Happy 2017

We’re 2 weeks into a brand new year already. It’s time to implement those changes. So, what are your plans for 2017? I’ll tell you what mine are.

Those who know me know that I LOVE TO CREATE! But, am I making enough time for it? Probably not. Living a handmade life and running your own handmade jewelry business isn’t all about making. There’s lots of other stuff that takes over your time.

My plan is to set aside blocks of studio time. If necessary, I’ll even drop everything when an idea comes about (I should, right???). Now I’m not normally one to waste time, however, it does happen. So, I plan on working more efficiently and being more aware of time flying out the window.

I will also continue to implement sustainable practices into my contemporary jewelry.

There will also be education for me in 2017. I will be attending Arrowmont school of arts and crafts in Gatlinburg for the first time this summer. I’m so excited about this! Lot’s of friends have gone or taught, so I’ve heard so much about it. Can’t wait for that playtime.

I hope you’ve reflected on 2016 and are looking forward to your fresh new start. Who knows what else the year will bring, but make it count…

Peace, Jo

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Pride in America

On the 4th of July, you can’t help but feel pride in America and things made here. Personally, I think it’s extremely important for the future of our country. As I work and search for new materials, I always keep this in mind. How rewarding to know you’re part of the solution to our struggling economy. Since I don’t leave the country often, the found objects I work with are definitely made in the USA! The concrete I use and the handspun yarn I buy on Etsy are also made in the USA. Even ICE Resin is American made =) It’s really pretty easy. Sure you might pay a little more, but as an American, isn’t it worth it? I think so. Have a safe and happy 4th of July! Peace Jomama www.shopjomama.com

Spring trends 2014

Spring is here! You know what that means? Spring trends. Now I’m not trendy, never have been, but who doesn’t like a few new pieces in their wardrobe? So I like to keep an eye out. 
First up  Pantone radiant orchid. Not sure how I feel about this one, reminds me a little of Barney the dinosaur.

Heels and socks; Ok, I’ve been doing this for years and people thought I was crazy 🙂 


Tribal touches; I’m on board. Let’s just not go overboard with this please. 


Flowing pants; Now this I can dig! Soft, feminine, and no muffin top! 

Bottom line here, take what you like from the latest releases and put your own twist on it. Create your own style. Be you; don’t buy an outfit off the mannequin!
Happy spring!
Peace, Jomama

Living a creative life

The other day I was listening to TED talks about creativity. One of the speakers said that everyone copies someone. It’s called inspiration. Then, when you’re ready, your own ideas take off. There is definitely truth to this. Think about how many times you’ve seen something and made it. Then, you asked yourself, what if… What if I add this? What if I change that? And so, the creative process moves forward.

The thing about creativity is that it comes and goes. The important thing is to surround yourself with creative people and things. When you hit a block, don’t be afraid to push that project aside and then come back to it, even if months have passed. It’s like taking a vacation from it and you’ll see it in a new light!

Peace and creativity, Jomama

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AMAZING molding putty: For the love of…

This necklace was made using Amazing molding putty, concrete, pewter, resin, birch bark, leather, wire and rivets.

After making the mold with Amazing molding putty, I poured concrete into part of the mold and allowed it to cure. Next I poured molten pewter over top to fill mold. Then I attached it to the red leather heart and brown leather with rivets. It’s finished with a crochet wire chain.

For the love of…NATURE!

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Handmade Holiday’s Blog Hop

 Welcome to the 3rd annual Handmade Holiday’s Blog Hop! Aren’t handmade gifts the best?

As part of the Ice Resin design team, I was asked to participate in this blog hop. I received some fun items from Walnut Hollow and Clearsnap to work with, as well as Ice Resin. Let’s jump in!

 I started with the wooden bistro sign which I lightly sanded and applied a light coat of acrylic paint.

 

 Next I moved on to the Magic stamp. Using a heat gun and block of wood I created a wood grain stamp that I transferred to the bistro sign. The grain was then laid over the pre painted board using the Surfacez Caribbean ink. After this step, I applied torn tissue paper with decoupage for a light, transparent texture.

 

The lettering was also done using theSurfacez ink.

Next, the ampersand was painted and text applied, followed by smalll tack nails to attach. Lastly, a top coat of Ice Resin was applied to seal the deal!

  

Hope your Holidays are creative ones!

Peace, Jomama

Hop along and check out what my creative friends are up to~

November 1:

Donna Salazar Designs  http://donnasalazardesigns.blogspot.com/

Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/

Donna Salazar Designs – Mistra Hoolahan http://mistrabutterfly.blogspot.com/

100 Proof Press – Elise Durenburger http://mamacowcreations.blogspot.com/

ICE Resin – Lexi Grenzer http://iceresin.com/icequeen/

Graphic 45 – Rhea Freitag http://starrgazercreates.blogspot.com/

Clearsnap – Debbie Cole http://www.debbiecole.com

Smoothfoam – Vicki O’Dell http://www.vickiodell.com

100 Proof Press – Teresa Abajo  http://thetamarisk.blogspot.com/

Sizzix –  Amy Bowerman http://pluckingdaisies.com/

Smoothfoam – Lisa Fulmer http://lisalizalou.blogspot.com/

November 2:

Donna Salazar Designs  http://donnasalazardesigns.blogspot.com/

Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/

Graphic 45 – Romy Veul – http://scrapstuffandmore.blogspot.nl/

Clearsnap – Steph Ackerman http://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/

Sizzix – Tami Mayberry http://tamimayberry.blogspot.com/

100 Proof Press – Vicki O’Dell http://www.vickiodell.com

ICE Resin – Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com/

Donna Salazar Designs – Nadia Canizzo http://samnadia.blogspot.com/

Graphic 45 – Susan Lui  http://luv2scrap-pages.blogspot.com/

Sizzix – Lorine Mason http://lorinemason.com/blog/

Smoothfoam – Lindsay Obermeyer http://loops.typepad.com/serendipity/

Donna Salazar Designs – Tracey Sabella http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu http://meihsia.blogspot.com/

November 3:

Donna Salazar Designs  http://donnasalazardesigns.blogspot.com/

Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/

Nathalie Kalbach www.nathaliesstudio.com

Kathy Cano-Murillo http://www.craftychica.com/site/

Tanner Bell   http://www.craftteen.com

Jennifer Priest http://hydrangeahippo.com

Vicki O’Dell http://vickiodell.com/

Norma Rapko http://normarapko.blogspot.com/