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Published Again!

IMG_3532I am excited and blessed to announce that one of my necklaces has been included in the December issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. It is in the Boutique section on page 114 with the instructions on page 123.

IMG_3561I am humbled and honored to be on the pages of a magazine that I have admired and loved since it first came out. Many thanks to Stampington and to Natalie Way, the managing editor for her help in making this possible.

I’ll let you in on a little news too…I have a piece that will be in the March issue also. Stay tuned for updates and check out your newsstand at the beginning of December or go to their website for your very own issue full of yummy creations from many other artists.

Off Of Cloud Nine And Back To Work

After floating around in the clouds for a while after I received my copy of Artful Blogging, I figured it was time to get back to work, so I decided to take a little trip to the Nashville Flea Market for some inspiration and supplies.

IMG_3297Well…it was kind of a work/play day.

IMG_3303These cool bars made out of vintage truck grills were created by the guys at Rusty Rats Antiques & Vintage in East Nashville where you can find some of my jewelry creations made from vintage hardware and other up-cycled finds. IMG_3304

IMG_3295You name it, you can find it there!

IMG_3305I scored big on some beads! Mostly, I was interested in finding the vintage, pressed glass African trade beads and also some earthy stone beads that you can’t find locally. There is a bead supplier from Alabama that I always find a lot of interesting treasures in their booth. I had to search to find a few vendors with the more interesting trade beads though.

IMG_3302Then back in my studio, I started experimenting with some new methods of sand casting. I brought home some beautiful, white sand from our recent trip to the Gulf coast. Mixing it with a couple of other ingredients provided a pretty good medium to cast in. I tried some of my own designs and also cast some seashells I had collected from previous trips.

IMG_3289Combined with the trade beads and other wooden and glass beads, I was aiming for an earthy, Bohemian look for the completed pieces.

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IMG_3277       I’m very pleased with the way they turned out and excited to find new ways to cast focal pieces that are one of a kind.

IMG_3291These pieces will be available locally, but if you are interested, please leave a comment and I can create a custom Etsy listing for you in my shop.

Polymer Play

I have long been frustrated with the bead selection locally. It is hard to find the kind of earthy looking beads that I like anywhere within an hours drive. For inspiration, I looked to the clay beads of my friend Vladthebat and the work of an artist known as Raggedrobyn whose work I have admired for some time. They make very organic creations with earthen clay.  Even though I have the kiln and clay, lacking the patience for that process today, I turned to polymer clay to try to capture that feeling. Here are the pieces I came up with.

 I textured the sides of the beads by rolling them over some rubber stamps that I had carved. Then I painted them with acrylics and added guilder’s wax for some sheen.

I strung them on black waxed linen cords and added a ceramic button that I made a while back for the closure. I discovered that my macrame needs a little work. :-) It does give it a more rustic look though. Also, there is the texture of my fingerprints. I was once in a Yahoo charm exchange group and the leader of the group would have a hissy fit (southern term for getting really irate) and reject charms if they were polymer clay and you could see fingerprints on them. I have always loved to see fingerprints because it is a part of the artist. Kind of like a signature.

    27″ long   All elements handmade by little old me.

 

 

Dreaming Of The Sea

I managed to sneak in a few hours at my workbench today. I had already painted these handmade clay elements, which inspired me to go with an ocean theme today. There is a starfish and a print of a piece of coral for texture. I had some yummy trade beads and turquoise and iridescent stone beads which blended nicely and gave that earthy feeling that I love.  

 

I had mister crab lying around for a while, so I decided to go with the same color scheme and feeling .   He is hollow and soldered onto a copper base, so he is much lighter than he looks. All of these creations are one of a kind.

 

Two Feathers

 

I am excited to tell you about a new shop where my jewelry can be found. Two young friends of mine have created a beautiful little shop called Two Feathers in The Shoppes On Fatherland, a new shopping village in East Nashville. It is full of a plethora of vintage and new treasures. The scene is constantly changing and drawing you to look closer.

If you haven’t been to East Nashville in a while you are in for a treat! There are some really cool shops and restaurants.

The entrance.

There was still a little bit of the snow from the night before, hiding in the shaded areas.

The sidewalk leads to a cozy row of shops.

 

They say that everything in the store is for sale…you just may have to fight them for it. :-)

We had a late lunch at a restaurant called The Pharmacy. The falafel burger is fantastic…especially with the sweet potato fries on the side!

Headed home into the sunset, with the bat tower in the background, I felt as if I had been on a mini vacation to a sweet little shopping destination.

 

Creativity Infusion

 

Ahhh….so much fun crammed into one day! What can I say…the Art-is-You conference was a blast! I took a jewelry class with Richard Salley called Alchemy and Elements. He made everything SO easy and clear. I came away with several pieces in various stages of completion and a renewed excitement and an anticipation of many creative hours in my studio.

Let us pause for a kitty interruption. As I was taking these photos Tilly wanted to get into the act. She kept rubbing on my camera and making it difficult to get a good shot. After giving into her attention craving, I got back to business.

If you ever get a chance to take a class from Richard (assisted by his talented wife Jane, an artist in her own right) you will be glad that you did. The people that you meet in these classes are instant friends with kindred spirits and your creativity will be filled to the brim.

More to come about the conference in future posts.

 

Flea Market Finds

I made a LONG overdue trip to the flea market in Nashville yesterday. I found lots of cool things that I was looking for at my favorite bead supplier and a cute little frozen Charlotte, but the best thing I found was a new friend! While looking at the Charlottes, I got into a discussion about drilling into china with a lady on the other side of the table. We immediately connected and chatted our way through the different booths.

Check out her very cool Etsy shop:  Plate Ovations

She does amazing things with china! We also discovered that we are attending the same art conference with the same teacher, however not on the same day.

A fun art event has finally come to Nashville  Art is …You

Salvaged Vintage

 

I spent one sunny afternoon walking around downtown Columbia, TN and checking out some new and old shops. First I went to Collectors Alley which is a store for antiques and collectables. I found several goodies there and then I went to Accent and Antiques on the square. Also I browsed around the Old Curiosity Book Store and enjoyed their selection of books and free coffee. Our little town which seemed to be drying up, is coming back alive!

Some of my little treasures made it into some new creations in my studio. I love to turn cast off bits and pieces into something unique.

 

Blooms and Green

I tried a little something new. The cabochon on this necklace is a stamped, clay piece from my new clay experiments, as is the toggle clasp. The clay was painted after firing, but I think my next ones will be glazed before firing. I’m really having fun with the clay. This Sunday afternoon will be my first class to be taught at The Royal Brush in Columbia, Tennessee. I think I have one more slot to fill if you want to come and join us. You can contact them at:  931.223.5351.

I also wanted to show off my amaryllis blooms. This is the most that I have ever had at one time. I put some coffee grounds in the soil. I don’t know if that made a difference, but I’ll try that again. A little taste of spring inside.

Harbingers of Spring

As I write this, it is a scary warm February day. It is 78 degrees outside and breezy…probably a record high. I say scary, because I am reminded of a spring a few years ago when it was unseasonably warm and then, ZAP!!!! We had a hard freeze after the leaves were already out and the fruit trees had bloomed. We had no fruit that year and it took a while for the trees to recover. It’s hard to complain though.

As I hiked up into our forest to find a mossy background on which to take a shot of this necklace I just completed, I almost stepped on this groggy little fellow who had ventured out to enjoy the sunshine too. He (or she) didn’t even budge until I tickled him with a twig and then he slithered back under the leaves.

I’ve been playing with a new app on my Ipod camera, called Scratch Cam. You can get it for free from the App store. I have the free version, but it’s so fun, I think I will shell out the two bucks for the paid version and get some more textures. Now if I could just figure out the easiest way to get them off of my Ipod and into my blog.

Tiny wildflowers are peeking out of the leafy forest floor and then the real show will start very soon.

It was hard to stay in the studio on a beautiful day like today, but I have to prepare for the First Thursday Artisans Party next week (March 1) at Wall Candy on the square in the Columbia, Tennessee. The festivities are from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Come and join the fun!


 


 

 

By The Sea

Well, I wish it was really by the sea, but it is just a photo of sand behind a new ocean themed necklace I just finished. I combined another one of my vintage drawer pulls with freshwater pearls and brass charms and a mother of pearl charm.

Thanks for the great turn out for this month’s First Thursday Artists’ Party. We have decided to make it a monthly event so mark your calendars! I’ll keep you posted.

Heavily Laden

My little headless lady is getting weighted down with new creations awaiting the next show. Be watching for details of the upcoming show at Wall Candy in Columbia, TN on February 2.

Buttons and Beads

Vintage mother of pearl buttons, pearls, stamped spoon handle

I raided the button jars today. These would be perfect for someone who likes to sew, or just likes nostalgia.

snaps, buttons, sewing machine charm

Make Every Day A Masterpiece

Inspiration House

 

Whether you call yourself an artist or not, you can be creative in every aspect of your life. Put a bit of play into your everyday humdrum and look at the beauty around you, or look at something that is not beautiful or think of how to change it. Put your fingerprint on it. Enjoy the process. Don’t always be about seeking praise for what you have done. Do it because it adds beauty to your life or even as a secret blessing to someone else.

Recycled Cereal Box Necklace

Recycled Cereal Box Necklace

Misty Morning

I just received a box of goodies from Steph in Belgium. I was inspired to make several necklaces from some of the elements. It’s amazing what a couple of interesting focal pieces can do to bring together random beads and things that I already have. Merci Beaucoup Steph!  Vacation is fun, but I love being in my studio. I wish I could take it with me when I go places. It’s good to be home.

 

This one was a spiral shell pendant which I paired with some faux bone polymer clay beads that I made and ceramic, metal, and jade beads.

This interesting pendant is combined with glass beads and some cool chain that I found when Steph and I were shopping while she was here.

I think she brought this central bead when she was visiting here and then she sent me some of the aqua stones which I combined with some I already had. The big bead is made of some type of threads encased in resin.

Spring Sights

It’s finally warm! Hallelujah! I was wondering if I would ever be able to put away my winter clothes.

I’m enjoying gardening and watching the antics of my chickens and all of the wildlife surrounding us. Outside of my bedroom window is frequently an interesting show.

One morning we watched some interesting turkey courtship. The next morning, I saw my cat Tilly running as fast as she could away from the forest toward the house. I looked up and there was a big bobcat right where she was coming from. Then it started walking toward the chicken house. Then it must have gotten spooked and went back into the forest. That was a little scary. It was the first bobcat I have seen out in the daylight in many years. I got a picture of the turkeys, but the bobcat slinked away before I could catch it on camera.

This was a very good week for sales. On Thursday, Silo Studio’s sale was a success, and on Sunday I had a trunk sale at my son and daughter-in-law’s house and it was the first one I have done. It was such fun! Thanks to all who came and helped! If any one would like for me to do a show at their house I would love to come. Just leave me a comment.


When Bloggers Get Together

Well…this is the first new post on my new website. I’ve got to get a little tutoring on how to make this all work the way I want it to. The design is by Scheitel Design, a web design company operated by my son Zachary and his assistant Joey. Many thanks to them for the beautiful, new design!

The site has been up and running for a couple of weeks, but I didn’t have time to post anything for a while, because I was busy having fun with my blogger friend Steph, from Belgium (a.k.a. Vladthebat.) The visit was much too short! We spent hours in the studio working on polymer clay projects and other jewelry. I always learn so much from her.

 

 

She came bearing gifts of course. The beautiful butterfly necklace and bracelet and turquoise stone were from her, along with a wonderful stash of Belgium chocolate. The chocolate disappeared to quickly to photograph. :-)

 

 

We took long walks through the countryside. I took her off-roading in our Rhino. We planted flowers and enjoyed the spring weather. The bird in her hands is one that she rescued from Bella the cat. On Wednesday, we took a trip to Nashville and went to bead stores, the newly renovated Opryland Hotel, and a healthy Whole Foods visit.

Friday came too soon and sadly, I had to drop her off at the airport. My husband always threatens to write her a doctor’s excuse so she won’t have to go home. She is officially a part of the family.

Merci Steph for a wonderful visit! You are welcome any time.