Christina Parker Photography

"Preserving Time for Generations to Come"

Another Corsage Bracelet, Day 24, 365 Photo Project, ~May 22, 2011 May 22, 2011

“The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens.” ~Author Unknown

Why not feature another beauty today,  3 strands pearls, black, dark grey, and lt grey with a white corsage flower! Are you addicted yet??

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Vienna’s Birthday Party December 6, 2010

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This past weekend I got to spend a part of the day with Vienna! She will be turning five.  I have been very lucky to be a part of creating her birthday bracelet designs the past few years.  She is the only girl in a family of 4, having 3 brothers! Her mom is a great photographer and loves vintage! She had a beautiful tea party with all her friends.  They were served tea cakes, wafer cookies, pickles, raspberry tea, or juice.  The silver tea set was just so precious!! As well, as all the details that her mom put into action!  I was priviledge to be there and to be apart of this special day for Vienna.  Each guest created their own sterling silver bracelets with semi precious stones, and czech republic glass beads! They did a fabulous job, and they were the quietness and most polite young ladies, I have every seen at a birthday party! Thank you, for this opportunity!   Happy Birthday, Vienna!  

Christina

PS.  I do two types of birthday parties.  The children can make and create their own bracelet, or they can created clay beads, and with those clay beads make a sterling silver charmed bookmark.

 

Overlapping August 13, 2010

I’m definitely a person who enjoys being crafty! A few weeks ago, someone I know had a penny scrapbook sale (donations were accepted) to help raise funds towards a family that needs some extra funds for emergency medical bills! By the way…the week prior, I held a 5 days notice…non-profit jewlery sale for them and $550 was raised!  It was received with much appreciation and unbelief.

I went through my piles of scrapbook papers, and accessories and the person in charged asked if I had been scrapbooking since 2000, considering some of the papers that I had.  Actually, I started in 1994, when I was invited to a “Creative Memories” party.  Which, I’m proud to say I didn’t ever host one.    I almost got sucked into selling tupperware years ago.   I  also am very proud of myself, that I can say, I can walk  into a scrapbook store, and leave without hardly spending a dime!  I go in with what I need, and don’t come out with what I want.   

My crafty ideas surely overlap! In 1987, I learned to cross-stitch and create my own designs.     This I did for competitons, and magazine recognizations.  I loved to embellished, so I got into adding accessoires, such as buttons, metallic fibres, and then beads.  To spare the cost the of framing, I did smaller projects such as bibs, bookmarks, wall hangings, and blankets, so I found myself in the fabric section, buying material.  Even after my first cross stitch contest that I won, for “Crafting Traditons”, I redesigned and sewed  my own reversible child’s dress, for additional contest through their magazine, although I didn’t win.   I did my last Cross stitch competition in 2000.  Still doing scrapbooks and then into cardmaking, I also created a blue jean quilt out of hundreds of squares of worn out blue jeans, and made some “I Spy” quilts.   A toteful of blue jeans and squares still sitting about 10 years, I have aspirations of making another one!  I now, try not to keep any more jeans….Although, I was wise enough just last year, to donate all the material that was given to me when I made those “I spy” quilts’, to someone else who does make them!   I also made a few “I spy” bean bags  for the speech therapist at the hospital, so children could find all the objects that started with the letter “f”.

 Then I picked up making jewelery.  I dabbled around in making clay beads.  It’s harder than it looks, and wasn’t worth my time to make it worth my effort..although I have such cute beads!     I was told that I never stick to one craft long enough, and how long would a business really last.  Really?? Seriously….I think my crafts overlap everywhere I go! I put the clay down, but since June of this year, I have rediscovered how fun it can be with the right age of children!  I had the opportunity to host another birthday party for a same group of girls, 3 years later, who wanted a new project from me, and out came those beads and were used to make a clever bookmark!

I totally overlap! Yesterday, I walk into a rare hobby store that I sometimes visit, and chuckle to myself.  I’m in the cake decorating aisle.   I really should take up cake decorating, if I’m buying products from this department, but don’t know how to decorate a cake.     Then I go to a jewelry supply store, and think, “now, I’m in chemistry class”…glass beakers, kilns, flame distinguishers!

I walk into a craft store, and if you think I’m buying flowers for a bridal arrangement, I’m probably buying them to make them into a card, or for hair accessories.   If I walk into the scrapbook department, I’m not using it for scrapbooking, I’m using it for advertizements, mounting earrings, or even in some jewelry pieces.   If I’m in the baking department…I’m probably buying a cutter, where I can use it for clay.  I have a warp sense of looking at things.  When I walk into Winners (or a Ross/TJ Maxx in the US)…and look at decorative pieces…I see it in how I could use this in a jewelry display!  Even when I don’t think I need anything more!!

I also have picked up taking photography, to improve my jewelry shots.  I’m not aiming to be the next family photographer, as I like to work at my own pace!  But…once again, I’m overlapping! I love contests, and so far have won 2  community newsletters front pages, and a 2nd place in a real estate magazine.   So…who knows where this will all end up….but I do want to settle on reducing my jewelry compoments of feeling that I need to have everything that comes with it!  Other creative jewelry  ideas, that I’m always experimenting and trying my hand in…such as the fork…that actually is a bracelet, dominos into  pendants, interchangeable pendants, vintage typewriter keys into a bracelets, bamboo into pendants, scrabble tiles into pendants, and now this weeks experiment….back to precious metal clay! 

And you just thought, that those sections in the store where for those type of people that like that craft!   I like scrapquilting, beadstitching, clayplaying, jewelgraphy….

Christina

 

Timeless jewelry May 31, 2010

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Recently, I heard a good statement from Dr. David Weiman, we all have tons of jewelry, why would we want anymore! But, when us the creators, make jewelry, do we realize that we aren’t just making it for the buyer, but for the generations that may wear the piece of jewelry, as it gets passed down….So of course, we need more jewelry, we need it to surpass all the trends throughout the generations.  Wow, that made me want to make sure I continue to put pride, quality, durability, and uniqueness into each of my pieces so generations can wear it!  I better start creating and make some timeless creations! I just got a Dremel, so now I can continue in the next step in polishing fork bracelets…although, I may stop off at the kitchen for a bite to eat before I get started……..oh yeah…chunky necklace season is coming up!

By the way…for great jewelry advice, from Dr. David Weiman and Rena Klingenberg’s  I have invested in their e-books, and they have helped me tremendously!! They are well worth the money!

PS…my speciality ordered bracelets (I designed what kinds of stones were to be together and style of bracelet) they were made across the seas and have now arrived!!

Christina

 

Beautiful Lampwork, sad to see it go! November 13, 2009

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pansy lampwork amethyst swarovski Here is a picture of  a piece I designed awhile ago.  It features the lampwork glass beads, that were create by Michelle Schomberg, Check out “Bousky Arts” on Etsy.   It was years ago, before Etsy that I discovered her elsewhere and got these pretty babies!! This Sterling Silver bracelet features amethyst, with Swarovski crystals, and seed beads.  It found it’s own home this week, and I’m so glad that it will be loved and cherished.  Although, I will miss having it as a special piece of display.  Michelle claims she has no idea what the flowers will look like until morning after they come out of the kiln.  She has created other pieces, with cubic zirconia’s embedded right into the flower blossom.  Beautiful and amazing!  The process continues…the one artist that creates the beads I can’t, and another one (me) who can visualize it, and assemble it!  Now, to find some more!! Christina