Thursday, August 27, 2015

Relics & Artifacts Treasures Chest

"X" marks the spot!!
And you can follow this little Treasure Map right to my web site....
Yesterday was my play day, I built the Shell Encrusted Chest with dreams of filling it with RELICS & ARTIFACTS bejeweled treasures! You know that feeling when you've pictured a finished project in your head and then you finally get to see it materialize?!!
Begin a treasures quest of your own!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Once lovingly collected treasures turned R & A craft blanks.... ripe for your imagination and awaiting an artists touch!

Halloween Approaches...

Happy Skullie Halloween Mugs... brewing up a batch of haunted mugs for Halloween!! Craft Store ceramic mug + Relics & Artifacts Ancient Soul matte resin craft blank = Sweet Halloween Treats. I see them filled to the brim with candy and lollipops, wrapped in cellophane and all tied up with a big orange bow! Is it Fall yet?!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Handmade with Love

1st Handmade OOAK piece offered for sale....
I started hand crafting extravagant pieces for myself out of sheer necessity... because the things I loved and coveted were rare and ancient, only seen in museums under lock and key or were way out of my price range. I use the finest antique materials on my handmade one of a kind items. I've collected textiles, jewels, and trims of all sorts that date back to the Georgian period and even earlier. Exquisite torn tattered bits of this and that.... extraordinary fabrics and lace, jewels missing their settings, lovely little remnants of the past. I rework these precious snippets giving them new life with a new purpose, simply to please the eye of the beholder. Lately my time is completely consumed by my RELICS & ARTIFACTS line as well as my beloved Contributing Editors role with WHERE WOMEN CREATE magazine. In the rare moments I have all to myself I take great pleasure in creating something I can offer up for sale, and though they may be few and far between I promise you this they will have been created with much love, care and joy. So much so I often find it hard to let them go but I really want to be able to pass along the love I feel for these pieces to someone else in hopes they'll fall in with them too!
The crimson deep red silk velvet used for this piece came from a circa 1850 floor length opera coat. I constructed the crosse emblem using a hand sketched cross onto vintage leather, a gold embroidered cross appliqué sits atop the leather and is surrounded by antique set rose cut paste rhinestones. A facetted tear drop shaped garnet and tiny distorted freshwater baroque pearl finish it off. The flames are painted to give the illusion of white hot dancing fire. At the neck of the flames is an antique escutcheon with a red painted "jewel" that is flanked by two more paste stones. Beneath that is a half inch wide strip of tarnished gold bullion trim with a ruffled edge at the top, it was salvaged from a very old vestment. The double chain necklace is a modern piece with a lobster claw closure. Tied at the back is an antique strip of red cotton that lays gently and flatters the nape of the neck. There are four of the "juiciest" red cut glass beads I've ever seen strung along the front along with four accompanying vintage freshwater pearls. The Sacred Heart is on a hand cut wood backing making it a sturdy yet lightweight piece. The heart measures 4 3/4" long x 2 1/2" wide. The chain length is 11 3/4" long. A High Spirited Statement Piece just waiting on that Special Someone to Claim it as their very own!
Click on the link below to purchase:…/crimson-sacre-coeur

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sea Shell Heaven

So remember a bit back when I posted this Ship of Dreams WIP? Here are the finished pieces, I caught a few shots before they set sail on their long voyage... I used the RELICS & ARTIFACTS cameo's painted to resemble antique carved coral and lava stone. I custom mix my paint colors to get the tones just right and to give them a lovely tactile surface they have been rubbed with candle wax and buffed up with an old toothbrush, a simple but effective technique that adds a nice luster. To purchase your RELICS & ARTIFACTS visit:

Relics & Artifact on Ustream LIVE WITH PRIMA

RELICS & ARTIFACTS on Live With Prima today 1:00 PM cst.
We will be broadcasting live from my little studio. We'll create this magical Destiny's Shrine using some of the new Relics & Artifacts Dresden foil trims... Hope you can join me!
And if you missed it you can watch the taping here: