Tuesday, June 30, 2009

My baby bird!

I just received the first photos of my baby bird! I'm so excited! He or She will come home with me the beginning of September!
Right now I'm in Maryland and tomorrow I'll be packing up my studio, located in my parents barn. So that once we have the house I can move all my tools in!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fun Art

Yesterday i hung out with my new sister and mom in Canton Ohio. People in that town are trying to revitalize the down town and had new artwork up. Above is the Giraffe I saw, there was also a blue monkey and a sea turtle! I thought the giraffe was the cutest!

I also have some great news that will lead to lots more jewelry posts. Joe and I have made an offer on a house and it was accepted. Officially we will get the keys the end of July. All of August I'll be working on the house and gradually moving our things in. There is a great room in the basement that will work as a studio, I need to install ventilation and bring my tools up from MD. Once I have some good pictures I'll share them!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I'm going through a pile of paperwork and found a piece of jewelry I've always loved (well I found an image). This piece was made by Patricia Madeja and the wheels on the bracelet move, it reminds me of an amusement park ride!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Welcome Home!

Since most of my friends and family will probably never see our apartment I’m giving you a personal tour! Welcome to Reserve Square Apartments. I believe there are over 600 apartment units in this building.

As you walk into the apartment the kitchen is to the left and the closets on the right. The dinning room table is ahead. Also ahead is a whole wall of window, most of it looks out to another building.

Here is the dinning room table and the wedding gift pile. Since we’re moving soon we don’t want to unpack fragile things since they’re packed well now. The the right on the wall is a painting Joe bought at an art auction while we were on our cruise in Europe. We love it!

This is Joe’s aquarium with his gecko Alex. He resides on a book shelf and is very smart (osmosis). I have taped a gecko advertisement on his aquarium to give him motivation to get a job! If one gecko can pull it off he can too!
To the right of Alex’s cage is the door we just came through from the hallway. Most of the closet on the left is full of empty boxes from moving. Since I knew we'd be trying to buy a house soon I saw no use in getting rid of good boxes.

Here is one side of the kitchen.

Then the other side of the kitchen with fridge magnets from Trippworx.

This picture is of all the stuff hidden in the kitchen under our breakfast bar space.

Another view of the kitchen table.

Then a view of the rest of the room, including my desk area. The red chair is a very old chair I have repainted several colors. It's a great way to brighten up a room, by changing the chair color.

This desk I got at goodwill, it was $75 but I got them down to $25. It's art deco and I love it!

My bookshelves are to the right of desk. Full of great jewelry making books! I buy books far faster than I actually read them, I'm trying to get through them all!

Then here is a view of the living room and a look out the window.

Another view of the family room. That white chair with the swirly cushion was an awesome dumpster find. I already owned the cushions and they fit perfectly on the white chair. Great for reading!

Our couch.

This is the main bathroom decorated in a Paris theme. (Thanks to Joe's Mom!) I have some great pictures I have taken of the Eiffel tower when Joe and I were there. I plan on printing at least one of them and framing it in the bathroom.

This is the second bedroom. I’m not going to show you much of it. There is a twin bed and then boxes of art supplies and juggling stuff. This is the old kitchen table that I use as my drawing desk in the second bedroom. It’s a great space to design!

Here is the master bedroom. This bed has been in my family for generations and I love it! It's a brass bed with iron work painted white.

The bed has brass knobs that unscrew like in the movie ‘Bed knobs and Broomsticks’

My comfy Poang Chair from IKEA! I highly recommend this type of chair.

The view out the window next to the Poang Chair, we can see Lake Erie from this window!

Here is my dresser. Both my night stands and dresser are used. I sanded, repainted, and added new drawer pulls to them. I love my furniture and it’s built out of solid wood, I can repaint it anytime for something new!

Here is the master bath. Joe picked the world map shower curtain, too bad it’s backwards when I’m in the shower, I might learn more.

This is a view down our hallway (we’re at the very end of one hallway). It makes me think of a horror movie where the hallway never ends! Ahhhhh!

Here is the elevator on our floor. The door on the far wall goes out to an outdoor stairwell.

Here is a view from the out door stairwell.

Here is a view down to the street from the stairwell. I’m wearing my favorite sparkly shoes!

On the fifth floor is a great gym! This is the deck outside of the gym.

View from the deck.

Another view from the deck. I use the deck to practice juggling tricks.

My attempt to take a picture of our entire building. It’s an enormous building with two towers. We have a grocery store, about 20 restaurants, a college, several other schools, and a four floor garage.

Oh and if you want to come and stay, there is also a hotel in the building, Embassy Suites.

Then a view of our tower, to the left from East 13th street.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Recent Jewelry Creation

This is the latest piece of jewelry I have made, they are fine and sterling silver lily of the valley earrings. I made these to go with my wedding dress. I had to create a flat template of the flower, pierce it out with a saw and then dome it to see if I made the petals the right width. I really love how the sheet metal is fine silver and has a white glow.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Last night I went to my first Baseball game in 10 or 15 years. We saw the Indians beat the Cardinals!
Here is me with Ketchup, he's a hot dog! I even bought my own baseball cap supporting the Indians! It was fun!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Great News!

I am very excited! In the next couple of months we will have a new addition to our home. A Hahns Macaw. I haven't owned a pet in over 8 years so you can believe that I am jumping for joy. I've included some picturse of Hahns Macaws (found on internet) so you can see what they look like. I found a fantastic breeder, Birdie Boulevard Aviary, and I've sent my deposit in. The bird has hatched but I can't see it for a few weeks until it's bigger.

I know this isn't about jewelry but I know having company at home will definitely inspiring me to work harder!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ohio Jewelry and Metal Arts Guild

I went to my first meeting of the Ohio Jewelry and Metal Arts Guild! It was held at Lake Erie Artists Gallery. It was a great meeting and met quite a few artists. We discussed fundraising, possible future events, doing a show as a group, and had a great PMC demo. Thanks to everyone for being so welcoming!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Columbus Art Fest

Joe and I went to the Columbus Art Fest yesterday and had a great time! There was a sculpture that said Art that I loved.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Natural Beauty

Yesterday while house hunting Joe and I stopped by Chagrin Falls Ohio for some ice cream and to see the falls. They were beautiful. If you're in the area I highly recommend you go see it. The falls are right in the middle of this adorable downtown area with lots of cute shops.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Columbus Arts Festival

I just found out about a great art event, the Columbus Arts Festival Show! I'm going on Sunday so I'll let you know how much fun it is on Monday!

Saturday 11:30 to 10:00 pm

Sunday 11:30 to 6pm

Vendor Client Relationship in the real world

I found this video on you tube and it shows real world situations where customers try to pay less with no valid reasons. Some of you who make handcraft have had customers try to haggle you I'm sure. Don't let people screw you over. Enjoy the video!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Meditative Inspiration

This summer when I was in Asheville NC I went to Grovewood Gallery and saw the sculptures by Lyman Whitaker. The sculptures are kinetic and move in the wind. They were mesmerizing and very inspirational! I hope to have one in my yard one day!

Something to think about...

" A lot of frustrated artist are people who didn't take the opportunity when it was presented."
- Jimmy Buffet
This quote is helping me get moving in my new setting. I'll be posting more often now that the wedding is done.
The piece above I made last year for my sister out of wire, I've grown to love it and hope to make more. I made her a feather pendant to go along with her solo show which was about birds.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Call for entries

Above is My favorite of their glass necklaces!

Don't forget to apply for the Halstead Bead Business Development Grant

Last years winners are pictured above, Bridgland Studios, they make goregous glass jewelry.