Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Etsy Shop Updates

January has been an exciting month for my Tangents Etsy shop! I have had the great pleasure of creating and shipping an influx of cedar slice painting orders. These are definitely my current favorite creations. The metallic paint I use creates a shimmery effect that still allows some of the grain from the natural wood slice to shine through. I still have several available at Tangents, and would love to send them off to a good home!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

More Custom Friendship Necklaces

I recently created another custom order for wooden friendship necklaces. Now, I've made several mountain necklaces before, but these are extra special, because they include a tiny painting of a tower that is near the recipient's home. This one was a challenge, but I'd be a liar if I said I didn't love painting tiny things. I can't quite explain why, but tiny paintings just really make me smile.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Stuffed Whale and Starfish

As I've probably mentioned before, I'm definitely not an expert seamstress. However, I can't resist a cuddly minky fabric. I wish everything was made of that extra soft, bumpy stuff! I got some use out of a little piece of minky while making a couple of stuffed animals for my one-year-old nephew, Trey, this Christmas.

With the help of some free internet patterns (which, by the way, were in a language that I CANNOT read), I created a simple whale and a little starfish (that's where the minky came in handy). My stitching is definitely amateurish, but I still love how they turned out. My new goal is to practice creating things like this so that someday you won't be able to tell where I hand-stitched at all!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Vacation Seashell Trinket Tray

Earlier this year, my grandma gave me a basket full of shells that she had picked from the beach during a Florida vacation. I used most of the shells to create jewelry for Watercolor Submarine, but I saved a special extra large one to make a Christmas gift for my grandma. I painted the shell with a Florida palm tree theme to celebrate the vacation she was on when she found the shell. I also hot glued on a couple of little pearl beads to act as feet to stabilize the shell. I'm imagining it full of little rings and things on her dresser.

Friday, January 3, 2014

"Camp Rule" Sign

I made this rustic cedar slice sign for a family gift exchange. We're a group of crazy campers, so it fit in perfectly!  I have to admit, I chuckled a bit while I was painting that old fashioned tent. We are definitely fifth-wheel campers all the way! But I have slept in a tent before... so it's kind of accurate.

This lovely piece of outdoors-y art is approximately 11" long and 5" high and has a sawtooth hanger attached to the back for easy displaying. It's hand painted with acrylics and is not sealed with varnish, because I wanted to let that gorgeous cedar smell waft from the sign.

I don't currently have any in stock, but I can definitely make a similar product for anyone who is interested!