Sunday, January 24, 2021

PLANNING, DREAMING, HOPING and FINISHING

 


The Art Elements Community challenge for January 2021 is to finish some projects from last month. I like the idea of finishing up the earrings that I had planned and was hoping to have done for this past Christmas.  Since I had dreamed up a design for each and gathered all my materials together.  I happily finished 3 pairs of earrings that were starring at me on my worktable.  


This first pair I intended to gift a friend who loves these red birds. Rustic red cardinal earrings make a special gift for a winter birthday. The word joy is on the earrings. I paired the rustic ceramic charms with antique brass wires and forest green crystals sandwiched between 2 spacers to add sparkle. If you love nature these earrings make a statement and can be worn all winter. As a gift these bird dangles are sure to put a smile on the face of a bird lover. The ceramic charms are made by Scottish artisan Grubbi. 

                                         
                                                      photo by Sarah Dorweiler on Unsplash

My next pair of earrings are made from natural brass sheets that I embossed with a leaf pattern. I then hand painted these art earrings with green patinas and yellow patinas to create green and chartreuse dangles. They have a protective coating to keep the color vivid for years to come. 



I decided that it was about time I showed off my patina work and make them into earrings. The leaves are combined with vintage green beads and chartreuse spacers. These earrings have a rustic look. I used bronze ear wires to accentuate the metal that shows through the patina. 
                                                                                                       Leaf Earrings by BayMoonDesign

My last pair are rustic earrings that have small deers figures on each. The distressed dangles are for the outdoor nature lover. 


                                                      Rustic Deer Earrings by BayMoonDesign

The deer are on ceramic charms that hang on natural brass ear wires. Natural brass and Czech beads are added to give subtle hints of yellow and brown color to the dangles. These earrings are design for someone who loves nature and the out of doors. The ceramic charms are made by Scottish artisan Grubbi.

Photo by Victoria Fischer on Unsplash

I hope you will stop by my online store BayMoonDesign and take a look at my nature inspired cards and jewelry.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Colonial Williamsburg Centerpiece for Christmas

Traditionally, my small hometown of Lewes, Delaware has a Holiday House Tour the first Saturday in December.  It is sponsored by the local historical society.  This year, due to Covid 19 concerns, a virtual house tour was held in its place.  The Colonel David Hall Chapter of the Daughters of the America Revolution was invited to decorate their chapter house, the Maull House, which dates back to 1739.  Members use natural greens, pine cones, ivy, and berries which are gathered from the local area.

Fireplace Decorated with Greens

 We put a handmade wreath on the front door and decorate throughout the house with these elements from nature.  The beautiful fireplace of the home is always a special place to decorate.  This year lots of magnolia leaves, holly and pinecones were on the hearth.  


A Colonial Williamsburg Centerpiece graces the dining table each year.  This year I took up the challenge to create the centerpiece.  We have a wooden form that I used to make the centerpiece.  These forms are readily available on Etsy and commercial websites. The are called "apple trees".



I found some photos of a few Colonial Williamsburg centerpieces on Pinterest and then I made a list of what I needed.  I gathered holly, magnolia and ivy from my yard.  I purchased a pineapple and apples at the grocery store.  I looked for the smallest pineapple that I could locate.  

Magnolia leaves created a nice finishing touch under the base.  It turned out well especially for a first attempt.  The pineapple is an important part of the centerpiece and much care should be taken when selecting one.  In retrospect, I wish I had paid more attention to the bottom of my pineapple in addition to its size.  The pineapple leaned a little to one side and I didn't dare to attempt a correction.

The smell of the centerpiece is wonderful.  I would encourage you to give it a try. I also can enjoy seeing the centerpiece leaning slightly in the virtual house tour which I enjoyed from the safety of my home during this time of Covid. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Mushrooms and Toadstools as an Inspiration


 The Art Elements inspiration for November is Mushrooms/Toadstools. Initially I thought about bagging this challenge. I hasn't crazy about the theme.  I couldn't think of anything I had that would fit with the theme. I am resistant to buying anything new! I decided to change my negative attitude and dig through my stash of papers and beads.  I located the remainder of a sheet with mushrooms leftover from a prior project.  Yes!  I had made something with mushrooms awhile ago. I decided mushroom themed greeting cards were a possibility.

I decided to go through my stash of paper that I made with a gelli printing plate and see if any of the prints would work with the mushrooms. I used acrylic paints on card stock when I made the prints.



I found some paper that worked with the colors in the mushrooms.  I had some card stock that was a complimentary color.  I stamped "for a very special someone" on the front of both and added a tiny stamped mouse.  One is a thank you card and the other is a birthday card. 

The last mushroom had lots of reds in it so I pulled out this card stock with reds. It is surprising how well everything used works so well together.  It is also an indication of my stashed supplies.


I stamped  "A Very Special Day" on the front of this card and I used the same mouse and added a happy birthday on the inside of the card.  I am glad that I pulled these papers out.  I am very pleased with how all of the colors that I created with acrylic paints worked with the mushrooms.  

I have lots of handmade cards in my BayMoonDesign store. Many are inspired by nature as this set was.   These cards are headed to the Biggs Museum of American Arts in Dover, Delaware where I also sell my cards.







Sunday, October 25, 2020

Fall Gift of Thanks Inspired by Nature

 


I love the idea of greeting cards as a gift. If you have someone in your life that likes nice things but is VERY practical? That’s who I buy greeting cards for. Everyone needs cards for different occasions and having a nice set of stationery on hand is a welcome gift. Who really likes buying cards though? No one! That’s why these make such a great gift, especially as a set.

                                                     Thanksgiving Card by BayMoonDesign

Send a handmade and hand stamped card like this one to your mother, father, brother, sister, or friend. It is blank so that you can personalize with expression of appreciation, gratitude, thankfulness. It is cream colored on the inside and blank.  It is perfect for Thanksgiving.


                                                                          Fall Birthday Card by BayMoonDesign

I love the squirrels and fall leaves.  With a log slice and a squirrel sitting on top, this is a perfect nature inspired card for an animal lover. The front of the green card has paper with acorns and leaves and a log slice. It has " for a for someone special" hand stamped on the front. The inside of the card reads "Happy Birthday Day" and there is room for a personalized note.

                                                                         Log Slice Note Card by BayMoonDesign

This handmade log slice note card is perfect to express gratitude or say thanks. It has the word grateful in copper lettering with a log slice and yellow and copper leaves.  "Inside of the card is blank so there is plenty of room to write a special note.



Express gratitude or say thanks with this handmade blank note card . It has the word thankful in teal lettering with a woodland fall scene of leaves printed on high quality paper. The card is embellished with hand stamped and die cut leaves. Inside of the card is blank.

This handmade blank thank you card with a mandala is perfect to express gratitude say thanks, or just drop a line. The mandala is stamped with black ink, cut out, and layered on the high quality black card stock paper. The card is embellished with hand stamped inspirational words.

You can purchase 5 of any of BayMoonDesign cards to create a personalized gift to be sent as a gift or as a gift to yourself to have on hand for the fall . These handmade cards will cost just $4 each with the free shipping offer on a purchase over $35. This is a nice savings to you and shows your appreciation of nature and quality.