Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lots and lots of changes and growth....

So many new things happening in so little time! I've been swamped. Happily so.
 Our oldest is graduating High school this year our second oldest is about to finish her Junior year early and has most of her college credits done for an associates degree. Our middle child started middle school and our baby is a 5th grader! Our baby is a 5th grader?? how did that happen? LOL

   I fear that the days of blogging are dead, though I do still see a very good therapeutic use for it but then again social media is SO MUCH EASIER to show what I have been working on and I can connect with others so much more there.

 I have been sculpting and painting for personal artwork and sewing and collecting for some upcoming photography. I think I LOVE what I do because I haven't even felt like I need to charge more! I in fact have been doing a lot of free and fun shoots, building my portfolio. Robert has began his Masters degree courses and has moved up into the executive level at work so his time is very much precious. This has been unusual for us, as a couple, married 13 years now, and I was kind of nervous at first but I am finding that we are still both very close and even blossoming in our seperate fields. Its pretty awesome.

  I stopped writing here not for lack of things to share but because echos of the past had come to this sacred space and I suddenly remembered people and their mean heartedness. But I have come to realize that the echo is just that and has nothing to do with me.

  The past 4 years have felt like a HUGE final exam on my past. Like it was time to graduate from the hangups of the past and really evolve into what I need to in order to do what I am here on this earth to do.
  I thank you all dear readers, even those that are not yet comfortable in their own skin to directly speak to me. Its alright. I am grateful for the years and the threads and the clay and the lobster clasps and the photoshop training that the last 4 years have given me and my family.

 For now you can find me on Instagram and Twitter and on facebook  or at our Photography website and facebook page.

 Or here, as I find my blogging voice rather active these days....{HOORAY!}

xoxo
Gioncarla

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Making Lace crowns for babies

You may have seen the latest photography trend, infants wearing cute little crowns made of lace. Oh they are so cute and really can be pricey but if you are like me you know that you can make them yourself using virtually any type of lace and its actually not that hard to make! (I apologize in advance but I took these photos with my cell phone late at night)


You will need:

  • Lace of any color, by the spool, not the fabric yard of lace though it could work if you have the patience to cut it into strips. I don't so I get it by the spool.

  • Freezer paper- do not use regular wax paper, please! get the plastic coated freezer paper. TRUST ME it saves lots of frustration! 

  • Liquid Fabric Stiffener. I use Stiffy fabric stiffener by Plaid that I get at Hobby Lobby

  • A sponge brush or paint brush
  • Hot glue gun

Now depending on what size you want you will be cutting your lace in a length that will work for the size that you wish. An average newborns head circumference (according to the google) is about 14inches around so if you are making it for a newborn you may want to make it a bit smaller so it will rest just on the top of their precious heads not so much to wrap around their heads- understand? Unless that is what you want.

You can also make this for older children or for yourself!

So once you decide your size cut the length of lace that you want

Then lay the lace straight as you can on the freezer paper.  Now you dip your sponge brush or paint brush into the liquid fabric stiffener and gently dab it onto the lace, making sure you really get it into each little nook and cranny. Turn over the lace and do it again.

Now let it dry for an hour or two.

 You are looking for it to be firm yet able to bend it into a circle evenly. If it is way too pliable or if you would like it to be more sturdy then you can repeat the dabbing of liquid stiffener again and then let it dry again for another few hours or overnight.

 Once its completely dry you simply bring the ends to where they just cross over and form a circle and you hot glue the ends together.



  Make them any circumference that you want! You can also add small comb or clip for people with lots of hair that wish for their crown to stay put.



 See how cute they look on the baby! ( I used one of the ones I made above for this photo below!)




 Also you can add rhinestones or beads with the hot glue to add a little bling to the crown! Or even add some glitter to it after adding fabric stiffener, while its drying! That might be fun!

IN any case these are too much fun and can be used for many purposes. Experiment and have FUN!

So there you have it. How to make crowns using lace. Happy crafting!!

xoxo,
Gigi





Saturday, November 16, 2013

Now for the Return...

So I've decided to reopen the blog! I keep myself real busy in other social media but my heart just longs for  blogging. There is not much more to say about it. I just miss it!

  Sooo we took a long break from working our Art Of The Craft Studios shop on Etsy and put most of our energy into our passion for photography and opened Art Of The Craft Studios Photography and it was a HUGE success!! Huge I tell ya, it even surpassed my wild imagination, and that can be pretty wild. :-) I found myself making props and scheduling this, working around that, sewing this, painting that, ordering this, contacting this person or that person then one day it hit me.... I am FINALLY pulling all of my talents and desires for creativity into one! How exciting it was! AND getting paid to do it. I tell ya, there is no greater joy then that.

 So lately I have gotten lots and lots of questions like "how did you make that?" and "Oh where did you get this?" when I show up with props on my photography gigs, even selling some of my handmade props on occasion at the photo shoot. Being that we don't have a brick and mortar studio, we often shoot on location or outdoors and most recently in our new home studio. Its small but it works! Now that its cold outside it is necessary.
 Last year we worked ourselves into exhaustion and are now more wise and more careful as to which jobs to take and also how to 'unplug' after a full day. I mean, don't get me wrong, I LOVE what I do. But I have always had trouble letting go of the day when it comes time to rest. But no more of that, Robert and I both have changed our priorities and are both committed to not letting stress go too far within. I am so glad I have him by my side in this life, I tell ya I could not and would not like to imagine what it'd be like without him! So we both agree that putting time back into our Etsy shop is good for us both! 

 Anyhoo, I though I would re-open this blog to be all about our handmade props, jewelry and clothing, also offering them for sale in our Etsy shop and showing them here in more detail. Also I will be showing the creation of some in photos, from start to finish, in order to INSPIRE others to try it! Yes it will be ALL about the art of the craft!! Just like our business namesake! Oh how excited I am about this!

 So I do hope you will join me in this new adventure here! Get your glue guns ready folks its going to get crafty around here!

xoxo
Gigi

Friday, March 9, 2012

Finding things of PINterest...

Do you Pinterest?

 Well...its a wonderful social media site that shares photos in a new way! Its like a HUGE cork board filled with ideas and inspiration and we can share!  We can convey ideas through sharing photos that inspire us and the site is set up to automatically embed the link with the origin of the photo.

 I have a slight addiction to it! Its very good for days when life hands you lemons and you just drop the lemons and sit in front of the computer for days and scour the web for the visually pleasing, funny and inspiring images you need until you can heal or just figure stuff out....

...personally speaking of course :-)

All you have to do is request an invite from the pinterest homepage and if you want you can follow me on pinterest and we can share ideas! Yes?



Happy Pinning!


xoxo

Gigi

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Holy Frijoles are Famous!

The Holy Frijoles have reached a new pinnacle of fame locally by making it into The Alibi's Holiday Gift Guide

Starting on page 39 and continued to page 40 is a very brief segment is totally dedicated to The Holy Frijoles!! How 'bout that!


We think its pretty darn cool!

You can get your free copy in stands today or check it out online by clicking HERE.

You have to scroll down a bit to see them but they are in there! ;-)

Please be sure and check out all the other great local crafters featured in the guide. I know we will be doing a totally handmade Christmas this year we like supporting small business and local artists. Consider doing the same, will ya? You'd be surprised, in this hi-tech day and age, at how wonderful a handmade gift is received! Try it out, you won't regret it!




Happy Shopping!


xoxo
Gigi

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sugar Skull theme...

 Well I have been stuck on sugar Skulls lately! I can't get enough of them! Not the real sugar skulls of course, though I'd like to make those too, I just LOVE using them as an element of design with COPPER!

 I have a few NEW pieces in the Etsy shop right now! just click on the photo to go to the listing!


Sugar Skulls made of copper!




And my personal favorite- SeƱora Muertas




Check them out here!

These designs are making me dream of FALL. I don't know about you but I am growing tired of this heat! Just 5 or 6 degrees cooler would be nice but its like an OVEN out there right now!  I just keep saying "C'mon Pumpkins!" because when I start seeing pumpkins for sale outside of the stores here, I know cooler temperatures are on their way! I can't hardly wait! I just LOVE fall! Winter- not so much but FALL is the most wonderful time of the year!

C'mon Pumpkins!!! ;-)

xoxo
Gigi