Friday, May 29, 2015

Life Goes On!

There have been many changes in my life in the past year and I find myself constantly looking back.  I know I should be looking at only today, as I've learned never to look back or forward, that we only have control over today.  I lost my dad last year and think about him a lot. I talk to my mom all the time now and value the relationship we have. I think this has made us closer.  I wish I could move to where she is living to be closer to her, but current circumstances do not permit this.

My youngest daughter is now out of school and will be in 7th grade next year. I can't believe how fast time flies and wish that she could be my baby forever.  I love my kids dearly, but if I'm being honest she is my favorite. She is kind, empathetic, caring, and has an awesome sense of humour.  She is so excited to be going to soccer camp this Summer at OSU for some intense goalie training. I'm hoping it helps to increase her self esteem.

I was laid off in February from a job that I loved and have not been able to find any work. I worked for the third time for an insanely controlling, unorganized, and lying employer out of CA, but quickly quit that job.  I value my time with my family and flexibility is key for me. He wasn't so understanding of that and I found myself working all weekend to keep up with the deadlines that he promised other people. I truly believe we have to be happy with what we are doing and that was not a healthy situation for me mentally.

My middle daughter now has a job and is working 2 days a week. This may not sound like much, but with the disabilities she has, this is an amazing thing.  She just turned 20 and is now learning how life really works and that money doesn't grow on trees. She is also learning the freedom of having a job and money and I think that helps her feel a little more independent.

My husband is working towards an engineer degree, but is taking the Summer off this year; he was in school last Summer. So, I'm hoping we are able to do some memory making and possibly go visit my mom before the hustle and bustle of school again in August.

I have don't any art work in over a year. With the loss of my dad and a close dear friend last year, the losing a job, and the constant bombardment of life; I just haven't had the motivation to do anything.  I really would like to get my mojo back and do something creative. I do miss it dearly.  I'll just have to take one day at a time and trust that God will show me the reason I'm supposed to be here.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Loss of My Dad

I haven't been much on blogging since last year and this year my dad passed away 6/25/14.  I was feeling hopeless this weekend and then I went back to a church I attended last year. I am hoping that God has great and good things in store for me.  I was able to spend three weeks with my mom, as we watched my dad pass away.

I miss her dearly and hope that she has the strength to carry on.  I feel people are so impersonal these days and I'd just like to say, as a reminder to myself as well, put down whatever it is you're doing and call a loved one.  You just never know when you might not see them again and after they pass away it is too late to hear their laughter and their voice.

I love and miss you dad; you will be forever in my thoughts and on my mind.

Friday, January 25, 2013

O Christmas Tree!

Messing around with a Christmas present I got like two years ago.  It's the Hallmark Digital Scrapbook USB program.  Enjoy!

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Flat Sprial Beadwork with Millefiori Beads

I knew this was going to be tricky, but I didn't realize how tricky.  I made two bracelets last night using my favorite glass beads, which are Millefiori beads.  I love their colors and how beautiful they look when making jewelry pieces.

On the first bracelet I used a Flat Sprial bead stitch, which I had to adapt for the size of the beads.  This bracelet was all about the color red that needed to pop out of the clear Millefiori bead.  Well, I accomplished that, but I did not like going thru two of the beads and will be redoing that bracelet today.

 The second bracelet was using an outstanding green Millefiori bead and this time I went thru only one bead.  It came out so much better than the first one and that is why I decided to redo the first one.

I am now selling on a wonderfully fun and exciting new online shop platform called TheCraftStar.  Unlike the bigger guy "E", it is more personal and the people who operate it have been wonderful.  I am still using the same shop name "Ivonnardona's Creations", so come on by and check us out.

I'm running a Valentine's Sale offering 15% off anything in my shop; just use VALENTINE15 as the coupon code.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tin Can Lid Ornaments

Wondering what to do with those tin can lids after you take them off of the cans?  I wondered the same thing as well and came up with these Christmas ornaments.  I would suggest running out and buying a smooth edge can opener, so you or someone handling the ornaments doesn't get cut.

First, I primed each lid with Gesso, which you can find in any Craft or Art store.  I let this dry and then broke out my acrylic paints.  I chose a paint that would compliment the colors in the die-cuts that I used for the main piece of each ornament.  I gave each lid a good coating and then let that dry over night.

Next, I broke out my Cricut machine and cut some circles out of scrapbook paper that fit just inside each lid.  Since my Cricut only cuts out certain sizes I went ahead and cut out larger circles and then trimmed them until they fit.  I then glued each circle onto the colored side of the lid that it went with and let the dry for about an hour.

Finally, I took the Christmas die-cuts and put clear glue dots around the centers and then centered them on each lid.  Some of the die-cuts were bigger than the circle, but I like that.  I didn't want to cut the edges, but that is your preference.

Here are the finished ornaments:

  Have fun making your own and Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Etsy Treasuries I'm In

Yay, I've been back selling on Etsy for over a week now and have been included in two Etsy Treasuries.  The first one is The Frosty Blues of December, which showcased my Blue Millefiori Chip Bead Bangle Bracelet. The second one happened today and it is Orange Dreams., which showcased my Orange Millefiori Chip Bead Bangle Bracelet. They are both brilliant and beautiful treasuries and you definitely should go check them out.

While you're there, please stop by and check out my Etsy shop Ivonnardona's Creations.  I am offering FREE SHIPPING through the end of the year and a 10% discount on all items.  Just use coupon code XMASKISS10 to get 10% off your entire order.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Lots of Jewelry Going Back Up For Sale!

I'm exhausted, but I hope it will be well worth it.  I have been busy posting my jewelry back up for sell in my Etsy shop.  I have also created a new shop over at TheCraftStar and am posting the same items in hopes to start moving them out of my inventory and into someone's hands.

I truly love creating and today I made a couple pair of earrings and fixed a necklace.  I forgot how to wrap wire, but quickly figured out something new that I tried and it worked out rather well.
Yellow Jade Dangle Earrings

Leopard Jasper Dangle Earrings


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