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Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco

Posted in craft, photo by gwen on August 6, 2010

I went to Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco last weekend and it was *crazy*. Here are a couple photos from my adventure, sorry I didn’t catch most people’s name, if you know who any of them are feel free to leave a comment…

Make thingsFlowers

Oakland slipHello

Display #2One of those mannequins and the cutest little teapot necklace

Cafe du Monde plantersJapanese tape #2

Bookmarks

Spools

The South

Buttons

Le Crowd

My creative space

Posted in craft, etsy, meme by gwen on August 4, 2010

I made a couple of these vintage button necklaces awhile back and am just getting around to photographing them…the warm summery gold and cream of this one is my favorite so far.
Available at gwen.etsy.com

Golden button necklace #3

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a nest but I recently sold my favorite nest necklace and it seemed like time to make another.

Little wire nest

I scored some antique chandelier crystals at an estate sale recently. They will be added to pretty, sparkly accessories soon!

Estate sale score

And here are some of the necklaces I’ve made but haven’t had the time to list yet. One of these days…

Some of the crap I need to photograph and sell

[my creative space]

My creative space: summer bracelets

Posted in craft, etsy by gwen on June 9, 2010

I’ve been making more charm bracelets this week. They’re a little lighter — you might say summer weight :]

I put a couple up on my etsy

Je t'aime Paris Eiffel Tower charm bracelet

Je t’aime Paris Eiffel Tower charm bracelet

Little pink elephant charm bracelet

Little pink elephant charm bracelet

[my creative space]

Painting class, end of the semester

Posted in craft by gwen on May 20, 2010

Today was the last day of the semester for my Very First Painting Class Ever. Here are the last few projects I worked on:

#2, flower
[which you may remember was based on Huernia sp. by f.arais]

Project #2, flower

#3: Landscape with tree

Project #3, landscape with tree

#4: Self portrait
I didn’t quite finish this, though I did add in a nose today.

Project #4: Self portrait, needs nose!

#5 was Toy from five angles but I never got around to choosing an object, much less starting on the painting. I feel reasonably accomplished nonetheless, I completed ten or so paintings over the semester, which is about ten more paintings than I’ve ever done and they’re not the worst things ever.

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Painting class

Posted in craft by gwen on May 12, 2010

From painting class, since you asked, and if you cannot say anything nice I will send the painting to you and then you’ll be sorry:

Project #1, butterfly

Sample board #?, climbing, falling, hot, cold, and something I forget

I am okay with the butterfly, it was originally going to be one that’s local to Santa Cruz and I can’t remember the name, but I changed it to cream/brown instead of white/grey. I like the water, hate everything else on the other one.

I am still working on my flower, next is self-portraits and everyone’s skin is coming out c. 1985 fake-and-bake orange except for this one girl who obviously has a lifetime of painting experience and rips through all the assignments churning out masterpieces.

[My creative space]

More flower tutorials

Posted in craft, photo by gwen on April 28, 2010

I’ve been gathering a few more flower tutorials:

Zucchini and Me: Knitted flowers for dummies
CRAFT: Easy Ribbon Rosettes
Sumo’s Sweet Stuff: Zipper flowers
Mary Janes & Galoshes: Roses or Peonys and Petals
100 Layer Cake: DIY fabric flowers by Michonne
lilyella: Fabric Rosettes

BONUS — not a flower how-to but it includes flowers and is super cute and springish:
Joli Paquet: A Lark’s Tale Cuff

Yellow with bokeh

Speckled Egg Petite Inspiration Box Swap — Nesting Edition

Posted in craft, photo by gwen on April 8, 2010

I just participated in my first swap, and when I received two of my three co-swapees boxes, I was kind of surprised that they both had picked out bird themes — what a coincidence!

From Lonnie:

Lonnie's swap box

From Maggie:

Maggie's swap box

From Cari:

Cari's swap box

The stuff inside the boxes is at least as wonderful as the outsides.

But then I went back to the Speckled Egg Petite Inspiration Box Swap — Nesting Edition page and read the instructions and that is the thing. I thought “nesting” like in “domesticity”. Which is kind of silly because if you go look, there is a GIANT BIRD at the top of the page and it’s spelled out pretty clearly. So I totally failed my first swap.

I feel both guilty and amused. I like how my boxes came out anyway.

Swap nightie

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new in le shoppe

Posted in craft, photo by gwen on March 3, 2010

I finally got around to taking some photos and listing some new stuff in my etsy shop. Everything’s all about spring now, even though no one told our weather ;]

The Birds and the Leaves bird's nest necklace

Wild Hearts necklace

The Birds and the Leaves earrings

my creative space this week

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My creative space 2/17

Posted in craft, photo by gwen on February 17, 2010

Things I’ve been working on this week…

1. I bought some silver spraypaint and tried it out on some unfinished wooden beads — they came out pretty well, they have a nice vintage mod-style texture — and a piece of glass — not so well, it is not as reflective as I’d expected it would be, though enough to get something of a self portrait in.

I have a can of silver spraypaint and I'm going to use it

2. Contemplating my sea glass I got on a trip to Victoria BC. It’s been sitting in a tin on the porch for several years, I finally cleaned it up and put it in this nice glass jar I bought at an estate sale last month. I may make some pendants. I might just leave it like this. I might try out some of the sea glass projects I’ve been bookmarking lately.

Sea glass from Victoria BC

3. I had my first sale on Etsy — SO EXCITING. This is a red charm bracelet I was working on at craft night [Thursdays, 6-9 pm at Julie’s if you’re in the area]. It has vintage buttons and various glass beads — flowers, ladybirds, hearts, and other lovely things — all in warm reds and oranges. You can see some of my other sale items at gwen.etsy.com.

Love red bracelet #2

[for My Creative Space on kootoyoo]

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Lightbox!

Posted in craft, photo by gwen on February 6, 2010

Hey, what’s up with you on this fine, rainy Saturday?

I am taking pictures with the lightbox I just made* and I swear, swear, swear I am going to post some stuff on Etsy. No, really. I have a whole rack of earrings and a box of necklaces that I have made specifically for this purpose and they just sit, and sit, and sit, and I could offset the cost of some of my many beads if I would just make that teeny effort. And some of them are really cute and if I don’t sell them, I might start wearing them and I do not need more jewelry, believe that.

Anyway.

The lightbox came out pretty well, though some of the edges — let’s just say I am not a pro with the craft blade. I did learn that 1. it is good to start with a fresh blade and 2. it is good to change the blade more frequently and 3. I am not nearly as good at cutting straight lines as I used to be.

I need some better bulbs because the 20W CFLs are not hitting it, but that is all we have in the house so that is what I used. I think a trip to the hardware store is in order. I could stand having some smaller clip lights, too. And I want some other colors of poster board, the blue is nice, the orange came out pretty well, and the white — bleh! Very ugly with the CFLs. Maybe I’ll try some material, too. So the craft store.

Here is my narcissus photo from the other day. No lightbox!

February 2: Narcissus on mantel

And then. With lightbox!

Narcissus again

My favorite buttons that I am probably going to hold on to til the end of time because I will never come up with something deserving enough to use them on:

February 5: Gumbo Filé & vintage buttons

Some of my brooches. I don’t know why Obama’s in there, he’s supposed to be on my camera strap. He’s from a really cool show we went to last year where this woman had painted portraits of all the presidents and had them all lined up and I had photos but I guess I never edited and posted those:

My little blowfish from Archie McPhee, which just happens to be at the bus stop when you come from the Space Needle penthouse and stop by the bead shop on the way to C+E’s house. Our little cat loves him, luckily I got two. I was thinking of making earrings with them but that didn’t really work out:

Blowfishie

* This is the lightbox-building tutorial I used. I have some others [some of which are more permanent, one of which is an actual contained-in-vintage-suitcase lightbox-lightbox like you view slides on] bookmarked here.