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Slumped Glass Bowl

Fresh out of my art studio.
Here is a Slumped Glass Bowl I made for my daughter, Beckie, for Christmas.

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Jewelry Photo Shoot

I have been doing jewelry photo shoots.  Lots of new jewelry coming, stay tuned for more info on my upcoming release.  Sign up on my email list for early bird shopping and special offers.

Hand made lampwork beaded jewelry, fused glass jewelry, bracelets, and rings.

Coral, turquoise, bone, coins, Swarovski crystals, wire wrapped stones and sterling silver.

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Crocheted Blanket

When I am not designing jewelry, fusing glass, or making lampwork glass beads, I love to crochet.  It is very relaxing after a very long day at work.  Very therapeutic.
Here is a crocheted blanket/afghan I made for my daughter, Beckie, in Nov 2015.

I never posted pics of it, so thought I would share.

I used Caron Simply Soft yarn.

I know you crocheters out there will want the crochet pattern.  I used the Red Heart Rainy Day Ripple Throw: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/rainy-day-ripple-throw

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Friday Night Relaxing

Here is how I spent my Friday evening, getting some hooking time in, relaxing after a very busy week at work, and slowly recuperating after the oral surgery the Friday before.  My jaw is still just a little sore, but healed for the most part.

Crochet is very relaxing to me, it is very therapeutic.  I love it.  If I am too tired to design jewelry, or fuse glass, I can still be creative and crochet.  I will not use power tools or light a torch when I am tired, as that is a recipe for disaster, so I can pick up a crochet hook and be creative and also relax at the same time.  The stress of a busy day, or week melts away.

This will be a gift for someone special, so I am not telling you any more about it for now.  You will see pics of it when it is finished.

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Flower Crowns

Here are three Flower Crowns for I made a few weeks ago for our Church Youth Camp.  Volunteers put 300 together for camp.

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New Lampwork Beads

Here are some new lampwork beads I have recently made.  They will make some fun new jewelry pieces.  Sign up for my email list to get advance notice of upcoming new jewelry releases and advanced sales.

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New Art Studio Curtains

This was a very fun project.  I hand-painted new curtains for my New Art Studio.  I wanted something fun and artsy for the Art Studio, so I created them.

I started with some white sheeting fabric.

Then I dug out some textile paint I had from previous projects, and brushed on some hot pink.

I went to a smaller sized paint brush and brushed on some violet, used brush strokes and some spatters, and I am liking it so far.

Next I applied teal, and then threw on a splattering of gold.

Curtain #1 of 4 drying.

I repeated the process for curtain #2, sewed the rod pockets, the hems and mounted the curtain rod on the wall and tada!!!  One set of curtains done!!

Here is a close up of the painting.

I started curtain #3 for Window #2 and ran shy of paint.  After several days of looking and several trips to local art supply stores, I found more paint in Sarasota.  Yay!!!

Here are the completed set of curtains for Window #2, painted, rod pockets and hems sewn; and curtain rod mounted.

I am loving my new artsy curtains for my New Art Studio.  I did not like being out back after dark with no curtains.  It is also going to help keep it a little cooler in there for the summer too.

Loving my new studio, and loving my new artsy, hand-painted curtains.  Having fun being creative.

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New Art Studio Deck

Here is the new my deck we built out back in front of my New Art Studio.  It has sure been nice having the new deck and the new stepping stone walkway.

With all the torrential rains and thunderstorms we have been having for weeks. I am so loving not having to walk through puddles and wet grass to get to my New Art Studio!!!

 

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Living Room Drapes

I thought I would show everyone my Drapes I just finished sewing for my remodeled Living Room.  I had fun making them.  I set up my sewing machine, cutting board and ironing board out in the New Art Studio, as I don’t have the old art studio remodeled into my fiber arts room yet.  (That is another ongoing project).

Here is the fabric being cut into drapery panels.

Here is the old girl, she has been with me since 1978, my old faithful La Belle sewing machine.

Starting to sew the headers in place.

The rod pocket header tape being pined on for sewing.

Here is what the rod pocket tape looks like, just in case you have never see it before, it has little pockets for the curtain rod to pass through already made onto the tape.  Speeds up the process of making drapes nicely!

Here are the first three sets of drapes hung over the windows behind the couch in the bay on the east side of the living room finished and hanging.  Many thanks to my Hubby, Rick, for hanging the rods for me.

Here is what the finished headers of the drapes look like hung up on the rod.

Here is the drapes finished and hung on the window on the north side of the living room.  (sorry about the light glare on the right side of the pic from the door window.)

I had some left over fabric so decided to recover the old couch pillows I had kept from off of our old couch.  Rick was a bit skeptical, he wanted me to buy new pillows and just toss these, he could not envision them having new life and being upcycled.  I think mostly because he hated the old couch.  Lol.

Tada!!!  Upcycled couch pillows recovered to match drapes!  Needless to say, Hubby was very pleased with the finished pillows and the drapes.A fun project indeed.  I had just enough left over fabric for the three pillows.  Very pleased with my spruced up living room now, and Hubby is definitely a happy camper.

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Happy Anniversary to My Hubby

Today is our 45th Anniversary, wow!!!
Here we are June 17, 1972, what a couple of young kids we were back then.

We went out to Dinner last night for an early anniversary evening out. 
We had a lot of fun, we went to Owen’s Fish Camp in Sarasota.

It is quite an eclectic place, in an old house in Burns Court.

We listened to the band while waiting for our table.

As I said, quite eclectic.

We don’t usually take selfies.

We ordered the Low Country Boil for Two, oh my, was it ever yummy!!!  We were so stuffed!!

   We had a wonderful evening out!!

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2017 Challenge for the International Freeform Fiberart Guild

I entered my Cherry Blossoms Weaving and Crochet into the 2017 Challenge held by the International Freeform Fiberart Guild and it was published and went live online today.
This year’s theme was titled “Pattern in Nature”

I took and old picture frame I bought at the Goodwill for $5 and threw out the picture.  I had my Hubby drill holes in the top and the bottom of the frame for my warp threads to weave in, so the frame became my weaving loom.
Here are some close up pics:

I repainted the brown frame black and the wove my background mat and sky. The clouds are poly fiber fill woven into the sky.

I then crocheted the tree branches and stitched them onto the weaving.  I brought craft wire from the back of the weaving and stuck it through and crocheted around it for more branches to give it the three dimensional effect.

I then crocheted lots of the cherry blossom flowers, leaves and buds and attached them to the branches. All the crochet is freeform (no pattern).

Here is a link to the online show, which includes entries by fiber artists from all over the world: http://freeformfiberart.blogspot.co.nz/2017/06/2017-christina-lee.html

And here is a link to the online book, you can actually flip the pages of the book and look at all the entries: http://www.blurb.com/b/8001924-pattern-in-nature

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Fused Glass Kitchen Cabinet Door and Drawer Pulls

Finally finished all my Fused Glass kitchen cabinet Door and Drawer Pulls.

I started by out laying out and cutting my glass in 1 and 1/2 inch squares.  I actually started these quite some time back in the old art studio upstairs, and finished them in the new art studio.

I ground the edges so they were not sharp on my glass grinder.

Here is a group all cut and ready to start placing the diachroic pieces on top.

Then I started laying out the little dichroic pieces of glass and the stringers on top of the blue glass and securing them with a drop of clear craft glue, so they don’t move in the kiln as the glass begins to work when firing.

In the top section of the pic above you can see 6 already fused drawer and door pulls.

I fired a total of 47 door and draw pulls.  I needed 45 for my kitchen.  I wanted a couple of extras, just in case one breaks in the future.  Below, another group cleaned, laid out, glued and ready to fire in the kiln.

Below: In the kiln ready to fire.

The two pics below show some of the finished, fired pulls after they came out of the kiln.

Each draw and door pull is a one-of-a-kind original piece of art.

Below is a pic of the backing pieces I purchased especially for mounting on fused glass door and drawer pulls.

Backs epoxied on and ready to mount on the cabinets.

Mounting them on the kitchen cabinets

Here we have some of the hand built Hickory cabinets, built especially for my kitchen by a wonderful friend!!  I had to do his beautiful cabinets justice and make special door and drawer pulls for them.

Below: Close up of a couple of the upper cabinets with pulls mounted.

 

Below: Close up of under Island cabinets with pulls mounted.

I even added a pull to my microwave door.

  Thanks for checking out my blog post.

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