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I’ve Been Featured in a Craftstar Collection!

One of my items from my Craftstar shop has been featured in a collection on the site!

My Red Mother of Pearl Hair Pins were featured along with all these other Valentine-friendly handmade items!  Check it out!

Roses are Red My Love by Amanda Rose Soaps

While you’re on the site, be sure to stop by my Craftstar Shop: Christina Designs Art.  My coupon code for Free Shipping on all items is still active, enter NEWYEAR2013 in the coupon code box to receive free shipping with your order!

I’ve Decided to Sell My Jewelry-making & Bead Stash!

Its true, I’m selling off a lot of my jewelry-making and bead stash.  I have a problem….I am so busy with school and family, I have no time for jewelry-making, yet I kept buying.  I’ve made a few pieces, but not enough to make it worth keeping all these beads!

Don’t judge, I know how much I have (yikes!).  I’m not looking to profit off my stash, just to recoup some of my costs.  You pay shipping costs and an extra 20 cents to offset the billing fees of PayPal, the price has been totaled for each piece.  If items are missing a cost, its because I need to count the items or find out exactly the type of bead before I want to set a price.

I will be posting my items on my blog on a separate page, as well as on my Facebook page in a photo album and on a few Facebook Stash Buster groups.  First person who sends me their email address via my email, message on Facebook, or commenting on the photo, will be sent an invoice via PayPal for the price of the item and shipping costs.  All shipping costs are estimated because I never have any luck with the USPS website.  But I’ve shipped some beads before and can make a good estimate!

I also have a lot of jewelry items in my Christina Designs Art Etsy store and Christina Designs Art Craftstar shop for you to see!  Please stop by and check everything out 🙂  Oh, and I have a coupon right now for both stores: Etsy~ spend $5 or more for free shipping off your order and use coupon code 2014January until Jan 31.  Craftstar~ for free shipping off any item in my store, use coupon code NEWYEAR2013.  I’m going to continue with my store, it just won’t be very diversified.  Stick to what I’m good at, I hear that’s a plus with online stores anyway!

Check out this page:      Destash Supplies      for my destash!

Check out this photo album on Facebook:      Destash Supplies on Facebook     for my destash!

Thanks!  I look forward to someone receiving these beautiful beads and fun supplies!!

NEW Shop Page open on the website!

I’ve opened my new Shop page on this website!  Please view it here!

You’ll find my purse refashions there: my upcycled envelope purse, the Anthropologie-inspired wristlet, and my Over the Shoulder Mini Purse.

While I move through my Year of Something New, I plan to add some of the items I make to this page to sell.  I will add them when I post them for you to see!  Please keep a look out for new items added to the shop as I paint, sew, or otherwise create stuff!  I cannot wait to hear what you all think!  Please remember I can supply more photos if they are ever needed!  If you have questions do not hesitate to contact me!

Upcycled Envelope Purse.  Used to be vinyl, now the outside is a white and purple-pink floral pattern.  With off-white fabric rosettes, black felt squares, and a vintage pearl-white elephant on the flap.  Size: 6.5" height x 11" width.  Accordions to a few inches for the inside.

Upcycled Envelope Purse. Used to be vinyl, now the outside is a white and purple-pink floral pattern. With off-white fabric rosettes, black felt squares, and a vintage pearl-white elephant on the flap. Size: 6.5″ height x 11″ width. Accordions to a few inches for the inside.

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Wristlet Clutch, hand-painted, Flower Petals glossed. Never been used, slight color imperfections on the back, detachable wristlet strap, key fob inside, 1 pocket inside. Size approx 7 inches long, 4 inches high.  $15

Wristlet Clutch, hand-painted, Flower Petals glossed. Never been used, slight color imperfections on the back, detachable wristlet strap, key fob inside, 1 pocket inside. Size approx 7 inches long, 4 inches high.

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Over-the-Shoulder Mini Purse.  White with Black accents, floral fabric on the flap.  Pocket mirror, multiple credit card slots, 3 zipper pockets, accordion pocket on back. Painted blue and silver leather.  A silver leather strap for over-the-shoulder.  $15

Over-the-Shoulder Mini Purse. White with black accents, floral fabric with 3 sparkle gems on the flap. Pocket mirror, multiple credit card slots, 3 zipper pockets, accordion pocket on back. Painted blue and silver leather.  A shiny silver leather strap for over-the-shoulder.

I’ve been featured in an Etsy Treasury!

Sunset on a Strip Etsy Treasury by Anne from MetalWorksJewelry

Sunset on the Strip Etsy Treasury

Sunset on the Strip Etsy Treasury

My original acrylic painting was featured: Exploration of Color – Orange $25.  It is actually part of a pair for anyone who would like to buy them both!

Exploration of Orange 2, Acrylics on Canvas, 2011

Exploration of Orange 2, Acrylics on Canvas, 2011 $25

Purse: After

Refashion: Purse Makeover

I love to DIY and refashion!  In the fall I had this old purse I bought from a garage sale, it was one of those envelope style purses, pretty ugly tho.  I had this shirt I bought from a garage sale too, I thought hey, DIY makeover!   To see the previous purse, click here.  Click on any photo to enlarge them.

I’ve been dying to do another ever since, I just haven’t found the right purse or the right fabric.  Until now….dun dun dun!  My aunt participated in a neighborhood garage sale this past summer and I picked up this ugly beige/tan purse thinking it would be perfect for my next makeover!  Its been sitting in a bag with a million other items I am hoping to refashion (and then blog about!) for a few months now.  I finally went thru the bags of refashion items, found it, and decided to start it!

Outer Purse: Before

Outer Purse: Before

Inside Purse: Before

Inside Purse: Before

I have the perfect fabric choice, its a little girl’s black/white floral print dress.  I saw it at a garage sale and just loved the pattern, I knew I could find someway to refashion it!  The purse is kinda awkward to cover completely in fabric, so instead I am only covering the front flap in the fabric, and painting the rest of it in silver (and glitter!) and blue.  Blue is my favorite color, I have so much in my wardrobe!  However, I plan to use blue as a colorblock/pop color, so its only going to go like under the expandable pocket, or framing the mirror, or every other pocket, with silver and the sparkles in between.  In this way, it won’t really matter what I wear, blue will only be visible inside the purse which I hope to never forget to snap!

Purse: After

Purse: After

Here are the inspirations that helped me figure out how to paint and make it stick, to leather!
eHow
Mr. Kate
Chic Steals

I painted the leather silver and added a powdered glitter that I found at a hardware store in the paint section.  A little goes a LONG way, so if you’re looking for a nice sparkle dust to mix with paint, I totally recommend it!  I only used the glitter on the silver parts, and I used the silver for anything that would be facing the public.  I wanted this purse to match any outfit, so the blue paint inside is mostly just for me.  You can see a little bit on the sides though, but who really looks there?  I used Leather Lace as the strap, I love the look!  It fits will over my head + shoulders and is just fun to wear!

Outer Purse: After

Outer Purse: After

Inside Purse: After

Inside Purse: After

I’m loving my end result!  I will admit, painting on leather was tough and I definitely recommend placing a layer of Mod Podge over all the paint, I had some scratch off problems before doing that.  I did Mod Podge the fabric down and again another layer on top, this seals in the fabric so if your purse gets wet, it won’t be gooey and dirty.  This way, water will bead up and roll off.

I would love to hear your comments and I hope you find inspiration from this project!  It really is fun to do!

This finished purse is now for sale : Shop: Other Artistic Avenues