First day of the school year today - routine is back in and life is back to the usual sameness - there is a comfort in that :D
Sunday, January 31, 2010
...well ladies, only a few more followers needed (6 to be precise) before I have my next giveaway which will be one of my antique brass hand painted lockets :D - these seem to be very popular in my Etsy shop so I will give one of them away, but first I must get to 200 followers.
I have been working on a few new pieces this weekend and these are a few pics of some of my newest items - I am flower mad at the moment, so lots of flowers appearing everywhere.
School holidays in Victoria are well and truly over...my kiddies are back at school tomorrow morning - they are looking forward to it as am I (cheeky mom that I am).
Anyway, now that life will be returning back to normal I will be able to spend a bit more time on Blogger and visit Blogs, something I have been neglecting of late...til then buddies, be happy and good and I hope to be chatting to you soon...cheers Val xo
Friday, January 29, 2010
...above photos of a few bits and pieces "new additions" to my Etsy shop :D
WOW ladies, I am gob-smacked! Lovely Robin has done a 'Spotlight' post on her blog about my Etsy shop and WOW did she do a lovely job - thank you so much Robin :D
This is the link to the post, please take the time to have a read of it - she is amazing -http://ahandmaderevolution.blogspot.com/2010/01/val-vanias-art-spotlight.html
Robin also has a lovely Etsy store called Everyday Diamonds and this is the link to her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/EverydayDiamonds - please take the time to check out her gorgeous handmade goodies!
Cheers Val xoxoxox
Monday, January 25, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Hello Bloggerville, hope everyone is well and happy :D
School holidays are coming to an end with just another week to go before my munchkins are back at school - they are looking forward to is as well as I LOL.
The last five weeks have flown by due to all the festive days and many family gatherings - January is just about over :O
I am please to say that Francien, the lady who was the second winner of my giveaway, the poor lady whose owl pendant was hacked to bits by customs, has finally received my replacement gift and it is in perfect condition - YAY!
Also, the photo above is of my latest piece - I seem to be leaning towards "chunky" jewellery at the moment - with me its either very "dainty" or the total opposite, "chunky" - its all good tho :D
I am waiting to receive another 5 or 6 jewellery supply packages from the US and hopefully they will arrive this week as I am fast running out of material - I think, once this lot arrives, that will be it for a while - I will use the new bits and pieces until they run out and then, FINALLY, I think I will go back to doing a few paintings - I have a few ideas which have been floating around my head these last few weeks and I am looking forward to putting them down on canvas :D
Also, I am planning on having another giveaway once I reach 200 followers - I am thinking of giving away one of my resin lockets in the color of the winner's choice - I think that will be fun!
OK then, must go now, have promised the kids an outing at the local shopping centre as they have a few toys in mind!
Cheers all and chat soon - hugz Val xo
Friday, January 22, 2010
...three days ago I started this pendant and today, finally, it is off the curing tray and ready to photograph - I have included lots of my favorite beads (Czech Rondelles) onto the chain as well and I think they tie in well with the pendant - this one is antique brass :D
Thursday, January 21, 2010
...now I am onto European Silver Plated wire as I have run out of both copper and antique brass - but I love the way this pendant has turned out in silver wire wrapping - the white and blue go well with the shiny silver...
Monday, January 18, 2010
... last night when the house was quiet and everyone was asleep I was able to sit in front of my TV with my little cameos and beads and wire and make these two new pendants - I am being so very productive, I think the massive spring clean of my home has given me so much good vibes and I am floating through my 'fresh' home right now :D - chat soon my blogger buddies :D
...well ladies, the 'spring clean' has definitely begun and nearly ended at my home - yesterday and today I cleaned, mopped, vacuumed, dusted - pulled the curtains off the windows and washed them - my place is so clean it is a pleasure to walk through the house now :D - I am so proud of myself - of course, the kids helped too and the hubby was more than happy to jump in and lend a hand - phew... all done now.
This afternoon, when I was supposed to be resting from the cleaning, I decided to wire wrap this little cameo and its very sweet and sparkly - I just couldn't help myself :D
Hope you are all well and good and I hope you have a great week - cheers xoxo
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
...ah well, feeling slightly less murderous today over my little OWL massacre - but as they say, life goes on - in order to make myself feel better LOL I ended up making these two pendants last night and today they were dry enough to take photos of - they are back on the curing rack now for another day :D
Must tear myself away from my jewellery and the computer in order to do some well needed housework - so once this place is spotless and sparkling with cleanliness, I will be back :D
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
My dear blogger buddy Francien from http://franciensbloggie4.blogspot.com/ who was the second winner of my giveaway and chose this little owl pendant as her prize received her owl pendant ...but looking like this - it seems that customs got it into their mental heads that there was something hidden inside the silver filigree balls and decided to hack the pendant up - of course, they found NOTHING - yet its perfectly fine for them to ruin someones gift and then still send it off like nothing happened - I am so sorry Francien that this is what they did to your gift - I will post something else out to you shortly as a substitute gift and hopefully they will leave the jewellery in one piece this time - I AM SO ANGRY I COULD SPIT!!!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
...I received my order of cameos a few days ago, so now I am wire wrapping them with my new supply of Czech beads - they are coming along nicely. The previous horse cameo sold after only 12 hours of being listed, so that's an excellent sign - looks like these little pendants appeal to people so I will keep making them for now :D
Last night my family and I were in our pool at midnight as it was impossible to feel comfortable in the house - it reached 44.8 degrees here yesterday and did not fall under 30 degrees at night time, so not much sleep was had by anyone - even the poor aircon could not keep the house cool enough for comfort - so last night, at 3am I was wire wrapping my pendants - crazy I know, but necessary :D
OK my lovely bloggers, chat to you soon and enjoy the rest of your day :D
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Now this dragonfly pendant was wire wrapped by me, months ago (to see a photo of what the dragonfly looked like before press here http://valzderoart.blogspot.com/2009/10/dragonfly-wire-wrapped-pendantnecklace.html ) and looked a bit plain - so I added my secret mediums and layered resin all over it - I think it looks much better than it did in plain metal. What do you think?
...I found a wonderful website in the US which sells these great Czech fire polished faceted beads (which I LOVE so much) - I ordered 800 of the little suckers in every colour of the rainbow for a very affordable price - so now I have plenty to make as many wire wrapped pendants as I like - I found that buying these in little packs of 10 or 20 on Etsy so very expensive...so now I have fixed up that problem quick smart.
This little blue and white pony cameo was wire wrapped today in antique brass and I think it looks great with the lovely green and blue Czech beads :D
Just a quick heads up that I am unable to leave comments on most blogs (something to do with my desktop computer configurations) but as this computer is my last resort, I don't want to play around too much with it just in case this one gives up the ghost too, then I will really be up s%*& creek with no paddle...the moment I am able to leave comments, I will be visiting your great blogs to do so - cheers all Val xo
Saturday, January 9, 2010
...well ladies - my laptop worked for 24 hours and now its definitely dead - may it RIP - I am having it couriered on Monday to the Asus people as the laptop has a 2 year warranty - I am hoping they will be able to retrieve my lost photos (which are somewhere on the laptop) and also reprogramming it to factory settings - hopefully, I will have it in a months time but in the meantime I will have to use my trusty old desktop computer which is GREAT that I have him to fall back on :D
I have been playing around with some more lockets - daily I have approx 5 packages arriving from the USA and every day is like a b-day, opening up pressies and finding out what it is that I ordered 2 weeks ago :D
Hope everyone is well and good - take care my buddies and I will chat with you soon - HUGZ
Thursday, January 7, 2010
...well ladies, I am still making this new resin jewellery which has now evolved into an obsession with me - love it love it love it!
There is one thing I don't love at the moment tho and that is that my laptop has 'fried its brains' I think so now I have had to go back to my old 'dinosaurus' desktop computer which, thank goodness, still works like a charm, although it is a little bit slow - but I can live with slow right now as I would be lost without the Internet.
Ah well, time to visit the computing place and take the laptop for a check up!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Well lovely ladies, I used that useful little web site for the first time ~Random.org ~ rather than cutting out the names... and I pressed "generate" - the first number that came up was
and then I decided to hit it again and I got
I checked that these two ladies did not choose the same pendant number and then once I saw the prizes did not clash I decided to have two GIVEAWAYS - feeling so generous lately...
I know you are about to scroll down and count the entries right now from the giveaway so I will let the cat out of the bag as to whose entires match those two numbers: they are
CONGRATS: FRANCIEN my buddy (NO 8) and my new Blogger friend BLONDIE (No 2)
Blondie, you will recieve Number 1 pendant :D - Francien, please choose one from 2, 3, 4 or 5 and then both of you ladies can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and leave me your address details and I will have these pendants posted out to you asap.
Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway - wishing you all the best - hugz!
Monday, January 4, 2010
...new pieces added to my Etsy shop - all filigree antique brass jewellery with hand painted polymer clay and my new obsession - RESIN - it really finishes off the pieces nicely.
OK - I will be drawing a winner for the GIVEAWAY this afternoon...will take pics and post the moment I have done it!