Autumn Artisan Market

The Autumn Artisan Market, sponsored by the Rainbow Rebekahs, in Sherwood, Oregon, present a wonderful new handmade market.  This cozy market will occur over the course of two days and feature  many different local handmade artisans.  The Rainbow Rebekahs will have hotdogs and drink on hand midday on Saturday and Saturday morning, they will have handmade fresh yeast raised donuts, know for miles around!

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Artisans that will be participating include:

Symaria Browns Couture Bodycare Creations

The Shaws handmade glass lit pendants – so unique!

Melissa Nash and her painted artworks

Surett J’s Handmade feather earrings  – Love these!

Berniece handmade sewn creations a local favorite – Here you will find those things you didn’t know you needed until you see them.

Pure Pizzazz handmade jewelry a Sherwood local favorite as well – What a selection!

Brianns Handmade soothing neckwraps and other creations – Get these for yourself before the holidays, some real stress relievers!

Lori Randels unique handmade mixed media artworks – One of a kind art, a must have.

Mizzoni’s unique handmade TuTu’s and unique creations

Puthucodes beautiful polymer clay creations

Petersons handmade crystal trees that must be seen and taken home to share for generations.

Winegars sweet infant and child items, beautiful items for those sweet little ones, we all love!

Nuttin Perfects creative holiday wood and rope decor items, I will be shopping here for great holiday decor, that you won’t find at  Target or Walmart for sure!

 

Rainbow Rebekahs

famous handmade fresh

Saturday Donuts!

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Donuts are 50 cents each or a dozen for $6 

Order ahead for larger quantities

Please contact us if you have any questions!

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Beachy Book Pages

I had some fun this weekend at the beach, playing with my book pages, paints and pencils.  I had a vague idea of what I might want to work on, and since I only had a few days, I thought it would be perfect to start some drawing and maybe even color some in with paint.

 

Good thing I had my stuff, the weather ran quite the gamut over the weekend.  First it rained (totally expected, as it is Oregon)  then on Saturday the blessed sun came out, this pushed me outside to absorb the warmth and color! (the whole beach lights up with color when the sun comes out)  Then on Sunday it snowed!   I was greatly amused by the changes in the weather as they were so extreme.  It fit me perfectly, as I never do anything in a logical to others order.   You would think the weather would go in order of sun, rain, snow, not rain sun snow… oh well, chalk it up to the wonders of the world…

Before I left I had finished a drawing and painted it and applied it to my notebook. I used a page from an old book to draw and paint on and then applied it to my notebook using Golden Matte Medium. 

While I was there I drew and painted one for the other side.  This page is also an old book page but you really cannot tell due to the amount of paint used.

I am seemingly obsessed with my little chickens and they seem to come out of the woodwork no matter where I go.  Yes, I even draw in restaurants.  On napkins, you question?  Nope, I carry a tiny wallet type purse, and I have managed to always keep a set of white index cards and a pen in there.   Very handy for when the order takes a while and your companion (read husband) runs out of conversation.

C’est la vie

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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 wrap bracelet for the holidays.

A wrapped or memory wire bracelet is one of the easiest pieces of jewelry to make for a beginner.   You will need one package of memory wire sized for bracelets.  You will also need beads of your choice with holes sized large enough to fit the diameter of the memory wire.   Many seed beads will not work for this unless they are the larger ones.   You will also need a pair of Chain nose pliers. (Click for memory wire source) (Click for source of Pliers)

To start locate one end of your memory wire, then using your pliers bend the end back onto itself. (you can also purchase memory wire bead caps. Click here for a source)  It will form a bit of a loop.  This will stop your beads from coming off the end.

Your typical package of memory wire will allow it to go around your wrist several times.  Take a look and decide how many time you want your to wrap around.   Once you know, cut the memory wire at that point (please don’t use your flush cutter for this, the memory wire will damage them)  I use a pair of cutters meant for memory wire. (Link to Memory wire cutters)

Now that you have your length of wire, start stringing beads onto it, use your imagination, if you don’t like a combination then slide them  off and re do.   You can make this total random or in a pattern with the same size and type of bead. (click for bead source)(Source for lovely Crystals)  It is all about what appeals to you.

Once you have them all strung, use your pliers and bend a loop into the end where you were stringing.  This will hold all the beads onto the wire.

Presto a bracelet!!!

What a great gift!  Or if you used those lovely crystals you have a lovely holiday sparkle bracelet….

 

Happy Holidays!

Sharon

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

 

P.S.  If you just would like to have a lovely Memory Wire Bracelet made for you, I know just the person.   Give her a call or visit her shop on Etsy.       Click here to visit  her shop and contact her via convo Jewelyett

Giving Thanks for all the blessings….

As is usual for this time of year, many of us contemplate what we should be thankful for.   I should be thankful more often, but I don’t always give it much thought.   I get busy and sometimes forget that all could be gone in a flash.

I am Thankful I have not lost any loved ones this year as so many have.  Whether it be a son or Daughter serving our country.   A husband or wife, a Mother or Father, sister or brother or even a child.   My heart reaches out to one and all.

I am thankful that I am in relatively good health as is my family.  That my husband takes care of all things that I do not.  That my daughter is getting to do what she really wanted to do.

I appreciate all of the small pleasures in life, that I get to be creative and experiment with new creations.

That I have good friends and that all of them are doing well.   We have our worries and our trials, but I pray that all will be good and that the upcoming holidays are a blessing to everyone.

I wish for everyone that you can be with the ones you love,  in person or thought.

Let your family know you love them, help someone in need, be kind in your heart and words and develop your understanding mind.   You will only be better for it.  I will try harder this year…

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

Upcycle? Recycle? Reuse? Repurpose?

What does this all mean when you’re a creative person?  Well, for most it means instead of throwing something away, either find another way to use it or put it in the recycle bin.   That is if your community will recycle it.   In some areas of the country there are community reuse places that you can take your, still useful items in hopes that someone else will find your trash to be a treasure.

Near where I am we have a place called Scrap (School Community reuse action program) it is not all that near to me, but I will make a special trip to get there.   Most of the time though I am a shopper there, but thankfully, there are many that make donations to them.   For example they have lots of fabric, upholstery and wallpaper sample books, yarn, tiles, paper, envelopes etc.   All of which are very reusable to make useful and decorative items.   I have picked up many a large fabric sample to make pillow or handbags.   For the longest time they had a barrel full of corks.  I could never figure out what I could make from a cork, but others did because they dwindled down to nothing eventually.

Perhaps one of my favorite spots is the book and magazine corner, where you can find books and magazines for pennies.   Or the paper corner where you buy office paper for 25 cents an inch.   (measured by the height of your stack)  Sometimes you can find envelopes with no return address, those are great!   But they also have some with a return address which are easily upcycled by sticking your address sticker over theirs.   Scrap keeps so much stuff out of landfills each year just by redistributing it, that they deserve a recycle award!   Besides I have no idea where I would find a barrel of corks or belt blanks to be re-purposed. Would you?

Just recently I incorporated some glossy cardstock from Scrap into my gift tags.  The original sheets were 8 1/2 x 22, so required some cutting down before I could punch them.   It took longer to punch them as they are pretty sturdy, but it was worth it.  The paper is wonderful with my tags.   It embossed beautifully and I am very happy with it.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tree Ornament Gift tag

 

I encourage everyone to donate to their local reuse program and to shop there.   You just never know what you will find…

P.S. I found one in San Francisco too..  Scrap (Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Art Parts)  Love it!!

To see more please visit my shop on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/SharonOrella

Have a great day!

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. . .