Thursday, February 7, 2013

my clean studio

I finally got some time yesterday to clean my studio from the mess I made at Christmas.  I had cleaned the downstairs shortly after my son and his wife left (my studio doubles as a guest house), but the upstairs?  Wrapping paper, ribbons, boxes, glues, holiday trimmings, beads, wire, what a mess.  But yesterday I got it all put away, and now I'm ready to get creative.  So today I decided to go shopping for supplies, because you can never have too many beads, paints, and yarn.
So let's run on over to Handmade Artists and see what we can find to play with... 
Wow...what amazing pieces of jewelry I can design with these beads.  The first is a Pink Flamingo Porcelain Cabochon from Abella Gifts, match this up with pretty pink and green beads for a very feminine statement piece.  And then I saw this cute little girl at My Craft Basket, a polymer clay dragon pendant that would also look great with pink beads.  HEY, look...I found some pretty pink and green beads!  You'll find these organic lampwork beads (with spacers) in the shop of Gaby.
Next I found this bag of handrolled paper beads at Jsouza's Shop.  Sure, these beads are something I look at and think "I can make them", but I never do, so it's time to just buy them.  And it's a great price for 100 beads.  You can get these adorable Sock Monkey Felties from Lil Bit Sassy.  Great for an added touch on anything, from quilts to scrapbooking.  Plus, if you ask, she can change the size and/or color.  And for more scrapbooking ideas, how about these die cut hearts from Creative Jem?  They would be great to use as a mat for your photos.
Yarn...yarn...I need more yarn.  Love the color, love the feel, love the fiber.  I found these on Etsy.
First the beautiful blues of this Iceberg handspun yarn from Cool climates.  You know what I love about handspun yarn?  The challenge of matching colors.  Not at all like what you can get at the "big" stores, where most every skein is the same.  I like the slight change in color and thickness in the handspun yarn.  Check out the differences in this amazing Siren Song yarn from Spincycle Yarns.  And I could just lick this Creamsicle Merino yarn from the shop of Sleeping Beauty.  Heck, I even love the name of her shop, lol.
Ok, my muse is now awake and raring to go.  Is yours?  If not, click on a link and visit a shop, and get creative!
Be blessed,
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