Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mmmmm Food!


Here is my adult Happy Meal, yes I do play with my food!


At another meal I had this delicious Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake.


Joe and I went to Mallorca in Cleveland Ohio and I didn't understand what the waiter was saying as he described the desserts. But I saw a a pyramid of chocolate and said I want that one! :  )

Carpe Diem!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Paper Jewelry by Ana Hagopian



Using something as simple as paper Ana Hogapian sculpts wonderful jewelry.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cindy Edelstein Speaking on the West Coast

Cindy Edelstein will be speaking on the West Coast about "How to put Social Media 2 Work 2 Grow your Business". It's happening Monday August 30th from 7-10 pm at 6139 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048.

You'll learn how to maximize your time and efforts online to benefit from the top social media tools.

Check it out here. Make sure to explore Cindy's website she's an expert in helping your jewelry business succeed.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Celebrity Lamp



Do I even need to say anything? This is just awesome! A friend on Facebook found it here.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Nodeform

I love the quirkyness of this ring by Nodeform.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Xanadu Gallery

I'm not sure how I got on Xanadu Gallery's email list but they have an interesting event coming up. A seminar called 'Starving to Succssesful' happening September 8th. The gallery is located in Cincinnati Ohio. If you go let me know how it is!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Armour for Animals


A friend of mine shared this wonderful Animal Armour with me. They are created by Jeff de Boer and each set of armour takes to 10 to 100 hours to create.

 












Sunday, August 22, 2010

Julie Baker Designs


I really like the organic feel of this bracelet by Julie Baker!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

AGTA Spectrum Awards


I really like these earrings by 2nd place Spectrum Awards Winner Ashleigh Branstetter, they are 18K white gold earrings featuring Chalcedony briolettes (40.61 ctw.), moss Diamond slices (11.23 ctw.) and white Diamond slices (2.32 ctw.). Check out some of the other 2010 Spectrum Awards Winners.

If you want to enter the 2011 Spectrum Awards you can get the entry form here, it's due by September 24th 2010.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Our trip to the National Aviary


Joe and I checked out the National Aviary in Pittsburgh PA on Saturday. We had a lot of fun! We got to feed the lories some nectar and I was pooed on 3 times which makes me extra lucky! : ) We saw several cute penguins and learned about bird medicine. Also they had these cute birdie statues everywhere and I got photos with as many as possible. Hopefully our pet parrot, Bentley, doesn't think we cheated on him for the day!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Interweave BeadFest in Philadelphia PA

If you're in the Philly area the Interweave Bead Fest is happening August 20 - 22. There are cool classes and vendors, check it out!

Niche Award Deadline

The Deadline for the Professional Niche Award is August 31st, 2010 and the deadline for the Student Niche Awards is September 30th 2010. You can get the guidelines here. I was honored a couple of years ago to be a judge for the Niche awards and I loved seeing all the amazing work we were sent. I do have one hint, send really good photos. I cannot recommend enough to have the photos professionally taken. If a photo is blurry or full of other stuff it can be thrown out, if the piece of art isn't easy to see it won't be considered.

The necklace above was made by Lisa Hawthorne and won last years category of silver with stones.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

HairCut!!!


This is my regular tried and true hairstyle.


And this is my new hairstyle. Sorry it took me so long to post it Mom!

Jewelry Reminiscent of the Ruins

I studied Latin and Rome for 4 years in High School and always loved the buildings and the Ruins. These rings by Open Design & Concepts area really nice! I took many pictures of ruins while I was in Europe several years ago and I can see how the ruins provided inspiration.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Saul Bell Design Award Deadline

The deadline for the Saul Bell Design Awards for 2011 is September 17th 2010! Make sure to make something fabulous and have it photographed professionally! That will definitely help your entry. Check out the instructions here and last years designs here.


Here is last years Second Place Gold & Platinum winner Navanit Anvekar of KNS Platinum Solutions.


And yes it's a puzzle ring and how I love it! As my husband would say a game boy for your finger!  I really want to wear it!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Free Book on Doming Silver Beads

I received an email from the Ganoksin Project that i wanted to share with you all. There is a free e-book by Nancy Howland on "Doming Silver Beads" for Ganoksin members. It looks good, you could make some fun projects from it! If you are in the jewelry world and haven't heard of the Ganoksin Project go check it out and become a member, it's a great information sharing site for jewelers all over the world.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Project Runway at Prosperity Lounge in Tremont Cleveland OH


Last night I attended the 3rd episode of Project Runway viewing party. It was a blast! My friend Valerie is on the show so it makes it really fun to watch a friend succeed! I got to talk to her a little before the show came on and I'm so glad things are going well for her. Congrats Valerie!
Make sure to either follow Valerie Mayen's Blog or Like her on Lifetime and support our Cleveland artists!


Valerie's company name for her clothing line is 'Yellow Cake' and at all the viewing parties there are these adorable and delicious yellow cake with pink icing and brown sprinkles. They a from A Cookie and a Cupcake in Tremont and I highly recommend them.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

AOL Grant Program

AOL is awarding 25 people (journalists, artists, and innovators) $25,000 grants to connect, empower, and support the next generation of creative thinkers. The due date for the online application is September 1st so move fast! AOL Grant Program

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Crazy Helmets


I want this helmet! You can bowl me. Check out some other crazy helmet ideas!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I would so ROCK this necklace!


If you haven't see Rosy Revolver get over to her blog right now! I want to wear this custom Skull Spectacular necklace. Nice!

Art vs Art Jewelry vs Jewelry

I am into art jewelry, I think it is really interesting. But the extremes people are taking it to is getting old, all this conceptual stuff. It's not so cool if you can't wear it.

I was reading a wax carving book and came across this quote, " Keep in mind the most important rule of jewelry: If it's not wearable it's not successful." I like that!

I was reading Metalsmith the other day and there was an image of an 'art jewelry' ring. Basically it was a self inflicted welt on someones finger that went all the way around in the shape of a ring. One I'd call that art, only one person can wear that and it's not jewelry, two what great piece of jewelry am I not getting to see because they put a welt in their magazine. There is so much great wearable jewelry out there. I admit it is fun to on occasion make something crazy, we all do it but I want to see gorgeous WEARABLE jewelry. It can still be crazy but I don't need to see someones self mutilation unless that's the topic I'm reading about.

Just my thoughts, Let me know what you think...

Monday, August 9, 2010

Kamofie

I love the softness of Kamofie Jewelry.
This is one rocking ring, Bling!
And a sweet little star! I could really use a wishing ring.