Sunday, May 08, 2011

Random Thoughts

~My google calendar is sooo wrong- it says I have nothing scheduled today.  It doesn't know that I've got a big project of sorting & putting away my stuff from the shows this week.
~I need to find my charcoal block and my envelope punch.  Can't remember where I put either but have a feeling they're at least in the same room!
 ~My kitchen scissors seem to be broken.  "not me" did it!
~Doing a show actually inspires me to make more pieces.  Not ever sure why. 
~This piece sold yesterday.  She loved the "Simple Reminder".  Sweet. 
~My kitchen is a mess.
~I got handmade stuff for Mother's Day.  That means more to me than anything they could have bought & I think they know that.  ;-)
~That's a really crappy pic isn't it???!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Howdy- remember me?

I seem to lack consistency in blogging.  It's not that I don't have anything to say- if we were to get together for coffee I would be able to carry on a conversation about loads of things.  I think my issue is photos.  I know a blog post can be dull without pix.  Long ago when I started my blog, I was making mixed media pieces & it was easy to pop the piece onto the scanner & I'd have a photo.  But with jewelry it's different.  Camera, light tent, etc- I'm just NOT a photographer!  Anyway, the Indie Craft Bazaar has come & gone.  Fun show.  Already looking forward to the next one.  My next two shows are a couple of days apart.
If you're local to me- c'mon out.  I have some new pieces & I'd love to show them to you.  No photos yet (of course!) so you'll have to stop by to see them.  Affordable necklaces with "simple reminders" on them.  Such as: I am enough, brave, nourish, strong & beautiful, bliss- things like that.  After I sold the necklace that I was wearing at the last show, I wanted something simple.  Easy to throw on.  They each hang on a 24" black beaded chain so they easily slip over your head- even when you're wild hair is in a ponytail.  Oh wait....that's me.  Anyway- I really like them.  Each is embellished with a metal bloom or some similar item.  Yeah, soon.  ;-)  Well- probably not until after the next two shows!

Dada is on a Thursday night.  And the following Saturday is:
Art Rock is going to be another fun show.  I was excited to be accepted this year.  So now you know where I'll be for the next few weeks.  I've been busy getting ready for these two shows.  Then I'll have a break for a while where I'll be cutting some rocks.  Not that I need to for new pieces- I just miss it.  I have no problem just adding new ones to my growing collection!

Cross your fingers that the price of silver comes down a bit.  I really don't need it at an all time high, then I feel bad if (when) I inadvertently melt it!  ;-)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Year of Jewelry- Week 1

After years of watching the year of jewelry, I decided to join them this year.  One piece of jewelry per week, for a year.  It's not that I don't make jewelry regularly- that's not the challenge for me.  For me- the challenge is to finish and photograph a piece a week.  This will form the habit of finishing/ photographing.  At least I understand that it will form a habit & I'm hoping so!

Organic Rustic Copper Blooms

For week 1- I revisited an old design with a different metal.  These rustic blooms are made of copper with a sterling center- on sterling ear wires.  I wanted to use copper for two reasons- I love the warmth (and it won’t be touching skin) and I wanted to play with a patina.  The patina was to be blue and I still don’t really see blue.  I don't mean a hint of blue- I'm talking about a bright cobalt.  And since they are sealed- I’m not getting the glow from the copper that I love so much- except for around the edges.  I want to play with the process some more.

Friday, January 07, 2011


While sometimes I really feel like I will never be caught up- sometimes, with some focus- I get there.

In keeping with my one word for 2011 (stretch) I have joined the Year of Jewelry.  YOJ 2011 is one piece per week, every week.  I've watched it from the sidelines for years.  I've watched people really grow.  And this year I am going to be one of those people.  Of course I'll have to address two problems that I seem to have with making jewelry:  Finishing and taking photos.  This challenge will help me address both because each week something will have to be both finished and photographed.
I'm excited!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Another year - another word.

Another year has flown almost completely past me.  I won't go into a litany of apologies because I've become such a bad blogger.  And since I don't really *do* new years resolutions, I won't promise that I'll wake up in 2011 and magically become consistent.  But I am wrapping up my year.  Shows are all finished for the year.  This is the time of year when I do a lot of reflection, clean off my bench (hopefully), reface my hammers, spend some time with my family and; friends, and figure out my *one word* for the year to come.  Next year's word, or at least what I think will be next year's word, came very easily to me.  In the past they haven't. 

This year my word was focus.  And I tried.  With some success.  Better than before.  I am grateful that this year new doors opened up for me.  I've had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful people.  And I'm sure that it will continue in 2011. 

Unless my mind takes a drastic turn in the next couple of weeks- my word for 2011 is stretch.  It's what I need right now in so many ways.  Well that and a haircut.  But haircut wouldn't work as a word for the year.  LOL.  Stretch.  It suits me.  I think I'll add it to a piece of jewelry as a gentle reminder.  What's your word?  You don't have to is fine if you're not quite so ready to share.

Sterling and Tanzanite CZ

Friday, October 15, 2010

This is where I'll be on Sunday!

Sunday, October 17 · 1:00pm - 7:00pm

LocationCinema Paradiso
503 SE 6th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Created By

More InfoCome out on Sunday, October 17th 2010 from 1-7 PM for Indie Craft Bazaars "Dawn of the Thread", an indie craft fair for the undead!

- Handmade, vintage, repurposed, recycled and vegan goods!

- Free hourly raffle prizes (free ticket with entrance)!

- DIY "Make a Caramel Apple" booth!

- Live Fortune Teller: Tarot card readings, Palm readings, and metaphysical advice!

- Cupcakes and festive Fall snacks (for vegans, too!)

- Henna Tattoo Stand

- Full bar in the lobby!


***Wear your Halloween Costume for a Free extra Raffle Ticket!***

$3 entry, FREE parking garage!

Music, arts and crafts, food, beer and prizes! What more could you ask for?! You don't want to miss this!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

SATeam Blog Carnival- August

Our team has adopted the idea of a blog carnival.  I'm really excited about this.  Various members of the team will give their thoughts on the same question.  You'll be able to follow the links around the blogosphere.  Should be fun & informative.  This months question is:  How does texture play in your work?

You know I love this.  I think that it even goes back to mixed media collage- because I love texture when I paint also.  And layer after layer of paint and marks really give a piece texture and life. There are very few Azoho pieces that I create that don't have texture.  I like my pieces to look old.  Like they've already lived a life and have a story to tell.  Each piece has a different story, but the texture plays a roll.  This is a reflection of myself.  I have than I used to.  But there's good things that come with age- knowledge, patience, understanding, wrinkles.  LOL.  I'm not shiny new and neither is the jewelry that I create.  I suppose in my mind texture equals a life that's lived, and lived well!

"Raspberry Pendant"  Available

As far as the technical aspect of do I achieve it?  Well I'll share a secret with you- my all time favorite texture is from concrete.  I go outside and put my metal on a sidewalk and proceed to whack it with a rawhide mallet.  I also have a few hammers with various "marks" on their heads that make great texture.  And of course- the rolling mill.  That's like a great big pasta machine for metal.  And I suppose etching makes a great textured surface.  And when I'm patient....reticulation is a great texture that I love to use.  And of course- when I've finished a piece- I like to add a patina to show off all that lovely texture.  Then I polish it again to give it depth and character.  Um...this is where I say...Just like me!

"Molten"  Set with a 4mm CZ:  Private Collection

Click on these links to see what my talented team mates have to say about texture in their own work!
Andrea Robinson*   
Julie R      
Lynn Kvigne   
Nicole Hill

* denotes a link to their blog- not the specific post- yet!