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"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." by William E. Henley

Thursday, December 29, 2011

etsymetal charmswap in the works

I signed up for the Etsy metal charm swap and thus I need to make 22 charms!
Of course I have been procrastinating and I figured it was about time to start.

So 22 little filigree seahorses are being crafted in my studio..
I've made the heads and the bodies. Need to make all their little details before I can solder them together.

And then comes the best part. I am going to fill them with different colored resin.
They are going to look so cool!

Now back to work for me!!

love ~tess

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I bet you've been wondering... 
where has she been for the past couple of weeks?

Well there is lots of things going on over here in Audubon.
Some changes on the horizon. 
Things I can't talk about quite yet as nothing is finalized.
But if everything works out I can't wait to tell you. 
I think it will be quite exciting. :)

and I will have to leave you hanging with that.

And then there was Christmas.
And then it was over before it even started.
that's how it felt like


and now there is a dried up christmas tree in the living room... 
But with lots of happy ornaments.
And there is still homemade Glögg and mustard for the Swedish ham.
So I think I will be able to stretch out the Holiday feeling a little longer.

On Saturday well be hosting a little New year party.
We are planning to kidnap our out-of-state friend and take 
her firework shopping. You see if you have a PA license you cannot buy things that leave the ground. And although sparklers can be fun you need things that will leave the ground and explode in magical colors when it's new years eve...

I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas 
and I can't wait to see what the new year will bring :)

and before I forget! 
Use coupon code HAPPYNEWYEAR2011 
in nova of sweden to get 20% of anything listed.

love ~tess

Monday, December 5, 2011


I can feel it...
Smell it in the air...
I think this will be a great Christmas.

Love ~tess

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Shop update tomorrow Saturday at 3pm

I tried to get so much done today that I ran behind...
These will be in the shop tomorrow at 3pm.

love ~tess

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

filigree kelp

Not sure if the resin will set up properly. 
I used an old hardener I've had for a while.

But I had to show you.
I think I am in love.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

love ~tess

a little sneak peak

some of the designs I am working on for this Friday's update...

now BACK to work!!

Have a wonderful day
love ~tess

Sometimes on the way to the dream
you get lost and find a better one

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

the transformation

I think curlers has a bad reputation. They're kind of cool ha ha

In order to transform one must start with a blank canvas.
In this case it's called white theater make-up.
It's kind of chalky and I am sure it has clogged up my 
pores for months to come.

(did you notice my bloody shower curtain in the background?
I thought it was a nice touch to the party theme he he)

Second stage is scales.
If I tell  you how I made them I'll have to kill you.
Just kidding :) But I spared you the visuals by not taking
a photo. You might think I'm crazy (in case you
haven't already come to that conclusion).

Are you ready?

I squuezed my head into a pair of fish-net stocking...
And used it as a stencil to apply green theater make-up.
Pretty Nifty huh?

 Then eye make-up. Dark is good.

And to complete the transformation I added 
my snakes, and the creepy contacts.

I was pretty happy with how it turned out.
But I have to say I was pretty shocked by the
number of people (when we went out later that night) 
who didn't know who Medusa was.
Something is seriously wrong if you dont know
your Greek mythology. Maybe I am just THAT old. 
But I think you are missing out on some 
great stories.

The drink set up.
Lisa is chilling.

Of course it started snowing 
and the weather was just crazy that night.
But a few brave ones made it to our pre halloween party
and we had such an awesome time.

 And after all the Halloween costume making
it's safe to say that the studio is a wreck.

Yikes. There is stuff everywhere.

I've been playing a lot with clay.
Have a ton of pieces that needs to be glazed and fired.
Sea anemones.

If the colors turns out the way I envisioned
I think this coral reef is going to be amazing.

A bunch of sea anemones waiting for color.

and of course there's some metal coming!

I've had this stone for some time.
It's so beautiful. These pictures don't do my stones
justice. I took them last night with terrible lighting.
I just wanted to show you what I'm working on.

On the flip side rings.

Drool worthy.

And a sugarskull ring and a sugar skull necklace.
Some cleaning up, polishing and a dip in the 
LOS and these are good to go. I'm aiming for an
update sometime next week. I'll keep you posted!

This post got a lot longer than I thought it would.
Guess I had a lot to say today.
Probably cause I have been stuck in my head 
for a few weeks. That happens to me sometimes.
I just get so caught up thinking. Thinking about
everything from; how on earth are we going to fix that
speedometer on my car to what ARE we doing for Christmas?
Lots of other stuff going on as well.
But I'll tell you all about it another day!

I love you. Thank you for being here.
That plus the fact it's Friday makes
me giddy with joy.

Have a fantastic Friday!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

the costumes

me as medusa.

my husband. The shark attack

I got these images from a friend of mine. 
I need to see if I can locate some more pics for you.
But I wanted to show you something!

Hope you all had a great Halloween weekend.

love ~tess

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

just like new

Phew finally finished.
A $50 find turned into something wonderful.
Some day when we have more time we'll strip it down completely and just stain in.
But for now the white just feels right.

Guess what day today is?

It's my Birthday!!

I am celebrating with flowers and brownies :)

And a 20% sale in both novadesigns and novaofsweden
just use coupon code HAPPYBIRTHDAY2011 when checking out!

Have a spectacular day today!
love ~tess