Featured Artist: Michelle Shearer – WireMoonJewelry

Today I’d like to introduce Michelle Shearer from WireMoonJewelry! Her Etsy shop features handmade wire wrapped jewelry with natural stones. I love the Native American inspiration found in her work, and the detail in her pieces is stunning! Without further ado, here’s Michelle:


Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a college student in Califonia trying to make a living with art. I am a huge crystal and stone nerd, with a collection that is overtaking my bedroom! I have a small cat, Hex, who is basically my child, and I live with my creative parents and sisters, in a crazy household of seven!

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Dream Catcher Pair of Earrings

How did you become interested in creating?

My creative story all begins when I was little, with blond pig tales, sitting with my mom at a table and making small kiddie crafts. My mom knew that I needed to keep my ADHD hands on something to keep me still, so she showed me the world of crafting. Without knowing it, crafting and creating became a part of my everyday life. We experimented with different materials like paper, metal, paints, and clay. I was slowly becoming a Jack-of-All-Trades. I have also had a strong love for science. I was very interested in geology and the beauty of crystals and gemstones. Not until I was in high school, I mixed the two together. Bringing both beloved crystals and art together to make wire wrapped jewelry and sculptures.

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Wire Wrapped Pendant Necklace

What is your inspiration?

My inspiration is often nature. To me, crystals and stones are some of the most beautiful things in the world. I needed a way to show off my stunning crystal collection and discovered wire wrapping. I am also fascinated with native American culture and lore. Another thing that inspires me is the idea that I can make a living doing this. Every time I dream of living on my own and being able to support myself creating art, I can’t help but get up and make a new piece of jewelry!

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Snowflake Obsidian Necklace

What is your favorite piece you’ve made and why?

My favorite piece I have ever made is my copper and snowflake obsidian necklace. I love this piece so much, because I just adore snowflake obsidian, and in my opinion, this is my best piece yet. I put a lot of hard work and detail into this necklace, and sure was it worth it! I sold it to a close family friend, and I know it is well taken care of!

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MAKING INEXPENSIVE ART FROM A POSTER

Hi, y’all! It’s been a little bit since I’ve posted last. About a week ago I pulled my back and sort of fell in an I’m-too-scared-to-do-anything-that-might-reinjure-myself slump. The laundry room makeover was going well up until that happened, so now I’m taking a break from anything too strenuous (i.e., painting cramped spaces and moving washers and dryers).

In the mean time, MJ and I went on a trip to Hobby Lobby and I happened upon this funky piece of art:

I might not have given this a second glance if I hadn’t found this cool print on Etsy (Geode Print by Capricorn Press) a few weeks ago.

I fell in love with this print as soon as I saw it, but I was worried it was too big for our living room. But when I found this geode print at Hobby Lobby for $24.99 (and half off!) I knew it was a keeper! It even matches our color scheme perfectly!

The print has so many cool rocks on it, so I decided to cut it into pieces and create a set of matching art pieces. I hopped over to Ikea and picked up these Ribba shadow box frames. I just made two for now, but I’m thinking I might do four eventually and place them in our dining room.


First, I took the mat out and moved it around the print to pick the best pieces of the picture. I ended up going with the two on the left.


Next I mapped out the section I wanted, flipped the poster over and used the mat as a guide to draw a square on the back of the print. I added about a quarter of an inch when I cut it out.


Last I used a scrapbook double-sided tape roller along the edges on the back side of the mat and then firmly pressed the poster on the back.


And voila! Easy peasy artwork. Here it it hanging on the right side of our fireplace.


And here’s the second one I made on the other side.


I’m saving the remaining bits of the picture in case I decide to make the other two and create my gallery.


This was such a quick and easy project that took only about 20 minutes. Oh, and here’s the break down of this simple craft:

Geode Print: 50% off $24.99 divided by four pieces – $3.12
Ikea Ribba Shadow Box – $14.99
Total – $18.11

Adding Interest and Dimension to Your Walls

It’s only Tuesday but so much has happened in the week already. The laundry room mini makeover is starting to take shape (photos will be up later this week fingers crossed), I’ve jotted down lots of ideas for the living room, and have been on a shopping frenzy for inexpensive organizers. One thing I’ve been looking into for our living room and possibly our downstairs bath is making over the walls. Even if it’s just an accent, I’d love to add some depth and interest.

Shiplap has become such a big trend over the past several years, if you’re into the whole farmhouse thing. What’s funny to me is that paneling is such a dated decorating no-no. But flip those wall slats 90 degrees and suddenly it’s trendy! I’m not here to judge. 🙂

Some ideas I’m considering for around the house…

SHIPLAP

7-19-16 Stained Shiplap

The Inspired Room

7-19-16 Shiplap

Little House of Four

CORK BOARD

7-19-16 Cork Board Wall

Blog Lovin’

BRICK/STONE

7-19-16 Brick Wall

The Inspired Room

WALLPAPER

7-19-16 Beadboard and Wallpapers

Jamie Keskin

7-19-16 Beadboard and Wallpaper 2

Making It In Mountains

7-19-16 Wallpaper

The Glitter Guide

OVERSIZED ART

7-19-16 Minimalistic Gallery

Indeed Decor

7-19-16 Oversized Artwork

Luxe Source

Unorganized Laundry Room – Before

7-17-16 Laundry Room Doors

You may have noticed in my house tour that I’ve strategically photographed only one side of the kitchen. Well, here it goes. I give you a “real talk” photo of the empty, unfinished, catch-all side of our kitchen.

There’s enough room for a small table in the bay window, but the problem is there are 3 doors and a pair of bi-fold doors leading to the laundry room.

7-17-16 Laundry Room and Breakfast Nook Layout

Here’s a not-to-scale image of how many doors we have back there! I hope to one day find a table solution for back there, but for now I’m going to focus on the scary lack of organization going on in the laundry closet.

7-17-16 Bifold Laundry Room Doors

You can see to the right, there’s junk piled up which reminds me of something else I should share. We have zero storage closets downstairs. Yep. Not even a coat closet. There’s a small pantry in the kitchen but obviously we use that for food. Which brings me to…

7-17-16 Laundry Room Cabinets Before

…the two cabinets above our washer and dryer. Cue the horror music sounds. Literally everything we want out of sight gets tossed carelessly on one of these shelves. The bottom left shelf is (mostly) cleaning supplies and detergent, and basically everything else on these shelves is non-sensical.

7-17-16 Nailed Broom and Mops

On the left wall, I drilled in a few screws to hang up our broom and mops.

7-17-16 Empty Cabinets Laundry Room

Just emptying these shelves gave me a sense of relief. I’m determined not to re-load them until I have a better grip on the junk and a storage system in place.

7-17-16 Laundry Room Idea 1

Pottery Barn

I would love for this little nook to wind up looking like this. But this might be a little too frilly.

7-17-16 Laundry Room Idea 2

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