Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Art Journaling

Happy New Year!  Well, almost.  I am already getting a head start on the new year...making plans for my business. 

I am working hard on getting my etsy site loaded with jewelry.  Check it out at

I found this great book at the craft store the other day called; The Creative Entrepreneur by Lisa Sonora Beam.  I love it!  It is a DIY visual guidebook for making business ideas real in a creative way.  The writer helps you to develop a business plan by creating a Visual Journal.  So not only are you getting to play and be creative, you are working on growing and developing your art as a business.

Lisa also has a great website  Check it out, I think you will find it motivating!
I just started working on my journal yesterday, so I'll let you know how it's coming along!


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Let it snow! Let it snow!

Wow, it's beautiful out!  We are getting hit with a wonderful Christmas snow storm. 

My dog is really enjoying the snow too!

I hope all of you have a wonderful Holiday Season.  I will be starting up again with my blog & etsy after Christmas.

I have some great ideas to share on my blog about Art Journaling & more new jewelry pieces to post on etsy...stay tuned.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Beach Nugget Necklace

A few weeks ago two good friends and I had the pleasure of spending time at the beach. It was cool, in the 50's, but still good weather to sit on the beach wrapped in blankets reading. Not only was it wonderful to just sit and talk with good friends, it was rejuvenating to the creative soul.

We spent time searching the beach for shells and other treasures. I found an old shell that I thought would be great for making an impression in precious metal clay. Here is the silver beach nugget necklace that I created using the shell. It's hard to capture the intricate design on camera that the shell left in the silver. I plan on making more of the nuggets and listing them on etsy after the holidays. This one is for me & I can't seem to part with it!

I hope to create more jewelry from the shells that I found on the beach.

We also spent time lost in antique stores, searching for that old book or paper that would be great as part of a collage. I found an old 5th grade reader textbook from 1872. I love the old print and typeface. I can't wait to use it in a collage and then bring it to life in a piece of jewelry.
The other book I found that is really amazing is a Saddler's railroad time book that was used by a man named M.J. Barkley to record his time, miles and amount of money earned. It's dated 1946. I already used several pages of it in my artist journal.
Well, it's off to yoga then Christmas shopping. Have a great day! Thanks for reading! Stacie

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Paper Fabric Design

Back from the holiday's and all the traveling to visit the relatives. We all had a wonderful time, but I have to say I am glad to be back home!
Now that the stores are stocked and the shows are over, it's time for some creative fun! I am working in my studio today with my friend Allison and we are finally taking time to just play with all of our art goodies.
I am also starting a new habit this week. I am going to dedicate at least a 1/2 hour a day to work on my blog and load up my etsy site with my jewelry.

A few weeks ago my friend Allison showed me how to make paper fabric. It was so fun and creative I found myself unable to stop making new pieces! Below is one of the pieces that I created:

After I created the paper fabic, I scanned it into my computer, printed it on photo transfer paper and applied it to the silver pieces I made to create a necklace and pair of earrings.

I really like how the collage design looks when it is applied to the silver. The words are from old pages of a mystery novel that I found at the local libray book sale. I will post the pieces on etsy for sale tomorrow.
Now I am going to spend a little time working on my art journal and just enjoying the day.

Thanks for taking the time to visit!