Free Giveaway in Appreciation!

In celebration of almost 1000 likes on my Facebook Page, I will be giving away one of my jewelry pieces.  To be in the running all you have to do is like my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/sharonorellaArt.  Please feel free to leave me a note when you do, I love to hear from folks.

To see what you could win check out my website at www.sharonorelladesigns.com.       Tell your friends and if they like my page they will be int he running as well.  It is only about 20 people to reach 1000…  Good Luck!

Bag, Bags and More Bags

I am always on the hunt for hand bags, purses, accessories that hold more accessories, by whatever name you call them, they are essentially bags.   Here are some of my favorite hand crafted bags made in America.  My criteria, you ask… well… Leather construction, bags must be lined, have a good shape and plenty of room.  (Each image is a link to where you can purchase the bag, if you are so inclined)

Double Zipper Bag in Sand

Madeline Chadwick Handbags Based in Los Angeles

Genuine leather. Silver hardware. Two open interior pockets and one zipper pocket. Custom lining.

 

SALE - Ready to ship - Larch leather bag in black

Handmade by ValhallaBrooklyn     Larch bag in buttery soft and sturdy black pebble grain premium grade cow hide

 

Everyday Bag

Handmade by ContraBandCouture      Butterscotch brown with, Two pockets on the faux gator inserts outside,  front and back along with three pockets on the inside paisley print lining.

 

 

Red Rose & Thorn Lasercut Lambskin Leather Ruffle Crossbody Bag

Handmade by DahlingAccessories

Red rose super soft lambskin lined with gray woven fabric. Ruffle flap at front with steel spike details.  Inside flap is grey Italian leather. Magnetic snap closure. Red leather reinforced crossbody strap that can be tied at end to adjust length. Inner pocket.   Fully lined. Dahling satin inside label on pocket.

 

Luella Bag Custom Color Option

Handmade by LolaFalkDesigns and made to order  Custom color bag

Exterior: Leather
Lining and Interior Pocket: Cotton
Closure: Metal Zipper
Adjustable Strap: Leather (can be lengthened/shortened to be worn cross-body or over shoulder)

Wearing your words….

I was thinking today about my friend Adam.  I have known him for a few years now and have always been impressed with his artistic sense.   He is a pretty down to earth kind of guy, no pretense and generally a pretty happy dude.   I met him at the Art Gallery, he is a really wonderful photographer, that despite being so young, photographs in a  very old school way.   However, it wasn’t his photography that I was thinking about today, it was his screen printing.

 

Adam has dabbled in screen printing for a long time..   He has always had T-shirts with messages up by the collar or the pocket or the front or the back… you get the point I am sure.   Whenever I asked him; hey where did you get that shirt?  His answer was always, I made it!   I love that!   The making of things when you need them, when there  just isn’t anything out there just like how you want it.

 

I was not surprised when he kicked off his screen printing business, nor was I surprised to see that it reflects the different parts of his personality.   Just the name Serigraph Monotone.   Meaning of serigraph being an “original silk-screen color print” and monotone meaning  “a succession of syllables, words, or sentences in one unvaried key or pitch”.    One of his prints is “I produce top notch free hugs” and one of the others is “Hug your local mail carrier”  now not all of his shirts are about hugs he has many other sayings as well.   The best part is that he prints on each shirt by hand and with care to make it just right.  You gotta love that!

 

You can find him on facebook where he models some of his shirts and shows off some photo’s of equipment.  You can reach him directly via email at Serigraphmonotone@gmail.com.

 

If you have words you want to wear, talk to Adam….

 

 

Die Cut Fabric easy

Are you a scrapbooker that has invested in one of the die cutting systems like Sizzix or one of the others?   Are you looking to stretch how you use this equipment?   Wow, I am starting to sound like a company rep!

Ok, I have a couple of these die cut pieces of equipment and I love them.   I found out recently that the quilting world has one as well for cutting fabric.   This made me wonder if the one I have for paper would cut fabric.   It does.   It opened a whole new world for me, it made me think about how I could use fabric instead of paper for projects.

Now here is the disclaimer, that I do this at my own risk to damage to my dies.  If you choose to do this and it results in damage to your dies etc, I am not liable.  It is your choice to do so.

First iron a sewable fusible on the back of your fabric.   Cut the fabric into pieces the size of your die.   Run it through your machine.   VIOLA! you now have a pre-cut fusible that you can iron onto any other fabric.

I used sewable fusible because I wanted to be able to sew through the applique after it was applied, without gumming up my machine needle.

With some of the letter embroidery sewing machines out there, you could embroider the fabric, apply the fusible, then die cut out any shape you have on hand.

Too much fun!!!

Easy Charm Bracelet for the holidays

Easy charm bracelet that you can make as a gift or bedazzle it for your own holiday attire.   All you need is a chain that you like with links big enough for fit a lobster clasp in the links.    Here are some sources for the supplies (its also a good way to see what each item is):

Lobster Clasps – These Open and close and you will attach to your chain

Hanging charms – 5-12 charms that you will attached a split ring to.

Chain – This is the base of your bracelet to which you will attach the open part of the lobster clasps.

Split  rings –  These are just like key chain rings only much smaller.   You will want one of these for each charm, and 2 extra potentially for the ends of your chain and I always get 2 more than that to lose in the carpet…

How to:

Now that you have all of your supplies.

Put one charm on each Split ring.

Attach the split ring to the round portion of the lobster clasp.

Attach the open portion of the lobster clasp to a link on the bracelet chain.

(if your bracelet chain is not already equipped with a closure to hold it on your wrist.   You can attach a split ring to one end of the bracelet and then attach that split ring to a lobster clasp. )

The open end of that lobster clasp can then be opened and attached to the other end of the chain when you wear the bracelet.

The great thing about this type of bracelet is that you can switch out the charms as easily as you can undo a clasp.

Give it a try!!

Happy Holidays!!

Sharon

http://www.etsy.com/shop/SharonOrella

If you would rather have someone make it for you, then send me a convo on Etsy with 2 week lead time and I can make you a custom bracelet or a bracelet kit.  I will just need to know what theme you want and the size of your wrist.

Confessions of a Magazine addict….

Yes, it is hard to say, but I am a magazine addict.  I think I come by it honestly, genetically, from my mother’s side of the family.   I wasn’t always one, there was a time when I only bought the occasional holiday Magazine to make a cookie recipe or for a decorative technique to spruce  up the holidays.   Mostly, I think that was because there was no money for magazines and the choice was limited.   I remember visiting my aunts in my early twenties, one had magazines in every possible cupboard (even in the bathroom, yes no towels in the linen closet, just magazines).  My other Aunt had a special VERY  long cabinet (like 15 feet long) that the entire bottom had her collection of magazines.   I could not fathom, why they would have SO many, at the time.

I promised myself that I would never be that bad.  Then I met my husband, who read several different magazines, and convinced me to subscribe to a quilt magazine that I had been picking up at the drugstore.  Now this was before there were tons of these on the shelves like there are now.  It was difficult to find a quilt magazine with block patterns at the time.   So, I subscribed, and I saved every issue, they were like books to me.   It was all I subscribed to for about 4 years.   Then quilt magazines started coming out more and more and I subscribed at one time to about 6 of them.   I kept them all, think I would get to all the lovely patterns inside them.   I did actually sit down and go through them looking for patterns for several years and was greatly inspired by them.   That was my downfall, the inspiration factor.   It wasn’t that I would always make something from the patterns inside them, it was that I would be inspired to make something similar with my own twist, that was the addiction making itself evident.

I stuck with Quilt magazines for about 10 years as I practiced my craft.   It was then that I found the courage to finally toss the first 4 years of Quilt magazines.   I realized I had stopped referencing them and had no space for them, so off they went.  To the garage, where they languished for about a year, before I could let them fully go.   It was also around this time that I started expanding my artistic horizons and was inspired by painting and other hobbies.   I eventually stopped all my quilting subscriptions except for ones that came out only a couple of times a year so that I could keep a hand in the quilt world.

Now, I subscribe to beading and paper and Quilt magazines.   I save most of them, they are inspiring when I feel like creating.   But, I have to be careful, if I feel like working with paper and open a  beading magazine the two will collide and I will begin to try to merge the two.  Sometimes this is ok, and other times a complete disaster.   Like ironing fusible to wrapping paper and then trying to iron it onto paper.   Did you know paper warps badly when heated?  I do….

Have a great week and if you have time check out some of my new tags on etsy… Click here

Here are some pictures of some of my newer tags for the holidays. . .

Paper, Oh beautiful paper…

Being a creative type I am always imagining what I could do with all of the different supplies available these days. As of late I have been really working the paper.   With all of the punches available these days and the beautiful papers, it very hard to resist creating something from paper.   How far we have come, from making fortune tellers and paper cranes as kids to beautiful tags and cards to express our feeling for one another.   It occurred to me that having one of those fortune tellers available (in a more grown up version, well sorta) might not be a bad idea during these times.    But instead of having fortunes like,  Jimmy loves Amanda or You must jump up and down 15 times, we could have more positive affirmations.   Perhaps something like, you future holds great potential for growth, or a loved one will honor you or you are loved.  Or even limerick ones or one word daily aspirations.   I was inspired from the daily aspirations by a basket a co worker has on her desk.  It is full of little strips of paper that each have a positive message and you pick one out and it is yours for the day.   It is a pick you up, mentally, when a day has been stressful as they can sometimes be.   We all need a sense of fun in our day and what better way then to channel that child from long ago that knew how to play simply and have fun.  I challenge you to take a an hour or two, an evening or a day and play.  No expectations, no responsibilities just doing what you want when you want, and how you want.   Enjoy….