K is for: Keep Calm

Keep Calm and Bead On. From Club Creative Studio.
Keep Calm and Bead On. From Club Creative Studio.

I love all of the poster quotes that remind us to “Keep Calm”.

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Here are a few of my favorite art and jewelry related themes found on Pinterest.  Is there one that resonates with you?

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J is for: Jewelry

J is for jewelry.  Many appreciate hand-made jewelry…and for good reasons.

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When I decided to design my own jewelry art items and make my own hand-made beads to incorporate in jewelry and other items, I knew it was going to be an expressive time for me.  It has become a welcomed challenge to be creative everyday.  I knew I was going to be able to help people become more bold in their personal styles, and I knew I had the time and talent to share art and share my creative journey efforts with others.

Growing up with creative ideas and armed with an Art Education background, I already had the stepping stones laid out for me to follow a creative path.  I have looked forward ever since then to ways that I could help others overcome ordinary and appreciate being individual and one-of-a-kind, just as my jewelry line and other hand-made beaded items offer.

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One of the coolest aspects of making exclusive pieces of art is knowing that the process can not and will not be duplicated. I have happily discovered that there are limitless ways that I can create and although a technique may be used in the same manner, the experience, materials and product outcome are always different. This allows me to continuously offer one-of-a-kind jewelry items. I am so proud of that.  Jewelry makes women, men and gift-givers feel good. Holding on to good moments and memories are what makes life more full.

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My exception to creating items with a similar outcome are for wedding party requests or specific custom orders for matching sets. When this is possible, I oblige.  Sometimes jewelry art calls for commonality as in those special cases.

The most rewarding art creations however, come from the times that I am able to experiment and create “free-form” art. Without any pre-conceived notions, expectations, sketches or even particular materials in hand- those are the challenges that face me with the most satisfaction. These are the times that jewelry works with me and for me.

To view more creations, remember that Club Creative Studio can be found on many different media platforms such as our Newsletter (see sidebar click-in option), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblar. Are you following the creativity?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I is for: Interior

I is for: Interior.

Collect your ideas to use when you have the time to decorate as you truly desire.
Collect your ideas to use when you have the time to decorate as you truly desire.

Interior design and designers interest me because creativity is constantly around.

I can appreciate those that can and do decorate confidently and have fun. I love that creative people can embrace a design idea and create a space based on that.

I move quite often as part of a military family and so I have to reinvent and redecorate my surroundings often.  I decided that for the letter “I” blog challenge, I will share a few interior decorating tips that I use on a regular basis as I move and relocate every few years.

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Useful Decorating Tips

Start: take time to collect your thoughts and ideas. Use a journal or an online source like Pinterest, or collect pictures from magazines for inspiration.  Take your sketches or file bag to stores with you. Include measurements, floor plans or carpet/fabric/tile samples when you are shopping for the perfect color combinations.

Select and Respect:  colors that you can live with and are not just trends. Although you can always repaint or buy new accessories, it is easiest to stay inside your comfort zone when you are on a tight budget.  When selecting colors on the walls, take a step back with a squint. Chances are, if everything blends well in a squint then your colors will work well together. And by all means, consider those that you live with and their opinions. It pays to have everyone comfortable and in agreement with color and décor choices. You can always ease someone into your more unconventional or preferred style taste slowly.

Variety:  Alternate soft and hard items in your rooms. Hard items are things like furniture, chests and tables, you know surface items.  Soft items are items like plants, pillows, and cushion or upholstered chairs.

Recycle: To save money and time, recycle or reinvent the things you have. Paint, reupholster, or just discover a new use for an item you once used at a different location.  Also, give your household goods a second glance in a new setting. Sometimes the change of space, lighting and a different wall color make your old things look new again.

Accents:  Place items in groups of odd numbers. When hanging framed artwork- lower is better than higher.  Eye level is good. Include lighting in different places for ambience.

Unique Style:  Adding home décor items that are unique to your taste and style create a space with personality.  Make your mark in the room by including unique, personal, or even odd items for comfort and conversation starters.

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H is for: One Point Hair Pin

Club Creative Studio- Close-up: Tip Hair Pin
Club Creative Studio- Close-up: Tip Hair Pin

Club Creative Studio takes pride in creating with beads. There are many projects in the works and projects yet to be discovered. Today, I share photos of my first one point hair pin project.

Start point of Club Creative Studio's one point hair pin.
Start point of Club Creative Studio’s one point hair pin.

Two wooden one point hair pins were included in my bead soup challenge mix from Tami Norris.  I had never used a hair pin personally and I had also never thought to create one with beads…until now.

What is a One Point Hair Pin?

A one point hair pin is a hair accessory.  The long stem stick ends in a point at one end and has a knob ornament on the other end. The pins are worn both to help anchor hair into place as well as to add decoration.

Where did the hair pin originate? The single stemmed hairpin was in existence in early Greek, Roman and Egyptian times although some anthropologists believe that even the very earliest cave dwellers used everything from thorns, sticks, bones and stone to fashion crude hair pins. So, this is nothing “new”, although it is new to me creating one.

The point hair pins have been documented as being worn in China in the earliest days of the Chinese empire.  The single stem hairpins from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries were elaborately adorned. So, it is fitting that I adorn one with hand-made beading.

Club Creative Studio-beginning beads on a hair pin accessory.
Club Creative Studio-beginning beads on a hair pin accessory.

It has been recorded by historians that a wooden hair-pin was found among Roman remains at Uriconium.

Japanese versions were very long and were created without pin head adornments.  They were also worn in pairs with the stick’s ends projecting for an impressive distance from opposites of the scalp.  Often the pins were crossed in the middle.

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I started out making a beaded bead. I used seed beads. The idea was to use the tip as a form for the bead. The last step would be to embellish the bead.

Because I used such small beads, the results were delicate. It seemed like an eternity to complete, but I am happy with the end project.  Now on to attempt number two!

Are you a fan of wearing hair pins? What do you like about hair pins and where do you purchase your collection?  Have you ever considered ordering a custom-made or beaded hair pin for yourself or a friend?  I am curious.

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G is for: Grateful

 

Close-Up Bead Soup Challenge 2014The Bead Soup Challenge is underway for me at Club Creative Studio. I have received my beads and I am grateful that I can finally start my creative journey.

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The bead soup challenge allows those paired up to exchange a stash of beads that are challenging and inspire creativity, then they share their final creations online, in their blogs, and on Pinterest to name a few platforms.

This year, I assigned myself on the list as a “seed bead” artist, which was a new category.  I also was granted by special permission, a second “Bead Angel” whom shared a variety of great beads. I got both boxes in the mail recently.

Bead Batch from: Robin Reed Artistry Hand Crafted Bead Designs.

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Here is a generous and inspirational portion of beads shared by Robin.
Here is a generous and inspirational portion of beads shared by Robin.

This bead soup mixture contained focal beads, seed beads, crystals, glass beads, clasps and even buttons! There is NO QUESTION that I am inspired and eager to start creating from this creative bead batch. I follow Robin Kae Reed’s blog at http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com at Artistry Handcrafted Bead Designs

I love this color palette.
I love this color palette.

Robin also included several bags of green tea- that is a wonderful surprise!

This year I am certainly experiencing a challenge with this bead soup event. I have found a way that works for me to use mismatched beads and elements and I hope that the projects I have in mind show my creative side, and growth as well as an artist.

I have certainly grown to appreciate my strengths to create with what is in front of me at any given point in time. I am grateful that I can create from shared elements.

Bead Batch From: Tami Norris

This is a mixed media bead soup.
This is a mixed media bead soup.

Tami shared wooden hair sticks (which I have never made before), plastic beads, faux pastel pearl beads, some hand-made resin dome cabochons, cream satin ribbon, seed beads, miscellaneous and irregular glass beads, metal florals, and a clasp.

I have chosen select elements from this batch and I am pleasantly surprised at what has evolved! This challenge has given me added confidence in my skills to develop art that is truly unique stemming from resources that are uncommon to me in normal use.

Stop by the additional blogs which will follow this blog post, highlighting the progress made in these two specific bead challenges. I hope you enjoy the process as much as I do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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F is for: Finally Finished

Club Creative Studio invests time in creating one-of-a-kind, hand-made beaded items.  Today’s feature is a statement necklace that took about three days of on-and-off work. The creative process for me can be short or long in duration, it depends on the final bead count.

PHASE ONE:

Phase One: laying out a few elements for considerations.
Phase One: laying out a few elements for considerations.

PHASE TWO:

Phase Two: close-up of focal portion of hand-made beaded statement necklace from Club Creative Studio
Phase Two: close-up of focal portion of hand-made beaded statement necklace from Club Creative Studio.

PHASE THREE:

Phase Three: Half of the statement necklace. It is evolving.
Phase Three: Half of the statement necklace. It is evolving.

FINAL PHASE FOUR:

I wish I would have counted the number of beads I used in this statement necklace. Now, I  am just curious and still wondering of the actual count of beads that were incorporated.

The thrill of creating hand-made jewelry is being witness to the art process and evolution.  Although drafts and initial design ideas are considered, art changes and evolves in all phases of development. Sometimes the process is quick, sometimes it takes days to finish. It is ALWAYS, however a rewarding process to see start to finish art.

Final Phase: Finished Art!
Final Phase: Finished Art!

Do you have a project I can work on for you? The creativity is ready to be shared! Contact me to discuss your custom design jewelry needs. http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

 

 

 

 

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E is for: Elegant

Club Creative Studio Elegant Jewelry
Club Creative Studio Elegant Jewelry

Club Creative Studio’s signature designs have a distinct love of color and design flair, but don’t hesitate to use the word “elegant” to also describe designs as well.

Wedding headband by Club Creative Studio
Wedding headband by Club Creative Studio

There are three words that are most used to describe our jewelry art: festive, unique and handmade. However, add the word elegant, and you have a new category all together.

Elegant beaded strands form Club Creative Studio
Elegant beaded strands form Club Creative Studio

When there is a particular call or expression for a subdued style or sophistication outside of bold and expressive, our art has also found a way to fit right in to those needs.

Vintage and elegant. Pearl wire-wrapped necklace from Club Creative Studio
Vintage and elegant. Pearl wire-wrapped necklace from Club Creative Studio

Club Creative Studio has a vast range of design and appeal.  It is a welcomed challenge to design with new and desired looks, that’s what makes the art process so exciting and rewarding.

Club Creative Studio-Hand-made Ball Gown accessories.
Club Creative Studio-Hand-made Ball Gown accessories.

I love creating for special occasions that require an elegant look. Military balls, socialite occasions, weddings, proms, and other important life events are perfect for wearing something unique, hand-made and elegant. I am always ready to design something special just for you to enable you to Overcome Ordinary and Set Yourself Apart with Club Creative Studio Art. 

Contact us to let us know what your custom design needs are.

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D is for: Discouragement

Don’t get me wrong, I love visiting friends and family in Nebraska.  But, the large pockets of areas with no internet service are just too much for me to handle. I was very discouraged.

Club Creative Studio in Nebraska
Club Creative Studio in Nebraska

I had great intentions to continue my daily Instagram and blog challenges during my travels.  I had constant interruptions of service and periods of roaming or non-existent bars.  This made for many frustrations on my part in keeping up with timely posts and being creative with blogging.

The plan now to ease my discouragement is to carry on. I have faith in my efforts to catch up.

Today, I still feel a little discouraged but, this is day one on the road to blog and photo-a-day recovery. After all, I still have things to say and share, I only need to allow myself the time to rebound from the service lapse and continue with a positive attitude. Wish me luck!

Although I was not able to connect to the internet- Art and creative blogging is dependent on a good connection!
Although I was not able to connect to the internet- Art and creative blogging is dependent on a good connection!

 

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C is for: Challenge Using Instagram

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Welcome to the website and blog that is dedicated to creativity.  As I continue to blog daily in the A to Z Challenge, I want to bring attention to another platform that I participate in: Instagram and Instagram Challenges.

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I am new to the social media platform Instagram but, I am enjoying sharing photographs, discovering new artists and browsing hashtags.

The discovery of monthly CHALLENGES have been inspiring to me and I have taken on a few challenges. I am currently taking part in two this month. A person shares their “challenge list” and anyone that wants to follow along in the themes are free to post and “tag” them with hashtag use.

My New Challenges

1. Crafty Photo-a-day April Challenge

2. April Photo-a-day Challenge

3. May Craft Challenge

Within the Crafty April Challenge, I have been posting tips, art ideas, or actual personal projects that coincide with the challenge list of #iLoveToCreate. Here is their list of prompts. I think they can also be used as blog prompts for me later.

Ribbon, Tacky Glue, Doodles, Sparkle, Recycled Craft, Inspiration, Spring D.I.Y., Favorite Craft Supply, D.I.Y. Décor, Paint, Pinterest Inspired, Embellishment, D.I.Y. Fashion, Sketching, Hand-made Gift, Sewing, Puffy Paint, Yarn, My Craft Space, Easter Eggs, Stickers, Kid Craft, Pretty Papers, Glitter, Markers, Fabric Stash, Craft Hoard, By Best D.I.Y. Ever, Scissors, Jewelry I made,

Can you see how this list can be inspiring to create or write about?

The April Photo-a-day Challenge was probably created to highlight creativity in photography. Using the hashtag #fmsphotography on Instagram, I will be posting my photographs within the following theme list below.

Something purple, In my hand, Shapes, Good Together, Not mine, Taste of Spring/autumn, Where I’d rather be, Hobby, Dark, My favorite part of the day, Three of a kind, On my feet, More please, Dirty, I’m reading this, My vice, Something I learned, Good, Money, Egg, Close, Four things, Entrance, A pop of color, Remember, Enjoy the little things, Under my feet, Chaotic, Contrast, Something silly.

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The May Craft Challenge list was started by #the_diy_girls. I may be blogging about that at a later date.  If you wish to follow the creativity from Club Creative Studio on Instagram, I can be found at #clubcreativestudioart I welcome you to stop by with a “like” or comment on any social media platform I can be found on.  Thank you for stopping by today as well.

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B is for: Beaded Beads

Close-up beaded bead, hand-made from Club Creative Studio
Close-up beaded bead, hand-made from Club Creative Studio

B is for Beaded Beads. This is Day Two of the A to Z Challenge.  I love creating hand-made beads created from beads.  Think of a beaded bead as a creative larger bead made from many smaller beads.

Blue crystal and pearl beaded bead.
Blue crystal and pearl beaded bead.

There are two common types of beaded beads.

The first type of beaded beads are made by adding beads around an entire “blank” bead, or some type of inner core.  Commonly, wood beads are covered and they become the inner structure.  Beads added around it form a new beaded shell, or covering.

I often use a marker or pen to stabilize the shape I want for my bead shape.
I often use a marker or pen to stabilize the shape I want for my bead shape.

The second type of beaded beads are the kind that I most like to create because I have compete control over the final size and shape of the completed bead.  This is where imagination and creativity come into play of designing a beaded bead. I often use a marker or pen to stabilize the beads into the shape that I want when I first begin creating a beaded bead without a inner core.

Festive and colorful beaded beads hand-made by Club Creative Studio.
Festive and colorful beaded beads with no inner core. Hand-made by Club Creative Studio.
More hand-made beaded beads from Club Creative Studio.
More hand-made beaded beads from Club Creative Studio.

Creating and incorporating hand-made beaded beads into the jewelry art that I create offers yet another unique element. These beads are one-of-kind, and I believe are also extraordinary.

To view additional beaded creations from the Club Creative Studio collection, please feel free to browse the website shopping section tab at http://www.clubcreativestudio.com or write me to inform me of your custom jewelry requests. I love creating Art That Sets You Apart!

 

 

 

 

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