Thursday, January 24, 2013

Free Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Vintage Wood Stain


 I tried it and one word - A M A Z I N G!

 I have some lovely vintage graphics that I wanted to frame and give as gifts for Valentines day.

I bought some cheap wood frames from Walmart, printed my vintage graphics and followed these easy directions:

http://www.homeheartcraft.com/blog/diy-vintage-wood-stain








Some additional ideas:


a.)  old windows:


b.)  repurposing old shelving units:



c.)  old bed frames:
















Thank you Honor @ Homeheartcraft.com !
I encourage you to check out all of her tutorials.  Each one is better than the last one!!!!

Have a great day!!!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

First Signs of Autism



I wanted to pass this on.  
I found the words pretty accurate.  

The information was obtained from:  



First sign of Autism/Asperger’s in babies and toddlers-text book language











 Doesn’t make eye contact when being fed or changed
 Doesn't smile when smiled at
 Doesn't respond to his or her name to the sound of a familiar voice
 Doesn't point or wave goodbye or use other gestures to communicate
 Doesn’t follow objects visually
 Doesn’t follow the gesture when you point things out
 Doesn’t make noises to get your attention
 Doesn’t initiate or respond to cuddling
 Doesn’t imitate your movements and facial expressions
 Doesn’t reach out to be picked up
 Doesn’t play with other children or share interest and enjoyment
 Doesn’t ask for help or make other basic requests
   
Early signs of Autism/Asperger’s in babies and toddler-parent language













 Can have a large head circumference
 Can have tongue tie
 Feeding problems-breast and bottle; arching body away from nipple
 Gastric reflux
 Arching body backwards when picked up (from 1 month)
 Bathing problems-not liking baths or hair washing (from birth)
 Sleep  problems-not sleeping for more than an hour at a time
 Crying isn’t soothed by parent picking up
 Light sensitive
 “Flat” facial expression (facial affect)
 Easily startled by new objects or sounds
 Frequent ear infections
 Texture affected with solid food
 Needing to stand up to poo (in the same spot in the house)
 Lining up cars and other objects
 Likes to do things over and over-robot like actions
 Likes to watch spinning objects-fans, wheels on cars
 Doesn’t learn from other children modeling e.g. how to ride a tricycle
 Wanting to wear the same clothes every day
 Distressed by changes in routine

The following list of developmental delays do warrant an evaluation by your child’s pediatrician:

By 6 months: No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions
By 9 months: No back and forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial  expressions back-and forth
By 12 months: Lack of response to name
By 12 months: No babbling or “baby talk”
By 12 months: No back and forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving
By 16 months: No spoken words
By 24 months: No meaningful two word phrases at don’t involve imitating or repeating

I hope this helps identify those first signs.  Remember the best outcome is with early intervention.  
©Nelle  Frances  2013









   
If this helps just one person - one child... 
Early intervention is the key.  The earlier the better! 





Monday, January 14, 2013

Six Inspirational Jewelry Tutorials


Learn how to make your own jewelry!
In no particular order ... drum roll please...:

Ombre Necklace Tutorial





Frayed Ribbon Necklace
























http://shinylittlethings.blogspot.com/2010/01/frayed-ribbon-necklace.html





Delightful Bangle 


















Book Page Necklace
























Quick Beauties























Vintage Valentine Necklace









I hope you enjoyed these free tutorials!!!!

My thanks to each and every artist that took the time to share their creativity and talent!

Personally, I enjoyed making each and every one of them!!!!!!!!!








Saturday, January 12, 2013

My List of Beading/Crafting/Jewelry Resources


My Compiled list of Resources to start 2013 off right!


updated 1/12/13
WORK IN PROGRESS...
...in alphabetical order

ARTISTS
need to add specifics:
  METAL CLAY

  MIXED MEDIA

  POLYMER




BEADS/HANDMADE JEWELRY MAKING
including SEQUINS

Accessories of Old
vintage emporium including:  applique, beads, buttons, braids, bakelite bracelets, bridal fashions, buckles, costume jewelry, sequins, hair accessories, jacquard, lace, ribbons, motifs, trims, etc

A Grain of Sand
vintage and contemporary beads and findings including sequins

Auntie’s Beads
handmade jewelry making supplies

B&B Jewelry Components
jewelry making supplies

beadaholique
jewelry Making Supplies

beadcore, inc
http://www.beadcore.com

BeadFX
handmade jewelry making supplies

Beads Magic
http://beadsmagic.com
free patterns

Beadwright
Nicole’s beadbacking

Berger Specialty Company
vintage beads and beading supplies including sequins

Beyond Beadery
seed beads and beading materials including brass blanks for cuffs

Bezel Form
jewelry bezel and wire wrapping mandrels

Brandywine Jewelry Supply
handmade jewelry making supplies

B.V. Gems Inc.
Online Jewelry Wholesale and Retail Store

Cartwright’s Sequins and Vintage Buttons
huge selection of sequins

CGM Inc
findings and wholesale jewelry

Charm Factory

Dollar Beads
subsidiary of Talisman Associates (http://www.talismanbeads.com)

Empyrean Beads
vintage and modern seed and bugle beads from around the world

Fields Fabrics
ultrasuede

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads
handmade jewelry making supplies

Fried (France)
beads, seed beads, buttons, sequins - minimum order required 

Fusion Beads
jewelry making supplies

Gary Wilson Stones
specializing in hand cut cabochons, focal beads, and one-of-a-kind strands; rockhound and lapidary

Guyot Brothers
findings

Halstead Bead, Inc
wholesale jewelry findings, beads, chain & wire

Happy Mango Beads
handmade jewelry making supplies

Lima Beads
handmade jewelry making supplies

Magpie Gemstones
handmade jewelry making supplies

Monsterslayer
http://www.monsterslayer.com
jewelry making supplies

Preciosa
genuine czech crystal beads

Rings & Things
jewelry making supplies

Rio Grande
jewelry making supplies

Shipwreck Beads
handmade jewelry making supplies

Sparkle Spot LLC
gem and bead store

SoftFlex Company
handmade jewelry making supplies

Vintage Jewelry Supplies
handmade jewelry making supplies

Whimbeads
seed beads and beading materials

Wire Sculpture
offer wire artists, wire wrappers and wire sculptors products for the art of wire sculpture



BEAD SHOWS

Bead and Button Show

Beadfest

Intergalactic Bead and Jewelry Show
http://www.beadshows.com/

Wirefest.com


BLOGS

need to add (several hundred more)


CHAINMAILLE:

Blue Buddha Boutique

CRAFTS, MIXED MEDIA and ARTIST SUPPLIES
including POLYMER/METAL CLAY

Alpha Stamps
mixed media:  rubber stamps, collage sheets, kits, themes, jewelry stuff, collage supplies, etc
American Science and Surplus
overstock odds and ends

Baroque Art Guiders Paste
collection of various waxes, resins and high concentrations of pigments
Cool Tools
creativity tools for metal clay artists

Dick Blick
artist, crafter and designer products, materials and supplies

Frantic Stamper
paper crafting, scrap-booking, stamps, punches, dies, inks, etc 

Meyer Imports
artist, crafter and designer products, materials and supplies
specializing in European glittering supplies

Nona Designs
artist, crafter and designer products, materials and supplies

Save-on Crafts
craft supplies including: floralytes, fiberoptics, lights, stemware, preserved flowers, freeze dried petals, eco-friendly confetti and decorations, feathers, millinery, baskets, vase lights, natural touch flowers, crystal trees, wedding trees, curtains, paper crafts, floral supplies, vases and party supplies



CRAFT (RETAIL) STORES and/or SUPPLIES

A.C. Moore Arts and Crafts

Hobby Lobby

Joann Fabric and craft stores

Michaels Arts and Crafts

Target
http://www.target.com/

Walmart

MAGAZINES
Art Jewelry
Bead and Button
Bead Patterns The Magazine
Bead Style
Beadwork
Lapidary Artist
Niche
Polymer Clay Cafe
Step by Step Wire Jewelry
Stringing
need to add the rest...

MARKETING TOOLS/SELLING ON-LINE
including (SOCIAL MEDIA):

Amazon
marketplace

Artfire
marketplace for handmade and supplies

Copious
http://copious.com/

Craftori
arts.crafts.vintage

Craftsy
http://www.craftsy.com

Craftylink
http://craftylink.com

DaWanda
http://en.dawanda.com/
marketplace

Ebay
ebay.com
auction and shop (buy it now) marketplace

Etsy
marketplace for handmade, vintage/antique and supplies

Facebook

HandmadeSupplies

Hometalk
http://www.hometalk.com/
Hometalk is where homeowners, renters and pros share and help with home & gardening

Klout
http://klout.com

LinkedIn
http://www.linkedin.com

Listia
http://www.listia.com
marketplace

LuLu
http://www.lulu.com
tell your story

MySpace

pearltrees
http://www.pearltrees.com

Pinterest
http://www.pinterest.com

ProBoards
create your own forum

Repinly
http://www.repinly.com

Scoop.It

Tophatter
tophatter.com
auction style marketplace

Tweeter
http://www.tweeter.com

Wanelo
http://www.wanelo.com
catalog of products organized by people;  you can buy almost everything you see on Wanelo, and everything is posted by members
Yardsellr
http://yardsellr.com
In the tradition of neighborhood garage- and yard-sales, we make it easy for you to sell or buy whatever you want. Best of all, the buying and selling is done by regular people like you. That means you get great prices from folks you can trust within your network or within a friend's network.

Zibbet
marketplace for handmade, fine art, vintage, supplies

Zulily
http://www.zulily.co


MARKETING/SELLING SHOWS:

ZAPP
ZAPP® enables individual artists to apply online to multiple art shows through one central Web site, http://www.ZAPPlication.org. The online application process also allows artists to directly upload digital images of their artwork for jury review. 

PHOTOGRAPHY 

http://www.flickr.com/

http://picasaweb.google.com/home

http://www.shutterstock.com

http://weheartit.com

need to add photo editing software and other photo sites...


RESIN / VINTAGE IMAGES

Altered Bits

Astrid’s Artistic Efforts 
http://pinterest.com/astridchristine/

Lilac & Lavender
http://pinterest.com/meganb84/

Mudbay Images

Objects and Elements
http://www.ObjectsandElements.com
metals, tools, bezels, resin, etc

Fenderskirts Vintage

The Background Fairy

The Graphics Fairy

The Graphics Fairy DIY
http://www.graphicsfairy-diy.com

The Old Design Shop
http://olddesignshop.co


will add etsy shops with digital files...


SCHOOLS

AA Beads & More in Sebastion Florida email:aabeads@bellsouth.net
The Down The Street Bead Shows www.thedownthestreetbeadshow.com  Orange City, Florida
Idyllwild Arts in California
John C Campbell Folk School in North Carolina
Nature’s Creation Ltd. www.dichroic.biz  email: info@dichroic.biz Wasco Illinois
Rye Arts Center in New York
Studio Jewelers Ltd in New York City
William Holland School of Lapidary Arts www.lapidaryschool.com  email: lapidary@windstream.net  in Georgia
3rd Ward in Brooklyn, New York 

RESOURCES:
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 1ST QUARTER 2013:
1st January: New Year
21st January: Martin Luther King Day
25th January: Burns Night
26th January: Australia Day
10th February 2013: Chinese New Year - Year of the Snake
2nd February 2013: Groundhog Day
6th February 2013: Waitangi Day (New Zealand Day)
12th February 2013: Mardi Gras
12th February 2013: Pancake Day
14th February 2013: Valentine's Day
18th February 2013: President's Day
1st March 2013: St David's Day
2nd March 2013: Dr Seuss's Birthday
7th March 2013: World Book Day
10th March 2013: Mother's Day (UK)
11th March 2013: Commonwealth Day
17th March 2013: St Patrick's Day
31st March 2013: Easter
Seasons: Winter and Summer

ETC

TUTORIALS:

  TUTS BEADING AND WIRE:

beaducation
tools, supplies and online classes

Interweave
http://www.interweave.com

Jewelry Lessons
http://www.jewelryessons.com

Jewelry Making Daily
http://www.hewelrymakingdaily.com

  TUTS CLAY (POLYMER AND METAL):

Clay Lessons


  TUTS MIXED MEDIA


  TUTS MISC:
ask.com
FixYa.com
instructables.com
Ustream.com
youtube.com


I wanted to share what I have collected thus far in some sort of organized fashion.
There is so much more to list.  I have speciic beading, clay, wire tutorials.  Also to add, etsy shops and artists blogs and so much more!!!!!

If you have anything you would like me to add - please comment.  I will update this list monthly and show it as a cumulative update.  By the end of 2013, I am hoping to have one heck of a resource guide for everyone *seasoned and new artists.




I also want to note that I have no affiliation with any of the above.  No payment was made nor received.  This is just a list of resources that may help you in your search for things to help your artistry!!!!