4/7/14

Our World Our Art

For those of you visiting my blog for the first time during this International online artistic event called "Our World Our Art"
WELCOME!
My name is Cheryl and I have been part of the blogging community for approximately seven years. My artistic passion is not limited to any one particular medium... I like it all. Which probably explains why I am not to proficient in any one art form *wink* I think of myself as a "dabbler" I'll play around with one artistic form or another until thoroughly bored with it and then jump right into some other artistic endeavor with great gusto, often times leaving projects unfinished! ADD at its finest. For those unfinished projects... I just box them up and let them ferment awhile until I get interested in them all over again.

I'm going to share with you some of the things I've made in the past, and probably more than likely, I'll be making more of the same any given day!

I really like making things using antique silver plated spoons. Often times I pound them flat and stamp something funny on them.... easy to do and I get fast results!

Every month I gather up some of the things I've made and sell them at an Artists Market during our local Art Hop. It is a perfect venue for me because I like to create in bulk! and often times, I have people buying the things I make in bulk--- so its a win-win all around! One month, I had made so many necklaces, I was needing a way to display them for sale... Luckily, the same week--- I found this necklace display already assembled but in sad-sad shape. It looked so bad, I was embarrassed to buy it! I took it apart and reconfigured it, added 100 year old sheet music and an old vintage twister exercise thingie attached to the base, so the entire thing spins around. Not bad for a initial $2 investment. I love to repurpose things too!

*back to the spoons* I also like to use the actual spoons bowl to create pendant necklaces. I have sold hundreds upon hundreds of these both online in my etsy store "The Tarnished Crown" and here locally at the Artists Market.
 
I saved all of the spoons handles that I had cut off... so I began to make key chains...
and then finally--- FINALLY, I can now turn them into spoon rings. Ta~da!.... I made the ring holder too. I give a tutorial on how I made it on my blog.
I make a lot of jewelry each month. My pieces are all one of a kind and I like to think of them as fun to wear~
I like to paint as well. Here are some bird house tags I made in the past. Believe it or not, they are all flat tags. The only thing that isn't is the moss and the silver bird in the bird house opening.
I also love-love-love to play with fairies. Here I have fussy-cut some super small fairies which I've housed in little boxes behind glass. These little glittered boxes only measure about one inch in size.
I love to cage fairies too. When I whipped this one out, I made nineteen more cages at the same time. You know....just in case I wanted to make more. They are currently boxed up and awaiting to be played with another day...
I recently created a coin covered table top for my backyard. It was a lot of work, but in the end I am loving the results and I just may--- don't hold me to it, but I may make another one!...
I've also made a Barbie house for my five year old grand daughter. I shared a lot of tutorials on how I made the house and a lot of the furniture. This Barbie house has a brick floor on the bottom level and the other two are planked wood floors laid plank by plank by me. Yes, I do things like that... and yes, I DO have a lot of time on my hands! My next doll house is going to be a miniature house--- stay tuned for that!
If the weather is at all decent outside, that is where you will normally find me puttering around in my backyard. My backyard isn't the typical backyard though. I have a PIRATE BACKYARD. Yep... tis true matey! Here is the pirate bar I made using two huge barrels....
Pirates like their Whiskey!


This hutch came together from yard sale finds and some junky wood from my side yard. I just picked up the "In Wine There is Truth" sign yesterday. I love it!
I made the two crab cages using two plant stands that I cut the feet off of. I spray painted them black, added some netting and then some lobster and crabs inside the nets.
  
I am also working on a Tiki Store. Last year this area was the "Lick and Stick Tattoo Parlor" This year and forever more, it will be the "Boutiki" which will showcase a lot of wooden carved things that I've picked up at local yard sales.
 
Anything that resembles a ships net I like to snatch up and toss in my yard... This old net is actually an old hammock draped over an old steamer trunk. I think in total I have four steamer trunks in my yard and another four in my garage.... don't judge me. LOL

Everything has been carefully placed to showcase them individually yet hopefully make it all cohesive if that makes sense.
Netting, net corks, pulleys... and wooden barrels of course!
 
As a thank you for taking the time to peruse my blog-- I have two gifts to give away to TWO lucky winners. This giveaway is open to bloggers worldwide. My first hostess give-a-way gift is one of the spoon rings I've recently learned how to make...
 
 It is just as beautiful on the inside too...
The second hostess give-a-way gift is a necklace I've made using vintage components. Old beads, turquoise stones and a piece of an abalone shell along with an old medal of the Virgin Mary. 
 
Here is a close up of the bottom of the necklace.

Simply leave a comment with a way to contact you should you be one of the chosen winners. The winners will be drawn on April the 18th.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog "Artsy Fartsy" and for any visits to my Etsy online store, "The Tarnished Crown" If you look through the "sold" items at my etsy site, you'll find a lot of one of a kind jewelry pieces that I've made.... I have more made, I just haven't found the time to list any recently. In truth I'm puttering around in my pirate yard!!

If you would like to visit the hosting blog for this international online artistic event please visit "A Whimsical Bohemian"
big hugs,
 

24 comments:

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: you are very creative. Your spoons are now rings. Great!. Your home for Barbie is fabulous. I'm looking forward to seeing your new dollhouse. Your creations are awesome. I love to visit your blog. Keep in touch

Marie said...

Love the variety of art! I am a spoon jewelry fan!
Marie @
In Our Happy Place

Helen Campbell said...

Wow, you are one creative lady! I love the utensil jewelry and your backyard “retreat” is awesome! Have a wonderful week!
Helen @ Natures Walk Studio

bockel24 said...

I can relate to what you´ve said about unfinished objects (aka UFOs) ... and I really like your jewelry, especially the spoon rings! Happy to have met you here at OWOA!

Sherry said...

Hello Cheryl - your post made me laugh, you have so much going on, you must have loads of creative energy! Your pirate backyard is fabulous - you should organise tours!
I'm a dabbler too - always trying something new. Your spoon rings look great - and unique. Love your necklace display - perfect!

Hope you enjoy OWOA x

Sherry My OWOA post is here.

A Magical Whimsy said...

Hello, Cheryl
Nice to meet you! I have been a blogger for three years and am also a mixed media artist who goes through the latest craze of crafting, and have many 'unfinished' projects waiting for that 'Ah! Ha!' moment to finish them.
You are super talented. I love what you have created, and adore your Pirate Cove creations. Awesome!
Here is my email address for the giveaway:
tscat@sbcglobal.net
Thanks a bunch!
XO
Teresa in California
http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/

Patty Antle said...

I enjoyed your post, Cheryl. I would love to learn how to work with spoons. It's on my list!

Michelle said...

Cheryl you are just such an interesting woman. The crafty things you get up to just have me green with envy. LOL! Your table is amazing! And a pirate backyard?!? I so wish I could just walk through it and ohh and ahh. LOL! Your spoon jewelry is amazing and that picture of them all hanging on your necklace holder is drool-worthy. Your doll house also caught my attention since I am a lover of all kinds of dolls. I hope to make a house of some sort some day to home my collection, and you have inspired me to just go for it. I can't wait to check back in and see what new crafty things you have gotten up to.

Michelle
http://dashausdermaus.blogspot.com
mouse1996(at)gmail(dot)com

Janice said...

My goodness, you areso busy. I love all the things you create from spoons. Please enter me in your fabulous giveaway.
caston2@shaw.ca

Michaele said...

Wow Cheryl! Your dibble dabbles range from uber-petite to backyard sized! I have to ask: how DO you keep from going blind when you make your small fairy boxes? I've been learning how to solder this past year, and I have been seriously considering hammering old spoons flat for charms: I imagine the therapeutic effects of pounding metal are ~wonderful~.

I do hope you'll stop by my blog, Twigs and Tulle sometime over the next few weeks!

Michaele Sommerville
michaelek1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Dragonlady said...

Love all of your creativity...the little fairy boxes are so cute.I really love the spoon rings too.
Brenda

Bvdragonlady1@aol.com

Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict said...

Hello from France ! I love the way you organized your backyard, would love to do the same. But as a start, I would like to know how you customized your spool, cause I tried to upcycle one with newspapers, it looked great but did not well get old :(
I would love to win your prize !
and I hope you will come and visit my blog !
see you !

Jeanie said...

Hi Cheryl! Even though I'm not doing Our World this year, I'm so glad you are because I got to see and learn some things about you I never knew -- even though I've been reading you a very long time! I'm especially fond of your fairy boxes and caged girls, and I think these were new to me from you! Happy day! Hope lots of new readers discover you.

Lisa Oceandreamer Swifka said...

Holy mackerel Cheryl...well first let me say thank you sooo much for participating in OWOA. I still need to post my own (bad host)
Seriously WOW....you are amazing and a woman after my own heART. What beauty you have created with spoons....amazing! And I can see why you've sold so many.
And your pirate yard....seriously clever, wonderful and such amazing ways you repurposed items. I am so happy you shared your creative passions!
XO
Lisa

Sabine said...

I don´t wear any jewelry but I love to see what you made from old spoons.
Sabine

froebelsternchen Susi said...

fantastic artwork!
greetings from Austria

Mia J. said...

I really like your spoon jewelry, especially the pendants. They are terrific. Love your pirate backyard. How fun. Thanks for sharing your art.

mia at jacobsracing dot com

trisha too said...

Uh, wow! Love your jewelry, and your backyard, and awesome Barbie house, too!

Do you have any good tutorial or book recommendations on how to make rings/jewelry similar to what you do? That is something I've never tried, but yours are so fabulous, I really want to give it a go.

Happy OWOA!
:)trisha
trisha2too at hotmail dot com

Damla said...

I really like such people who can turn literally anything into a real artwork. I've been seeing such spoon jewelry items on the internet and I love it. Very creative!

annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo (dot) com

Shaiha said...

I am always amazed at people who master so many different arts. Me I just do jewelry. I would love give a home to one of your pieces.

blogbaby(at)comcast(dot)net
http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/

Singtatter said...

Wow, your spoon pendants are really an eye-opener! I especially like the antique look.

Jason Whitewood said...

Very striking work! So much so that a buy is more or less guaranteed, suppose you'd sell them. And there are a lot of online avenues for you to show it to potential buyers. But more importantly, having an online presence can help build up their uniqueness and specificity and showcase it to as many people possible. You can really built some online noise for all of these. It is only a matter of time.

Viper Online

Diannia said...

Hi Cheryl...count me in on that drawing GF!!! Love your post!!

Carmen said...

I am EXHAUSTED just reading that! You are like a whirlwind of the best possible kind :D I wish I had your energy. Totally with you on the flitting between projects though ;)

Love your jewellery and would love to be entered to win. I was so gutted that I missed the sign up for OWOA but am so loving still visiting you all anyway!

Carmen x

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