Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
It has been awhile since I have posted and for this I apologize. I have purchased a slew of creative books, all of which are crammed with creative ideas that I can’t wait to try out (I will tell you all about that in a future post). I did manage to sit down for a few hours last weekend to design the earrings that you see here. They are available in my Etsy shop for anyone who may be interested.
The days are becoming cooler, a welcome relief from the scorching
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Another view of the Empty Nest necklace.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
One of my pieces in the shop was selected to be in a huge one page spread in Southern Distinction magazine. I am thrilled. You can see both my original piece and the magazine spread below.
Of course I had to find a bead store and was very lucky to find some wonderful amazonite bead drops. Here is a pic of downtown Athens.
It was really nice getting away, with gas prices so high, day trips are a nice alternative. Still, I feel the beach calling my name...
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Selecting stamps and molds...just purchased these goodies the other day...can't wait to see what happens. Picture shot with one of my favorite prints entitled: Kettle and Poppy Seed Heads by Arthur Easten.
Glorious contrast! The small pillow was quilted by my sister, Kathy, who has a wonderful blog called Knitting Sutra, for all of you out there who are passionate about knitting and working with fibers.
Placed in the lower right hand corner, is an ink jet transparency made from one of my original mixed media pages. I scanned the mixed media page into the computer, put transparency paper in my printer, and proceeded to print out the image. This is a really fun way to reuse your original art work in new and exciting ways!
Monday, May 19, 2008
String of Prayers Necklace
Ancient Voices Necklace
Thursday, April 03, 2008
I painted this journal page many years ago. As you can surmise, I was dealing with my ongoing frustration with procrastination. I still struggle, although I feel I am getting a little bit better. I have a great deal of things on my plate (all the time it seems) so it is important that I don’t get too overwhelmed. I just recently submitted several pieces to a new boutique that had its Grand Opening today! I hope all went well. If you are ever in the town of
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Spring has its benefits and one of them is lifting the gloom that was lurking too near the perimeter of my personal space. I think the temp reached 72 today, the sky is clear and I love the way the sun beams are streaming into the house. I have not been in my studio for a very long time. A few weeks ago (March 2nd) I posted the entry “Beads of Inspiration”. Well, today I started fiddling with the beads and leather and a host of other ingredients. I am going to call this one “Hidden” because you really have to examine it up close to see all that is going on in this necklace, quite a few surprises and hidden elements.
Here is something else I am working on, the texture and the movement of the coral shells as it snakes around your neck makes such a gorgeous statement.
This cache of beads, shells, glass, silver, bone, and gem stones on dyed turquoise leather is another assemblage I started today. I want to call it “Prayer”. There is something about the combination of these elements that make me think about prayers. I do not know how it will end up, this is just the beginning. I will sleep on it. Sometimes I have to let partial design grouping brew a little while (sometimes a long while) before I know exactly what to do with it. An excellent book to read about the universal practice of prayer is by Thich Nhat Hanh, entitled “The Energy of Prayer”. Thich lives in a retreat in
Sunday, March 23, 2008
There is a constant chatter that goes on in our heads, so much so that it is often quite difficult to have a peaceful moment, a moment with no thought, just a stillness. That is why it is hard to meditate. We must constantly remind ourselves to shut up! Concentrate on the breath…just breathe.
I know that when I finally do quiet my mind, I get a glimpse of something ethereal, an “awareness” beyond my thoughts. Just recently I came across a poem by Rumi. He was a Sufi mystic who wrote poetry about his relationship with God, whom he called the “Beloved”. Part of the following poem, which is untitled, talks about being trapped in the web of thought:
…I’m only with you in this transient shadow that is my body;
My joy is beyond the cusp of your frantic imagination;
Now I have broken free of the dull gravity of knowledge
I take it and use it and do not let it oppress and abuse me.
Like insects we are trapped in the web of thought,
We are entwined in cords of anguish from moment to moment.
I can visit thought with diplomatic lightness ready and able
To spring away with the flick of a finger from its net when I will
Thought is my prey waiting for my will, I'm a hunter with a heart
Mathnavi 11, 3547
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Eckhart Tolle, the author of The Power of Now and his latest book, A New Earth - Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, expounded on his podcast with Oprah, that one day he woke up with a strong “knowing” that he had to move to
Photographs Courtesy of Philip Greenspan
Saturday, March 08, 2008
This is my puddy cat and his name is Rickie Boy. Anywhere I happen to flop down in my house, a few moments later my baby shows up and stations himself somewhere in the nearby vicinity. He's like that...he doesn't like to be alone. At night he sleeps under my bed and sometimes he even snores! In the morning when the alarm rings, he jumps on the bed and lays his body across my chest. I feel his little heart beat and that is so precious. Sometimes he sits behind my head and chews my hair. Rickie Boy is a faithful companion. I'll tell you one thing for sure, he's my baby.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
I can never seem to have enough of them. There are piles of books all over my house, on the night table, next to the bed, on chairs, in baskets, on steps and yes, some are even on shelves! The books pictured are just some of the many books I am currently reading. These volumes ignite ideas and provide great inspiration. As soon as I purchase one another one comes out that I must get my hands on! Contrasting colors also spark ideas for design concepts including these wonderful deep blue lapis rondelles that a sweet friend purchased for me at the latest Bead Fair in Tucson, Arizona. Placing them next to a strand of African trade beads and a huge blue and white porcelain bead ( purchased at least 25 years ago in the East village, New York), say something really sublime! Don't you think?
Sunday, March 02, 2008
I just got these wonderful handcrafted beads from Blue Heeler Glass, a shop on Etsy.com. The row of glass discs in the chalky muted leaf hues are the ones I am specifically talking about... I absolutely love them. Today I was playing around with some of the many beads in my stash and came up with this combination in hopes it will inspire me to return to my studio. I have been in a bit of a funk... may the clouds pass over, allowing me a moment of peace. My mind has been much too over active with work, finances, the upcoming high school graduation of my daughter, fear of empty nest, loneliness, sadness...things I must work through. I have many design sketches on pieces of paper, in notebooks, on napkins, just about everywhere! Tonight I will watch Oprah's Big Give with my mom and eat chocolate cookies with milk, and then to bed!
Friday, January 11, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
This is what I have been up to lately. I just love everything about this new piece, from the variation in color of the jasper beads and the way they play against the "spotted" African trade beads, to the knotted suede lace which is threaded with hill tribe beads. I also added an old Asian coin into the mix. On each side of the southwest inspired focal point sits a cluster of semi precious stone charms consisting of primavera (my personal favorite), turquoise, bone and silver. This bracelet is truly an original...and very "rich" looking to boot!
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
It's no mystery, blue and white are my favorite colors. I use this color combination in my decorating, jewelry design, and clothing. The deep blue of the New Mexico sky dotted with white cotton candy clouds can stop me dead in my tracks. I drool over blue and white porcelain in antique shops all the time, and I love french country blue and white toile fabrics. The fascination never seems to end. There is just something very fresh about these colors and throw in green or red as a contrast and I am in heaven.