Making Displays

When you’re working on a very strict budget, you kind of have to work with what you have. I used to sell jewelry (one of those party plan businesses) so I have a couple of displays I used to use for that. But they are old and inadequate for displaying all the different items I make. I’ve found necklace racks on sale. Shoot! I even found some really great Halloween decorations I was able to use as displays. I purchased those at a discount store on clearance and got them for a pittance! Anyway, I found this really great blog post by BluKatKraft about an interesting display idea: DIY Decoupage Mannequin Head Crafts. I fell in love with the project. I have made 3 fabulous medieval head-pieces. People look at them curiously because they don’t look like necklaces. But they’re just not sure what to think of those two loose ends without clasps. And only once in a while will you find people willing to ask questions about your products.

I decided to try to tackle this project when I could purchase the mannequin head. My boss at my part-time job is awesome. She saw the post I shared on facebook and gave me a mannequin head to try out the project. I started working on Pianola Saturday afternoon and she’s almost complete. She radiates a ‘Steampunk’ sort of feeling, so I chose a musical instrument that went along with that genre. (After all, putting so much time and effort into her, I couldn’t leave her nameless!) I asked John if I could use some of his more artistic prints to create the base for my project and he agreed. I printed out the ones I wanted to use on regular printer paper. I honestly wasn’t sure how that would work, or how well the ink would stay on. I did experience the ink bleeding a little in the darker areas but it was an overall success. I’ll post the finished product picture as soon as I get all the embellishments on but here is the base covered with the papers I used and 2 coats of Mod Podge. The girls and John said she was ‘creepy but in a cool way.’ I think I can deal with that. I wonder if customers will be able to? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. The girls want to try making one, too, so I’ll be looking around for more mannequin heads in the near future.

She'll be complete with makeup, eyelashes, and a wig by the time I'm finished.

She’ll be complete with makeup, eyelashes, and a wig by the time I’m finished. One thing I truly love about this project is that it will not only display my talents, but also John’s!

The next time I make a display project, I’d like to try one of the frames with screen attached so I can better display all the earrings I’ve made. Then I’ll be able to use my current displays for showcasing the girls’ bookmarks, mine and John’s key chains, and my barrettes. It’ll be lots of fun, I’m sure!

Ideas can be life-changing.  Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.”  ~Jim Rohn

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Striped awning photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ used with permission

Striped awning photo by J.D. Kittles Photography ~ used with permission

Quoteful Saturday: Teamwork

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.”  ~Kenyan Proverb

Teamwork is the ability to work as a group toward a common vision, even if that vision becomes extremely blurry.”  ~Author Unknown

Many hands make light work.”  ~John Heywood

Regardless of differences, we strive shoulder to shoulder… [T]eamwork can be summed up in five short words:  “We believe in each other.” ” ~Author Unknown

In union there is strength.”  ~Aesop

All of today’s quotes were found on this page at Quote Garden. I hope they inspire you as much as they inspire us.

Fabulous Friday Interim Post

We have been extremely busy lately. John and I are celebrating 20 years together this year so we’ve been making preparations to celebrate. Today’s post will only have quotes and music. But next week, we’ll be adding back the usual promos. In the past few days, John has been trying out time lapse photography and sharing some pretty awesome footage. You can check those out at his blog. And he’s out tonight in the terrible weather attempting to catch some interesting weather shots and/or another bit of time lapse awesomeness.

The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds – they mature slowly.”  ~Peter De Vries

Weather is a great metaphor for life — sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad, and there’s nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella”. ~Terri Guillemets

A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity.  The order varies for any given year.”  ~Paul Sweeney



Quoteful Saturday: Springtime

Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are the morning yawn.”  ~Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”  ~Mark Twain

Awake, thou wintry earth –
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!”
~Thomas Blackburn, “An Easter Hymn”

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”  ~Proverb

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”  ~Anne Bradstreet

All of today’s quotes were found on this page at Quote Garden.

Fabulous Friday 32

John here with your 32nd Fabulous Friday. With that, the first Fabulous Friday shout out goes to Gavin Hoey, who is a British photographer/Photoshop teacher on YouTube. I’ve used a few of his tutorials when I needed help editing some of my pictures. I used one of his tutorials to explain a good way to do a timelapse sequence. Check out his channel for some really good photography/Photoshop tips.

The second Fabulous Friday shout out goes to the Crowley Art Gallery in Crowley, Louisiana. This is a place where local artists can display their work. It also provides an opportunity to learn how to paint and become an artist. If you are ever in the area, stop by and checkout this nice little art gallery of local artists.

If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you. – Les Brown

“Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” – Les Brown

And my music choice for today is one of my favorite groups P.O.D. and the video is Beautiful. I hope you like it


This Year’s Projects

This year will be full of projects for us to tackle. John’s doing his 365 project, focusing on the use of different textures. We have a senior who is focusing on finishing up high school. And I will be tackling several sewing projects, as well as a few new chainmail projects.

I think our style for this year’s Irving Award Ceremony (local theater event) went over pretty well and, of course, I’ll have to attempt to top it at next year’s event. No, not really. I just really enjoy making beautiful things and fancy things and fanciful things that no one else in their right minds would attempt. My problem with formal dresses is that they never make them to fit right. If I’m lucky, I’ll find one in a color I like and a style I can stomach. I almost never find exactly what I want. But for a special occasion, shouldn’t the attire be something you truly like, something that adds to the fun? So I’ve determined to do my best to never buy another formal. I’m already making the lists for the three dresses and the preliminary designs are recorded. In addition to three dresses, I’ll also be making a dress coat and two vests. I’ve started pricing fabrics and findings…

And face paint for sensitive skin. My girls and I have sensitive skin and eyes. It’s really hard for us to find cosmetics that don’t irritate our eyes. I searched online for face paint that is specifically made for people with sensitive skin.  I knew it had to exist somewhere because there have got to be actors and actresses out there who can’t use just /any/ makeup. And I found it. Finally! It’s a bit on the pricey side, but if it works it will be worth every penny. So I’ll buy one to try. If it works, I’ll purchase a little at a time until I get all the colors I’ll need for any occasion.

I won’t say too much more about the upcoming projects but I will say there will be scales, gold tissue lame, and sequin dot fabric involved, as well as a pretty marvelous gold silk brocade fabric I’ve been holding onto for a few years.

Follow your passion, and success will follow you.” ~Terri Guillemets


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Pink rose on black and white background photo by J.D. Kittles Photography and used with permission

Pink rose on black and white background photo by J.D. Kittles Photography and used with permission – Please visit his blog to see more of his fantastic work!