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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Stampin', Swaps, Students and Such

my swaps-shadow box shrines
Tonis swap-hand made Christmas card
Arah's Swap-skull head Christmas

Karen's Swap-match box ornament
Bea's Swap-altered vintage postcard w/hand made envelope

Stamp Club~JOY banner

REal quick before I go to San Diego for Thanksgiving, here is what I made for my stamp club
sample (the banner) and a Christmas card swap we did. Isn't it great!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

ETSY-New Items in my store


Some new jewels in my Etsy store. For those who like asymmetric and quirky jewelry....check it out. I will be adding more this week. They will have some kind of cool packaging too. Will show as soon as I figure out what it is!

For those of you who live in Los Angeles or visiting, we are closing our retail space in Hermosa Beach,CA. Everything must go and of course for great prices. My husband called it a "style lab" combining his eye for design and fashion sense, male and female. Target audience: hipsters and cutting edge fashionistas. We've had it for 8 years and it's time to call it quits. Come on by: P6 (Powerline6 store) 53 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach CA 90254 right across from Sharkys on the plaza. Hours: M-Th 11a-9p; Fri/Sat/Sun 11a-10p. Click here for a feel:

Just went to my neighborhood flea market. Check back in the next couple days for a look see!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

First Etsy sale

A week ago I received an email that Courtney Love Cobain had purchase some items in my Etsy store. First reaction was "yeah right". Did a little research and seems like the real deal. Such is life in lala land, right?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pretty Punched Portfolio Class this Saturday

Here are some more photos of the class I will be teaching this Saturday, Nov.15 at Gilding the Lily, 11-3p $50. Call 714-349-2069 to register. There are 3 seats left. Click here for the materials list:

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


FLEA MARKET FINDS: Cool tin types...real tin! Blue steel head pins with black glass heads...if you look just right into the light the steel reflects a midnight blue tint. Rhinestone jewels, vintage valentines, old ledgers with recipes in English and German! OMG such finds. Karen and I go to our monthly flea market and have a hand full of merchants that we just love. Karen found two vintage ledgers for $5!!!! She was gracious enough to let me buy one and she kept one.

WHATS ON MY JEWELRY BENCH: Oh I just love those frozen charlottes and old medicine and perfume viles!!! When I put a sample together for my Soldered glass charm Treasure Necklace class I wanted to incorporate different types of charms. I had an old medicine bottle with no lid so I took an old snuff spoon that fit perfectly as a lid, added glitter and a phrase and soldered it to the top. Now I am reeling with other ideas to incorporate tiny ephemera into these bottles of time. Frozen charlottes are a perfect addition. One of my students traded me a frozen charlotte with no hands or legs for some of my Afghani metal. She is now "safe" inside one of these time capsules. I felt she needed a tiara, but how? Figured that out too: using 26g wire and silver glass glitter and rhinestones I twisted a tiny tiara to fit perfectly on her head. Mind you that her head is only 1/4 inch in circumference at the most! She is no bigger than a match! The first frozen charlotte I ever came across was at the flea market all by itself in a box of other treasures. This was before I knew they were popular. I went nuts and have been looking for more ever since. Ebay has two vendors from Germany that put out thousands at a time every couple months but they are so expensive that I get out bid.

So...these tiny time capsules will eventually be made into jewelry and placed in my etsy store. I am taking special orders for any of the soldered glass pieces, so let me know your thoughts...I love hearing from y'all. In fact I CRAVE it!!! CLICK ON THE IMAGES FOR A CLOSE UP!

P.S Click here to see what classes Gilding the Lily has to offer. Along with all the cool classes she is promoting, my Pretty Punched Portfolio class is Nov.15 and I think there are two spots left. I am teaching how to make the portfolio that is my blog banner. I will also be teaching a beg. jewelry making class Dec.6 called Ritual Adornment..repurposing jewelry into new wearable art.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


We have an annual Halloween party for all the kids and here are some pics. The lady in the pink wig graces us with her presence every year to read spooky stories or tell fortunes. She is Mdm Lazanga and is quite a character. I built a bat cave in our porch with all the brown paper packaging I saved for months from SU! boxes and spray painted it black then taped it all over the walls. It looked pretty cool. Skull pizza, mummy dogs and other spooky treats lined the tables for the little munchkins to scarf. It's a lot of work but fun. My daughter will be 10 next year so I have to take advantage of these precious moments.

I also have to say I am SO happy that Barack Obama is our president! My husband and I were crying all night in betweeen listening to the radio and tv. My daughter was looking at us like we we were crazy. I am So relieved....