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!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sonora Angel

An angel to watch over you.  This pendant is a sonora sunrise stone and sterling silver.  The stone has both bright & muted blues mixed with a reddish black.  This is a stone that I cut myself.  A rustic angel.  Not quite listed to sell as of yet because I haven't been happy with any of the photos that I've taken of this piece.  I've had months where I've been very camera challenged.  Not quite sure why.  I'll work on it once school starts. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Dusting it off.

(cough, cough)  My blog seems to be as dusty as the tops of my bookshelves. It's summer and with the kids home from school, I've worn the 'MOM' hat more than any other.  We've been;

At the movies
Hanging out
Enjoying friends
Having sleepovers
Having BBQ's
Went on vacation
Just having fun all around.

School starts in about a week & a half and it's time to get into a different routine.  No more running out for milkshakes at 9pm.  But with this new routine, I'll find a quiet house and some creative time.  My shop has had activity all summer, which I appreciate.  My website redesign is sitting dormant on my computer until I can find some time to do what I need to do.  Meanwhile....I still have about 10 days left to enjoy summer vacation, and so I will!  I leave you with a photo of my boys. 

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Little Flowers

Every year, just about this time, I want a garden.  I remember my aunt & uncle's garden when I was growing up.  It was huge.  However, I have what is lovingly refferred to as a black thumb.  No garden for me.  Yes, I've tried.  And I am seriously in trouble if I ever have to rely on myself for food.  LOL.  Serious trouble. 

But, it seems that I'm in a flower phase with metal.  Not sure if these are more like Frogbit or Spiderwort Lily.  Both are flowers with three petals.

Cute little posts for spring.  In the shop now.  Maybe one day I'll figure out the other. 

Saturday, April 03, 2010

More treasuries!

Our etsy team (SATeam) loves treasuries.  And I'm always honored to be included in one.  This week I've had the pleasure of being featured in two.

This one featured my sterling drops.  Imaginative name isn't it?  Yes, naming things = my nemesis.  This lovely treasury was curated by Jewlie from JewlieBeads.  Her store boasts not only finished pieces, but some wonderful tutorials!

This one was curated by Birgit from TwoSilverMoons. This time my newly photographed Word nerd earrings were featured.  I made a couple new pair last week.  Birgit is also a metalsmith & her shop is full of shiny silver. 

Both teammates have drool-worthy work!  And are really nice people too.  Yay SATeam!  Yes, I know that these photos are larger than usual, wanted you to be able to see the detail. 

Until next time!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Need a Name

Ya know, when I had my children- I had no problem picking our their names.  But for shiny pieces of metal...I'm stumped.  Any suggestions as to what to call these?  Can't list them without a title- LOL.



Oooo, that bottom photo is a bit blurry too.  Hmmm.  They are sterling little circles with little dangling pearls.  They are rustic and sweet.  And I've got a few different colors of pearls & some jaspers.  But I can't seem to wrap my head around a proper name.  If you think of something- email me at stacie {at} azoho dot com.  Please.  And thank you.  ;-)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Quote Worthy

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.

~Wayne Dyer

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Baby Blooms

The baby blooms here. Both in post and dangle.

I love these little guys.  Myself, I prefer the dangles.  They are no fuss earrings and I like that.  A lot. 

Life has been so busy lately.  Running here, running there.  A busy month for cub scouts.  My little guys look so handsome in their uniforms, and it sure does this Mama proud when one of them does a flag ceremony.  Mama's boys are growing up fast.  Very fast.  

Until next time!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I saw an angel


Last October I wanted to make a pendant for myself.  I knew which stone I wanted to use, it was the first Sonora Sunrise that I cut myself.  {For my first stone I didn't grab the part with the vivid reds & blues, this stone is more muted}  When I was almost finished, it looked like an angel to me.  Then someone else told me that they thought it was an angel.  It wasn't intentional, just serindipitous.  So the angels were born.  This one is mine & I've cut stones and started setting for two others.  One of those will be a necklace and the other, maybe a brooch.   Those who know me know how much I love angels.  I like this one, it suits me just fine!   ;-)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Quote Worthy

The greatest thing in the world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.

~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Time Flies...

Earlier tonight I posted to my FaceBook page that I just can't believe that it's the last day of January. I can't get a grip as to where this entire month went. I spent time with my family. Lots of Cub Scout things. Celebrated birthdays, mine included. Went camping. Must have supervised hours of homework. But it's over. Gone. Quick as that. What I *didn't* get done was much creating. A few things here & there but nothing that's actually finished. The world is whizzing by & I'm having a hard time catching up.
Today in my rock workshop I did manage to finish three cabs that I'll set soon. Here's a lousy photo of these pretty rocks ;-)
Left to right:
Chinese Writing Stone
Sonora Sunrise
Picture Jasper (also known now as another name which I seem to be too tired to remember)
                                      **edited to's Red Creek's all coming back to me now.
They all want to be rings.  My apologies for the photo, but you get the idea.  Until next time.....

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year- Welcome 2010

Happy New Year! I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who's followed by blog, visited one of my stores and has become a part of my life. I am grateful for you. Last night we had a great time with friends at a super "kid friendly" party. I was amazed at how late the kids were able to stay up. It was a good time with good friends. And I hope that the new year is *just like that*!!!!

While everyone in my family is home for the holidays- I've had no bench time & very little creative time. I've been enjoying their company. But next week we resume normal life. I've loved having them around...but YAY for normal life!

Wishing you & yours an abundance of all things good in the new year.