Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Need a Laugh?

I've been enjoying a few hilarious websites such as Damn you Auto Correct, Why did you buy me that and People of Walmart. Enjoy!

I'm sick this week, that's why you haven't seen much of me.

Monday, December 27, 2010

A very Bentley Christmas!


Here are some pictures of Bentley opening his presents, of course he's perched on Joe!


Trying to hide from the camera and getting caught!


Excitedly opening presents with is beak and his toes!
We had a great time with Joe's side of the family this year. Lots of family to visit! : )

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours! As you can tell Mickey Mouse (who is behind the tree) is very excited for Christmas.

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Winner is....

Valerie Tyler! I want to thank everyone for their thoughtful posts. I am feeling the Christmas Spirit and appreciate your help. Valerie Tyler's post impressed me by the fact that she was going to pass the present on to someone else.
Have a Merry Christmas Eve!

P.S. Valerie Tyler please email me (valerie@vahjewelry.com) your address and I'll send you your earrings on Monday. : )

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Giveaway!

I'm having a difficult time getting into the Holiday Spirit, and I figured the best way was to give!

I'd like your advice on how to get into the holiday spirit, or a story on what the holiday spirit means  to you, and I'm going to give a pair of  these beautiful, wonderful, modest earrings to the person who leaves the comment that helps me most.

The deadline for your post is Midnight on December 23rd. I will announce the winner on Christmas Eve and send the earrings out the following week.




Monday, December 20, 2010

Recycled Glass Art


I had to share this gorgeous recycled glass chandelier by Kathleen Plate of Smart Glass and Christopher Moulder. Kathleen makes every circle of glass and also makes jewelry with similar circles.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Glass Blowing

I'm going glass blowing today! WAHOOO! I can't wait to show you what I make. Have a Happy Friday!

P.S. Blogger please let me add photos to my blog, pretty please!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

blogger issues

I had a lovely post planned for today but without the imagery it doesn't work. Blogger won't let me upload pictures right now. So all I can tell you for now is that a contest is coming up so stay tuned!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Inspiring past Untouchable present

Lucy Sarneel, of the Netherlands, creates her jewelry out of zinc. 
I enjoy the explosion of form, she likes to zoom in on an area and have a high concentration of energy.

Monday, December 13, 2010

I'm Back and I'm on Fire!


Well I'm not on fire but my torch is working! Look how happy I am. Really I just melted something but I smiled for you. And I'm soldering in...


My new soldering station with ventilation to the outside! Built by my wonderful Grandfather. Thank you Granddad!


Here is my lovely torch set up. I'd been struggling with my tanks due to a leak in the oxygen tank, turns out the valve was cracked and had to be replaced by the professionals. Thanks to Joe and Matt for your help on that!


I also caught a deer fight on camera, it was a lot less violent than they show on the nature channel. They kept stepping back and just looking at each other. There were 5 bucks in my yard all at once. At one point it looked like 3 of them were going to fight at the same time!



Also here is what the deer do to my yard, they dig all through the snow and bring up dirt. No wonder the grass doesn't grow so well.

Well soon I'll have some of my own creations to show you! Very exciting!
I'm glad to be back, hope you're feeling the Holiday Spirit!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

We live in the Snow Belt!

Well my computer is repaired. Yeah! But it's been snowing like crazy here! Turns out we are in the Snow Belt and actually we are the highest point of our county and should expect 5 feet of snow a winter. So I've been a little worn out trying to snow blow and shovel every day to keep our driveway clear. The blog will definitely be up and running by Monday. If I don't write have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Turkeys Need Love Too!!


My computer needs a few repairs so I'll be away from the blog over Thanksgiving. I wanted to share a button from my button collection that I used to wear on Thanksgiving every year. Turkeys need love too!
Have a great break! Thanks for reading!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Shana Kroiz

My friend Shana Kroiz makes really awesome earrings. I love that the back isn't a post, it's the rest of the earring!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

John Dyer's Artistic Gems


I love this red rhodolite cut by John Dyer and the ring is great too! Check out more of John Dyer's hand cut gems here!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

By Hand Craft Show & Fabulous Food Show in Cleveland



Sunday Joe and I attended the By Hand Craft Show at the IX Center in Cleveland and I was so happy to see my friend Bonnie L. Blandford. The pendant above and ring below are her work. You can see more of her beautiful jewelry here and check out her blog here.




I saw this awesome cake at the Fabulous Food Show! Joe and I enjoyed some wine, great free samples and I bought some wonderful balsamic vinegar with figs! So Yummy!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Victor Mayer Cufflinks




These are pretty sweet! I hope when I cut open fruit there are diamonds inside! Jewelry by Victor Mayer.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

2011 New Talent Contest

The American Jewelry Design Council is now accepting applications for its annual New Talent Contest. The winner will be awarded a booth in the New Designer Gallery at the summer JA Show in New York City and will be the focus of extensive media attention. The entire jewelry industry eagerly awaits the New York debut of the AJDC's pick. In addition, the winner receives professional support from members of the AJDC on making the step to larger markets.
Applicants must be a designer/owner of a jewelry manufacturing business, produce in the United States and have never exhibited at a JA Show. Selection is based on originality, craftsmanship, innovation, marketability and cohesiveness. The names of all finalists are submitted to the JA selection committee for consideration as a candidate for the New Designer Gallery. Winner and finalists are honored at an awards ceremony during the show.

Deadline for submission is January 14, 2011.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kevin O'Grady at the SOFA Show

The Sculptural Object Functional Art Show was going on this past weekend in Chicago. My friend Kevin O'Grady had these gorgeous bracelets at the show. I would have liked to attend the show but it didn't happen this year. Did you attend SOFA? What did you like?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dale Chihuly



Internationally honored artist Dale Chihuly will design an art installation measuring up to 22 feet by 12 feet at the bottom of a pool. Can you imagine swimming over that? Wow! It would be surreal.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Birgit Laken











I really am drawn to this series of work by Birgit Laken. It seems from the link that she takes a photo (normally of a flower) and designs a piece of work off of each photo. I enjoy understanding her design process.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Jewelry Fair at the Walters


November 5-7 the Jewelry Fair at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore is going on! I've gone to the show several times and really enjoyed it. The ring above was made by Giselle Kolb who will be selling her jewelry at the show.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Short trip to Savannah Georgia

I've been flipping through some photos and found some from my trip to visit my sister in Savannah
Georgia from a few years ago. Thought you might enjoy them!



I love this plant and the pot, I believe it is a bougainvillea. We used some of these in my wedding!



This gate just cracked me up! With cat and mouse cut outs. 


Although you shouldn't let ivy grow on your house I loved it on these front steps. I really enjoyed walking around Savannah, it's easy to take a nice picture there.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Kinetic Sculpture





The structures of Evan Lewis' Kinetic Weather Vanes rock!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Go out and VOTE!

Crazy Politics: Tell me the truth please!

Tomorrow is the time to vote and all the politics are getting on my nerves. I know statically it works better to trash the other opponent but it's ridiculous. I've been listening to NPR have debates between candidates and advertisements on TV and it's driving me nuts. No one ever answers the questions. They just say, "I'll reach across the isle, America needs change,  blah blah blah" and things like that. Politicians talk a lot and say nothing. I think they should not be allowed to advertise, or have commercials. They should have a small write up about themselves and exactly what their plan is to help our area. I want details in the plan. And if they are going to cut spending what are you getting rid of? I'm intelligent enough to realize they all keep spouting BS and I'm getting offended that these politicians think I'm dumb enough to fall for their garbage:  "that other guy running against me sucks his thumb, don't vote for a thumb sucker." Really? Please start respecting your American public and tell us exactly what you plan to do to improve our area and our lives.

While I'm on this topic I'm also really tired of people lying on the news, TV and radio. People can say any crap they want and seemingly not get in trouble. Causing people to panic and worry about things that didn't even happen. If I ran into a building screaming 'FIRE' I would get into a huge amount of trouble for causing a panic like that. I believe if anyone lies in the media they should be fined. I want true and clear facts that are not tainted be either political party. Thus the reason I read 'American' news from an Australian website. I find their news to be about the facts, whereas the American news stations/websites are all about fear. Every year there is a new disease that will kill all of us, and so on. If people, broadcasters, politicians, celebrities, whoever lie publicly and spread false information they should be severely fined in proportion to how much money they have to make sure it hits home. No one should stand up spouting things out of their mouth without having done research. I don't believe everything I hear or read, I sadly need to look into what's going on in the news and make sure someone didn't make it up. It shouldn't be that difficult to read the news, now we have to research the news? It's just crazy.

With our local politics I am greatly concerned about the Levy's. Around here people can vote whether or not to give the local schools money. I believe if I heard right the last 16 times people have voted no. I know some people say my kids are grown why do I care, I don't have money for other people's kids. Guess what, the kids in school right now are your future doctors, politicians, teachers and so on. If we don't improve education everyones' future is looking bleak. Education is everything and I worry that the levy will be shot down once again. I'm also for life long education and it starts when kids are in school.

Please make sure you take a some time to research the candidates and make an informed voting decision you can be proud of. Go out and VOTE!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Call for Entries: Ornaments Deadline soon!


Since the Holidays are right around the corner you might want to start thinking about Ornaments! I know it's still warm outside but it's time to get in gear for the Holidays and submit some Ornament Designs. The Ornaments above are by Emi Ozawa and I found them on Artful Home.

Deadline: November 3rd

Delivery of work: November 17th
Exhibition Dates: November 26 - Dec. 31 2010
Submit images/drawings by email: silverblueandgold@me.com

Silver Blue & Gold - a gallery of contemporary studio jewelry, in Laguna Beach, CA, seeks unique hand-crafted ornaments for its holiday exhibition/sale. Primary focus is metal, but all fine crafts will be considered. Show runs Thanksgiving through Christmas, with a reception December 2nd. All work is insured and gallery will pay for return shipping of any unsold pieces. Submit images for consideration to silverblueandgold@me.com. High quality images received early may be chosen for use in marketing materials.

For more information, contact Karin Worden (949)715-9800.
Silver Blue & Gold
1492 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92677
http://www.silverblueandgold.com/

Happy Halloween!


I wanted to share some photos I've taken this fall. Above is a photo from labor day weekend of my back yard. We were trying to catch all the deer but only got a couple in the picture.


In the last 2 weeks I have seen two beautiful rainbows! 


I picked most of the apples off of our apple tree, some are stored and some were turned into apple pie and apple crisp! Yum! I eat oatmeal for breakfast and I add a little of the apple crisp to it and it's so good!


For the most part in the fall our woods turn a beautiful shade of yellow.


Here is a picture looking down what we call the 'cliff edge' to the stream.


While on the lower part of our property I was looking in one of the large gullies and saw a little pink flower.


I got closer and saw this huge plant and several others. I had thrown them off the cliff edge when they were little because the deer where eating them down to stubs. Somehow they took root and are growing great!


I am amazed this tree is still hanging on! Powerful roots!

Have a super Halloween and enjoy the candy!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cast Glass Eggs


Dennis Chamberlain makes beautiful cast glass eggs.


What a fun Easter Egg Hunt these would make!


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hoover & Strong & SNAG Harmony Jewelry Design Competition

Hoover & Strong & SNAG are working together to have a production jewelry design challenge, I like this one! Here is some of what you need to know:
Create a piece of well-designed and well-crafted piece of jewelry for production within specific pricing, production, and profitability criteria.

•The design must represent an environmental concept. Recycling, Conservation, Renewable Energy, Environmental Clean-up.

•The wholesale cost of the jewelry item must be no more than $25 including materials and labor.

•The item must have retail appeal.

•The item should be designed so it can be worn alone or with multiple related items. Optimally, H&S would like to see a jewelry system designed where this year’s jewelry item could fit together with future year’s items that could all be worn together.

The Due date is January 15th 2011 and the rest of the details are here.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bottle Tree


Have you ever heard of a bottle tree? My Mom was doing research about them and she's wanted one for a while. Apparently one legend says to put a bottle tree with bottles outside your house to catch bad spirits so they don't come inside. The bottle trees above and below are from Texas Bottle Trees.


This bottle tree is the one my Granddad made for my Mom! I can't wait to see it with bottles on it.