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I’m pretty excited that I’ve stumbled Encaustic painting,  painting with hot beeswax tinted with pigment.  The hot wax is layered, and texture, photos, and other materials can be added into the painting to create some pretty dynamic works.

Our Friday Feature Artist, Jamie Ribisi-Braley, is an encaustic painter who also sells her own home-made wax as well as tutorials for getting started.  Check out her “Amount of Tea” paintings – my favorites (I can totally relate) – and this “Hot Mess: Painting With Wax Tutorial”.  I’m seriously considering purchasing the tutorial myself and testing out this new medium!

Bloom Necklace

Here are some photos of one of my latest designs.  I am really enjoying working in my metalsmith shop, experimenting with new designs, forming and shaping the silver, using my torch, playing with texture!

These photos don’t quite do this piece justice – I had to snap them at a recent show before the necklace’s new owner took it home! The hammered texture detail is much more stunning in person.

Look for more new metalwork designs  over the next few weeks!

Couture du Jour

Woohoo!  My ensemble was chosen for today’s Couture du Jour over on Lilyella’s blog!  Stop by to learn more about the items I’ve used, or to submit your own outfit!

Happy Easter!

Ceramic Egg by Palomasnest

White Rabbit by lulubugjewelry

Chick Chick Chick by Middleburg

Silk Dyed Easter Egg Kit by thejunebride

Wishing you a joy-filled and meaningful Easter!

Thursday Themes { Birch }

Birch – What a perfect spring-time accent for your home decor or accessories.  I love the soft neutral coloring and dynamic texture of Birch, and I’m thrilled with how these artists have incorporated this natural element into their designs:

Flowergirl Basket by NHWoodsCreations

Birch Bark Earrings by bettula

Hand Built Porcelain Birch Bark Cup by bobedafarm

Birch Bark Ring by Elizabeth Scott

Birch Tree Engraved Pendant by MissesBird

Cream Corduroy Birch Trees Zipper Pouch by Papavier

And here is a way you can do it yourself – a lovely tutorial from Design*Sponge for creating a birch vase to display your spring bouquet:

Enjoy!

Couture du Jour

What a fun surprise!  My ensemble is featured today over on Lillyella’s blog! Stop by and check it out.

Well, we’ve had some beautiful weather here for the last few days, and I’m finally feeling spring!  This spring, floral prints are quite popular!  Looks like these designers have caught spring fever with their bright and bold floral prints:

Floral Print Dresses:

Tunic Dress by plumprettysugar

Romantic Summer Dress by MyLolaFashion

Mix Floral Printed Convertable Skirt by Keytome

Carousel by ShabbyApple

Not sure if you can pull off the Floral Print Dress?  Try a smaller dose of flowers with these Floral Print Accessories:

Sophie Earrings by vadjutka

Alice Earrings by handmadecharlie

Alice Earring by handmadecharlie

And here’s a fabulous tutorial for making your own spring-time floral print top!

Spring Ruffle Top Tutorial by Sew Moma Sew!

Enjoy!