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

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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/

Jomama is going to the Emmy’s!

Follow the ICE Queen to the 2013 Emmys

Myself and the rest of the Ice Resin® design team members were asked to make 5 bracelets to be given to this year’s Emmy nominees. I am so excited to have the opportunity to have my designs submitted for this!

My goodie box arrived today (and of course i tore in!)

In the meantime, I have already been working away…

This is just the start of my creative journey along the road to the Emmy’s. Please continue to follow along and watch as my excitement grows!

Peace, Jomama

Fun at Anthropologie hosted by AG Jeans

Thursday night crafting event @ Anthropologie in Aventura hosted by AG Jeans. AG is an eco minded company using Ozone technology and is made in Los Angeles (Yay to made in the USA).It was a fun night spent decorating AG tote bags with fabric and jewels which were recycled damaged items from Anthro. We talked and made new friends (and drank champagne 🙂 A good time was had by all. Thank you AG & Anthro!

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Playing with resin

Being part of the Ice Resin® mixed media team is fun AND challenging for me. I’m being pushed creatively and I have committed to submit 2 projects a month, so I’ve been motivated too! (I can’t disappoint my team members!) This is my latest submission~ a faux cork bottle topper. Go on, click, take a closer look…

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faux cork resin bottle topper
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Many hats

In my world, things sometimes happen in an unexplained  sequence. I wear many hats and I think I wear most of them well.  As a Indie business owner and jewelry designer, I am my photographer, web designer, graphic designer, production line, social media, etc.  I’ll  hammer metal at 8 am and pour resin at midnight. I’ll blog from a waiting room and design business cards from my laptop. This is how I operate and also how I keep from being bored.

Lately though, I just want to get my hands dirty, I want to make things. Lots of things. My new found love for working with metal, particularly recycled metal, has been so exciting! I recycle, repurpose, and have an eye like a hawk for found objects. I brought home a suitcase full of rocks from Seattle which will eventually be rings and necklaces.

So, the question is, which hat will I wear today? Don’t get me wrong, I love hats, but somedays, I’d like to retire a few…

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Feeling bored, dying to create

Sometimes you find yourself in a situation you cannot change. But that doesn’t mean your mind can’t dream.
Today I find myself bored (which almost NEVER happens)  and my mind wanders to my workbench…all that metal, stone, fabric and inspitation, and there’s nothing I can do about it. But the way I see it, I’ll appreciate it that much more when we meet again. So for now, I’ll sketch in my mind… Stay tuned
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