Wednesday, November 10, 2010
This gun used to be a key chain. I had this forever. It is metal and the trigger works, like a pop gun. The gun is black and the trigger and accents are antique copper.
I added two skull beads and attached an antique copper over sized clasp all on a black chain.
Monday, November 8, 2010
I have a vintage dressing table. The one with a big mirror in the middle and three drawers on each side. It is soo cool. My husband found it up in NY and gave it to me for Christmas.
It did not have a bench so I have been using a wicker chair that I had. Normally these things have a cute little bench. I have been trying to find one......old vintage style, not modern and never could find anything I liked.
Today, during my thrift store browsing there it was! It is solid metal. I got this for $15 and with a discount I ended up paying $12!!! SO HAPPY! These usually run anywhere between $40 - $80 if not more new.
I am thinking of recovering it with a vintage fabric to go with my dressing table and spray painting the metal the color to match. For now, I will leave it until I settle on one idea! I am just happy I finally found somthing.
I soooo love thrift stores and finding a great deal!!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The year is coming to an end and another one is going to start. The New Year brings to people a reason to make the ever so famous "New Years Resolutions" I am going to exercise more, eat right and travel more are usually on the top 10
This coming year I will be turning 40. I guess I am OK with that. I don't look 40 and don't really feel it. That is due to the good Sicilian blood flowing in my veins ;) The only list I plan on making is "What I want to accomplish in my 40's" list. I will post that one in a couple of months. It will be something I plan on adding to here and there, but ultimately it is the list of things I want to accomplish during that decade.
As for the title of this post, reboot yourself. There are always things you don't like about yourself. Bad habits, weight, diet, your hair, clothes....whatever. If you don't like something, don't wait to start on the New Year, reboot yourself and do it now! Your computer is slow or freezes, you don't wait to reboot it.....and you should not wait to reboot yourself. Keep a little calendar or a notebook and jot down your milestones along the way.......if you quit smoking mark the 5th day, 6th day or 30th day that you have gone without.
There is no time like the present to update, change or "reboot" yourself. Are you waiting for that career change? Do it. Take charge and reboot it!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Robert Lee Frost
Born: March 26, 1874
Place: San Francisco, California
Died: January 29, 1963
Place: Boston, Massachusetts
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
(Given our natural talent for rationalizing, there will probably be far more than one.)
There will always be a reason you shouldn't change jobs. There will always be a reason you shouldn't start a business. There will always be a reason you shouldn't go to New York to attend art school.
So you have a choice.
You can wait until you no longer have a reason to avoid making an uncomfortable change (which isn't going to happen) or you can accept that your mind will always conjure up a reason why you need to play it safe and you can stop listening.
It's not an easy choice. Most people opt for the comfort of the routine. Sure, they'd like to make a shift, but that's scary. Better to stay snug in the same old pattern.
More comfortable? Possibly. But certainly not the way to live your life.
If you're waiting for that moment when the stars align and you feel 100% confident and comfortable about doing something new, stop.
You'll be waiting for the rest of your life.
Remember: There will always be a reason not to do something.
So do it anyway.
If you want to live your passion..........JUST DO IT!!
Monday, October 11, 2010
It is done! Once of the pieces I created, I turned into a necklace. These are two copper circles that I sifted a few different colors on. The two sides that are shown are blue and orange the the other side I have a red and brown. I can mix these around a bit if I choose.
I have it on a copper chain with a couple of glass beads to compliment the colors. I had to add a dang-ly piece on each side.......I love things that dangle, it is so fun and gives it a little movement.
Not to bad for my first project. I am moving on the saw out of copper vintage ladies, a martini and wine glass etc. Fun Fun Fun!!!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Are you living your life
as someone who is healthy,
happy and vibrant
or someone who is
sick, angry, and sad?
If it is the latter,
it's because your being a victim,
KNOCK IT OFF! The best way to turn
that shit around
is to make a list of all the things
in your life you are grateful for.
Every single one of them.
Bask in your gratitude all day long!
The more we appreciate the better we will feel. :)
Friday, July 16, 2010
I think I am going to turn this into a necklace.........:)
The best thing about summer is flowers and lovely gardens. I just created this piece not to long ago. It is a pink enamal flower on a copper chain. Very simple and fun. It reminds me of summer.
This is another flower piece. The flower pendent has an egyptian spiral wrap that attaches the flower to the beads. The copper wine brings out the brown and copper tones on the beads....love it.
Both available at my Etsy shop! Check them out!
Monday, July 12, 2010
The more I create, the more inspired I feel. I can't tell you the last time it was that I went shopping at a department store or mall to buy clothing or jewelry. I don't need to run out and buy the latest and greatest trend. I use to, and all it got me was wasted money and a sense of disappointment after the newness wore off so shortly after the purchase. I have learned not to buy into all the commercial hype. It is garbage and not needed. Ever since this change.....I feel lighter....
When you buy handmade, you are supporting someones dreams and hard work. When you buy Indie, you are getting one of a kind piece of art! How cool is that? These artists really are so appreciative of your purchase. It feels good. I really do not like supporting mass productions. I will spend my money on a more deserving community.
I also support local farmers markets. If I am not growing it myself, I will buy from the locals. It is healthier and tastier. I am gravitating more towards an organic diet. The hormones, pesticides, and processed foods are a real turn off. I feel healthier and not so sluggish. You can change also, you have to start small. Change one thing at a time....Rome was not built in a day ;) If you change a few things in your diet you are ahead of the game. Maybe eat fresh fruit in the morning or snack on veggies for a start. You can even do something as simple as replacing a can of soda with water.
So this change I have been going through the past year is a good one. I am so glad I got into the Indie world and am so very appreciative of my crafty artsy people I have met along the way. The world is a much brighter and healthier place!
Is there any change you made in your life that makes you feel like a new person?
Sunday, July 11, 2010
This is a recycle piece with vintage flair. We were getting rid of an old door and I saved the brass decorative plates. I just new I could make something out of it.
I love skeleton keys. I love the old look. I wonder how many doors they have opened and imagine how cool it must have been to live in the olden days. I like to think of keys as symbolic. Such as a positive energy, when your looking to pass from an old situation and into a new one. I like to look ahead and "unlock the secrets" of new things.
Collecting skeleton keys is one of my many obsessions. They are hard to find, but when I do, it is such a satisfaction.
Monday, June 28, 2010
You are in control: of your life, your opportunities, your ability to enact change in this world.
Use your creativity, your outside-of-the-box point of view to make something happen today. Stop wishing for change, stop envisioning a better world, stop hoping for a shift of power.
Seize control. Take your ideas to the street and demand to be heard.
If you are a consumer, use consumption to take control. If are a creator, use innovation to overpower the status quo.
We all as Artists get into these frumps. Everyday life can do that to
us. It is when we come across a post, a quote or someone who says something like the above that instantly gives me this recharge! I wanted to pass it along. Hopefully it inspires you as well.
I have not blogged in a while so this is what has been going on with me.....
Yesterday I spent the day with an artist friend of mine, Kat Allison. We dyed fabrics like muslin and china silk. She also taught me a little bit about screen printing and
mixing my own dyes. It is very fun to do. My hands have red dye on them still.........gives me a very arty look :)
I was fumbling around in my studio the other day and put together a piece with scraps. It is my favorite piece at the moment, my circle eternity necklace.
This necklace I wore at the local Etsy party we had for Etsy's birthday. This is going to be part of a flower line I am creating. I should be posting this necklace on Etsy soon......I have someone who may be interested...yeah! We will see.....
I am continuing with my silver jewelry class. I am working on some copper pieces. I figure I spend this year learning and working on inventory so I will be better equipped for shows next summer.....Besides this I am spending my weekends walking around farmer markets and laying on the beach....enjoy the simple things in life and absorbing all the earth has to offer!
The other week was my birthday. My husband knows how much I love Marilyn so they got together and order me this cake!!
It took me a day or so to cut into it, but they took a picture of it for me and had it framed.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I feel that as artists, we often get into rutts and wonder if anyone else gets like this and how to get out of it. One of my questions to Tammy was "What inspires you? Here is an excerpt:
What most inspires you?
Nature, water. I love solitude and quiet. My office/studio looks out over the Sarah Creek and York River. I get to watch the Heron feed, red wing black birds nest ,boats coming and going and the wonderful sunsets. Almost everything comes from this. I recently took Kat Allison and Cindy Yost’s class at Art and Soul, a new medium for me. The energy from other artists gives us so much and renews us from day to day chores. I will go into my studio late at night, when no one is around. This seems to be the most valuable time for me to put things into action. I always look at other artist’s work. I do not copy their designs, but I carry a sketchbook in my purse and take notes or draw out my interpretation of the concept
I love her answer on this, because I believe we all pull energy and inspirations from other people. People and our daily surroundings are great sources. If we carry a sketchbook or a journal with us, we can capture life's moments at any given time.
Sometimes we just have to stop and take in what is around us and breath........
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Well, this is my first pendant from my silversmith class. I am pretty proud. It is a great class and I love doing this.
It takes a lot of time, but like anything else, the more I work with it the better and faster I will get. I must say the polishing part took the longest. It was hard for me to detect the fire scale. I am still working on this piece. I have to add the wire up top. Normally a bale will go there, but I decided to use wire because of the bottom pieces of brass, silver and copper. I need to stamp those pieces. I figure I will stamp them with the name of my soy making candles project.......coming soon! :)The stone needs to be set in the bezel. Once all this is finished and polished to perfection I will post detail pictures........
Monday, May 17, 2010
Everything will be fine, just put on a little lipstick!
Mangia! Don't worry about the calories, life is too short.
Eat Fresh Food, get rid of the processed crap!
Red Wine...drink it
Have a strong Family
Enjoy your life, surround yourself with friends and famiies.....have fun little gatherings
Appreciate Each day and Have fun
Be Happy, Hopeful and optimistic.....no need to be miserable, remember, everything will be fine, just put on a little lipstick.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I cannot define myself in one label. I think that we are so many things and having to be "labeled" can seem so negative.
I am so many things; Mom, Wife, Friend, Tech, daughter, designer, crafter, Creator, silversmith......the list goes on. I could have a different label everyday dependinng on my mood, LOL. The one I like, that best describes me to date is "Student Of Life". I am constantly learning. I need to educate myself from others, books, the web etc. That is a label I could live with....for the moment :)
Thursday, May 6, 2010
My husband made this fireplace for me. It is great!! He took some left over slate that we had when we redid our kitchen and put it on the top of the fireplace.
Finished product! We just have to grout it now. This fireplace will sit on another section of our yard as soon as we get our granite patio done. We were given big huge slabs! Can't wait for it to be done!!
This year we did the red mulch in our back yard. It used to be filled in with stone, but over the years it just got to much debris from the pine needles etc. We decided to do the mulch. It really pad the backyard pop!
I love to have a nice backyard were I can just sit and enjoy the weather and views! It has been a long time since we really gave our backyard TLC!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
From here journal:
© Eva Dien Brine Markvoort 2006-2010
Mar. 22nd, 2010 at 12:49 AM
making the effort this evening to sit up in a chair
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I love this one! This is a flower ring on a copper piece with a white peal bead. This is in the process of being made still. I am also working on a few flower necklaces that should be done this weekend. Yeah! I already have someone who wants dibs on the flower necklaces. Sooo cool!
These two girls are vintage buttons. Aren't they beautiful! They are so fun to wear! The redone was scoffed up already by my friend. I have another one to make of her......These will be posted on my Etsy shop here soon.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
-My family and friends
-going for walks
-coffee (preferably in interesting mugs)
-old houses & abandoned houses
-the smell of libraries and old books
-criminal minds (tv show)
-walking on the beach
-craft magazines and books
WHAT DO YOU LIKE?-
Monday, April 12, 2010
I love this! It is turquoise beads and a coral pendant with silver spacers. I think all the colors go great!!! It is soooo yummy!
I really have to take a better picture of it, this is from my camera phone. I need to keep my camera with me more. Turquoise pieces look great against suntanned skin......it is bellisimo!!';) I will be posting this soon in my shop!!
I have been slacking a little lately with my jewelry designs because I have been head over heals in love with learning my silversmithing and getting my yard looking good and enjoying the warm weather!
So much to do......so little time.
Friday, April 9, 2010
I found these shoes. I love the colors, yellow and blues. Perfect for spring, and they will go great with my yellow pants!! Price $.98 cents!! YES! .98 cents!!!
The next item, is the leather purse! It was hanging on the rack wide open and the label screamed at me: MADE IN ITALY! It has copper circles for zipper pulls and the strap is a copper color with leather sewn laces, like a shoe string. It fits snug right under my arm!! Price $4.00
On my way to the thrift store, I stopped at this awesome store. I call it the witch store. They sell crystals, do circle meets, tarrot card readings etc. They have great jewelry, stones and neat little things. I am delving into the world of silversmithing and I love it, so I wanted to pick up some stones to do my settings and wire wraps.
They have a great selection. The guy there told me he has a friend coming in from Peru who is bringing all his precious stones and crystals! I am excited to see his stuff.
Today I bought Tigers Eye, Jasper, Amethyst, and natural stones. I cannot wait to create the settings for these!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Well now you can read all about peoples thoughts.......anonymously of course. Post Secret. I love this blog! It is an art community, where people mail in their secrets, never revealed before, on homemade postcards.
Certain secrets are selected and posted on the blog and in books. There are some very creative postcards and very interesting secrets..........
Check it out.......
I love the Art that people create on their cards.....but I also love that people have the same issues, obstacles, and struggles that we all do. Of course I don't love that people go through this, but this is life....it happens to everyone. It is nice to know that we are not alone.
I reminds me to enjoy my journey and let love guide you.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
This is your life. Everyday is a new start. There are times when we feel like it is a constant uphill battle, but it is a journey. All of this you go through is a learning experience. Every hard time you may go through.....it is only a moment....a small period of your life that won't last forever.
If you don't like something, change it. We create life everyday, our own lives. The words we use, the actions we take, the people we surround ourselves with mold us everyday. What is it that you want to achieve? Create a manifest of your own self......we get one shot at this life.....make it the best Oscar deserving one you can!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Blah ha ha ha!
Enjoy your weekend! It is going to be rainy and chilly, the battle of winter and spring. That is ok, spring will win. I will be busy creating necklaces with some cool vintage flower pieces and hanging out with my art group.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
I made a few things recently and just posted them to my Etsy account.
I love skulls and guitar pics. Always have. So I combined the two! I went to a party over the weekend and sold a pair!
I love browns, copper and reds together. This set is soo cool. I just love it!
I also went to a craft show that was being held at a local high school. Soooo many talented people! I went out to support a couple of my friends that were there. I bought some of their jewelry. I am wearing a couple of pieces today. I feel real good. Not only did I support my friends and buy great pieces of theirs, I feel good because they, as well as all crafters, spend so much time on their designs and I know they truly appreciate my purchase. Each piece is thought up, carefully constructed and put together.
Buy Handmade! Your not only buying one of a kind pieces, but you are making people feel good and satisfied in their crafts!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Yesterday morning I put together this bracelet. I had some read lamp work beads and silver pieces....and wa-la a bracelet is born. I am going to make another one of these and a skeleton key necklace and add to my Etsy shop soon!!!
I am now also dabbling in painting. I love it. I love so much this creative outlet I have. Summer is coming! I will be inspired by the beach, the sun, the warm weather!! Possibilities are endless! Keep coming warm weather!!! Sun, sand, beach and a cold one! How nice.......