Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Celebrate YOU!

Insist on yourself.  Never imitate! - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Are these not the coolest boots EVER!  My good friend wears them so well, she has fantastic style and celebrates being herself with confidence.

Today celebrate YOU!  Be confident and own your self-worth!

Live in Joy - Lisa

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Polymer Clay Owl and Halloween Crow on Pumpkin

This polymer clay project was so much fun!  I got IMMEDIATE gratification ...loved it!
This project took about 3 hours from drawing my design ideas, molding, baking and finally painting the clay..!

These past few weeks I have had owl I have seen some wonderful owls in several mediums so I decided to create my own owl.
My inspiration for the crow sitting on top of the pumpkin came from an article in Stampington Summerset Holidays and Celebrations 2010 Issue and my love for crows (very intelligent and family oriented)!

I may have found a new passion...

If you are interested in dappling with polymer clay, click here for Polymer Clay Basics by Sharilyn Miller posted on Stampington and Company's Web site..:) 

Enjoy - Lisa

Friday, October 14, 2011

Claim your prize..:)

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who participated in this giveaway!

Please contact me via email: to claim your $25 jewelry credit to my Etsy shop!

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

How TO - From Applesauce Jar to Frankenstein Character

I was inspired to design this fun puppet looking Frankenstein for my son, one he won't be afraid of and want to put in the closest FOREVER.  A few years back my husband purchased a "FUN" toy witch for Halloween.  This witch however wiggled and laughed any time someone (our sweet child) moved past it with flashing red beady eyes......need I say more..:(

Tools and Supplies:

Apple Sauce Jar
Mod  Podge
Handmade Paper
Tissue Paper
2 Bolts
Box Knife
Acrylic Paint
Oil Pastels
Feather Boa
Paint Pen
E-6000 Glue
Sponge Brush

How To:

Start with a clean apple sauce jar and apply Mod Podge to entire jar.  Once Mod Podge has been applied cover jar with homemade paper and allow paper to completely dry.

On a piece of cardboard draw a nose, cut it out and then glue to jar.

Mix tissue paper into Mod Podge this will be used to form your nose and mouth.  Apply tissue paper to cardboard nose and directly to jar to create mouth (allow tissue paper to completely dry).

Puncture sides of jar so you can insert the bolts (be sure to do this on a non-slip surface when cutting).

Paint entire jar green allowing jar to completely dry (you can use a hair dryer to speed up the process).

Use oil pastels to apply face shadows and colors.

Use a paint pen to draw in stitches.

Apply eyes, hair and ribbon using E-6000 glue.

You are finished!

Love to see what you are creating, you can upload your photos to the Let's get Crafty Flickr group!

Next week will also be a Halloween inspired creation!

Happy Creating... Lisa

Monday, October 10, 2011

Natures Inspiration

Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.  

This weekend my family and I headed to the mountains to witness the beauty and brilliant colors of the changing leaves!
We walked around for hours, breathing in the cool mountain air, watching the brown squirrels nibble away on fir cones, and listening to the wind speaking to the leaves..:)

Inspiration surrounds each of us, we just forget to slow down to witness it.

What inspires you and moves your soul?

Be sure to take time today to be inspired!  Live in Joy - Lisa

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Giveaway $25 Jewelry Credit - Lisa Michele Products

Your chance to win a $25 credit toward any jewelry item in my Etsy shop!

How to enter and rules for giveaway:
  • Like my Lisa Michele Facebook Page and leave a comment regarding this giveaway  (if you are already a Fan.....Thank YOU and you can just leave a comment)                             
  • Post a comment on my blog regarding giveaway

  • Mention this contest with a link either on your blog, Facebook or Twitter and let me know you did so

You may enter multiple times to increase your chances of winning.
There needs to be a minimum of five contestants entered in this contest!
1 Winner will be randomly selected.
Contest runs until October 13 and  I will announce the winner by 6 PM PST on October 14 on my Facebook page and on  this blog post!
Sorry, at this time contestants need to be within U.S. or Canada.....
Please note the Harmony Bowl is not a part of this contest.

Good luck!  - Lisa

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Persistence and the Accomplishment of Dreams!

I am feeling tired today...yet thinking it's through persistence that our goals and dreams come into fruition.

"Let go of the past and go for the the life you imagined."
- Henry David Thoreau

Thinking about what truly gives you joy is the first step to discovering your gifts.
Sharing your gifts with others often takes courage.
Honor yourself and believe!  Your gifts have been given to you for a purpose!

Believe Sterling Necklace

Carrie Underwood is an example of someone who was persistent and never gave up on her dreams and what an amazing gift she now shares with us....!
The below video is of Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill at "Girls Night Out" singing "How Great Thou Art" and her gift moves my soul and bring tears to my eye...
Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill Song - click here :)

I hope you enjoy Carrie and Gill's gifts and remember how great you are - you are special, unique and we are waiting for YOU to share your gifts!

Live in Joy - Lisa

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Stamp Carving - How to Design YOUR Own Stamp - Mr. Sharky :)

Designing your own stamp is so much fun and rewarding!
My son just had a Fish themed birthday party so I got inspired to design Mr. Sharky for his Thank You cards!:)
Alright, so Let's Get Crafty - it's your turn to be inspired and design your own stamp!

Tools & Supplies:
SpeedBall Linoleum Cutter
Speedy-Carve Block
Ink Pad

You can buy these items at your local craft store or one of my favorite places on-line is Stampington & Company

I am feeling inspired by Halloween!!
Next Tuesday I will be creating a Frankenstein from an apple sauce container.
I hope you join me Tuesday Oct. 11 and share your Halloween character creation via the Let's Get Crafty Flickr group!!

Happy Crafting - Lisa

Monday, October 3, 2011

Change is the Journey

Nothing ever is, but all things are becoming....
All things are the offspring of flux and motion.
     - Socrates

Change is a part of our lives, it takes acceptance and courage to often make it through..:) Each of these experiences or changes helps us to become a better and more aware person..although I must admit..I was not thinking about how this would make me a better person when I was deep within the moment of change......

Here are a few of my changes which have required acceptance and courage in my life:

  • Moving from England at a young age and leaving my family, friends and all that I knew
  • Leaving a 10 year relationship so I could be true to me and honor my spirit
  • Being laid off from a job and starting my own business
  • Having faith and trust that my husband would return safely from war
  • Becoming a mother and allowing my child to leap and grow ..discovering his own journey

Sharing allows others to know they are not alone...what are some of your changes taking place in your life?