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Admire and Inspire: Buds Buy Beads

4 Jan

Here’s a TNT (This-N-That) Club Creative Studio riddle for you.

Question: What do you get when you place two jewelry makers with different design styles together in the same bead store for a few hours?

Answer: A few long receipts!

Small package, long reciept.

Small package, long receipt.

Welcome to the Club Creative Studio blog where the focus is on CREATIVITY.

I recently blogged about a small bead shop that was closing its doors for public business. I learned that after eight years, the owners wanted to start reclaiming their lives and go fishing and enjoy and be near their grandchildren more often.  One can hardly argue with that! It takes dedication and many hours run a brick and mortar storefront and I totally understand their desire for a change of pace.  It will be a loss to many bead fans and jewelry-makers to no longer have the store in their neighborhood. In their final days of their close-out, they offered a great opportunity for customers to purchase their remaining tiny treasures at deeply discounted prices. I hit the bead store scene with a new bud to buy beads and we enjoyed our productive day.

I had a great time talking the “language of jewelry-making” with a fellow jewelry maker and friend: Anna Servati of Anna’s Jewelry Designs. We first met at a networking event and quickly started speaking our native language BEADS.  It is always a thrill for me to be able to meet or maintain a working relationship with someone who has similar passions and high levels of creativity.  We have very different design styles yet, we can still appreciate the same beads and techniques in the jewelry-making world. I suggested that when we both got home, we needed to photograph our “bead stash” from today. Here is Anna’s stash. She loves gem stones, and added some unique clasps to her collection.

This is Anna's stash.

This is Anna’s stash.

While shopping, we  had moments where we both admired the same beads even though we may have bought totally different beads in the end. We did agree to both purchase one bead alike, however.  This will be the bead that we will both use in one of our individual projects to see how each of us will create with it.

How fun is that?

This is the special bead we each bought to use in our own separate creations.

This is the special bead we each bought to use in our own separate creations.

I wanted to use the photos to illustrate in this blog how two people can shop differently with their own personal art styles in mind, and let you see what caught our eyes long enough to want to purchase.  My hope is to have you admire the collections and be inspired to do something creative. You don’t have to be a jewelry-designer to use  or love beads, stones, charms or wire!  This is my stash from the shopping adventure.  You know I am always on the hunt for the unusual finding so leave it up to me to find the charms shaped like hands right off the bat as I entered the door! Some things just scream Club Creative Studio.

This is Club Creative Studio's bead stash from 01/03/2013.

This is Club Creative Studio’s bead stash from 01/03/2013.

The best take-away aspect that I realized yesterday while spending time with my friend was that while we had our little conversations in between our glazed over eyes in auto pilot shopping mode, we spent some quality time doing what I love to do…admire and inspire.  The shopping spree also brought another aspect to the forefront of my mind. I feel that it is important to have at least one person that you can trust to have a listening ear near or word of honest advice when you need an opinion.

I have many different “go-to” pals who are very knowledgeable in specific areas that are willing to share and have a give-and-take conversation. If you don’t have people in your life-like that, I suggest finding a few because there is nothing better than having the opportunity to bounce off ideas and get feedback from a variety of people.

To view more interesting and unique hand-made items from Club Creative Studio, U.S.A. visit the website and check back often. You may see a creation that incorporates an item from this recent stash of goodies! Thank you for taking time to admire and be inspired. We love it when you wear and share Club Creative Studio hand-made ART THAT SETS YOU APART!

http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

Creative Charms

19 Feb

Club Creative Studio Resin Charms

My creative friends that I refer to as members of the CRAFTease Crew have gathered once again to create a collaborative item with creative charms.  You may recall the blog that highlighted this group effort of creating individual charms and exchanging them with others for a charm bracelet. The December theme was The Twelve Days of Christmas.

After that pleasing experience and fun results, we decided to gather again and make and exchange more creative charms. This time we all decided to work with resin and the theme was going celebrate  Saint Valentine’s Day.  Once again we gathered for the exchange of our charms and we ended up with another memorable item.  I love the charms we created.

NC CRAFTease Crew 2012

Mixed resin poured into mini square molds.

Small items are arranged into the mold and resin is added to cover items and cure for twelve hours.

We make a mess but, it is all for the love of creativity. There is a reason.

Our great collection of completed charms! Ready to exchange!

When creativity flourishes, we get the excitement and confidence to continue on with a technique, or try something new. The NC CRAFTease Crew will be meeting again soon and I will be sharing an artful technique at our next gathering. I look forward to showing my craft-loving friends how I create in a fun medium.  Who knows what will come next? What is important is the expression of art and learning new techniques from someone who has knowledge to share.

Finished necklace with completed charms.

We have combined the charms in bracelets and necklaces.

12 Days of Creativity

4 Jan

Holiday bracelet made from several collaborating friends.

 This post brings to light a fun idea that can be transferred to any holiday celebration or life event with a theme in mind, and a few supplies. This post also fits into the TNT (this-n-that) theme. Being creative might be easy for some yet for others it may seem to take extra effort. No matter if creativity is instant or requires planning, it can be…shared.  Sharing creativity gives you an opportunity to use your skills and display your talents.

This post highlights the efforts of many creative persons. This time, the focus is on a group of persons and a special project.  I’d like to reflect on a recent holiday project that was based on the Christmas carol song: The Twelve Days of Christmas. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a cumulative song, meaning that each verse is built on top of the previous verses.  There are twelve verses, each describing a gift given by “my true love” on one of the twelve days of Christmas.

Using this song as inspiration, a group of nearly twelve members created hand-made charms, then gathered for the “big reveal” which included sharing the creative process and exchanging their charms within the group so that each walked away with a unique jewelry keepsake. Some group members collected their charms for a bracelet. I incorporated my charms into a necklace. The group agreed that this experience was worth repeating and they enjoyed the learning process as much as the expression of creativity.

Some group members collected their charms for a bracelet. I incorporated my charms into a necklace.

If you recall from the popular song, the first verse runs: on the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a partridge in a pear tree and on the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…two turtle doves.  Other mentions in the song and items included symbolically in the project are three french hens (ooh la-la), four calling birds (on cell phones of course), five golden rings, six geese-a-laying (comfortably on a pillow), seven swans-a-swimming , eight maids a milking (got milk?), nine ladies dancing, ten lords-a-leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming.

Gail happily organized twelve friends who agreed to share their skills and talents and come together to make and exchange their art projects.  Today’s blog celebrates the creativeness of her group of friends.  They held an initial meeting to brainstorm and decide on how they would start.  The assignment was for each person to make twelve separate items all with the same likeness and theme based on the number picked that corresponded to the same numbers in the Christmas carol song: The Twelve Days of Christmas.  The deadline was set and each member of the group went home ready to create their twelve items and return to share them. With all of the charms collected we were then free to add them to a bracelet and create our group project.  We collected one work of art charm from each person.

Our final products from the group project.

Contributors in this artistic product were: Marki, Annette, Bri, Amanda, Donna, Melissa, Gayle, Chris, MellaDee, and myself.  We shared time and talent, creating a meaningful item that will surely hold memories as well as appreciation for the creative process. We are now planning to get together to complete a Valentine theme bracelet.  I feel another blog coming from that experience too for sure!

To end this post, I’d like to share the idea that you may want to consider.  Make your favorite bracelet serve you well with a double duty.  Add an interesting dash of bling to your purse or bag with a closely related length of your bracelet size.  Attach it to the top of the rim on both sides of your purse for a fun twist of fashion, and show off your creation!

Consider this double-duty idea for your bracelet.

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