I've been waiting for nearly a year to put family photos up on this wall. I had a lot to frame and then frames I had to pick out family photos for.
Below is the after. I'm pretty happy with it! Joe and I both have caricatures on the wall which I love. In the middle we have a really nice wedding photo of us taken by my sister Kelly. Then many other wedding photos she took. And vacation photos! Yeah!
Last week I attended one of the Ohio Jewelry & Metal Art Guild Brain Benders. Basically it's a get together of 10 people (members or non members) and the teacher shows us how to do a technique. The teacher for this Brain Bender was Katie Mullins of Bonya's. So we learned to do a little piece of box chain. (these are not images of what I made)
We also made a piece of Byzantine Chain.
And then we made a piece of Full Persian Chain (love the colors in this one!) After we all tried making a small section of chain we then discussed how to incorporate this technique into our own work. It was a really fun way to share ideas and brainstorm! The Brain Benders cover many topics and are taught by various people and cost $15 to $25 depending on if you're a member. Go to the Ohio JMAG website and make sure you are on the email list so you'll hear about the next one. I had a lot of fun!
The Niche Awards are open to the public. There is a Professional (Due August 31st) and a Student Category (Due September 20th). Check out the website for more details and if you enter, enter professionally taken photographs. If they are blurry you aren't going to win. : )
The image above is the winner of the 2010 Fabricated/Forged Category ChihiroMakio or 314 Studio. The piece is entitled Pactola Lake Teapot. To see more of last years winners click here.
I was just reading an article the other day about a jewelry store that was having a 'Diamond Dash' which is a scavenger hunt event that sends couples through the local streets of the store in hopes of taking home a diamond engagement ring for free.
Then I was listening to the radio yesterday and the local jewelry store, Alson Jewelers is having a Diamond Dash on July 10th! You must apply to participate in the hunt at this site. Participating is free, wahoo! I'm assuming they are looking for couples that are about to be engaged. That way they're collecting contact info for the younger generation to help get them in the store buying rings.
A flawless $15,000 diamond ring has been hidden in Cleveland! Clues and riddles will be delivered to you via text message. Tell everyone you know, this sounds like the best scavenger hunt ever!
Since I've gotten home from school I planted a vegetable garden at the side of our house. I took a picture to show you the awesome dirt garden that it currently is. I'll take more pictures once something grows. I had to put a fence up around everything with netting because of the deer.
I just found out an hour ago that I won the Simpler Living book giveaway, she's sending me a book called Starter Vegetable Gardens. Thanks so much Naomi, I love reading your blog and simplifying my life!
Good news, the deer do not eat daisies!
I have so many front doors to my house (2) so I got a new cute door mat.
We have a bunch of these flowers blooming in the back yard, do you know what they are?
Last week Joe and I took a Thai Dinner Party class at the Viking Cooking School. In this picture is the Tahi Beef Salad with Lettuce Cups, Tom KhaGai (soup) and some Steamed Jasmine Rice. The soup was my favorite, I love coconut milk.
Next we made Pad Thai with Shrimp, I learned how to flip food in a wok, so much fun! And this is the first time I have enjoyed tofu, it was really good in this dish.
For dessert we had Mango Sorbet, we didn't make it but they did give me the recipe!
I just had to share a photo of this car I saw in a parking lot this weekend, it was filled with Eeyore's. I don't know how this person could legally drive with so much in the windshield. There was also a licenses tag that said something about Eeyore, and a bumper sticker that says only my cat understands me. Made me laugh!
Last night I cooked my first live lobster, I sent him to lobster heaven the most human way I could. There was some screaming from me involved but I did the job and made the tasty Lobster and Mushroom Risotto we learned to make last week. Yum!
That's what I've been up to, I'll probably have some great news to share with you soon but I don't want to jinx things.
So Young Park creates sculptures that are also jewelry, I love her vines. To me it looks as though the vines are about to move and wrap around your wrist.
I get my car back today! Wahoo! It's all repaired but now the Air Conditioner in our house isn't working so I might be stuck home anyway. Oh well, in theory I can drive whenever I want. I hope you have a great day!
Kathleen Dustin makes exquisite polymer clay jewelry. I don't know that I'd even want to wear it, I think it deserves a really nice display! Kathleen also makes fantastic purses. Her color choices are so bright but go well together. I've never worked with polymer clay but I can see that she has practiced for years and years!
So another busy day. I've been without a car for a week and a half and I think I might be able to pick it up today! Yeah! I'm going to work on cleaning up the backyard and working in the office. When we bought our house last August the previous owners left what looks like a nice grill so I'll hook up the propane and see if it works! Yum, I'd love a burger!
Yesterday I mailed 203 resumes with cover letters. I went on yellowpages.com and found jewelry stores that might be a possibility for me to work for. Cross your fingers for me!