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Brooklyn, NY, United States
I love doing crafts of all kinds, cardmaking, beading, scrapbooking amoung other things. I love going to art galleries, museums as well as other places. I usually don't blog but I decided to do so for a portfolio type thing. I'll try to update this every now and then lol This is just to share random craft thoughts, products, sites, and what not :D I love following other crafters and stuff, I mainly use yotube, kathykat216, 34,000+ views and counting, 72 subs too :D

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Where are you little star?

On my earrings and bracelet of course!  Hey everyone!!! Hope everyone has had a blessed great day! Here's an awesome oldies song plus a bracelet and some earrings I made :)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star By the Elegants

 There are many great doo wop songs with the word "star" in it but if I post all of them up this will become more like my old xanga (it was a rock n roll blog started it in jr high got caught up with so many other things that I closed it down) instead of a regular craft blog lol!

The stars I bought at Michaels yesterday. They had a 50 off sale on the beads so of course I just had to go! These starfish beads came in a pack of 9; faceted, very shimmery, and beautiful!

The bracelet is entirely crystalized, faceted bicones from crystazzi and the faceted blue helix, everything I got from Michaels. On ebay you can find the faceted helix beads for amazing prices, 100 for 4 bucks and some changed, not bad when Michaels has about 10/12 for 3 bucks. I originally bought these helix about 2 years ago at Michaels and they still carry them!

 The stars were enough for two sets of earrings!

Here's a choker set that I made using the faceted helix beads that I bought from ebay. Same great quality!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A lovely son, a bracelet,, and a card :D

Hey Everyone!!!

Hope everyone is having a blessed day :D Speaking of blessed, here's a lovely song by the Carpenters, "Bless the Beast and the Children". I love her voice she was truly and amazing singer and has many great hits too!

Here are some photos of some other things I made a few weeks ago that I didn't get a chance to post and take photos of them :)

This is an achor bracelet I made around the same time that I did the necklace but didn't finish this in time for the mermaid parade sadly :(( the pattern I got from an old beading magazine. I used all glass beads from michaels and exholite(the plain white ones) had them for a while finally put them to good use lol!

This is a card I did for my father's birthday last month :) I used a stamp that I bought from one of the conventions. I decided to share it since it is the same stamp I used in the shrinky dink earrings a few posts back. I used the second big circle of the spellbinders circles (the regular ones not grand), as well as one of the smallest (can't remember if it's the second smallest or the very smallest) triangle of the lacy triangles. I added two bobunny embellishments on the corners as well.




Sunday, July 15, 2012

Some more chokers and an interesting video :)

Hey Everyone!!

Hope everyone is having a blessed Sunday! I always start off every Sunday by attending mass. Here is a video of something that I saw a while ago that I've been meaning to share. There are many videos of different and more saints on youtube. The fact that the bodies of these Saint do not corrupt is truly a miracle! Many of these Saints intercede for us the way Moses and all the Prophets interceded for the Israelites, it is not that we see them or worship them as God. As mentioned in these videos many of the people are cured from the oils that are secreted from these Saints. These videos provide testimony to the many miracles performed by Christ! 

Here are some choker necklaces that I have been working on :) I get all of my beads from the usual places, firemountaingems.com, acmoore michaels, beadaholique, and other ebay stores. I try making the set for the most part, I have yet to do the earrings and bracelet for the pink and green ones as well as the one with the cameo! More to come when I get around to making them, I have been doing all sorts of things and with another heatwave coming in I turn it into productivity lol! Either by going to interesting places, crafting, reading the bible (up to the second book of Kings) and I've been watching old movies that I haven't seen in ages! Just yesterday I saw Breakfast at Tiffany which is where I'm getting the inspiration for these choker collars!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I'm all choked up :P Italian festival and some choker necklaces!

Hey Everyone!

Sorry for being gone a bit, all over the place as usual! Went to an awesome NYC Firefighter museum where they had lots of great old fashion trucks and a touching WTC memorial. Also went to the Italian festival and several other places despite the on and off heatwave lol! Plenty of crafting got done during the intense heatwave too lots of photos below :D 

Here are two photos of the feast. It's basically a Catholic feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel(same name of the church) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It consists of the Giglio a really tall Italian post, I have a picture of it but it doesn't want to upload. The last time I went about 4 years ago the post was Gold with beige, now it's light blue which gives it a more heavenly feel :D Part of the giglio can be seen in the first photo. Lots of fun Italian music is played as seen by the band :). As Catholics Saints are an important part of religion, they help intercede for us as Moses did in the old testament for the Israelites. Not only that but they're are great role models that allow us to be like them to be closer to God/Jesus :)

Here are some beading photos from things that I created. I thank God constantly for this great artistic gift!

I was browsing through ebay for different cameos and things when I came upon this Audrey Hepburn ring (apparently the person selling didn't know who she was and just referred to the ring as "queen portrait ring) for a buck + free shipping! Anywho I kept checking back frequently to see if the seller had more items and last week I saw this pendant of her for 1.09 + free shipping along with several other pendants! I wasn't fond of the chain that it came with so I decided to weave this choker and put the pendant on there! The black faceted beads are from blue moon beads (firemountaingems.com), the clear faceted rondelle beads are from michaels, and the freshwater pearls from ebay, 2 bucks free shipping about 100 beads on that strand!

 Here is another choker that I made during the weekend using mixed reds. I used various beads from michaels, ac moore, and firemountaingems.com. The briolettes that are hanging are swarovski, I'm not sure if firemountaingems.com carries them anymore. I originally ordered one for a pendant but my dad told me to order several more since they reminded him of the drops of precious blood of Jesus. I have four but I only put up three, which reminds me of the Divine Trinity, Father, Son, Holy Spirit :)

  Here is another bracelet I've been working on using freshwater pearls and faceted rondelles.

 Here's a "reversible choker". I glued the cameo onto felt (beadwork 2007 magazine I believe, I keep several pages of magazines of things I want to do and what not I've been subscribed to several bead magazines since 2005), and then I sewed rondelles and drops on to it.The original pattern was to make a bracelet, instead I attached a "buckle" (piece of felt) so that I can pass the ribbon through. The ribbon is actually from an old victoria's secret box that I found really pretty!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Kitschy cute kitties!

Hey Everyone!
This is just a small entry on some kitties I made in my ceramics class(my area of concentration). I can't believe I forgot to post on this, I posted an old entry on one of the kitties I did and said I would post again on all of the kitties altogether though I haven't finished taking photos yet. Altogether I did about 30 of them, maybe more lol. 2 I gave to my hubby the rest I wound up keeping, I don't remember if I gave any others away. I got the mold on ebay, Duncan brand, 1976-7. It really reminded me of this big kitty here in the middle that I had literally forever so far lol. I decided to glaze two clear and paint it similarly to the big one.

Many of the glazes I used are Amaco and ducan. A lot of the glazes I used are crystallites like cranberry burst, kaleidoscope, turquoise blue,  monet's garden, and masquerade. One is a cascade glaze but that photo isn't on here yet. I also used antique silver and metallic black. These are all commercial glazes and as with all glazes they react differently depending on clay body and temperature. I used slip cast and regular studio clay, firing both to cone 04-06, (slipcast can't be fired to Cone 4-6, but I always stuck to low fire for the crystallites effect) and I've seen completely different reactions with the peacock glaze. On a regular studio clay body it can have this nice shiny marble like effect of brown and glossy olive if the glaze is not on too much. If the glaze is applied on thickly it's not so nice (at least in my opinion lol). On a slipcast body it is a lovely matte marigold/brown color.

 Some I have to take photos of the "Chesire Cat", "Pinta", 'Glamour Pink Kitty" and several others. Also all of these glazes I bought at Ceramic Supply, the peacock color I purchases at Blicks but it can also be found at ceramic supply.

                             "Mother Kitsch" lol these are       This one is glazes in peacock
                              some of the many kitties.            

                            "Playing around" with the other       Like real cats they get everywhere lol
                             cats in my collection
                            I love how their colors matched       Glamour kitty, the pinks and blacks
                           with him lol I did about 5                  matched with her perfectly!
                           kaleidoscope(glaze color amaco)