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I Am All Ears!

28 Jan

I am “all ears” to listen to your comments from the Club Creative Studio post today!

How did I miss those ears?

How did I miss those ears?

Club Creative Studio has a continued focus on creativity.  Today’s post explains a few creative happenings from the past and present.

A week ago, while viewing Asian stone sculpture ruins at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I took a photo of this beautiful stone head. I guess it’s over-all beauty, and facial expression struck me at first in appeal. But, later as I got home, I noticed the obvious aspect of this statue;  the figure’s EARS.  The new revelation may have been in the forefront of my mind as I made many pairs of earrings that particular evening, and had ears on my mind.  Never-the-less, the ears certainly are a focal point of this stone sculpture, agree?

Looking at these ears in my photo gave me the prompt to write on my Facebook business page that I would have loved to sneak a pair of my hand-made earrings on this statue on display at the museum. What an improvement that would make! It also brought to mind the notion that I have not written about how I first got my own pierced ears. I would love to share this story with you.

From what I have been told, I got my ears pierced at the young age of three days! My mother pierced my ears in the same manner that many she knew of that time did in their families. She used ice cubes, a sterile sewing needle, a cut raw potato, red embroidery thread and cotton balls with rubbing alcohol. Without going into gory details, I among many others who went through this same process made it through without infection or turmoil after a few weeks of continual care and applications of rubbing alcohol with cotton balls.  A few weeks later, I was sporting my first pair of gold earring studs.  No, I do not remember any pain what so ever associated from that event. And yes, I still have my pierced ears.

If I had any baby photos in my possession, this is where I would certainly share those. Because I don’t have any on hand, please believe me when I say that I looked adorable with my bling on at such an early age! The craze to add second piercings in ears was high and popular around the time I hit middle school. I was in the eighth grade when I got my double piercing in each ear.  This time and at that age, I went to the mall and got the “piercing gun” shot into my ear lobe. This sounds so painful and crazy to write and say that out loud right now. I wore my second earrings in my ears at whimsy and even to this day, I wear two pair at once at random times when the mood strikes me.  I never got into more piercings or high piercings along my ear or in the cartilage however.

Step ahead with me into my future from that point in time. Having my own daughter in front of me gave me the thoughts that tradition was to rule and she would also have pierced ears at a young age. No, I did not allow my mother or anyone else to pierce her ears with the needle and thread technique at the age of three days but, she did get them pierced eventually. From the ideals of tradition, I wanted my daughter to have pierced ears. The ideas at that time were commonly voiced in opinion that a mother should not make the decision for her child concerning pierced ears. A popular belief and argument expressed was (is) that the child should decide that at a later date for themselves.  Also, I remember hearing “If God wanted you to put holes in your body, he would have placed them there). Many views, many beliefs, many separate decisions to consider when giving permission to alter your child’s appearance.

My husband and I discussed this and we came to a few conclusions. Yes, she could get her ears pierced but, if he was not around to actually see it happen, he would be fine with it.  Well, with permission granted, I thought about when this would happen.  As our children went through their series of childhood vaccinations, it did come to mind that the short crying spurs from those inoculations would also be about the same in duration from the piercing gun method on an ear.

My husband, being in the military, had a short deployment for three months and our daughter was five months old. That was when I took her to the mall with a friend and she got her ears pierced with the piercing gun. She did well and had no problems with them. When my husband returned home from Haiti, the deed was already done. Our daughter had bling on her ears. And we were all fine with it.

For many years when she was older we made our own earrings together. Making earrings for gifts were our shared creative outlets. And we were expressive in wearing earrings everyday.  Today, at nineteen, my daughter still has her ears pierced and enjoys keeping earrings in, and will make them on occasion as well using my supplies in the studio. Over the years we have discussed earrings and on the subject of getting more piercings in her ears she says that she is glad that I got her first pierce but, she is not interested in getting any other holes in her ears.  Time will tell one day if she has her own daughter and what path she will take on this subject. I guess I will wait for that time to come to continue this post.

To view the hand-made earring category collection online from Club Creative Studio, visit the page link below and click on the scroll down tab entitled: Earrings. I create with a variety of beads. All available online earring items are created for pierced ears however, I often make “clip” earrings from special requests. It takes is a small adjustment from me to transform an existing pair into non-pierced earrings or I can create with a custom request in mind. Enjoy!

http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

Dangle earrings are appreciated.

Dangle earrings are appreciated.

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Peculiar People

10 Jan

Believe it or not it is National Peculiar People Day. You know someone who fits into that category right? Strange, odd, and different people certainly make our world an interesting place I am happy that we have a day that recognises uniqueness.  In order to avoid name-calling and labeling, this TNT (This-N-That) blog post will highlight the peculiar Art that is created by interesting people.

I decided to feature the celebration and recognition of quirkiness in this blog today by sharing the visual posts that I have pinned via Pinterest.  You will find this link below. I have a virtual bulletin board where I attach images with links to websites depicting the theme: Odd Creativity. This is also the title of my board.  Perhaps by viewing my board(s)  I may inspire you to appreciate the unique qualities of art as well as the people behind the art who are the artists.

Look for my photo to make sure you are on the Club Creative Studio Pinterest board.

Look for my photo to make sure you are on the Club Creative Studio Pinterest board.

Below you will find the link to Club Creative Studio’s inspiring boards on Pinterest.  You will find that the account called: Club Creative Art has several interesting boards. Please consider signing in or signing up and begin to follow any or all of the boards by clicking on the “follow” tab(s) you can then continue your Pinterest inspirations sparked by posts of Club Creative Studio. Have a great time pinning. Just be sure to set your timer so you can monitor your time on the computer.  It is an addicting activity!

Let me know if a board or a specific image gained your attention or appealed to you? Happy National Peculiar People Day, especially if you think you are one of them!

http://www.pinterest.com/clubcreativeart

The Ayes Have It

2 Jan

Do you like bright colors? The ayes and EYES have it.  Like it or not color is exploding with popularity in eye shadow shades and elsewhere.  Do you have a “go-to” palette that you rely on? Have you noticed the new fashion trends in make-up, nail polish color and fashion in general?  Club Creative Studio has seen a recent change to neon and bright colors from common fashion looks in nail polish to eye shadows.  Although there are signs of more subtle shades, take a look at some of the common painted lids.  What do you think of them?

Ready or willing to add some bling to your eye area?

Consider the color wheel when picking out shades of eye shadows. Cool or warm colors can look very dramatic.

Glitter makes this look glam.

It’s a new trend to apply rub-on temporary tatto-like, shadows onto your eye-lid areas.

Of course, I have highlighted some extreme looks here but, it is an exciting color trend for 2013.  It’s a growing love for color upon eye lids. A commercial I recently saw describes their color line as Color Tattoos, meaning that the colors are bright and long-lasting. I think it takes a certain type person and style to pull off the heavier colored eye lids. It is not me but, I love the dramatic look. It may also be a matter of applying with confidence and practice that makes the look appealing. What do you think?  Willing to try out a new color trend for the sake of fashion? What is your stand-by color of choice when it comes to eye shadow tints?

I love when color becomes a main focus and becomes influential in our lives. The challenge for me, as a bead and jewelry designer is to use that information from a popular trend and experiment with similar color combos in my clay and glass art.  I want to reflect what the trends are but, I don’t live and breathe them. Sometimes the transfer appeal works and creations are noticed more quickly, simply because of the color in the item design.  Other times, color has no apparent barring on our creation popularity and it comes down to personal choice of customers.  A person is drawn to Club Creative Studio Art because of taste in style or design, appreciation for creativity and unique factors and the fun and functional staying power of a well made one-of-a-kind item.  Whatever the main reason is for a second glance of Club Creative Studio Art, I am happy to offer items that are pleasing to the eye! The ayes do have it!

To view one-of-a-kind colorful and artful items inspired by what is around us in life, please stop by the online storefront or contact us with your specific color palette needs. We create hand-made ART THAT SETS YOU APART!  http://www.clubcreativestudio.com  Contact us for custom art requests at: veronica@clubcreativestudio.com

Make It FUNtional

13 Dec

Club Creative Studio’s blog has a focus on creativity.  Today’s post features a simple transformation of art.  I have often found the need to change something based on how I want it to function and serve a purpose for me.  With specific needs in mind, almost anything can be transformed and upcycled with creatively to fit a specific desire.

I recently went on a  gallery and store hop with a friend Lauren, in an area that is full of interesting places.  To mark our memories, I purchased a small piece of art at an import store.  This carved wood piece is from Bali.  Right away, I loved it and I knew how I wanted to display and use this item in my home as a creative form of inventive storage.

Lauren and I with a creative find from Impact Imports, PA

Lauren and I with a creative find from Impact Imports, PA

I wanted a new place to display and hang some of my personal necklaces, for an easy way to locate and admire them.  This carving inspired me to use the bottom portion for this purpose.  The tricky part was to figure out how and where I wanted to place the attached screw-hooks.  As with anything you are about to drill into, you want to make sure that you are making the right decision and make your marks correctly the FIRST time.

These are the hooks I used for my project.

These are the hooks I used for my project.

In order to not deface the art by placing the hooks directly to the front of the art, Lauren had the suggestion to place the hooks from under the bottom lip of this art. That made perfect sense and left me with the option to remove the hooks at anytime, if I wanted to display this in a different manner at any other given time.  The holes could be easily filled later and for the meantime, were at the bottom of the art so it isn’t obvious when and if I removed the hooks.

Added hooks on the bottom lip of this art.

Added hooks on the bottom lip of this art.

Finished art transformed in to a display jewelry hanger.

Finished art transformed in to a display jewelry hanger.

The hooks serve as the resting place for my hanging necklaces. I love the functionality of this and the art as well. It is placed in a room that I see it often, and I appreciate the added functionality of this art. This art has now been adapted to my needs.  I made it personal to me and useful to me.

Have you had the opportunity to alter art? Tell us about your experience and success of your project!  If you are looking to do a similar project, I suggest you make sure you have a stable structure to add your hooks to, making sure that your screws do not penetrate through the wood entirely. Space your hooks evenly, secure with adequate twist, and hang over-all project in a manner similar to hanging framed art, with care and concern for strength of nail choice.  good Luck with your creativity!

Creative Thankfulness (5)

5 Sep

Club Creative Studio Art and bold suede cord strands.

Today, Club Creative Studio stops to be thankful for three words and the implications it brings to the fashion world. Choice, chance and change.

Choices

It is great news to know that hand-made art can be both unique and affordable. You are able to realize that when you wear something created from Club Creative Studio, you are the only one in the entire world that owns it.  When you wear something hand-made and one-of-a-kind, you express yourself as being an individual and special.  We are happy to offer a variety of choices online and take pride in knowing that nothing is ever made in duplicate.  The choice is yours to be different and supportive of the arts and art created by hand. Make a choice to express yourself creatively.

Chances

Chances are you will notice that suede is going to be popular in shoes and maybe elsewhere. I have created several simple necklaces that have colored suede cords as the strands so that is right on target for the Fall fashion season already.  The color cobalt blue is said to be popular as well as glitter and sparkle (yeah).  While you will still see and enjoy tone-on-tone items, statement pieces and men’s wear inspired looks will spill into women’s accessories.  How will you take a chance in your Fall fashion statements?  Dare to be different! Take a chance, show your creative side.

This Fall season: you’ll notice tassels, Oxford flat shoes, leopard and wing-tipped shoes, and colored toe caps, the chunky look and to me the most exciting: patterns and bold colors!

Bright colors are great for summer and fall if combined with other accessories that can compliment the boldness.

Changes

What changes will you be inspired to make?  Will you embrace the glitter and sequins trend?  Will you explore and appreciate the colors and patterns in new items?  As far as making beads that relate to the new trends, I am pleased and excited to see more contrasting colors and floral and geometric graphics around us. I look forward to coordinating Art That Sets You Apart with fashion-forward movements. Make a change from being ordinary to extraordinary, strut your creative stuff!

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You might notice how things I look at can inspire bead-making for me. Do you see any similar qualities in the shoes above and the rectangle bamboo beads pictured here? Like changing your shoes, adding bright and bold colors to your wardrobe could be the jumpstart you need to meet and greet the new trend.  I remain thankful that our items lend well to standing out and offering unique and varied choices of art.

Color and texture combine for an interesting look for Fall.

Have fun as you attempt to use your creativity and make choices, take a chance, and allow the changes to be an extended expression of your style.  I’d love to help by suggesting that Club Creative Studio creations are as unique as you are.  Club Creative Studio Art found at http://www.clubcreativestudio.com offers you a wide choice of hand-made creations, gives you the chance to visit over and over again and purchase online at your convience, as well as shares in the excitement that our art can change your appearance in an affordable manner through its hand-crafted artistic designs.

Thank you for wearing and sharing Club Creative Studio Art

Stop Run-Away Beads

19 Jul

This is a bead stopping component.

Club Creative Studio’s TNT (This-N-That) post today is about a creative solution in bead making.

If you are into stringing, you know that there is nothing worse than spending time with a hand-made item and then experience some degree of failure.  When you are involved with the technique of stringing beads, you want the task to be enjoyable and successful.  You would even like it to be a bit relaxing or therapeutic.

Stringing beads is a rhythm and a pattern.  To avoid  a break in that process, any mishaps like a sudden loss of a completed string of beads falling to the ground is heart-breaking.  I have found the ideal product that can be used to assure that a string of beads will no longer be unstrung if it is left in an undeveloped state of progress.

My small collection of a useful stringing tool.

The interesting stainless steel coiled clips are small items that have a strong hold onto the ends of stringing thread or wire.  Some companies call them “Bead Stoppers” and that is a good name to describe what they do.  They stop beads.  To use, you gently squeeze both ends to open, and place your strand in-between two of the coils and release ends.  The grip allows for the beads to be held until you squeeze the ends once more.

Attaching and end of a beaded strand secures the beads from an accidental spill.

This is used by bead artists who are mid-stream in a project, have many different projects going at once, or want to bundle their beads to a stopping point for storage.  I often use these supportive ends to work from one end to the middle, and then adjust the strand to center the design, and string the other end to match.

These bead stopper coils have easy grip ends.

If you have had frustrations in beading strands and do not like dropping it and starting over, then this is something that you can use to give you back some productive time.  They come in several sizes and you can either use two per strand, placing one strand in an area or use one clip, and separate the coils, and hold one single necklace end to end.

Happy creating and let me know if you use these when stringing or if you are now considering trying them.  I used to use other methods like larger clips or tape but, there is a difference using something that is made specifically for bead-makers, they the (inventors) were really onto something when they created this simple tool for us. It solves a big problem.

Crafty Competition

27 Jun

What will I be doing tonight and while the series continues this season on television?  Sitting with wide eyes!  I can’t wait to see others in creative action, creatively challenged and expressive.

craft wars

The show: Craft Wars When: Tuesday Night 6/26 at 10pm/9 central Where: TLC

Why does this sound like an interesting show?

  • Tori spelling as a host — By the way, Tori Spelling really is crafty in real life — That’s pretty cool
  • The Michael’s Craft Store Wall — who wouldn’t want access to THAT for an hour, and that is FREE
  • Entertaining hosts, including a BLOGGER!! Erika Domesek from P.S. I Made This
  • Creative competition – And that means we can all be inspired as to how they solve their challenges!
  • CRAFTS on TV means that we can see how others work and gain from their experiences.

I am very excited to see the first episode, especially since I have been told that I would make a good contestant. Will you be watching on Tuesday night?

N is for Necklace

22 Apr

Club Creative Studio creates many different styles of hand-made necklaces.  And, when designing a necklace, there are many factors to consider besides the beads, and findings.  The letter N is for necklace and in today’s blog, I share with you information that you may find useful when designing your own or purchasing a necklace with a specific length you desire. The length of your necklace can be created in a variety of ways and worn to enhance your over-all style.

It may be easier to know the common vocabulary to describe your length needs of a necklace.  Use this chart to become familiar.

Club Creative Studio Necklace. http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

Choker:   14-16 inches (35-40 cm)

Princess Necklace:  18-20 inches (45-50 cm)

Matinee Necklace:  23-24 inches (55-60 cm)

Opera:  30-32 inches (75-90 cm)

Lariat:  40-45 inches ( 100-112 cm)

Sautoir:  Longer than an Opera necklace

Club Creative Studio necklaces vary in lengths.

It is always possible to make a longer necklace shorter or a shorter necklace longer.  When in the design stages, knowing the desired outcome in advance is the key to making it a specific length in the end. Often times an extender (additional links) can be added to the necklace at the ends to make the length adjustable for comfort or convience.

Be a Fruit Loop

21 Oct

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of old ones.” — John Cage

Club Creative Studio shares information in this blog concerning creativity.  One way to view creativity of those around you as well as yourself is to appreciate knowing that we are all creative beings.  In the book entitled: Living Your Life Out Loud, authors express, ” the difference between creative people and those who are not is purely a matter of self perception.  If you perceive yourself as creative, you are, and if you don’t, you won’t be.” Seems simple enough doesn’t it? Creative people make life interesting.

One key I can suggest is that you strive to unlock your hidden creativity.  It is really creativity that is natural but, maybe unknown.  What makes a creative person in the first place?  There is one common thread that can be considered: Creativity is born from curiosity.  Are you a naturally curious person?  Are you a person that can take risks to be and do something differently?  Are you a person that is not fearful of being wrong?

Take steps to question.  Being different is what sets us all apart. Be courageous to try new avenues.  Gain a “can-do” attitude to use your natural talents and develop skills to share with others.  Learn to live life “open-ended” enough that you want to try to discover a new way that works better.

“The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B”. — James Yorke, mathematician

“The ability to innovate is only as good as how one can accept changes and take risks.”

— Franco Paolo Liu Eisma

How will you stand out from those around you?  Club Creative Studio strives to create Art That Sets You Apart, the art that incorporates hand-made beads are one-of-a-kind creations.  Much like the “lone Fruitloop” in a bowl of “plain Cheerios” cereal, our art is valued for being strikingly special.  I create to make you feel and look special and different from what the rest in the world is wearing or sharing.  You stand out as unique when you own art that is comfortable to wear, is a fun and functional item, is easily affordable, an artful item hand-made not manufactured, and an original design made with beads that are exclusive to your item.  Please visit the online storefront for items available. Photos and descriptions within the website will inform you of  Club Creative Studio Art. Inventory changes so visit often.  http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

B N Cre8tive

10 Oct

There are many places that you can find creative thoughts, messages, words and photos that evoke or prompt creativity.  Try to exercise your mind on a regular basis to heighten creative ideas.  Set aside a time that you can get back in tune with your creativity.

Try to read this:

TH15 M3554G3 53RV35 T0 PR0V3 H0W OUR M1ND5 C4N D0 4M4Z1NG TH1NG5! 1MPR3SS1V3 TH1NG5! 1N TH3 B3G1NN1NG 1T W4S H4RD BUT N0W, 0N TH15 L1N3 Y0UR M1ND 1S R34D1NG 1T 4UT0M4T1C4 LLY W1TH PR4T1C4LLY N0 TH1NK1N5 1NV0LV3D R1GHT? B3 V3RY PR0UD ! Y0U D35ERVE 4 P4T 0N TH3 B4CK!

Be creative in how you exercise your mind.  Our brains need exercise, and it’s fun to find creative ways to do this.

Encourage  yourself and others to look at things in different ways and brainstorm what is beyond the obvious

in solution hunting.  Gather the following items and try to expand your imagination with this creative game.

As a group activity, make a collection of  five items of any kind.  For example, it can be a mug, a bag, a bottle, jewelry item

and a folder.   Ask people to write down various uses for these objects in a creative fashion.

For example, the mug can be used as a jewelry box or the folder a coaster.

Encourage people for wacky and creative answers.  The wackiest, the better!  It will be surprising to see the possible  answers. 

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