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Learn How Jewelry Can Make Your Life Better

28 Feb

standard storage box for jewelry. Do you have something like this?

standard storage box for jewelry. Do you have something like this?

Club Creative Studio enjoys sharing creative knowledge that you can use or pass along. In today’s TNT (This-N-That) blog post, you can look no further than the jewelry box on your dresser for the answer to a better life.  Well…sort of. Here is a question: How can your jewelry make your life better?

At first glance of our jewelry hidden within the standard storage box designated the “jewelry box”, you may seem frustrated at disorganization.  Maybe your container is too small for your collection, maybe the dividing spaces are not adequate to separate or display the jewelry you own. Another problem with your storage may be your actual items you are holding on to.  Do you have lost or broken jewelry sections, tangled chains, or out of fashion creations? 

It may seem difficult to appreciate knowing that life can be made better by simply displaying your jewelry in healthier ways. You can be quite innovative in how you do this. In this respect, your jewelry has a link to making your life better.  Your life can be more orderly and your possessions more valued if you have a means to care for the jewelry you own using proper storage. After all, was not this the thinking methodology of “Santa” who gifted you the pink ballerina musical box for your plastic necklace?

Did you own a wind up musical ballerina jewelry box?

Did you own a wind up musical ballerina jewelry box?

 I really should practice what I am preaching here. I personally have a mixture of ways that I refer to as my “jewelry organization”.  Some of my fine gems are stored in their original boxes and placed in a safe.  Other jewelry items that I own are displayed on hooks, smaller elements are placed in a traditional jewelry box and yet other creations are organized in small, clear, stackable bins with handles that are easily ready to view when I have to travel, or relocate.

No matter if you store in a standard table top box, in free-standing legged armoires, in a closet organizer pouch, or on some type of rack, caring for your jewelry and having access to it easily is the key to experiencing storage happiness with your jewelry.

To properly store for in-home, short-term, I suggest using a hooked display rack, ladder-type or screen-hole system with holes for earrings, box or plate that is placed in a room where you have an adequate landing spot to return to again and again. Being able to quickly see and review your jewelry choices is important for the items that you wear most often. If you make a habit of returning and neatly replacing jewelry in the same spot your life will be better as you will not waste time finding what you need. Your treasures will not be lost and they will last longer from the tender loving care and respect. A great “go-to” spot will serve you well in jewelry organization.

Found at: overstock.com for something like $130. Found at: overstock.com for something like $130.

There is a wonderful product I learned about from a home shopping show that seems to be every girl’s dream jewelry case. It was a rectangular box that opened up on one hinged side and attached to the back of any door.  It was framed out and had a mirror on the front.  How wonderful is that? Fun and function…I LOVE IT! This type of jewelry storage unit could be considered both temporary and permanent because of its size and depending on the location you place it.  It was designed with many specific compartments. The areas had distinct places for bracelets, rings, necklaces, earrings, even scarves and belts. It had a secure hanging device that was over-the-door, so no nails were required for its installation.

So, with these few helpful tips in mind, maybe you can make your life better by making a special place for your jewelry. Happy shopping and organizing.  Be sure to stop by the blog again for creative information you can learn and share. We’d love to hear your conventional and non-traditional methods for storing your jewelry because you never know who may need the suggestions and help.  Thank you.

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Can’t Beat Them? Join Them!

5 Oct

Keep Educating Yourself.

As today’s Feature Friday post I would just like to add a few graphics here that I found to highlight as inspiration.  I hope that you have the opportunity to take time for yourself and use it wisely to improve upon something intellectually.  It may be as simple as taking an hour out for a teleseminar or webinar or an extended plan for a course or degree.

The reason I have chosen to take a minute to post specifically on this topic is because I recently took the plunge, overcame fears and took part in my first teleseminar and webinar situations.  They were very rewarding, and proved to be a time investment! It took too long to beat around the bush and not explore these key educational opportunities, so I decided to join in.  What will you be able to do to improve yourself creatively? What’s your way to K.E.Y. in life? Feel free to share your learning experiences with us here in a comment.

I wish you happy CREATING and happy LEARNING DISCOVERIES!

Creative Thankfulness (3)

31 Aug

Club Creative Studio’s Handmade wire art necklace.

Yesterday’s post from Club Creative Studio shared a few challenges of the latest wire worked project.  Any single day can be filled with obstacles if you are trying a creative project for a first time or have been away from a technique for any duration of time.  Today’s Feature Friday post will share a few successes from the challenges of working with wire in a new way.

Wire art from Club Creative Studio.

Basicly, when I sat to create these necklaces, I wanted to have the feeling and look of the technique of chain maille but, not all of the complicated segments. That look combines individual loops in a maze-like pattern repeated over and over that link together.  This did the trick for me because for one, I did not get a headache or confused too often and for the second reason, I was able to duplicate the method using a variation of technique.

Colored wire art from Club Creative Studio.

Today, I am thankful for variety at the design table, especially the variety of wire.

Wire lends itself to change.  Wire has different levels of strength and durability, it has a range in gauge (thickness), presents itself in suitable qualities, and it  is offered in a variety of colors as well. It is a wonderful to experiment with. When I wrap in wire, it also looks wonderful to mix silver, gold or copper wires together. I love working with wire. Does it show?

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Creative Thankfulness (2)

31 Aug

Today, I am also thankful for obstacles. They allow me to grow and learn about myself. They also teach me that I can jump pretty high and often, making those many leaps and bounds with success. It is great to step back and appreciate the challenges that I encounter in the studio while creating handmade jewelry art.

Maybe it is a little frustrating sometimes but, the best finished items sometimes stem from taking the long road to completion.  Today’s TNT (This-N-That) blog post from Club Creative Studio post salutes every creative soul that learns from the obstacles placed in their path.

Grow creatively from the obstacles you face.

When I first started out with the idea to twist wire in a certain way for this project, I wanted to make segments and attach them together. I wanted each step to be easy enough that I would want to duplicate it again and again and not be bored.

Wire art from Club Creative Studio.

The results are pretty cool.   What do you think? The obstacle I faced in the beginning was how I might do this the best way to create a project from many separate parts.  I think I will certainly make more twisted wire items and see how I can use the same technique while I vary the designs.

The Feature Friday post will share a few more original art samples I created with twisted wire.

Sunny Side Up

27 Jul

Today’s Club Creative Studio Feature Friday post celebrates the color YELLOW

How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun. -Vincent Van Gogh

Yellow flowers help complete my table arrangement with the Club Creative Studio Keepsake Rim Trim beaded vase embellishment.

Do you want to grab a little attention?  Wear a piece of jewelry that is an eye-attracting yellow color, or an item with yellow accents.

Club Creative Studio hand-made necklace.

That may do the trick since yellow is considered the most visible color, it is also the most attention-getting color. Yellow can be used in small amount to draw notice, such as on traffic sign or advertisements.

Yellow is a great color to highlight.

In this Club Creative Studio Hand-made clay beads. Notice that “pop” of yellow really stands out!

While that same wonderful sunny yellow color stands out and makes you feel happy and warm, yellow also often tends to be the most fatiguing to the eye.  This is said to be reasoned out due to the high amount of light that is reflected.   So, in today’s extreme use on computer monitors, the background color yellow can lead to extreme eyestrain.

One thing is for sure, when you wear a Club Creative Studio art items heads will turn no matter what color is highlighted in the design, and that won’t be because of eye strain!

Club Creative Studio- Sunny yellow hand-rolled polymer clay beads.
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The studied flip-side of the psychological effects of happy yellow are frustration and anger, however.  It seems that studies have been done to also prove that people are more likely to lose their tempers in yellow rooms and babies tend to cry more in yellow rooms.  This goes to show even for colors everything in MODERATION should keep us all at an even keel.  For me yellow has always brought to mind a sunny side up egg.  It is a pleasing color that also makes me have a hankering for eggs!

Club Creative Studio hand-torched glass beads.
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Speaking of balance, yellow can also increase the metabolism. So, let’s keep a healthy dose of yellow in our wardrobes.  How does yellow make YOU feel?

Club Creative Studio- Wine Cork Necklace.

Creative on Contact (Part l)

10 Jul

Club Creative Studio likes to reserve the Tuesday post for low-cost creative projects.  Today’s Two-Cent Tuesday post is another way to use your stored up creativity in a low-cost manner.  Decorating can be costly but, there are ways to avoid that if you use your imagination.

This is a fun project with low-cost factors.

Among the many types of individuals that are penny-pinching these days are the many college bound and college dorm resident students.  You don’t have to be among is category to celebrate your creativity in this suggested project but, it is an ideal solution to decorating and personalizing your dormitory walls, or any wall.  Turn your doodles into art.

This post will feature the art of my daughter and her project intended to decorate and place her mark and personality upon her walls of her future living space.  Last year she had a focus on using post it notes to decorate her plain white walls of her dorm.  This year her space will be colorful and personal as well.  She is using clear contact paper as her medium. This sticky on one side only plastic is low-cost at less than six dollars for a roll of transparent Contact brand paper.  She also used her colorful Sharpie brand permanent markers.  It would be helpful to also use a flat long surface to work on.

My daughter used clear Con-Tact Brand in this decorative project.

To begin, gather your Sharpie brand markers, they work best because they are colorful and adhere nicely to the slick surface of the Con-Tact paper.  You may wish to use additional paper underneath the ends of the paper so that the markers do not damage your work surface. Sharpie brand markers are permanent markers.

Unroll and begin at one end of the paper and start your decorative doodles.  You can letter quotes, draw illustrations, write down positive affirmations and mantras and stick photos or cut outs under a section of the clear paper.  Whatever you put on or under your sheet of paper will show up nicely through the transparent and protective adhesive plastic sheet.

A section of my daughter’s wall art project.

Consider your designs to coordinate with the color of your wall.

It took a while to add to the entire roll. So you may want to do this project as a group art project or invest time if you do this as an individual.  My daughter intends to use her entire decorated roll as a wall border.  She will place it as a wide strip across her focal wall at eye-level to add a splash of color to her over-all decorated wall.  If there is additional left over after fitting to the space she wants covered, she was thinking of also placing a strip or sections onto her floor.  Con-Tact paper will be easily removed later and can be used on many type of surfaces safely.  She has used it on her mirrors to decorate the corners of them, on her desk-top to decorate that work space, on cabinets as cut-outs like decals or stickers would be used and she has also used this method of decorating on her windows.  A whole lovely theme could be incorporated with this very low-cost method.  Best of all, when removed, you can change out your theme or decorative written focus.

In this section: My daughter incorporated ovals as “fill-in-the-blanks” for others to add their “two-cents” to her wall mural creation.

This self-adhesive is a little tricky to apply alone if you use a whole sheet, so have some help on hand when applying.  Make sure that you have an idea of the total length you wish to cover, do some measuring or cutting.  apply to a clean, smooth surface. You can use a squeegee or wall paper smoothing tool to aid in getting bubbles out of paper when you flatten it to the wall.  Your hands rubbing across the surface will do well enough however, if you take the application process slowly.

It is NOT recommended to apply to wood or any water-based paint unless it is given a coat of varnish or shellac because it will stick and be removed with residue from this type wall. Test the wall if you have concerns.  For best results in application, the manufacturer of Con-Tact suggests that the surface be above 55 degrees farenheit  or  13 degrees celsius for best results.  They also mention that some shrinkage may occur so overlapping can be done.  This is also helpful to do if you are concerned about edges being touched or rubbed.

Draw directly on the Con-Tact paper to create your unique designs.

When you peel off the backing, you want to try to do this evenly.  For covering a wall which is a very large section, it is best to have help and peel small sections.  We will be doing this together in a few weeks so I will be sure to blog about how this turns out at a later date.

For now, I’d also like to share that one technique of application could be to begin at the middle (center) of your wall and press outwards towards the edge.  You may also use a ruler or cloth to smooth out the bubbles that may form when applying. We like this material because it can be lifted to reposition easily and get out any wrinkles that are formed. It is fun to see your wall “come to life” with your art. I can hardly wait to see what my daughter’s art looks like up on her wall.

This material is plastic so you should be aware that pulling too hard will stretch and distort your paper and in turn your images. Use care to place your finished project on the wall of other surface you wish to adorn.  If you are planning to cut your paper at any point, it is nice to also know that the back of Con-Tact brand paper they have pre-marked straight lines to follow to ensure a straight cut, they have also marked with measurements, so that is such a handy-dandy element to help you adhere and alter your paper art.

Make your banner art as long or as short as you wish.

Be sure to visit the blog again in the near future to see how her project looks in her living space.  I’d also love to hear if you try this method of low-cost decorating yourself.  Good luck and happy creating. We are CREATIVE EVERY DAY and hope that you experience fun as you attempt this project sometime yourself.

Wired Up

3 Jun

Are you motivated to become creative today?

I am all “wired up’ as I experiment in the work place of Club Creative Studio.  As I try new techniques in wire-wrapping I have run into trials and tribulations.  This is what I love about the creative process…the learning process.  Success in art means to be brave to start from an idea, remain open-minded to continue the project and then hopefully become pleased in the final product.

This is what is at the heart of exploring creativity.  Today in this short post, I share with you the results of the recent stone, wire and crystal art pendants I am experimenting with.

Club Creative Studio hand-made wire and crystal art pendant.

Club Creative Studio hand-made pendant in stone, wire and crystals.

How have you been creative lately?

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Plastic Painting Project Part l

18 May

Daughter’s contribution: acrylic painted background.

Club Creative Studio art has a main focus on bead-making, jewelry making and using hand-made clay and glass beads in interesting ways. But, because creativity is limited only to one’s imagination, it is natural that other materials take center stage from time to time.  This post informs you of a group project using mixed media on a painted canvas.

Exploring the uses of a variety of supplies opens your mind to new techniques and use of materials. Sometimes the most unconventional materials used, make a project extra interesting. There is a growth and a new-found appreciation to be found in using new materials. In our mother/daughter art project we used primed canvas, acrylic paint, permanent markers in black and metallic silver, heavy gel gloss medium, recycled plastic soda bottles, ink and hand-made polymer clay beads.

This post is part one of a two part explaination of what we created as our group project.

Many enjoy the challenges of recycling. There is also the thrill to know that you have not only helped develop a creative mode but, you have used throw-away objects in a new and exciting way.

Recently my daughter and I joined forces to create an inspirational painting for the new studio space of Club Creative Studio. I knew that I wanted to incorporate many texts within our canvas because I love being inspired by creative quotes. And my daughter knew that she could contribute by painting the background of the canvas for me to use as a colorful backdrop for whatever was developed on top.  To begin we set up the easel and let her go with the flow for the painted background portion.

acrylic painting swirls of color help create the feeling of movement.

Next, we added the quotes about creativity throughout the entire canvas, using permanent markers and varied the are thickness and font style of each quote applied.  Glossing over the entire surface, we added protection and a slight sheen to the canvas surface. Adding a gloss seems to also intensify the paint tints too so it is a double pleasure to use it.

Inspired by quotes about CREATIVITY.

Finally, we added some unexpected elements by adding recycled and melted plastic bottle flowers, with a hand-made polymer clay bead for each center bloom on the canvas.

Melted plastic bottle formed to be a flower bloom.

Follow this blog post on Two-Cent Tuesday for Part ll of this Plastic Painting Project. I’ll show the completed creation and explain how we made the recycled plastic bottle blooms.

Creative Cubes

1 May

Welcome to Club Creative Studio’s Tuesday post focused on low-cost creativity.  Summer is coming.  It is just around the corner.  Some are predicting record high temperatures for where I live on the east coast this week. Now, that is an early taste of summer! When I think of summer, I think of heat. When I think of heat, I think of finding ways to stay cool.  When I think of staying cool, I think of ice cubes.

Today’s post is about how to make creative cubes, interesting ice cubes are easy to create. Enjoy entertaining the idea and the outcome from the ideas in this post offering insight to create your creative  cubes.

Take note of the many different ways that you can be creative with ice cubes.  I am not talking about making an ice sculpture so you don’t need to fear operating a chain saw for the creative projects I sill suggest.  All you need are a few ingredients and your creative two cents.  These are fairly low-cost ideas with big results.

Consider using fruit in your water ice cubes.  You can place diced sections of fruit or whole fruit if it is small enough for freezer container like blueberries or grapes.  Place fruit in regular ice trays or molds made to withstand the freezer temperatures. You can also freeze fruit juices for flavor and variety of color combinations.

Cut and whole fruit ready to add water and place in freezer.

While using fruit, also consider using puree fruit, which makes a thick consistency cube, and adds flavor to your beverage once it starts to melt.

In the photo above, colored ice cubes are added to a clear carbonated soda beverage.  You may be interested to know that anything made using tonic water will glow under a black light. If you freeze tonic water, the ice cubes will glow bright blue under a black light!  If you also want a glow but not only under black lights you can use glow sticks as stirring rods or decorations in your drink glasses.  Food coloring or soft drink powder mix packet flavors can be added to the water to make new color combinations as well.

There are other fun things that you can do to make your ordinary ice cubes more fun.  Consider freezing candy eyeballs or gummy worms into ice cubes to add to drinks. How about plastic flies or spiders for the practical joker in your family?  Ice cubes can be blended into many party and holiday themes.

Plastic spider rings placed into cub trays. The finger attachment has been cut off prior to placing it in the tray.

For yet another interesting twist, look at how beautiful this beverage looks.  They are organic and digestible flowers and were frozen in cube forms to float gracefully in a glass.

Flowers add an elegant touch to this beverage.

Your creativity with creating and serving creative  ice cubes does not have to be limited to your family and friends. If you have a special pet in your life, share a home-made cold treat with your canine breed.  Here is a photo of a pampered pooch that has an ice-cube treat willed with other treats.  To get his reward, he waits patiently for the melting to begin.  It keeps the dog entertained for hours, I am sure.  I would just caution that it be placed outside so the melting period does not create a large puddle indoors.  Also,when you first offer it to a pet, I would imagine that it should be allowed to melt a bit first as to not be too cold and stick to the tongue of your beloved furry pet!

Use a bucket or large bowl and freeze in a deep freeze appliance for easy freezing.

Good luck in your experiments with making creative ice cubes. Thanks for stopping by the blog for a Two-cent Tuesday post. This is surely a low-cost way to be creative.

Change is Good

4 Nov

Change IS good.

“Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?”
from the movie, “What A Girl Wants”

If you are one that likes to shop for accessories that set you apart, you may like to appreciate the items that I make by hand because the inventory is ever-changing. I enjoy creating Art That Sets You Apart at: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

Hand-Made Artisan Beads By: Club Creative Studio

“Evolve into the epitome of elegance, eminence, and excellence”
Xavier Vincent Knight

Club Creative Studio art is one-of-a-kind. This is the main reason why creating each item is always an interesting adventure. I am not satisfied with making items that are duplicated or manufactured. Why not do things differently, I say? Why not look and be different from the other seven billion people on this planet?

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”
Gail Sheehy

When I create an item, I sit down and expect change. I expect to do something a little bit differently to make something a little bit better. It’s a natural progression, inevitable and inspirational to know that each time I design, it will have a special touch. The process of creativity involves a series of changing ideas and a collection of evolving trials and tribulations. Creativity evolves from within.

“The hardest part about moving forward is not looking back!”
Source Unknown

“Life may lead me to new and different paths, meet new friends, learn new things … but this will remain true – wherever life takes me, I’ll always remember the path where I met you.”
Source Unknown

Today, and everyday I express thankfulness for anyone reading this blog. For those who are interested in creativity and the creative process. For those who are open to change and express their own unique qualities. Thank you for supporting the arts and for exploring the options of change in your own life.

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