Mother of Pearl Cufflinks and Purple Star Mosaic Necklace

>> Tuesday, December 30, 2008


"Mother of Pearl and Sterling Silver Cufflinks"
by
Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir)
Mother of Pearl surrounded by small silver Hill Tribe beads, anchored securely on handmade sterling silver cufflinks.


Purple Star Mosaic Necklace by Lagaz Designs
"Purple Star Mosaic Necklace"
by
Lagaz Designs (Melissa Muir)
A mixed array of peacock coloured Freshwater pearls, carved Amethyst, Garnet rondelles, and dazzling Swarovski crystals; are brought to life within this sterling silver Star frame.
Mosaic technique courtesy of Eni Oken.

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Secret Santa...

>> Monday, December 29, 2008

I promised that I would share what I gave to my Secret Santa partners. One has received, the other hasn't yet, but I'll still post them :) Update: She got it!!

This first bunch is what I gave my SS partner, Jan AKA Lattetzar on illustratedATCs.com.
Along with some other gifties; I made an altered Art Journal, an Anthropomorphic ATC, a handcarved stamp of his sock monkey Scooter, an ornament based on Miss Scarlett of CLUE, last but not least; hand made Mother of Pearl and sterling silver cufflinks.

Art Journal Vulpin ATC by Melissa Muir Handcarved Scooter Stamp Miss Scarlett CLUE ornament Mother of Pearl and Sterling Silver Cufflinks by Lagaz Designs

Jan enjoyed them all! I'm so glad that he did. I really like how the Scooter stamp turned out, it's so cute :) The cufflinks came out very well also, so that will be a new piece of jewelry I can offer for the males out there.

Now my second Secret Santa partner hasn't gotten hers yet, but I'm going to post it anyways. This is for Dina aka Dina54 on illustratedATCs.com. I'm hoping her package gets there today, as she has had to wait the longest. Which is weird, as Florida (Lattetzar) is farther away than Rhode Island...at least I think so. Update: DIna got it today!

I made Dina an altered Art Journal, an 8"x8" page inspired by the Dawn Treader lyrics by Joni Mitchell, a Gothic Alice in Wonderland ornament, and a Star Mosaic Necklace, plus some other goodies :) On to the pictures!!

Hourus Raven Art Journal Seabird Fly Free by Melissa Muir
Gothic Alice in Wonderland Ornament Purple Star Mosaic Necklace by Lagaz Designs

I hope she likes these. Her "Seabird" suffered a mishap just before I shipped it. The glued on backing had let go, so I had to re-glue, and stitch it together! It looks quite nice now; with a aqua blue ribbon down the side, but looks different from the picture I have here. Maybe I'll get an updated one later :)

Happy Holidays to my Secret Santa gift partners! Enjoy your gifties!

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Most of the hubbub is over...

I hope everyone had a very good Christmas. I had a good one also. Spent time with my family, had good food, and laughter. That's the best part of holidays for me. Not the presents, but getting together with family. We always have fun together, teasing each other, telling stories. Ahh, everyone cracks me up :)

We even surprised my Amma this year with a new fridge. Bringing the new one in was easy, taking the old fridge was hard. Man was that sucker heavy! Wow! At least the new ones have wheels on them, thank goodness. My Amma walked into her kitchen, she didn't even notice the fridge at first. Not even with a huge bow on it! Hahaha! Then we all came out and shouted "SURPRISE!" Almost gave her a heart attack...just kidding. But she did appreciate it. I'm glad she liked it, and we (the kids and grandkids) kept it a secret since summer! Wow! Usually secrets don't last that long in our family, someone usually blabs. But we all held firm, and Amma didn't even know about it!

I got my second present from my Secret Santa on illustratedATCs.com already. It was from Abi! I gave her a gift last year, and this year she got me :) I was hoping it was her, as I love her art!
Abi's been away in Africa over the holiday to get married! Finally events have pulled together that she can get together with her long time love, Gee. I'm very happy for them, they have waited a long time.

Abi got me a cuddly warm scarf, frames for ATCs, chocolates, silvery Christmas rub-on transfers, a cute sparklie snowflake, handmade clay Christmas tree earrings (so cute!), a framed ATC of a monarch butterfly wing (I love it!) and my very own Abi original vase! *happy sigh* Thank you Abi!

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Merry Christmas Everyone!!

>> Thursday, December 25, 2008

I hope everyone had a great day with family, friends, and good things to eat!
Have a Great Holiday!

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Strathmore Great Holiday Swap

>> Thursday, December 18, 2008

About a month ago, I sent in an ATC for this swap that ended on December 15th. I wasn't sure about what to expect from this, but was hoping that it would be good. The cards had to to be Holiday or Winter themed, and meet the qualifications of ATCs. The card I sent in was my first "Winter Goddess".

Winter Goddess by Melissa Muir
Very closely related to my second card that I used in my Giveaway. Anyways, she turned out spectacularly! I just loved the expression on her face, and she was so hard to send away, but I'm glad that I kept a scan of her as a memory. *sigh*

Yesterday, I received an e-mail from the person who got my card! Rob Leveroos is his name, and he e-mailed me to let me know that he loved my card. That is so sweet! I'm so glad that he enjoys it, and he told me that she would be in good hands :) YAY! That makes me feel better, knowing someone out there appreciates a well-made card and miniature art.

I received my return, from a lovely artist name Sandee Lee B. (I apologize if I have read your name incorrectly) It's a winter landscape of a old farm road, called "The Ultimate Suburbs".

The Ultimate Suburbs by Sandee Lee B.
So lovely, glittery and nostalgic. Makes me think of winter days on our old farm in Minnedosa. I love it! I wish I could send you an e-mail telling you I appreciate it very much, but since I am unable to, I'll just post about it instead. If you come across this post and want me to take your picture down, please let me know and I will. I just want to share it with everyone :) Thank you so much for creating a truly beautiful card!

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Christmas is coming...

>> Friday, December 12, 2008

I hope everyone likes my new blog template. It looks nice, and seems to do the job. I had to do a bit of crash course CSS/HTMLing but so far I like it.

Today I just mailed out a couple of packages for my Christmas Swap partners on illustratedATC.com. I was supposed to have done it on the 10th, but I had my Afterschool Art club run overtime, and then a little disaster struck. One of my present's glue had let go! I fixed it, but I had to try something a bit different for me, so I hope my gift partner still likes it.

Wanna see some pictures? They're just teaser pics and I'll post the actual ones when my gift partners receive them.











Also I got a Christmas swap package recently! It's from Judithann Illingworth (Gingersnap). Beautiful stuff! Here is a picture to see my pressies!


I really like the Mini painting and the Mini Journal. They are beautiful and I love the colors. There is so much detail in the painting, and the journal has a delicate line drawing, that is so modern feeling. The journal is handmade, so I want to study it so I can figure it out and make my own!


Christmas is approaching fast, and seems like time is slipping away. I'm trying to make my presents this year, but it's hard. I have two quilts that I need to finish. Some jewelry pieces and some artwork to do over the holidays. I need some sleep and time to slow down for a little while. Prefereably on the weekend, when I'm not at work; work time can fly by as fast as it wants ;)

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