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bubblelightLike many artists, I love to turn trash into treasure so I enjoy going to thrift stores, garage sales, estate sales and even auctions when I have the chance.  I have been so busy this year that the opportunity has pass

These items often find their way into my art, my home or I may do a little fixing up and then sell them in consignment stores or on occasion on Ebay.

I stumbled onto this video by Dallas Moore which gives some tips on what to look for at these places which bring good returns when selling on Ebay  (or elsewhere if you know the location.)

 

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Meatballs and Italian Sausage with Penne Pasta

I bought some Italian sausage at the Catawba Farms Farmers Market where I sometimes sell my handmade gifts.

Here’s a recipe my husband came up with using several recipes he looked at. It takes a bit of time to make this meal but it is absolutely delicious and we both over indulged.

meatballsMeatballs and Italian Sausage with Penne Pasta

Takes approx 1 1/2 – 2 hours to make

Ingredients

  • 3 slices of bread, blended to crumbs in food processor
  • 1 egg
  • milk
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 29 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb sweet Italian Sausage
  • red onion, chopped
  • Merlot wine
  • Penne pasta or spaghetti noodles

Directions

  • In bowl mix bread crumbs, egg, 2/3 cup milk, Parmesan, garlic cloves chopped or crushed, and basil.
  • Add lean ground beef and blend with hands.
  • Form 1 1/2″ meatballs and place on a plate.
  • Put in large pan and sear meatballs making sure they stay soft and rare. Set meatballs aside
  • In same pan  add olive oil, 1/4 cup chopped red onion. Brown onion.
  • Add 1/4 Merlot wine, and one 29 oz (by weight) can of tomato sauce.
  • Heat to a simmering boil. Add meatballs. Lower heat between medium and low and cover with slight steam venting. Set timer for one hour and stir occasionally.
  • While this simmers brown and mince sweet Italian sausage.
  • Add sausage, one regular can of tomato sauce and small can of tomato paste to a separate large pan and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add this sauce mixture to meatball mixture.
  • Cook spaghetti, penne pasta or favorite pasta and top with sauce.

 

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New Handmade Fishhook Earrings

E089FishookEarringsLB2I’ve been wanting to try making some new earring designs for a while. Working from glass beads and copper I already had on hand, I made three different colors of these hook style earrings.

After cutting the copper wire I bend it, then hammer it and heat it with E089FishhookEarringsLG1a torch to make it more pliable and then hammer the wire some more.

I file the ends of the hooks to make them easier to insert in the ear. All wire is then aged with liver of sulphur to darken it.

You will find the listing for these on my Amazon Handmade shop. Here are the direct links.

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Blue fish hook earrings

Green fish hook earrings

Amber fish hook earrings 

 

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Below are some upcoming workshops at my studio here in Hickory, NC. 

Workshops run from 6:30-8:00 pm unless otherwise stated. More workshops are available in other locations in the area. See my classes page for a complete list.

wineglassespeacockAPainted Wine Glasses.  $20.  Monday, May 23 (This second class was added due to popular demand.) Peacock feather design. Deadline to register, May 20.

Each person will complete two wine glasses with a peacock feather design.

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Broken Pottery Mosaic Mirror  

$35. Monday, June 6. Must register by May 25. (Note date change.)

Make an attractive 11” X 14” mosaic mirror from broken china, pottery and tiles. You are welcome to bring additional items of your own to add to your mirror including small memorabilia items such as jewelry, ticket stubs, dog tags, broken pottery and items with which to embellish your work.

Additional embellishment items will be provided such as wire, beach glass, beads, recycled jewelry, etc.  If you have hammers and safety glasses and an old towel you might want to bring them, otherwise we will use what is provided.

 

THURSDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS

9:30-11:30 am

kittencoloredpencilgirlscoloredpencilColored Pencil Drawing:  May  26. Supplies $17. Class cost $20. Total Cost $45.  Work with colored pencils to build layers horsecoloredpencilof color and make your own small masterpiece. A great foundation to becoming a better, more well-rounded artist. Registration, payment due by May 17.

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Paint My PhotoMost artists I know work from photos in order to create their work. Finding good photos can be a challenge. It’s tempting to just go online, do a search and grab something you like. Lots of people do it so it must be ok, right?  Wrong.

When you do that without asking permission you are violating the owner’s copyright unless the site you are getting it from states they are the owners and you have permission to use it. (You can always ask the owner for permission if you can track it back to the originator.)

With so many good photos out there floating around, where can you get free photos to use legally?  I just learned about a  website called Paint My Photo . They also have a Facebook page specifically designed to encourage people to use free photos.

The concept in a nutshell is that people can post photos they have taken on the site with the agreement that it gives others permission to use them in their artwork. The catch is that once you have done your painting, you in turn post a photo of your finished piece.

The upside of this is you don’t have to pay to download a photo and when you post your finished artwork on the site, you get exposure for your work. The downside is someone else could lift your finished work and use it for themselves. This is a risk with any finished artwork you post online. The way around it would be to post a water mark on your finished work indicating it is yours and thereby discouraging unauthorized use.

Note:  The photo in this article is of Ocean Isle Beach and was taken by my husband, Jeff.

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Tutorial: How to Clean a Bottle Slumping Mold

bottlemoldI use bottle slumping molds to slump wine bottles. Glass and ceramics require that you coat the kiln shelves and mold surfaces with a wash to keep the glass or clay from sticking when you fire them in a kiln.
For glass I use Primo Primer as my wash and it works great. However, after several usages, the coating can build up and start flaking. Here’s a Youtub tutorial I made which shows how to remove the coating for a fresh start in your mold.

 

 

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Product Review: The Art Chest Round Artist Brushes

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2016-05-05 10.47.52Pictured are 9 round professional quality long handled artist brushes by Art Chest which I recently reviewed. The brushes can be used for water color, oil, acrylic, and tempera.

geckoproductreviewI was pleased with the results and quality of the brushes and found them to be a good value for the price which on Amazon currently lists for $25.99 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019HR9HDC .

I’ve created a YouTube video of a demonstration and review I did of these brushes.

NOTE: I did not receive any payment for this review.

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Below are some upcoming art and craft  classes I am teaching. I just added a colored pencil class and a second wine glass painting class. If you want to be on my mailing list  sign up for my monthly ezine which includes class notifications plus new relase info, coupons, giveaways and more .

Art and craft classes and workshops are offered in Serendipitini Studio, the lower level of my home at 6191 Mountainside Drive, Hickory, NC  28601. (Off of Grace Chapel Road).  Additional classes and workshops are scheduled in other locations. For a list of all classes, visit my classes page.

Workshops, Group Gatherings, Girls’ Night Out

New workshops are always being added. Want to take it but can’t make this time slot?  Get three or more people together and I can schedule a time for you. You can also book for parties, bridal showers, etc.

wineglassespeacockAPAINTED WINE GLASSES

 $20.  Monday, May 23. Deadline to register, May 20. (This second class was added due to popular demand.) You’ll paint two wine glasses with a peacock feather design.

 

 

COLORED PENCIL DRAWING

May  26. Supplies $17. Class cost $20. Total Cost $45. Serendipitini Studio. Registration, payment due by May 17.

kittencoloredpencilgirlscoloredpencilWork with colored pencils to build layers horsecoloredpencilof color and make your own small masterpiece. A great foundation to becoming a better, more well-rounded artist.

 

 

 

 

MosaicMirror1CHIPPED CHINA  AND TILE MOSAIC MIRROR

$35. Monday, May 30.  6:30-8:00 pm, Serendipitini Studio. Registration Deadline May 25.

Make an attractive 11” X 14” mosaic mirror from broken china, pottery and tiles. You are welcome to bring additional items of your own to add to your mirror including small memorabilia items such as jewelry, ticket stubs, dog tags, broken pottery and items with which to embellish your work.

Additional embellishment items will be provided such as wire, beach glass, beads, recycled jewelry, etc.  If you have hammers and safety glasses and an old towel you might want to bring them, otherwise we will use what is provided.

PAINTED T-SHIRT. For Kids ages 8-12 $20. Monday, June 27, 10:00-11:30 am.   Serendipitini Studio. batikT-shirts
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Design your own colorful T-shirt for a  finished wearable design using an age-old technique called Batik.  We’ll adapt this resist method of dyeing fabric to a more modern method. In this case we will dye the shirts using acrylic fabric paints and glue.

NOTE: Kids need to bring their own clean WHITE cotton T-shirt. All other supplies will be provided.

bleached TbutterflyBLEACHED T-SHIRTS. $18. Teens-Adults. Monday, August 22. 10-11:30 am. Registration Deadline August 19. Serendipitini Studio.

DESCRIPTION:  Design your own vintage-look t-shirt with that oh, so trendy faded look. We will work with simple cut out patterns we make ourselves and then alter our shirts using a spray technique to get that cool retro look.

Wire Wrapped Glass Charm Necklace. $20 Monday, Sept. 19

 

MORE INFO COMING.

 

Scheduled Classes

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Mother’s Day Sale, 20% Off Jewelry

MothersDaySale2016I’m offering a 20% off Mother’s Day special on all handmade artisan jewelry in my Amazon Handmade Shop. No coupon required.

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Product Review: Folk Art Enamel Paints

plaid-folkart-outdoor-paint_a2I promised in my last post about painted wine glasses that I would do  product review of the paints I used. If you didn’t catch that article, here it is again. http://www.serendipitini.com/?p=2910

For this project I used Folk Art enamel craft paints which are acrylic. They come in 2 oz bottles and are the consistency of regular crafts paints with somewhat liquid consistency. They can be used on glass and ceramics. Unlike the more expensive glass paints which are transparent and are very costly, these are primarily opaque and they dry that way.

WineGlassesTeenabThey are easy to apply but having the right brushes matters. For instance we did peacock feathers in my class. For most of the work medium size round brushes work but for the thin veins and spiny feathers a thin, small brush comes in handy. Once the paints dry, you place them in the oven for 1/2 an hour at 350 degrees and it fires on well and is permanent though I still recommend hand washing. I suggest you heat up the glass as the oven heats and leave it in until completley cool so as not to shock the glass. The label warning indicates the painted item should not come in contact with food, so it is best for the outside of glasses and any plates or bowls be painted on the outside only.

I was very pleased with the product, though painting on glass is an acquired skill even if you have painted many other things because glass does not absorb the paint. It helps to use a light hand and short strokes for details.

NOTE:  I received no compensation for this review.

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