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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Happy Holidays

Life has gotten so busy lately and I realized I haven't posted anything on my blog in forever!
First and foremost I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays!
I wanted to post a couple of pet portraits that I have created. This first one is for my best friend Sandy. She wanted me to do a portrait of her pug "Gus" who passed away a couple of years ago. She asked me back in May but at the time my thumb was recovering from yet another sprain and I couldn't even think about doing a scratchboard portrait. She wasn't in a hurry. Whenever I would get to it would be fine. My thumb finely was feeling better a couple months later but then I thought I would get the portrait done for her 50th birthday in November. I never mentioned the portrait to her but I was working hard on it. She thought I had forgot about it. By the time her birthday came around I had given the portrait to her husband to have framed and he surprised her with it! She was at a loss for words! She sat for hours staring at her Gus!
I enjoy the tears I create with my portraits!
The next one was a commission by another girl I work with. Her families dog Luke has just been put to sleep after finding out he had a brain tumor. She asked me to do a drawing of Luke for her parents for Christmas. I had about a month to do it but I got it done! Here's Luke...

I just found out today that they loved the portrait and they cried! Just the reaction I hoped for!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Smokey Quartz Earrings and Necklace

Here's an earring and necklace set made for a woman I work with. She had gotten these three brown stones free in St Martin at one of their jewelry stores. I'm going to say they are smokey quartz but I'm not totally sure. She has already purchased a smokey quartz and goldfilled wire ring from me and wanted some jewelry to go with it. I thought I would use brass wire to keep costs down so instead of making earrings and a pendant, I incorporated the stone into a whole necklace. As an accent color I used some Aquamarine Swarovski crystals. Here is what I came up with and I'm hoping she likes it! She hasn't seen them yet.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hammer Silver Ring and Leather Necklace

I finally got around to getting the torch out again this summer inbetween baseball ending and school starting. I fused fine silver rings together and hammered them out flat and gave them texture. I thought leather would go great with the silver so I made one in brown and one in black. I just love this design that I think I'm going to keep one for myself !

Sunday, July 12, 2009

New Item!

I can't believe it's almost the middle of July already! Summer's half over and baseball season for the kids is finishing up fast! I managed to wrap one piece within the last few weeks. I've had this Norwegian Moonstone for a while and I wanted to do something unique for such a unique stone. Here's what I came up with.
This pendant can be purchased on my website @ this link: Norwegian Moonstone Pendant

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Blue Topaz Rondelle Ring

Along with the turquoise ring from the last post I also created a blue topaz rondelle ring wire wrapped in sterling silver. It's hard to see the blue in this picture. They are a subtle sky blue.

Tantalizing Turquoise

Here's a few different styles of turquoise jewelry I've created. This is actually my first time working with turquoise and I'm really getting attached to it! The variations in this stone are incredible! No two stones are alike. Anyway, first I wire wrapped turquoise cabochons in sterling silver wire and added some turquoise and sterling beads and connected them to thick Greek leather cord to create a bracelet and choker set. I wire wrapped a sterling silver and turquoise ring to match. I next created a bracelet and necklace with turquoise and sterling silver beads attached to thinner greek leather cord for a little different look. Last I wire wrapped some turquoise rondelles with sterling wire to make a fun little ring.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Two Toned Bangle Bracelet

Here's my first attempt at making a solid wire bangle bracelet. This one I decided to make two toned. Sterling Silver with Gold Fill accents. This bracelet is very simple but very elegant. I'm tempted to keep this one for myself but I couldn't do that :)
I just added it to the website here.

Feel free to go check it out!! I'll be slowly adding new items to the website as I get the time. Slowly but surely!!!
Have a great weekend!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Additions Added!

Now that the Holidays are over I can do some catching up!

I have created a batch of Swarovski crystal cluster earrings a while ago but I have just got them on the website. Here are a few examples of what I've made. A few different colors using both Swarovski crystals and pearls.

So much to do with so little time! I'm in the process of the year end inventory, taking pictures of new designs, some designs have already had their pictures taken but still need to be added to the website. These earrings were a part of that stash. How did I get so far behind??

New Year's Resolution for 2009....Try to stay caught up!

Hopefully I didn't just jinx myself. Everytime I get motivated to get stuff done I get sick. Well, I'm just getting over yet another cold so hopefully I'm out of the woods with this one. I'm just getting my energy back now after a week of having none.

Well anyway, enjoy the new additions and I will hopefully have more coming soon! Busy! Busy! Busy!!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

We Say Goodbye

Saturday January 3rd 2009 we lost our dog Petey. She was 13 years old. She passed on us suddenly at 5:20 pm after eating her dinner and going out to go potty. She came back in and collapsed on the kitchen floor like she was having a seizure. She never came out of it after that. After 20 minutes of seizing up and relaxing she seized up one last time. She had been acting normal that whole day. She followed me around like she always does as I took the down the Christmas decorations and cleaned the house. She always would lay right where I would need to vacuum and she would always have to move. Now she's gone. We all miss her terribly. Tom and I haven't been without a dog for 15 years. It's a very strange feeling. As a family, we've been doing all we can to keep her in our memories. I made a picture collage for the kids so they can show Petey to all their friends. I'm working on a memorial video slideshow of her pictures. I hung the scratchboard portraits of both Petey and Tootsie up together on Saturday before Petey had passed. Now they are together again on the Rainbow Bridge with all of their other canine pals!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

I just found the video making program on my computer! It's so easy and so much fun that I quick made a video slide show of my jewelry to show on youtube. It's been suggested to get on youtube to help advertise but I didn't know exactly what to post. I don't think I'm ready for tutorials yet. I think whatever tutorial video I could make is already out there. Then I discovered the video maker and it gave me the idea to showcase my photos in a video format for everyone to enjoy!

Here's the link to the video on You Tube.