Catherine Jeltes Art ... Handmade Photography, Painting, Jewelry News The latest news from Catherine Jeltes Art ... Handmade Photography, Painting, Jewelry. en-us Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:35:40 CDT Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:35:40 CDT Vintage Bingo Materials: A Perfect Addition To Your Arts and Crafts Toolkit <div><img alt="" src="" /><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/bingo.jpg" height="324" width="488" /> <em></em></div><div>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>Photo by <u><a href="">Kathleen Cavalaro</a></u><br /></em></div><h2> </h2><h2>Jewelry, Mixed Media, Altered Art... You Can Spice Them All Up With a Dash of Vintage Bingo </h2><div>&nbsp;<br /> One of the things I love most about arts and crafts is that almost anything can be repurposed and made into something entirely new and exciting. Have old bicycle tire spokes? Just bend them and you can turn them into a cool little bracelet. Find a bunch of old bric-a-brac and assorted materials? Simply pull out your crafting kit and create a mixed media collage! <br /> <br />Recently, equipment associated with the old game of bingo has become a popular choice for arts and crafts and DIY enthusiasts. A simple search on Etsy yields a lot of results within a few seconds. Last year, Ken Erickson, the Theatre Program Manager at the <a href=" "><u>State College of Florida</u></a><u></u>, even crafted an elegant Elizabethan costume that incorporated recycled bingo buttons and sheets as well as other old repurposed materials. <br /> <br />What's with all the brouhaha over all these old bingo materials? It can probably be traced to the massive advertising push that gaming companies are constantly pouring into the online bingo market. The market&#8217;s grown big enough in the past few years that even a supermarket chain like UK&#8217;s Iceland has its own bingo site: <a href=""><u>Iceland Bingo</u></a><u></u>.<br /> <br />As these companies push bingo further into the spotlight, they seem to have also inadvertently stirred up memories and vintage leanings in today&#8217;s generation of arts and crafts aficionados. Vintage bingo materials have become pretty commonplace in online stores as well as yard sales. <br /> <br />This ready availability means that vintage bingo materials like markers and cards have found their way into the magic boxes of arts and crafts enthusiasts, and by the look of things, they&#8217;re here to stay. Here are a few ideas on the many wonderful mixed media projects you can make using them: <br /> <br /><ul><li>&nbsp;Homemade bingo jewelry (rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces) such as the ones being sold in online stores like Etsy </li></ul><ul><li>&nbsp;Altered art collages. If you need some inspiration, <a href=" "><u>Pinterest</u></a> should quickly become your new best friend. </li></ul><ul><li>&nbsp;DIY notebooks, sketchbook, and journals like those made by <a href=" "><u>The Burlap Lady</u></a></li></ul> <br />With a little creativity and the right materials (and sometimes even the wrong ones!), you can easily make your own bingo-based arts and crafts projects. </div> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:16:01 CDT Etsy Trunk Sale Handmade Jewelry Catherine Jeltes Last Chance Sale <div> <span></span></div><div><span>&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/PincushionRoseGreenA_web.jpg" height="196" width="196" /></span></div><div><span>Yep, you heard right...a Last Chance Trunk Sale in my </span><a href=""><span></span></a><a href=""></a><u></u><u><a href="">Etsy shop</a></u><span></span><span> :)&nbsp; My jewelry designs are heading in a different direction:&nbsp; more stones, wire work and wraps...more rustic minimalist the early designs must go. Prices are marked way down...things must go...good news for you!&nbsp; Vintage style necklaces, earrings, and rings are in the </span><u></u><a href=";ref=shopsection_leftnav_5"><u>SALE Last Chance</u><span></span></a><span> section in my <a href=""><u>Etsy shop</u></a><u></u>. Whatever designs remain will disappear forever (I am notorious for breaking down older designs for components to use for new stuff), so if you see anything you like, scoop them up now.&nbsp; This sale is only in my Etsy shop, but if you prefer to purchase here via PayPal please contact me as sale prices are not listed on my website.&nbsp; Happy shopping!</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/MochaLatteA_web.jpg" height="164" width="164" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/CupcakePumpkinAa_web.jpg" height="161" width="161" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/CairParavelA_web.jpg" height="159" width="159" /></div> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:50:35 CST Wire Work Jewelry Pendants Three Quick Designs <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/WireWorkPendants_web.jpg" width="290" height="290" />Recently I had the misfortune of losing my internet connection for 3 days.&nbsp; Yep.&nbsp; Three.&nbsp; Whole.&nbsp; Days.&nbsp; What's a girl to do?&nbsp; Aside from making daily treks to Starbucks and Panera to check e-mail, I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to work on new jewelry designs and play with wire.&nbsp; The three stones had been sitting on my desk for months (I knew I wanted them together in a design but I had yet to decide how) and I am thrilled with what has emerged.&nbsp; I love how the stones are united yet remain separate, and how each can move individually on its own segment of wire--a wonderfully rustic fidget pendant!&nbsp; The teardrop and near open heart designs were experiments of twisting, hammering, and wrapping wire, then adding patina via torch and Guilder's Paste.&nbsp; Now it's just a matter of determining complimentary components to complete each piece.&nbsp; Stay tuned... Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:33:55 CST Rough Cut Gemstone and Blue Ocean Stone Pendant Necklaces, Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art <div> With the start of 2014, my jewelry design studio is heading in a new direction.&nbsp; Leading the way are these beautifully rustic pendant necklaces, two in fabulous rough cut gemstones:&nbsp; citrine and February's birthstone, amethyst.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/CitrineDropA_web.jpg" width="176" height="176" /> <strong><em><a href="">Citrine Stone Pendant Necklace, Bronze Wrap</a><br /></em></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/AmethystWrapA_web.jpg" width="173" height="173" />&nbsp; <a href=""><em><strong>Amethyst Stone Pendant Necklace</strong></em>, <em><strong>Gunmetal Wrap</strong></em></a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Several new designs are ocean inspired.&nbsp; Few stones reflect the depths and draw of the sea more than impression jasper.&nbsp; For those who prefer silver, there is a teardrop pendant in hues of cobalt blue and midnight blue.&nbsp; Those preferring a warmer toned metal may discover the bronze wrapped turquoise blue impression jasper as the perfect balance between sea and surf.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/MidnightImpJasperA_web.jpg" width="178" height="178" />&nbsp; <em><strong></strong></em><a href=""><em><strong>Midnight Impression Jasper Teardrop Necklace</strong></em></a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/BIJasperPendantNecklaceA_web.jpg" width="174" height="174" />&nbsp; <em><strong></strong></em><a href=""><em><strong>Ocean Stone Pendant Necklace, Bronze Wrap</strong></em></a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Perhaps my favorite so far are these circle earrings.&nbsp; I'm delighted that many of these blue impression jasper gemstones are the perfect size for earrings.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/BIJasperDropA_web.jpg" width="178" height="178" />&nbsp; <em><strong></strong></em><a href=""><em><strong>Ocean Stone Circle Earrings</strong></em></a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>These are just a few of the "newbies" that compliment the rustic and earthy look I love.&nbsp; And of course, you can always visit my <a href="">Etsy shop</a> for the latest <a href="">Gallery Zoo Art designs</a>. Stay tuned as I begin outfitting my studio with new design tools to begin my latest artistic journey!</div> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:26:50 CST Humor, Thanksgiving Day Musings, GalleryZooArt <div> <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/WhitePumpkin_web.jpg" height="330" width="330" /></div><div>&nbsp;<a href=""><em>Tranquil Garden</em></a><em><br /></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While pondering what I am thankful for this holiday season, I decided to take the opportunity to admit that while my life is far from a schmaltzy Hallmark card, I guess it certainly is pretty charmed.&nbsp; As I choose to be a terminal optimist despite it all, here is what I am most grateful for this Thanksgiving:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h3>I am thankful ... <br /></h3></div><div> <ul><li><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%">...for bad drivers, as they encourage me to higher levels of creative expression within the English language.&nbsp; And if my kid is in the car, an enormous amount of self control.<br /></span></li></ul> <ul><li><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%">&#8230;for badly behaving children who remind me that my kid?&nbsp;Is an angel by comparison.</span></li></ul> <ul><li><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%">&#8230;for incompetent people who allow me the opportunity to not only multitask but expand my repertoire of talents to do their jobs for them.&nbsp;This validates that being my own boss is not only awesome, but apparently necessary as I have no time for minions.</span></li></ul> <ul><li><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%">...for having <a href=""><strong>cats</strong></a><strong></strong> that are constantly in the way and/or underfoot.&nbsp;I now have the balance of a ninja ballet dancer, as I have successfully managed not to injure or take out any human or non-human member of my household while tripping, flailing, or teetering&#8212;occasionally with various kitchen or art studio utensils slicing through the air.</span></li></ul> <ul><li><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%">&#8230;for stupid people, who give me something to marvel at every single day.&nbsp;Life would be boring without them.&nbsp;Also?&nbsp;I would have much less opportunity for sarcasm.</span></li></ul> <ul><li><span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:115%">&#8230;again for<a href=""><strong> cats</strong></a><strong></strong> (sense a pattern here?) that drastically alter their eating habits the week of Thanksgiving, forcing me to make an emergency Target food run the day before the holiday&#8212;apparently something no strategic amount of planning can ever avoid.</span></li></ul> <ul><li><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&#8230;for a husband who does not always listen, allowing me the experience of calling him at work in full meltdown mode.&nbsp;</span></li></ul> <p><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Me:&nbsp;&#8220;Did you use any sugar last night?&#8221;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Him:&nbsp;&#8220;Yes, just a little bit.&#8221;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Me:&nbsp;&#8220;Um, a little bit?&nbsp;Did you not hear me yesterday when I said I had exactly enough to make the pumpkin pies WITHOUT going to Target?&nbsp;You used over HALF of what I need!&nbsp;I have the oven on, the eggs whisked, all the ingredients out except I DON&#8217;T HAVE ENOUGH SUGAR.&#8221;&nbsp; (The fact that I was still in pj's had no bearing on my mood whatsoever.)<br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Him:&nbsp;&#8220;You said you were going to Target for cat food.&#8221;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Me:&nbsp;&#8220;Yes, but I was going to make the pies this morning, BEFORE going to Target this afternoon.&#8221;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Him:&nbsp;&#8220;Ok, it&#8217;s my lunch hour and I&#8217;ll zip over, get the sugar, and drop it off.&#8221;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Me:&nbsp;&#8220;Oh, you don&#8217;t have to go through all that trouble.&#8221;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Him:&nbsp;Click.&nbsp; (Yeah, he was slightly less than thrilled with me.)<br /></span></p><div>&nbsp;</div> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">I did not have the heart to tell him that what he wound up buying was in fact a 5 pound ice block of sugar&#8212;so hard I had to chisel and scrape to accumulate my 1 &#189; cup of cavity inducing confectionary. My husband and I rarely have Conversations Fueled By Meltdown, so this right here?&nbsp;Shows me we are Modern Family normal--a personal victory in my book.&nbsp; May this Thanksgiving find you with many Modern Family moments.&nbsp; <br /></span></p> </div> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:00:56 CST