Friday, May 29, 2009

Feeling the Love Friday

This week, I had the pleasure of being in Eugena777's beautiful treasury called "Sky Blue". It's a great collection of polymer clay - all things blue. My crackled turquoise necklace was included in it.

So, I'm sending the love back to Eugena777 for taking the time to feature one of my pieces! Eugena, is a polymer clay artist extraordinaire as well as a tutorial queen. Here's one of her latest tutorials that caught me eye! It's called, you guessed it, "Sea Urchin Vase".

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wedding Rehearsal - You Tube Video

This weekend, my niece got married. It was such a beautiful weekend (although it did rain for the wedding). My nephew emailed me this link last night. Saturday night we had a rehearsal dinner that was so much fun. Brad's (the husband to be) best man played his guitar all night at the dinner. Ian is a professional musician and he played great songs all night. This was the grand finale. Ian, the groom (who also plays drums in a band), another groomsman,the bridal party, and the bride joins in at the end to participate in a spot-on cover of The Weight, dedicated to Jaime-Anne. I'll be posting at least one photo of the bride in her dress. She selected Pnina Tornai (a designer from Israel). We had made a trip to Kleinfeld's in New York and the rest was history. She's a classic beauty and is just as sweet as she is beautiful.

The wedding itself was wonderful. It was held in a castle that was breathtaking. The speeches were heartfelt and the families and friends had a very special evening. Ian, Brad, and Andrew managed to squeeze in a set during the wedding. The music selection was so great . . . even the way home. The bus driver plugged in his Ipod, played his "party tunes" and people were singing, dancing at their seats or in the aisle all the way back to the hotel. What fun!

Jaime and Brad have now probably arrived in Istanbul and will continue their honeymoon in Crete and Amsterdam. How great does that sound?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Out of the Studio

With the gorgeous weather here in New England, I'm feeling slightly distracted. But I did buy some new paints last week and was looking forward to using them. So I thought I would share some pictures of my 3/4" 5-piece bead sets. I'm finding the red very luscious to work with. There will be a lot more red in the future!

And oh yeah, the turquoise and greens aren't too shabby, either! Here are some beads painted with a few damask silk screens I made (excluding the center bead).

Monday, May 18, 2009

Marvelous Monday

The sensual, organic work of Nicholas Bernard makes me want to go ahhhhh . . . . His colors seem to glow and I just want to touch the pots. There's something so beautiful about a large body vessel with a thin neck. He has a website where you can learn a little about his process - enjoy and have a Marvelous Monday!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Feeling the Love Friday

This week, I had the pleasure of being in brookestanton's beautiful treasury called "My Merlot Reflects A Sunset". Can't you just picture that? My purple and brown bead was one of the featured items.

I'm sending the love back to brookestanton by showing you another one of her gorgeous scarves. This one is teal with silkscreened bamboo. I'm a big fan of that bamboo pattern!

Thanks for the gold star!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Marvelous Mondays

Gogo Borgerding is a jewelry artist from New Orleans who pierces and saws by hand sterling silver cuffs and rivets them with vibrant, bold colors of anodized aluminum. The results are colorful, modern yet timeless. She has a shop in New Orleans called "GOGO Jewelry" as well as a website. Her website is currently down for maintenance, but check back to see more of her wonderful work. In the meantime, here's a few samples - enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Feeling the Love Friday

Another week and I managed to find myself in two treasuries. The first treasury was called "Rusty's Got the Blues" and was curated by FlamesAndFiber. My Turquoise Crackled Necklace was one of the featured pieces.

So, I'm sending the love back to FlamesAndFiber. She makes some very cool glass bead embellished felted vessels. At the moment, her Summer Garden Felted Vessel is one of my favorites.

The other treasury was called "How Do You Like Them Apples" curated by ChrDesigns. Another stunner! My Brown and Green bead is one of the featured pieces. And by the way, who needs full spectrum lighting in the winter when you can look at treasuries all day. Yeah, I know . . . get a life!

I'm sending the love back to chrdesigns. Her Dragon Fly Away Necklace is a new favorite from her shop.

Thanks to the "curators extraordinaire" for putting a little sunshine in my week!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Out of the Studio Wednesday

Since my show this Sunday, I haven't much time to spend in the studio. So . . . this post is about work from someone else's studio. Dale Chihuly to be be exact. I've posted about him in the past but a friend just told me about an installation she saw at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. First of all, it got me thinking about his studio. How massive is it? His studio is closed to the public, but I found this little picture of its entrance. Come on, doesn't everybody's studio entrance look like this??? :o)

Anyway, here's a few pictures of the installation. Some of the glass appears similar to a "skinner blend". His colors, (not to mention the textures) of course, are phenomenal. To see more, click here where you can begin the slide show.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

BAO Item of the Week

This week, we have another great sampling of items from 15 members of the BAO team. Click here to view the items and see what their specials are!

Have fun!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Marvelous Monday

Anna Kristinna Goransson is a fiber artist from Providence, Rhode Island. She received her MFA in Fibers and has taught fibers classes in UMASS/Dartmouth, workshops at the Fuller Museum and children's classes at RISD. She was a recent Artist in Residence at Oregon College of Art and Craft.

Anna creates sculptural work mainly out of felted and dyed wool. I love the soft colors and the sensual form. Hope you enjoy . . . and have a marvelous Monday!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Feeling the Love Friday

This week, I managed to get in a few more treasuries. Love those gold stars (this must somehow go back to elementary school). The first gorgeous treasury was curated by hyacinthdesigns and it was called 24072680 - you would have to view the treasury (which is no longer live) to get the joke. My turquoise crackled necklace was featured here.

By the way, Hyacinthdesigns tag line is Bright, Colorful Handmade Jewelry. Some of her colors jump right off the page! It was fun to look through her shop to decide which piece is my favorite. I love the color of these intense "Bubblegum and Gunmetal Flower Earrings".

But at the last moment, my eye caught these winter blue cluster earrings. . . .oooooh! The next treasury was curated by soukysuz. Her treasury was called Treasury Hopping In it was featured my cracked turquoise pendant. Great minds think alike, huh?

My favorite from her shop is her Nau ko'u aloha earrings.

The next treasury was curated by brookestanton and it was called the "visual stimulus package". Clever . . . She featured my Ocean Blue Business Card Case. nd by the way, this one is still live. It expires in 17 hours from now. So you can click away on all the items!

I had fun visiting Brooke's shop. She makes beautiful hand dyed silk scarves. I couldn't decide between her red pebble pattern scarf or her lavender bamboo pattern scarf - some tough choices here, too.