Thursday, June 30, 2011

Earrings that I love

I have a few earrings that I LOVE - that I have made - which are not in my shop.
They are just for me.
I wear them 

A LOT!!!

I mean, don't get me wrong, I do LOVE very different, sparkly, sometimes ostentatious jewelry!!

I usually reach for something, solid, dependable, and small.

don't read too much into that
Silver and Quartz

 Silver and Amazonite

Gold and Carnelian

so enjoy them when you can!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Snowdrop earrings in the shop

Just listed!

I love just simple elegant earrings...
I made some!

anything new you've made that I would love to see?

oo,oo, show me! show me!

I can't wait to see what you've been creating.
Have a great day!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I don't usually post on Saturday but...

I was over at ZiBagz and I saw her widget featuring a couple of her treasuries.

I just HAD TO CHECK it out!!

here's mine!

Let's see, shall we?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Etsy Meanderings

Yayyyy!! Friday.


I hope that you're as excited about this first weekend of summer as I am! It should be a good one.
All the elements are in place to make the summer weekend 'handmade wonderful'.

shady cool




Cappuccino Mug - $30   wapa
Oval Turquoise Pendant for my Dakota Grandmother - $148   AutumnLeavesJewelry
One Pico Embroidered Pillow Case - $ 13   nurdanceyiz


Bracelet Diamonds are a Girls Best Friendship - $425   DolorisPetunia
Florence Top with Petal Sleeve - $52    device
Clearance - Fennel Earrings - $103.20   ScarlettShoppe



Organic Drape Neck Shirt - $75   woolenmoss
Double Bud Vase - $18   claylicious
Bollywood Vintage Shirt (xs-s) - $32   luckyvintageseattle


...and since it's summer, be on the look out...

retro vintage sign - SOLD    bukaroosmercantile

(AWESOME sign - I was way to slow!!)

Have a great summertime-y weekend!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Good Day Sunshine

Summer is HERE!

and a little time in the garden sows the seeds of the future.

 memories of backhoe driving in the sunshine

made a jewelry set to sell at the moses lake museum art center

and got dirty hands, clothes and a smile that just won't quit!!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Inspiration vs Deadlines

I have many, many things to do.

And by that I mean, "To Do".

they have a time that they are supposed to finished for, a deadline...

but my head, heart and fingers are full of what I want to do...
images I see that I want to paint, or that inspires a painting (which I do not do enough of!), materials I want to make something with, pendants that need stringing, but I lack the right something with which to string them... places that I need to explore.
Inspirational explorations and Deadlines:
to do lists
are mutually exclusive!!

you could say that I'm frustrated.
pacing my cage like a lion at the zoo... don't get me wrong things are getting done

no gazelles for me today.
just ground chuck brought to me in a bowl...

how do you cope with frustrated inspiration?
I really need to know.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Happy Belated Father's Day to You All

it's another sunny Monday here on the grassland plateau

though the weather here has been as mixed a bag as it is other places...quite a bit more than our 7" annual rainfall accumulation, just this spring alone...I love the D R A M A of clouds in the spring and fall.

I WISH the DRAMA could be more easy for me to relate to you...

you'll just have to take my word for it...

And for Father's Day around here, my hubby requested Eggs Florentine.
This is not something I've made before, but it is one of his favorite breakfasts.

I didn't have a recipe.
-just had his memory-
to cook from, but I think...

it turned out pretty well.

Have a great day - Father's and other wise ;)


Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Etsy Meanderings

Another Friday, another meander...

life is good around here - I've already had big success down at the garage sales this morning! Or I should say Zeke has! Lots of toys and a 'motorcycle trike'!
And my streak for finding fantastic things for other people continues. is a collection of the etsy finds I've found for you!
 enjoy :D

cool and dreamy summertime finds

Seven Deadly Sins Tea Set - $145   trixiedelicious
Yellow 8x8 photo - $35   ErinTyner
Sunshine on my shoulders earrings - $15   DoReMiHandmade
Adrift photo - $35   AliciaBock
and I'm not sure that I want to show you because I want them 
for myself 

soooo much ;)

which of these items don't I want!!

 exotic and still
Pleated Asymmetrical Dress - $193    MoonCircus
The Horse of Parisii - $95   GailLannum
Watson Lake Reflections - $ 250   DaveDilliPhotography

 everyday and fantastic

Yellow Messenger/Laptop Bag - $69   ikabags
Art of Papercut Dress - $79   HandTailorByArtka
1950 Semca Travel Alarm clock - $48   calloohcallay


Damselfly Garlic Keeper Jar - $28   justmare
Katya top - $42   cocoricooo

 and because sometimes you get a cold in the summer (yuck)

Hopefully this list finds you all bright and shiney!!
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I saw this tonight and...


I just love this treasury made by CountryBlossom ~ it's a Party that I WANT TO GO TO!!
scrumptious, really, really


Nice work miss megan!

check out her flowyogamats store too!

I made a treasury late in the night...
But late in the night there isn't much traffic!
So even though I LOVE it!! It hasn't gotten the love it deserves so I thought that I'd show it here to get it a little more loving!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Great Memories

I've been reminiscing a lot lately, 
maybe because my birthday's coming up 
and maybe because I've been cleaning out closets, 
in an attempt declutter
But whatever the reason, one of my favorite memories is of Greece.

I was just forcing houseguests to look at the photos last night - so I guess now it's your turn!
You're a little luckier in that I only have two uploaded

In 2004, I went from Nanaimo, Canada to Spetses Island, Greece.
the biggest trip of my life
I had wanted to go to Greece since we learned about it in the 7th grade.
The land of the Gods.
The birth place of civilization.
you know the Dad in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", all those things that he believed in I believe...
except the windex for all ailments... I don't believe that.

So when the Liberal Studies program at my University offered a Greek Studies Abroad program I jumped at it!

And I have never regretted it!!
I studied the Lion's Gate at Mycenea in Art History class and then...
there I was standing under it!
We also went to London to see the Greek artifacts at the Royal Museum - amazing!!
We got 6 hours to tour downtown and that's how I got my picture in front of Buckingham Palace.

Not only is Greece one of my favorite memories, but
Those two pictures are two of my favorites pictures.

What are some of your favorite experiences? do you have any pictures to share? I'd love to see them!

That's all for me.
Have a great day!

Monday, June 13, 2011

New work

It's been awhile since I posted new work, but I've been making new things all weekend!
A few new personal favorites for sure!!

My sister says that I have to learn to separate with my work more frequently, so...

I'll be posting items to my etsy store this week.
I am headed over to try out a friend's camera for some better closeups of my work. Hopefully, that will make easier to 'experience' the jewelry when I post them.
Until then...
Here's a look at one set that I made a couple of weeks ago for another friend.

They are turquoise and wood with silver.
Very dainty and summery.
I hope that she loves them as much as I do!

Have a great day!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Etsy Meanderings

Good Morning!

Today is Craft Party Day at Etsy.

To celebrate their 6th anniversary, they have encouraged sellers to organize craft parties with other sellers in their area. Get to know other sellers, eat some yummy goodies and learn a new craft!
So fun!
In celebration of the celebration, I thought that I would feature 'crafters'.

In art school there is always the debate: what is craft and what is art?
I think that craft is in the practice: Everyday you sketch, sew, shape metal or wood, and then your personality comes through and there is the art. Some people do this more easily than others. 

Here are some crafters who have honed their craft into art and some supplies to help with your journey towards your inner artist.

Waterfall Brooch - $750    SusanThornton
Flip It Original Drawing - $25    jodidoodles 
Carved Bear Sculpture (1970) - $54   VintageStarrBeads
Flight of Fancy - $26   YuliyaArt
Large Turquoise Pendant Necklace - $42   AnnalisJewelry
1 LB of Italian Lambskin Leather Remnants - $20    santosleather

Vintage Bohemian Fabric - $18   backhomeagain
200pc 2.5mm Antique Copper Spacer Beads - $2.15   JewelryElements
6 Rainbow Moonstone Onion Briolettes - $9.99   believesjewelry
Green Topaz Briolettes & Citrine Rondelles - $4.99   believesjewelry

Be Present Every Day print 8.5x11 - $20   groundwork
Little Person Keychain - $12.50  Annalela
Owl Bookmark - $5   bumblebooHandmades
Possibilities print - $45   promopocket

As you can see, ANYTHING can be your medium. You just need to work it as these artists have!!

I hope that you can get together with some crafters in your area, party it up! Learn a new craft and further your artistic journey!

Have a great day!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

It's lovely being green

I have green on the brain today.

Hard to say what put it there, but it's there.

So many tones. 
So cool and inviting.
Relaxing and, at the same time, energizing: it's the color of the heart chakra.
I have a meditation that I practice when I'm walking, where I imagine a pale, leaf green color surrounding my heart and growing out until it creates a huge aura around me.
Try it sometime and let me know what you think!

Here's a couple of necklaces I made recently.
Both are very summery.
The left one is about 17" long, mixed glass beads with tan leather finishes.
The right one is a choker length strand of tonal malachite with a vintage metal chain and a handmade clasp.
I love both... maybe
I LOVE the way green looks with blue!!

So fun and summery.
Reminds me of a sunny day on the ocean.
Have a great day!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

... ZiBagz ...: market day ♥ ♥ ♥

... ZiBagz ...: market day ♥ ♥ ♥: "t o market to market t o buy a fat pig h ome again home again j iggety jig little brown pen stroll through this shop.. you will l ♥ ve it!..."

The fantastic ms. proprietor of ZiBagz, Lisa, put together this wonderful collection and included yours truly! Thanks Lisa! Please check out the great shops shes put together to introduce to us. :D

Zeke Sprouts

we planted our garden last weekend (the weekend before this past weekend - you know what I mean) and this week what should appear before our little eyes...

All sorts of FANTASTIC sprouts
and new

There are even...
* B E R R I E S ! *

The loveliest gift of all of summer's splendid gifts.

and speaking of 'gifts' I received this wonderful little bum radish in my groceries and just
HAD to

and all morning, Zeke's been celebrating my birthday (which is next month)

those are 'candles on cakes' in case you were wondering.
Each one came with a 'Happy Birthday Mumma.'
Yummmmm :D

He's so adorable <3

Have a great day!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday Etsy Meanderings

Good Morning, good morning!!

I hope that it's a good one so far.

It's sunny here and I've been outside 5 times (to move the sprinkler, but still) I forget how wonderful it is to be out in the cool morning sunshine, the birds are singing and flying here and there,
kids huddle together clutching their backpacks, still in their morning fugues -
it's not long for them now, vacation is almost here!

Not surprisingly my meanderings took me to all things BIRD!

Here's a tweety collection
The Aviary Lavender Sachets - $18   Mireio

And for those longing for another locale
that's not me.   really.    I swear.

Some wonderful etsians have turned old maps into fantastic little items for your home - aren't they great!
They both can be customized with the map of your choice.

Of course, one of them is a bird ;D

I love this swirling exotic vase and these batik cosmetic bags.

And these vintage items seem to inhabit a cool dreamy space of possibilities...
too poetic? - you'll just have to live with it ;D

although I've never really been a traditional jewelry person,
Tiffany Blue has always been one of my favorite colors and I love vintage flatware, and I love dragonflies so is there anything more wonderful
than a dragonfly made of vintage flatware!!

And since I got a little chill out there this morning, I got sprayed by the rotating sprinkler
while I was moving it,
I just had to make sure that you saw
these cozy items
they are perfect for these last cool mornings before summer really gathers its strength.

Wire Moon Pendant - $57   mayahelena

and the necklace is JUST FAB!!

That's all this morning, my sweets. We're off for a little medieval r&r in the lovely Port Townsend.

To the beach, to the beach we go and if we're really good, maybe a ferry ride too!!

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011


There are lots of different things that can inspire art.
Look at the pictures above.
Different but similar.
do you see the similarities?

do you think I'm really reaching for similarities?
I LOVE to see the elements that are the same in different items.

sometimes I am the only person who sees those similarities...
until all the pieces fall into place.
 and I have always felt that as an artist you have to be willing to be that person who sees what others don't.

It's a little like that sesame street game 'which of these things is not like the other' only on a deeper level.
it's 'which of these things IS like the other'
I look at textures, colors and qualities of color. Yes, qualities of color: intensity, tone, combinations of undertones and for jewelry how a color resonates in one material as opposed to another.

We'll have to go a little back in time for another example of inspiration.
Because it's a classic spring day around here

cloudy with sunshine

so back we go.

to a snowy drive in January up on the plateau above our plateau, that's what I said.
the photo on the right obviously shows the edge of the world

The earrings I made are opaque blue glass beads and hand formed and hammered silver wire.
They hang 3".
Just an example of how simple materials and inspiration can make something beautiful.

simple lines,
swirling like snow,
pale blue and silver capture the cold swirling snowy day
driving long hours of highway lines.
Take a look around and see what inspires you today!
Have a great day