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!