‘Tis the season of craft sales… what fun! I went to two this weekend – they were overwhelming, but I picked up several wee gifties and stocking stuffers. I did find a little treat for myself as well… odd how that seems to happen! This is my lovely new ornament/all year around piece of fabulousness… a twisty tree!
Tree of Life
The artist is Sharen Johnston of Glass Quirks. I had seen her work before and loved it… I’m glad to have a piece of my own! There is a tree on both sides of the disc, so when the light shines through, there is a real feeling of depth. She had a selection of colours and sizes, but deep red… one of my favourites… Yummy!
Everything in my world is sparkly right now… the floor, the counter, me, the cat… It’s a little bit crazy! But I’ve had a lot of fun working on the tree. The clay that I added cracked a bit while it dried, but instead of filling it in with more clay, I went the route of loading the tree up with paint, gloss and sparkles. Then I sprinkled more sparkles on it. Sensing a theme? Some of the cracks still show, but that’s what twisty lighting is for. Now I guess I need to make more ornaments for it…
Lit and sparkled tree
One of the things I really like about teaching workshops is the preparation. Handouts, little bags of supplies, table decor… such fun to put together!
When I found out I would be doing a Christmas ornament workshop, I immediately went to a second-hand store to look for a tree to hang the decorations on. Being that it was July at the time, I was surprised to actually find one. It was a little sad-looking (and still is!) but I’m trying to make it fit in with what my brain is visualizing.
The tree is wire, and I want it dripping with sparkles. I tried slathering on sparkle paint and sparkle glue, but it wasn’t as textured as I wanted. What to do, what to do…
Enter air dry clay. I had worked with it a little bit for one of my costumes (the steam in the teacup), and thought it might be just what I needed. When in college, working with clay was not something I excelled at. I think my mom has the few items that weren’t “accidentally” broken… truly they are items only a mother could love!
But this was different… This was building on an existing form. Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of it before I started working on it, but here it is in progress:
Tree in progress
Once it dries, I’ll try painting it with sparkles again… Hopefully it works out! I will post a finished picture if successful.
I’m a cat person. Actually, I’m an animal person… I love them all! A friend was telling a story today of how we’d be out walking, and she’d suddenly realize that she was talking to the air, because I was a few driveways down, lying on the ground, trying to coax a cat to come and say hello.
Today’s post is about an animal rescue that I volunteer for – Cat’s Cradle Animal Rescue. I always feel like I don’t do much, but I love to go and help socialize cats who need to learn to trust or to play or to just get used to being around people.
One thing that I can do is help with donations to fundraisers. There is a silent auction coming up on November 16th, and they are participating in the “Christmas in the Manger Crafts Show” at the Saanich Fairgrounds on November 22 & 23rd, 2014.
Here are some of my donations for the events:
Clockwise from left: Labradorite Pendant; Dangle Earrings; Sail Pendant
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