Monday, July 30, 2012

Look what came in this Weekend!

Not one, but two boxes came in?

What's in the big box you say? Why another box!

In that box is my new Shear! I feel like I just won the Price is Right, though I did pay for the shear, it always feels like Christmas when I get new tools!

I bought two drill bit sets, I was nearly completely out of drill bits. I love the tiny set!

And I bought a Durston Dapping Block, it's beautiful! I can't wait to use these tools and show you what I make.

I also bought some wire and a few different sizes of silver discs. I've got plans!

What are your favorite tools to use?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Spring Butterfly

A while back I made this butterfly pendant for my mother-in-law. I wanted to share a better picture of it. The butterfly is make of sterling silver that has been pierced and filled with epoxy resin tinted blue.
(From the top wingtip to wingtip it is 2 1/2 inches across, 2012.)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Green Gold Bracelet

This bracelet is from Garavelli's Globo Collection. I really like how open the bracelet, it feels as though it was inspired by the structure if a bridge. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My Vegetable Garden

In my hands are my first harvest from this years vegetable garden, some 'Tumbling Tom' Tomatoes (they are grape sized). Behind me are the 'Super Sonic' Tomatoes that I started back in February in my house from seed. This year in addition to netting around the garden we also have wire fencing that is a slight bit shorter than me to keep the deer out. So far so good, knock on wood! 

Are you growing a garden? What goodies have you gotten so far?

Monday, July 23, 2012

Wedding Quilt

Last weekend we received a beautiful quilt that my mother-in-law made for us. She brought strips of fabric to our wedding and had all the guests write their wishes for us. Then she created wonderful blocks that say 'LOVE' and sewed the quotes in around the love blocks.

I love the flowers she sewed in over Love and beside it.

The colors are all very bright and happy!

Thank you so much for this wonderful gift, we've hung it in our bedroom. As I was putting hooks in the ceiling Joe was reading the quotes on the quilt. Thanks to everyone for your kind words. 
Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Hartville Flea Market

Yesterday morning the Ohio Jewelry & Metal Arts Guild met at the Hartville Flea Market at the early time of 8am! Our mission was to find fount objects to turn into jewelry!

I bought these two 'hologram' boxes. I loved the hologram and thought I could cut it out of the lid to use as the gemstone in a piece of jewelry.

I bought this nice ink pen for drawing, it's got cork where your fingers hold it so it's nice and soft. The pen is from the 1940's. 

I bought a tiny thermometer and a tiny compass that would be fun in a piece of jewelry. The compass might make a cool ring.

I just loved this little jewel like bicycle reflectors, can't wait to use them in a piece.

These two pairs of cutting devices caught my eye, honestly not sure what each is for but we'll find out.

I found a wee little hammer that was too cute to pass up and a couple of jewelry tools!

I love to keep a fan in my purse for those hot days and this one was entirely made out of wood, very beautiful design.

I got a millimeter gauge since I haven't been able to find a battery for my electronic one.

I bought this acrylic pieces because the trees really caught my eye, they are embedded in the middle and can cast a shadow in the right lighting. These might inspire a resin design.

My most exciting find was this stool, it's really a beautiful piece of furniture. I don't plan on making jewelry out of it.

It has 4 glass ball claw feet which I loved!

Needless to say we all had a great deal of fun looking at all the crazy items for sale. What would you make with these items?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair going on through this Saturday!

Yesterday I attended the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair in Ann Arbor Michigan. It is a great show that is actually comprised of 4 shows that flow together. I got to catch up with many friends which was wonderful! 
Here are some of my favorite artists who are not to be missed:

Julie Jerman-Melka of Flying Anvil Designs. Julie is the kindest people I know and makes beautiful jewelry out of stones collected by the lake in Michigan. She sets gemstones in the stones and also has a beautiful line of hand forged silver jewelry. 

These are a pair of Julie's earrings that I own. The center is set with a blue diamond. I truly love her work. Julie is the one that gave me my carin in the post below to help me on my new path.
Julie's booth can be found in the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair (the original fair) at booth A112. 

The next artist I was so happy to see was Bonnie L. Blandford. She is one of my dear friends!
This picture is of her working in her studio.

Here is one of Bonnie's ring designs. She has been having a great deal of fun making beautiful rings with great forms and textures. 
Her booth is in the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair in booth C027. 

I also loved the jewelry of Logan Louis Jewelry who is in the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair in booth C138.

Really there are too many to name but these were some of my favorites at the show. The show runs through Saturday and was an easy 3 hour drive to get to from Cleveland. Definitely lots of fun artwork to see!

I wish all the exhibitors a great show!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A gift in the mail...

I opened up the mail box the other day to find a package from my good friends Julie and Jeffrey of Flying Anvil Designs. They made me my own carin, which is a man made stack of rocks. I put it on my bench right away and it brings a smile to my face every time I look at. I have the best friends!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

From Teacher to New York Fashion Week

Back in 2009 my friend, Michelle Pajak-Reynolds, lost her job as a teacher. Instead of letting that hold her back she pursued her childhood dream of showing her jewelry on the runway at New York Fashion Week. I don't want to give the whole story away:

She has 3 days to go on her Kickstarter Campaign to make it to New York Fashion Week. Be a part of the dream, anyone who pledges $10 and up will be listed in her look book. The more you pledge the bigger the prize, all the way up to tickets to the runway show!

It is a joy to help a fellow artist attain her childhood dream! Michelle is also helping local models in the Cleveland area attain their dream of participating in New York Fashion Week for the first time. 

Another great aspect of this Runway Show is that it is the first time a NYFW event has been partnered with a women's right organization. The Show is partnered with MADRE : We advance Women's human rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and building lasting solutions to crisis. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

From the "Prestige Collection"

A platinum ring with white pearl and diamonds by Mikimoto.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Not everything in my life is perfect and wonderful. I try not to post negative things, it's a waste of energy and no one really enjoys reading it.

But I do want you to know I'm human. My life has ups and downs like yours. 

Back in April I had to quit my job for complicated reasons. It was a very painful decision because I loved my job. I was down about it for over a month and since it's been up and down for me.

I'm moving past it and focusing on the positive. I've been searching for a job and at the same time working on starting my own business. It's always been my dream and goal and now is the time! As one friend said, "What are you waiting for?" Which is always a good question to ask yourself when you let fear stop you from doing something. 

Wishing you your own great adventures!

(photo taken from a plane)