Sunday, May 29, 2011

House of Blues

Last night we ate out at the House of Blues. Great food, awesome decor that reminded of the Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. And the staff were having such a good time I caught a couple of them dancing.

I loved the piece of artwork at the top, I sing because I am happy...

Duck Ring

I saw this piece and it just made me laugh! Duck ring, by Chopard, in 18 carat yellow gold, fully set with yellow diamonds (10.96 carats), amethysts, Paraiba tourmaline (2.30 carats), blue and orange sapphires, topazes (15.09 carats) and lazulites (1.14 carats), blue cabochon sapphires. Found on CIJ.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bee Ring - Patricia Tschetter

I love Patricia and boy do I lover her jewelry, see the article about this ring here.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rio Grande Book and DVD Giveaway

Just go to Rio Grande's Blog and follow the directions choosing which Book or DVD you'd like most and you might win it for free!

I picked this book for myself!

Viking School Steakhouse Workshop

A couple weeks ago Joe and I took another Viking Cooking School Class. above is the shrimp, wrapped in a basil leaf, wrapped in bacon, brushed with butter and then brushed with barbecue sauce. oh my god where they good. I made those, wink wink!

Above is Ruth's Chris Steak House's Warm Peppered Tenderloin Steak Salad. With Roasted fresh Asparagus Spears.

The food looked so good I forgot to take a picture before I started eating. We made some type of steak and saltgrass steakhouse garlic mashed potatoes.

For dessert we made Morton's of Chicago Godiva hot chocolate cake. Yum!
I love the Viking School!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Charity Hall

The combination of art and science is my favorite, and that's what Charity Hall does with her jewelry. She was a botanist before she was an artist.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Jewelry Mask

I was surfing on Facebook and found this amazing piece of jewelry by Alishan Jewelry. It made me think of the masquerade ball I went to this past year! What fun!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Blik Wall Decals

I'm loving Blik's crazy wall decals, they are very different.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Doug Land

This month my sister is featuring artist Doug Land, over at her website where you can see more of his work. I loved Doug's collages so much I asked if I could buy some of them. He has prints of the collages and is selling them on his etsy shop Doug Land deadastrology.

My sister is very sweet and offered to buy me these three prints for my birthday which isn't until September!

Thanks sis!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Signs of Spring

Robin Eggs in a nest, in a wreath at my mother-in-laws front door!

Here is the wreath, you can see the nest nestled in the middle.

Ferns coming up.

An Elephant fern from last year survived and is growing!


Jack in the Pulpit

Bleeding Hearts

I hope in the next few years to compile a list of the ultimate deer proof plants to help others have beautiful yards without having to test plant after plant. And then check on the plant the next day only to see it chewed to the ground. Luckily my Mom is a big help.
I'll make sure to share what I learn!

Happy Rapture Day!

Not that I would be taken by the rapture but if it happened here is what you'd find. Apparently everyone goes to heaven naked. Interesting. 

Hope you've had a great week and enjoy today, supposedly it may be our last!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Art & Chemistry

The work of Francesca Vitali combines art & chemistry by elevating paper to the status of precious jewelry.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Zentangle Workshop at Three Home

A few weeks ago I took a Zentangle workshop at a new gallery in Chagrin Falls, OH called Three Home. The image above is by the founders of Zentangle, it has 102 tangles. Each tangle is like a type of doodle.

We started with a square and then broke it up into sections, they called the line, 'strings'. In each section you draw a different tangle. The process is very meditative.

Our instructor taught us 8 different tangles, and she did hers very large up on a board for all of us to see.

Here are the tangles the entire class made, it's interesting to see everyones' take on the different tangles. I did two, the middle row on the left and the middle row on the right.

Three.Home was a awesome gallery, they had cool products and a lot of interesting furniture. They were a little hard to find since the gallery is in an industrial park. So if you go keep driving on back and you'll find them. They have another class coming up on bracelet making, here is a link to their facebook page.       Three Home

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Repurposed Dresser

This dresser used to be white. Look at it now! I also built the DVD player holder so that the TV could sit on top. The orange on the dresser clashes a little with the yellow walls, so maybe, eventually the drawers will become yellow to blend better in the room.

There might be a little much going on with Mickey up there.

Here is the before, ugly TV stand.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Homemade Angel Food Cake

A couple weeks ago we had a huge family party and one of the things I made was this delicious angel food cake, covered in cool whip and coconut with strawberries spilling out of the middle! I had never liked angel food cake but I had only ever had a store bought one. This cake is good!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Butterfly

I have been out sick, but I'm on the mend! For my mother-in-laws birthday I drew her this butterfly (above). That I wanted to make it into a pendant.

So I printed the image and adhered it with rubber cement to my silver.

I also bought this awesome halogen lamp that made me able to see every detail! Without it, it felt like I was working in the dark. I bought it from Rio Grande for about $160 ish.

Next I drilled out all the holes, for the body of the butterfly (sections in white) I had to use tiny little drill bits that even my saw blade couldn't fit through those holes at first.

Then I got everything pierced and filed.

Next I set up a space with my color pastels, a mortar and pestle, and my butterfly stuck down with packing tape. My plan is to use epoxy resin and fill the pierced parts with color.

I started with black for the body.

And I used a tooth pick to get the black epoxy in those tiny cut outs.

Next color to grind to powder was blue, a more aqua blue.

Then I filled the cut out wing sections with the blue epoxy.

After that dried for 24 hours I placed it in a container of water and got to sanding the resin down. Never sand resin dry, it's bad if you breathe it in!

Here is the entire necklace, chain and all.

When you hold the butterfly up to the light the color is amazing and it looks like stained glass.
This is the biggest project I've completed in my studio. I hope to make more soon, to share with you!
And Happy Mother's Day!