! 

And, Monday, the 9th will be our Designer Crafts Connection blog hop.  The topic is journaling and I'm sure there will be lots of wonderful projects and ideas to start your year off right!

Happy Crafting!