Thursday, February 11, 2010

Exceptional Artists Use a Bead, a Button, and a Little Bit of Flair to Create Sensational One-of-a-Kind Works

SPECIAL NOTE: Please check out the exciting competition and giveaway information from two of our TSTers at the end of this post. Thanks!

Take a bead, a button and a little bit of flair and what do you have? The recipe for unique artwork! This week is by far one of the best weeks on the TST because every single artist stepped out of their comfort zone and created a work of art that they'd wanted to for some time. These professional, talented artists challenged themselves in new ways and the results are simply extraordinary.

But don't take my word for it, please take a trip this artistic wonderland and celebrate risk-taking, beauty and the transformative magic of art.

Amanda, creator of Persistent Green, created this sensational inspirational video titled, "Crooked."

"This week's prompt sent me way outside my comfort zone, into something I've been wanting to do for a long time but was too nervous about. When Natasha talked about flair, all I could think about was how much flair we all have inside ourselves...and so this video was born. If you're wondering where my button is, just hit the "play" button! ;)"

Maureen, a talented artist, created this gorgeous piece.

"Hmm . . .lavendar . . a button . . something you've never done but wanted to try . . . when Amanda/Persistent Green said, 'Why don't you try sewing?' then this prompt just exploded for me!! I ripped apart, literally, a purple gauzy skirt that was no longer flattering, sat down at my new sewing machine and pushed its buttons and repurposed that old skirt into a new flowing dress--something I've always wanted to try!!"

Jodi, creator of Jodi Horgan - Beaded Art to Wear, created these stunning pieces.

"Purple is an easy color for me to work with and I work with it often," Jodi said. "I've been experimenting with silk soutache trim lately."

Teri, creator of Giraffelabel, created this simply unforgettable BELLA (button) bag.

"This was a great theme!" said Teri. "I have had this fabric for a long time...I expected it to be an apron when I bought it. I love buttons, and I have an incredible stash of vintage buttons that my Dad has collected for me at yard sales. So, I was happy to be able to put all of these elements together."

Felicia Kramer, creator of Another Bright Idea, created this Framed Collage titled, "Ready for my closeup!"

"Hard to tell, but this actually does have some little “jewels” on her dress and hair," said Felicia. "I still have some work to do on this but it’s pretty close. I think it was Amanda who mentioned in a previous post about me holding on to things for a long time. Well, that movie clapboard (actually a notepad) was given to me by a movie producer I worked with back in the mid-80s!!! I knew I would use it some day …"

Natasha, creator of DoodleStar, created this doll for her little Doodle.

“I’ve wanted to make a doll for a long, long time I just never made time. It was hard work but the reward was Doodle carrying “Princess Dolly” everywhere. I loved making this.”

Trina, creator of Woven Chains Jewelry, created these phenomenal pieces.

"What a great challenge," said Trina. "I had a hard time using new materials (due to time and budget), but I tried to use new techniques...

First, I made a little pincushion using counted thread embroidery and some really fun threads. I carpool with my husband (90+ minutes each way), so this is what I keep busy with in the car. On this one, I tried adding a tassel.

Second, I made a little wall hanging using Hardanger embroidery. It still needs its beads and beaded fringe. I guess I bit off a bit too much...

Finally, a pendant using some different colors (reminds me of Mardi Gras) and some earrings using a brand new weave for me with some really pretty amethysts for "flair".

Rose was so honored to have so many comments on her work last week, and she wants to come play again soon. This week was taken up with preparation for Valentine's Day, though, and we just ran out of time. "Maybe next week, Mama," she told me."

Bird, creator of CrowTarot Tours, created this beautiful piece.

"More cheerful than I'd expected it to be, but that's not a bad thing," said Bird. - In Progress!
Talismans by CrowTarot found at
Twitter: @CrowTarotTours

After viewing this one-of-a-kind TST are you feeling full of desire to step out of your comfort zone and create, create, create??

Well, the next theme is theme is.........."A Bright Bit of Sunshine Mixed With...". Take a bright bit of yellow and mix it with ....whatever you can color, several, bits of fabric? Take this Spring color, introduce it to something and see what beauty is born.


1. Jodi, creator of Jodi Horgan - Beaded Art to Wear, just finished a bead embroidered purse for the Etsy Beadweavers competition.

When you have a moment, stop by the Etsy Beadweavers, check out the amazing entries and celebrate Jodi with a vote :). She is #34!

2. Amanda, creator of Persistent Green is offering one of her incredible paintings in a giveaway at So, hop on over and enter today! The contest ends Friday night, midnight CST.


SalvagedExpression said...

Yellow! Always pushing my limits 'Tash!
Oh and I still haven't gotten out to the craft store for gesso though I think seeing the snow out here I think you guys will forgive me!

Felicia Kramer said...

Oops - I forgot about the purple part! Well, the beads on the dress are purple and there's a little lavender in the background. Sorry!

Amanda - great video. I have been wanting to try that. Thanks for the push!
Maureen - That dress looks so bright and COMFY! Good job.
Jodi - I love the soft colors; that's an interestin technique with the soutache - is it hard to work with?
Teri - how cute is that? Love that button flower. (I have a collection too.)
Natasha - If you gave me that doll I would carry it around all day too. Adorable!
Trina - That pincushion is to die for - I wouldn't push pins in it, though! I used to do a lot of cross-stitch and embroidery but not so much now. In the back of my mind are ideas of combining it with collage for wall hangings. Got to try it ...
Bird - I admire your talent with words; love this piece.

Jodi - I voted. That embroidered purse is stunning! For just one day I wish I would win the lottery so I could buy something at that price and not even blink. It looks worth every penny.

Amanda - I entered for your painting; tried to do so earlier today but couldn't connect to the site. Got in this time.

Good job, everybody! Now who can do something about whatever it is that is stomping around inside my head today? Oy, the headache!

giraffelabel said...

what a way to brighten this home-bound, snow covered day!

amanda - great job on the video!
maureen - i love when something old can be turned into something new! keep up the sewing!
jodi - i love those earrings, and i am totally *wowed* by your clutch! (i voted for you!)
felicia - i love the collage...the addition of the beads is great!
natasha - i love that dolly! she is so sweet, and i'm sure your "doodle" will be carrying it around for a long, long, time!
trina - i am amazed at your fine hand details...and you can do that in the car?!
bird - the collage is wonderful...i need to go back and look at the background again. so much to see.

i love these entries! going to look around again!

Trina said...

This was another banner week, I think! I loved EVERYTHING...

Amanda, I am going to have to get back to comment on yours later. I can't wait to watch the video, but I work on an Army Base and You Tube is one giant no-no. :)

Maureen, what a amazing idea and a wonderful dress. It looks so comfy and beautiful. You must look absosutely stunning in it.

Jody. I like your earrings. The big rhombus shaped beads remind me of faces, and the trim makes me think of a ladies hair. They are so pretty and elegant.

Teri, I am in awe of your purse. This is the second week in a row I have been bemoaning my "pigpen" nature. I so adore the past two purses you have made and want one for myself, but I attract dirt and grime like a magnet, so I've got to carry darker colored bags. I'll stand back from afar and admire yours, okies?

Felicia, I think this is my favorite of your that I've seen so far. Her expression is so wistful and evocative. I want to have a window into her mind so bad! Also, thanks for the kind words. I really appreciate it. You are right that it may not be much of a "pincushion", but I didn't have any other ideas. Do you? I think the idea of combining collage and embroidery is great, there are so many cool fibers out there now, and even paper to stich on! I'd love to see what you come up with.

Natasha, your first try at a dolly is amazing! How big is she? I so love all of the little details that you added, like the crown, and her cheeks. Amazing. If you are interested in more "dolly making" stuff, let me know, I have some dolly-makers in my family who could give you some hints.

Bird, I liked this weeks "thought" a ton. Right now, I could use some magic and this really reminds me that I can make my own. Thank you.

Sunshine for next week, huh? I can't wait!!!!

Amanda Fall - PersistentGreen said...

Hi, everybody! I've had a strange night/ husband and I hit a deer last night (we're okay, THINK the deer was okay, but still scary).. and when I went to comment here a few moments ago, the comment form was missing! After reloading several times (and wondering if I was transported to the Twilight zone last night), it finally reappeared...

hmm...maybe I should just go back to bed. ;)

Seriously though, a big thank-you to Natasha for helping me step outside the box the week. Thanks, also, for mentioning the giveaway. Great to see a few of you there already!

Just a note about my video--the embed code was a little broad for the main post width, so if you're seeing the words cut off on the right-hand side, please either full-screen the video or go to the YouTube link.

Thank you all for your sweet comments!

Can't wait to play with sunshine next week--one of my favorites for sure.

Amanda Fall - PersistentGreen said...

Mom: as I told you in person, I just love your dress! Can't wait to see your final touches and your next project.

Jodi: your work always makes my fingers hurt just looking at it! Your attention to detail is fantastic. Thanks for entering my giveaway!

Teri: ooh, this is one of my favorites from you! Love that lining peeking out under the flap and button details.

Felicia: amen, sister, keep finding uses for those old treasures! This is so pretty. Thank you, too, for entering my giveaway. :)

Tash: oh so cute! Little Doodle must be beaming. :) I love seeing you stretch your creative wings.

Trina: oh my, what patience and detail! Great job. What a good idea to use your commute productively. :)

Bird: cheerful is never bad! Glad you found a little levity where you didn't expect it. Nice work.

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

Got so exhausted shoveling snow I forgot to send in an entry!!

Amanda, that's ingenious!Totally entertaining and motivational..

Maureen, amazing talent!

Jodi, I'm a fan of your beadwork. Voted for that lovely purse!! Good-luck!

Teri, what a dainty purse ...You captured the meaning of lavender - elegance and grace!

Felicia, you make me want to dance and watch old movies! I'm so amazed on how you put photographs and pieces together! Perfect <3

Natasha, wow - everyone's doing something they've never done before!! I bet little doodlestar loves this one!

Trina, say hello to Rose. Your embroidery work is truly dainty chic!

Bird - magical and yes, made me laugh!!

Natasha, sure hope to see plenty of sunshine starting NOW...

Have a great week everyone :)

Natasha said...

Hey everyone I've been running around all day Im SOOOOO craving a momemt to comment I have so much to share I will be back tonight to do but LOVE everything ...every last thing!

lisianblue said...

Wow - well I wasn't snowed in by the white stuff - just trying to get a few things finished up to send to my daughter via a friend who is going up to Colorado today - and I have to get back to work so I will be brief
Amanda - Every school aged child needs to see that awesome video!
Maureen - Now I know what to do with those skirts I don't wear anymore - that is soooooo cool!
Jodi - what a great combination for those beautiful earrings - but that clutch is absolutely amazing!!
Teri - what a pretty and cheerful bag.
Felicia - I Like! ALOT!!! I have a lot of those "I know I'll use it for something someday" things too!"
Natasha - she is so sweet! (I'm still waiting for pics)
Trina - mmmmm at 1st I thought the pin cushion was a really pretty ornament. Love the hardanger!!
Bird - simply sweet perfect!

I actually had something I've been working on off and on that fit this theme that I added to just for this theme and then lost track of the days!
I imagine all of you in the east are more than ready for some sunshine!

Natasha said...

Ok so the last 24 hours have been CRAZY but I PROMISE to be here later today...I JUST WANT TIME TO PLAY HERE>>>is that so wrong?? LOL...see you soon

Natasha said...

Hi everyone! How are you? I'm sooo sorry I couldn't get here till now - crazy day yesterday.

Sal - LOL yellow challenges me as well but we can do it!! Oh and I NEED some gesso can you grab some for me too? Thanks! Well when you can get out from under all that snow!!

Amanda - I. LOVED this video (I'm sorry I didn't even see that the whole thing didn't fit is there something I can do to fix that??) It is SOOOO inspirational I think everyone including women of ALL ages should watch it!! It's genius please make more!! By the way I am SOOO thankful that you are both ok after that deer accident. That must have been terrifying!! I'm sending big hugs to you!!

Maureen - what a fantastic idea.I LOVE this and I WANT wear it. It looks sensationally comfy!! Terrrific work...loved that you just went for it.

Jodi - it amazes me that each piece you create is even more beautiful than the next! I want everything you design but these take the cake..I'm in love with the style.

Natasha said...

Teri - every week your work becomes even more beautiful, elegant...what a pleasure it is to be a part of. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this piece it ...the buttons, the design, the material...I think this piece is perfection! Absolute perfection!

Felicia - do you know how happy I am that you used this clapboard in such an amazing piece. What I love most about this is that I'm drawn in and long to know "the story". I feel like there is a story here - maybe a 25 word one? It's one of my favorite ones by you...fantastic work. I hope your head is feeling better today!!! Sending healing hugs!!!

Trina - each of these blew me away! Pincushion? I want to have it in my home...just to look at it! You did this beauty in the car?? The wall hang is so delicate can you send a pic when its all done?? I Love it and the earrings ..well they are on my mind even when I'm not looking at the TST because they are a terrific color and style. Truly blew me away this week...and tell Rose not to worry she is welcome any time!

Bird - these pieces that you have been creating are great..this is wonderfully cheerful brings a smile to my face!

Thank you soooo much for all the thoughts about the doll - what fun she was to make. Trina she's about 8in tall - I'd love some doll tips ...they are just fun - hard work but what fun and the joy this little thing brings well it makes me glow!!

Felicia Kramer said...

Thanks for your kind comments, everyone. I'm still working on getting my mojo back so the props help.

Yes, Natasha, I'm thinking of putting a poem to this one. Some words are bouncing around inside my head! LOL.

SalvagedExpression said...

Don't think I won't! I have some stuff to try to pick up before snow round 3 that they say might be coming.