Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays!

I hope you have a great Holiday and spend it with those you love. I wanted to share a few pictures of my silver tinsel tree. It's bolted down into the windowsill so a certain puppy waiting for Santa won't knock it over. Several years ago my Grandma and Mom bought it for me and I just love it. So thank you!

I loved how the sun made it sparkle!

I got a couple of new ornaments this year, the Jack Skellington and behind him a star fruit ornament.

Last year we were given two cute elephants, that can be seen above and below. My Dad made the wood turned Snowman above. And if you notice around the base of my tree I put two white feather boas, they look like snow and I love them!

I do hang disco balls from my tree, you can see a snowman that light up to the right and below him is a small statue of Buddha.

My Mom gave me the snowman s'more ornament several years ago and I love him. You'll notice the small colorful jingle-bells are what I hung all over are tree. It added color while being small enough to really put a lot on. Our tree is too small to hold a bunch of Christmas balls.

Someone gave Joe this Lawyer ornament so that was added!

My friend Melissa made this spider and spider web pendant and I hung it on the tree. She just mailed me the cutest ornament that went right on the tree, I'll have to take a photo of that soon to show you.

A tomato ornament. I love tomatoes!

I can't remember who gave us this Joe and Valerie snow-people ornament but I love it!

We have a beaded giraffe from Kenya. It was a Key-chain and then I thought hey that would look great on the tree.

And a felt made giraffe, made in Ohio.

This little bed ornament was from when I was a baby.

I just loved this sailboat ornament and had to have it on the tree.

Santa reading on a stack of books, Joe and I both love to learn!

A Christmas spider my Mom and I made.

It's hard to see but there is a silver balloon animal dog ornament in the tree that I love.

And here is Cinnamon still waiting for her presents. 
Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Diamonds & Sapphire

I love how the edges of the metal are highlighted with single rows of white diamonds. Nice! This is a diamond and sapphire ring by Lorenz Baumer.

Monday, November 26, 2012

New Earrings for the Baker Ball

Every year for the Holidays my husband's company has a Holiday party they call the Baker Ball. This year I wanted to make some big earrings to wear since the neckline of my dress didn't work with a necklace. These are the earrings I came up with. The smaller and bigger Shapes spin on a wire. They are sterling silver (patinaed) and the golden balls are 14 karat yellow gold. What name would you give these earrings, I really want to think of names for my jewelry, makes it more fun. What would you name these earrings?

Here is a closer shot of the earrings. I just love jewelry that can really move, and these were spinning pretty well! (Note: I had to pack up and then re-set up my photo tent, it'll take some practice to figure out the lighting again.) 

At the Ball they take photos of us and have them ready to be picked up when we leave. It's such a nice gift. In the past you also got a gift as you left but instead Baker & Hostetler have started donating money to charities, this year it was to the Red Cross. I'm really glad they are doing that instead of giving us a gift. I am very lucky to have all that I do and would rather that money go to help others.

Here is the color photo of Joe and I. Check out my red dress! This gown is beautiful and guess how much it cost me? Are you read for this $8! My Mom found the best thrift shop in PA, thanks Mom!

I paired the red dress with a green coat I got as a gift and I'm carrying my peanut m&m wrapper purse (from the Ecoist) Joe bought me for one of our anniversaries.

And my shoes, which are hidden beneath my dress, Zigi Skippy Shoes. I love them! No heels this year, I'm having some chronic pain issues and heels are just not a good idea right now. I'll actually wear flats far more often anyway!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lorenz Baumer

I love the contrast in this piece of jewelry between the diamond line drawing of a dragon and the gorgeous  3-D gemstone it's holding. You can see more of Lorenz Baumer's creations here.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Meet my dog Cinnamon

Recently my sister Kelly Heck took this great photo of my dog Cinnamon (with me in the background). Cinnamon was rescued from the streets and found a forever home with us. People always ask what breed she is. She is part Pharaoh Hound, Vizsla, a little pit in the face and I'm sure there is more. She runs faster than a whippet. Her favorite toys are ones made of rope that she can tear to threads, I knot them back up so they last longer.
She is very much a snuggle bug and wants to be squished between two people like a Cinnamon Sandwich. 
I'm hoping to teach her how to roll, so I can say Cinnamon Roll!
She's my best bud! 

I like these insects!

Spirit Animals grasshopper pendants in carved jet and elk antler with 18-karat gold legs, lace agate eyes and diamonds by Katey Brunini Jewels 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Flux Metal Arts - Studio - Jewelry - Classes

On Saturday I had the pleasure of going to the Grand Opening of Flux Metal Arts in Mentor Ohio. They offer comprehensive classes, workshops, open studio time, supplies and tools to draw out the talent within you and inspire your creativity. 

Flux Metal Arts is a working studio and also has a Boutique Gallery with really unique and beautiful jewelry. My friend Kim Baxter is the co-founder of Flux Metal Arts. You can see some of Kim's gorgeous jewelry here on her website.

They have classes starting as soon as November 18th so check it out before they fill up!

Flux Metal Arts
8827 Mentor Ave., Suite A
Mentor, OH 44060

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Zinnia Ring with Pearl

Congrats to Barbara Heinrich for receiving two of the eight awards honored by the Cultured Pearl Association of America for the 2011 - 2012 Pearl Design Competition.

Like the sign says VOTE!

Today is election day and we are lucky to live in a country where we can vote. Many fought hard for this right.

A few weeks back I went to see the President speak. Sadly I couldn't stay long enough to see him. Four hours in the rain was just too much for me!

I did talk to lots of people and made a friend!

Here is some history, in 1893 New Zealand became the first nation to allow women the right to vote. On August 8th 1920 the 19th US Constitutional Amendment gave women the right to vote. That was only 92 years ago that women were given the right to vote for what they believed in. That's not very long ago in the scheme of things. So please take the time to use your voice and vote for who you want in office locally and nationally! 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Several weeks ago my parents and sister came to visit. I took them to Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. We had a great tour of the house but sadly pictures aren't allowed. This is the view from the back door of the house, far in the distance you can see mountains, it was breath taking.

I saw a lovely chain that is great inspiration.

This light was just beautiful, all the metalwork.

A gorgeous red maple.

There was this great stone pattern on one of the walkways.

The photo above and below is of my sister taking photos. It's easy to catch her doing that. 

The photo above is of the Japanese Garden, it had a great waterfall and all these connected water ways. 

Amazing stone stairs. I'd love these in my yard.

The doorway into the English Garden. It felt like going into the Secret Garden.

Here is an example (above) of pleaching, which is a method used to manipulate the way a tree grows. In this case they wanted the tree to grow flat against the wall to save space in the garden. When I was younger I tried to pleach two trees together to make a ladder I could climb. It didn't work out but it's a cool idea.

Above is a cool bath under another path in the Great Meadow.

Here are my parents!

A view of Stan Hywet Hall from the front. The house has over 60 rooms and at one time had a bowling alley in the basement.

Flowers from the gardens in the greenhouse.

We all loved the glass balls and how they were hung in the Citrus greenhouse. 

I'd love to do this somewhere in my house where the light would shine through the glass!

I really like this garden on a wall.

The plant above made me think of Dr. Seuss. The name of the plant was 'Pink Powder Puff'. 

Here is me, my sister and my Mom. We had a lot of fun touring the house and gardens, I wish we could take pictures inside the house. The wood work, the metal work, the plaster ceilings were all decorated very ornately! It was inspirational!