Jul 29, 2013

Beard Accessories

I realize it's still July but I'm going to speak of it as if it has already passed because, boy, was July a busy month.  Lots of trips, lots of things on the calendar, lots of to-do lists.  Some were pleasant some were not. But they are done and I am happy!  My calendar this week has only one event scheduled and I'm going to try my hardest to keep it cleared.

So, as I adjust to a normal life again I thought I'd post something that just makes me smile.

Bug and Jet decided my flower hair pins weren't just for hair but that they would look great in beards too.

Nate the Great (a.ka. the Urban Sasquatch - a term my brother coined) was a perfect sport and a great beard model.  He is very proud of his beard after all and I do say the girls decorated it quite nicely!  Maybe the boys over at Duck Dynasty would like some too?!  I could make them in camo colors.  

In all seriousness though, the Etsy shop is back open.  I closed it for a few weeks and I know from emails that some of you have been waiting for it to re-open.... thank you for your patience.   I did make some changes, I took some items out and will no longer be offering them but the flower pins have all been restocked!

Jul 19, 2013

Shimmer, Shiny!

It seems my CLAY PENDANTS are gaining new life.  Even though my original post is over two years old, there has been lots of Pinterest pinning going on and I've had some questions emailed in about them, too.  Because of this I thought I'd show you all a quick little twist and something else that is fun to do with them. Polymer clay is really fun to work with because you can finish it in a lot of different ways. 

If you are familiar with my pendants you know that I usually use colored clay and then give them an antique look by adding in some brown paint.  Then I varnish them and call it good.  But something else that is fun is to make them with white clay, then paint them with the brown paint and before you varnish them, add in some shimmery color.  Here's what I mean...

I love, love, love Lumiere.  It's a metallic acrylic paint that is super easy to use.  In the photo above I have a clay pendant that I stamped, baked, and painted with the brown paint.  I then wiped off the brown paint  everywhere but leaving it in the grooves of the design.  (if you want more info, you can read up on the original tutorial here:  http://www.thenshemade.com/2011/08/word-pendant-tutorial.html)  Then I took a little drop of gold Lumiere and just painted it on the petals of the flower. 

I really don't think the photo does it justice but the Lumiere has a really great shimmer, shiny finish to it that is awesome!  And, once you get the varnish on it, it looks even better.

Here's a finished pendant I did with some little blue Forget-me-not flowers.

And, as you know, I just celebrated a special day with my Mr. K so I made some Christmas ornaments and I used the paint to add a little grey shimmer - just a really light coat - to the temples and then some gold to the tops.  Love them!  It's just the right touch to dress them up.

So there you go.  If you've tried your hand at the clay pendants using the color clay, now you can try them in white and add some shimmer, shiny of your own.


* This was not a sponsored post - just a fun product to use if you like to play with clay.

Jul 14, 2013

Compliments to the Creative Crafter & I'm Back

I've been a way for a bit.  Trying to put things in order, spend time with family, and I even took a small and very short trip to a neighboring state to pick up Miss M from a youth camp.  We ended up having a few people we love find their way to the hospital while we were gone and we didn't get to see everyone we wanted but it's ok.  It's all good now and life here at Then She Made can now get back to normal.  

Before I start sharing my own crafts again, I did want to do a couple of shout out to some very creative crafters.  Last year when I went to pick up Miss M  I took a small detour on the way home and hit up the Farmer's Market in down town Salt Lake City, Utah.  It's by far my most favorite things to do while I'm in Utah.  It runs every Saturday morning in the summer right in the heart of SLC and they take a whole city block and divide it up.  The south half is all craft and artists and the North half is produce and food and sometimes in the middle they have musicians. It's fun!

Roaming booth to booth on the craft side fills me with so much inspiration and also respect.  I totally love and respect those artist who have a vision and are willing to put their talent out there.  I wish so badly I could support every one of them and purchase something from them all but I can't.  So, instead, I set a budget and usually find one booth to support.  Here's what I bought last year - we still love this little guy!

This year I found a very talented jewelry maker that just made me giddy.  He upcycles all his materials.  He uses only recycled and salvaged materials and all his pieces are hand crafted, hand forged, and eco friendly. I was pretty impressed and he was even making some items right on site so you could see him work.  It was cool.

(photos by me, rings by Tattooed Tinker Studio)

I bought the ring on the right and Miss M bought the one on the left.  Aren't they awesome.  I also would have loved some of his bracelets but will have to grab those next time.  

So, my compliment to the creative crafter goes to the Tattooed Tinker Studio

If you happen to be in SLC on a Saturday morning go find him at the Farmer's market and if you aren't in SLC just go find him online.  He has an Etsy shop but it is currently listed as on vacation so check out his website instead.

And, my next compliment to the creative crafter really goes to an author but since writing is a craft I think it counts.  A big, huge CONGRATS, to my sister-in law Joy.  She writes pretty amazing stories and had one chosen and published in a children's compilation book called:

Joy's story is called Kingdom of Dragons and we are so excited that her talents get to be shared with so many.  If you love to read to your child there are 31 short stories in this book by varies authors.  You can buy it in either Kindle form or in paperback at Amazon.  Seriously, go check it out!

That's all for now.  I'll be back to sharing my own work and tutorials soon!

***  Also, please know I was not paid or asked to feature any of these items.  I just like to share and when I find something I love I think other people should find out about them too .... Enjoy!

Jul 9, 2013

Feedburner Hiccup!

Yesterday I did some blog updates and in doing so I guess Feedburner took that as a cue to send out random old posts.  It's done this before but I don't know why.  So, if you got an email with a post title "Almost There" yesterday my sincere apologies, that is an old post. 

In the mean time, here's a new post....

 Happy Anniversary to me and my Mr. K!


We hit the 20 year mark!  

There's a great line in an Indigo Girls song that I think fits our relationship.  It says, 

"If we ever leave a legacy it's that we loved each other well!  

And with that, I'm taking a few days off to celebrate my marriage and spend time with my kiddos.  My Etsy shop has opened back up but orders won't be shipped until next week. 

Jul 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

(Bangor Maine fireworks, 2001 - photo by Kenton Williams)

We are having a really laid back day.  My hubby had to work - which was lame.  His company does holidays so weird, he doesn't get any of them off unless he takes it out of his vacation time.  Christmas?  Nope!  Thanksgiving?  Nope!  It's so strange, we love his job but we also like to save up his vacation time so unless we have something big planned, he works on holidays.  Ya, so that was a long explanation.... anyway the short story, we aren't doing much celebrating.  We did sneak away and do a family photo shoot for some friends and we are having a family movie night.  Plus, as the sky darkens we are thinking about stepping into the neighboring field to watch some city fireworks in the distance. It's all good.  I hope your day has been good too!

On a more serious note, just a shout out to my Maine friends, my heart goes out to you and all those in the Bangor area who are hurting right now from the parade mishap.  Such a sad thing to have happen on a day of such joy.  The Bangor area was my home for quite awhile.  In fact, my first 4th of July in Maine we watched fire works not far from the parade route.  So I send my love all the way back to Maine today.

Also, just a heads up, starting this coming Saturday, July 6th, I'm going to be putting my Etsy shop into vacation mode.  I'm needing some time with my family so if you wanted anything, the shop's open for two more days and then it will be closed for awhile.

Be safe and Happy 4th!

Jul 1, 2013

Miss M and the Creative People Who Love Her

Today was a celebration day at our house.  For the past 16 days we've been faithfully doing our 16 day countdown to when Miss M turns 16.  Every morning I'd go down to her room and give her a new envelope to open.  I even made sure she had her envelopes while she was away at Girls Camp and youth Conference.

It's been super fun to countdown with her and we made it - she is now officially 16!

It's been a fun day.  She has had wishes, and gifts, and phone calls, and texts and even some special deliveries. But the two things that stand out most are the gifts from some really creative and talented people, and to be honest, I'm sooo jealous!  

All I can say is it's good to have friends that are crazy talented!  Here's what I mean.

The door bell rang this afternoon and there stood one of Miss M's good friends and her mom with this delicious looking thing in their hands.  Doesn't it give a whole new meaning to FRUIT CAKE?  I think, yes!    Miss M and her friend were joking last week while at youth conference about having a watermelon cake and  that's just exactly what it is - they made her a cake out of watermelon, yum!  I'm so keeping this idea, I love it!  Super creative!

And, can you see this cute bag?  It was left wrapped up on our door step last week but Miss M was gone so we didn't know who it was from or what it was.  When Miss M opened the gift I'm quite certain all the females in my household squealed with delight.  I've thought about trying to steal  borrow it from her but I will wait until tomorrow when it isn't her birthday - cause I'm nice like that.  This bag was made especially for Miss M by a family friend and I so admire her talent.  She is an amazing seamstress.  The bag is so well made and it is so cute!  Plus, she nailed it perfectly to match Miss M's style and taste.  

See what I mean?  I'm so glad we have creative and talented friends who bless my daughter with their love.  

Now, actually, here's some more creative and talented people....

Ah, Mr. K makes an appearance on Then She Made...  he creatively put together a little video tribute.  The end, where it shows her from day 1 chronologically growing up makes me all teary!  

Oh, and let's not forget that I'm kind of creative too.  Look what I made in photoshop ...

Ya, just keepin' it real people.  Just keepin' it real!

(please know she was showing us what it is like to be a velociraptor, something she and her friends were doing at camp, and lucky for us we had the camera in hand.  She gave me full permission to post this photo - I love that she doesn't take herself too seriously and likes to be silly and fun)   

Happy Birthday Miss M and thank you to all who helped her to have a great day!