Friday, October 29, 2010

Something wicked this way comes|

I love, love, love this version.  I had hoped to embed this in my blog for you, but alas, it is not allowed.  Just the perfect amount of wickedness in honor of the season...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010


My daughters painted these margaritas for their Aunt Diana and Uncle Shane.  Diana and Shane own a restaurant in Hot Springs, AR called Taco Mama where you will find the best Mexican food in the state. And I'm not just saying that because they are family.  On a recent visit we ate there every day, sometimes twice a day!

During one of those fabulous meals I told you about, the girls noticed that there were two paintings of some chili peppers.  They decided they wanted to see if they could make paintings worthy to be hung on the walls of Taco Mama.  I think they achieved it.  ;)  I've had these forever and plan on packing them up this week and sending them to Diana.  I'm going to see if I can get her to send me a picture of them on the wall of the restaurant.  The girls will be all famous and stuff!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Intertwined scrollwork...

One of the things I've always loved most about silver work in jewelry, is the contrast between light and dark.  Dark in all the nooks and crannies, and light on all the surfaces.  The oxidation settles in and when brushed from the surface it remains in the crevices serving to bring distinction in the textures of the silver.
The more textures in a setting the more opportunity there is to see this beauty at work.

I have just begun exploring using intertwined wires to create scrollwork in my designs over the past month or so.  I love the lacy feel it lends to my designs, I definitely plan on exploring this technique more!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

We now return to our regularly scheduled program...

Well, maybe not quite back to the regular schedule, but getting closer.  I think....  Anyway, the show is behind me!  I worked non stop to prepare, and I am pretty proud of myself for pulling it off.  It was an enormous challenge to myself to see if I could fill up a six foot table with goods, and I did!!

I really thought that I'd be able to spend this week lounging around in my pj's and getting caught up on my dvr, but I have so many things that I put on the back burner while preparing for this show, that I am just as busy this week as I was last week.

I am making progress on the ole to do list though.  Ever onward....

Here are the first set of photos of some of the left over goodies.  I am hoping to get them listed in my Etsy shop some time this evening or tomorrow morning.  If you see something that strikes your fancy, feel free to email me, or contact me by Etsy convo.

So, without further ado....

That's it for now, more to come!  Have a good evening everyone!  :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Growing up really sucks.

I'd blissfully forgotten. Until my oldest, 8 years old, goes to bed and then calls me a half an hour later crying. She can't take another minute she says. She wants to move to a different class because there's this boy that likes her, and she can't stand him. She says he always has to be by her, stand by her in line, hang out by where she plays with her friends.

"Does he touch you?" I ask. "no" "does he say anything weird to you?" "no" " then why does he bother you so much?" "I just don't like him liking me, and he tells me all the time".

What do you say? I remember the first boy who liked me, and I didn't like him back. It's a weird feeling. I told her that I understood how she felt, but that she might have to tell him that she doesn't like him. Poor thing. It's one of those things that you have to learn to deal with, no one can really teach you the best way for you to deal with situations. It's just part of self discovery.

What do I do? What do I say? It's so weird having to go through growing up from a different perspective. As a parent you want to be helpful, and not do anything that will make your kids want to stop telling you stuff that's going on in their lives. I don't know. I'll talk to her again in the morning....


Just wanted to pause for a moment and show you my latest...Save the chain and clasp, this baby is made entirely by hand.  I am really excited about the possibilities to be had using these hand made components in future designs!

Have a fabulous evening everyone!  :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

This is new...

I've really been enjoying myself at work lately.  The more I make, the more I learn..the more I am learning, the more I want to make.  Trying new things, thinking of things I'd never thought of before.  It is like a natural progression.  My progression.  I am really enjoying the ride.

I have been working and experimenting a lot with twisted wire lately.   So much fun and the possibilities are really quite endless....a little tricky though, until I understood how it like to be handled ;).

Two weeks from today!  That's all I have left.  Two weeks, then show time!  I'm still trying not to get stressed out.  Well, back to work, just wanted to check in and let you all know I am still alive and kicking.  And how wonderful is it that it is October?  Glorious Fall is here.  I wasted no time in busting out my favorite fall and winter stone.  Garnet!!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!