Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
You might remember earlier this year, that the Art Center I am involved with had a fundraiser. For my part of giving, I auctioned off some jewelry pieces. Another Board Member (and ceramic instructor there) - Dallas Shoesmith - decided to have a Raku party at his home this summer. People who wanted to participate would donate a certain amount to the Art Center, and then at his party you would watch the Raku firing process and get to select a vessel to take home with you. It has been many months leading up to the party, which finally happened last night! It was so much fun!
Dal, and his wife Carol, have the most beautiful gardens. They had wonderful food and wine for the group to enjoy while we waited during the different intervals of the firing process. Dal is most known for the figures you see here in one area of his garden. The little pots they are holding are oil burning candles!
Gorgeous copper fountain.....
Sunday, June 20, 2010
During the week, I was interviewed by our two local newspapers here for articles they wrote up on the Art Fair. The interest it generated was awesome and I really appreciate the press! Many people mentioned it when they visited the booth.
Here is a pic of me and my Mom right before we left for the fair. We have coordinated our outfits for years now, and we found these dresses when I was in Wisconsin last weekend for the Bead & Button Show. When we park in downtown Milwaukee, we often walk through a department store called Boston Store. We found matching peacock tops last year, and these dresses this year!
Mom's matching necklace is made of a glass peacock bead and dyed howlite from Bead & Button (along with a dichroic bead and purple pearls I had).
Thursday, June 17, 2010
If you've ever done a home project, you know it never stops with what you had originally planned to do. Replacing the appliances led to replacing all the cabinet hardware. We previous had these large black ceramic knobs that we referred to as the "clown" knobs. They weren't horrible, but they were quite "in your face" bold. So those are all now nice brushed nickel and what a difference that made!!!
Then, it turned into new wall art, and replacing our tiny round bistro set with a square pub height dark wood set.
Lastly, we wanted to get a new sink and faucet. I wanted a single basin sink, as the sink I previously had was divided. But not divided down the middle, it was more like 1/4 and 3/4 and the faucet was offset to the left. That 1/4 section was hardly ever used - a waste of space.
You are probably wondering what in the world any of this has to do with jewelry. Well, for one, projects like this are time consuming. Time that is taken away from me getting to make jewelry. Hee. Hee. It takes a lot of time to pick things out, clean out old stuff, help with arranging, etc....
Secondly, I ended up buying this sink because of a jewelry challenge! In May, Erin of TesoriTrovati had a challenge that was inspired from wedding flowers. You can read all about the set I entered into the challenge here in this post. Well, lucky me, I won!!! And the prize was a $100 gift card to online store CSN Stores.
It didn't take me long to figure out that I was going to purchase this sink. The price CSN was offering it for was less than Lowes and Home Depot. Shipping was very reasonable I thought. I ordered it on a Tuesday and it was on my doorstep on Thursday! How's that for customer service! I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase from CSN. So thank you Erin and CSN for offering this prize.
This just proves that you never know what creating jewelry will bring into your life! I love creating jewelry and I would certainly continue to do it even if it would never bring another penny into my pocket. But it is nice that the extra income I make from it can help sustain our home, or be donated to worthy causes, or go into buying more supplies. I like participating in different challenges as well because it always pushes me to design something I might not have ever thought of.
Now that this lady has a good working sink and dishwasher, she is sure happy it will free up more time to bead!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Here I am with Erin Prais-Hintz of TesoriTrovati. She was working at the Humblebeads booth and it was so great to meet her after being online friends for so long. She shared some purchases she had made, and was working on a beautiful necklace. We talked about one of the classes she took in etching, and I do hope she will blog about the new tools and technique she learned.
And here I am with Heather Powers herself. I am so glad she had her Humblebeads booth there! She's originally from Michigan, but came a long way from Texas for the show. I know she wants to get back to Lake Michigan someday though.