What Doesn’t Kill you……..

December 8, 2012 in Inspiration, Updates by Wendylee

Its that time of year where everyone is burning the candle at both ends to get through everything they need to to finish up the year.

I have to laugh when I see the countdowns saying so many sleeps until Christmas, well there is not to much sleeping happening in this house. and my to do list is not getting any shorter.

Today’s top of the to do list is lots of sanding and polishing, my fingers will not like me by tonight.

Next on my list is to set up my mock booth for the Dreamers Markets I have to make sure that all my pretties fit on the table.  I am very excited about these markets but a little nervous at the same time. It has been such a long time since I have done a market. Dreamers Markets are on Saturday the 15th December at the Parramatta Riverside Theatre. Stop by and say hi. See my new collection in the real life.

Blogging is not getting anything done so I better get cracking on that list.

First I will leave you with this funny picture/quote that I found on  Trust me I’m a Designer

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Funky Eye Rings – I see you!

November 23, 2012 in Custom Orders, Inspiration, New Products, Uncategorized by Wendylee

I have been making these rings for a couple of years now. I love the one I made for myself and always get a reaction from people when I do. They either love it or they hate it because it freaks them out.

These rings have recently become popular again and I currently have 2 custom orders in the works for people who loved them.

They are quirky and fun to wear. It is a double ring with the eyeballs sitting between the fingers. There is somthing about these rings that evokes a sense of play. Try wearing one and not turning your fingers into noses like you are playing shadow puppets or freaking out people on the train to simply amuse yourself of a morning.

Please be aware that if you would like one of these rings for Christmas the last date that I ma taking custom orders is Saturday the 8th December.

 

 

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Do you Pin?

November 4, 2012 in Inspiration, Updates by Wendylee

Once upon a time in a world faraway there use to be a thing called a pinboard. Usually made of cork that you would hang on your wall and you would pin things to it. Pretty pictures, photographs of loved ones, somthing that inspires you. These inventions used to hang above your desk. The purpose of these pinboards was to make you smile, laugh, dream or create.

Although these “pinboards” still do exist, there is a new kid in town called Pinterest.  Virtual pinboards. No more tearing pictures out of magazines in waiting rooms. All is required is a mere click of the button. “Pin it” and its been added to your pinboard. Sounds like witchcraft.

So are you a pinterest addict? Create numerous boards to add wonderful pictures of places you will go, things you will make, or simply things that make you giggle.

My name is Wendy and I am a Pinterest addict

I create boards for ideas for new collections I have in mind, researching those ideas. Things I like and reflect my personality. Generally things that inspire me.

If you are interested in taking a look at my my boards.  Follow me on Pinterest

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Día de los Muertos (Day of The Dead)

November 2, 2012 in Inspiration, Madeit, New Products by Wendylee

Día de los Muertos is a day of celebration and remembering those that have died. It is a public holiday in Mexico and is a 2 ay long festival.

Altars are built for the passed and offerings are made of Sugar skulls, marigolds, toys for little children and their favourite foods.

This holiday/festival is observed in countries all over the world.

To celebrate Día de los Muertos I have made sugar skull earrings.

 

 

 

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Day One : Young Modern : 14 Day Photo Challenge

October 13, 2012 in 14 Day Photo Challenge, Inspiration by Wendylee

Combining a love of blogging, photography and music, this challenge is based on Album Titles from the Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time as compiled by Triple J

The only rule that exists for this challenge is that the photo must be taken on that day. So I will assume we are safe to interpret the themes as we choose to.

A list of the themes are as below.

Day 1 – Young, Modern

Day 2 – Hourly, Daily

Day 3 – A Book Like This

Day 4 – Beams

Day 5 – In Ghost Colours

Day 6 – East Day 7 – Two Shoes

Day 8 – Wonder

Day 9 – Unit

Day 10 – Lovers

Day 11 – Tea and Sympathy

Day 12 – Three

Day 13 – Human Frailty

Day 14 – Immersion

Day One – Young Modern

So young modern is an album released by Australian bad Silverchair in 2007.

It was voted number 70 on the hottest 100 all time albums. 

My challenge now was how was i going to interpret this into a photograph.

My initial thoughts was a photograph of a silverchair..mmm…don’t have fun. So armed with my camera in hand, ipod playing “young Modern” I decided to venture out into the streets and see if I could be inspired.

What an adventure I was attacked by a yappy little dog, perhaps it was my singing that upset him. A grumpy old man told me I could not take photographs of his beautiful Lillie’s in his front yard. He also pointed his finger at me and said to stay away from the wattle as well. HOW RUDE. The wattle was on the nature strip but I wasn’t going to mess with him as he had a shovel in his hand.

I happily left them behind and kept walking along when I came to the big old stairs that I walk everyday. They are steep cement steps that take you down to the riverfront. They are great for running up and down as many runners do of a morning.

Then came the light bulb moment!!!!

“Waking up strong in the morning

Walking in a straight line

Lately I am a desperate believer

Been walking in a straight line”

These are part of the lyrics of Silverchair’s Straight Line which is on the Young Modern Album.

These stairs are my Day one photo. It is the path I take everyday, it is also the path I take to stay strong when I run them on weekends and its walking in a straight line.

 

Photos of the other participants will be listed daily in a single post.

Maddabling Blog http://maddabling.blogspot.com/

Now that I have Day One out of the way off to thing about day 2.

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Hanging out with your inner child

September 22, 2012 in Inspiration, New Products, Techniques by Wendylee

Do you remember as a child those little pieces of plastic that you would get with your cereal? (of course it will depend on how old you are)

You would then put them in the oven and they would shrink. You would then have yourself a charm or bag tag. I am guessing these “cereal Toys” caused many arguments in households all over the world. Whose turn turn it was, who got the last one etc. It was certainly a frequent argument in our household.

Well for all of you reading this and are sitting there nodding with excitement …Yes..Yes.. I remember. Did you now that you can buy this stuff?  “Shrinky Dinks” is a brand name of this product…..  A4 sheets of paper that can be coloured, printed, stamped, punched, cut and then……SHRUNK..

You can also search for Shrink plastic and other bands will come up as well.

Check out this awesome tutorial from Jenny ( a bird in the hand)

So where do you find these wonderful sheets of plastic so that you can have them all to yourself and not fight with siblings.

www.polymerclay.com.au  Is a wonderful supplier of “Shrink Plastic” here in Australia.

They have it for sale in black, white, translucent or get yourself a mixed pack. Now go play with your inner child and have fun!

Thinking back on it this may have actually been the start of my pyromaniac tendencies. Of course it didn’t sop at these little gems in the cereal box you wanted to put lots of things in the oven to see if they would shrink. Chip packets worked well from my memories, although some brands and the ink came off when you shrunk them.

Will post more photos shortly of my play session. I have enjoyed playing with this medium and look forward to incorporating it into my work in the future but in the meantime I have just enjoyed playing with somthing I did as a child.

Stop and check out Heidi from Passionflower’s gorgeous jewellery that she creates with shrinkable plastic.

 Now go play with somthing you did as a child. Its good for your soul.

 

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A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind…

September 11, 2012 in Inspiration by Wendylee

A great quote that has been attributed to Albert Einstein, a few other philosophers and a japanese proverb.

Regardless of the origins of the quote, having a sick mind is somthing that I can not be accused of.

I share with you my jewellers bench. It is covered in lots of UFO’S (Unfinished Objects), littered with the beginnings of many ideas. You will also find abandoned ideas, perhaps failures or somthing I will revisit when the creativity strikes.

It is a much loved bench, scuff marks, a couple of burns, unidentified scars. I cannot be accused of neglecting my beloved bench (except for giving it a good clean).

This is where I love to sit and play, meditate and calm my mind, where ideas grow and become reality.

Meet my Desk…..

 

Wendy's Creative Space

Are you brave enough to show your “real” creative Space?

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