Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Candy Cane Rice Crispy Squares I made last night :)

I hope all my friends and supporters have a Wonderful and Merry Christmas!

Here in Calgary it's 5 degrees celcius outside! I want to wash my car! I had zero days off from work leading up to Christmas, Working Tuesday through Friday (9-6) and Saturday, Christmas eve (9-4). I really wished to have some time off to do errands, shop and prepare for Christmas, so it's been stressful trying to get all the orders completed as well as do my own personal things! Lots of friends to see as well. Life is good, and it's the most festive Christmas I've had in years. Kyle's place is looking so nice, we put up our own lights, a tree and the presents underneath are taking over the living room!

Doctor Who Jewelry, Timey Wimey

A special order for a friend. Doctor Who Themed Matching pair of necklaces for herself and the other as a gift. All Sterling silver.

Edit: She gave the gift to her friend and she loved it!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Artist at Work

Hey! I feel a bit drowned under my desk these days. A lot of late nights and projects on the go. Thank you all for the support and love towards what I do! Etsy is busy and so is the day job. I can't wait for the Christmas break (Dec 25- New year) where I can re-energize and more importantly RELAX.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween Round-up: Duffgirl, Zombie Vomit and Mario

Duff Girl!!! Oooooh Yeah!

Hope you all had a great Halloween! It has become one of my most anticipated non-stat holiday of the year, mostly credited to my friend Wayne's annual house parties! This year his party was on Oct. 29th, the Saturday before Halloween day. Nice friends and lovely desserts that Wayne always makes, I am inspired to bring a Halloween themed treat to share at the party as well! Enter: Zombie Vomit, recipe courtesy of DearAnge.

Zombie Vomit: If you want to do the two tone, two flavour that I did, the day before make grape jello. Add chopped grapes if you like. For zombie vomit green portion: get lime jello, mix with the boiling water, while hot, whisk in some sour cream to create the opaque green color!!! Add chopped maraschino cherries, crushed pineapple from a can (strain out the liquid first) and any other fruits to your liking, (just do not use fresh pineapple, as the jello will not set). Add slightly less amount of the cold water (with jello you use even parts hot and then cold water usually), to make it a bit thicker than regular jello. Ange created hers with a jelly mold. I love this recipe and it was easy to eat for guests in the portioned clear cups! Tasted really good too.

For my costume, I was Duffgirl, a take off of Duffman from the Simpsons! I personally hate beer but I really like the character. I put together the costume from: Value Village for the top, new leggings and cape also from VV, the red hat from Lids in Chinook Center, the belt was used from Divine off 17th ave, the socks from Sears kids section. The large white duff labels I made on the computer and printed onto sticker paper. The can labels I printed onto regular paper and made sleeves to slip onto the cans. My boyfriend helped me rivet the cans onto the belt. He also had the sunglasses, a promotional item from his work - Perfect! I actually ordered tall white sneaker boots from ebay, but they haven't arrived yet :(.

This year's pumpkin... I purchased the pumpkin 3 weeks before halloween! I wanted a really big, "perfectly" shaped one! haha I went a bit more ambitious than I have in previous years, and decided either to do a Calgary Flames themed pumpkin or a Mario one. I found the image of Mario online, Couldn't find a free templates available, but found someone else who did this same face before, and found a graphic of the original face, and printed the original cartoon onto paper. This image was large enough that it used 1 and a quarter sheets of paper (wide). I used sticker paper for the larger portion too, it helps when outlining your design. My friend had this pumpkin carving tool kit and it was amazing to use! Particularly the rolling tiny teeth tool was really useful in outlining the design, and the two saws for cutting the detailed areas. It was my first time not using a kitchen paring knife to cut a pumpkin. I do confess to using the paring knife a couple times for some of the straight, bigger lines, as it cuts really smooth lines and quickly too.

On the actual day of Halloween, it was also my German friend's last night here in Calgary, she made her home made Spaetzle German noodles with lentils and European Sausage. It was so good, and very special as it is something that I'll probably never know how to make myself :p. We also gave out candy, over 60 kids stopped by my boyfriend's house!

One of the best Halloween's I've ever had!! :)

Group shot from the Saturday party. Other costumes included: The power rangers, jesus, red angry bird, two bat girls, one bat man, cleopatra, 8-bit mario and yoshi, alice in wonderland, ninja turtle noses, she-devil, inconspicuous man, zombie and more.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Maddy's Wedding Headband

My dear friend Maddy requested me to make this for her! How gorgeous did she look at her Mexico destination wedding? So fabulous and romantic. I was so happy that she loves her the custom made accessory, and that it was a part of her special day. The headband was made of Swarovski crystals, pearls and various pretty silver metal beads. She told me she's putting her wedding accessories into a memory box that is displayed on the wall. Thanks again Maddy!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

100 Handmade Wire Words

Recently received a really great challenge. An order for 100 Custom Name Wine Charms. Prior to, the most I have made for one order was 17.

100? No problem I thought, but it did take longer than predicted. I missed Stampede festivities (annual week long western themed festival celebration here in Calgary) but it was worth it! This order was from Molly and Neil of California, USA. They are getting married, and their wedding, appropriately so, will be held at a Winery. Molly told me that she plans on having each charm attached to individual seating cards, set up at the welcome table.

The items are shipping out today! So excited for her to see them. Check out some photos of the work in progress. The charms are 'handwritten' soley by hand. No template, simply writing the letters one by one with the wire and a pair of round nose pliers and regular small pliers. They are dainty and lightweight, and do get tangled easily if they are all thrown together carelessly. I was able to ship the work to her on three sheets of paper, as seen in the second last photo. The names of her guests were printed out and labeled on the left side as well, so it will be easy for her to find each of the names.

Edit: August 19th. Post wedding, I heard back from Molly and she said they were a huge hit! Everyone really liked this creative wedding favor that they could take home. Molly then requested 5 more charms, repeats of a couple of her guests because they forgot to take theirs home, and still wanted a little memento from her wedding celebration. What a pleasure it has been to take on a project like this and to work with Molly (a delight!).

View more photos and quantities of the Custom Name Wine Charms in the Rozzie Jewelry store. Like the Words only?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Love, Me.

Kyle's beautiful backyard, trees in full spring blossom.

To be truly happy, is to be satisfied with what one has.
Not what one does not have.
One needs to have goals and aspirations, but the best things in life are within us.
It's a state of mind.

The grass is greener when you water it.

xo Roz

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Our hard work has paid off... Mural Complete!

The evening of the 50th Anniversary celebrations was very nice! There were alumni from all decades, the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s and beyond. One of the original teachers, from 1961 came up during the assembly to say a few words, she was so cute. The celebration committee worked very hard to organize a variety of entertainment and refreshments for everyone. Current students performed at the assembly, a dance group, the choir and a drama presentation.

View my facebook photo album to view all the photos in one place

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Breakfast Televsion

Nice to meet Jill Belland from Breakfast Television this morning! BT came to Henry Wise Wood to celebrate the 50th Anniversary, and helped us show off the mural! Justin, MaryJane, Lil and I got a two second interview with her on tv - how exciting! Click HERE to Watch BT at HWW! (Our feature is near the beginning, around the 4 min mark)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Entering The World of Two Wheels

My friend Jenna and I took the Motorcycle course at Calgary Safety Council back in August 2010, and we learned so much. They began with teaching us the parts of the bike, what to check for before getting on a bike. If I remember correctly, "F.I.N.E" stands for Fuel, Ignition, Neutral and Emergency brake. You should go over these steps before you begin to ride.

Our class was quite a large group, so we were split up into two, with two instructors each. We took the weekend course, which was 9-5pm on a Saturday and Sunday. Alternatively, people could take the course on weeknights, from 6-9 I believe for 3-4 days.

I went from never starting up or sitting on a moving bike... to being able to safely ride around in the parking lot. Jenna I returned for extra practice with Alfred, one of the instructors. I've certainly gained a lot of confidence in knowing more about how to handle motorcycles, but have a lifetime of practice ahead of me. My next goal is to get more experience and practice to obtain my license.

Mural Painting - Progress Photos 3

Sun Feb 27 Day 5: Kev, MJ
Sat Mar 5 Day 6: Shannon, Roz
Sun Mar 6 Day 7: Kev, MJ, Justin, Shannon, Roz

Thanks a million to Gwen Brown, who has been leading us, helping us and encouraging us the entire way.