Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Shoutout to Sugar Knuckles

Woman Crush Wednesday! 
Hello my lovelies, I hope you’re having a good week? I want to introduce you to my dear friend Ariel of Sugar Knuckles, who made this incredible porcupine quill jewelry set. I love it so much!! Please head over to her page to say hello and check out some more of her wonderfully weird and creepy art. You can find her on Instagram HERE or on Facebook HERE.

 




Wednesday, 15 January 2020

CLEARANCE SALE Now On in my Etsy Shop!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: 

I am having a huge spring cleaning sale in my Etsy Shop! In the clearance section you will find all sorts of my older jewelry and hat pins, all at 50% OFF! This is the best sale you’ll probably ever see me do, so please take advantage while it lasts!
Don’t forget, all orders over $35 get free domestic shipping!






Shoutout to Fierce Jewellery

I would like to say many, many thanks to the beautiful Anca of Fierce Jewellery for these gorgeous earrings. They were a Christmas treat for myself, and I’ve gotten so many compliments wearing them out already. I only met Anca somewhat recently towards the end of 2019, and she has been just an absolute sweetheart, and so supportive of me and other artists. Thank you!
I highly recommend you go check her out, say hello and have a look at her beautiful jewelry. You can find her Etsy Shop HERE.


P.S, I actually filmed this clip for a Shoutout Saturday, but forgot to upload it here, so it's a few days late! It has been a while since I’ve done one of these, and I owe so many of you amazing artists a proper shoutout. I promise I will be catching up with you all soon!

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Raffle for the Wildlife Affected by the Australian Bush Fires.

My lovelies, by now you must have heard of the devastation that the Australian bush fires are causing across that whole country. I am taking part in an online Giveaway Raffle in aid of WIRES in an attempt to raise money and awareness. 

The blazes have been burning across Australia for months, scorching homes and destroying entire towns. To date, nearly 18 million acres of land have been burned, most of it bush land, forests and national parks, which are home to the country's native wildlife.
Nearly half a billion animals have been affected by the fires in NSW alone with millions of them expected to be dead, according to ecologists at the University of Sydney. Birds, reptiles and mammals, (not including bats) are among those affected. Insects and frogs, however aren't included in that number, so it will be years before the true toll of this tragedy is known, as fragile ecosystems will fail.



To donate and enter into our Raffle:
Donate via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/creative
📍Donations are taken in Australian Dollars. Currently $1 Australian = £0.52p or $0.69 US$
📍A $1 Australian dollar donation = 1 entry


PLEASE ADD YOUR INSTAGRAM OR OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA IDENTITY/HANDLE TO THE MESSAGE OF SUPPORT/COMMENT WHEN MAKING YOUR DONATION TO ENABLE US TO CONTACT YOU IF YOU ARE THE LUCKY WINNER!!


📍Giveaway ends on the 30th January 2020 and anybody in the world is able to enter/donate!


📍One winner will be contacted on Friday 31st January 2020 and will receive the following in the mail shortly thereafter from each individual maker: 


@driftwoodsails - ‘Together is the place to be’ set of driftwood cottages 
@tinyacornmightyoak - one set of sea themed affirmation cards
@surfandscout - Sterling and Tiger Eye earrings 
@wildvioletstudios - Fa-la-la-la-lama personalised, hanging ornament
@tanya47 - crocheted bunny in the winners choice of colours 
@spiraltidepottery - sea collage wall art 
@suszansart - one set of colourful affirmation cards 
@originalsinart - one pair of ceramic owl earrings 
@zamaviprints - 3 beautiful prints for the home 



Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this and especially to those who donate. And if you can't donate, please share wherever you can so that we can spread the word.

Short Story Anthology Coming SOON!

Hey everyone, I'm so sorry that I haven't written in so long. Between all the art shows I did at the end of the year, and getting ready for our trip to England over Christmas, I just never seemed to find the time! Hopefully this will make up for it a little, and I promise to write more soon. 

I’m thrilled (and a little terrified) to share this exciting news! I will be at the Williamsburg, VA Marscon on Friday 17th January for the official book launch party of the HCS Publishing anthology It Was A Dark And Stormy Night! If you remember, back in May 2019, I shared the news that I had entered a short story contest held by Hatton Cross Steampunk Publishing, and I won a spot in their upcoming anthology. 

Several of the other authors will be there at the launch party too, and some of us will be reading excerpts from our stories, so it’s a great opportunity to meet and greet and maybe pick up a copy of the book and get it signed! You can find out more information about Marscon HERE and I hope that I will see some of you there!





Tuesday, 22 October 2019

How I made my very own Book from Hocus Pocus

Hello my lovelies! I know it's been ages since I've shown you any of my art. I apologise. I've been doing so many events this year that I'm constantly playing catch up it seems. However, I hope this will make up for some of that! As you know, I love Halloween month, and it's fortuitous that Brian has his birthday in October, so we get to have early Halloween parties to celebrate.

This year we decided to do a Hocus Pocus/Salem theme, thanks to my friend Melissa, who came up with it at our party LAST year! (She also came up with next year's theme already, but we'll keep that a secret for now.) Now, since my last name is Sanderson, and I'm a big fan of the movie, I was more than happy to finally become one of the Sanderson Sisters! And since I do have that last name, and was prepared (Obsessive? Compulsive?) enough to shop for my costume by November 1st 2018, I got dibs on being Winifred, haha!

Well, I had the costume for almost a year, but only got around to making Winnie's spell Book recently, as well as practicing my makeup. (I'll do another post about the makeup soon, promise.) Still, I had so much fun with it, and was really proud with how it all came out. 
So, here are a few pics of my step-by-step process, and a video link if you want to see me talking more about it. Happy Halloween everyone!

I was lucky enough to have this awesome fake leather-bound wooden book/box to start from.


The first step was adding layers of paper towel to the front cover, gluing them down with Mod Podge, and then using my fingers to smoosh the layers to make it look more realistic and less flat. I tore the pieces into shapes that approximated the different pieces of skin from the original Book in the film.  


I used a cheap foam eyeball, cut it in half and glued on top of the paper towel, then added small pieces of the paper towel to create eyelids.       


I used Black, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber and Yellow Ochre acrylic paints to paint the "skin".



I used Fimo modeling clay to create the metal embellishments, and added small jeweled eyes.
I used two full square packs for this project.

After the clay was baked, I superglued the pieces to the Book cover.
 


I then painted the clay pieces in Black acrylic. (Pro tip, buy the correct colour of clay in the first place and you won't have to paint it! I'm an idiot.)I continued to paint the "skin" to make it look more realistic.

 


I used gold glass paint outliner to create all the stitches,
and I used a silver metallic wax on the clay embellishments to make them look more realistic.
 



Ta dah!   





Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Handmake My Christmas 2019

That’s right my lovelies - the Instagram Challenge #HandmakeMyChristmas is back! Or at least, will be, one month from today. Many, many thanks to Clare of Surf And Scout for organising this fun event for a second year. This year, we've teamed up with seven other super talented creatives to bring back the photo challenge that focuses on all sorts of different handmade items. It's the perfect way to showcase some of your work, and get started on your Christmas shopping. I know I found so many amazing artists last year, and some very lucky friends and family members were given some beautiful gifts because of this! 


AND, like last year, we will be having a fantastic Giveaway. Each of the nine artists involved will be giving away a handmade item to one overall winner. We are all very excited and hope you are too! And we’d really love you to join in. It's easier than it sounds, just follow the prompts, post a new photo each day, and don't forget to tag that day's host so we can find you! At the end of each day, hosts will pick and post their favourite. An overall winner will then be randomly selected and announced on 10th November.  





Each artist's prize will be announced on 14th October, so stay tuned to see what you could win. In the meantime, you can check out all their work on their respective art pages:


Surf And Scout

Twinkle Designs Scotland

One Little Pug 

Tiny Acorn Mighty Oak

Woolly Wonderland 

Tink And Reu 

Baked And Gilded

Love DnA