Friday, April 30

Tools As Gifts... New Projects &Tags...

One of my favorite units in high school art class
was stained glass. The electives in college were
always very expensive... and usually full.
Last year I purchased a supply of glass pieces
for a song... they have sat waiting!
Rose (a very sweet blogging friend)
and I shared a conversation about
different projects we would like to do...
Sweet little charms are on BOTH our to-do-lists!
I told my Sweet 16, who told her daddy...
LOOK what I got for my birthday!

An extra hand!
This is the sweetest little helping tool~
They found it at Hobby Lobby craft store.
The solder is lead-free, too!

When I get A LOT more practice... I will share
some how-to-tips. For now I will call them
Teddy Bear Charms!
A wee-bit shabby for people wear! ha! ha!
Tiny little fabric originals tucked between glass~

Some fun I'm having with new fabric illustrations...
I took pictures of them along side one of my
sketch journals... you never know where a pattern
or simple sketch might lead you!

Fancy buttons as flower heads!
Loads of fabric illustrations to list in my Etsy Store...
Paisley, flowers, more feathered friends... snails...
Hope to have them on in a day or two~

Must tend to the THOUSANDS of baby maple trees
trying to grow in our flower gardens...

More new tags! These are the little extra's I like
to tuck in with my Etsy sales... a little thank you~

I search for stamps at antique shops...
I use old ones in some of my collage pieces.
Last summer we found a gallon-size Ziploc bag
stuffed with foreign, canceled stamps.
Time to share them!

One side of the tag is stamped with "Art"...
on the reverse, a floral stamp from
somewhere around the world!

Hope your Friday is off to a great start!


Jaime Baiao said...


June said...

Have a fab day !! Loving your little charms and your art tags too
hugs June xxxx

Bird on Wire Studio said...

I'm officially commissioning a tiny birds on a wire necklace! What a great idea! Hooray!

Please let me know if you'd be able to do this...and a pigeon. :)

I LOVE these!

Sheryl Parsons said...

So sweet and lovely as always Michelle. :-)

Lady Farmer said...

I took a couple of stained glass lessons from a friend. I worried about the lead in the solder. So happy to see there is lead-free stuff! I will have to look for some and get back into it!
Sweet stuff you are doing!

Doreen Frost said...

Just beautiful....gosh I just love absolutely everything you make :)


Cheryl @ Bingle Bears said...

Hi Michele! LOVE the new idea of making little necklaces--you can sign me up for at LEAST one when you get the hang of soldering.

I also wanted to let you know that I featured your blog and your Etsy site on my blog today (Bingle Bears). I always have a "Favorites on Fridays" post and I had to share your links with my readers.

Heaps of Hugs, Cheryl

Casco Bay Soap Co. said...

what a beautiful idea! love the little charms!

Anonymous said...

everything is gorgeous! i love, no I adore your stuff!

great tags too!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Createology said...

What a wonderful gift and the best part is Sweet 16 listened to what you wanted. Your charms are divine with your drawings. Very sweet tags you include. Happy creating...

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Michelle:
You KNOW I have to have the acorn charm! Please send me an Etsy private listing and I'll buy it from you, girlfriend!

marie said...

Teddy Bear necklaces!! I would wear those in a minute! You have some wonderful ideas Michelle!!

I might need to make another Etsy purchase just to get one of those "art-stamp" tags! : )

Karen said...

What a wonderful gift!! Hoping you Birthday was grand!! Can't wait to see what else you will come up with!

Ascension said...

Me ha encantado encontrar tu blog y ver tus maravillosos trabajos
besitos ascension

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh! I love the necklaces, the new designs, everything! What a lovely gift you got from your family! Fantastic!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Love the teddy bear charms. So sweet!
Love all your pretties.


Vicki Boster said...

Love these Michelle! Those flower stamp tags are just the greatest!

Acornmoon said...

Hope you had a great birthday. Your new projects look very interesting. There is nothing nicer than getting crafting tools as presents and how clever of your husband to take the hint!

shabby girl said...

You are so very creative! Love the stamps!

Heavens2Betsy said...

Your charms and tags are beautiful Michelle x

Anonymous said...

Well I missed all this yesterday!!!
Girlfriend, you have elves in that studio or else your lil fingers are flying faster than hummingbirds!
The pendants are precious! The little birdie on the paisley is doubly precious! The tags adorable!
What's next in that creative brain of yours?!
Hugs and blessings,

mimi said...

Soldered charms are so much fun to make and yours are amazing!!!! I really admire your art.

Wildflowerhouse said...

A belated Happy Birthday Michelle! What a neat gift, so thoughtful. Love all your new creations. Never stop! Next week my friend will get her gift. It was delayed until may 7th... I just know she will love your work, as much as I do.


Beautiful little charms! What a sweet gifty from your family! Happy Birthday to you, Michelle! ~ Angela

Rosemary said...

These are great!!

Goosey said...

I love those little stamp tags, they are reaally pretty. I have been looking back through your blog and very much enjoying it.

Debra said...

Wonderful, wonderful-this is a superb post, full of inspiration (as always) and lovely art.
Love, Debra

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

A bunny charm for me! Too fun!
Great gift from your family too!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Michelle!
What a wonderful gift for an artist!
I have a request and cannot seem to find your email Michelle...could you please contact me at with your email address! Thanks! It's all good!
:) Laura

Auntie Cake said...

I am gone from my computer for not even a week, and wow! Have you been busy! So loving all your latest creations that you shared with us. Everything is so sweet, and those antique linens, glad you rescued them as I know you will give them a beautiful new life!

Have the most wonderful Mother's Day!

Gaby Bee said...

All of the work I see on your blog is spectacular. Lots of great eye candy.
Enjoyed the visit!