I have got to do better about blogging, my friends. The month gets away from me before I realize that I have only posted twice in April. How shameful. I will try to make up for it in May.
I am busy, busy, busy these days with some major projects. I am working on a book outline, which I am very excited about, and also trying to write two new tutorials. Before you ask, I am still in the planning stage for the tutorials, so no publication date yet, but I am determined to get them done soon.
This past weekend, I had two goals on my plate: Filling a custom order for a faux ivory brooch for a customer and tackling my button project for Cindy Wimmer's button swap coming up on May 13, in which I am partnered with the fabulously talented Kym Hunter.
Kym sent me some beauties, including a dainty, handmade lampwork glass heart button, some vintage bakelite/plastic buttons, some brass and silver pieces she embossed with Vintaj's Sizzix BIGKick machine; a few shell buttons, and a wooden button with leaf shapes burned or etched into the surface. She sent way more than she should have, and I was hoping to use every one. I ended up with 6 finished pieces, which run from paper to assemblage to jewelry. I can't reveal them until the 13th, but here is a photo of the buttons Kym sent.
In the end, my customer decided on the larger arrowhead shaped brooch on the right, but I have lots of new pieces to add to the shop, which I will do shortly.
I am loving these new shapes, the arrowhead, which was inspired by a flint I saw at Etsy last week, and the dagger, which is from Barbara McGuire's line of rubber templates.