That Jolie Girl Crafts

Crafting a better life


Felt Flowers

Felt Flowers


Posted on Jun 7, 2010

Exciting things are happening now!  I've been making felt flowers like crazy to get ready for the Summit of Awesome.  I've cut out a million flowers and written the tutorial.  Only a few more things to cross off our list and we will be ready.  Handmade in Portland will be sponsoring this craft as our first adventure under our new name.  Our website will be ready to launch soon.   We...

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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou


Posted on Jun 4, 2010

For my birthday, my mom-in-law and the farmer gave me tickets to see Maya Angelou.  My husband and I saw her at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (such a beautiful venue) last Wednesday.  From the minute she opened her mouth, I was transfixed.  Her amazing speech about having the courage to be a positive influence on others was filled with humor, poetry and wisdom.  This will be a night that I will treasure...

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Past Rings

Past Rings


Posted on May 24, 2010

Making rings in my metal art clay class has made me think about rings I've made in past classes. I made this ring in a hard soldering class at least 15 years ago through PCC.  It's probably my favorite ring of all and I sent many hours crafting it.  I don't know if I will ever return to this level of silversmithing.  I took the class for at least a year and pretty much this ring is all I have from it. A...

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My Talented Sis

My Talented Sis


Posted on May 21, 2010

Speaking of my beautiful sis, I'm not the only one who works in fused glass in the family.  My sis has been creating fused glass for a few years now.  During my last dog sitting stint, I took a few pictures of some of her creations around her house.  She even made aquatic tiles for her...

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Birthday Necklace

Birthday Necklace


Posted on May 20, 2010

At an fund raising auction, my sister bid on class to learn how to make these necklaces.  I happened to be at her house a week before my Birthday and saw her beautiful creations.  Not one to be shy with family, I promptly picked out my favorite design and asked my sis to make me a necklace.    It's so pretty!  Now I need to have her show me how to make these acrylic...

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Wondrous Art Wednesday

Wondrous Art Wednesday


Posted on May 19, 2010

One of my husband's favorite past times is CD hunting.  He is an eclectic listener with a very large diverse collection.  He is the master of finding great cheap music.  Since he has such a large collection of which I will probably never listen to everything, I have very little need to find my own music.  Instead I search the cheap bins for unique items that visually strike my fancy.  Love Menu by...

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Key Pot

Key Pot


Posted on May 17, 2010

When I signed up for pottery, I didn't have the highest expectations.  I told myself going in that all I wanted was a little pot to sit on my desk for my work keys.  I'm happy to report that I made just that.  I'm in love with this little dish.  It's the only thing I've made so far that was completely successful.  It's level, not lopsided and the glaze went where it was supposed...

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Metal Clay Jewelry

Metal Clay Jewelry


Posted on May 17, 2010

So far, my Metal Art Clay jewelry class has lived up to every expectation.  I can not say enough great things about this class.  I'm learning so much!  Our first project was this pendant and earring set.  We were told to keep our designs very simple.  I'm so glad the teacher said this.  I'm one to try to push the envelop and to quickly get in over my head.  Being directed to make...

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My First Tattoo

My First Tattoo


Posted on May 16, 2010

I had planned to get my first tattoo on my 35th Birthday.  Well, that didn't happen.  I couldn't decide what I wanted to put permanently on my body.  Life was also extremely crazy and there was never a good time to focus on my tattoo.  I did get my tattoo in my 35th year…mere weeks before I turned 36.  I have always wanted a tattoo.  Always.  I had dozens of ideas and distilled...

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