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Earthy

It’s the time of year to start to dream about digging in the earth and planting seeds. A couple of days ago, we were in the mid 30’s and alternating between a blizzard and sunshine. In about three days, the prognosticators are saying that it will be 75 degrees. While I still have some time when it is not quite gardening weather, it is the perfect time to spend in my studio.

The necklace above features a hand cut and hammered central piece with a deer antler toggle. The beads are vintage trade beads, semi-precious stones, metal, and clay beads that I picked up at the Nashville Flea Market last week.

The central stone in this necklace is a large jasper “button” that I picked up in Taos a few years ago and a yummy fibers store. I kept trying it out in different applications and never was satisfied with it until now. It is combined with a hand hammered copper spiral and a wooden element, which was given to me by my friend Steph.

The clay pendant in the necklace below was also given to me by Steph. Check out her blog Vladthebatsattic. I combined it with some river driftwood, trade beads, wooden beads, macrame’ and a vintage celluloid button closure.

 

Handwriting On The Wall

Dog Daisy Chains

My Favorite Colors


 

I don’t know what it is about turquoise and chartreuse. I keep gravitating toward these colors. They remind me so much of being at the ocean and of spring and summer, my favorite place and times of year. I’m picturing these on tan skin in the warm sunshine. They are made from my ceramic elements that I stamped with my hand carved stamps.

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!


 


 

 

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.


New Materials Bring Fresh Ideas

 

 

Leather with hand dyed silk wrap, ancient Chinese coin, abalone, and Amazonite

This is a bracelet that I made from the hand dyed silk that I bought from the Beaded Bungalow in Nashville. I love this stuff! I might have a hard time selling this one. I could just eat those colors, they are so yummy! Thanks to Steph for the creative input.

Everyone is enjoying springtime in Tennessee. Maisy, the neighbor’s horse is checking out Steph and me on our walk. Hubby and his brother are trying to snag a few crappie in the pond