Friday, November 28, 2008

I bought on Etsy!

For the first time I bought a few things off of Etsy! I don't shop much, no need to be spending money but for Christmas presents what I didn't make for people I wanted to buy handmade. My favorite gift I bought was from avrilloreti, this handkerchief with mustaches! I bought the white one for my cousin Elijah, it cracked me up!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I'm in a magazine! Wahoo!

My Reflection Necklace was published in the December 2008 issue of JQ International Magazine! I'm on page 44! This is so exciting! I love publicity, and I want to thank my friend Cynthia for her help on this!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Working at the Bench

This weekend I got the chance to work in my studio! Mainly working on Christmas presents but also experimenting. The image above with the dots of silver on my soldering block are a great idea for earrings I'll show you soon. I found a way to use my big box of scrap wire bits! I'm recycling!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Jewelry Fair at the Walters

Nov 20 - 23, 2008 come meet 20 world class jewelers at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore! Come see the work of PATRICIA MADEJA! I've posted an image of one of her kinetic bracelets here.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Tracing is not cheating!

I drawing class this week we were told tracing is not cheating, it's good practice. The Walters Art Museum has so many beautiful jewelry books full of pictures and sketches! Here is a brooch I traced with a very sharp pencil!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Jewelry Drawing Class Part II

I had my second and final session of Jewelry Drawing & Rendering. We learned how to paint a more faceted stone. (Last week was cabochons.) It helps if you back up from the computer and look at the stones from a distance. This class was held at the Walters Art Museum. They are having a really neat jewelry exhibit this week and this weekend a jewelry show. You should go!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Wedding Cake Topper

I found a wedding cake topper that I love, why must I have such good taste? It's Lladro, I want it!

It's time to VOTE!

I know you're sad the election is over, all that adrenaline you had right up until the announced the results is gone.
Now here is your chance to cast your vote!
This past weekend Joe and I worked on our wedding registry, let me tell you that little gun that scans zip codes is fantastic. I might go register at stores just for the sheer fun of it. It's like buying a ton of stuff without spending any money. I didn't come home with anything, I just had fun!
We're trying to decide what china we'd like, I have two options.
The plates above, Rutledge Legacy, are fine bone china that are oven safe, microwave safe and dishwasher safe. I love the whimsy of the design, it's not as serious as most china.
The Engagement Dinnerware by Lenox is fine bone china that is dish washer safe.
I love both but I feel the Engagement Dinnerware will go with however I decorate better. The Rutledge Legacy plates have a very specific color theme.
Let me know what you think! I'm open to suggestions!

"Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you..."

I have been tagged by KMJewelryStudio

Here's how this works:THE RULES:*

*Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
*Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
*Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their name as well as links to their blog.
*Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1) At a Halloween Party this year I ate part of a barbecued Scorpion, I felt brave once I got past thinking I might die!

2) I love it when my fingers and fingernails are dirty, it means I've been working in the studio.

3) Every time I walk into Home Depot I breath in the fantastic tool/plastic/dirt smell. Can you bottle that please?

4) I live completely on my own, support myself by myself and I'm very proud of that. I even paid for surgery out of pocket this past year and did it without any help. (Except my fiance did come and take care of me for a week! Thank you!)

5) I have a long Christmas chain made out of strips of old cards hanging in my apartment from one vent in the ceiling to the next. I add one link a day and have been doing this for almost a year. This one's a long story, I'll leave you guessing.

6) My fiance and I were best friends in elementary school and he proposed to me when we were only five.

7) I love blowing bubbles! Some kid things should never end!

Now the seven people to choose...

12 Linden
Alisa Miller
Freshie & Zero
Whitney J. Marsden
The Sterling News

Post if you dare, I'd love to learn more about all of you!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Artistic Luxury

This weekend I went to the Cleveland Museum of Art and saw the Artistic Luxury exhibit. There were works by Faberge, Tiffany, and Lalique. I highly recommend seeing the exhibit. I've attached an image of the Pendant with Serpent Motif, 1901, by René Lalique made of Gold, pearls, enamel.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

Today for work I'll be attending the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. My friend Petra Class will be there with her goregous gold and precious gemstone jewelry. It's a great show, you should check it out if you have a free day this weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Show & Tell from Drawing Class!

Here are some of the drawings/paintings I did this evening. We worked on drawing cabochons and getting the lighting right. We used markers, colored pencils, and white ink. The cards are drew on are paint chips from Home Depot. I love it!

Drawing Class!

I'm taking a Jewelry Drawing & Rendering Class tonight at the Walter's Art Museum. I'm very excited. I've posted many sketches on my blog previously and I've been working to improve my ability to draw realistically. I've been working on several drawing books but it's still hard to sketch something that other people can easily tell is jewelry. I am working hard on improving so my sketches are as lovely as my jewelry. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lark Book Design Challenge: 30-Minute Earrings!

I found a great new Book that is coming out, everyone should definitely try and apply!

Jewelry Design Challenge: 30-Minute Earrings
Editor: Marthe Le VanEntry
Deadline: January 26, 2009

Are you a skilled and imaginative jewelry designer who is up for a challenge? Great! Your mission is to design a pair of earrings that can be made in 30 minutes flat.30-Minute Earrings will showcase more than 50 incredibly stylish step-by-step projects that can be created without investing too much of a valuable commodity—time! The selected earring designs will be modern and sophisticated and encompass many different styles and techniques. The common denominator will be fast projects that look terrific! PS: In 30-Minute Earrings, we won’t be teaching fundamental jewelry making techniques. Designers can assume that their readers are already proficient (and quick!) at skills such as sawing, soldering, and finishing. Accept the challenge! Get more info here!

Letter From Wendy Rosen to Artists & Retailers

I had to share this letter that is for all Artists and Retailers and Everyone:

For many of us, today we feel that our nation has exhaled a breath, one we’ve been holding for years.Today, it is time to move forward. Regardless of whom you supported, yesterday’s election was a testament to all of us and the world of the importance of the collective impact of individual actions. Going forward, we feel assured that Main Street’s needs will be at the top of the list of “special interests” for our next president. Now is the time to share and promote our stake in the revitalization of our nation, our economy and the world at large. We encourage you to join us by taking action toward sustaining and supporting the economic importance of craft industry. Many of you – artists and retailers – have struggled over the past weeks, months and in some cases, years. Each of us owes it to each other to work together toward making our community a strong partner in creating a new small business-dominated economy. But before the turnaround occurs we need to be sure that we keep our own promises to each other, sharing resources, keeping informed and increasing both business and artistic skills so that when the time comes we are prepared to take our place as the small flame that ignites the resurgence of a stronger economy.You can begin by sharing with friends and neighbors the incredible difference that can be made to our economy with each dollar they spend locally on products made by hand in the U.S. and Canada. If the thousands of members of the craft family took one simple action a day – even one a week – imagine what we could accomplish in raising our community’s profile, and our individual prosperity. In the coming weeks, we will be offering easy, step-by-step small tasks that will help to create social action, craft and good cause consumerism. Visit us on Facebook, our blog, and on Twitter to hear our thoughts on spreading the word about our community. And we hope that in exchange, you’ll share your suggestions with us and others as well. We can no longer retreat into the isolation of our studios and galleries or stores. Building relationships inside and outside our community benefits us all. If you have not already committed to attending next February’s Buyers Market of American Craft, we encourage you to do so today. Our community’s strength is built upon the personal contact made during those four days each February and three in August. If you are retailer, please visit today to register. Artists may download an application at that same website. Today is a new day – we hope you will join us on the journey.
Warm Regards,
Wendy Rosen & the Staff of the Buyers Market of American Craft

Working in the Studio, Yay!

I cranked out 13 pairs of earrings this weekend, actually on Sunday. I'm trying to get lots of presents made for Christmas and the upcoming year, I can't always get to my studio so it's good to be prepared!

I made this pair while waiting for the other 12 pairs to pickle and I love them! I've been working with jump rings trying to make them something other than circles and I think I really hit the nail with these!

The Wedding Dress

So I'm planning a wedding, my wedding and wanted to give you a sneak peak of my dress. I found it in one day! Thank goodness! Luckily the dress was off the rack too so it doesn't need to be ordered (that takes 12 weeks!). It fits almost perfect, needs a little adjustment but I love it. I put it on and we all knew it was the one. (I honestly didn't think that would actually happen.) The store that we bought the dress at is in Hanover PA and is called Yvonne's Bridal, 717.632.2561. Of all the places we went they had the best dress selection and they were really good at pulling out dresses that looked good on me. I was open to trying anything on.
The dress is ivory with some champagne color and it really helped my Mom and I get started on planning other aspects of the wedding. Which is good! Now I need to make some jewelry to go with the dress!

Friday, November 7, 2008


So apparently my minds been a spinning with ideas this week. Think several layers and think kinetic! Oh how I love jewelry that moves and can be played with! The images in the top left hand corner is a brooch made by Poppi, great work!
Stay tuned I'll be in my studio this weekend so I'll try to post in progress pictures!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

My Fiance

Since many of my friends haven't met my Fiance Joe I wanted to post a picture of us together on our European trip. Joe does exist!


Check out the online exhibit METALinclinations, it is an online metalsmithing and jewelry exhibition presented by the Society for Midwest Metalsmiths. This exhibition includes selections of the most exemplary fine metal art created by metalsmiths, silversmiths, goldsmiths and jewelers all over the world.

I've included the image a piece by Alexia Vargas that is chased and repoussed. Wow do I love what those techniques can do, where is my hammer I'm ready to get making!

Women's Jewelry Association

We are officially our own chapter, the MD/DC/VA Chapter of the Women's Jewelry Association. I've been working with the board of the group to help plan events and get new members to join! It looks like we're well on our way, Congratulations to everyone on the board!

If you're interested in attending some of our meetings just let me know or click on the link above to see where our next event will be. Members benefit from educational and networking opportunities, scholarships, design competitions and recognition programs. Get involved!

Good fun!

I had dinner last night with a good friend, Liz Mathews, who I attended Towson University with! It's so nice to hang out with a fellow jewelry designer/makers. Check out her jewelry! This is one of her newer pieces and I love it!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Make sure to VOTE, otherwise you are not allowed to complain! ; )

Sunday, November 2, 2008

What to do?

I found this great piece of jewelry on etsy, it's a maze and the stone moves on a track through the maze. Check out KanfeiYoanh's page. I was trying to find a piece of jewelry that explained how I'm feeling right now, a little lost. My fiance and I will be getting married soon, Yeah! And we're both type A personalities so we plan, plan, plan. The problem is I'm just dieing to get making jewelry (need a studio since I prefer to use a torch and hammer a lot) but we also want kids. I don't feel comfortable working in a studio around dangerous chemicals while pregnant. It's just difficult. Do I start the business full time and get it going and hire people to make the jewelry while I'm pregnant or do I put it off and really get it going once we're done. Or maybe I just need to chill out! Really I should probably just relax, work on my jewelry and let things happen as they will. It all works out in the end anyway! ; )