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Friday, August 26, 2011

Awesome News to Share - Finally!!! (And A Giveaway to Celebrate!!!)

After being sworn to secrecy for the past couple of weeks, I can finally reveal some really exciting news...

I am now the OFFICIAL PRILOSEC OTC ECO-CHIC JEWELRY ARTIST!!!

You can find my page on the Prilosec OTC site here.



I'm so appreciative of this opportunity and want to thank Prilosec OTC and all of the wonderful people who voted for me in this challenge.  I appreciate all of the sweet comments left on my page and all of the words of support and encouragement.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

With the money received from this sponsorship, I'm planning to reorganize my craft studio with more shelving, book cases and the like to help me get better organized.  I'm a huge collector of all kinds of fabric and arts and crafts supplies, and this will enable me to get many of these items out of boxes and out where I can have easy access to them.  By doing this, I hope to create some new projects and tutorials that I can share here on my blog.

Thanks a bunch to everyone!!!


And to celebrate, I'm giving away the Eco-Chic necklace below:


This one-of-a-kind necklace was created using a vintage enamel brooch and earrings from the 60's that I disassembled and upcycled into a necklace.  Vintage powder blue enamel chain, complementary beads and filigree complete the look.  To enter, just leave a comment under this blog post only. (Important:  Please make sure I will be able to get in contact with you if you are selected the winner.)  On Saturday, September 3, a winner will be selected utilizing a random number generator.  Good luck to everyone!

And...let's not stop there.  From now through the entire month of September, I am offering a 20% discount towards all purchases made in either of my Etsy stores - Two Crafty Mules and RetroEclectica.  Just be sure to enter code "ECOCHIC" at checkout to get your discount.











Thursday, August 18, 2011

Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap - "Bloom"

A few months ago, I told you about this fabulous swap I participated in called the "Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap", which is organized by Beth Nicholls at Do What You Love.  The swaps are held quarterly and attract people from all over the world.  This time around, there were 180 people from 20 countries participating.  The current theme is "Bloom". 

I trapped silk flowers under tulle and quilted everything in place.  The word "bloom" was free-motion embroidered on my sewing machine.



My little postcard is going to Ana in Fatima, Portugal.  I hope she enjoys her little creation. :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Infant of Prague Statue Restoration





My earliest memories of the Infant of Prague date back to my childhood.  My European-born grandmother proudly displayed her statue of the Infant of Prague in her living room along with her extensive collection of Catholic images, crucifixes and statues.

The Infant of Prague has a special place in my family, as well.  What started with one statue in our home has grown to a collection of several sprinkled throughout my home.  There's one in each bedroom, our living room and even my craft studio.  Like potato chips, we couldn't stop at just one. :)

Sadly, many Infant of Prague statues have seen their share of wear and tear over the years.  Many have broken fingers, cracked necks and other damages from being well-loved throughout the generations.  It's not uncommon to see the older statues on EBay or other sites with various anomalies.  My son purchased one-such statue from EBay which obviously saw better years.  It appeared as if someone had tried to repaint it at one time but gave up halfway through the project.  This little statue was in obvious need of some attention.  So - needless to say - I made my first attempt at statue restoration and want to share the results with you.

This is how the Infant of Prague looked before his restoration:




 
I started the restoration project by sealing the chipped areas with a glossy polyurethane.  I brushed on a thin coat of gesso over the entire statue and base-coated it with white acrylic paint.

I wanted my statue to reflect softer, Victorian style colors, so I painted it with pastel green and pink:
Next, I added the details and shaded the gown with colored chalk to give it some depth.  I also used gold leaf pen to highlight the details of the crown, globe and necklace.  The entire statue was sprayed with Krylon Matte Sealant:





I'm quite pleased with my first attempt at statue restoration.  Please stay tuned for information on making vestments for Infant of Prague statues on my next post.