Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

I have officially arrived at the age I will most likely stay for the rest of my life...

Well folks, that's right. Yesterday I turned the big 2-9. Truthfully I am really not too weirded out about being just a year away from 30, however, maybe check back with me in about 11 months from now to see if I feel any different. :)

If you know me at all, you know that birthdays are a HUGE thing for me. I LOOOOVE them. Always have, always will. I would suppose I can attribute that to my mom who always made sure (and still makes sure to this day) to make our birthdays a REALLY big deal. Thankfully, though he doesn't quite share my same passion when it comes to birthdays in general, Gabe has definitely done a GREAT job of making sure that he really goes all out on my day :)

Here is a rundown of the day on which I celebrated the fact that God saw fit for me to exist...

1. Woke up to Gabe offering to take the kiddos to school so I could sleep in for a bit. (I know ladies, let's hear a collective "awwww") :) Before he left though, he pulled a bag out from under the bed containing season 5 of The Office on dvd and a Starbucks gift card. My man KNOWS me. :)

2. Kept my phone close in anticipation of the phone call I would be getting from my mother singing Happy Birthday to me, just as I have at the same time each and every year on my birthday. 11:47am - the time I was born.
My phone rang right after this pic was taken.

3. Got phone call from my dad. Hassled him that he was about 10 minutes late (he called at 11:57) to which he replied, "ya, that's mom's thing". :)

4. Got ready to head out for the day and just before stepping out the door, I was greeted by a kind gentleman from one of our local purveyors of loverly flora with a HUGE bouquet full of flowers and other lovely things. All my favorite colors together in one frosted glass vase, and sent with love from one of the most amazing cousins (and her family) a girl could ask for.

5. Went out to lunch with my Mamma and Miss Sophie at the joint of my choosing so sushi it was! Yummm.

6. Headed off for a birthday haircut and brow waxing (MUCH needed). I wasn't exactly sure how much I was gonna get hacked off when I got there but by the time all was said and done, my locks are now approximately 6in. shorter than they were before. It feels quite freeing :)
7. Went home to gather some clothes and jammies and then dropped them off at my parent's house since the little women were going to be spending the night at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Fun for everyone! While dropping off the clothes, mom gave me the second part of my gift (the first part was a GORGEOUS bedding set she got for me a month or so ago while we were out shopping - pics to come). Second part of the gift: Season 4 of The Office, a tiny hair trimmer (to be used between waxings for those pesky little strays), and some dark chocolate truffles. My Mamma KNOWS me. :)

8. Went back home to pick up Gabe so we could go out to dinner.

9. Was QUITE surprised when we got to the restaurant and I realized that Gabe had invited some of our friends to join us without my knowing it! Not everyone was able to make it but we had a WONDERFUL time with those who were able to come and it was DEFINITELY a "thought that counts" moment. Our dinner concluded with the wait staff singing "happy birthday" to me as I got to blow out a candle stuck into a piece of pumpkin cheesecake. YUM.

10. Hung out with one of my VERY dear friend as well as Gabe, my parents, and kiddos for a bit before heading home for the night.

It was a GOOD day and the celebration continues as I sit here at my local Starbucks (BY MYSELF NO LESS) sipping a pumpkin spice latte and surfing the web. Tonight: homemade chicken noodle soup at mom's house.

Life is good and I am blessed beyond measure.

VERY Happily,

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Oh me oh my...

So, I'm not sure what I may have gotten myself into, but, if you have been following my blog since at least a bit prior to last Christmas, you may remember that I had signed up to do a show. It was actually my second go at the whole "show" thing and by the end of that day, I had pretty much decided that I wasn't gonna be doing that particular show again. Granted, preparing for it was an excellent experience in and of itself, but overall, it just wasn't what I hoped it would be.

Bad weather
Poor advertisement
Crazy tupperware lady (yes, there is a story)
+ A few other things I don't care to get into at the moment
= I made my table fee back, but just barely.

Around that same time I had heard an advertisement for a different show that was being put on with quite a bit more support and excitement behind it and it sounded like the crowd that they were trying to attract would be just the sort of ladies before which I'd love to display my blood sweat and tears.

Alas, I had already committed to this first deal and wouldn't have enough time to prepare for the other since the dates nearly overlapped. Phooey.

I made myself a mental note: "Inquire about this other opportunity for next year"... and then, I completely forgot about it.

WELL, I received a phone call out of the blue the other day from a friend of mine (whom I hadn't said anything to about wanting to be a part of the aforementioned event) to tell me she had heard an advertisement for the show on the radio, thought of me, and just happened to take the number down.

I called the number and before I knew it, I was on the list.
Info exchanged.
Booth reserved.

Long story short, my life is crazy and about to get a little crazier but I could truly not be more excited! I have already noticed my schedule more freed up for creating since school has started up again and after implementing a couple of "this is what I want to create within this certain portion of time" goals, I am already feeling well on my way to being prepared for the event.

Typically I work on one piece at a time, seeing one thing through from start to finish, rather than working on several things at once and creating them all in shifts. I also usually never show works in progress but I tweaked my process and couldn't resist sharing pics after seeing all these guys stacked up and laid out together...

(she pauses for effect and takes a DEEP breath)

Here we go...


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sweeter than honey from the honeycomb...

Well, as I alluded to towards the end of this post, I have a piece that I have been working on for quite some time and was VERY anxious to complete, yet equally concerned about not rushing the process.

Well, it's officially finished and I think I can say with much confidence that this is my most ambitious undertaking to date, as well as the piece of which I am most proud.

For quite some time I have been very interested in the idea of the creating of familiar objects out of sterling (ie: my cassette tape necklace) and I thought what better "object" to try to create than a busy little bumblebee.

There is really quite a bit to them with their antennae, and their jointed legs, and their veiny little wings. I had several other critters sketched out - giraffe, lamb, lady bug - but ultimately, I was most drawn to this guy.

At first I had intended to create a honey-hued pendant hanging at the front with a smaller version of the bee slightly off-set, but when the bee turned out a little larger than originally planned, I knew he'd have to take center stage with the piece of matte amber playing second fiddle.

I have also been missing wire-wrap-linking beads so I knew that was definitely something I wanted to incorporate with the lovely green "honey jade" beads I had been hanging on to for just the perfect occasion.

He sits perfectly on the neckline, and though not too heavy, he is weighty, hefty, and CERTAINLY worth his weight in golden honey.

All components, save for the husky lobster clasp, have been fabricated completely by hand.

Every wire wrapped tight.
Every loop soldered shut.
Heirloom quality.

Not only did I set out with this project to try to push my limits and see if I could indeed create something that I didn't know I was capable of, I also wanted to have a finished piece that felt like something I would have pulled out of my grandmother's jewelry box. Something that her grandmother would have worn and passed on to her.

I can't help but feel I have succeeded.

(click on the photos to enlarge)

I know I have been CRAZY tardy in getting new things listed in my shop but I do have a few things I'd like to stick on the shelves sometime this coming week.

I wish you all a happy Labor Day weekend! May it be fairly "laborless" and filled with lemonade, art in a park, fun with family, and anything else that sounds appealing and entirely unrelated to anything that even SMELLS like work :)


Friday, September 4, 2009

Goin' to the Chapel...

I had the privilege recently to create the jewelry my dear friend Wendy would wear when she walked down the isle on her wedding day.
I cannot explain what an honor it was for me to have been entrusted with such a special responsibility!
Until now, I had only ever made jewelry for bridesmaids, never for the bride herself, and to be completely honest, I was a little nervous at first!

What if the final products weren't quite what she was hoping for?
What if I couldn't quite convey through metal the ideas that were swirling within our heads?

She is an artist herself, she has an eye for these things you know...
What if she HATES them???
WHAT IF??!!?!????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I took a deep breath, looked over the sketches I had done during our one and only official discussion of ideas, and then just took the leap, putting some trust in my abilities and in the confidence I have in what I do.
File again.

I was happy.

She was ecstatic.

Shoulder-dusters. A little her, a little me.
Wrap bracelet with just the right amount of jingle-jangle...
The bracelet shown worn as a necklace.
...and yet another necklace option for the "bracelet".
(this one's my favorite)...
Congratulations Wendy! I am so thrilled for you and I wish you and Kevin all the happiness in the world!!! I'm so sorry I wasn't able to make it for the big day but I can't wait to see your photos!!!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Wordless Wednesday...


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