Mar 3, 2017

A brand new year

Can you believe it?? It's already March of 2017, first quarter of the new year is nearly over. Time really flies. I read a quote on facebook the other day ... Is it scarier that it's been 7 years since 2010 or is it scarier that in 3 years it would be 2020?? UGH ((O_O)) 2020 ... I remember this was the year I thought of when I was a kid in primary school. I remember thinking ... wow 2020 is so far into the future I cannot even imagine it, and I counted, in 2020 I will be 51 ... oh my ... that's older than mommy, more like gran. It seems like only yesterday I had this thought in my little head.

But today, as I was walking back from lunch, a stranger called me from inside a shop, "hey girl!" and then proceeded to ask me a question. After that, I had a grin taped on my face until I reached home LOL! Dang ... how long has it been since someone called me "girl" (besides my mom of course! she always calls me "girl") Now that ... made my day :)

Ok enough of silly musings ... I know haven't been the best of blogger, so Here I am once more to share some photos of my work with you. I missed out posting quite a bit in the years past, so let me see if I can retrieve some of my favourites.

First of all, I am so pleased with my new set of postcards-cum-business cards. The printer did a great job this time :)

It came from this shot I took when I had quite a few of my pieces in hand, usually I don't have so many pieces. So I took the opportunity to set them up nicely and take a good product image. Nice huh?

I still really love my steampunk travel theme books. Here is the trio.

Sometime last year I decided one day that I would try my hands on altered bottles :) These 2 were the result! These were ex-gripe water bottles from my second born's time as a baby. I must have kept the bottles for 5 or 6 years.

Somewhere along the line, I managed to slip in a wrap bracelet too, which I named "Very Frustrating Bracelet" hahaha! which is the fact, cos it took me ages to wrap it round my wrist while I was trying it on :)

And then, I also made an Elven inspired Box of Curiosities :)

The box (only the box) has now been made into a workshop called "the ElvenTree" which will be coming up in Summer over at Artful Gathering 2017!

Registration is open as we speak! So if anyone is interested in this online workshop do pop over to the link. There is also a blog hop going on with $500 worth of prizes sponsored by Jerry's Artarama. To enter the hop you can go to this link :

By the way ... yours truly is holding the key to the secret word this week ;) Go search for it!! (it's not far away ;)

Also ... my DVD from last year's workshop is finally out!! Whoopeeee!!! For those of you who have been writing to me asking me when "The Looking Glass" workshop from 2016 will be out, here it is :)

Moving on, I use to love to play dress up when I was a kid. Always makes me feel like someone else. But as we grow older, grown up things take over our lives or perhaps grown up 'thoughts' take over our lives, and we either don't have the time or feel too embarrassed to play. So we don't play anymore, which is a pity. One day I decided heck ... I'm not getting any younger and I'd like to create some harmless memories for myself, plus I can use them to sell my stuff! HAH!! why not? So when the kids were at school, I quickly dashed on some makeup and stood in front of my bedroom window where the backlight would make any flaw melt away :) and snapped some photos.
And it made my day :)

I tried my hands on some different things last year, bottles, bracelets, boxes, rings ... which I don't normally make. It's like breaking away or just stepping out of my comfort zone a little. Anyhow, I hope everyone is having a great year so far. Don't forget to check out Artful Gathering ... lots of new instructors, lots of new artforms for you to step out of your box :)

Aha!! You found it!


  1. What a wonderful post. Wow! You've been busy, Luthien. So many fabulous new ideas you've been exploring. All inspired and inspiring with your amazing signature techniques. Especially enjoyed the beautiful photos of you modeling your rings. You've been missed!

    1. Thank you Janet!! It has been a pretty cool year for me last year :) Learned many new things including non art related. I think I am happiest learning and exploring. I am a life time member in studentship!! How have you been? I do manage to catch some of your work on Pinterest. You have been trying out new things too :)

  2. Always love your work Luthien, just wish I had the spare time 😑
    Elaine xx

    1. Thank you so much Elaine :) I know what you mean ... sometimes I wish there were more hours, either that, or I wish humans didn't have to sleep. LOL!

  3. It's always a visual pleasure to drop by and see what you have been creating Luthien!I adore your authentic work!

    1. thank you very much for your kind words Joyce! :)

  4. Hi LT - never one to sit idle are you - such creativity with your unique approach to your work - always filled with stories.As AA says it is great to see what you have been up to and about to do. Go well. B

  5. Hi Luthien, I took an hour and went back in your blog to see all the beautiful jewelry and books you make. What a great journey. You are amazing.
    Having taken 3 classes from you at Artful Gathering, I'm thrilled that you will be back.
    My newest project for me is mini books and I noticed that the pages in your minis don't seem to be sewn in. Do you glue the pages in?

    1. hi Lynn :)Thank you for your kind words! I look forward to seeing you in class again :) It will be so much fun!
      Did you mean my mini book necklaces? Yes they are sewn, but on the inside and then wrapped over with a piece of leather for a cleaner look.


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