My new adventure... Alteres Denuo!

Hey, everybody! I'm back but just for a bit... I have started a new journey by opening a new "business" called Alteres Denuo! You can still reach this blog via www.artfullivingonthebluff.blogspot.com - I'm keeping it up for old time's sake  :)

All other roads now lead to my new blog and site - you can reach it via www.CindyCaraway.com or www.AlteresDenuo.com. Visit and find out everything you need to know here: http://alteresdenuo.blogspot.com/2014/04/welcome-to-my-world-alteres-denuo-by.html

And please visit my new Etsy shop at www.AlteresDenuo.etsy.com


See you again soon!

So, this post is to let everyone know that I am going to be discontinuing this blog - at least for a while. I have some major re-organizing to do where my business(es) is (are) concerned. I'll be sure to let you know how and where to find me in the near future - so don't "unfollow" me quite yet, please! I'll post here when I get my ducks in a row, poop in a group, etc...
Cheers to you and see you soon!


The Latest Experiment... Altered Clothing

Anyway, I guess that's what you call it! I'm not exactly just altering an existing piece of clothing, I'm experimenting with combining 2 or more pieces of clothing to create something new and completely unique.

 So... I started with a sweater vest and one of those graphic Ts with 3/4 sleeves. The sleeves of the shirt became sleeves on the vest and the body of the shirt became the "tail". Feeling it needed a little more dressing up, I trimmed it in vintage embroidered trim. The closures are actually necklace clasps and then I fancied up the neckline with gold metallic buttons and flowers made from the left-over fabric of the T-shirt.

This is just an experiment, of sorts, but I would love to hear what you think of it, in general. The combination of prints and colors may be a bit much for some but I wanted it to be feel gypsy-like or bohemian, slightly ethnic or tribal or... well... something like that! I'm thinking about making the "tail" less square - possibly going from short in front to long in back and ruffling the hem like I did on the sleeves. Hmm... that might be a nice alteration...

Anyway, feel free to leave comments and be nice - this is my first crack at this sort of thing! :)
Thanks for stopping!


Necklace re-make - LOVE IT!!

A woman who owns a few of my pieces of jewelry had a favorite necklace litterally fall apart while shopping one day. It was NOT one of the necklaces she bought from me but it was a gift from her son that she dearly loved. Unfortunately, one of the focal beads - a small turquoise bear fetish - was lost. She asked if I could repair/re-make her necklace and I was happy to give it a try.

What I received was a standing bear fetish, a small turquoise bear fetish, some silver beads and what was left of a strand of black dyed coconut heishi. I really wish I had taken a picture before I started but I didn't (*dang*). But here is the finished piece - I'm really quite proud of it!

Added from my stash were silver rounds, turquoise rounds, small sterling spacers, sterling studded rondelles, glass seed beads and some dyed bone hairpipe beads. What looks like a tiered necklace is actually two separate necklaces that can be worn together or alone.

I designed a clever clasp configuration to make it possible to not only wear the necklaces separately or together but the length can also be adjusted, if desired.

Here's a close-up of the bear fetish beads...

Anyway, I hope she will love it because I think it's FABULOUS! :)
Let me know what you think...


"Trees" Exhibit Opening Tomorrow Night!

Here in Dubuque we have a great little art gallery called "Outside The Lines" located in the historic Cable Car Square on Bluff Street. A group exhibit entitled simply "Trees" is opening tomorrow night and will feature the work of 24 local and near-regional artists (myself included!). If you live in the area, stop by tomorrow evening (Jan 3rd) between 7-9pm for the opening reception - I promise it will be great fun and the art is super! You may even find the need to buy something...  :)



Chinese Lantern - A New Woven Neckpiece

The holiday season seems so busy for me this year - not that it actually IS busier than usual, it just seems that way! I was beginning to wonder if I would ever finish the necklace project I had started a couple of weeks ago. But I did, finally, almost, last night... it is still lacking a neck strap and so not entirely "finished" but we're getting there.

For now, I am calling this piece "Chinese Lantern" as the inspiration came from a bright red, embroidered silk jacket I have and then from the lovely vintage necklace pendant once for sale in my vintage shop on Etsy - it never sold and I was secretly glad of that! Originally, It had some faux pearl drops but I replaced them with freshwater pearls, gold-plated chain fringe and gold-plated bead caps. Matching earrings are in the making, as well. A more exotic moniker may come to me and the name will change but for now... it's "Chinese Lantern".

Here are a couple of photos I wanted to share - more to follow... Please feel free to comment - I would love to know what you think! :)


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