Sunday, February 27, 2011

Welcome Cinnamon!

Yesterday we had a new addition to our family, Cinnamon! We'd been thinking about adopting a dog and Joe and I have been doing research for several weeks to make sure we got a dog that fit our lifestyle well. We adopted her from Canine Life Line and right now we're in the 2 week trial period.

She was a stray but they believe she is part Pharaoh Hound and part Vizsla. She's about 25 pounds and loved playing ball but loves snuggling even more! The biggest challenge is to get Cinnamon to just ignore Bentley (the parrot) but right now her big ears perk right up when Bentley talks. I took Bentley out of his cage and Cinnamon jumped right in thinking it was her kennel. It was pretty funny! I have a feeling the Bentley is going to learn to say 'Cinnamon' really fast.

M.C. Escher: Impossible Realities at the Akron Art Museum

February 12th - May 29th At the Akron Art Museum.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Orchid Mania at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Going on February 26th through March 27th. There is even a photography contest so make sure to bring your camera.

Ice Storm

This past Monday night there was an ice storm in Ohio that coated the trees and everything in ice. My boss and I were on our way home from the BMAC Show in Philly and when the angle of the sun was right the woods looked like they were made of glass.
I found a spot out in the woods where the deer must have slept while it snowed. Brrrrr!
Then yesterday we had a lot of snow and one of the neighbors was kind enough to come help us snow blow the driveway. Our snow blower conked out!

Call For Entry: Jewelry & Objects 2011 Exhibition, Due March 1st

A competitive exhibition promoting excellence in the field of metalsmithing sponsored by the Michigan Silversmiths Guild (MSG) In Collaboration with the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art of the Midland Center for the Arts (MCFTA). Marilyn Da Silva will be the juror.
Marilyn da Silva’s work is based on telling stories through imagery and representational elements. Her trademark surface treatment of gesso and colored pencil creates a rich palette for her sculpture and wearable pieces. (a piece of hers above, The Trouble with Magic)
Here is a link to the catalog from the show in 2009.

All works must be original, completed within the last 3 years and not previously exhibited in this exhibit. Work produced in a school curriculum is eligible. Entrants must be current members of MSG. Artists may submit up to 3 entries for $35. New or renewing members may include membership form and payment with entry. Membership forms can be found as a PDF of the MSG website. Please indicate a permanent address for return of your work.
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Friday, February 25, 2011

Hammer Song Farm - Welding Class

Joe's parents got us one of the best Christmas presents! They paid for us to take a welding class at Hammer Song Farm down in Mt. Vernon Ohio. We both love taking classes, learning and trying new things. Tom and Linda own Hammer Song Farm and were the best hosts!

Here is Joe using the Plasma Cutter. I had a welding class back in College and I do love plasma cutting! Joe asked if we could buy one so he could just cut things up.

Joe's practice run with the plasma cutter involved cutting out my name above!

We were cutting out butterfly wings and Joe wanted me to be a fairy. A fairy with metal wings! Perfect!

Here is JJ (an assistant on left) helping Joe weld (on right). It was hard to take photos while watching them weld, I couldn't see very well through my protective helmet so I just made sure the camera was aimed right, got my helmet on and clicked a lot of pictures!

Here is Joe's Dad on right welding his butterfly wings. Joe's parents did the class with us which made it even better!

I let Joe do most of the welding since this was his first time but I got in on the action. Here I am on the right welding with JJ's help.

This is the best shot I could get of the completed Butterfly we made, it's kinetic and will flap it's wings in the breeze. In the summer I'll take a better photo once we can put it outside.

Joe tried to kiss me while we both had our helmets on and later on figured out to take them off first!

I loved this stargazer sculpture outside, really beautiful!
Overall the class was wonderful and we were served a homemade lunch, made by Tom (the welding teacher) that was out of this world. I mean everything I ate was soooooooo good! Here is another link to Hammer Song Farm if you want to check out the classes. We'll be going back to take another one.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I hope you have a good day today and appreciate what and who you have in your life! Things could always be worse than the are, and I know I tend to take many things for granted. I have an amazing life, a great job, wonderful family and friends...

The earrings above are by Dawn Estrin, and are called 'Wings of Desire'. She uses color photomontage to make her earrings.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Bentley is a Snuggler!

I just love my little bird, he was snuggling in Joe's shirt sleeve the other morning!

Monday, February 7, 2011


While at the Cleveland Museum of Art I saw these beautiful 'stained glass windows' made of butter fly wings. I don't know where they got the butter fly wings from but it was very beautiful form a distance...

and up close.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lark Books Giveaway

Lark Books is giving away 3 jewelry design books, all you need to do is leave a comment here about what materials you like to use to make jewelry. Goodluck!

Snow Day calls for Snow Angels

The other day I looked at this funny mark in the snow and realized it was a snow angel made by a bird. You can see an imprint of the head and tail feathers and then the wing areas look like they have more snow. Somebody was having fun in the snow. I hope you all stay safe today, the weather is crazy and leaking into my house. Super exciting.

I didn't post about this, was trying to avoid it but the Tucson Gem Show is this week and I'm sad not to be there. I was supposed to meet a good friend there but due to our busy schedules and mainly our lack of money we could maybe get there but not buy anything or eat. I really want to buy some gemstones from John Dyer, love him! I need to start making some jewelry though before I go buying more pretties!

So I learned something insane this week, for a product to be called 'meat' it only has to have 44% meat in it. This is from the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture). I read a story about taco bell being sued over claiming they sell meat when they probably don't. I just needed to share that, and that's why I try my best to cook all my own food. Eat healthy!

Back to Jewelry stuff, sorry for grossing you out. Lark books is publishing it's second '500 Rings' Book and you can enter your images up until March 30, 2011. I probably won't be entering, I haven't made anything lately and I would have to have it professionally photographed as well. Time flies when there is a due date. You should enter though, it's exciting to be published!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

John Paul Miller Exhibit in Cleveland

In cased you missed the John Paul Miller Exhibit here are a few of my photos from the show. My favorite is the rhinoceros above. I loved the detail, notice how all the eyes in the animals and bugs are completely granulated.

John Paul Miller actually majored in Industrial Design and thought he was going to become a water color painter. A friend he met at school, Frederick Miller, made silver jewelry and taught John Paul Miller some basics.

John was drafted to the Second World War and worked in the Armed Forces illlustrating trainging manuals. After the war he beagn teaching at the Cleveland School of Art.

His pieces that have both enamel and granulation are screwed together. That way if the enamel is damaged the piece of jewelry can be disassembled and only the enamel worked on. He said most Renissance pieces were constructed this way.

If you want to see the step by step process of how John Paul Miller does his ganulation you can look in the book, 'Jewelry Concepts and Technology' by Oppi Untracht. Or as I call it The Jewelry Bible.

They also had a few of his sketch books and sketches on the walls. I love another artists sketch book, it's like peering into their mind. To see more of his jewelry I found the a selection of 30 pieces at Enamel Newsletter Online.