Thursday, April 6, 2017

April 6, 2017 - Birds

I am on a mission to photograph the cardinal that visits my bird feeder by my family room window.  This little bird was taken at a bird sanctuary a while back.  I just love birds - watching them and listening to them sing.  I will get a great close up of Mr. Cardinal if it is the last thing I do!!! 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Random Photos and My Facebook Page

Some random photos.  I enjoy taking food photos but have to admit if they arent shot correctly can look gross. You can follow me on Facebook - Linda Hanes Art- if you would like to keep up with what I am doing. I hope to see you there!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

365 Photo Challenge

Here are some random shots I have taken since January 1st.  I am in a 365 photo challenge.  One photo a day for 365 days.  It is making me take more pictures whether it is with my phone or my digital camera. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bead Fest Philly and other stuff

What a WONDERFUL time I had at Bead Fest Philly.  I got to hang out with lots of bead friends. Of course, the time was too short. Trying to squeeze everything and everyone in is a whirlwind and exhausting.  

I took a class at BF for the first time this year.   OMGOSH!  I can't even explain what a terrific time I had in Susan Lenhart Kazmer's Resin Alchemy class. I worked from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm only stopping to get lunch and bring it back to the classroom.  I worked through lunch because I was so excited and didn't want to stop. I was on Cloud 9. 

This is the GIGANTIC resin heart bezel that I made.  There is a ton of resin in it.  I have been working with resin for a long time but I learned so many new things.  

Here's a close up.  I did multiple layers and learned how to take paper and make it transparent.  AND yes, I am wearing this super big pendant.   SLK was a great teacher. She was very generous, not only with her supplies but also with her tips and and teaching style. 

I got to complete several resin pieces and also got to play with molding clay, casting an antique lock that I will be able to use to make a resin piece down the road. 

Not only did I get to work with my favorite medium, resin, I also got to do a little metalsmithing. I hammered, annealed wire and also drew a bead on the wire making a pinhead.  I LOVED using a torch. I felt so powerful. Like I could do anything. 

The fact that I am clumsy and could torch the place is a concern here at home. I will have to have a special area that is, of course equipped with a fire extinguisher.  So on my wish list is a torch and to also do the online metalsmith classes I bought 2 or 3 years ago at Craftsy.  And possibly to pick up a fire proof suit.....

I spent most of my bead budget on supplies at the Ice Resin booth along with a copy of Resin Alchemy by SLK. I got her to autograph it. tee hee.  Available at Amazon
                                         MUCHO bezels.   

Bead swap beads and other beads.  <3>

I must say I DID NOT buy enough beads!  Seriously.  Most of the art beads I purchased were for my swap partner and to gift a friend. The beautiful beads you see here are from my swap partner plus a few that I bought or were gifted to me. 

Bead Fest was a blast. Every year I say I am going to stay closer to the venue so I can spend more time with my friends.  I am fortunate enough to live 30 mins from Oaks where BF is held but staying at a hotel with my out of the area bead friends is something I am seriously considering in the future.

I will try very hard not to wait 2 mos until my next blog post. I have lots of pictures I would like to share with you soon.  TTFN ta ta for now.  xoxo 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July Check In

Hi peeps.......summer is in full swing here at my house.  We are officially on "break".  I have taken this time to start some DIY projects around the house and continue to work on my photography skills.  

Here are some pictures I have taken recently.  I really enjoy taking floral and landscape pictures.  

And of course I like taking pictures of people.  This is my youngest son.  He is a pretty good subject when he cooperates.  :)

The next two collages are of tables I have done over the past few weeks.  This first one I painted with chalk paint. I found a recipe for making your own chalk paint at Lowe's. They also have great tips.  I googled DIY chalk paint and got many links and resources.  I watched a bunch of videos on Youtube before doing this.  Like anything it is trial and error. Chalk paint is very forgiving. 

The next piece was made out of salvaged wood.  I didn't do this project by myself. My 2nd oldest son did the wood work -- saw, nailing, etc. I would not have been able to do this without help! You can follow me on Pinterest - Linda Hanes - and look for the inspiration project on my DIY board. I had so much fun finishing this table.  My youngest son and I dinged, scratched, and scraped it to age the wood more.  The wood was pretty scratched up, but it needed nail and hammer dings for character. ;)  After lightly sanding the table I finished it with Minwax Finishing Stain and it is residing in my family room.

Now I am off to blog hop and catch up on all of the things you have all been up to lately!  TTFN ta ta for now.  xoxo  ~~Linda 

Monday, May 26, 2014


Just sharing some pictures from a recent trip to Longwood Gardens, new jewelry and my necklace that was published in Bead It Today Magazine.

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA is a GORGEOUS garden about an hour from where I live in SE PA.  I was in my happy place photographing all of the amazing plants and flowers!

I recently had some of my images and digital art made into pendants and pocket mirrors. 
 Funny Face Necklace designed by me.  Funny face pendant by Diana Ptaszynski   Glass beads by Heather Boardman   I wire wrapped funny face's "hair" with copper wire and beads and strung the pendant and glass beads on red suede.  This is my new favorite necklace. 

I had so much fun making these earrings.  Glass beads are by Heather Boardman and the polymer charms are by Staci Smith.  Wire is from Patina Queen.  

 I am in the June issue of Bead it Today Magazine.  My piece is called Filled with Memories. It is a resin piece with watch parts, a watch face, digital images from Lisa's Altered Art and vintage buttons strung on shoe string leather.  The full instructions on how to make my necklace are in this issue. The magazine is available at craft and book stores as well as online. It's a fun little magazine with beginner and advanced beginner projects.  Go check it out!!

Thanks for taking a peek.  TTFN - TA TA for now.  xoxo ~~Linda

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December is here....

Hello peeps!!  I got out this morning with my camera.  I am still working on my shooting skills.  

I am sure you are all busy with your holiday prep too.  I am working on more jewelry for my Etsy - I am working on this necklace.  It has a C-Koop bezel (I added buttons, beads and resin), Heather Powers bead and Believe Pendant by Diane Hawkey.  Check out my shop when you get a chance. There are lots of budget friendly necklaces for your gift giving needs. Free Priority Mail shipping on orders over $50.  

TTFN - ta ta for now my friends!  xoxo