Fun With Chalking

I just signed up to be Designer with Chalk Couture.  I love the chalk paste and adhesive silk screens they sell.  Here’s some samples of what I have been up to.  I am hoping to sell my finished signs at The Foundry where I rent space to sell my glass art, jewelry, paper creations and signs.

Glass items I am working on

I have been learning how to do reverse enamel painting on glass and it has been a process for sure.  Here is my first piece that I am keeping for me.  More in progress.  I also learned how to make these little glass stars.  I am going to make a bunch in a variety of colors for an upcoming craft show.  The rocket is done using a porcelain mold and the bottom cut off a bottle.  Fun!

I have been making crocheted baskets

Besides my usual activities of making glass items, I have been crocheting while I watch TV or while on long road trips.  I love making these crocheted baskets in all sizes.  the larger two are about 8″ across and the smallest is about 3.5″. I made two more mid size in bright variegated cottons, but gave them to my friends as a gift without taking a photo. I think they loved them.  I am going to try my hand at a wool basket for my cats that I can felt.  The gray basket in the photo is wool but it didn’t felt much.  Such fun, useful items.  I am also working on a blanket for my daughter in law to put in their camper.  I have always been a knitter but I am enjoying the ease and speed of crocheting now that I have the hang of it.  I can get projects finished for a change, lol. IMG_1110

My recent arts and crafts projects

I have been learning to reverse enamel paint on glass.  I took a video class online.  Cheryl Chapman is the artist who taught the class.  I love her style and the process but I am using my own drawings to develop my own style.  I paint the glass with several layers of enamels with a firing for each layer.  When done I full fuse, and add a slump firing if needed depending on the project.  I drew the cat art shown and mounted it into a frame.  Keeping this one for me but have three more other pieces in process with leaves, a flower and another, but different, cat.  I crocheted a dumpling cat for my grand-daughter and that led my cousin to ask for a lamb for a baby gift, so I crocheted that too.  I made a fall cloth banner with heat transfer vinyl too.  That is going to the shop for sale.  I will drop it off this week.  I crocheted a dish towel and matching dish cloth but didn’t take a picture.  Having fun!

Products I Love

I use various products on a regular basis and I share them with people who are interested in purchasing.  No high pressure sales, no parties, no obligation, just good products I feel comfortable endorsing.  There are pages on my blog with links to Kitcheneez seasoning mixes and baking mixes, DoTerra Essential Oils and TruVision Health products.  To find out more, look at my blog site for the pages and links.

I am no longer a CTMH consultant

I am no longer with Close to my Heart.  However, I am still an avid crafter and fused glass artist.  I moved cross country from California to Arkansas to be near children and grandchildren. It has been a long road to getting settled in our house on five acres in Paragould.  I didn’t have room for all my household items much less my glass studio and crafting supplies.  We ended up finishing a cabin barn for our library and my craft room.  Once we got a lot unpacked I was able to access an existing metal building for my glass studio.  There is still work to do to finish organizing and decorating but I am now to the point I can get back to my art work.  I rent space in a local shop, The Twisted Peacock, to sell my items.  We are loving our country home and settling in finally.  I look forward to sharing my arts and crafts journey here.

Damask Divas Taste of Summer Blog Hop

Happy Spring!  Welcome to the Damask Divas’ Taste of Summer Blog Hop.  If you came to my page from Traci’s page, then you are in the right place.  You can always start at the beginning or navigate to the various participant’s pages by going to the Damask Divas team blog page at or click this link.

These papers with their juicy, colorful, fruity prints are so much fun. I made some simple and quick cards to share with you.

Taste of Summer Greeting Cards

Taste of Summer Greeting Cards

This Taste of Summer paper pack (Item # CC1038) and the coordinating stamp set (CC1039) are the Constant Campaign from Close to my Heart for May 2015.  You can only get these papers in May, so be sure to contact me or your own consultant to order.  My CTMH online store is located at or click this link.

The celebrate sentiment is from the Dizzy Circles stamp set (Item # C1610).  I used coordinating CTMH ink pads and colored the Thank You with a Shin-Han marker (P83 – Lavender).  I used CTMH archival ink for the black sentiments.  The card bases and envelopes are the White Daisy value pack (Item # X254).  Of course, I used my CTMH acrylic blocks to stamp with, and my Versamat to help get a nice clear imprint (Item # Z1279).  The Thank You stamp is retired, but still one of my favorites.

Your next stop on the hop is Felica’s page.  I hope you enjoy seeing all of creations and they inspire you to make your own.  Happy Crafting!