Vintiquties Boutique

Monday, July 14, 2014

Classes are up and running!

Ive been working to get my Square Market account up and running and I'm happy to say that my new store is now open! Yay!

To purchase any of my classes simply click on any item at the top of the posts section of this blog under Vintiquities Boutique.  You will be transported to my Square Market online where you can safely purchase classes, and coming soon... digital content such as blog designs and templates, invitations, fun artful images and much more. 

So what are you waiting for?!  Go get your art on!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Holes...

Have you ever seen that movie Holes?

It's kind of about a bunch of troubled teens in a "work camp" and they go out in the desert and have to dig a bunch of holes and each one has to dig so many holes before they can go back to camp that day. The landscape is full of huge holes. 

The last eight months it has seemed at times like I was stuck in that landscape. Not digging the holes myself but falling unknowing into one as I tried to stroll along. I would claw my way out of one hole finally resurfacing in the fresh air and light, dusting myself off and beginning again only to fall into yet another dark hole. Holes placed in my path by others, placed by the unpredictable nature of life, holes that just popped up randomly for the heck of it, and sometimes I even fell into holes that were destined for someone else. For whatever reason I fell into every hole imaginable and it left me pretty down for a long time, unable to regroup, or think, or move. Like there was a giant boa constrictor around my life.

For now my feet are on firm ground and I'm trying my best to get myself back. To get back to that place where I can make art, where I can feel art in my soul again. It's frustrating to think that I may have lost my muse in one of those holes I had to dig out of. But sometimes I get a glimpse of her and like a mirage, when I reach out to her she disappears again. Like every artist there have been times in my life where my muse took a vacation but I always greeted her warmly when she returned as she did not stay away long. Now I worry that she moved without telling me. I miss her, I miss the creative spirit that used to flow from me so freely, and I miss all of you here online. I miss the support and the comfort and the friendships. I am lost but trying to find my way back.

Anywho, for anyone struggling out there I wish you quick reunion with your muse, as I still search for mine. 

Hugs!


Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday and MORE Sale!!!!!! Happy Holidays!

I'm having a Black Friday Sale in my Etsy shop. Only it lasts all weekend!

Just enter coupon code BlackFriday at checkout from my Etsy Shop and you will recieve 25% OFF your entire purchase! That includes online classes, jewelry, art, home decor and more!

But hurry, sale ends Monday!

Happy Holidays from Vintiquities Workshop on Etsy!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Connie Crystal Blog Hop with the ICE Resin Creative Team...

Welcome to the Connie Crystal Blog Hop with the ICE Resin® Creative team!
Today is the start of the blog hop and I hope you will visit each of our blogs to see the fun creations showcasing Connie Crystal!
Please go visit Susan Walls to continue on the blog hop journey: http://wp.me/p2IN5n-7m

Today I want to share with you some amazing products made by Connie Crystal and used with ICE Resin® to create some wonderful wearable pieces that can be used for everyday, a night on the town, or even a special event...

 IceLander above, is a really fun piece full of sparkle and shine, the Glass Glitter under the ICE Resin® really sparkles and the Connie Crystal just sets this piece off when worn.
To make it...
1.Choose a bezel from the Media Mixage line.
2. Brush in a layer of Enamel Medium
3. Sprinkle in Silver German Glass Glitter, let dry.
4. Glue an old rhinestone earring into the center of glittered bezel.
5. Mix ICE Resin® according to package instructions and pour into bezel. Let cure.
6. Use wire wrapping technique to create a beaded chain using Connie Crystals.
7. Attach chain at the ends.



Vintage Molly is a layered piece that is highlighted very well with the Connie Crystal Drop. 
To make it...
1. Choose two nesting bezels from the Media Mixage Line.
2. Brush Enamel Medium inside both.
3. Sprinkle ICE Enamels Ivory Relique Powder inside and pour off the excess powder. Let dry, then heat with a heat gun to melt the enamel powder.
4. Glue vintage rhinestone jewelry pieces inside the smallest bezel, then glue the small bezel inside the larger one with E-6000 Jewelry adhesive.
5. Mix ICE Resin® according to package instructions, pour into bezels, let cure.
6. Use wire wrapping technique to create a dangle drop and attach to the bottom of the bezel. 
7. Use wire wrapping on torn fabric to create the neck piece.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Antique Heater as Junk Chic Candle Holder...

 Check out this super awesome antique heater I found this week! It has everything I love about old stuff. It's got pretty scroll work, fancy legs, a little bit of rust, gold accents against dark patina metal. 
And this piece is absolutely perfect as a candle holder because it's wide but shallow making it very easy to incorporate into any home's junk chic decor.
I would keep it if I could but alas, I can not. So some lucky person is going to get to enjoy this everyday.
You can purchase it in my Etsy shop...

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Cover Girl...Emmy Bracelets e-book from Interweave Press...

Hi all, just wanted to share a new ebook from Interweave Press that shares lots of wonderful bracelets made by the ICE Resin Creative Team for the Emmy Awards Swag Bags for the Stars 2013

Click the link above to get your copy today!
(So proud to have my bracelet chosen for the cover!)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Online Metal & Rust Tag Journal Class...

I've just finished shooting the video for the Metal & Rust Tag Journal Class.
I taught this class at Create Mixed Media Retreat in Chicago and now I'm offering it online.

You will learn so many mixed media techniques...
Altering books (in a unique way, not something you've seen before)
Distressing and altering pages
paint techniques
fiber collage
paper collage
Tinting vintage photos with paint
Letting loose and getting whimsical
A new way to incorporate tags into journal pages
Working with metal
faux patina with paint
and much more.
Here is a little introduction video I made for Create Chicago about this class, obviously you won't be receiving a class kit for an online class but you get the idea. :)



This class is normally $60 but if you order now you will get a $10 discount.
Now only $50...

 This class is now being edited and will be available on Sat. October 5th!
GO BUY IT NOW!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/163684964/metal-rust-tag-journal-online-class

Also for a chance to win this class for free you can go to Pinterest and repin the following pin...
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/203717583117864215/

Monday, September 23, 2013

RePin It To WIN It Monday!

I'm giving away some classes next month. 
All you need to do to enter to win is RePin It To WIN It!

Click the links below to go to my pins on Pinterest for each class. Repin that pin and you are automatically entered to win that class. I will do a drawing for all three classes on October 13th my birthday!

There are three classes so make sure you RePin each one for a chance to win that class...
Textured Solder...

Textured Solder 2...

Free Bird Canvas Class...

You must rePin these actual pins to be entered.

Good Luck!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

NEW Class Textured Solder 2 ! SALE 3 days only!

I've been hard at work preparing a brand new class! 
Textured Solder 2!

It's a whole new way to make textured solder elements for designer jewelry using Spellbinders die cut machines and more.

Learn all the steps to make these uniquely designed elements for use in your jewelry pieces. There are so many variations that no two will be exactly the same giving your work an air of authenticity and unique creativity. 

You won't find this class anywhere else online, the techniques taught are unique, diverse, and applicable to so many projects. 
Jewelry making, cards, gifts, home decor and more!

This class will be live this Saturday afternoon!
Sign up between now and Saturday for $10 off the class price. 
Get it now!
Regularly $50 but just until Sat you get it for $40!
 BUY IT NOW! Below...

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Getting Ready for the War Eagle Craft Fair October 2013

I'm so excited to have a booth this year at the War Eagle Craft Fair in October. 
I have gone to the War Eagle Fair so many times for as long as I can remember and it's always a wonderful experience. The crafty eye candy around every corner, the music, and the smells of all the delicious foods. 
People come from all over the country to attend this fair that is celebrating it's 60th year!

I thought I would share a few sneaks peaks of the things I'm working on this week...
 First up is my sweet jewelry display. I've been meaning to make a cage style body for this antique doll head for some time. I still have to cover the "arms" with fabric but I think she is coming along nicely. I think I'll call her "Dolly", I know, very original lol, but she really seams like a "Dolly" to me. ;)
I've also been working on some new necklaces...
 After I fixed the tension assembly on my Singer Genie I was able to get some things sewn. Like some vintage style long stockings, some tattered flowers and more...
 I've also been cruising Pinterest for ideas on how to set up my booth and I've had this board going for a long time, but there are so many ideas for displays I'm having a hard time deciding what to do. Indecision!
Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well! 
Hugs!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Spellbinders design team retreat...and all that comes with it...

You all would not believe the incredible week I'm having with the Spellbinders design teams in Phoenix this week! (you would not believe how far behind I am on this post, I completely forgot about it when I got back from the retreat so here it is...) So much fun, knowledge, inspiration, and peaks into the future of things to come that you wouldn't imagine. 
Here are a few pics I've shared on FB over the last few days...
 They picked us up from the airport with a party bus and champagne.

This was my roomie at the hotel, Judy Hayes. She is such a sweet gal and I am so happy to be on the mixed media team with her and John.

 We got to visit the Spellbinders offices where they had set up a "bezzel buffet". They gave us a box and sent us down the line to fill our boxes with whatever we wanted...
 I think I may have enough bezels to last me a while, only time will tell. LOL

Each day we had classes, then breaks, then food, then more classes and every time we came back to the class room there were new goodies waiting for us!
 Oh my our co-sponsors are so very generous!
 Some of the most talented and lovely people were there. It was so much fun!

Delicious Brass metal finding and making a mold with Silputty 40...

Just had to share the beautiful brass finding I picked up from Vintagebliss on Etsy
 It is just so darn cute I can't stand it. It's the perfect size for making jewelry and using for mixed media artwork. So I decided to make a mold of it to pour ICE Resin® into.

 The mold came out perfectly, but sadly I used every last drop of my Silputty 40. What will I ever do....

Upcoming events...

I have some VERY Exciting news to share soon. Can't wait to spill the beans!