November 2008


bead-paletteI am making progress on the leaf jewelry I am designing.  The process of making the leaves has been worked out in copper and I am now transitioning to silver.

I want to use beads with the silver leaves and have selected these beads as the palette I will work with.  They are blue lace agate and amazonite gemstones and “Dug” trade beads from Mali.   I think it is a lovely palette to work with.  I don’t really have a preconceived notion of how I will put them together – I will go with what feels right at the time.

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cowlAs someone who makes handcrafted items, I appreciate the time and care that most artisans put into their work.  I enjoy adorning myself and my home with lovely handcrafted items whenever I can.

This winter, I really wanted a cowl or scarf to wear with turtlenecks.  I purchased this one from Knitting Guru who made it in these colors at my request.  I will enjoy wearing it and appreciate having something beautiful that was made just for me.

Pink BraceletI made this bracelet and a friend loved it and purchased it.  Then her daughter saw it and started borrowing it.  Then a co-worker saw it and said – “give this to me for Christmas”.  My friend said “no”.

She did ask, however, if I could make another one for her daughter.  I do very little that is not one-of-a-kind, so I thought I would make something similar but close.  The main signature bead of this bracelet is the pink shell beads.  And wouldn’t you know it, I can’t find them anywhere.

So, I am working on a different pink bracelet for her daughter.  Equally lovely, I hope, but different.  I’ll put up a photo when I’m done.

shadow-box-sketchesHeading out to Raleigh, NC in a few days and beads will of course be going with me.  I was so excited to finish the shadow box pendant and sketched out ideas for other pieces in the same theme but with variations.

I started on the second piece, a variation of those in the sketch and hope to finish it during this next trip and maybe, maybe start a third piece.  I love them, the simplicity, the silhouette, the character of them.

daffodilsWe are doing some landscaping and had a plan drawn up for the entire yard.  It will probably take three years to get everything in, but we have started.  One of the first purchases was 75 daffodils.  The ones I selected are shown here.  I bought 25 of the yellow and 50 of the white.  I cannot wait to see them in the spring.

Right now, they are bulbs in a sack and I hope to get them planted soon.  In the past, I put in a few bulbs here and there but nothing that will make an impact like this.  I hope to have actual photos of them from my yard to share in the spring.  Meanwhile, it is freezing here today.

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Found objects, like the green piece of tile in this necklace, are fun to work with and inspire creativity.  This piece was found on a local beach and has a smooth, matte finish much like beach glass.  I created the setting for it out of sterling silver and then accented it with beads in tones of green, turquoise and a light bronze color.  I think the addition of the warm toned bronze color beads adds a richness to the entire piece.

Tuesday evening we cooked shrimp, artichokes, and red onions on skewers on the grill.  I had never eaten grilled artichokes before and they were delicious.  We cooked enough for a couple of meals.  I can remember being slightly afraid of artichokes, until I actually tried them.

Today for my artist’s date, I went to Panera and had the spinach and artichoke souffle with a cup of coffee.  Their souffles are always so good and they don’t make that many so sometimes they run out.  It just felt nice, to have a few moments to myself to do nothing but relax.

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