Spring Cleaning

I just ordered a ton of new jewelry making supplies in anticipation of summer here on Catalina Island and our Catalina Festival of Art in September.  As a result I figured I should mark down some items in my shop to make way for the new.

Hand Made Crochet Choker Necklace in Ivory with Teal Beads

Hand Made Crochet Choker Necklace in Ivory with Teal Beads

Spring Cleaning Sale at Catalina Inspired on Etsy

I’ll be adding more sale items in the upcoming days and after that, some of the new stuff I’m working on including some Catalina themed jewelry in gold and silver.

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Feeling Springy!

Since my #4 stainless steel crochet hook was already out from being used to pry the keys off my laptop keyboard (https://theprocess123.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/why-you-shouldnt-dump-a-bowl-of-cheerios-on-your-laptop/) I decided to use it for what it was originally intended.

I’ve been experimenting with different types of ring-shaped objects to crochet around.  The following photo shows two of the ideas I recently finished and listed:

Crochet Jewelry by Kristy at Catalina Inspired on Etsy

Crochet Jewelry by Kristy at Catalina Inspired on Etsy

This beautiful Summery weather has me going a little flower crazy.  So far I’ve crocheted some in off-white, pale lemon yellow, garnet red and aqua.  There will be many more colors to come.Crochet Flowers by Kristy at Catalina Inspired on Etsy

Yesterday I crocheted this sunny summery necklace using brass jump rings for the centers and cotton embroidery floss for the flowers.  I crocheted nine flowers in descending sizes and sewed them together.  I’m excited to try the same pattern with some blues and purples!

Crochet Floral Choker in Tangerine, Lemon Yellow & Gold

Crochet Floral Choker in Tangerine, Lemon Yellow & Gold

Crochet Flower Choker in Lemon Yellow, Tangerine & Gold

Crochet Flower Choker in Lemon Yellow, Tangerine & Gold

On to the Next Thing…

I’m still working with the “pile of sticks” but, as usual, I’ve been distracted by another project.  I was replacing all the old brochures in the hotel office with new ones and I ended up with a pile of colorful, glossy paper to throw in the recycling bin.

Looking at the pile, that same old nagging thought kicked in…”These must be useful for something.  I can’t just throw them away”.  The gears start slowly churning and, of course, whatever I’m doing at the time gets pushed to the side while I ponder this newest problem.

I’ve made notecards with recycled paper before, but this paper was of a heavier stock.

I finally found my trusty paper shredder, pushed some of the brochures through it and they were transformed into 1/4″ wide strips.  Some of the brochures had old sepia toned photos and colorful landscapes.  When shredded, the original image is unrecognizable and you’re left with pure colors and tones.

I used a glue stick to adhere the paper to some blank notecards and the strips created nice contrasting vertical stripes.  After they dried, I used a mixture of white glue and water to add a translucent layer of recycled tissue paper on top that gives the cards a matte finish and beautiful texture.

I printed out four different ornate letter “O”s on some recycled paper and mounted them on brown craft paper that came as padding in a package I received. 

I glued the mounted letter to the card.  When I finish the rest of them to the other note cards I’ll have a set of four completely unique note cards.

Here’s a photo of some letter “T” cards I made with the sepia toned photos in the brochures.  Click on the photo to see the listing in my shop.  When I finish the “O” cards I’ll post those as well.

How a Pile of Sticks Becomes a Rustic Tea Light Holder

Me prunning shrubbery in the garden. Last Summer I spent quite a few afternoons pruning shrubs in the garden that had grown completely out of control during the worst of my illness.  I didn’t use an electric pruner because they’re loud and leave shrubbery looking “shaved” and unnatural.  Instead, I got out my hand pruning shears and loper for larger branches.  The process probably took ten times longer than it should have (and it’s not officially finished).  I found it very therapeutic, although I won’t spend too much time pondering why I find wielding sharp objects and chopping branches relaxing.

As I chopped away, I began looking at the branches as I threw them in the compost bin and noticing the beautiful shapes some of them made.  As with many things, I thought they were too beautiful to throw away, so I threw them into a broken plastic planter under the stairs, sure I’d find something useful to do with them.

My bucket of "sticks"

Every time I walked up the stairs to my apartment, I glanced at the pile hoping an idea would materialize.  A few days ago, one finally did.  I had just washed out an empty glass salsa jar and voila – the idea was born!  I love homey feel of the rustic style and I think this piece would fit right in.

I already had a big spool of natural colored hemp twine that I’d used to string beads, so I used it to wrap the branches together.  I found some large wooden beads that weren’t much use for jewelry making (the hole was too large) so I strung them on with the twine.  It took me some time to figure out the best way to achieve the results I wanted, so I had to rewrap many of the branches before I got it right.  Hopefully, the next time I make a similar tea light holder, it’ll go a little faster since I know what I’m doing now (yeah right).

Here is the finished product.  I’m pretty happy with how it came out.  Next time I’d like to try a taller jar so I’ll be able to use some of the more uniquely shaped branches. Rustic Tea Light Holder  Click the photo below to see the listing in my Catalina Inspired Etsy shop.

Introduction to “The Process 1, 2, 3”

Kristy ThrondsonHello and welcome to “The Process 1, 2, 3”!  I’ve created this blog to share my creative process and the “stuff” that eventually hatches from it.

My personal creative process has been accurately described as “all over the place”.  I attended the Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA ) in Baltimore, MD from 1991 – 1996 where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting.  Although I was formally trained in classical oil painting and it remains one of my great loves to this day, I have experimented with a huge variety of media and continue to do so.

I grew up in Central New Jersey but have lived on Catalina Island off the southern coast of California for the last 8 years.  Catalina is a beautiful place to live and is endlessly inspiring.  I feel very lucky to be here.

Two years ago I was diagnosed with ME/Chronic Fatigue syndrome and Fibromyalgia.  Though I still struggle with the disability these diseases have imposed upon my life, I remain hopeful that I’ll be well again.  For anyone who is interested in this topic, I’ve been writing a blog called Fibromyalgia??? for the last year and a half that goes into much more detail about this aspect of my life.  I would like to keep that topic within that venue but I apologize if it rears its ugly head from time to time.

Environmental issues are very important to me and I try to use repurposed, recycled or sustainable materials in my artwork and craftwork when ever I can.  I currently have a shop on Etsy called Catalina Inspired where I showcase some of my creations.

In the future, I’ll be posting about the process behind many of my works and sometimes before they are listed in my shop.  I’ll also be writing about living a simple life and leaving a small footprint on the environment.

I welcome feedback and comments and I hope you will stop by again soon!