Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!


Joe and I spent New Years Eve making a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. Neither of us had ever cooked a whole bird before. Luckily the Turkey came out great!


the stuff was all right, needs some work.


And here is my plate, it was a great meal with pumpkin pie to follow.
Joe and I are thankful for a wonderful 2011 and look forward to a fantastic 2012!
Sending lots of love your way!
Valerie

Friday, December 30, 2011

Drawing & Tracing

I found a few images online that I liked so I laid vellum over them and drew my own version of the pattern. It was very enjoyable!

Gothic Punk by Giuseppe Zanotti


I saw this necklace months ago in Elle magazine and found it again. The use of layering, not just using one strand for the necklace really struck me. I love how it flows down the body. And that it's punk!

I wish the back had a little more extra kick to go with the front. I always believe that the back should be as beautiful as the front with a piece of jewelry.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Yesterdays Drawing - a Seahorse

Exciting Things coming up in the Jewelry World


There are many events and competitions coming up in the Jewelry world here are a few you might like:


January 22-27, 2012 in Albuquerque NM


Postmark deadline is January 23, 2012
Residencies will begin June 4, 2012.


Deadline: January 27, 2012
You must be a Crafthaus Members to apply.

 

Applications are due January 31, 2012




Beverly Tadeu

I love the seed pod quality of these earrings by Beverly Tadeu. More of her jewelry can be found here.

Big Top Glass Ornament


Fritz Lauenstein a native artist of Cape Cod built his own studio and business from scratch. He focuses on color and design while being inspired by the ocean around him.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays From Us to You!


Have a great weekend everyone!
Love,
Valerie

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Card Chain Wreathe


I made a wreathe for the Holidays out of a Christmas Chain made of last years Christmas cards. Happy Christmas Eve!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Check out the Design Award Winners Gallery


MJSA has a great gallery on their website to read up on the creation of some of their Award Winners. The piece above was created by Etienne Perret and also won the 2011 Niche Awards.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Candle Making and Canning at the Midwest Native Skills Institute


A few weeks ago I took some classes at the Midwest Native Skill Institute. We learned to make candles which I'm excited to use this skill and make some gifts. It was very fun and almost meditative they way you keep dipping the candles over and over. We even added glow in the dark powder to the candle wax and made candles that glow in the dark!


We also learned how to can. To the left we have applesauce, the middle is meat and the right is carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. Canning really isn't too difficult but it's nice to have someone to guide you through the process so you know you did it right. I'm hopping to do some canning this coming summer. We have an apple tree and I could make tons of applesauce.

The Midwest Native Skills Institute was a great deal of fun, they teach survival classes, fire making, medicinal plants, tanning, soap making, wine making, cheese making and the list just goes on. Joe and I are hoping to take more classes there. Thanks so much for having us Tom!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Great Christmas Present!


I want the Happiness Project 2010 Page a day Calendar. I loved Gretchen Rubin's book The Happiness Project and I'm sure I'd love this. : )

I'd highly recommend either of these items for the people you love!

Darbynwoods Fine Woodworking


A couple of weeks ago Joe and I attended the MOCA Art Show in Cleveland and bought the most beautiful handmade cutting board by David Shafron of Darbynwoods Fine Woodworking. It was a fantastic show overall!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Fold Forming with Melissa Muir


Recently I took a fun foldforming class at my friend Melissa Muir's. She teaches a variety of classes for many skill levels. Everyone in the class worked with a rectangle of copper to start with. Check out Melissa's website.


I used a 18 gauge piece of metal that was rather hard to unbend once I had hammered in a fold. By accident I bent my trademark into the metal, Can you see the VAH. (H is a little wonky) I thought that was really cool!


Another cool part of the piece of copper I used was that it had been etched previously, so there was this great line pattern on the bracelet.


The bracelet I made on the right and Melissa's Birthday present for me on the left! Thanks Melissa!



2011 MJSA Future of the Industry Winner


Natalia DaVidich, Kharkiv State Academy of Design & Arts, Ukraine

"Brooklyn" Ring. Made of yellow gold with a white gold insertion in the center, the ring features gold filaments that pass through specially rounded loops to imitate a cable of a bridge." "The reflection from the body of the ring creates a unique visual effect," DaVidich said.

I am loving this ring!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Yes!

Oh how I love this chair by Cappellini!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kirkwood Farm - Handmade Gifts!


I've been busy busy busy with the Holidays all around us. My Mother-in-Law and I went to the Kris Kringle Craft Show in Canton Ohio. Where I bought this adorable teddy bear from Kirkwood Farm. I love having handmade things around the house, each time I buy something new it adds to the stories of the places I've been and creative people I've met!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The gift of time...


Today my Mom and I made this wreath.


We bent in a circle and then spray painted a coat hanger white and got sandwhich bags.


You tie them onto the coat hanger.


And then presto! You have a winter wonderland wreath!


I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends. For the Holidays I've tried hard to buy handmade gifts or make the gifts I give. I want to encourage you to do that or buy local, or just give the gift of spending time with someone you care about. Quality time with those you love is priceless.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Baby Hats Galore!



Lately many of my friends have been having babies so I've been making little baby sized hats! I have a round knitting loom that I use, there are a couple different paterns I have tried as well. It's a fun shift from all the metalwork I do.



Saturday, November 19, 2011

Eagle's Nest


Earlier this year we went to the Raptor Center at Lorain County Metro Parks. We sponsored a Peregrine Falcon named Havoc. I was going through some older photos and this one is of me in front of an Eagle's nest. How wicked is that nest?

Joe and I have been really busy. Just today I went to a Ohio Jewelry & Metals Guild meeting at Bead Q in Chagrin Falls, then we went over to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland to a fantastic art show. I'll be sharing some of the artists work with you soon.

We've been busy going to parties and throwing parties. Making tasty food, and busy taking classes here and there! Luckily there isn't much going on in December because I need a break! Hope you are having a fantastic weekend.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Another lesson on Fighting Gravity!


I had my second plane flying lesson two weeks ago and it was fantastic. I went to Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland Ohio.

These are the many dials I had to read to make sure all was well while flying.


The view was fantastic!



I hope to fly more, maybe even earn my license but that won't happen this year. I've had a really busy couple of weeks. Things should slow down soon. I have been working on jewelry. Remaking a bracelet I lost, my affirmation bracelet. Photos to come soon!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Is that an Owl?


While taking pictures in the woods I thought I saw an owl in the hole of a tree.


Turns out it is just the way the tree is. A wooden owl!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween


This is how Joe looks every day. (ha ha ha!) I photocopied a wad of monopoly money and painted a monocle on his face. The top hat completes the look. People kept running circles around him to pass go and collect $200!


For my costume we attempted a mohawk using Elmer's glue as seen on the paint brush. Well my hair is just too long to manage the mohawk but we tried. I may look like I have dandruff for the rest of the week but that's just the dry glue still flaking off. I've had three showers to wash it out!


I dressed as Lisbeth Salander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.


Sadly my spike collar didn't get shipped in time, so instead I wore a piece I made, a spiculum and anticlastic pendant. It went well with the goth theme.


I found a friend dressed as Tyrone Biggums, that was my favorite costume at the party!