Welcome to the Feature Friday post from Club Creative Studio.
This post highlights an interesting recent creation. It may have started out as “trash” but, I am happy that I can refer to it as “treasure” now. I spent time visiting an interesting person and in the mist of one of our conversations she quickly swept away the empty gun shells from a desk top to throw away. Her son, a police officer had the discarded shells from his training. Who knew that being tidy in front of me would make her change gears and not toss the trash.
I asked her if I could have the empty shells because I had an idea to drill a hole through it and somehow make an interesting pendant. She agreed to share them with a smile and a bit of confusion. It was hard for her to imagine that I could really use them for something artful. I had ideas in my mind, and I could not wait to show her the results.
Needless to say, I found a way to be creative with the empty shells.
Mixed with a combination of beads, metal wire, crystals, sequins and charms, these bullet shell casings are made to be one-of-a-kind, unique pendants hanging from a simple chain.
These creations will be available online after a brief introduction at a four-day holiday craft fair the first week of November, 2012 in Rockledge, PA.
As today’s Feature Friday post I would just like to add a few graphics here that I found to highlight as inspiration. I hope that you have the opportunity to take time for yourself and use it wisely to improve upon something intellectually. It may be as simple as taking an hour out for a teleseminar or webinar or an extended plan for a course or degree.
The reason I have chosen to take a minute to post specifically on this topic is because I recently took the plunge, overcame fears and took part in my first teleseminar and webinar situations. They were very rewarding, and proved to be a time investment! It took too long to beat around the bush and not explore these key educational opportunities, so I decided to join in. What will you be able to do to improve yourself creatively? What’s your way to K.E.Y. in life? Feel free to share your learning experiences with us here in a comment.
I wish you happy CREATING and happy LEARNING DISCOVERIES!
This will probably be the shortest post ever from Club Creative Studio. In today’s TNT (This-N-That) post, I want to share a creative recipe for “puffy paint”. The ingredients are from the kitchen. Before you gather your mixing supplies, take some time to also recycle and collect the containers you wish to place your “paint” in.
Any recycled plastic bottle that is also a squeeze-type container will work the best. Those plastics from items like emptied shampoo, dish soap, syrup, ketchup. mustard, honey, salad dressings and oil containers, will work fine, for example. Take note of the variety of lid tips because this mixture will be thick yet you want it to flow easily out of the tip of the container you place the paint in.
Try it for a fun, different and inexpensive project. It may be exactly what you are looking for in price, texture and technique.
Here is an example of how you can focus this technique on a fall decorative creation.
Puffy Paint Recipe:
1 Cup Salt
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Water
Mix well, you really don’t want large lumps to form and you want it to flow out of your container tip. Have fun creating with this low-cost activity.
Today’s Club Creative Studio “Two-Cent Tuesday” post is a prompt to look closer within your own community for a new creative view. Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy outdoor festivals and gatherings. Most craft-fairs and fall festivals do not have an entrance fee so it makes the creative views even more appealing. Are there events you can explore in your area this weekend?
If you happen to find a different place to be other than your local backyard, you may discover highlights from around a new town to enjoy and appreciate. This was the case when I recently visited another state. Unaware of the annual festivities focused around the region, we enjoyed what was called “Mountain Heritage Day” in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Held on the grounds of Western Carolina University.
Mountain Heritage Day celebrates the traditions of rich southern Appalachian Music, Dance, Arts, and Folklore. There were 100 plus, Juried Handmade Arts and Crafts Booths, with Three Traditional Music Stages, a Kid’s Area, Cherokee Stickball Games, Workshops, Heritage Demonstration sand Exhibit Areas, Living History Area, Canning and Baking Contests, an Antique Car Show, Chainsaw Competition and plenty of Festival Food. You gotta love that “fried pie”.
The pride of the mountains is reflected in the arts during this day-long festival. This celebration was the 30th annual celebration. It proudly showcased some of the finest arts, crafts, music and dance of the southeast since 1974. It has been named one of the top 200 craft events in the United States. I hope you run across a great fall festival in your area soon.
I hope that you have the time to discover something that expresses and appreciates the arts like a good-old-fashioned fall festival.