Friday, February 27, 2009

Mixed Emotions




This is my last day at my job working for the Buyers Market of American Craft. I'm sad to leave behind all of the great friends I've made. We've had such good and crazy times together! I know that I will be back to visit. Even though I'm sad about leaving I'm also very excited to start this next part of my life. I have so many great things happening right now, I can't wait to see where my pursuits take me. Stay tuned...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Great new work!

Go visit Christy Klug at the Baltimore ACC Show! I've always loved her pierced jewelry and now she has some new enamel jewelry!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Shopping for Shoes


I'm looking for shoes to go with my wedding dress, and you know how I love flashy shoes! These are my favorites, and I also like these. I need flat shoes since my wedding will be outside and in a barn. I also want shoes I'll wear again. In all likelihood no one will even see my shoes because my dress goes to the floor. Oh how I love the shiny shoes!

This book looks good!

I love the cover of this book, it looks so peaceful and zen! It's now on my favorites on Amazon.com. I will have to buy it and let you know what I create!

Good news. Well first the bad news is my computer is dieing as I said below but it is 8 years old and has had a good long run. Back to the good news I will be purchasing my first laptop within the next week! Thank goodness my dad knows computers like the back of his hand! He helped me design my laptop with the features that I need. Thanks Dad!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Just so you know

My home computer is dieing, it might be fixed this week or I might be buying a new one. The computer is 8 years old so it's had a good long run. I may disappear for a little while.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Oh no, it has happened!

Yes I have joined Twitter! Hopefully I'll have something interested to Tweet about! You can follow me here https://twitter.com/ValerieHeck

Friday, February 20, 2009

Present for myself!

I did buy myself a couple of presents at the BMAC Show, this is one of them. It's a Free Diamond Jacob Albee ring. The diamonds are loose in the ring with a sapphire crystal keeping them in. There is one ruby and the goal of the game is to get the ruby in the center hole. I love his jewelry and talking to him and his wife! Check out his website, he also works with meteorite! (He's actually shipping a ring to me so I don't have it quite yet, I can't wait!)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I'm home : )

I've returned from Philly, here are some before, during and after shots:



Tuesday, February 10, 2009

See ya next week!

I'll be at the Buyers Market of American Craft Show in Philly PA all week! See you later!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Happy Monday!


I'm still dreaming of having a tiny house on my finger, have fun day dreaming!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hilarious!

This cracks me up, thought I don't think it would work so well if the rings are a certain size. I'd love to buy these for all of my exhibitors so they'd have something funny, something that would bring a smile to their face at the start of the show. Go buy it, let me know what you think! Finger Food.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Michele Mercaldo

I am in love with the clean lines of this necklace by Michele Mercaldo, take a closer look at her website!

Busy, busy, busy, still busy.....

I feel like this photograph a lot of the time, far too much on my plate. I'm tired and hopefully some things will finish, others will slow down and then I'll really start making some jewelry again. I'll work towards those goals I posted several days ago. It's interesting, in my family we tend to say yes to everything we're asked and I've started saying no to things. I can only give away so much of my time before it's just not fun anymore. Right now I'm a member of too many jewelry clubs but that will change soon.

I read an article about a type of club/group I'd love to be in. A critique group that met once a month. In the article it was about a group of 9 artists that got together once a month at one of their houses and they critiqued each others work as though they were back in school. Giving feedback, making suggestions. I truly miss this. It's amazing the ideas the group can come up with for your work that you would have never thought to try. I hope to find a group like this or start one. I believe it is a great way to push yourself and make better art. Constructive criticism is a wonderful thing, it can open your eyes to a path you never realised was in front of you.

One of my favorites!




One of my favorite jewelry artists, the artist who made my engagement ring, is Anne Sportun/Experimetal. I love the soft quality of her jewelry, it looks comfortable and beautiful. Her photos are also a lot of fun with the use of props!


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Have some fun today!

I found this great website called Perpetual Kid that has lots of fun products for us big kids! I especially love these nails/toothpicks! Go to the website, have some fun, smile!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Can you guess what all those bright lines are made of?


Plastic Drinking Straws! What great inspiration! The artist is Burcu Büyükünal.

I want to win this competition!

As hard as it can be to design something beautiful I believe it is much harder to design something purposefully ugly. There is actually an Ugly Necklace Contest with money prizes. I've known about the competition for several years but haven't had the time to design a truly ugly necklace and apply. Entries are due in March, give it a whirl! The image above is the winner of the competition in 2004, you have to click on the link to the web page and just see the horror! And the funny faces people are making!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Nice use of Recycled Materials

I love this infinity necklace by Jude Clark, it's made out of ruler. It makes me think about time and how it seems to go by faster and faster. Memories seem to blend together. You can see more of her work at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery.


My Goals

As I said in an earlier post I could work on making a list of short term and long term goals. Here they are so far:

Short Term (1 year) these build up to long term
Start a shop on Etsy.com
Reduce the amount of TV I watch to maybe 1 hour a week
Win 3 or more scholarships for school
Attend New Approach Fall 2009 or Spring 2010
Read 1 book every 5 days
Work on website, possibly learn design
Build a database of buyer contact info (2500 galleries)
Create/buy set up for photography
Own a house (this involves lots of scrimping/saving)
Have a studio
Join a jewelry club
Possibly work in a museum or gallery
Join a juggling club
Find a professional photographer, to photograph my jewelry

Full time, self sustaining, jewelry business (2 years)

Long Term (5 years)
Do SOFA, BMAC, Smithsonian Show, Philadelphia Museum Show, ACC
Win Diva Design Competition WJA, JCK Jewelers Choice Awards, Niche Awards, MJSA Innovation Awards
Have my work in over 10 books
Have my work in over 30 magazines (unpaid for)
Be invited into the American Jewelry Design Council
Want to be in several Exhibition in Print (Metalsmith)
Taking sewing classes to make my own clothes
Go to one of the craft schools for a class once a year (Haystack, Penland, Revere, Peters Valley, Arrowmount)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Great Floor!




I saw this new type of flooring in a magazine, it's called Liquid Lava and it's made by Jockimo.
These floor tiles are filled with liquid sealed inside different layers. The tiles are resilient and when pressure is applied, the liquid within the tiles literally swirls around your feet. I want to play on the floor now! : )