Thursday, June 10, 2010

A gift

Gifts come in sooo many forms, some small, some large, some tangible and some not...I love a gift, and try to remember that really everything is a gift, the gift of life, the gift of love, children, nature.

So this may start out pretty profound but really is simple. At my first Friday art show recently I was getting ready to leave and I made a comment of no great significance, can not even remember what it was but it started a quick succession that led to me coming home with a gift. To many it doesn't mean much but to me it is quite useful and was thrilling. The store owner asked if I wanted to take one of the jewelry forms off her hands, " really, I sure will" so I came home with this. A perfect present to show my jewelry and maybe even my silk scarves.
Thank you Paige at Miss Zula's.... You made a small, home business owner very happy.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Commission Piece

Awhile back I painted a set of rooster paintings. As an artist you paint and create work that personally you love but naturally you love some more than others. Sometimes I paint a painting that I think is brilliant and is going to fly out of my studio and sometimes I paint something that I think "It is good, pleasing to look at, but may take awhile to find the someone to give a good home to it" Well I am most always shown to be wrong, because usually just the opposite happens. I guess it just shows the diversity of taste that everyone has but regardless it is always a fun game to play with my paintings. So back to these rooster paintings, I thought they would fly out, I thought they were stunning, they had everything going for them, they were something people collect, they were french country, maybe even shabby chic... so many possibilities, but alas Hank and George hung out with me for awhile. Finally some interest was shown in George and he was actually traded to a good home. I received some wonderful jewelry from a silversmith artisan, a grand payment for a grand rooster. Sadly Hank was left behind still awaiting adoption to a good home. That day came recently. A family looking to adopt into their newly remodeled home snatched up the treasure that Hank had become. After arriving into his new home, his family contacted me and wanted to take in George also, but since George was already living a comfortable life in the home of an artist we decided to send George the II, he is just as regal as the first and is happy to be going to a good home and spending his days with Hank. Thanks to the family who took an interest in my roosters, I wish you years of happiness together.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Something new..

So I have a bunch of random beads that I need to use up and I think I found a perfect way. I saw this crocheted necklace somewhere, crocheting site, jewelry magazine (who knows, maybe in a store check out line), you know how as a crafter you look at everything you see for fun new ideas. Well, I promptly went and bought some hemp, got out one of my smallest crochet needles and started stringing beads. I have to say they are just as fun to make as to wear. What is so great about them is the versatility of how to wear them. They can be a choker, a multi strand necklace, a long necklace, a bracelet or even lanyard style. I used a hook on one end and did a little loop on the other, but the beauty of the hook I used you can connect it on itself anywhere, adding to yet more subtle changes. I will be listing these on etsy very soon, look out for them, I have some great summer colors of hemp.