exciting new adventure

It’s funny how things happen sometimes. I’ve had this idea in my head for a while now about creating a magazine that is geared toward the customer, but features hand crafted products. I mentioned the idea in a facebook group recently in regards to creative ways to get your products found. Laura Bracken, and myself started chatting about the idea and the next thing I know, I’m purchasing a domain name and web hosting. Then I had a moment of panic…”What the hell was I thinking!”. The panic passed and we are jumping in with both feet, trying to get the first issue out by the end of November, to hit the holiday shopping season.

Dress It Up! Magazine

Open call for submission to new online publication.

Dress It Up! Magazine is an online bi-monthly publication all about accessorizing with the latest and greatest items, handmade by individual self-representing artists.

We’re currently accepting submissions for the inaugural issue (submission deadline is Nov 24, 2013).

For information on submitting an article or photograph, please go the website and click on the “submissions” link: http://dressitupmagazine.com

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polymer clay cubed

Open invitation to polymer clay artists….

Polymer Clay Cubed

The 411

There is no fee to participate, but advance registration is required. Certain logistics and guidelines have been established for the collective success of both the project and the exhibition. Detailed instructions, resources, and templates will be sent directly to each participating artist.

Deadline to register is Fri.Mar.1.2013. Deadline for shipped submissions is Fri.Mar.8.2013. Submissions will also be accepted in person at the conference any time prior to the Polymer Clay Cubed Seminar and Exhibition on Fri.Mar.15.2013. For further information and registration, please email Tracy Holmes.

All the PC3 Cubes will be on display during Tracy's Synergy3 seminar, Polymer Clay Cubed. Tracy's other seminar, The Pentaradial Palette, is full, but all the session info will be included in The Pentaradial Palette pre-conference workshop on Tuesday, March 12. If you would like to further explore colour hands on (and maybe even make a PC3 Cube or two), there are still some spots remaining.

For full details, please check out Tracy’s PC3 announcement. (pdf file)

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monthly muse – floral

March’s Monthly Muse is all things floral. Big or small, bright or pastel, realistic or abstract, anything goes.

Monthly Muse Floral

Not sure what the Monthly Muse is. Each month I will be your Muse by providing an inspiration challenge. The idea is to step outside your comfort zone, try something new and have fun. This group is open to all artistic mediums.

Playing along is easy…you can join in any time throughout the year. Upload your photos to Flickr, add them to the Monthly Muse Flickr group and tag them with the corresponding monthly tag. For example this month’s inspiration will have the tag MM3.

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spring pastels

At the moment, I’m lovin’ the spring pastels. As you may remember, the last color palette of the week (CPAW) for 2011, consisted of Margarita, Sweet Lilac and cockatoo.

Color palette a week - week 52

Today I wanted to share what Veronique Hoffmann (Fimomaus) created with this color palette.

CPAW 52

The combination of the crackle look with the flowers (in the photo below) is very eye catching. Veronique definitely wins the prize for participation in the color palette a week challenge. Ok, there’s not really a prize, but if there were, she would win it. She was far and away the best at keeping up. Be sure to check out Veronique’s other work.

Resultate der Canes von CPAW 52

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new monthly inspiration project

We have a new monthly inspiration project and a new granddaughter to start the new year. We welcomed our granddaughter, Layla Marie, into the world on January 4th. She shares a birthday with her big brother. Not sure how well either of them will like that as they get older. ;)

Granddaughter

While mommy and baby were at the hospital, we had our two year old grandson. I forget how much energy a two year old has…wore me out. Yesterday we had his slightly delayed birthday party.

Grandson birthday

Now on to the new monthly inspiration project…

Monthly Muse

The Muses from Greek mythology are the goddesses who inspire the creation of literature and the arts. Each month I will be your Muse by providing an inspiration challenge. The idea is to step outside your comfort zone, try something new and have fun. This group is open to all artistic mediums.

Playing along is easy…you can join in any time throughout the year. Upload your photos to Flickr, add them to the Monthly Muse Flickr group and tag them with the corresponding monthly tag. For example the first monthly inspiration will have the tag MM1.

And here is the first Monthly Muse inspiration. Mesh and denim shades (Marina, Dark Blue and Twilight Blue).

Monthly Muse January

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friday finds – By Nanas Hands

For this week’s Friday finds, I’d like to introduce you to the work of Melana from By Nanas Hands. Please take a minute to visit her Etsy shop and check out her blog. You can click on any of the photos below to go to the listing.

I think her owl sewing kit is just the cutest thing and they are available in different colors.
by nanas hands owl sewing kit

This fun spider web tote bag is perfect for this time of year.
by nanas hands tote bag

She even has things for men, like this flame eyeglass case.
by nanas hands eyeglass case

Since tomorrow is the beginning of October, which means breast cancer awareness month, we can’t forget the pink. Protect your Kindle with a fabulous cover like this one.
by nanas hands kindle cover

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continuing concern over the possible loss of Premo zinc yellow and cobalt blue

Let me start by saying that Polyform Products has NOT said that they will be discontinuing cobalt blue or zinc yellow. However…..

If you work with polymer clay, you should read Carol Simmons’ recent blog post about the POSSIBLE future loss of zinc yellow and cobalt blue and weigh-in with your thoughts. While this issue mainly involves Premo polymer clay, it comes down to a numbers issue (number of sales), which somewhere down the road may affect other brands of polymer clay.

This is something that I brought up in this post when Polyform Products first announced that cobalt blue and zinc yellow would continue to be available through three online retailers.

“Unfortunately the sales will probably not end up being enough to support continuing these colors. The main reason being the limited availability. While the die hard professional artists will order the colors to be able to continue their color palettes, hobbyists will probably not bother.”

Now, let’s take a look at the even bigger picture. Polymer clay artists have worked hard to get to the point where polymer clay is considered an acceptable art medium. Then consider, said artists, having a limited color palette to work with. Imagine for a minute that Vincent van Gogh had denim blue instead of cobalt blue as a primary color to work with for his “The Starry Night” painting. It would be pretty drab, wouldn’t it?


I’ve been asked over and over again if I will continue to do seasonal color recipe ebooks with the “new colors” if it gets to the point that cobalt and zinc yellow are no longer available. The short answer is NO. The longer response is that I may continue to do color recipe ebooks, but they won’t be based on a specific seasonal color palette like they are now because there would be too many colors that can’t be matched without cobalt blue and zinc yellow.

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