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:ย  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.

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Come and Get Creative

Well…due to popular demand, I am offering a class at The Royal Brush in Columbia Tennessee. Campbell Plaza, Suite 7E, phone: 931-223-5351. We will be learning to use pottery clay to create pendants and other jewelry elements, using stamps and molds. These elements will be fired by The Royal Brush and then we will return and use them to create our own unique adornments. The two days of the class will be the second and fourth Sunday afternoons in March, from 2:00-4:00 (March 11 & 25). The class may take a little less time than two hours for each session, but if you like to take your time, we will take as long as we need. We will create at least two completed pieces, including a necklace, earrings, or a bracelet. You will also have several pendants or elements to take home with you and create your own jewelry at home.The price will be $25 and everything will be provided, but if you happen to have your own jewelry pliers, it would be good to bring them. Please either call The Royal Brush, or contact me at 931-987-9374. I would like to have at least 3 students to make the class and will take up to 6 people. I know that there are a couple of people who are going to be out of town, but would like to take the class, so if it is still wanted at a later date, we will do it again. I hope to see you there!

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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.ย  Come and join the fun!


 


 

 

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Galilee

This painting is a view of the Sea of Galilee from a photo that I took when I was there in September. I think that this shot is from the shore by the town of Caperaum . Can you imagine Yeshua walking by the shore or the disciples in their boats, casting their nets on a beautiful sunny day? It is truly a place of great natural beauty and history.

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Leaves of Clay

These leaves are made of clay that was fired for me by The Royal Brush in Columbia, Tennessee. Is anyone interested in taking a class in which we will make clay pendants and create necklaces from them? There are unlimited options of designs that can be made. They have asked me to teach a class if there is enough interest. Please either contact me through my link here on the site or through their Facebook page let them know that you are interested. It would require one class to make the pendants and then after they are fired, another one to construct the necklaces. Price is to be determined when we find out if there is an interest. It would probably be on a Thursday evening or a Sunday afternoon.

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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.

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Blue Girl

I was cleaning out some old boxes and found this very old pocket watch case. I added a photo of my grandmother when she was a young girl and a very blue butterfly. The chain is glass and brass beads, chain, and some blue sari fabric yarn that Steph sent to me.

This will be available on Thursday evening at the Artisans’ Party at Wall Candy, 116B West Seventh St. in Columbia, Tennessee.

The party will be from 5:30 until 8:30 with yummy food, drinks, and live music. Come and support your local artisans!

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Faux Fossil

The focal on this necklace was sent to me by my friend Steph (aka Vladthebat.) It is a clay replica of an ammonite fossil that she created. I painted it and added the other gemstone and glass beads to match. This will be available at the Artisans Party next week on Thursday, Feb. 2 at Art Candy in downtown Columbia, TN. The party is from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. Come join the fun!

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More Goodies

Merci Beaucoup to Steph! Fun goodies from Belgium. The only thing missing is the chocolate. It never seems to make it into the picture. Now I’m ready to head to the studio and create. I’m really anxious to try out the Porcelaine markers!

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Round About Town


A little sampling of the local color from my trip to Taos.

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Yummy Yarns

I just returned from one of my favorite art destinations- Taos, New Mexico. I was recharging my creative batteries. One of my favorite stores was La Lana Wools, a store devoted to all things fiber. I had to buy a little nibble of the delectable selection that they offer. There are hand spun and dyed yarns and roving and spinning and felting supplies along with some beautiful items made by local artisans. I took a photo of their lovely resident, Pearl, entitled: One More Row. Please excuse the blurriness. I only had my Ipod with me and the light wasn’t optimum. She is entirely covered with knitting from her head to the tips of her toes.

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Rainbows

Hubby bought me a new tool…a die disc circle cutter punch. He knows the way to this girl’s heart is tools. This is one of my first creations using it with my torch fired enamels.


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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.

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Chunky Earthy Blue and Brown

 

I had some unglazed porcelain beads and was looking at them thinking of how I could decorate them. I happened to look up and see some permanent markers on my work table and thought…hmmmm… I wonder how this would work. I combined them with some wooden and glass beads and came up with this necklace.

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Looking Toward Spring

This is a necklace that was inspired by an ancient necklace that I saw when I was at the Israel Museum. I used very different materials of course, like torch fired enameled copper for the triangles. The original was made from gold and beads. It is amazing how intricate the jewelry was thousands of years ago.


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Earthy

This necklace is made up of fired clay beads made by Steph in Belgium, bone beads and polymer clay faux bone beads made by me, wood and glass beads and leather. No bling, just handmade, earthy goodness.

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Seek

Jeremiah 6:16

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Eclectic Mix

I found some fun charm elements that I decided to combine with my vintage drawer pulls. I like the eclectic look. I hope you do too.

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New Blues

This is a new torch fired enameled copper “stone” with turquoise and glass beads.

Vintage brass drawer pull with torch fired enamel dangles and dyed mother of pearl beads.

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Color My World

I’m having fun playing with my new enamels again. These are at Cliques Hair Salon in Columbia, Tennessee.

Other pieces can be found at Wall Candy in downtown Columbia.

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Yummy Goodies

This is possibly a first. I managed to take a photo of the chocolate before it vanished! Another package of goodies from Steph arrived in my mailbox, unglazed clay pendants and beads, yummy sari yarn, and chocolate covered orange peels. Yes Steph, I am sharing them. ๐Ÿ™‚ Merci Beaucoup!ย ย  Check out her Etsy shop!

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Repurposed Vintage

Vintage dresser pull, crystals, glass beads, wire, chain

Vintage dresser pull, freshwater pearls, French coin, metal leaf charms, wire, glass beadsVintage dresser pull, glass beads, torch fired enamel on copper, wire

These are coming up for sale at an upcoming open house art show that I am doing with some local artisans. The show will be at Wall Candy which is a frame and art shop just off the square in Columbia, Tennessee. 116-B West 7th St. on Thursday, December 1 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. There will be food, live music by Damien Boggs, and a wine tasting by Lexington Vineyard.

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Happy Thanksgiving

May you have an attitude of gratitude today, and every day.

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Pass the Peas Please

My husband has been telling me that I need to make some more pea necklaces. I finally did some with a new twist of enameling the pods with my torch fired enamel. These are coming up for sale at an upcoming open house art show that I am doing with some local artisans. The show will be at Wall Candy which is a frame and art shop just off the square in Columbia, Tennessee. 116-B West 7th St. on Thursday, December 1 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. There will be food, live music, and a wine tasting by Lexington Vineyard.

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Mixed Media Work

I did a little painting based on a sketch that I did a couple of years ago. The original was in graphite and I copied it and attached it to a canvas and painted over it along with some background painting and stamping with a stamp that I carved. The words were printed on the computer and then cut out and glued on and enhanced with white gel pens. Then I photographed it and applied a filter in Photoshop.

Proverbs 31:10-31

10Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

11The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

21She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

23Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

31Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

 

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A Bit Of Experimentation

I have run out of stones that I like so I experimented with a domed circle of copper and the torch fired enamels. I’m pleased with how it came out and I think that I will do some more similar ones. I had fun with the colors as you can see.

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Test Driving

Whenever I finish a new piece of jewelry, I have to test drive it even if I just wear it around the house. I try to make sure that it is comfortable, that nothing falls apart, or pokes in your skin. This one passed the test.

This piece is for sale at Heart and Hands in Franklin on Main Street.

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Blast From the Past

This is a chair that I painted for a friend approximately 20 years ago. She brought it back to me for a touch of because it had gotten worn and had some peeling from moisture that had gotten on it. It was so interesting to see something I had painted that long ago…like seeing an old friend.

 

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Autumn Colors

 

Blazing colors are igniting enameling inspirations.


Check out my new fall designs at Clique’s Hair Salon in Columbia, TN or Heart and Hands on Main St. in Franklin, TN.

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Shards

From our random pottery and glass shards, I am trying to craft a memory of an ancient place and time, combined with a bit of my imagination. What these simple shards lack in beauty, they make up for with their history. Thinking of the people who made and used them, and what event caused them to be shattered adds a mystery to be explored.

Some of the beads in this one were from Israel also and some were lampworked by me and the unglazed clay ones were made by my friend Steph (aka Vladthebat.)

 

 

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Timely Treasures

A gift from Steph…a treasure trove of beads and things…and bars of yummy Belgian chocolate…wonder where the chocolate went!

Merci Beaucoup!

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Digging Israel


 

If you noticed a bit of silence for a few weeks, it is because I was away in Israel volunteering with an archaeological dig. My dream trip! As you can see from the picture below I was ecstatic to be there. There was so much new information for my brain to process, it will take a while for it all to come out. What an inspiration!

 

Along with seeing the usual sights, we spent a lot of time under the ground in a massive cave system that extends under the Old City of Jerusalem. We were digging in a couple of different areas of the cave. No great discoveries were made on this trip, but the usual pottery shards were found that are one of the main methods that archaeologists use to date a site. We were working in cooperation with the Israeli Antiquities Authority and they will publish and official report of their conclusions at a later date.

 


 

My job was to scrub, sort and label the pottery shards and other artifacts that we found. This allowed me to be above the ground most of the time during the second week of the dig. Our archaeologist would sort through the trays at the end of the day and say what was significant and what was not. We got to keep many of the pieces that were not helpful for dating. They were interested in the handles, and rims and anything that might have a design on it. We also found many cut stones that were used in mosaics, small pieces of glass, and bones of whatever the people had for their meals, mostly lamb. Each piece was tagged with the area and layer it was found in.

 

 

It seems that just about anywhere that there is bare dirt in Israel, you can find pottery shards. I picked some up at several locations that we visited. Outside of the cave where we were digging, they were doing some construction work and I found several pottery shards and some old glass. It seems that after a century or two in the soil and climate of the region, the glass develops a patina that is iridescent, or almost like an opal. I brought back several pieces that I am incorporating into some jewelry along with some of the pottery shards. I will post some of them in my next blog post.

 

 


 


 

 

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Sweet Inspirations


 

Wandering through the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem is a feast for the senses! This colorful candy was an inspiration when I began experimenting with torch fired enamels recently. When I was in college, I had a semester of enameling and we used a kiln. When I found out that it could be done with a torch as well, I got so excited that I immediately ordered some enamel powders and started playing. I already had most of the tools and materials and a working knowledge of how enamels were used so I jumped in with both feet. It was hard to stop once I began. My palette is limited, but now that I know what I’m doing, I will order more colors. These are a few of my new creations.

 

 

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More Sillyness

Vintage hologram key fob, key, game pieces, glass beads, charms

I’ve had a couple of these vintage hologram key fobs for several years. I decided to finally make something out of one of them. This could add some radical color to a dull day. I think it would be a conversation starter.

The two image views.

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Adventures

I will be gone for a couple of weeks on an adventure…a little bit of treasure hunting.ย  I have a couple of posts ready that I will try to upload.

I’ve never tried to add posts from my Ipod, but that might be the extent of technology available.

If I can, I will post discoveries near and far.

La hit ra otย  (See you later)

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Pearly Whites

Vintage silver plated spoon handles, repurposed costume pearls, glass beads

This is a classy little necklace. It would really dress up a little black dress. Also, they make a lovely little tinkly sound when you walk.

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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

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Blue

Found on my morning walk.

My morning walk inspired the color theme of the day.

Home

All recycled beads from old vintage necklaces and a stamped paintbrush ferule.

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Can you handle it?

Antique dresser handle, charms, watch case with photo, nest in a bottle amazonite stones

I found a use for the last two antiques dresser pull that I had. These were so fun! I’m looking for some more. If anyone knows any good antique shops near me, please let me know.

Antique dresser handle, crystals, agates, petrified wood, polished stones
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A Little Whimsey

I was feeling like I needed to have a little fun. All work and no play makes for ho hum studio time.ย 

The central green bead was a gift from Steph.

Recycled tin working pinwheels. If you get bored, you can take these off and entertain yourself or your favorite small person.

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Two Shows In One Day

Busy, busy! Two shows in one day!ย  On Thursday of next week, in the morning, the long awaited Silo Studio’s Studio Thursday is taking place. Shawn has been working tirelessly to stock an amazing array of fun and funky furniture and accessories. Please come out and help support Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue.ย  The show is from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Pack it all up and set up again in downtown Columbia at Wall Candy on West 7th Street, near the square for a show to benefit the Maury County Arts Guild and the Polk Theatre Project. A portion of the proceeds will go to the purchase and renovation of the old Polk movie theatre. They have great plans for bringing the arts to downtown Columbia and helping to revive the downtown area.ย  The show begins at 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm with food and live music.ย  Many local artists will have their work on display for sale. The show will continue on Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and again on Saturday. My work will only be there on Thursday and Friday.ย  Come on out and show your support.

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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

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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!ย  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.

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A Little Taste of Costa Rica

In the mornings, the locals would stake their cows and goats out by to beach to graze. This was between our house and the beach.

My family and I just got back from a wonderful trip to Costa Rica! It was in celebration of my husband and my 30th wedding anniversary. Something that momentous deserves a special celebration. I will have more pictures when I get discs from my kids. They took way more pictures than I did. I’ve found that if I focus too much on taking pictures I miss being in the moment. I was trying to soak up every glorious moment of being there and enjoying time with my whole family together. I am so blessed to have a wonderful husband and kids.ย  I am grateful to have gotten to experience this beautiful place and wonderful, friendly Tico people. Pura Vida! (Pure Life)

This is a red almond leaf in a little stream flowing from a waterfall in the rainforest. The beach was Limoncita.

We stayed in Tarcoles, which is a little fishing village. The boats were parked on the shore and sometimes they used a cart pulled by a cow to put the boats in the water and take them out.

I think they built this house to close to the water, or the water came too close to the house.

Our guide said that in the "winter" there was snow on this rock. (aka pelican poop in the dry season)

These horses were hanging out on the beach. We couldn't figure out what they were eating.

My only regret…they confiscated my seashells at customs in Costa Rica. They won’t let you take them out of the country. I had such plans for them….

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Vistas

 

Acrylic on copper with resin, jade, carnelian, amazonite

I had a little paint left over after I finished a painting on canvas, so I decided to see how it would work on copper.ย  I was pleased with the results and will probably explore this technique some more.

This is the view from my deck. It may find its way into a piece of jewelry or painting soon too.

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Pink

 

My poppies have been glorious this year. They were so heavy with blossoms that they kept falling over. The pink was an inspiration for this girly necklace. I’m not usually a pink person, but lately it has been growing on me.

 

Vintage gold plated watch case with encased photo, brass wire, glass hearts and beads.

Available now at Cliques Hair Salon in Columbia, TN.


These are some of the flowers that Steph helped me plant when she was here visiting. Thanks Steph!

 

Maggie is waiting for a belly rub…as usual.

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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.


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It’s Easy Being Green

I’ve been working up a storm getting ready for Studio Thursday at Silo Studios next week.

On the green theme, here are three of my new pieces for the show.

Heart of Tin
Stony Heart

The green stone heart was given to me by Steph. Thanks Steph!

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Objects and Elements Inspiration

 

Copper, tin, coral, labradorite, found objects

When Steph was visiting, we made a trip to Michaels and picked up a couple of the new jewelry elements from the Objects and Elements collection by Susan Lenart Kazmer. I was inspired to make these two necklaces using a couple of them and then I created my own elements using old tin and images from bottle caps attached to copper using eyelets for rivets. I also like the idea of mixing metals for a more eclectic look.

Copper, tin, eyelets, glass beads, chain

 

 

Copper, silk sari fabric, coins, charms, tin, 22 caliber shell, found objects

All who wander are not lost.

J.R.R. Tolkien

 

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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
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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

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.

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Blooming

Crocheted yarn flower necklace.

 

More polymer clay moths.

 

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Love Is In The Air!

 

What a beautiful day! I went for an afternoon walk around the pond with my sweetheart and had to take a few photos to share. The air resonates with the love songs of hundreds of frogs and toads. They got a little shy when I went around to photograph them, but I managed to find one who wanted to pose.

They have decorated the edges of the pond with thousands of eggs. The beautiful strings are like necklaces adorning the grass and weeds in the water.
If all of these manage to make it to adulthood, we will have a plague of Biblical proportions. Fortunately, (or unfortunately if you are a tadpole) not all of them will make it, but some years we have hundreds of tiny toads migrating from the pond to the forest.
I had to stop and feed the neighbor’s horses some apples that I had saved for them. They seemed to appreciate the attention.

 

These are little Ipod holders made from recycled, felted wool sweaters and transferred photos and vintage buttons. They will be at this month’sย Silo Studio Sale.

 

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New Additions



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There are seven new additions to our menagerie, 5 Americauna and 2 Barred Rock chicks. I have been wanting some new chicks for a while. Many years ago, when my children were young, we had 29 chickens. That was a bit too many. My DH got burnt out on eggs for a while. He will just now eat them again.


I took them out for a little sunshine and put them in the outdoor run of their future home. Maggie was fascinated with them…unfortunately. She found a small hole in the chicken wire and made it bigger and almost got to them. Thankfully, I found it in time and rounded them up and took them back inside. At least I found the weakness in the wire and know how to make it secure now.

 

See the mischief in her eyes?

There is a bit more to do to prepare their home, but they still have a week or so to grow, so I will not be rushed.


I’m so excited that it is spring! All I want to do is be outside and garden and enjoy the GREEN!
Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing! My creativity this time of year is directed out of the studio and outside. What a blessing to experience spring in Tennessee!

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Spring Forward



Yaaaawwwwnnn! Don’t you just love time changes? It will take a little getting used to, but I really love having daylight later in the evening. It makes it easier to work in natural light rather than artificial.

I found these little paper mache houses and got inspired. They have lights inside so that the windows and doors glow when they are lit. Flowers and colorful moths and butterflies cover the sides.

They will show up at Silo Studio on March 31 at our sale there.
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Flutter By Butterfly


Misty sunrise.
Polymer clay with laser print transfers and glass beads.
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Studio Time and Nature Walk


After two long afternoons in the studio, I finally finished this Sedona scene that I had been working on at the request of someone special. (If you can guess, shhhh! I don’t want them to see it yet.)

It’s been a very rainy day, but the clouds parted for a few minutes and the balmy temperatures drew me out for a walk with the dogs. There are a few tiny signs that spring is on its way.
It’s a little scary to see buds and blooms this early after the devastating late freeze that we had a couple of years ago when the leaves were already on the trees. There was no fruit at all locally and it took a long time for the leaves to return. It was a sad spring followed by a tough drought. I hope that we ease gently into spring without too much cold. It’s a little to optimistic to think that we won’t have a bit more though.

The dogs enjoyed the excuse to explore. Maggie was in constant motion so my first attempts at a picture of her were just a blur. She finally paused for a drink and a dip in the pond.



Milo found a tiny pond of water captured in a root and refreshed himself.


If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~Anne Bradstreet







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Frida

Frida Kahlo


Laser print transfer on polymer clay, mint tin, glass beads, vintage button, pins.
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Face To Face


Shifting gears again. Polymer clay has once more grabbed my attention. These “lockets” are made on mint tins with laser print transfers of Renaissance portraits.

This pendant is just the clay, without a tin. The dangles are carnelian and glass beads.
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Winter Treats



Winter has definitely found us in here Tennessee. I think that it has snowed every week this year. We are not accustomed to quite so much white stuff here. It has been beautiful though. These are views from my front yard. Maggie is enjoying a romp through the snow. She loves rolling in it.



I just had to show off the beautiful goodies that my friend Steph in Belgium sent to me recently. There is a necklace similar to the butterfly bracelet that she gave me in her Etsy shop if anyone is interested. The beaded necklace is made from the beads that she sent me in the last package of treats. The delicious chocolate did not make it into the photos, alas. It was speedily consumed. ๐Ÿ™‚

This cowboy necklace is made from a vintage tin. It will be available at the next Studio Thursday at Silo Studio in Thompson Station, Tennessee, which is coming up on February 10th from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. Come and help support Snooty Giggles Dog Rescue. Their new website is designed by my son Zach. The background artwork is by Shawn, but the layout and functions are by Zach. If you know of anyone who needs a website done, send them to Scheitel Design and make Mom happy.

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Soft, Cozy, Warm, and Inspirational




What is it about winter that makes me want to play with soft wool and yarns in bright colors and neglect the cold, hard, metal and beads for a while? My hands have been busy while I sit and watch a movie, or travel in the car, or listen to podcasts. I’ve been knitting some fun, colorful hats. See my beautiful DIL modeling one. (The photo modification was done by my 12 year old niece as well) ๐Ÿ™‚
I’ve also been recycling wool sweaters and making small purses and necklaces and cuffs. I was inspired by Keri Smith’s Living Our Loud- Activities To Fuel A Creative Life and I made some small, inspirational cards to go in and on the purses and cuffs.
Some of the purses are small enough just to be a necklace and to put some small tokens in. Others are large enough for a phone or Ipod.
These cuffs are made from recycled, embroidered sweaters with vintage buttons sewn on, along with the quotes printed on fabric.
I’m getting ready for January’s sale at Silo Studio coming up on January 21st. I’ll keep you posted.

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A Little Mixed Media



Just having a little fun! 

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Etsy Shop Additions



I just got through adding several new things to my Etsy Shop. Just in time for CyberMonday

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Two Shows



Busy, busy! I have two shows happening next week! The first is at Silo Studio in
Thompsons Station, Tennessee, and this one is a three day show. It begins on Thursday, Nov. 18th at 9:00 a.m. til 2:00 p.m., then Friday, Nov. 19th from 5:30-8:00 p.m., then Saturday, Nov. 20th from 10:00 a.m. until noon for a clearance sale.

The next show is at the Artisans Gallery on the square in downtown Columbia, Tennessee on Saturday, Nov. 20th from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and also on Sunday, Nov. 21st from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.
I’ve still been busy with the polymer clay beads. I love playing with the colors and combining them with other beads.

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Morning Inspirations


I just want to eat these colors! So I ate them with my eyes and my camera and they became beads.


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Colorful Clay Fun




I was in the mood for something a little different. A while back I purchased a pasta machine for using with polymer clay and just hadn’t gotten around to using it yet. It was time for a little experimenting. I was inspired by the beautiful beads that my friend Steph had sent me a while back. This is what I have come up with in the past couple of weeks. I’m having a blast!

Speaking of having a blast…this Thursday is Sudio Thursday again at Silo Studios in Thompson Station. Come out and join the fun!

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Big and Bold







I had a few requests at the last couple of shows for some bigger necklaces. I tend to like them short, but apparently the style is trending toward larger necklaces. So….I perused the bead selection in my studio and had a fun time using up all of the larger beads in my collection. The colors are in the turquoise and fall color theme. Hope you like them.

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Studio Thursday

It’s time again for Studio Thursday at Silo Studio. The festivities begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. Last month, there was an amazing rush of people at the beginning and choice items cleared out fast, so if you want to find the best selection, you may want to get there early.
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In Living Color

Up at sunrise.
Lunch matches my skirt.
Wild and tame flowers.
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Pink



Just in a pink mood.


 

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A Peek Into My World


Here is a little glimpse into my studio. This is the only sane corner. The rest is packed with stuff. On New Years Day I decided to paint the walls, so I had to take everything out of the shelves to do it. I ran out of steam after a wall and a half. Someday it will be done. By that time I will probably be ready for a new color.
This is a painting of the path to the beach from our spring vacation to Puerto Rico. The colors in the photo didn’t quite turn out true to the painting, but I can look at it and picture myself walking down that path to paradise.

Next week it will be time for Studio Thursday again at Silo Studio. After taking the month of July off, this should be a good show. As usual, your purchases help Shawn to rescue more precious dogs.

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Creative Life


I love to try to apply creativity to all areas of my life. Sometimes we just go through the everyday routine of our lives and don’t think about beauty. Every moment of our lives can be made more beautiful if we give it a bit of thought. It is fun to treat my husband and family and friends to a little bit of something special whenever I can. Even if I am preparing a meal just for myself, I like to make it pretty. Art isn’t just for “artists.” Everyone can use the talents given to them to make the world just a little bit better. In a world full of stress and mass produced monotony, put your unique fingerprint on something that you do.

Hay baling Time 

Distant Shower 


Pottery shards given to me by a friend. Take trash and make treasures. 

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Sky and Sea


I seem to be drifting back into painting. This is a view of Shacks Beach in Isabella, Puerto Rico. The photo that I did the painting from was taken as our family took a walk after dinner one evening. It brings back happy, peaceful memories.

A little bit of jewelry was done as well. This is a soft, fabric necklace of Vincent with vintage fabrics and buttons.

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Camp Stillwaters




Well…it’s not really camp, but kind of like it. Each summer break I get some of my nieces for a few days and do crafts with them. I had one niece last month for a couple of days and we concentrated on sewing. I had a niece and a great niece last week and our main project was painting chairs. Someone had abandoned some chairs on a lot where my son and his wife are building a house and I snatched them up and brought them home because I knew they would make a great project. I think they turned out pretty cute.
We also tie-dyed T shirts and made collages. They spent a lot of time catching tiny, baby toads that are hopping all around our house and we took several rides around the farm on our Rhino. We also took a field trip to a museum nearby and one of them went to the peach orchard with me.

Now it is back to semi-normal at our house…whatever that may be and I have been in a painting mood. Here is one that I finished yesterday.

I also found time to make a bit of jewelry too. The copper and silver toned necklace and bracelet
were inspired by a pair of earrings that I got from my friend and fellow jeweler, Sylvia McAlister.

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It’s Not Summer Without…


All of us probably have certain things that you can only do in summer that make the season come alive for us. My husband would probably say that first grilled burger of the season with big slices of homegrown tomato and Vidalia onion. I personally would skip the burger unless it was veggie. Some of the things that I look forward to every year are local experiences. In the town that is nearest to us there still exists a drive-in theater. We went there last night and joined the old fashioned fun. It is still a bargain in these days of expensive tickets and concessions. They always have a double feature, but this time of year, the movies doesn’t start until after 8:30 so staying awake for both features is not something that I can handle. Where else though, can you see two current movies for $6 a person?

Just up the road from us a few miles are a lovely peach orchard and berry farm. I made a trip there on Tuesday and came home with such bounty that I felt truly blessed. The peaches will be coming in until the end of July. I’m not sure about the length of time for the berries, but if you are traveling a bit to get there, I would call for availability on both of them.

Can you believe the size of these blackberries?!!! 

 

I did manage to find my studio one day this week and made this purse necklace. The vintage change purse was given to me by Shawn and I ordered the antique tintype from Australia from my friend Julie. I will tuck some interesting things inside once I decide what needs to be included. The words on the bottom of the purse are “seek the ancient paths” which is a quote from Jeremiah 6:16:
16 This is what the LORD says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.

We all need rest for out souls in these hectic, troubling times.

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Savoring Summer

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes – The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.โ€
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

There are certain things that take me back to my childhood. One of those is sitting outside breaking homegrown green beans. My grandmothers and aunts would sit outside on the porch where it was cool and break beans while we children would swing in the porch swing or stand around begging them to take us down to the creek to wade. Doing the work outside just makes a mundane task into something special. Dinner tonight is mostly from the garden. Even my husband, the carnivore, doesn’t complain about a vegetarian meal when the garden is coming in.

A little something colorful in honor of summer…polymer clay with a mosaic of lampworked glass, turquoise, millefiore, and dichroic glass in a copper bezel sent to me by Steph.

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Summer Diversions

Paris Flea Market Pendant

It’s time for this month’s Gallery Friday at Artisans in Downtown Columbia, Tennessee. This month we will have several new artisans.

The festivities are Friday, June 25, from 5:00 until 9:00.

3 Metal Swirls
Copper and Brass Dangles

My mind has been mostly on food and gardening. I’ve been getting inspiration from one of my favorite raw food websites, RawLife.com. Check it out.Align Center

Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Avocado, Sweet Peppers, and Kelp Powder
Totally Raw Chocolate Tarts for Father’s Day
Totally Raw California Rolls
Prickly Soyu Cucumbers
Uncle David’s Dessert Squash
Milo Smelling the Herbs
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Round Robin Reveal

At long last, it is time to unveil the results of our round robin which began in February of this year. Four artists have participated in this adventure. The beginning artist has finally received her necklace, so now we can all post them. The artists are Steph in Belgium, Lucie in Paris, Lindsay in Chicago, and little ole me, here in Tennessee.

We each chose a theme for our necklace, and mine was Vincent Van Gogh. I created the focal pendant, with the paintbrush and a couple of dangles, and the basic chain. Then I sent it to Lindsay, who added her contribution to the necklace, and then sent it to Lucie, and then on to Steph. We each added something of our own interpretation of the theme. Along with my necklace, I sent each participant a CD of Don McLean’s song Vincent.
Another part of the challenge was to create a bag which went along with our theme for the necklace to travel in.
Please check out the other artists’ sites to see their final creations. If they don’t have them up yet, they should soon, so check back again. I forgot to take a photo of the beginning of mine, so maybe one of the other artists can fill in that blank for me.
I also want to remind everybody that it’s time for Studio Thursday tomorrow at Silo Studio in Spring Hill. When I went to set up my jewelry today, the whole place was decked out with lots of colorful, new creations. The proceeds from her sales go to a worthy cause. To quote from her site: “But, bear in mind…when you make a purchase at Silo Studios, you aren’t just getting an amazing custom piece, and you’re not just saving one more bit of “trash” from finding it’s way into a landfill. . .you are actually saving the life of a dog as well. Over 80% of Silo Studios profits go towards the rescue of homeless animals. Snootygiggles Dog Rescue is a small group (consisting of Shawn and “a few good friends”) that takes in one dog at a time. The dogs chosen for rescue are truly the bottom of the barrel. . .the sick and the elderly that just need someone to give them a chance or even just the love to comfort them through the inevitable. It is why we do what we do.” Drop in and check it out! You’ll be glad you did.

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Cherry Red

I was driving to the store, when I spied a local orchard’s sign advertising ripe cherries. I could not resist! Now…hmmm…what to do with 5 pounds of cherries? My favorite way is just fresh. For anyone in the Maury/Marshall county area, check out Forgie’s Fruit Farm. The cherries are ripe now, and in July they will have the best peaches you have ever had. Also, just down the road from Forgie’s is Bee Sweet Berry Farm. They will have raspberries for the next couple of weeks and blueberries beginning soon.
Here is a cameo necklace that I made from a cameo that I got at the flea market in Nashville last month. It seems to be a bakelite type material and I was told that it came from Hong Kong in the 1940’s. It has a very nice vintage feel to it. I have one more waiting to be used in another creation.

Studio Friday was a success despite a monsoon that showed up about 30 minutes after we started. It cleared out after about an hour and people ventured out again. We enjoyed hosting the Central High Advanced Placement artists. I was very impressed with some of the work. The next show is planned for the last Friday in June.

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Gallery Friday Coming Up

The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

Spring is so full of wonderful things that draw my attention away from the studio. The gardens call to me each day to see what new surprise is waiting for me and what weeds need to be pulled before they take over. I have managed to get in a bit of studio time. This Friday is the Artisans’ Gallery Friday in downtown Columbia, Tennessee, so there’s no time to waste.
Stop by if you are in the area and enjoy some wine, music and great art. This month we are also hosting the Advanced Placement Art Class from Columbia Central High School. There are some very talented students participating. Please help to spread the word.

See you there!
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Land and Sea

I just finished refurbishing my herb beds and yesterday, while I was in Columbia I found the perfect ornament. I usually don’t buy on impulse, but these handmade clay mushrooms were tooooo cute. I got them at Loblolly Interiors Market Antiques. It is a gorgeous store with beautiful paintings, fun accessories, and antiques. If you are in Columbia, you should stop by.
Coming up this Thursday is Silo Studio’s Studio Thursday sale. This show has a beach theme, so I created some beach themed jewelry and will have it there along with my other new jewelry. The show is from 9:00 until 2:00 so don’t miss it.

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Nashville Tennessee Flood 2010

In case any of you weren’t aware, Nashville and Middle Tennessee are going through one of the worst disasters in our history. I was away in Florida during the flood, and had no TV where I was and very little internet access. My husband was telling me about what was going on, but it wasn’t until Monday when I returned, that I understood the extent of the damage. When I saw the news footage of Nashville I was moved to tears. From what I understand, it got very little national coverage. Please watch the video and you will be amazed at the amount of water that inundated our state. My younger son is a fireman in Smyrna and was on duty all weekend as they helped evacuate people. Our home was unscathed, but I know several people who lost much in the flood.
I have posted some items in my Etsy shop for all proceeds to go to help the flood victims. Please remember the flood victims in your prayers and I’m sure any help would be appreciated. If you don’t see anything in my shop that is to your liking, just type in “Nashville” in the search box and you will find others who are also posting flood relief items. Thanks!

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Flea Market Day

Last Friday was the start of flea market weekend at the Nashville Fairgrounds. I love to have a free afternoon to wander and peruse the wares.

This mirror was very intriguing for a self portrait shot.
Of course you can always find cowboy boots in Nashville.
I love the big letters.
This vendor had spelled out various words all over the pavement.


And this is the treasure that I went to find…loads of new beads and cabochons to make some new creations. To top off all of that inspiration, my new issue of Jewelry Artist magazine was in the mailbox when I got home. Woooooohoooooo….studio, here I come!

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Copper Creations

I’ve been thinking about new textures and shapes lately to try to break outside of the familiar. First I trace around the stone on my sketchbook and experiment with different shapes for the backing. I am pleased with how these two new pieces came out. The unique chain in the top one was given to me by Steph.
These should be on display next week at our Gallery Friday Event in downtown Columbia, Tennessee. Here is our new sign that I just completed for the gallery. Things are coming together for another great event.

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Aaaaaa….Spring!

My favorite time of year is here! The green is so wonderfully bright that it keeps stealing my attention from other less interesting things. Lunch on the deck is an event to look forward to, even if my cat does want to share it with me. The studio is calling though, and I do manage to put in some time there. Opening the windows and letting in the fresh air helps to bring a little of the season into my workplace.

Time Flies, Be Happy

Dyed Jasper and Copper

Also…Silo Studio’s Studio Thursday is back for an encore this month since so many people were on spring break. Shawn and I are restocking so there will also be some new stuff, just in case you didn’t get enough of it last week.

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Productive Day

I love having a whole day at home to create. Of course there is always housework to be done too, but in between 6 loads of laundry and cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, I managed to get a bit of creating done too. Studio Thursday is coming up this week at Silo Studio so it’s crunch time. The theme this month is gardens so Shawn asked me to make some things with the outdoors in mind. There are birdbaths/feeders made from old silverplated and brass serving pieces.

Mini terrariums with handmade polymer clay mushrooms.
Herb markers made from old silverplated flatware.
I also made some cowgirl necklaces with little pony charms for the Columbia crowd. Mule Day is coming up this weekend so get ready to party.
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Amazing Evening


The first Gallery Friday at Where’s the Art was a huge success! I estimate that around 300 people showed up for our opening night. Thanks to everyone who made it possible. See our website for more information on the artisans and the event.

It’s been a busy week with the gallery opening and Passover week so I’m hoping to get to work tomorrow because Studio Thursday at Silo Studio is coming up this week and also I’m working on a necklace Round Robin with Steph, Lucie, and Lindsay. That’s got to stay under wraps until the unveiling when we are finished. Lots to do and not enough hours in the day.

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Where’s The Art?

Newly painted spaces are awaiting the installation of paintings, jewelry, furniture, and pottery. This place will be transformed by Friday evening to the newest art gallery in town. A group of friends have joined together to try to awaken a dying downtown area and have a fun place to showcase our art.
Hours of sweat equity have gone into redeeming a worn and tired space and making it art worthy. This Friday, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. we will have our opening show. The location is downtown Columbia, Tennessee on the public square, in the old Helms Jewelry building. Come and enjoy the art, food, wine, and music.
Check out our group’s blogs for more details on the artists and the vision.
Where’s the Art Columbia
Gordon’s Gallery

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Back from Paradise

The only art that I have made this past week is photos. I just got back from a few glorious days in Puerto Rico. A small reprieve from this brutal winter we have had. It was so hard to leave.

Pathway to Paradise

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Oh give me a home, where the iguanas roam, and the skies are not cloudy all day.

Jobos Beach
My son’s surfboard in the stairwell.Graffiti at Jobos
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Time for Studio Thursday

Time for Studio Thursday this week at Silo Studio.
Polymer clay “stone” by Steph, combined with one of my old paintbrushes
and some beads and copper.

French charm bracelet.


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Back To Copper

When Steph came to visit, she brought me these green beads. The larger one had split in half to make two perfect cabochons. They kept calling to me from my bead tray to frame them with copper. My DH says they look like beetles. It also bothers him that I made the bottom piece asymmetrical. He likes symmetry. I tend to go for something different whenever possible.
This dragonfly was an attempt at etching. The veins on the wings faintly show. I need to tinker with my acid recipe a little to get a sharper image. The stones are carnelian.

This is a random assortment of stones, bone beads, and copper charms and spirals.

All of these will be at Studio Thursday next week at Silo Studio in Spring Hill.

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Living Water ืžื™ื ื—ื™ื™ื

24″x30″

As much as I love making jewelry, one of my other passions is mosaics. The stones and glass have been calling to me lately, so I shifted gears a bit and spent a couple of glorious afternoons making this piece. The title is ืžื™ื ื—ื™ื™ื (mayim chaim) which means living water. The inspiration for this mosaic is Psalm 1:1-4 .
1How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

The challenge was to represent a concept without words. It is a small version of a bigger one that I did several years ago. This one may eventually have a home in a church that was designed by my friend Michelle. The church has been trying to get its financing together to build the new sanctuary, but haven’t quite reached their goal.

4’x4′

In the mean time, it sits in my basement in an area where I frequently pray and it always brings to mind were my focus should ultimately be.

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Frankenstein Necklace


A couple of months ago my sister-in-law gave me a box of costume jewelry that she had picked up at an estate sale. I’ve taken apart everything that is made of beads to reuse in other projects. Some of the other elements take a bit longer for me to decide how to use them. This necklace is a combination of a gold colored chainmaille, a very large earring, some hammered and pierced galvanized sheet metal, and three quartz crystals. The result was kind of a funky, glitzy/industrial look. I had fun with the challenge of recycling the random bits and pieces to make something different from the original style. Welcome to my laboratory….Bwhaaaaa haaaaa haaaa!

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Learn Something New

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to learn something new as often as possible. I had always been intrigued by Viking Knit, but it looked just too complicated to learn on my own without an instructor. “Viking knittingโ€ is not actually knitting in the way you might think (i.e. with two needles), but is actually a type of weaving. Chains are made from long pieces of wire that are worked by hand into interconnecting loops. Examples of these chains have been found at various archeological sites in Scandinavia dating back to the 8th century A.D (the Viking era). Similar chains have been found in other areas of the world, so the technique may not have been unique to the Vikings. (Quote from Janra Jewelry)With one of my “geeky side” interests being archeology, that makes this technique even more appealing. I decided to do a search on YouTube to see if I could find any instruction that would make this seem less daunting. This is one of the videos that I found that made it seem fairly simple.
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I first started with some plastic coated 20 gauge wire which worked really well because it is less prone to tangle. When you are working with 10 feet of wire, that is a big consideration. After success with that, I tried 20 gauge copper wire which was a little trickier, but not too difficult.
Above are my first two attempts. Each chain took around 3 hours to complete, but most of that can be done while watching a movie or riding in the car. It is a very portable project.

It just amazes me, the wealth of information that is on YouTube. I plan to post other newly learned skills in the future. I challenge all of you to see what you can learn too.

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Winter’s Beauty and Two Artsy Ladies

Winter is not my favorite time of year. All of the other seasons are more to my taste. Winter, however, does have its moments. The sunrises and sunsets rival any other season. The colors are so much more vibrant, and the silhouette of the bare trees makes a beautiful contrast.
And then of course, there is the beautiful starkness of the snow. We have gotten to enjoy that view this winter way more than any year that I can recall. We may usually see one snowfall if we are lucky, but this year we have had at least three separate occasions of measurable snow. The schools have used up all of their snow days legitimately. That is a rarity here.

This has given me a good excuse to stay cozy in the house and stitch away at my little projects. I have created a couple of cuffs and necklaces to honor two famous artsy ladies. The first one needs no introduction.

The second set is in honor of Frida Kahlo which inspired the bright colors. All of these are made from vintage and recycled fabrics and buttons.


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On The Softer Side

I was recently inspired by the creations of Les Bijoux Dodette and decided that I would try my had at making appliqued and embellished fabric jewelry. Winter just seems like a time when it is comforting to sit in the evenings and stitch on something. I have really enjoyed working in this medium and have several more pieces that I haven’t gotten to photograph yet.
They are all sewn on a base of recycled sweater felt, with strips of fabric from vintage flour sacks, other vintage clothing, and old jewelry that I’ve taken apart and re purposed. It’s fun to take a handful of bits and pieces and turn them into something interesting. They are kind of primitive and the stitching is uneven, but I kind of like it that way. I like art that shows the hand of the maker.

More to come.

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Stone Faced

I have this love affair with rocks. I have as long as I can remember. My mother was always frustrated I’m sure by my pockets being full of them. Now I know what to do with them.

The top bracelet is a variety of stones in bezels, with a sampler of textured copper links.
The necklace below is made from a carved stone face that Steph gave me that came from Mexico. It has a bit of Mexican opal showing on the forehead. The chin was very thin and delicate, so I had to stop the bezel at his cheeks. The beads are bone, carnelian, glass, and some handmade clay ones that Steph also gave me. I think he needs a name.

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Winter Wonderland

We are iced in at Stillwaters. It took my dh 2 1/2 hours to get home from work on Friday on a trip that should have taken a half hour. It’s kind of nice and cozy being stuck here. The main roads are clear, but they never clear ours. We will venture out tomorrow with four wheel drive.
Here are a couple of the things I’ve been working on. Above is a necklace mad from a piece of petrified wood that Steph gave me with a photo of one of our trees below it in a bezel with resin.
To go along with the tree theme, I made some hammered copper leaves with the tree photo too.

My son and daughter-in-law just got here and said that the drive was perilous. We will sled for a while and enjoy the sunshine and company.
Stay warm and enjoy the day everyone!

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Merci Beaucoup!

Thanks so much to Steph for the birthday goodies. I love the colorful bracelet and the chocolate is already gone, of course. She also sent a CD of wonderful jazz that will make great creative inspiration in my studio.

Speaking of inspiration…here is a bracelet that I completed yesterday…something a little different inspired by a photo in Art Jewelry Magazine.

Copper, brass, blue and yellow turquoise

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You Find What You Are Looking For


Last week, my sister and I were walking on the beach in Florida, picking up shells and things. The beach that we were on is known for its fossilized shark’s teeth. My sister has a finely tuned eye for finding them…I don’t. I was finding pretty shells and I remarked that you could either focus on one or the other. If you are looking for shells, you don’t find too many shark’s teeth and if you are looking for shark’s teeth you don’t find many shells. I was telling her how some of the blogs that I follow are written by people who like to collect heart shaped rocks and that I’ve never found one. She said that maybe it was like the people who can find four leaf clovers all day long and others can’t.

The next day I decided that I would look for heart shaped rocks on the beach. Within a period of about 30 minutes, I found over 15 heart shaped rocks. It seemed that almost every rock I looked at was heart shaped.

I started thinking that the same concept may apply to life. What you look for is what you find.

โ€œAs a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.โ€
Proverbs 23:7

…just thinking.

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