I recently received an email from a reader telling me she wanted to make a Fairy Village for her children for Easter! She loved the thought of filling their Easter baskets with handmade gifts...I think it is a lovely idea. She hoped I would be able to send her a few pictures of the little village I made for my girls, so I thought I'd put them on here just in case more of you are interested in doing the same. Take a gander:
Here's the gang enjoying a cupcake party...
I used wood-glue to adhere the separate table pieces (cupcakes are one piece)...
A fine wood-burner tip was used to outline the silverware (pic of tip below)...
The tree is made of one piece...
whereas this little mushroom house is made of two separate pieces...
Don't forget to add a snail on the back of the house!
This is where the fairies baked the cupcakes...
And most importantly, do not forget to sign and date the pieces...this is a must!
Yes, a fun time was had by all! Oh, to be a fairy...
Here's a picture of the wood-burner I purchased at Michael's.
These are the two tips I used--the fine tip was used for the silverware.
As for tips, I believe we used a scroll saw to cut out the little pieces. The majority of the pieces were cut from a plank of pine wood, which was relatively cheap! :) I used a pencil to draw the outlines of the items and then cut them out with the saw, then sanded the edges. I then used a pencil to draw the details, woodburned over the pencil marks, then used cheap craft paint from Michael's to color them. They were SOOO much fun to make! And how cool would it be to make little bunnies for easter to add to their collection? I think I'm going to attempt making some for the girls instead of buying plush bunnies for the baskets...they don't need ANYMORE stuffed animals! lol
Oh! One more tip--I used a Q-tip and blunted toothpick to help clean the paint out of the woodburnt lines--I'm interested in experimenting with painting BEFORE using the woodburner to eliminate the need of using a Q-tip/toothpick.
Alright, that is it! I hope this will be helpful to those of you who are interested in making these.
Let me know if you have any questions!
p.s. If you don't own a wood-burner CLICK HERE for a 40% coupon to Michael's to buy one!
We have a winner!! #37 was randomly picked from random.org, so congrats to Heidi H, the 37th fan to join my facebook fan page! I'll contact you in a jiffy to let you know of the win.
But wait! For kicks n' giggles, let's have a little more fun...I'm feeling like I want to give a 15% discount to all of you lovely readers, facebook fan or not, for the next 24 hours to anything in my shop (discount will end March 25th, 7:00 pm Pacific Standard Time). Just mention you are my blog reader in your notes at checkout and I'll reimburse you the money via PayPal.
p.s. the window is fixed! :)
Last night I decided to go for a jog around the lake so I could get out of the house for a little bit...I should have stayed home because when I got back to my car some punk broke my window, most likely in attempt to steal my purse which I left under the "island" between the front seats. Ugh. And I thought I was parked in a safe location! A couple friends jogged past my car about 8-10 minutes after I had parked, noticed the "open" window, but thought I had left it down on purpose...which means the crime happened right after I left my car. The police officer that helped me thinks that the person watched me park my car, bend over to hide my purse under the island, broke the window once I left, but then somehow got scared off because NOTHING was stolen. Thank goodness! Thought the situation could have been so much worse, it still left me feeling horrible. Not only do we have to replace the dang window, but I have definitely felt violated, vulnerable, and pretty ticked off. It was a real reminder that there are scum bags out there, and that I (we!) need to be careful!
So ladies...listen up!
Hopefully this can be a reminder to never leave your purse in your car, because there could always be a thief waiting around for the perfect opportunity to do to you what they did to me. The officer suggested next time I should leave my purse home, and bring only my driver's license with me.
Too bad we have to worry about these things, huh? Unfortunately this is the type of world we live in.
May this never happen to you!
Ever heard of the movie "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs"?
If you haven't, go out right now and rent it. You won't be disappointed...it is HILARIOUS. In fact, it is our family's favorite movie at the moment, and it just so happens that Avery has a crush on the main character, Flint Lockwood (the guy in the below picture with the crazy hair). Don't tell her I just told you that.
Here is a recent picture (notice I write recent, because there have been many!) Avery drew of herself holding hands with Flint, surrounded by cheeseburgers falling from the sky. Next to them is Flint's pet monkey, Steve, yelling out, "CHEESEBURGERS!"
This is the first time Avery has written words by herself by sounding them out other than the average three-lettered word (i.e. cat, dog, mom, etc.).
I think it's pretty awesome and am still chuckling over it.
p.s. If you're a Facebook user, don't forget to become a fan of "Pamela Susan Jewelry" for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to my store! Winner will be randomly selected this Wednesday, March 24th. Good luck!!
Did St. Pattie's Day really come and go without me blogging something about it? Wow. This time last year I was all over this holiday! Oh well, there's always next year. We did do something fun this year, or should I say Avery and her Grandpa did...they made a leprechaun trap!
Yes, they got pretty creative with a soup pot, acrylic yarn, a "spurtle" (thank you, Uncle Ross!), and tape.
It's kind of hard to see, but the string runs across the room and attaches to the window. Why you ask? For the leprechaun to follow, of course!
(as you can see, the bookshelf is almost full! yippee!)
Well, they didn't catch that mischeivious little man dressed all in green but he did visit our home and it just so happens he left a handful of gold coins in the trap!
And the girls enjoyed every last bit of them.
One last thing--we made a few green accessories to ensure we wouldn't get pinched :
Tutorial coming soon!!
Pamela, a gal who is SO excited for the weekend!
Well, my shop is officially open...it feels good to be back in business!
I have introduced 4 of 6 new designs--here is my MOST favorite one (though I love them all!):
"You Are My Sunshine"
I LOVED creating this piece--this idea has been whirling around my mind for months and it felt so good to finally make it. A genuine Oregon Sunstone gem (which was mined in Eastern Oregon by my dear friend) is set in the middle of this fine silver, hand sculpted pendant made of metal clay (a clay like substance that contains tiny particles of fine silver--when it is fired the organic matter is burned away and a SOLID 99.9 fine silver piece is created!). I created the sun impression that was used for this design--it took a little while to make but was so much fun to do. I just love having a design that is uniquely mine. Too fun.
A little more about SUNSTONES-- The Oregon sunstone is Oregon's official state stone (Yay, Oregon!), and is popular due to it's capability of bending light in 3 directions which makes it extra sparkly! It has a hardness of 6.5 to 7.2 . Simply put, it's a gorgeous stone!
You can find this necklace here.
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"A Wish for You Necklace"
Send a happy wish to yourself or a loved one! I handstamp a "wish" on the back of this beautiful pendant...you choose what you want it to say.
You can find it here.
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I think this is the perfect gift for a bird lover! You can find it here.
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"My Lil' Keylime Cupcake"
Yay for cupcakes! I am so excited to have another little cupcake to sell in my shop. I plan on introducing other flavors soon, such as chocolate and vanilla...how sweet is that?! :)
You can find this one here.
So, now to the important part...it's giveaway time!!
The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate towards any item in my shop! The winner will be randomly selected and will be announced in ONE WEEK on March 24th.
Did I mention it feels good to be back?? Well, it does!
This week our dear neighbor gifted us our first nursery rhyme book...I love it! We had the exact same one when I was a little tike.
We found a little rhyme titled, Daffodils. Avery can't stop reciting it...
Cute, isn't it?? I thought it was fitting since there is a plethora of daffodils blooming away here in the Pacific Northwest...ahh, how I love where I live.
On a different note, I'm opening my shop Monday morning, March 15th...I can't wait to share with you a few of my new designs! Yee-haw!!!
Look what I found hiding in a box in the garage...
A very happy snail.
I made him years ago...
and now I'm itching to get my hands back in the clay to make more. But that'll have to wait a few months while I get my house in order and my shop up and running again...and I'm okay with that. That's just one more thing to look forward to in the upcoming months...spending time in my Mom's studio playing with clay. Ellen and Heidi--hurry up and get your hineys over here so we can have fun getting our hands dirty!