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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

Bread-Making vs Bead-Making

28 Dec

Being creative in the kitchen can be fun.

Being creative in the kitchen can be fun.

Club Creative Studio is sharing creativity in a different way today. We’d like to encourage you to be creative in the kitchen.  If you are a natural at being comfortable with kitchen creativity, specifically baking great. If you find it challenging to stick to a recipe and create food in a step-by-step scientific matter, then open up your world and try something new…make bread! I can appreciate making bread now because of these comparisons: Making bread, like art takes time but, in the end it is valued for the time spent and the one-of-a-kind aspects of each creation. Each loaf of bread is unique unto itself, just like Club Creative Studio art is.

I made bread and it is just as time consuming as making beads!

I made bread and it is just as time-consuming as making beads, and just as great to enjoy in the end.

I don’t really know what prompted me to try to make bread. It may have been watching many food network shows in a row that gave me the confidence to want to try to be successful in the kitchen.  Normally, this is the last place that I want to be. I am most comfortable working with a different kind of material my “dough” is most commonly polymer clay, or glass not flour and yeast.

In comparison, however, my workspace supplies and the kitchen materials do have similarities. In fact, I have many stolen tools from my kitchen that I have transformed for use exclusive to clay. For example, the cutting board, pastry cutters, the sharp pick-like tool for cracking nuts, various mint molds and cookie cutters, pasta machine, toaster oven, mini-chopper, rolling-pin, empty spice containers, spice rack, bamboo sticks and empty tin cans are all now part of my studio tools because they are most used to benefit me there.

I can appreciate knowing that there is room for adjustments and experimentation in both settings.  There is an exact science to creating items out of polymer clay and glass, as well as bread-making techniques.  I am sharing ways today that one recipe can allow for experimentation.  Incorporating your own personality into your art and baking can be an important aspect to sharing your skills in a more expressive way.

Below is the basic recipe that I followed to make my loaf of wheat bread. What I found online was wonderful. The recipe was posted and then many others posted their comments and questions. Many shared how they made the recipe their own to fit their needs or just try out their different creative ideas with the recipe.  This was interesting to me to learn the various ways that people used ingredients to change the recipe to suit their specific tastes.  It made me realize even more that we are all individuals. We may all like bread as a common love, just as we may all like jewelry but, we also have our specific needs and taste, just as we have our individual taste in jewelry fashion and needs of specific styles.

Honey Whole Wheat Bread makes two loaves 1 lb whole wheat flour 12 oz hot water 8 ounces bread or all-purpose flour 1 5 oz can evaporated milk, 1/3 cup honey 2 teaspoons salt 3 teaspoons instant yeast an additional 1/2-1 cup flour, as necessary, to achieve the desired consistency.

Making bread is sort of like making beads...

Here is a close-up of my home-made bread. Making bread is sort of like making beads, both take time to create.

 http://www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/wholewheathoneybread

Mix the hot water and whole wheat flour together in a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic and set aside until around room temperature, at least 1 hour. Add the milk, honey, salt, yeast, and bread flour to the original mixture and mix until well combined. Add additional flour and knead by hand or in a stand mixer until a tacky but not completely sticky dough is formed. Place the ball of dough in a well-oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside to rise for 60 to 90 minutes. Divide the dough in two and shape the loaves. Place the loaves in greased bread pans, cover the pans loosely with plastic (I put them in a plastic bag), and set aside to rise again for 90 minutes. During the final 30 minutes of rising, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the pans into the oven and immediately reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Bake for approximately 45 to 55 minutes, rotating the pans once so that they brown evenly, until the internal temperature of the loaves is around 190 degrees and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

My home-made bread sliced and ready to enjoy.

My home-made bread sliced and ready to enjoy.

Here are a few things that people changed in the recipe to creatively make it their own:

~substitute milk for evaporated milk

~ add more water instead of milk

~ substitute soy milk for evaporated milk

~substitute dried whole milk powder

~add agave nectar instead of the honey

~add sugar to taste

~add molassas instead of honey

~add raisins, sun flower seeds, or oats

~reverse the flour measurements of wheat and white

~brush egg on top of bread to finish

~pour additional honey on top of dough to bake in

Let me know if you try the recipe out, adjust it, or make a different type of bread. I have learned that bread-making like bead-making takes time and patience, and the methods can be altered to express your own creativity. It was also well worth it to smell and taste a hand-made bread creation made from scratch, just as it is worth it to wear a hand-made beaded item. I will stick to bead-making for now as my “go-to” creative activity vice bread-making but, it won’t stop me from being creative in the kitchen when I have to be there.

To view more creative items made with beads (not bread), check out the evolving inventory of hand-made beaded items at: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

Blue Christmas- Inspired By Elvis

21 Dec

Club Creative Studio is sharing theme art in this Feature Friday post today that has been inspired by music on the radio.  It’s that time of year that the sounds of Christmas fill our airways.  Appreciating Christmas carols are part of our traditions, and one has inspired me to create a few statement pieces of hand-made jewelry art in the color blue.

Club Cretive Studio Art. Hand-made pendant.

Club Cretive Studio Art. Hand-made pendant.

The necklace above is made of various mixed metals, faux pearls, glass beads, shell buttons and dyed shell beads, a tea pot charm and a blue and black clay bead from polymer clay.

Lately the tune Blue Christmas sung my Elvis Presley has been heard quite often. So, I decided to create from the title of the song.  I don’t seem to createhand-made items in the color blue very often. I don’t know why. I have nothing against blue. I like blue. So, to concentrate on one specific color, and create item after item in the blue theme, was a welcome challenge and change of pace. How does the color blue make you feel? Does it make you feel down or lift your spirits with a calm feeling?

blue-christmas-man-sparkle

Image from blog: Daily Days of MKH

Using music as inspiration is easy because you can listen to words over and over and take to heart what is being conveyed to you. Any given day may render a new meaning while listening to the same words of a tune so use that as inspiration as well.

The song Blue Christmas inspired art in this theme color.

The song Blue Christmas inspired art in this theme color.

Theme jewelry-making can be a challenge to create because you may feel like you are limited in creativity however, it can also be a welcome task because you are placed in a position that you need to stick to in terms of a certain style, mood, or color.

Hand-made jewelry art with a focus on the color blue.

Hand-made jewelry art with a focus on the color blue.

To view more creative creations please visit and revisit the website

http//www.clubcreativestudio.com

Custom requests welcome

veronica@clubcreativestudio.com

Christmas Crunch- It’s Bow Time!

21 Dec

Are you feeling the Christmas crunch? Club Creative Studio is sharing creative information about how to make your gifts look special for the holiday season and beyond.

Christmas Crunch- Quick and Easy Projects

16 Dec

Welcome to Club Creative Studio’s  blog where the focus is always on creativity.  With Christmas fast approaching, I am certainly feeling the “Christmas Crunch”. It is the time many feel rushed, hunting for quick solutions.  Many of your creative endeavors do not need to be time-consuming.  In fact, sometimes is a simple display of creativeness can mean the most.

Here’s the first of a few posts that will deal with the holiday season theme suggesting project prompts that are fairly quick and relatively easy to complete.  Let’s not stress being creative.

Hand-Made Gift Tags

Let’s create simple yet fun gift tags. You can do this inexpensively and with scraps and other found objects around the house. Using the computer is a fast and easy way to make gift tags because of the editing possibilities and the quick process. Maybe you want to combine the computer with other elements to create your tags.  I used pre-cut blank tags but, making your own from scrap stock paper and using a hole punch is just as easy to customize your color choices if you have those scrap booking supplies close on hand.

Basic supplies for gift-tag making.

Basic supplies for gift-tag making.

Supplies I used in the creation of my tags were: paper tags and ribbon,  scissors, decorative tapes, permanent markers in various size points and colors, foam stickers, scrap wrapping paper, brads, double stick tape, stamps, ink pads.  Dividing the tag surface into sections will give you an area to focus on. The new printed tapes out in the scrap-booking section of your local craft stores are fun to experiment with.  Feel free to cut the tape to suit your specific design needs.

Hand-made tags with paper "yo-yo" flower added.

Hand-made gift tags with paper “yo-yo” flower added.

For the paper “yo-yo” flowers you see on my tags, you’ll need a paper strip of printed scrap paper cut in a rectangle. The size of your flower and center opening will vary in size with your cut paper width and length cuts. Using the basic accordion fold, pick a thickness and keep the folds back and forth consistent.  Glue two stop ends together overlapping slightly and your “flower” is ready to add  a brad to the center. For a finishing touch on the flowers, I marked the raised and folded sections with metallic marker and placed double stick tape on the back to adhere to my blank tag area.  Let your creativity flow as you save money and create one-of-a-kind hand-made gift tags. It is certainly part of your gift!

Club Creative studio gift tags.

Club Creative Studio gift tags.

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