Friday, January 9, 2015

MY FUNNY VALENTINE







A small sampling of heart-themed jewelry from my shop


I can't believe Christmas has come and gone. I was pretty busy with the lead up to Christmas (making, listing and sending of gifts for the lovely people who bought things from me) plus having fun with my family. Does the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas get shorter every year, or is it my imagination? I think there should be a new rule that we move Christmas to about the 2nd week of January. Yeah, maybe not. That kind of talk could get me into all kinds of trouble with multiple religious groups.
On to Valentine's Day. I'm trying to be on the ball this year and get as many heart themed necklaces, pendants, earrings and charms listed as I can in for anyone wishing to buy a gift for their sweetheart. I usually get around to this the first week of February, so I'm trying to be ahead of the game. I know, shocking. If you are in need of something special for your main squeeze or yourself, please check out my shop here. ❤

Monday, January 5, 2015

BEAD & BUTTON SHOW CLASSES 2015








Registration for classes at the 2015 Bead & Button Show opens at noon Central Time on Tuesday, January 6th. My friend and teaching partner Gail Lannum and I are excited to be offering 3 classes and one workshop this year. Gail and I really enjoy teaching and we always have a lot of fun in our classes, plus, we present a lot of technique. We will be teaching a mixture of fabrication and metal clay classes. We'd love to have you come join us! To view our class listings please click on the links below each picture or here to view our class schedule by day.   


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

PEACE, LOVE AND ABUNDANCE



I sincerely hope that the anvil wasn't a present for any of my metalsmithing friends or they're going to be a bit disappointed.
I hope the holidays find you all happy and safe and warm. I wish you all peace, love and abundance throughout the coming year!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

THE LIFE SO SHORT, THE CRAFT SO LONG TO LEARN


The life so short, the craft so long to learn

I have this quote by Geoffrey Chaucer carved onto the front of a workbench in my workshop. I've always liked the quote. I first saw it years ago carved on a piece of Arts and Crafts Roycroft furniture and it immediately resonated with me. The quote's origins are even older than Chaucer's usage though, as it was widely used by Roman and Greek writers as early as the 3rd Century B.C.  The original Latin quote is translated as "art is long, life is short". I've always thought of it as a kind of 'carpe diem' for crafts people. 
Someone posted this quote on Facebook today and it started me thinking about time. Sometimes I worry that time is flying by and I'll never be able to find the time to learn all of the things and skills that I want to. That's, I suppose a negative interpretation of the thought carved onto my bench. That kind of thinking doesn't really do much (for me anyway) except for paralysing me, as in "why bother, there's not enough time anyway". I prefer to think of it as you can't do anything unless you do something. It's not easy sometimes to feel creative on a schedule, but sitting in your workspace and doing something, even a repetitive task leads to bigger ideas. So, on the days where I don't feel a creative muse, I get my butt in the chair and I do something, after all, life is short and there's a lot to learn.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BRUCEMORE GARDEN AND ART SHOW 2014
























Above are photos of just a few of the new things I'll have at the Brucemore Garden and Art Show this  Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Brucemore is a National Trust property whose 26 acre gardens and 19th century mansion house are open to the public. It's really a special place and if you are local and you haven't visited, you really should. The annual Garden and Art Show is this Saturday, August 23rd, from 9am-4pm. There will be over 60 artist vendors (including myself), lots of garden themed educational talks and demonstrations, guided tours of the gardens and the house and lots of great food. I love doing this show. It's a highlight of my year. Please stop by and see me (and my handsome helper, Paul). I'll be located near the visitors center right across from the food vendor (yay!)
For more information and directions to Brucemore, please click here.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

HAPPY EASTER TO MY PEEPS! (see what I did there?)


 

Happy Easter to all! I hope you spend it with family and friends. Spring seems to be finally here. There are pretties coming up in the yard. I'm itching to get out there, but I've been working hard in the studio. I think I've earned so time outside next week. Sad that my reward for hard work is more work! Now, hopefully the weather will be fine!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SPRING AND ALL


                                             









It's been a while since I've posted. Not sure how that happened! Anyway, I stopped by to wish you all Happy Spring! Now, I know that today is not the first day of spring. That happened about ten days ago.
Today, for some reason, it finally feels like spring to me. The air smells different, there are things coming up in the yard. Also, today is the day that I start my seeds for my vegetable garden. Some people start them a bit earlier, but I find that the seedlings do better if they aren't left under the artificial lights too long. They get kind of leggy. Funny how they know that the light that they are growing under isn't really the sun. Just like we all hunger for the feeling of the sunlight on our skin so do they.
So today I'm taking a break from making jewelry to get my hands dirty, in a different way than I usually do. Often in the fall, after all of the work is done and the snow begins to fall, I feel like maybe the garden is too much work, that maybe I just wont do it next year. Then spring comes around. This day, April 2nd is the day that was my Dad's birthday. On this day (and on every other) I think about my Dad and my Mom, who loved being outside probably above almost anything else. I know that's why I do too. So, on this early spring day any of those thoughts from November blow away with a gust of spring wind. Strange how that happens.   :-)