Thursday, May 27, 2010

Versatile Dressing Challenge!

Inspired by Anthropologie's Versatile Dressing ideas, take a dress or outfit and pair it with different accessories and see how many looks you can come up with!  Take pictures and post in your blog or send to me to post in mine! 


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What have you done Wednesday?

Well, I've had a fabulous weekend at the beach filled with fun, sun, friends & family! 

Then Monday evening I got a new sugar skull tattoo by the fabulous Cristina and Primal Tattoo in Casselberry....

On the craft front, I finished the repair to the pottery that I posted previously, I'm not thrilled with the results but it's better then broken!  I think my white was too white and the paint did not stick to the previously glazed parts.  I will take some photos another time...  Memorial weekend is approaching and I'm hoping to get allot of crafty inspirations and create!  What's on your memorial weekend list??

Barbe Saint John - New Treasures from Forgotten Artifacts: Join the fun at CREATE!

Has anyone ever been to an artist's retreat? How amazing does this sound??? (follow the link to my friend Barbe's blog ;))

Barbe Saint John - New Treasures from Forgotten Artifacts: Join the fun at CREATE!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Polka Dot Coat – Sewing Projects |

I just had to share this fabulous coat project from Burda Style!  The colors are some of my favorite.  Is anyone else comfortable with wearing the color yellow? What about polk-a-dots???

Polka Dot Coat – Sewing Projects |

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What have you done Wednesday? FIRST CONCERT

I'm trying out the pottery repair that posted last post...

Meanwhile, I put this together for my 10 yo. son.  It's his shirt from the concert and our tickets in a T-shirt frame.  I need to print a picture out or two.

I took him to see Green Day last year for his first concert!  He was in AWE!

What was your first concert?

My first stadium concert was The Cure, I had just turned 14.

Monday, May 10, 2010


from ebay guides

Do you love vintage pottery, but perhaps not the prices some pieces command?

Beginner collectors can purchase pieces of vintage art pottery, by such makers as McCoy, Roseville, Weller, Hull for bargain prices, by purchasing pieces with some damage, such as chips, and then repair the pieces themselves. In this guide, I will explain how to repair chips to pottery. Learn to restore pottery to it's original beauty!

Supplies you will need:
Epoxy putty. This can be purchased at hardware stores such as Lowes. It comes in two tubes, that must be mixed.
Fine and medium sandpaper.
Acrylic paints.
Paintbrushes or linen pieces for applying color.
Styrofoam plates (for mixing paint & putty)

Step 1. First, clean the area to be repaired, and let it dry.

Step 2. Mix your putty, according to the directions. The putty comes with two tubes, that must be mixed together. You won't need the whole tube, just a small amount, according to the size of the chip.

Step 3. Gather a piece of the putty, and roll it in your fingers, to get it thicker, before applying to the chipped area. Do not put too much putty. Put enough to fill the surface in well. There should be a small amount of excess. Smooth and press it in to the chipped area with your fingers.

LET IT DRY for at least 24 hours.

Step 4. Now you are ready to SAND with medium sandpaper. Be careful to sand only the putty, not the surrounding areas on the piece. It may help to tear a piece of the paper off and fold it in to a small piece. When you get it sanded down close to the surface of the undamaged pottery, switch to fine sandpaper. Be careful!

The idea is to sand until the surface is smooth and completely even with the rest of the pottery piece. To the touch, you should feel virtually no difference in the surface you puttied and the rest of the piece.

Step 5. Once this is done, you can paint the area that was filled in, to match the rest of the pottery. This part is a bit trickier and will require some experimenting to come up with just the right color. You can mix colors on a plate. Keep in mind that colors will be slightly different when they dry. Coloring is the most difficult task in restoring pottery. Each piece of pottery is different and must be approached differently.

Use acrylic paints. Some you can buy in little bottles at crafts stores, some you will need to buy in tubes of artist colors. Since there are so many colors to chose from, start with basics. Buy colors that are as dark and pure as possible. Don't buy "appleplum Christmas Morning red". Here are ten colors that will give you a wide range of hues:



Adding white changes the tint of a color (makes it lighter), while adding black alters the shade (making it darker).

Orange+raw sienna=RUST
Orange+burnt umber= A Darker RUST
Burnt Umber Rust+red=PLUM
Plum and a touch of black=BURGUNDY
Green+Raw Sienna=OLIVE
White+yellow ochre=IVORY
White+raw sienna=CREAM

Additional Tips:
*When you've mixed the color and it isn't just right, add a touch of yellow ochre, or raw sienna. Many of the colors used by the makers of the more popular art pottery lines have a tinge of one of those colors, especially those that you might think are pink.

*Colors dry darker. Apply a touch of the color and then dry with a hairdryer to check to see if it is a match. If it isn't, wipe it off with a damp cloth.

*The best applicator is the tip of your finger, covered by a piece of linen.

*Get a little of your mixed paint on to the cloth and pat into the repair. Blend it with the surrounding area.

*When your repair has been painted, give it a coat of clear acrylic finish. The finish can be adjusted from glossy to satin to matte with very fine steel wool.

*Crazing~The pattern of fine crazing can be created by using a sharp soft lead pencil to lightly draw in some craze lines over the finished paint before the final coat is applied

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Random DOTD Figures
Epcot, picture taken by ME
Flowers made by ME for a Cinco de Mayo party!
Plaque by ME

Shop in Old Town, San Diego, Picture by ME