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Altered Book Contest


Last year was the first year I entered the Altered Book Contest at the Chatham Public Library.  I heard about the contest from my amazing sister Jennifer, my enabler!  This year I was running out of time and thought I couldn’t not submit a project. I had an idea in mind, but I didn’t think i would have time to make it happen.  Somehow I knew I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself if I didn’t at least try to get something done.  Well being the procrastinator that i am, the night before the deadline, I started.  My idea for the contest was to make some sort of paper jewelry, since that is mostly my business now.  I spent hours punching paper pieces, and gluing wires into them and attaching them. And Guess what???  I MANAGED TO GET IT DONE!!!!  So here is my finished project.  My necklace was liked so much that I won an award for Most Creative as well!DSC_0096 DSC_0094 DSC_0091DSC_0100

Before and After


5-21-14 (2)I have be recently doing some craft shows, and I decided I needed a bag to hold my money.  Of course I work at Hobby Lobby, so I got a cute zippered bag from there.  I like it well enough, its just a little plain.  I mean, I like the pattern, but it doesnt scream JULIE!!!!!!!  Well of course, I need it to scream for me!  I had to make it scream of course, so I took my handy bag of markers and proceeded to go to work.

5-21-14 (1)I colored and colored, and I LOVE the way it turned out! Now it screams JULIE!!!! I can hear it every time I look at it! Now it will make me happy just to see it, and get excited whenever I make a sale, so I can add to the bag!

Ravenwing Creations on Instagram


InstagramcaptureSo when I finally came into this decades technology and got a smart phone, I signed up for Instagram.  I know, Finally! I love all of the filters and fun thing yo can do with it! So here is a link to my profile. . If you follow me you can get sneak preview of all the goodies that  I am working on!

Have a super magical sparkly creative day!

Fun New Toys!

Blank Slate Wooden Pieces

Blank Slate Wooden Pieces

Hobby Lobby just got some amazing new products in the jewelry department. Blank Slate is a line of unfinished wooden pieces, canvas, lockets, and other embellishable items.  I saw these when one of the lies I work with brought them to show me. She thought they would be right up my alley. She was right, I LOVED these! I want one of every single kind of wooden pieces that we carry.  I figured I would start with the start with the butterfly. I finally opened the package today after having it a few days.

4-1-14 (4)I decided to give them a light coat of white paint, just as a primer.   I then added a bit of teal paint for some color.  Next was some stamping. I got a Tim Holtz rubber stamp for Christmas that I had yet to use, I know, what is wrong with me? Not using a supply for three months? Inconceivable!

4-1-14 (6)Back to the stamp. It’s an unmounted stamp, and I don’t have a stamp block, so I had to improvise.  I inked the stamp and laid it face up on my desk and then put the wooden butterfly on top and pressed down. It worked pretty good!  I painted and inked the other side as well, so if the butterfly flipped over the back side wold not be blank.  I then added some dangly charms, a crystal and some beads.

I am in love with the way this turned out.  I cannot wait to get more Blank Slate wood items to embellish.  Stay tuned to see which one I play with next!

When Life Gives You Lemons…


“Alright, I’ve been thinking. When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade – make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don’t want your damn lemons, what am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life’s manager. Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons. Do you know who I am? I’m the man who’s gonna burn your house down! With the lemons. I’m going to get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!”  Cave Johnson, Portal 2

Broken Star

Broken Star

I know, what does this quote have to do with all of my artsy crafty craziness? Well I will tell you.  My Sister gave me the cutest ornament, a simple star that said “You are the Greatest.” She said it was because she is always telling me that I am.  I loved it so much !  I was joking around that I was going to wear it on a necklace and when anyone said anything negative to me, I could hold it out and say SHUT UP, I AM THE GREATEST!

Glued star with glitter glue

Glued star with glitter glue

So this went on for a while, and when she dropped me off at home. my bag swung forward, and the star dropped out of my bag hitting the curb  and breaking.  I was crushed.  I said maybe I could glue it back together.  My sister Jen told me to throw it away, that it wasn’t a big deal.  I told her heck no, i could fix it.  well I got the star onto the house and promptly dropped it again.  Jen told me once again to just throw it away.

Covered with star nail polish

Covered with star nail polish

So what do I do? When Life gives me lemons, I make life take the lemons back. Not only did I glue the ornament back together, I glittered and sparkled, and crackle painted it! Take those lemons Life!  I even added some star nail polish to my star.  The extra stars and the crackle glaze helps to hide the cracks, and now I have stars (11)my ornament back.  It may not be perfect, but lets face it, how many things in this life are perfect? We all have a few cracks and imperfections, it’s all how you deal with them.

So when Life hands you a lemon or two, you can make lemonade, or do what I like to do. Turn those lemons  into something more beautiful.  Remember, when in doubt add more glitter!

Here’s to a Colorful 2014!


colorful-paint-splatters-pngpaint-splash-artistic-hd-wallpapers--1920x1080px--indiwall-9cer0upyWell its 2014, and we survived another crazy chaotic holiday season.  Here’s to a colorful, artful 2014.  This year for the holiday, my family was amazing enough to gift me lots of amazing new tools for my jewelry! I have never bee so happy to get a jewelers anvil, a beading hammer, wire file, and wire jig! I see fun wire projects in my future!!!!!!!!!

New camera accessories were given to me too, so I will be out shooting as soon as the weather allows it.  I know it will be eagle time soon, so IColorful-Paint-Splatter-Butterfly-HD-Wallpaper am sensing a road trip and some bird watching.

But for now its off to the day job.  This is the first New Years Day I have had to work in a long time.  I will find a way to make it arsty! Wishing you all a a colorful, creative, and productive new year.  More post to come, as long as I don’t get too distracted!

Etsy Site is Alive and Kicking!!!


etsy (12)Way back in July I started my Etsy site. It can be found at .  I stated it with the intention of adding more to it quicker than I did, but better late than never.  So now there is a few more items on there and I will be adding more daily as I make them.  I swear I will! Atetsy (9) least  few a day.  I really enjoy making jewelry and I can only give my family so much of it.  As it is, my mom wants more of it than she can wear! The red tree of life has already been claimed by her,  She says she wants one like it when I have time!  Gotta love her!!!!  She and my sister are my biggest supporters!

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And this copper tree, my mother in law already tried to buy, but I guess for future reference, Etsy does not take Mastercard.  Luckily I will be seeing her this weekend for a personal delivery!  Don’t worry, I will be making her another one, so this one is still for sale in the site.  Today is my day off, so I am hopetsy (4)ing to get a lot more made and onto the Etsy site for everyone’s viewing pleasure.  There will be more jewelry, photography, and mixed media artwork to see and maybe purchase.

Stone ListKeep in mind I can do special requests.  These are the stones available, though I an expecting  shipment of new stones very soon.  More variety means more Trees!!!!!  But for now, I have a great assortment to choose from.  But for now … back to the crafting!!!!etsy (6)


The Kountry Nook


Kountry Nook (44)Today I finished setting up my new booth at the Kountry Nook, Kountry Nook in Pekin, IL | 212 N Capitol St, Pekin, IL |

I left the Crafty Corner and went to a craft mall that had regular hours, and better hours.  Hopefully this will be a great new start, and the opportunity to get my shop name out more.

Kountry Nook (46)I started setting up my booth yesterday before work.  I took the rest of my items in today and finished it up.  Most of the displays that  used at the old shop didn’t really work for the new booth.  So I had to redo all of my displays and figure out the most efficient use of the space.

Kountry Nook (52)I have some new items in the new booth including new full size dream catchers and new mixed media art jewelry necklaces. I stll have my photography as well as my dream catcher pendants.

Kountry Nook (48)Some of the seasonal items I have are cute little pumpkin blocks, jack o lantern pins, and fall and Halloween wreaths. OOOOHHHHHH and the new beaded spiders I have been making!

Kountry Nook (55)I need to get some more tree of life pendants in the shop I realized as I was setting up that I didn’t have very many.  I must have taken them all to the Quarter Auctions, and to the Moon Dancer Boutique! Must restock!

A little background on the Kountry Nook…the Nook is owned by Mary H.  and has been open for 13 years now.  So they are well established.  They host many customer appreciation events throughout the year and have a Christmas Extravaganza coming up.There are over 5o vendors currently in the shop, with a waiting list to get a booth! Talk about demand!

Win for Best Use of Materials!!!


DSC_0116So I thought that I had posted about this, but apparently I did not.  A few months ago, I entered an art contest at the Chatham Sweet Corn Festival. The library there was hosting an Altered Book Contest.  There were no rules, only to make your submission from a book, and to not use a library book.  I made a submission of a dreamcatcher.  I was only going to do a dreamcatcher by itself, then I thought it needed something else.  So I attached it to a board also.

DSC_0123 All of the feathers are made from book pages, as are the larger beads near the feathers.  The hoop is covered in paper and the background as well.  The background was then painted and distressed.  I then wrote the Legend of the Dreamcatcher on the background and distressed it again.  I inked the all parts of the project with rubber stamp ink and highlighted it all with oil pastels. The feathers were made by attaching two pieces of book pages together with glue, Tacky Glue by the way, with a thin wire in between.  I added musical note washi tape and some stamping for depth.  I then cut small slits in the paper to make them look more like feathers.

DSC_0121My glue of choice is a product called Collage Pauge.  I heard about it on a video from Cloth Paper Scissor magazine.  Collage Pauge really is a great adhesive, I like it better than Modge Podge.  It keeps the paper flatter without curling.

I just submitted this project to Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, so we will see what happens! Could take up to 16 weeks to find out if they want it. I am not getting my hopes up though, well that’s a lie, they of course will publish it!

By the way, thanks to my lovely sister, Jen for picking up my project for me.  I will get it from her on Sunday hen I go to do a photo shoot of her and her husband and puppies! Might get the kid to do his Fall pics at the same time.  I hear there is a cool covered bridge there that we are going to shoot at.

Crafters ADD


I think I have a problem, more than the usual. I have so many ideas swimming around in my bag of cats I call a brain! I find it nearly impossible to dedicate myself to one specific type of art or craft.  I get bored and distracted easily. Maybe that is why I am always doing a million things or project at once.  Jack of all trades, master of none!

IMG_7439I have loved taking pictures since I was little, and being a photographer was one of my first career choices, other than fighter pilot, dancer, and the usual kid dreams.  Not that a career you decide on when you are 12 is what you are going to end up with.  I never moved to New York or Chicago to become an artist either.  Now that I have a nice camera, I have been taking lots of pictures.  I think I have even sold one!

DSC_0048When my parents bought their house when I was in 5th grade, the previous owner had a train platform in an L shaped room in the basement.  Underneath it was a great space for storage, and of course a play place for us kids!  A few years later I asked my parents if I could tear down the back half of the platform and make the area into an art studio.  They said go for it.  That was one thing I am eternally grateful for, they never really told me no when it came to my art.  I glued things to the wall, it was fine. I painted the walls a strange shade of peach and painted clouds over it,  they never said no, or at least shook their heads in disbelief when I wasn’t looking.  they never told me that any of my weird creation looked funny, or that they did not like them.  I know I was a very strong willed child, and that the may times I fought with my parents was probably my fault, but letting me run wild with my creativity was the best thing they could have ever done for me!

DSC_0050ADD kicked in again! Where was I? Oh yeah, crafting!  I stared making simple beaded necklaces in high school, and even sold a few to some classmates.  After high school. my then boyfriend, Trever, bought a dreamcatcher earring set to make for me.  He lacked the dexterity to weave the web so I took the project over.  I was hooked!  I fell in love with the creation of something to beautiful out of a piece of sting and a it of metal. So that is where my love of jewelry making came from.

Be InspiredI have always been a painter, abstract mostly. I haven’t painted much recently, but I have gotten into Mixed Media.  I love combining paper, paint and whatever else I can think of to combine.  Mixed Media is really the perfect thing for me.  There is no right or wrong, just whatever feels right.  I can combine all forms of art into the perfect combo of crazy artsiness!

6-26-13 (67)When taking pictures, I have always been draw to pattern and shadow. Even something as simple as a brick wall is amazing to me.  The perfect lines, all even.  So this shot of the wall with the metal gate in front with the shadows on the wall was perfect.  I am fascinated by how images change in different lighting. Lines and textures have always been something I have been drawn to.  So when I can find am image of shadow, line and texture, I am in heaven!

Maybe this will explain why I am so all over the place when it comes to my art.  I am gonna enter this contest, have a booth here, show my work there, do a quarter auction, SQUIRREL!  Wait, I am OK, of can keep on task…maybe for a few minutes anyway!


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