Friday, January 29, 2010

Sending the Love Friday, Flickr's Ring A Day Feature

This past week I had the good fortune of being in two treasuries.  The first was created by brookestanton.  It was titled "Darkness in Massachusetts".  My Leaf Earrings in Grey were among the featured items.

I'm sending the love back to Brookestanton for including me in her feeling grey kind of treasury.  She makes these beautiful silk scarves and if I had to pick just one, it would have to be her wedgewood blue silk scarf with art nouveau pattern.  Her shop is filled with wonder colors and patterns!  So hard to choose!

The other treasury was created by SarahRobinL.  It's titled "Earthlovers" and it's still live   My Green and Gold Long Leaf Earrings were among the items featured here.

I'm sending the love back to SarahRobinL for including me in her earthly treasure.  Her shop is filled with beaded and metal wonders.  At the moment, her Herrumbrosito VIII Ring is my favorite . . . ok, one of my favorite items.  I love the varying colors of the metals along with the brush finish - it really makes this piece shine!

And speaking of rings, I've been enjoying all the fabulous creativity that's been going on with the Ring A Day creations.  It's like seeing a Larks book uncensored  I came across MetalRiot's work and needed to share.  Hope it makes you smile as much as it did me!

To see more of MetalRiot's Ring A Day, go to here Flickr pages.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Primarily Gentry

Today I came across Tamra Gentry's work.  Her love of color and pattern led her to an unusual yet beautiful material called Fordlite.  At first I assumed it was a gemstone I had never heard of.  But upon closer look, I was pleasantly surprised to learn of its' history.  Can you guess what it is?  It is vintage car enamel!   You can read about it here.  I also enjoyed reading about Tamra's journey. Especially the "turning point section".  So many of us artist's have similar paths. I got a kick out of her description of beading as her "entry drug". So true!  Here are just a few photos of some of her exquisite work. 


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Marvelous Monday

Sea Moon has an unbelieveable artist's eye for making the common into magnificent.  I couldn't seem to pull myself away from his work.  I hope you enjoy the photos below, and if you can find the time, grab a cup of coffee and visit his Flickr pages.  You'll be amazed at his work and his wonder.  I know I'll be coming back to this special spot for days in need of inspiration.  Have a marvelous Monday! 

Friday, January 22, 2010

Feeling the Love Friday, BAO Item of the Week

Yesterday, I had the good fortune of being part of a treasury curated by SmadarsTresure.  She always makes such beautiful treasuries.  This one is called "Bead Art from the Heart".  It's live so you can still take a look.

I'm sending the love back to Smadar . . . whose shop is always filled with many treasures!
Here's my favorite at the moment.

It's been a while since my last BAO Item of the Week.  I listed my "Snow Laden Branches Earrings" back in the shop.  Anyone purchasing these earrings from 1/22/10 - 1/28/10 will receive free shipping. 

And here's the BAO Item of the Week from the participating members.   Click here to see what their specials are! 

This week had been a little unsettling for me.  I managed to lose my cell phone.  I felt pretty strongly it had made it home, I just didn't know where it was (and unfortunately, it was turned off).  I found it three days later in the garage, against a wall (and behind a tire) where it was resting in a puddle of water.  The inside was pink and it wouldn't turn on . . . at all.  Then I heard about this trick where you put the phone in a plastic bag filled with rice, seal the bag and leave it overnight. I figured it was worth a try.  I knew the phone needed a charge as well.  So the next day, when I plugged it in to charge the phone, I saw those magical words . . . battery charging.  So it looks like I won't be needing that new phone after all . . .YES!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Marvelous Monday

Today I'm featuring the work of Liv Blavarp, a Norwegian born master woodworker.  She creates the most amazing, one-of-a-kind, sculpture-to-wear necklaces and collars. They're  dramatic, asymmetrical pieces that invoke everything from sealife to vertebra.  I enjoy how her clasps are such an integral piece of the design.  She dyes the wood and carves it into curving, organic shapes.  Hope you enjoy - have a marvelous Monday.  Happy MLK Day! 

Friday, January 15, 2010

Color Challenges

The BAO team just had another color challenge.  This time, the colors were dark brown, fuschia and orange.  You can see the challenge here.  I'm not sure I've used those colors in the past or not, but I had a tough time with this challenge as my scrap pile can tell.  Everything I made was turning out, well, not too nice.  It was when I saw some work done using those colors that seemed to help me make a shift.  Anyway, this is what I came up with.  It's a silk screen overlay done with two different colors.

Oh, and as an added bonus, I watched these colors evolve and I couldn't help but think . . . buttons.  I plan on putting them in my supply shop sometime today. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Terrific Tuesday

Sad to say I missed yesterday's post.  It was one of those days I wish was 48 hours long so I could get everything done.  I recently found this artist on Etsy (Marie Scarpa) whose work is so beautiful and looked vaguely familiar.  There was no information about her on her Etsy profile and it dawned on me when I noticed her shop name.  Remember the old "Lapidary Journal" before it became "Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist"? I used to have a subscription to that magazine back in the day.  Her work had been featured there numerous times.  She was also a Saul Bell and Niche finalist/winner over the years as well as winning many other awards too numerous to list.  She has a website should you care to explore.  She weaves, fabricates, casts and embellishes to make beautiful objets d'arts.  Her beautiful gemstones speak to my inner crow.  Here's a few pictures  to start your day.  Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Word for the Year 2010

Before I mention what my word for 2010 will be, I'd like to talk about some of the experiences I had with last year's word.  That word was focus.  Because I'm so passionate about my work (as many of us are), I find myself getting distracted so many times.  I seem to get distracted most when I'm on the internet.  If I'm not screaming "focus" in my head, it's done.  Over.  History.  No turning back.  Sometimes my wandering is good because I'm researching sites for my blog - and that's ok - but, there has to be a time limit.  Here's an example.  I get an email (this one happened to be from Bead & Button magazine).  It, of course, links to the Bead & Button show.  Well, I have to look, right?  I find the links to classes and that's where it starts.  They are offering so many wonderful classes.  But the problem is, there's links to the teachers.  And once I have their names, I begin my "research".  Is it really necessary to do all this?  When it comes to the internet, I'm just like a kid in the candy store.  So, with the word "focus" in mind, I've learned to be my own disciplinarian.  I have to give myself time limits.  And with any discipline, sometimes you listen and sometimes you don't! 

One of the main reasons I chose focus last year was to help me reach one of my goals.  And that was my new website.  I gave myself the summer to work on it and by the beginning of October, it was live.  And I wrote about this recently that I would be updating my other website.  That is just about done, minus a few pictures.  I'm waiting for the domain transfer to take place and then the new site will be live.  So, with the help of "focus", I managed to complete those goals. Earlier this week I had facebooked that I would be working on the shopping cart.  Lo and behold, I managed to complete it (there's that public goal setting and focus again).  Because I had used mals-e previously, the job was basically a cut and paste job with a few additions and changes.  All in all, it took me one hour!  I'll say it again, Pappashop is such a pleasure and I'm so thankful they use mals-e.  It doeosn't get any easier than that!

So, focus is a word that probably needs to be my mantra.  But it's a new year and time for a new word.  While I was working, I found myself thinking about what my plans for the new year were.  As I thought about that, the word assemble came to mind.  Over the past years (probably since I started with polymer clay back in 2003), I've worked mostly with polymer.  I've been wanting to get back into metal to combine the two.  But as I worked on my old website, I was thinking about crochet work as well.  So this year, my word is assemble.  There's so many techniques I've learned over the years with metal, and I'd like to begin assembling those techniques with polymer clay, along with some crochet work here and there. I'm currently working on some new end caps for my crocheted necklaces.  I hope to post pictures next week.  Have a great weekend!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Marvelous Monday

This week, I came across the work of Heather Bayless.  She was named as one of the Saul Bell design competition finalists in the silver category.  I enjoyed reading her resume and seeing how her childhood environment (like many others) influenced her life today.  For me, it seems to help me make sense of it all.  If you view her resume, the section she titles "My Fifteen Minutes" lists the numerous accolades she has received to date.  She's been in many exhibitions and publications.  She received a BFA in graphic design and metalwork.  Using the knowledge of both has really made her work stand out.  She is currently studying in Korea to complete her MFA and was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant.  Her work is beautiful, thoughtful as well as functional.  I look forward to seeing more of her work in the future.  Visit her website and have a marvelous Monday!