Happy New Year! I’m not sure where my days go, but I’ve been meaning to post since before Christmas, I really have. It seems that I get so jacked up over the first few weeks of December with shows and shopping and baking and partying (!), that once Christmas comes and goes, I need about a month to recover! In addition to recovering, I’ve been spending some time with friends and family and just doing regular stuff, like starting to paint our poor little beach bungalow that was flooded by Sandy. Its the tiniest little house which makes it a much less daunting task than it would be if it were a “real” house. Not to mention that it is ALL the SAME COLOR. White. Its supposed to be white, its a beach house, right? Last weekend was the beginning of the painting project and since the electricity hasn’t been fully re-installed (do you install electricity? no, but I can’t think of how to say it), we painted on Saturday til it began to get dark, but Sunday was a dark and dreary day (like seems to be the weather theme of the new year), so the painting was slow and had many stops and starts. Our friend and neighbor helped us install (right word, this time) the new tub which is deep and nice and perfect for soaking off a day of sand from our someday grandchildren. Its so good to see the little house slowly returning to its beach house self. The dog even seems to relax better there. Another little project that I’m working on is learning to use my NEW CAMERA! In addition to the camera, Santa brought me some very fancy lighting that if I ever learn to use it, will be very helpful in photographing jewelry. I’ve got a soft box, a grip head, an extension arm, a booster extension cable, and a bunch of other stuff I know nothing about. Sooo, if anyone nearby is interested in free steakhouse or Mexican food or some lovely jewelry, I could certainly use a few lessons in apertures and soft boxes and grip heads…you’ll be looking fine and eating well. Call me. Soon. I’ve had a very frustrating day.
Ian, my unimaginably patient website doctor, has the site back up and running after a week or so of darkness! It seems that a small little change of email addresses can put an entire website and all its fancy plug-ins and settings completely out of commission. The situation only got more and more complicated as the days went on…confusion with hosting, passwords no longer working, and hours and hours on hold and in conversation with GoDaddy. So happy we both are, that this little tiny blog is back in the game! Thank you, Ian. You really are a good, good son!
The website begin down didn’t keep me from working though and I thought I’d show you what I’ve been working on this morning. It came out even better than I’d pictured. When I bought these antique-y looking silver grey quartz stones. I was envisioning something with shells and pearls and beachy. But, this morning when I sat down to work, I saw something completely different. I’ve been
hoarding saving this big, mod flower for a few years now and its specialness has grown due to the fact that these overgrown Thai silver flowers are harder and harder to come by, so I knew when I finally used it, it would need to be in a pretty wonderful arrangement. I am so happy with this statement necklace that is such a juxtaposition of texture and sentiment—big mod flower meets antique silver grey chunks of sparkling quartz. There’s big milky stick pearls, aurora borealis chalcedony rondelles, a few sandy colored pearls for a little spice, and even some white sapphires. Gor.geous. Even if I do say so myself. I’ll be bringing this new piece and lots of other new work to the upcoming road shows starting this Friday and going through next Tuesday. I hope I see you at one of them…
My friend Kaye and I met in the city last week to do a little bead shopping. Our first stop was on 36th st at a vintage bead warehouse. I sort of had a picture in my mind of what the place would look like based on another shopping trip I’d done to a warehouse in RI. Kaye, on the other hand, was a little shocked I think to see the
mess situation inside. Needless to say, we got our hands dirty. Thankfully, I’d brought my trusty “life is good” roller bag so we could make a quick getaway with our 20+ lbs of goods. Life is good. This was not for the weak-spirited. There were boxes on top of boxes on top of piles of who knows what was under some of that stuff. We literally walked across chain, beads, findings, crazy stuff to get to boxes out of our immediate reach. We must have washed our hands 5 times before we left. It takes a lot of digging to get to the truly good stuff. We found some great stuff, mostly vintage czech beads, but not much in the way of the metal findings that I was looking for to use with my torch-fired pieces. Oh well. I don’t really know why I felt the need to take this shot. No one would be surprised that there’d be a turquoise phone. Off the hook.
These are the favorite-ist beads we found. A gorgeous shade of purple, a really vintage-y color, faceted teardrop czech glass. Divine. We bought a few pounds worth! I was hoping they would look good with the beautiful vintage rhinestone clasp I’d gotten at Brimfield in Sept. And THEY DO! This picture doesn’t really show the fabulous color of the beads, but trust me on this. They are so BEEAUTiful. We had such a great day. Sometimes you really need a fresh set of eyes to see the things you might otherwise miss. Thanks, Kaye!
I’ll be the first to say that I love fall. Its what comes after that I hate. Every year I try to forget about the cold, the freezing rain, the dirty slush, and the miserable early darkness that is likely to follow this beautiful time of year. Baskets of apples, pumpkins on the steps, the last zinnias of the year, pink tinged hydrangeas—all so beautiful, if I could just pretend I didn’t know what would be next!
So I took some quick pictures today, both for inspiration and for a reminder of how amazing the colors are before everything gets grey and brown outside!
I’ve got some new fall pieces to show you. But that’s for tomorrow.
My incredibly talented son Ian, jazzed up my website for me yesterday. Take a look at the new and improved site. You can shop my etsy store right from here. So go shop- you can read the rest of this later :). You can also find my phone number and email address in the “connect” section. The retail shops that carry my merch now have links (or at least most of them do!). There’s actually a place now where your email addresses go to when you sign up…oh my. Its all so very high tech. All that’s left is for folks to get here! I’m thinking we’re going to need a little contest or somethin’. Hmmm. Thats a whole other days worth of work.
Anyhow, thank you Ian! It’s a huge improvement and thank the tech gods I didn’t have to do any of it myself. Love that.
Here is Ian, on the right. Patrick, my incredibly talented other son, is on the left. Smart and handsome, yep, that’s them.
Packed and repacked today to make sure I could squeeze in my friend, Jill, who will be helping me in Stamford this weekend. She’s been reminded to bring a raincoat and a soft-sided bag–space is just a little tight! I’m looking forward to returning to Stamford- especially since they are having music on Saturday night again! Lets hope for sunny weather and lots of shoppers on Bedford St!
I’m trying a variation on my regular booth set-up and wanted to see it before tomorrow morning. Its so hard to determine how much jewelry you can actually
cram display in such a tiny spot.
If you’ve seen my booth this year then you know its changed a little. No more ladders- instead I’ve been using these new zinc trays I found for quicker set-up and pack up. But I’m wondering which one is more appealing to shoppers. This weekend, partly so Jill can fit in the car, I’m going to use a combo of tables and ladders. I’ll be taking some pics so we can have a little survey and get some hard data on this important topic!
Have a great weekend and ladeDAH!
Just a sampling of my new treasures from a shopping filled day and a half at BeadFest in Philadelphia. Lots and lots of beads to choose from. Lots and lots of design ideas. Just wish there were more hours in a day. Finishing up a few pieces tonight for tomorrow but am really wanting to do a serious clean in my work room so that these babies can get some real estate of their own. Anyone know of a good personal organizer? Seriously. I think this little work room of mine needs some feng shui-ing- its looking a lot like little Bangkok down here…
These vintage brooch necklaces are addictive! The only problem is that I’m running low on supplies- and that means one thing- flea market trip! I’ll be at the Providence Flea this Sun, Aug 11, and hopefully can get out of my booth for a few minutes (or longer!) to shop around. The flea has turned out to be a great venue for me and so much fun. Lots of antiques, vintage clothing, great food trucks, crazy creative artists, and all sorts of friendly folks. Sadly, this will be my last Sunday there this year.
Fresh torch-fired flowers are ready for picking. I’ll have these along with lots of other new pieces at the farmer’s market this Sunday.
The past few weeks have been a little dicey in the workroom due to what seems to be a repetitive stress injury to BOTH wrists! They are feeling better today and tomorrow I’m scheduled for my first-ever round of acupuncture. Bilateral hand splints really interfere with holding pliers and hammers! I think I need to research ergonomic workstations, too.
Also looking forward to Brimfield. It’s the best one day vacation ever. I don’t really have a list, but will be keeping an eye out for jewelry display pieces and vintage bits that need a new life. Of course there’s Faddy’s donuts. Gotta have one of those. I’m in real trouble this week as I’ll be tempted by those warm wonders at both Brimfield AND the farmer’s market. Would it be so bad to have two donuts in one week?