Happy Memory

Rock Garden, Deep Pendant by AdornJewelry

Rock Garden, Deep Pendant by AdornJewelry

When I was around 4 or 5 years old, we lived with my maternal grandparents for awhile and they would watch my sister and I during the day while mom was at work. Often enough I was handed one of my grandmother’s spoons and told to “go dig” in this little patch of dirt between the spigot and the back-porch door. I’d spend hours transforming that little 2’x4′ rectangle of dirt into tiny moss-covered islands– planting weeds as tiny trees, placing little stones as boulders in the landscape,  lining the stream bed with sand, and building tiny bridges out of popsicle sticks…

I stumbled across these pendants on Etsy and was instantly transported to my grandmother’s backyard… The artist, Amy Mueller of AdornJewelry, combines polymer clay and faux moss into these beautiful little pendants & rings. They have a nice little interview with her.

So much more here…

You cut a pretty sweet Silhouette baby…

I love my little Silhouette Digital Craft Cutter. This little baby is amazing, I can create just about anything I want in Adobe Illustrator and it will cut it out! I currently use the built-in Robo Master program to cut .DXF files, but I have the instructions somewhere to cut directly from Illustrator, but I like some of the controls I get . I do need to order some new backer sheets though. (It comes with one, and had I been smarter, I wouldn’t have leaned my sweater-clad arm on the sticky surface…DOH!) Hoping to order one this week, and then start designing some new pieces. I’ll be offering my custom-designed cutter files in the shop for instant download as well!

Tiny Forests

Yuken Teruya corner forest

Yuken Teruya "corner forest"

I came across the work of Yuken Teruya, and I had to share- I thought these were absolutely beautiful. I really love the play between the negative branch, and the dimensional extended arm… wait till you see what he does with paper bags!

“Yuken Teruya manipulates everyday objects, transforming their meanings to reflect on contemporary society and culture. Cutting trees out of paper bags and cardboard toilet paper rolls, he creates meticulous and intricate art works, small and enchanting worlds, which relate to broader concerns.”

So much more here…