Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Don't Miss The Prim Nest Premiere!

psssst....there is a cool new site that is launching March 1st!

The Prim Nest
a gathering of Primitive, Folk Art and Vintage Artists helping to feather your nest

we are proud, new members and can't wait for it to open
It is going to be fabulous!

so mark your calendars, spread the word...and in the meantime...
join their newsletter
and read their blog

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


just wanted to share info about a wonderful new book...The Elemental Journal by Tammy Kushnir, published by North Light books.  We are pleased to see some of the projects within the book include supplies from our shoppe NavelJelly Studios!!  :)

This book shows the reader how to not only save money but the environment as well by learning to use what is around them. The projects included focus on various materials such as : metal, wood, plastic, paper, and fabric.  Such items as worn bathroom towels and clothing tags take on a  whole new meaning.  Contributors include: Karen Michel, Kristen Robinson, Jen Osborn, Sarah Fishburn, Gerri Newfry, Susan Tuttle, Jill K. Berry, Judith Hoffman, and Tonia Davenport.  Come  see what masterpiece you can create!

It is fabulous!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hanging Around

We are pleased to offer our first in a series of Limited Edition Kits. Using a mix of unique, vintage found objects and NJS designs, our Limited Edition Kits are sure to jumpstart your creativity.  Very limited...when they are gone, they are gone - get 'em while you can!

"Hanging Around" - an art doll make-do
Make this adorable art doll make-do from vintage found objects and our exclusive designs. Included in the kit: Vintage silverplate fork, old nails, pre-drilled vintage wood stamp, candle-cup base, small asst buttons & fiber, little dress cut from chipboard, wax texture paper, vintage image, admit one card and complete instructions. While Supplies Last - No Backorders.  **note: kit does not include jewelry and trinkets shown in sample photo

This art doll make-do is created from some funky found objects, a sweet little dress and one of our vintage images.  Perfect for holding jewelry, little notes & trinkets, or just cool decoration for your home or studio - this girl likes to hang around!  Kit includes all materials and complete instructions - you provide glues, paints & your creativity!

Very Limited
$28.00 ea + S&H
First Come, First Serve

Stay Tuned...more whimsical Limited Edition Kits are in the works!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

a winter love story

Every winter,
When the great Sun has turned his face away,
The Earth goes down into a vale of grief,
And fasts, and weeps, and shrouds herself in sables,
Leaving her wedding-garlands to decay -
Then leaps in spring to his returning kisses.
~Charles Kingsley

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

what makes a home

last project from the holiday season catch-up...

this was a homemade gift for my mom - she had requested a piece of art from her children for her newly renovated snuggery (a den of sorts with a much more poetic name :)

this was a collaboration between my hubbie and I
it was very difficult to capture the subtle paint colors and textures with photos - unfortunately it looks much darker/grungier than it is in person...but you get the idea

textures and glazes in paint, simple found objects and collage

combined to represent the simple pleasures that reminded us of home

simple compositions and groupings of common objects sometimes make the most impact

it is very large - the substrate is an old barn board - hubbie and I had a really nice time creating this together
I don't get a chance to work large very often so this was a wonderful treat - working in different scales is a great way to challenge your artistic self

and mom was tickled with the result - which is the best part of all

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