Hello again, Today started as a large list of to do's and want to do's lists. Hmmm what to do first. Cleaned up the dining room where I take my photos, check done only took me a few months. lol When you have over 500 items to photograph you have to have a large room and table to keep them safe on. Ugh. NOTE TO SELF, PHOTOGRAPH AFTER EVERY CREATION, DO NOT WAIT. I was not born to be a photographer, not that I dont enjoy it, Im just not that good at it yet. Trying to experiment with lots of different backgrounds and settings so its been a little interesting. I keep thinking Ugh do I want to re take all those photos again. Is it really worth it, Um no. Have a huge sale and get rid of those items and Make new things. Yes yes so much more appealing in so many ways. I found this amazing photo editor that was free. Was having so much fun with it. Thinking I can do this. I can make my photos of my art work look professional, then two days later into editing I see on the front of the site that they are going to be shutting down the free sight. SIGH. Really, Really you have to be kidding. Now Im in search of a new site to edit on. Any one that has a good one they can share a link to I would be sooooo happy. :)
After cleaing up a bit, I decided it was time to create something I have been dying to make. I found these amazing Swarovski Crystals from a shop in France called Rivolis of course I fell in love (THIS GIRL LOVES BLING). I purchased some thinking these are amazing I cant wait to create something with them. At first I was putting them in my barrettes then pendants and rings. They are so lovely and such amazing quality, a bit on the pricey side but worth every penny. I shared some with my dear friend Valerie now she is hooked to, hehe, an addiction to bling is so fun to share. I started searching thinking I have to be able to find these cheaper. Im a coupon nut and sale nut when it comes to finding quality craft supplies and rarely do I buy any unless they are on sale. Im am the coupon queen at Joann Fabrics they so hate me there. lol I do a coupon share email if anyone wants to be added post a comment on here to be added to the list- I do not share emails. But I have been told I have tripple the coupons that anyone else is every able to find. For example the one day my bill was $382.50 at Joanns before coupons, after coupons $23.57. Can you say cha ching. The girl looked like she wanted to puke when she got done ringing them all up. Lol. Priceless. Anyways back to the Rivolis. I found several amazing sites that sell them in the Usa, Faster shipping, cheaper and better selection. Win win win. Ill share links shortly. I then started searching thinking there has to be some amazing tutorials for these. Ya I know Im a tutorial addict too. Learning new things is always good for the brain (I have a brain injury from my car accident- so anything that I can learn is good cognitive therapy for me) and creating something afterwards and it turning out is the best feeling in the world. Sharing it is even better. So today I will share with all of you. This is what I started out with:
I know doesnt look too exciting but wait there is more. With my search for knowledge of the Creation of Beautiful Rivoli tecniques I found lovely Ms. Bobbie Maw on Etsy wow she has amazing tutorials. Im so hooked. Anyhoo, here is her link to the tutorial Im have been dying to make. I sat down and read it for the tenth time today and said Kim what are you waiting for make it. I started getting out all the wire the tools. Ya the tools. UGH. I have so many tools and my husband was a mechanic do you think I would have a pair of flat nose pliers that would work NOOOOO. :( So off to Joanns we go. Of course in this small town no one had a tool the size I needed 4mm so I ended up with a 5mm and had to make due. Will be searching online for that tommorrow. Home again with my new tools I started working. This is my inspiration:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/63028062/marcella-swarovski-crystal-ring-pdf-wire?ref=sr_gallery_4&ga_search_query=marcella+ring&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=all. Now the creating begins. I have tremors so I thought half way through that I wouldnt be able to finish :(. But I stuck with it and an hour and a half later I was so thrilled. I had made a gorgeous ring, it fit me perfectly the first try and I cant wait to make many many more. Woo hoo. Here she is my Marcella Ring with a Vitrail Light Swarovski Crystal Rivoli 12mm (yes big bling).
http://www.etsy.com/shop/UnkamenSupplies. Its a pricey project but believe me its worth it they are so gorgeous in person the photos do not do them justice. Now to open up the other tutorials dig out my amazing bead stash and create something new and challenge myself again. Fun.
Your probably wondering what the top photo is those are my daughter Ashley's latest creations. Have you figured out what they are. Yes they are roses. Not clay which is what she ususally plays with when she is bored. Not paper. Hmmmmm Any guesses?
http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=utf-8&fr=slv8-w3i&p=duck%20tape%20roses%20tutorial&type=W3i_YT,191,8_4,Search,20120206,18370,0,18,0. A few more of Ashleys pretty Roses below.
Well I hope everyone has an amazing day and that you come back again. Im going to be working on alot of new things and would love to share tips, tecniques and where to find crafts and supplies for the best prices. I love searching for deals. Blessings to all and Happy Creating, Enjoy your day.
See you soon,
ჱܓƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Kimberly ჱܓƸӜƷ