Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Work in progress.....

mmm, this should be work in process...
Well, I already matched together the colors, (maybe one of the most fun parts of the job!!) But I am afraid I will not have the time this week to finish these necklaces to be.... I am busy preparing for the Fair in Bruges: Marché Bricolé.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A walk in the Woods - Happy Flickr favs

1. shop update, 2. heat-set-ginko still wet, 3. Untitled, 4. American Beautyberries

I feel no shame, I feel pride!
these were the 'historical' :-) words my husband spoke when my third daughter (With downsyndrome) was born. That's what I feel too, seeing these lovely pictures of my happy bunch of kids. :-)
Our walk in the woods last sunday inspired me to make this Flickr mosaic above!

Hop over to Artminds blog to see more of these Flickr mosaics or to make you own!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday Moodboard misty

Just came back from bringing kids to school. We had the chance to go by bike almost every day in September! Today was the first misty day, you know, when you bike, then your hair gets wet and there is no rain!
This foggy morning inspired me for this white list of beauties of my European Team members.

Miss libellulle, big pinbag button by Matilou
Purple Rain, painted fabric journal by Kreativlink
Moon earrings by alibli
Sun Wheel shopping bag by kuutydruk
babyleaf smoke XL clutch by Iragrant
Crystalline rock - a white Mable by Jealousydesign

If you want to create a moodboard of your favorite European Street Team Designs, make your mosaic and add a link to your blogpost (NOT your blog please) or Flickr in Mister Linky (click on the button below and fill in your name with the link to your blogpost or Flickr picture).

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Leather ladies...

I've been working on some new designs lately, with the leather scraps,
I like them a lot :-)
I found some lovely leather, very soft and easy to cut, I do have a love for cutting, it seems (remember the cutted paper tea- and coffeepots?)

I have ideas for other shapes of flowers, so more designs will come!
I combined with silver chain and silver finished findings.
And soon, I hope to make the silver findings myself, as I am attending silver smith classes!
Some of these 'leather ladies' are already in my shop.

and for my Belgian readers:
Oktober wordt een drukke maand!
Op 4 oktober neem ik deel aan Marché Bricolé in Brugge.
een marktje met een kleurrijk aanbod van handgemaakte spullen en ontwerpen. In de namiddag kan je gezellig aanschuiven aan de lange tafel van Café Bricolé en je creatieve talenten ontdekken. Geschikt voor het hele gezin!

0p 16, 17 en 18 oktober is er terug 'Buren bij Kunstenaars' in Brugge, dan kan je mijn werk vinden in het open atelier in de Singel 15 in Brugge.
Met als thema 'er was eens' kan je tekeningen van Jean Bernard Boulnois, lampkapjes van Laurence Kalman en juweeltjes van Fleurfatale gaan bewonderen.
elke dan van 13 tot 18 uur. Vernissage op vrijdagavond

Friday, September 25, 2009

My Friday Night Outfit

My Japanese Garden earrings By Fleurfatale
Cotton skirt - in dark brown with bird of paradise print BY ThongBaiTatong
Shoes by ANtrpology
granny chic- frame handbag in chartreuse By Karuski

Thursday, September 24, 2009

How to recycle my leather scraps - My creative workspace

What is on my desk today?

- a pile of leather scraps
- a pair of scissors

Remember my repurposed leather flowers?
I had the feeling I had to pick up this design again, I ordered some leather scraps in new colors and started to cut.

I will take these new designs to a fair I will attend on the 4th of october in Bruges: Marché Bricolé
But they wil be soon available inmy Etsy shop too!

Want to show your creative space? Hop over to Kootoyoo's to play! It's fun! :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Be different

I just ordered some cards at Vistaprint.
They were for free,only the shipping had to be paid. Unluckily I mashed up some things and I ordered too much, which meant that I had to pay more!
It's a tricky website, you order something and when you check out, you get directed to other possibilies,... before you know it, youorder things you aren't aware of!
hm,... will not tell you the whole story, I hope they allow me to cancel some things that were in my shopping cart before I knew!

What I wanted to show is this picture, I made some postcards of it to send with my sold orders.
Last weekend I discovered a hydrangea tree in my mothers garden, with some beautiful flowers, I took a little branch and made pics of it yesterday. The flowers have so nice texture and color!
I like the result!!!

I thought it was fun to show you some designs that were my very first sales in my Etsy shops: necklaces and earrings with my beloved hydrangea flowers. See the pictures here below:

Do you remember my 'be different card' of last year?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Flickr Favorites autumn is here!

1. twinkle twinkle periwinkle, 2. ACEO NO 13, 3. Reach.., 4. Montgomery Woods 2 Brothers Clover

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Today is the first day of autumn, the weather is lovely: a bit cold and misty in the morning, but the sun warms up during the day!
And I made this mossy green - purple - wood Flickr Mosaic!
ooh I love the color tones, so very autumn!!
A new idea for a felted necklace comes in my mind while looking at these beautiful tones!

In the meantime I created a ring in the same colortones, my entry for the EST challenge with the theme 'life on Mars' hosted by Serpentaires.
You can find the other entries on her blog.

Hop ocver to Artminds blog to find some other beautiful Flickr Mosaics and play along!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday Moodboard

Handknit fingerless mittens by Ingermaaike
Autumn Romance - poppy flower necklace on brass chain by Vadjutka
Chunky Scarf by Vaisto
Dramatic Hair Adornment by Giftandstars
Purple Swing Top by moocowhandknits
tiny bloom- stud earrings- pale pink by Karuski

Did you already notice that Europe is extremely talented!
With this Europe Gift Guide we want to promote our Europe Etsy friends and their beautiful, original, mostly 'one of a kind' designs.
Click on the links to visit their shops. And go ahead: shop till you drop!

If you want to create a moodboard of your favorite European Street Team Designs, make your mosaic and add a link to your blogpost (NOT your blog please) or Flickr in Mister Linky (click on the button below and fill in your name with the link to your blogpost or Flickr picture).

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Inspired by a custom order....

A few weeks ago a sweet lady asked me to make a necklace to go with her beautiful lavender-lilac shirt.
She had a crush for my stone necklaces with the copper rings. And it had to include some purple.

I mostly make rather short necklaces in that style, but on this shirt it was obvious that a longer one would be better.
I am very happy with the result: an assymetric necklace with coral stones, I big purple crazy lace agate stone and the very warm and beautiful Bayong wood.

It's true that a custom order inspires you to do things you otherwise shouldn't, in this case making this longer lenght.
They really have something special and chic being so long, so I was inspired to make some more for my Etsy Shop (click on the pictures to go to the shop).

(in the shop now)

Violets in the Wood

(int he shop now)

Roxanne Necklace
(Soon in my shop)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

My friday night outfit

Once upon a time long fairy necklace by Fleurfatale
Havana Dress by Flowersun
Large Vegan Shoulder Bag in Black and Cloud Grey by Pansymaiden
Black leather GOLO calf boots--RARE vintage Italian 60s 70s by dahlilafound

Time for another Friday Night outfit. A bit dark this time, a bit mysterious, why not? :-)

Oh, how I wish this dress and these accessories were already in my wardrobe!
Ok, I admit, the days are getting colder, but I bet the black dress would look lovely combined with a crocheted shrug. find some awesome shrugs here.
I love boots, and that is what I like a lot in autumn and winter: the wearing of boots!
I got this International Shoe Size Conversion Charts from Mitsy aka Artmind (another shoes addict) to make it easy to shop your shoe size online.

My creative workspace

My new Japanese Washi paper arrived!
This Japanese Garden Earrings are a great way to combine my paper passion with jewelry making! And what's more: they are all unique, not one pair is the same!

Cutting, glueing, varnishing and making earhooks, that is what I am up to, today, and of course, listing as soon as possible in my shop!

Japanese Garden earrings
Antiqued silver bezel, sterling silver hooks, Washi paper

Japanese Garden earrings
Find other creative spaces on Kootoyoo's blog! enjoy!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Flickr Favorites in ebony

Hop over to Artminds blog to find more Flickr favs!

Did you notice that Ebony Lady is back in my shop?
I started with the collection in October last year and I still love the design.
The beautiful black combines so beautiful with lively colors!
Most of the designs are one of a kind as I work with flowers that are rare to find. I like it like that, repeating is so boring to me!
The materials are gemstones, glass, cinnabar, corozo and enameled copper.
I don't use plastic.
You can find the pieces below in my shop.

Want to know more about the beautiful ebony wood?
Ebony is one of the most intensely black woods known, which, combined with its very high density fine texture, and ability to polish very smoothly, has made it very valuable as an ornamental wood.
Did you know (because of it high density) that ebony wood is the only wood who not floats on water, but sinks!The best-known ebony may be that from Diospyros ebenum, native to southern India and Sri Lanka. Ebony has a long history of use, with carved pieces having been found in Ancient Egyptian tombs.By the end of the 16th century, fine cabinets for the luxury trade were made of ebony in Antwerp. (bas-relief), Within a short time, such cabinets were also being made in Paris, by ébénistes, which remains the French term for a cabinetmaker.Nowadays it is used for instrument making like piano's and guitar plectrums.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Oh my deer!!

I got a lovely package today, haha, I should really start a brooch collection,
(well, is there anything I collect not?).

I bought this deer brooch on Etsy from this lovely shop!, She has some great designs!

I found this pin years ago on a flea market in France, I think I only paid 1 Euro :-)

I bought this fawn in Maastricht in a very cute polkadot shop : 'De sprookjeskamer'. If you live not far from there, keep an eye on their webiste, they give great creative workshops, and are also on the hunt for people who can give workshops.!
You can also shop their cute stuff online.

Finally I bought this one on the market, yesterday.
We still are the proud owners (LOL)of an oldfashioned video recorder, and now that everyone throws away their cassettes, you can buy them for almost nothing (à,50 euro).
Did you know that the movie 'Bambi' made by by Walt Disney is based on the book 'Bambi, ein Leben im Walde' (1923) by Austrian- Hongarian author Felix Salten.
My kids are fond of it, and so am I!