Monday, March 30, 2015

B is for Burlesque

I've been a big fan of burlesque for a long time. In fact, a few years ago I took a burlesque workshop and it was such an amazing experience. I shared the day in fishnet stockings and elbow length gloves with a group of women ranging from a few 20 somethings to a 70 year old grandmother. It was absolutely liberating. There was something so powerful in seeing how our group transformed from timid ladies to free spirits in a matter of hours. I'm also obsessed with old photos from the 20s and 30s of provocative women who seemingly broke the rules of proper behavior.

A while back I had the good fortune to stumble upon two silver corsets which immediately made me think about burlesque and of women who are bold enough to embrace their feminine power. For this necklace,  I found a great piece of chain mail while I was in New York City a few weeks ago. It makes a strong statement and pairs perfectly with the corset. I find that I incorporate keys and religious medallions in lots of my neck pieces as I've been searching for years for ways to unlock various aspects of myself.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

mint goodness

Years ago my mother gave me this white vanity table with a mirror. My passion and preference is to paint old, unwanted furniture because 1) it's just generally made better and 2) I love bringing out beauty in something that everyone else deemed ugly;every underdog deserves to shine like a brand new penny.  This is not an old piece but it's built well for a newer piece of furniture.  It started off in the bedroom and eventually got demoted to a corner in the basement.  When we were cleaning out the basement recently to make way for my painting area, it was either going to be donated or given a new lease on life. I can rarely part with anything so of course it stayed and became transformed in to minty goodness. I found some gorgeous mint scallop paper for the recessed areas. I'm very happy with the outcome.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Three new

I've got three new pieces finished since my last post.

Self-portrait. I think I love this one the most because it is the most personal and because it incorporates my insane love for discarded and old objects.:

Lock and Key:

Big Brass Heart Lock and Key:

I'm home today. It was predicted that we would be slammed with 2 feet of snow but the reality is that we ended up with 2 inches. I love a good snow storm and I'm disappointed that the snow did not deliver. But, at the same time, I'm ready for the coming of spring. More so this year than any other year I can remember. I'm planting the ideas for a new life during this time of cold hibernation; it's the spring that moves me in to real action.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The New Year

It feels odd to be back here after so much time away. Every time I think I'm done with my blogging, I remember how it changed my life in so many good ways when blogging was all the rage. I figure blogging will make a comeback one day; I just have to be patient.

So I ended last year the same way I always end a year; I tell myself that I'll change and I come up with a list a mile long of all the projects I'll do and new paths I'll dare to boldly explore. But here I am, 19 days in and I'm feeling lost in all of that scheming. Maybe it's the cold, dreary weather. Maybe it's just me. I have to push myself so hard to get motivated. But as I write this, I realize that I have accomplished a few things so far.

1. I've been eating meatless since January 1st and my body feels better for it.

2. I've made quite a few new necklaces. There are so many more in the birthing process. to figure out getting them out there in the world.

It's been a tough start but the year's still young...