Saturday, January 19, 2013

Grow Your Blog Party & Giveaway Day!

Hello! My name is Petrina and I want to welcome you to my blog.  
Today is the "Grow Your Blog" Party, hosted by Vicki at 2 Bags Full.

Grow Your Blog Party
I have been blogging since 2008 about a mish-mash of things, but mainly it's about photography, art and design. I love all things to do with creativity, even if it's just creative problem solving.  I received my first camera at the age of 14 (a Canon Snappy, for those that remember film cameras), and I haven't been without a camera since.  I have loads of photos to share in the future as well as arts and crafts. I just haven't had the time between the holidays and planning my wedding which, by the way, is TODAY! 

Yes, that's right, depending on what time you are reading this around the world, I am either getting ready for my wedding, reciting my vows, celebrating with my family and a few close friends, or zonked out in the  aftermath.  But, I couldn't pass up this opportunity to find new followers as well as find new blogs to follow. I  get so inspired by seeing all the creativity of my fellow bloggers, and I can't wait to come visit all of you. So, even though I will be otherwise occupied today, I will visit as many of your blogs as I can when all wedding craziness is over and things get back to normal.

In the meantime, please look around and stay for a spell. 

And! In the spirit of the Grow Your Blog Party, let's have a little giveaway!  
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I recently created the Thank You cards you see pictured below, and have a handful left that I'd like to pass on to you. 
Thank You Cards via

These cards were hand drawn by me and colored in Photoshop. They are printed with archival inks on textured card stock in a set of five cards with five envelopes. 
This giveaway will be open until February 1st, so please leave a comment here on this post (tell me about you or your blog), and come back to this same post on February 2nd when I will announce the winner in an update.  Please make sure you leave an email or some way for me to contact you. This giveaway is open to anyone. I will mail these to anywhere in the world. You do not have to have a blog to enter. You do not have to be a participant of the "Grow Your Blog" party. 

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Thank you for visiting!

And the winner is..... Gill from snowy England! 

Gill! I will contact you to get your mailing info! If you don't hear from me soon, please email me at petrina (@) bellaandblackstone (.) com

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

It Was A Sculpey Christmas

We still have our tree up, so that means I can continue to talk about Christmas, right?

I have been wanting to work with sculpey polymer clay for the longest time, and I finally got the nerve up. 

My family is lucky they received anything at all, because these little figurines turned out so cute, I wanted to keep them all to myself. 
polymer clay Christmas trees and snowman via

Look at those tiny camp fires, which are about the size of my fingernail. Those tents! That motorcycle!
polymer clay trees snowman tent campfire motorcycle via

And that tiny canoe. Probably my favorite thing!
polymer clay sculpey trees tents campfire canoe via

Here they are in front of the butter dish for scale. 
And those little birdies on the trees! 

I wish I dreamed up the idea for the camping items on my own, but the inspiration came from The Market Darling's precious campsites (pictured below), which I originally saw in her Etsy shop
Talk about cute overload.
via: The Market Darling

 The campsites I made were for my two brothers. One of them got the canoe, and the other got a motorcycle. Also, instead of gluing them to card stock as The Market Darling did, I had my fiance cut two slices from a cherry tree log and I hot-glued the figurines to them. Why didn't I take a picture of them? I don't know. Maybe I can get one of my brothers to take a picture for me to show you. 

My sister and mother each received a snowman, like the one above, some trees and even a gingerbread house. Why didn't I take a picture of them, either? Again, I don't know, but maybe my sister will take a picture for me to show you. hint hint! 

Oh, and also I have to show you what my sister made me for Christmas! 

We also have a few changes that are going to happen here soon, so please stay tuned!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Clay Girl

This is a special little polymer clay girl. She is about 2 inches tall. 
I will tell you more about her when she is finished.

And yes, we still have the tree up. :)

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