Sunday, November 16, 2008

New Pieces

I've made some new pieces that I will be adding to the store over the next few days.

The first one was added last week. It is similar to ones I've done before with the wire wrapping technique on the pendant. I thought the colors were very beautiful.

This piece will be added to the store today. It is a bit of a departure for me. I had been focusing more on pendants rather than beading. But lately I have felt myself drawn to heavier beaded necklaces with richer colors. I am really liking these new pieces.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


I've also been experimenting with drawing. Well doodling actually, I really can't draw. Its been fun, kind of like art class in grade school. I take pens or pencils and any kind of paper I have lying around and just see what happens.

I don't think I'm creating any works of art but I am really enjoying the process. I took some of the doodles that I thought were best and turned them into pendants. I am still working on what protective coating will be the best before I can list them. Of course I'm using other drawings for he coating experiments so I don't ruin these.

What do you think? Is this something you would like to see in my shop? Or should I just keep this for fun?

Monday, October 27, 2008


I've been crocheting alot. It's something I've always done. Usually I crochet with wire to make jewerly. But lately I've rediscovered yarn.

Maybe its the cooler weather or maybe its part of the new me, but I've been making things for my family. I've already made a hat for my daughter. I also made a hat and a scarf for myself.

I find myself drawn to yarn and fiber. I've even been known to skip the bead store in favor of the yarn store. I'm not sure if this is the new direction I'll be taking with my creations or if its just a stop along the way. Either way I am enjoying the process.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Search for Creativity

I've been ignoring ReneeDesigns. Ignoring a part of myself.

For the past few months I have been living at a new home. Blogging about my life with my daughter, my joy. Becoming a stay-at-home mom has been a wonderful experience. But . . .

But, I've let things that I enjoy slide. Maybe its exhaustion that has caused it. For whatever reason I have not felt the spark that lead me to obsessively create. This led me to give up the name of ReneeDesigns. I also considered closing my Etsy store.

But not long after I hit publish on that blog, I began to regret it. I still create on a daily basis. I still make jewelry. I crochet. I paint. I make collages. Maybe its not the direction I saw my life going but it is something. It is creating.

I don't know what direction I am going to take. But I am willing to try new things, to explore new avenues. To find ReneeDesigns again. I want to use this blog as a vehicle in my exploration. I want to detail my new creative endeavors. I want to share the things that are exciting me. I want to profile those who inspire me.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Day 4

Today's piece is from the crochet series I am working on for my original store. It is sterling silver with a gold border. It is a beautiful piece and looks stunning on. However as is the case with many of my items, it does not photograph well. The crochet in the middle tends to blur.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Day 2 and 3

Here are two more ACEOs for my new shop Bunnylu. Both use recycled junk mail, magazine and book text and watercolors.

I love playing around with ACEOs. The small scale really appeals to me. You will probably be seeing more of these this month.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

A new piece a day for June - Day 1

I've decided to post a new piece on this blog every day for the month of June.

Now this is a bold pronouncement for me. If you've ever read this blog or looked at my store, you know I am not an overly productive person. I haven't posted here in almost a month and I've only listed 4 new pieces all year in my store. Lately I've been all about ignoring this aspect of my life.

So why do this? Maybe because its 11 pm on a Sunday and I can't sleep. Maybe its because I have all of this free time while staying home with my two year old (no that's not it). Maybe its because I've posted nearly every day on my other blog and want to try the same thing here. Maybe I think this will finally be the kick in the pants I need to get my creative juices flowing. Or maybe I just like making grand pronouncements.

I'm not sure what the reason is but I've gone ahead and made the promise. Now I just have to follow through.

Today's piece is an ACEO (Artist Card Edition Original) I've made for my new store Bunnylu (which is not open yet). I've used watercolor on a recycled magazine subscription insert with text from magazines and books. Let me know what you think.