Update on casting project no. 2

Theme: architecture. My inspiration: the Chrysler building. What is it? It will be a pendant. I hope.

my design and the wax I started with

right before investing

side view (the glass bottle in the background is my new favorite tool: an alcohol lamp. i love it.)



~Mrs. B

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Happy Halloween!

This weekend we didn’t have any real halloween plans so we carved our pumpkins with Brandon and Emily (for the second year in a row!) and here is what we got to show for our efforts…….

*Emily’s cat*

*Brandon’s pirate (his jaw fell off)*

*Nick’s deer*

*My haunted house…..mwahahaha*

Hope you all had a fun and safe halloween!!



~Mrs. B

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Cutest Little Red Riding Hood

This is pretty stinking cute and AMAZING!! These are the original birds that I wanted for my wedding, but since she never got back to me about them I went into emergency mode and asked my talented friend Lisa to make them (they turned out pretty fabulous).

I still follow the Ann Wood blog though….I think it’s super interesting and I love her stuff and Little Red Riding Hood is proof that she’s awesome!


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I started my jewelry class about a month ago and I love it.  I’m finally casting, I’m learning so much and it’s super fun and exciting.  I still have a lot of cleaning up to do, but here’s the progress of my first project which is due next thursday…..

this is what I started with
my drawing
about to start carving
carving done
done casting...ignore the button it'll be gone!
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Fun Pin Cushion Project!

A few weeks ago I purchased one of Martha Stewart’s amazing books : Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts.  I already have the Encyclopedia of Crafts and I love it so after debating for a couple of months I decided I needed the sewing one as well; and um..duh! I love it too!

I found a super fun and “simple” pin cushion on there using a ball jar.  I have loads of ball/kerr jars from my wedding and also from other projects so when I started thinking of my mother in law’s birthday present naturally this project was the answer. I made two one for her and one for my mom’s friend Magali.  They both love sewing and this is a fun/practical way of carrying your tools.

I wrote “simple” because it looks and seems simple, but when trying to make them I realized that it’s not really simple.  It’s kind of hard to push the cardboard out of the way so the jar will actually close. Also when you work with a hot glue gun…it kind of sucks because it dries fast so you don’t really have enough time to do everything.  Anyway….I did finish both of them and they turned out pretty darn cute! See for yourselves…..(I forgot to take a pic of the black & white finished so I just have the green one)

Have yourselves a lovely wednesday afternoon….I know I will…I’m going to disneyland!
~Mrs. B
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Gem Faire

This weekend the OC fair grounds hosted Gem Faire (a HUGE bead show)!! Since I have a couple of orders I need to work on I decided to go on opening day….also I had a coupon to get in for free! yay!

I love going because there are sparkles and beads as far as the eye can see and if you know me you know I love sparkles. love. love! Also there’s awesome people watching. I didn’t take any pics of the fun outfits, but I did find something I had to get a snapshot of…it was my favorite of the afternoon……

Isn’t he the cutest!! He was HUGE!

I managed to find some lovely amethyst the same shade of purple one of my orders needs plus a few other fun things to play with.

……On other exciting news, I used my meat grinder for the first time ever.  It was pretty DEES-COS-TING!!! But it turned out to make some quite delicious blue cheese-bacon burgers! yum!

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~Mrs. B
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