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Jasmine’s Carousel Coloring Book is back! Now at Createspace, and coming soon to Amazon.com!

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Jasmine’s Carousel Coloring Book is back! I have finished updating and formatting my coloring book, previously on sale at CafePress. For some reaosn it was stuck on a sale price at $999.99 (laugh) and Cafepress could not fix it (or would not). I love the Createspace interface, and their customer service is top notch. I was extremely pleased with the quality of my proof copy.

Thirty-Four original carousel drawings by Brandi Jasmine, inspired by classic antique carousel carvings. One original drawing per sheet. Copyright 2016, All Rights Reserved, Brandi Jasmine. Right click on any of the sample images to download them. Free to use for personal use only. Available now on Createspace, coming soon to Amazon.com. $9.99 USD.

Here are four sample printable images, free for personal use only. These images are also available for licensed products, and I am available on commission to design your own custom carousel horse. Contact me with your project specifications and budget and I’ll be happy to respond with a cost estimate.

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Tutorial: Turn a Cheap, Ugly Stool into a Gorgeous Mosaic Nightstand!

DSC09434I just finished this little project, and wanted to share it with you. Well, partly finished. But I could not wait to finish the skirt before I shared it. All you will need is a cheap plastic stool, glue, mosaic pieces, grout and water. I got my stool from a dollar store for $3.00. The mosaic pieces are small glass stones that came from Michael’s, but you can use tiles, glass or any other alternative. One day I’d like to try it with sanded and polished wood, stained glass, or semi-precious stones. The only limit is your imagination.

The finished piece on this particular stool would not be suitable for sitting on. There is too much “give” in the plastic, and any heavy weight might end up cracking the grout. I’m going to use it as a bed-side stand for a clock and water glass.

 

DSC09437It’s an extremely easy project, but can get a bit messy at the grouting stage, so cover your work space with lots of newspaper. Just glue the mosaic pieces down with any reasonably affordable glue. Let the stool dry overnight. Prepare your grout per the instructions on the container, apply until the whole piece is covered, and let dry until dry to the touch. I find that the grouting can be tricky. I let it dry longer than my manufacturer suggests, otherwise I find chunks of it tend to come off. Once the grout is dry, wipe with a wet cloth or sponge until you see the tops of the mosaic pieces are clear. Let dry, and wipe again with a wet cloth.

I’d welcome grouting tips, by the way. I haven’t fully mastered the art of grouting. Sometimes I find small bits break off, and I have to re-apply grout to those areas. Let me know if you have any suggestions and I will add them to this post!

~ Brandi

 

The most natural way to lose weight

A few years ago, my good friend Christine was diagnosed with MS. As we watched her decline in health, we began to fear it would not be long before we would lose her. I’d call her and her medications would make her so drowsy she couldn’t finish the call. Then she started taking Plexus. Now she is off most (I think maybe now all) her medications, and while she still has some challenges, she’s healthier and more energetic than me, and she’s lost weight as well. I decided I had to start taking Plexus too. I could only afford a month’s supply, but in that month I saw my sugar levels drop, and I decided as soon as I could, I’d sign up as an Ambassador myself.

So I’m two weeks into being an Ambassador, and I love the pink drink. It’s too soon to say what impact it has, but I definitely notice a difference if I forget to take it. I have already noticed I’m not craving pop as much.

Plexus also offers an outstanding business opportunity. Many of you are stay at home moms and dads (or would like to be), and you may struggle with the realities of the material world (I can relate!). I’m adding Plexus to my portfolio of small businesses, and encourage you to check out this opportunity or to order products at http://shopmyplexus.com/bjasmine/. I’m available via email to answer any questions you may have.  If you would like to talk via Skype or over the phone, include your Skype ID and/or phone number and the best time of day to reach you and I will be happy to call (evenings only).

Right now Plexus has a special! Enter the Promo Code THANKS to get 15% off your order, until April 15th.

New Sun Drops Trillium Crown

DSC09581_79_80_fusedSun Drops Trillium Crown is a one of a kind bridal or fairy cosplay original headpiece for the fey princess who wants to make a unique statement. It is a full circlet of delicate trillium Sun Drop hand painted flowers, with crystal rhinestone accents.

The trillium is the Provincial Flower of the Province of Ontario, and the State Wildflower of Ohio.The white trillium is a symbol of love, abundance, beauty, purity, healing and modesty. It has been associated with the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, and the pagan “Maiden/Mother/Crone” triple goddess. Trillium flower essence is said to assist in understanding the bounty of love, abundance, and earthly pleasures.

 

 

$395, USD. Shipping included in the US and Canada. Outside the US and Canada, please email first to set up shipping costs.


 

 

Sun-Moon Kiss

Sun-Moon Kiss is a round stretched 3-D circular frame, featuring gold, blue, and white seed beads in the shape of the Sun and Moon, locked in their eternal dance. 12″ diameter, 1″ deep, Convexo rounded canvas. No frame required.

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$2,000, USD. Shipping included in the US and Canada. Outside the US and Canada, please email first to set up shipping costs.





Inspiratia and the Planet of Misfit Beads

Finished this a while ago, but hadn’t gotten around to sharing it … “Inspiratia and the Planet of Misfit Beads”. It is a 20×28″ stretch canvas, mixed media, done with my “Embeadery” process. Thousands of seed beads, hand painted resin, glass moon, and hematite accents, glass mirror tiles, a mystic crystal comet head, peacock feather, and purple fiber optics. You can put in an LED light to light up the tail of the comet. It is beaded around the edges, no frame required.

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$2,000, USD. Shipping included in the US and Canada. Outside the US and Canada, please email first to set up shipping costs.




 

 

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This is the back, with a closeup of the light fixture. It is a small pen light. The small dark patch is a felt patch to cover a hole I cut as at one point I was going to have a light switch that was hidden in the tail of the comet. I found this light pen which did the job a lot better. It is held in a small plastic tube. The pen light is powered by 4 LR41 watch batteries (readily available in many dollar stores).
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Here is a video of what it looks like with and without the lights turned on:

Blue Flame Sugar Skull

Blue Flame Sugar Skull is a 3-dimensional sculptural work of fine art in beads. There are numerous hand-made resin faux opal and fax amber pieces, a large mystic crystal, class and Swarovski Rivioli stones embedded in the beaded skull. This skull represents the blue fire of death cleansing the way for new life as symbolized by the flower at the base of the skull. The floral motif is echoed on the bottom in a monochrome white on white flower pattern. There is a black silk cord attached for hanging, this may be removed if pedestal display is preferred.

 

$2,000, USD. Shipping included in the US and Canada. Outside the US and Canada, please email first to set up shipping costs.





Celtic Crown Chakra Knot in Beads

Celtic Crown Chakra Knot in Beads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This 16 ” Round Canvas beaded Celtic Crown Chakra Knot was originally an acrylic painting. I decided it was kind of plain, and decided to use the canvas for this beaded art. There are hundreds of gold colored glass seed beads and “e” beads, and dark purple small bugle beads over the rounded edges of the canvas. This dramatic, shield-like piece of fine beaded art is meant to be displayed without a frame.

$3,000, USD. Shipping included in the US and Canada. Outside the US and Canada, please email first to set up shipping costs.





Tibetan Mandala in Beads (SOLD)

Tibetan Mandala in Beads by Brandi Jasmine

A mandala is a circular symbol used in many different cultures for purification, meditation and healing. The Tibetan Buddhists have perfected the art of sand painting, and their mandalas are usually temporary installations that are later destroyed, and wiped away, to be disposed of in water as a form of ritual prayer or sacrifice. This beaded painting is inspired by a number of different Tibetan mandalas.  This particular mandala is a based on a number of Tibetan mandalas that focused particularly on healing and abundant life. The outer ring symbolizes wisdom, the four points, the four elements, and the rainbow inner square, the colors of the chakras.

This Tibetan Mandala is 20 inches square, and is mounted on a 1.5 inch deep stretched canvas. It is designed to be displayed without a frame. It contains 22 Swarovski Crystal Rhinestones, 4 moon-shaped crystals, 8 Swarovski Rivoli crystals, 32 Opalite beads, 114 Red Coral beads, 130 Hematite beads and thousands of glass seed beads.

Commission: Antahkarana

Antahkarana is my newest beaded piece, a special commission by a Reiki master. The Antahkarana is an ancient symbol used in Reiki to enhance healing and meditation practice.  The Antahkarana represents the connection between the physical and the Higher Self. It is also used by some to clear negative energies from people or objects. In this version, the colors in the outer ring of the Antahkarana represent the rainbow of the chakras. I added a ring of genuine amethyst crystal beads for healing (Higher Self) and a ring of hematite beads for grounding (Physical).

Antahkarana Reiki Symbol in Beads

This piece is not for sale.

Brandi Jasmine is an artist based in the Niagara Region, whose talents and interests cross a wide range of styles and techniques. Her fine-art Embeaded Micro-Mosaics are created from thousands of tiny seed beads, semi-precious stones, pearls, and Swarovski Crystal Elements. Brandi has created her own unique tools to facilitate the embeading process. Her work also includes a variety of fine-art and crafting techniques, including line-drawing, cartooning, illustration, photography and her signature "faux stained glass" illustrations, featured in the American Media Zodiac Calendar.

 

Brandi Jasmine