Sunday, June 24, 2012

Art Fair!

Just a few photos of my booth from Kalamazoo's Art in the Park yesterday. It was a great experience, we had beautiful weather, and I learned a whole lot. More on lessons learned another day-- here are some pics!

All set up, and sweet Amelia's at her pendant station.

Displays are muslin covered wire dress forms, serving tray, antique glove mold,
 old boards and windows. Great window display idea from Lorelei's Blog.

Fused agate glass on an old window, and my $5 flea market pink mirror-- That's authentic "old" all over that thing, not fake "old." ;) Also, it's just fun to take photos of teenagers that don't want to be photographed.

Necklaces on whitewashed boards-- another great idea picked up on Pinterest from this tashamck's flickr stream.

Dear friend and style maven Gayle stopped by to say hello. :)

That's it for now---still have unpacking to do. 
What are some of your Art Fair lessons learned?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Beachy, coppery goodness for your wrist

First BIG show this weekend and I am still making, making, making.
Here's some rustic, beachy arm candy-- ready for a stroll on the pier.

Copper shells and sand dollars, patinaed, laquered and buffed with wax. Added chalcedony, jasper, lampworked beads,  czech glass, and hammered copper washers.

Handmade clasps, patinaed chain, amazonite, lampwork bead, bronze stone, French seam binding.

Fold-formed focal, sari silk, Peruvian opal, and peacock freshwater pearl.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party Sign Ups

Here we go! I just signed up for Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party.
It's so huge, there will be three reveal dates. This is how it works: Lori assigns a partner, you send out beads by July 2, make some beautiful items with the soup you are sent, and reveal and hop on your date. Can't wait. Great blogging and beading resources on Lori's site too!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Graduation Charmer

Custom work: Flattering and scary.
My coworker asked if I could put together a fun necklace to celebrate her younger sister's graduation from high school. (Of couuuuurrrse, I said confidently!) Armed with school colors, birthstone, metal preference, a special quote, favorite symbols-- (hearts and stars) and a favorite activity (band/music), I jumped right in and started forging some silver. Second guessing myself, my artistic vision, my meager skills, and my coworker's choice in designers the entire time, I hammered away. Somehow  a pretty nice textured sterling ring, several chunky jump rings, and a handful of balled up headpins appeared. Huh. Ok. Maybe I can do this...

Next step, begin to pull together the charms. I cut, textured and stamped the year, wrapped a birthstone dangle, made a silver music note charm from 1940's sheet music, and filled a "message in a bottle" charm with her requested lyric and German glass glitter. Finally shushing the negative voices in my head, I found the zone, and rendered a pretty nice collection of charms that were meaningful to my co-worker and her sister.

I was really concerned that my customer and her sister wouldn't like it-- that it may have been my vision, but it wasn't theirs. In the end, I knew I had done my best to incorporate what my customer requested, and I did it genuinely.  I was alright with that. More than alright-- I was flat out pleased with it. Happily, my customer came to my desk yesterday and told me how much her sister loved the necklace, all the thought and detail that went into it, and that each hand-made charm really captured something important to her. Music to my ears!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Roses in May

I traveled for work last week, but before I left, I snapped a bunch of shots of the garden. It wasn't even June yet, and nearly all my roses were blooming. (This is Michigan. Michigan!) I cut it a little close on the departure time, but I'm so glad I took the shots. By the time I got back, some of the single-bloomers were done. My favorites are a thornless pink French rose, Zephirine Drouhin, and a shade-blooming double, Darlow's Enigma. They, along with most of the others below, are own-root roses from Heirloom Roses.
Also, I've been messing around with the macro on the camera, and the effects and collage features at PicMonkey. So much fun.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Copper and Chalcedony

Playing with copper, patina solution, and stones. Love this color combination-- the chalky blue green of the patina with the earthy copper.  Added chalcedony, prehnite, green opal, carved new jade, freshwater pearls.