Blackbird singin’ in the dead of night…

I found this beautiful pendant and decided to make a necklace and earring set.  I call them the blackbirds…

….blackbird fly!

(The necklace is about 19 inches long with an adjustable lobster claw clasp).

matching earrings

These little birdies need a home!  Check out the necklace and earrings here.

Product Review: Loew Cornell Clay Modeling Tools

One of the first things you’ll need when you begin working with polymer clay is some sort of tool set.  You can get by for a while without tools, but eventually you’ll realize they just make things so much easier.  I started out with this basic set from Loew Cornell, which can be found at Michaels or Hobby Lobby for only a few dollars.  The Loew Cornell Clay Tool Set includes three tools, each with two ends, and are perfect for smoothing, shaping, and contouring. 

While there are many more advanced sets out there that you can do a lot more with, this set is a great one to start with – it’s basic enough that everyone from beginners to more serious crafters can get good use out of them, they’re plastic and very easy to clean, and best of all, they are cheap!

 

What modeling tools have you used?

Lucky Charm

Being part Irish (thanks to my grandfather, my only non-completely Italian grandparent) and having the fair skin and freckles to prove it, I have always liked St. Patrick’s Day.  It doesn’t hurt that my family is from Chicago, where we dye our river green to celebrate St. Patty’s Day.

Which made me think of this shamrock bouquet charm….literally a lucky charm!

 

Get your own lucky charm here!  Or if there’s another lucky charm you’d like, just send me a message and I can whip one up for you!

Pretty Ponytails

Sometimes when I just throw my hair up into a ponytail for the day, I feel a little blah.  Sure, it’s easy and comfortable and takes about 30 seconds, but it never feels all that cute.  So I decided to find a way to fancy up that ponytail a little bit.  A basic hair band, a pretty flower, a bead, and voila!

Check out my hair accessories here and say goodbye to boring, everday ponytails!

March of the Penguins

These penguins were made for a bride in West Henrietta, New York.  This bride had been looking for something special and handmade to include a memorable detail of her engagement – her fiance had proposed to her while they were watching March of the Penguins.  She is planning an all white wedding, so all the details and accessories of the penguins were white to match.  Instead of a wedding cake, the couple plan to have a cupcake display, so the little penguins will be showcased at the top of the display.

They look so formal in their black and white attire!