Sunday, July 24, 2011

So Young Park

So Young Park uses amazing surface textures in her jewelry. I love the look of her work. There is also a playful element in the bracelets below. Do you remember the childhood toy pinpressions, where you could press your hand or other objects into the pins and make a cook 3-D shape? Well her bracelets below have a an element of that toy. The next time I see her work in person I will have to try one on.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Mary Lee Hu

Using metal the way clothiers use thread, Mary Lee Hu creates elegant, high-fashion ornaments.
She uses traditional techniques such as wrapping, coiling, weaving, knitting and twining which provided a wealth of paths to follow. She studied different weaving and fabric making techniques from all over the world.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Dali Museum

In case you're in the area The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg Florida is now open. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kitchen Remodeling: Before & After

For a while Joe and I have discussed wanting a more open kitchen. As you can tell there are cabinets on the left that divide the room.

A view from the other side, you can see Cinnamon's tail on the left. The offending cabinets on the right this time.

So I came home from work one day and took down those cabinets that were dividing the kitchen in half. Joe helped in the end to hold it as I sawed part of it down. Otherwise I might have been squashed by a cabinet!

Look at the open counter space! I managed to cut into the nice wood that was left behind so I needed to do something to cover it up and make it look like I did it on purpose.

So I came up with the idea for a magnetic spice rack. I got a sheet of metal that I tested with a magnet, to make sure it was magnetic. And then cut it to the right size, drilled holes and screwed it into the cabinet, covering my saw mistakes. I also reattached all the moulding.

Then we added the magnetic spice containers!

It's really beautiful in person, looks like some type of art piece!


More Tulips


I'm posting short blog posts of pictures I've taken over the years. My Blog is having issues uploading to Facebook. It's either not posting the picture or posting a previous blog post picture. So you may see many posts from me. Thanks!

John Paul Miller

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Great Gardens

We attended a wedding at a vineyard on the eastside, I just loved the gardens!

Healthy Chocolate Cake

I made this delicious cake from the cookbook, Cook Yourself Thin. I've been loving the recipes.

Learning to Braid

A hairdo I did myself for a wedding we attended. It's been over a year and it's still funny to look at pictures of myself and not see my dirty blonde hair. I love the red better!

Did I find a Giant Hogweed?

This plant I found is either a Giant Hogweed (which is very toxic and can burn you and blind you) or it is a Cow Parsnip. I'm not certain, you can compare the two on this website. What do you think? If it is a Giant Hogweed I need to call and have it destroyed since it is so dangerous.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Deb Karash

Today I wanted to share with you the beautiful jewelry of Deb Karash. She uses great textures on her jewelry and fabulous color! The color is applied with colored pencils which is a 30 step process to make sure the colored pencil adheres and stays on. You can check out her blog and her website for more!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

HJ Designs

Hazel of HJ Designs has a diverse aesthetic that helps her create really beautiful jewelry. Her travels seem to inspire her the most. The earrings above were inspired by a trip to Copenhagen.

The piece above, The Vertebrae, (which is my favorite) won 2nd place in the silver category of the 2005 Saul Bell Design Awards. She told herself if she placed in the competition she would then start her jewelry business. And I'm so glad she did! This is one of my favorites of her work.

Hazel uses an ancient Korean technique Keum Boo to heat fuse the gold to the silver. The liver of sulfur on the silver really helps the gold pop!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Michelle Pajak-Reynolds is Speaking on July 18th

Join Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, July 18th from 11:30-1pm at WIN Cleveland for her presentation on 
Start, Grow, Reinvent-Tips for Growing Your Business or New Career. She will be discussing how innovation and creativity are essential components in growing/starting a business or new career and providing tips for how to get there. 

This event is not to be missed and takes place in the beautiful Mary Beaumont Room of the Fritzsche Center Daley Dinning Hall at Ursuline College. (Ohio)
Space is limited and registration is required. Click here to reserve your spot.

The images are of her jewelry which was just featured in ICON Magazine.
Congrats Michelle!

Revere Academy Announces New Scholarship Contest for Beaders

The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts is offering a new scholarship aimed at the beading community. The  jewelry school is now offering a complete scholarship for any of its 3-day classes to the winner. The application deadline is September 15, 2011 and the winner will be announced October 15, 2011.