Wearing Art: Awesome Jewelry

Not only can you display your art, but you can wear it as well.  I am a jewelry freak and love not only looking at it, but buying it as well.  My taste go from yellow gold bling, to silver with turquoise, blank onyx, and opals.  I have it all depending on my mood.  I have found several sites where I can lurk and shop.  Here is just some of them:

Emerging Creatively Jewelry (Kimberlie Kohler) Facebook

Dishfunctional Designs - broken china jewelry, repurposed crafts and art

Boo Dazzle Boutique (Facebook) - skull cameos on charms, rings, earrings and hair clips

Trash City Beads (Facebook) - jewelry made from strands of beads, http://www.trashcity.com/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/JanEleven - lots of bling and vintage rings

https://www.etsy.com/shop/martymagic - unique handmade jewelry

https://www.etsy.com/shop/HapaGirls - silver and copper handmade wearable art

https://www.etsy.com/shop/mabergadesigns - glass bead jewelry

https://www.etsy.com/shop/JessicaKlaaren - unique artisan jewelry

https://www.etsy.com/shop/evelynpelati - vintage inspired artisan jewelry

**There are many, many more Etsy shops and other sites where one-of-a-kind jewelry can be found.

They're Creepy and Spooky Artists

Tom Deadstuff's early work.

They're creepy and they're spooky, also very talented.  This group of artists will amaze you with their one-of-a-kind works of art.  The materials they use are as numerous as their wide variety of creepy, bizarre and spooky characters they bring to life.  Check them out:

Tom Deadstuff - I had the pleasure of meeting him a few years ago at Phoenix FearCon.  He blew me away with his sculptures which were made out of raw and found materials.  His work has gotten even better and more amazing since I first met him.
Facebook - Tom Deadstuff Artist

Adeles SpOOky Art - Wonderful little spooky creations.

Jeremy Hawkins - From his retro zombie, horror and other designs, there seems to be no end to his talents.

Cullan Hudson - Check out his Kreepy Girl Designs and other art work.
Kreepy Girl Designs - Facebook

More outstanding creepy and horror artists and the sites you can find their work:
Philip Hynes Sculpts - Facebook
Back From the Grave - Facebook

Amazing Photography

I am not a professional photographer, but I do enjoy taking pictures especially of abandoned places.  I display many of my pictures on my Southwest Abandoned Places Facebook page to share with others.  (Be sure to check it out and click the "like" button).  I follow many photography Facebook pages and blogs. These individuals blow me away with their amazing photos.  Here are some of my favorites:

By the Canon Viewfinder - http://bythecanonviewfinder.blogspot.com/
Lost America - http://lostamerica.com/
Scottsdale Daily Photo - http://scottsdaledp.blogspot.com/
Phoenix Daily Photo - http://phxdp.blogspot.com/
Arctic View - http://akelaine.blogspot.com/

Facebook pages (click their "like" buttons, they are worth it):

Cryptic and Bigfoot Artists

I am totally amazed on the exceptionable drawings, paintings and sculptures of cryptic and other creatures. There are many out there.  Here are some that I follow:

I follow a couple of his Facebook pages.  He not only does real-looking animal sculptures, but Bigfoot ones as well.  Check out this talented man's work:
Bigfoot Sculptures - Facebook
Bigfoot Sculptures - Etsy

"A place to buy various sculptures, figurines of Sasquatch (Bigfoot), yetis and more."

Jason Shanaman Animal Sculpture - Facebook

On this Facebook page and Etsy shop, you can find sculptures of reptiles and the great apes (Orangutans, gorillas, bearded dragons, Uomastyx, geckos, and many more...)

THOMAS FINLEY:  (Facebook)

What can I say about this incredibly amazing artist.  I love all of his cryptic art, especially his many pictures of Bigfoot.  He has designed the art for book covers, T-shirts, and postcards.  His creations takes you on a wonderful experience of the unknown through his perplexing and colorful art.

Here are a couple of pages with creature and cryptic art found in various Etsy shops.
Etsy Creature Art
Etsy Cryptic Art

Decorating With Junk and Antiques

I love decorating with junk and antiques.  I can spend hours wandering around antique stores, hobby stores and flea markets.  I can take an object, see it for what it is, and what it can be.  Items with an interesting history are the best finds.  If there is a show on TV or a website with great ideas on refurbishing items (junk and antiques), I will be watching the show or lurking on their sites.  Here are some of the ones I check out the most:

JUNK GYPSIES:  Amie and Jolie Sikes
These sisters are from Round Top, Texas and refer to it as "Gypsyville".  They do a whole lot of decorating with junk and other finds while rummaging around their favorite sites.  Along with their family, these ladies will tell you that they "believe in ripped jeans, hard work, and glitter".  I am proud to say that I am a Junk Gypsy too!

As they say on their website, "We believe every man’s trash is truly our treasure, junking is a way of life, and garage sales are our Rodeo Drive. We’d rather be at a flea-market collecting chippy-peely castoffs than anywhere else. It’s not just what we do, it’s who we are.

We are the JUNK GYPSY COMPANY, Purveyors of the World’s finest JuNK, bringing you goods that are everything we are - a little bit hippie, a little bit rock n’ roll, a little bit southern-fried, and a whole lot of GYpSy-fide!  To all of you....WELCoME HOME!"

Lara Spencer seems to do it all.  She can be found on ABC's Good Morning America, but on HGTV and GAC turning trash into treasure and cool decorations.  Her show, Flea Market Flip, pins two teams armed with $500 and a "flip list" to wander through a flea market looking for items to fulfill their lists.  Then with a good imagination and in only one day, they must re-invent those items and flip them the next day for money.  The team who makes the most money wins a cash prize.  I love watching the creativity of each teams efforts to make amazing home decorating items and/or useful furniture.  Another show of hers that I enjoy watching is "I Break for Yard Sales".
Flea Market Flip - HGTV
Flea Market Flip - GAC

AMERICAN PICKERS:  Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz
I just love watching these two men traveling across America and looking for junk to recycle.  They make their living by finding old antiques and restoring them for sale.  These American Pickers love to dig through people's junk and hearing the interesting stories that come along with each item.  Sometimes it can get a little hairy when the owners don't want the boys on their land, but they press on to find other "hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and barns".  Check them out and join them in their quest to find the best junk in America.

FACEBOOK FAVS:  These are a couple of Facebook pages I follow that have great junk/antique decorating ideas:
Repurposed Things
Country Craft House

**A couple of the local antique malls I frequent in and around the Phoenix, AZ area:
BRASS ARMADILLO ANTIQUE MALL:  http://www.brassarmadillo.com/
MERCHANT SQUARE ANTIQUES AND MARKETPLACE: http://www.merchantsquareantiques.com/

HOBBY LOBBY:  If you haven't been to this hobby store, you should check it out.  They have tons of decorating ideas and materials to make whatever craft project you can think of: