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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / 3D flowers: leather collars on: February 28, 2009 08:12:38 AM
the first leather projects I ever made (like 10+ years ago) were leather cuff bracelets. I did not like how they turned out the first few trials, and I lacked the patience to keep at it. Fast forward about 7 years and I got back into leather. First sculpted flowers, then flat leather collars. Then I thought...well I could put these two together and make sculpted leather flower collars.
I think they are gorgeous...but I want to know what someone who didn't spend hours laboring thinks:) I mean that I am not exactly the most un-biased observer and I would LOVE To hear what YOU think...please?
this is the extra-large sculpted flower. the predominant leather (top) but the underside of all the petals is a dark burgundy leather, which adds dimension and contrast, to accentuate the 3D-ness of the flower

This flower is slightly smaller but not by much, so I call it the large sculpted flower (yes, there are medium and small too) this one is done in red with a sandy brown on the underside.

Thank you for looking!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Leather and Stone pendants on: February 28, 2009 07:57:48 AM
I've been amassing, trying, reworking and reworking some more...
I'm really dedicated to leather right now. I just love working with it, and there are so many other ideas I have that I haven't yet tried out.
here are some leather and stone pendants.
I'd really love to hear what you all think.
here is orange and red leather circle pendant with sea bamboo stone:

here is grey and maroon leather pendant (oval) with a landscape jasper stone

here is a grey and peach leather pendant with jasper stone

3  UNITED STATES / New Jersey / Atlantic City - what are your MUST see/do/eat? on: September 27, 2008 07:41:01 AM
I'm headed to Atlantic City with my family (husband, 2 girls {2 & 4}, mom and dad).
I'm wondering if there are any FABULOUS spots you would recommend?
Galleries, museums, art/craft stores? Fabric or bead district?
gourmet bakery, fantastic restaurant, martini lounge, piano bar?
also, is the city divided into areas? like China town, little Italy or India....?
is there a particularly artsy area?
I'd really appreciate any help you can offer!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / have you cut leather with your die-cutter? on: August 15, 2008 01:16:40 PM
hello...my purposes are actually for jewellery making, but I thought I would find more Ellison, sizzix, cricut and wishblade owners here.
I want a die-cutter that will cut leather. right now I am using scissors, but some designs require more precision.
If you own a die cutter, which one? have you tried leather, or fabric of any kind?
how were the results? would you reccommend?
I really don't want to blow $300+ for somethign that isn't what I am looking for.

5  COOKING / Dessert / chai-wiches on: May 27, 2008 09:26:10 AM
this is a delicious take on a couple recipes I found and altered from allrecipes.com
The cookies are super soft, spice cake cookies sandwiching a chai-spiced, cream-cheese icing. Please let me know if you make these and how they turned out.

1 (18.25 ounce) package spice cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie sheets.
In a medium bowl, stir together the cake mix, eggs and oil. Mix until well blended. Roll dough into 2 inch balls, and place them onto the prepared cookie sheet. Flatten the balls slightly with the back of a spoon.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
To make the filling, beat the cream cheese, confectioner' sugar and all spices together until smooth. Spread between two cooled cookies.

***I would reccommend smaller cookies, because these are quite rich (coming from a desert LOVER). Be sure to shorten your cooking time accordingly.
also, it doesn't look like a lot of icing, but it will be enough for the 16-18 sandwiches you make.

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / new paintings on: March 02, 2008 01:02:42 PM
sigh...okay, so after lurking for a few years and admiring so much wonderful work I have finally pulled up enough courage to post some of my work.
I have been making jewellery for 15+ years, but dapple in just about every crafty type art thing I come across (design, textiles, paper...).
I studied photography in college, and that's really my passion. and now I've started turning my photos into paintings.
here is my favorite, which I just recently completed. It is acrylic on stretched canvas. it is done in 3 shades of blue.
I'd love to hear some of your opinions.

thanks, jhen
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / mom and babe painting-fixed link...I think on: March 02, 2008 12:43:07 PM
this was a portrait (photo) I took and turned into a monotone painting.
Acrylic on stretched canvas.


thanks for looking, jhen

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / pin-up painting on: March 02, 2008 12:39:52 PM
I'm venturing a little more towards a pin-up style.
I really like this painting...I'd love to hear what you think, though.
thanks, jhen

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / pre-natal portraits on: March 02, 2008 12:38:25 PM
these were (photo) portraits that I took and turned into monotone paintings on stretched canvas.
would love any feedback!
thanks, jhen



10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / leather collar-style necklaces-link fixed on: March 02, 2008 11:13:04 AM
Here's a new thing I've been trying out:

lime green leaf-motif:

aubergine orchid:

teal butterfly:

thanks for looking
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