Sunday, May 24, 2015

Rising from the Dead and playing catch up

photo copyright 2013 Barbe Saint John

We both got a flu.. well more than a flu, a nasty zombie apocalypse, biological warfare strength VIRUS is closer to the truth. Rob who never get sick has been sick for going on 3 weeks now. Mine turned into a nasty respiratory infection within days. Sadly, crappy doctors would not give me antibiotics until a week had passed. I literally have never been in so much pain in my life. But 5 days in and the meds are finally kicking this virus's butt and I'm feeling better.

I am out of bed and trying to catch up on 2 weeks of being comatose.When you are self employed and don't work for two weeks-you don't make money. I've been in the studio yesterday and today, trying to do some catch up because bills don't care if you are sick. 

Illuminating Eye with Garnet Nickel Silver Planchette Necklace

I had more than a handful of people ask for planchette necklaces with gemstones so I made some. As is typical in social media market though, no one actually followed through on purchasing the pendants. These are now available in the Spectral Etsy Shop. 

Delicate Etched Nickel Silver Planchette with Amazonite by Spectral
I have also been asked to make them in sterling. I can and if you are interested, they will start at $90 and require a non refundable deposit. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Ouija Board

photo copyright 2015Talking Board Society Inc. 

OuijaCon is happening this weekend in beautiful Baltimore. Sadly, I won't be attending but my Ouija and Planchette necklaces will be there! Rosemary Ellen Guiley will be wearing her necklace and Nora Custer Designs will have a small selection for sale as well. If you want to get one there, stop by and see Nora first thing!!!
Talking Board Pendants and Planchettes by Spectral™

What is OuijaCon you ask? OuijaCon is the Talking Board Historical Society Inc.'s inaugural event . They will be celebrating the history and legend of the Ouija board with some of the worlds foremost authorities. There will be lectures, workshops, a temporary museum, vendors and the chance to converse with other talking board enthusiasts. Guests include Robert Murch, Chip Coffey, John Zaffis, Rosemary Ellen Guiley, and many more!

Find out more about the events and pricing on the OuijaCon event page. You can buy a one day pass that gives you access to everything happening that day.

Artsy Clothes Patterns for Artsy Ladies

New Vogue Sewing Patterns were released a few days ago. While some people are really HATING on them, I find myself loving the avant garde influences. So much so I'm putting ALL of these on my pattern wish list! 

First up is this super elegant top/skirt pattern Vogue 1451 by Donna Karan
This is a real statement outfit, perfect for a gallery opening. I am so in love with the uneven mermaid flare skirt and the asymmetrical top.  I think this would look great on all sizes, and it's first on my "to buy" list.

This is on the "maybe" list. While I LOVE this sundress Vogue 1446 by Rebecca Taylor, I know sewing all those pintucks would drive me batty!! And check out the gorgeous back!!!

  Regardless of the pintucks and all that piecing in the back, I am lusting after it and what to try it! LOL

This pretty one is Very Easy by Vogue, Vogue 9100. It's the perfect retro sun dress.
I love this because not only is it Very Easy, it includes separate pattern pieces for A-D cups!!! No need to do a massive FBA on this lovely dress. And I LOVE this fabric, wish I could find it too!

I LOVE the top in this Sandra Betzina Pattern Vogue 1452
The pattern includes palazzo pants as shown. Not so sure I like the combo together, but I would like to try the pants pattern as well in a plain fabric. 

I also love the simplicity of this 20's inspired dress V9102
The dress has a slim version as well as this one with godets. I have three or four small pieces of vintage border print fabric that I've been saving. They are too small for a dress but would perfect as godets. Also, I LOVE the perfect chevron piecing on this, and want to try this as well. 

During the MANY summer days here when it's too danged hot and humid to wear clothes, (no central air in our house, UGH!) I think this lovely flowy tunic dress V9107 in silk would be perfect.

Last but certainly not least, is this Marcia Tilton V9112 Miyake inspired tent dress. 

I love the 60's style funnel neck, I love the piecing, the shaped hemline and the way it flares. I'm NOT so sure it would look as cute as a dress on someone my size, but this length on me is a tunic. I can do tunic. 

I love buying patterns but never seem to have the fabric I want. I really need to go to NYC for a couple of days and shop.  I miss Discount Fabrics in San Francisco, they had EVERYTHING. My only options here are Joann and Walmart, boohoo. 

What's on your Spring/Summer sewing list?

Sunday, March 01, 2015


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Winter, Winter Go AWAY!

Winters here have been horrible on my health.  I've been having a lot of sinus problems this year and the drastic ups and downs of the weather haven't helped. I've had a sinus infection at least three times and got antibiotic twice that didn't fix the problem.  I've been keeping it at bay by using a Neti pot and couple of drops of diluted food grade peroxide and babyshampoo. Yes it has been helping, believe it or not! (google for more info)

So while using a Neti pot keeps the nasty mucous stuff to a minimum, I still get horrible sinus headaches and pain when the barometric pressure changes. Last night was one of those night. Desperate for relief from the "brain being attacked with an icepick" sinus pain, I googled DIY pocket warmer/bed buddies type crafts. I found this little tutorial.

Since it was a little after 3am, I didn't want to fire up the sewing machine so I went looking for 100% cotton sock. Luckily I had some so I filled it with rice and nuked it until it was warm. Then laid down in bed with it over my face. I was happy that it really helped take away the pain, enough that I could fall asleep.
Today I did a bunch of sewing including fleece socks for the hubby. I found a cute scrap of Kerry Beary fabric that was the perfect size for my sinus relief rice bag.

The only thing was the rice didn't stay warm for very long (about 15mins), so I'm wondering if flax seed or one of the other suggestions would stay warmer longer? So I looked and found a website that had done some research! It seems Flax holds the heat best. I'll be picking some flax up next time I'm at Goddess Elite!

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Sacred Love

Show someone how much you love them on Valentines Day with a one of a kind Sacred Heart necklace. Wearable art!

This fiery flaming heart necklace has brass, vintage enamel links and red red rhinestones.
Stunning one of a kind Sacred Heart  Statement Necklace

This bold and elegant devotional lovely is done in silver, blood red and pearls. 
 Sacred Heart Religious Statement Necklace

Celebrate a wild love with this rosary style necklace created with vintage red glass beads, yellow crystals and red rhinestones! 
Vintage Sacred Heart Necklace

Each necklace is unique and created with handcrafted bezels, vintage sacred heart imagery, vintage and newer beads and chain. They come in a lovely gift box, ready to surprise someone special.