I’m in the process of gathering all my supplies to make some domino jewelry. Yes, a lot of people make them. There’s also a lot of card designers out there as well. Hasn’t put a wrench into my creativity. We all have our own personal style. I share my stories and projects with you in hopes to give you inspiration and maybe trigger your creative talents. Or perhaps just to entertain you with my crazy dog lover stories. Either way I’m happy your here.
Being a handmade artist has many benefits. First, it makes gift giving all the more fun. I have two nieces and four nephews to spoil. They are my very own little testing market for all things handmade. Have you ever given a gift and the recipient asked where you got it? Remember the look on their face when you told them that you made it. Both priceless and rewarding. Second, it’s a BIG stress reliever. I saw this quote used as a tattoo, “Art is the solution to chaos”. So true! Third, if you can mix recycling in your work, it’s a win-win situation. I could go on and on with the benefits.
Okay, back to the jewelry. I came across two vintage sets at a flea market, one black and the other ivory. At first I was going to use them to outline the edges of my recycled tire table that I have on my deck. If you missed that post, click here. I’m still looking for ideas with that project. Not sure what I’m going to put on the dominos. Photos, quotes, embellishments. Brainstorming ways to incorporate the number of dots on one side to match the theme on the other side. We’ll see what I come up with.
P.S. I scored this really cool metal pantry cabinet at a garage sale last weekend. I’ll share the pics and the story next time. I must find a place for it in my studio.
Has cabin fever set in? It has here and I can’t wait for Spring. Mother Nature has been dishing out some funny weather, so I decided to look back on projects that I did in my yard last year.
My favorite part of the door is this pair of crocks I found at the thrift store for $1.00. Instant flower pots.
A local downtown business had a pile of bricks in their alley. One day I decided to call the owner (whom I knew) and ask if she had plans for them. Sounds crazy, right? Well, they are now mine. Score! Again, another instant flower pot. I lined them along the sidewalk by my back door. They fit the length of the walk way perfectly. I “thought” they would serve as a distraction to the dogs and prevent them from jumping off the edge. Perhaps encouraging them to use the steps. No, didn’t work. They jump even higher now over them.
And then there’s the garden. The best part of spring. This was the third season for planting and as my three beloved dogs got taller the need for a taller fence grew as well. My neighbor had multiple pieces of a dog kennel leaning up against her house. I asked her if she would be willing to sell some of it. She told me that it was free if I could make it disappear. Another great find! But I couldn’t take it for nothing. A case of cold beverages put a smile on her face.
A new season brings new projects. There will be a part two to this post. I have additional recycling projects I’ll share as soon as the snow melts and the ground softens. And yes it involves me asking people for their junk.