Here’s a quick pic of a deer head I cast from a plastic toy. I added the antlers from soldered wire. Cool, eh? That’s an old dime for scale. I can see so many possibilities with this process.
I spent the weekend at an enameling workshop given by Jessica Calderwood, a phenomenal enamel artists. The topic was vitreous enamel. I will preface this post with the knowledge that I have never really tried enameling before. I own all the basic supplies, including a propane torch. I have, on two occasions, attempted to enamel […]
I’m too busy playing the ukulele to blog.
For the first time in forever I’m hanging out in my studio space. I’m coming out of one of my epic muse-free periods. I’m so glad it’s over. My tools and goodies are like long lost friends I’ve missed so much! I’ve decided to enter Hatch again this year. Though I don’t think I’ll go […]
I’ve been thinking about change. Change in the seasons, sure. But changes in life, too.
It’s still pretty warm during the day, but I brought all of my plants in already. That marks the first movement toward colder weather. Boy and I decided to take the afternoon off and go to the woods for a walk. We practiced singing “Belong to Me”, which I am learning to play on the […]
I enjoy listening to my Here and Heaven channel on Pandora while I create. It’s based on a song from the Goat Rodeo sessions. What do you listen to?
I haven’t felt like playing with jewelry in a very long time. It felt good to bust out the soldering iron and some cool bits and actually make something. I used these roman glass beads and garnets to make the first pair inspired by Fanciful Devices, though I’ve seen similar around Pinterest. The second […]
It took us two years to finally find some monarchs to tag. We used to see owns of them, but no more. If you want to participate in tagging or counting and reporting visit monarchwatch.org. I found one of the old photos from back when there we a lot of monarchs that stopped by our […]
Alexander and I are taking a pottery class through the park district. We are enjoying spending the creative time together and having a lot of fun making stuff. We just started throwing pots on the wheel. This is Alexander’s first go round with the wheel and he’s done very well. I grew up with a […]
There’s a learning curve to cruising. We really had no idea what to expect about any of it. There are two perspectives on cruising: those who like it and those who don’t. You hear nothing in the middle so we went in to it for the most part, blind. I spent a lot of time […]
We returned not long ago from one of our monumental family vacations. We don’t vacation that often but when we do they tend to be quite special. (We are mostly long weekend vacationers.) We’ve been looking at cruising for years. I can’t count the number of times shopping cruises got us through the worst of […]
This is how I made the little Magpie Nest I sent to Deb for the May Basket Swap. Even the kids could do this one with a little help.
I participated in Cerri’s May Basket Swap over at Little Pink Studio. These are the goodies I received and some of what I sent.
2013 Bead Soup! This is my first bead soup and I’m a lucky swapper.
I’ve been working on these framed collections. To me they tell stories. this first one was accepted in to the Hatch Art Exhibit. It’s called “Memento Orrey” and speaks of a couples life together. This second piece is called “Etui” and though it is not a case, it contains the daily belongings of a woman. […]
The Hatch creative-reuse fair is just around the corner. Take a look at some of the things I am bringing to the show.
I’ve been stalking the bead soup posts for a couple of years. If you are unfamiliar, Bead Soup is a blog hop/swap hosted by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things. In the first round, we get paired off with a partner. I was lucky enough to score Stacie Florer, an amazing jewelry artist, as my partner. […]
This is murmur. She’s made from a melange of parts and an old wind up toy of chattering teeth. She shows no hint of her former self. Now she has wings and a light.
I learned a lot after my first two shows. I took that knowledge and used it to create my own product line. Here’s the second in the series “Putting on a Show”.