27 July 2009

DIY enamel

I've been getting ridiculously frustrated with sourcing vintage enamel recently.

For most of my jewellery, I start with junk, then see what I can make. But for some pieces, I want a few special touches and I need outside supplies.

And sometimes once I've got those supplies, I get inspired to make something from scratch. Most of my flowers and butterflies fall under the 'supply' category.

Last week, while browsing online for some economical enameled flowers (in vintage jewellery or as loose charms) - and finding the selection slim and overpriced - it occurred to me, "Why can't I just do this myself?" And it turns out I could.

Butterflies previously silver-toned, flowers previously brass

So for all the other crafters out there finding enamel charms getting rarer and more expensive, hit the nearest hobby shop and pick up a jar of paint for $2.50. You'll never catch yourself trolling eBay again. (Well, not for enamel flowers.)

Now for the rosary upcycle. I wouldn't classify the rosary as junk. But as it wasn't going to serve either of its original purposes - of garnering a donation or as a prayer guide. So it became two new things.

Butterfly statement necklace with watch parts and Lucite flowers

Locket necklace, brass and red aluminum

11 July 2009

Sunbursts and Best Laid Plans

I'm excited to share my recent news that Watching July received an Honourable Mention from the 2009 Sunburst Awards.

I also discovered that Chapters has already listed my next novel, due out this fall. So if you'd like a sneak peek at Best Laid Plans, it's online.

Now I'm off to the All Art Show in Sooke to listen to a reading.

05 July 2009

Rosary beads and claymation

Before Jeff and I went camping this weekend at Sombrio Beach, we received an interesting promotional item in the mail.

A church from Ontario mailed "Jeff Hart" (by the way, I love it when people employ variable data and give Jeff my name) a rosary with a personalized keepsake bag. The purpose for this gift was outlined in the accompanying letter soliciting donations.

It's not possible that this church knew, but Jeff was raised as a Catholic - although I don't think he was interested in the beads.

Regardless of what I think about a church soliciting donations outside its membership, I find it fascinating that this group took it upon themselves to reduce - what for many is a valued holy object - to the significance of a key chain or magnet.

I, however, will make use of the rosary. Look for red rosary beads to show up in a necklace and earring set in my store. (I will recycle anything and everything is fair game.)

On a mildly related note, I sat down to watch a favourite Primus video on YouTube this afternoon after we got home. While camping, Jeff and I listened to an old punk and metal mix of mine and I remembered how cool their claymation videos were (and still are).

I'm always impressed by bands that enhance a distinctive sound by adding equally unique imagery. Even when they're covering another band.

02 July 2009

Dani's on the cover of Monday Magazine!

Well, technically, she's not on the cover, but her photograph is! My good friend Dani Boynton just got her first magazine cover credit and I'm thrilled for her!

Before you read any further, go visit her web site. Seriously, all my links open new browser windows; go check her out.

Okay, now that you're back, it probably makes sense that I begged her to do my wedding and why I'm so lucky to have her do my author bio pics.

If you're in the Victoria area and you need any kind of fashion or portrait photography, she's your gal.

Congrats Dani!