Monday, July 23, 2012

Windchime Mania

Good Monday morning! I'm running here and there trying to get ready for the big event this week so there's jewelry, soap and jewelry dishes, and now windchimes all fighting for a place to be in my tiny cottage. I went yard sale hunting with some friends on Saturday and came home with a treasure trove of items I could re-purpose into fun and funky windchimes. Score! We must have visited 30 yard sales as we traversed the tiny town of Wallowa, Oregon's yearly community yard sale day. I have been going to bed with ideas romping through my dreams, so it's time to get back to work, but I thought I would share some of the creations I will be selling this week. I hope you have a great Monday!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Broken China Heart Pendants

When we lived in the west desert of Utah we loved to explore the different dirt roads for treasures. We came upon an abandoned dump from an old mine about 8 years ago, where there were remnants of broken china and depression glass, eek! We will never know if someone intentionally broke up the kitchenware but we found fragments of Jadeite and gorgeous depression glass bowls and such. I'm such a collector I gathered up bits and pieces of the most intriguing pieces to bring home and use in some creation or another. I initially planned on creating mosaics with the pieces, but never got around to it. Well today I pulled out some of the pieces and created some pendants for necklaces. The two hearts were easy as the broken pieces already had a somewhat heart shape to them. I'm itching to get them turned into a one of a kind jewelry creation so I'm off to the table to play with beads and chain.

More Creations for Chief Joseph Days

 I have managed to squeeze more jewelry making while trying to spend quality time with Nature Guy. We have gone fishing, got skunked, rats! Took a ride up towards the Hells Canyon Lookout and had a picnic, then collected flat rocks for paving some areas around the deck and garden boxes, yay! Now I'm ready to rock and roll as Nature Guy is on the road to visit his sons.
The bracelet above is created on memory wire using ceramic turquoise beads, red stone beads and bright shiny silver beads. All my pieces are one of a kind.
 Another fun and funky, chunky necklace for rodeo queens or any chic and fashionable lady who loves turquoise colors and silver.
 To mix things up a bit I will have some home decor products such as these re-purposed china dishes that are now suitable for vintage style soap pedestal dishes, or jewelry caches.
One of the best things about being in Wallowa County in the summer is a possibility to find fun vintage pieces that can be re-purposed and useful. I will share more of my fun finds soon so stop by again when you can. It's time to head to the studio to sculpt so here's to a good day for all!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Chief Joseph Days here we come!

It's almost rodeo time again, and one of my best childhood friends and I are taking the challenge to have a booth at Chief Joseph Days  . If you have a moment, take some time to check out the goings on for Chief Joseph Days. It's the biggest event around and draws folks from all over the world to come see the wild bucking horse stampede, the PRCA rodeo events, and dance the night away. The Nez Perce set up teepees outside the rodeo grounds and have dance demonstrations among other things, along with everyone who can find a reason participating in the kiddie and grand parades. It's with a bit of trepidation that we do this, especially for me as I've not tried an outdoor venue like this before. Luckily for me, Teri is a pro at this sort of thing.
Teri is the owner of Calamityville Mercantile, a fun and very cool vintage cowgirl "chic" sort of shop with western treasures galore! She also creates hand woven saddle cinchas, and does beautiful work. Her hubby is a saddle maker among other things and they live out in the farm/desert country of southern Idaho in an idyllic location surrounded by fields of green and fresh produce everywhere to be had. Click on her link and see what's going on out in her shop.
So I'm going to get my cowgirl on, and get to  making some fun jewelry, and home decor, including gourd country critters, and some art pieces (hopefully)