Sunday, April 13, 2014

Down the Rabbit Hole - Charm Swap Reveal!

Hi Everyone!
Welcome to the reveal of our current charm swap- "Down the Rabbit Hole"!
Everyone did a amazing job with their charms and matching ATC's.

 I went a little over the top with my idea. and made a fun necklace with a this hidden message on the wooden spool.
  “Where should I go?" -Alice. "That depends on where you want to end up." - The Cheshire Cat.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass


 It took me over two weeks to completely assemble all the necklaces. 
I pretty much made it up as I worked. 
*~*~ (I have a extra necklace and ATC to give away to one lucky reader!
 Leave a comment here about your favorite Alice in Wonderland memory or character and I'll randomly choose a winner when I post sign ups for the next charm swap!) ~*~*~

Now on to the rest of the charms, ATC's, and pretty packaging's....Enjoy!


 "Drink Me" ATC and charm was created by Sue Cox.
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"Hand Forged-Heart Ring" and ATC created by Ashani Joanne Samuel
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"Alice's Dream" Charm and ATC created by Lyneen Jesse.
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"Always Time for Tea" Charm and ATC created by Mahala Elliot
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"Alice" Pendant on a Satin Blue cord and ATC created by Shelia Goldsberry
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"Do You Play Croquet?" Charm  and ATC created by Amy Bauer
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"Adorned Alice " Pendant with a Red Ribbon cord and ATC created by Carol Hoffman
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"Imagination is Boundless " Alice Charm and ATC created by Glenda Hart
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"Who Are You?" Original art work Charm and ATC created by Robyn Olszowy
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"Alice" Charm and ATC created by Andrea Rivers
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"Altered Penny" Charm and ATC created by Leslie Rahye
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"Steampunk Rabbit" Charm and ATC created by Shawn Price
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"Adorned Chess Piece" Charm and ATC created by Fawndolyn Valentine
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"Tea Time" Rings/Pendants and ATC created by Maria Soto
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 "Key Hole" Charm and ATC created by Susan Brown

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Past charm swap "reveals"  can be seen here.
To be notified of future swaps, feel free to join our "Charms and Faerie Garden" Face book page here.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Barrel Cactus in Bloom by Michelle Frae Cummings

To take a break from my normal crafting, I thought it would be fun to show you a mixed media painting I did for this months theme- "Flowers".
I'm currently in Borrego Springs, Ca visiting my Mother. They had some rain a couple of days ago so most of the desert floor is still green and the flowers are still in the budding stage, not ready  to open up.
When I created  this barrel cactus cluster, I painted them in anticipation of what they will look like in a few weeks!
 I started first by painting the cactus base shapes with green watercolor. Then I added shades of bright yellow, yellow green and dark green watercolor. When the paint was dry, I added some definite detail with gold, dark green and pink pearlescent  watercolors by Yasutomo.

Next I used my finger to add some shades of Inka-Gold.
Lavared for the blooms with some Champagne in the center. Oldgold and Champagne for the cactus sharp spines. The nice thing about Inka-Gold is that once it set, it will not smear and your art work can be enjoyed with no hassle.
Lastly I used a fine tip black Sharpie to bring the Barrel Cactus cluster to life!

Thank you for visiting. I hope you have enjoyed the "change of scenery" from my normal crafting. :)
~Michelle

Please use the "hop forward" button to the right of this post -  for The Designer Craft Connection group to see what else is "blooming" on their blogs too!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Garden Blog Hop Winners!


Winners from this Garden Blog hop have been picked!
Please visit The Robins Nest Blog to see if you have won!


Monday, March 31, 2014

A Butterfly Decorated Seed Caddy

Welcome to The Robins Nest Garden Blog Hop!
You will find plenty of garden inspired crafts to get you in the mood for Spring!.
Every designer participating in the hop is giving away a Butterfly crafting kit, valued at $15- courtesy of The Robins Nest!
Make sure you visit The Robins Nest blog so you can visit each of the designers and increase your chances of winning!
My project was inspired by my love of gardening and that I needed a practical yet attractive holder for all my seeds!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Vintage Kitty Tag!

Happy Friday!
Come join me on The Robins Nest blog today and see how you can make this darling vintage kitty tag! See you there!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Decorated Hand Mirror

Here is something I created using some pretty paper, vintage clip art and a plain hand mirror.
Click here for the tutorial!

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