Just When You Think It’s Safe to Wrap Up Your Gift List…

(Please see ANNOUNCEMENT at end of post.  This event has been cancelled.)

Somebody else pops up, right?  Or, you couldn’t make our first Open House.  Or… you didn’t get that something you wanted for yourself…  Well, here’s a second chance for you.

Jamey Spain and I had so much fun at our Open House, we’re joining the Uptown Normal Christmas Market & Artist Walk on Saturday, December 15, 2012. Hope you’ll join us, too!

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Wow, this has been a crazy busy month and it’s only December 7th!

I’m thrilled to announce my jewelry is now being shown at the Main Gallery 404,404 North Main Street, downtown Bloomington, IL, 309.828.9500.  Okay, my name isn’t in there yet, but… I need to send some photos of my work.

Here’s how it looks in the case (Yep, squeezed in 42 pieces…):

My first event there is TONIGHT for December’s First Friday, which runs from 5 – 8 PM.  It is also Downtown Bloomington’s annual Live Window Vignettes.  All the shops will be open and offering lovely delightful treats!

My own little spot ~ all silver pieces.

My own little spot ~ all silver pieces.

Thanks to the above opening, and multiple venues where my work can be seen tonight, I’m dragging my poor husband to make the rounds.  Don’t think he’ll have an issue though once we get out and about.

For December, this promises to be a mild weather evening; perfect for a stroll through Downtown Bloomington.

Here’s a list of places in Downtown Bloomington you can find Silver Charmer Jewelry:

Main Gallery 404, 404 North Main Street, Bloomington, IL

The Grey Dove Studio & Gallery, 105 B West Monroe Street, Bloomington, IL

Off the Wall Gallery, 318 North Main Street, Bloomington, IL

Merlot and a Masterpiece, 412 N. Main Street, Bloomington, IL

McLean County Arts Center, 601 North East Street, Bloomington, IL

Kelly’s Bakery & Cafe, Art-on-the-Wall, 113 North Center, Bloomington, IL

Hopefully, I’ll bump into you somewhere!

Some Days You Get The Duck!

When our Bead Therapy Group gathered the other night to compare the results of our project, what I’d expected was confirmed:

I was out of my league with intricate beading.  Even though beading is what ignited my passion for jewelrymaking, once I found silver, I chose a different path.

So, let’s get to it.  My friend and ringleader, Diane, gave us the challenge.  This group of beads.  Make something, she said.

Definitely not my chosen colors...

Definitely not my chosen colors…

Someone asked if we had to use all the beads?

No, we could omit up to 3 groups.

Were we limited to only these beads?

No, we could add whatever we wanted.

Hmmm, let the games begin.

Miss Judy's piece.

Miss Judy’s piece.

When the first guest arrived wearing her piece, I knew I was in trouble.  Judy added 3mm. crystals in between the two lacy “wheels”; the top part of her “swingy” drop.  They sparkled like crazy.

Miss Nancy at work!

Miss Nancy at work!

See all those intricate little drops at the top of her piece.  Never in a million years, but for Nancy, pretty sure she could do it in her sleep. It is a beautiful piece; the lower half was strung on leather before she connected it to the copper chain.

Miss Kathy's creation.

Miss Kathy’s creation.

As you can see, things were getting serious.  Kathy added metal-formed copper and raised the creative bar a notch.  She also had coordinating earrings (Why didn’t I think of that?), which I forgot to photograph.

Miss Diane had hers done early.

Miss Diane had hers done early.

Did she plan the colors to coordinate with her centerpiece?  Diane, again–our ringleader, and supplier of the beads in the challenge, claimed not, but she did have hers done early, and it was beautifully simple.  Not sure if my photo captures the intricacy of her macrame’, but she loves the asymmetrical and so do we.

Miss Jean and her bling!

Miss Jean and her bling!

Then, of course, as expected, Miss Jean and her bling walked through the door.  Cool or what?  It took our breaths away.

Miss ZuZu wants to play with EVERYONE!

Miss ZuZu wants to play with EVERYONE!

Our next two regulars didn’t participate in this jewelry challenge (Next time, ladies!) but brought their three-year-old tots instead; another sort of accessory that made my dog very happy.  ZuZu likes kid jewelry!

Some days, you get the duck!

Some days, you get the duck!

And finally, I think I mentioned it was quirky; my piece, which someone brilliantly suggested I wear!  Thank you very much!  But, I did have fun with his tail-feathers!

So looking forward to our next challenge!

The Bead Therapy Group rocks!

A Little Fun…

The past few weeks have been all about deadlines and news.  And, yes, there will be  more announcements to follow!

This little project has a deadline, too, but it’s a fun one!

I’m a member of a not-so-secret group of fellow jewelry artists who enter “Bead Therapy” every week for a couple of hours to exchange ideas, laugh, vent… you know, another version of the ever-so-popular book club.

One member gave us a challenge along with exact components for everyone to create a unique piece and share with the group this week.  I confess, with all my responsibilities recently, first I had to find my pack to start working on it.

Possibly not my chosen colors...

Possibly not my chosen colors…

 

The rules are simple.  We have to use some of all the different beads (I believe we can exclude up to 3 types.) and we can add whatever we want.  Jewelry or art; our choice.

Once I got my mind wrapped around the colors, I’m loving the process.  I’m only doing this for fun, so… the sky’s the limit, right?  The only person who’s seen my progress thinks I’m a little warped, but then… he knew that when he married me.

The big reveal happens in two more days.  Stay tuned!

 

 

Next Up ~ Exhibition News ~ Merlot and A Masterpiece

I’m honored to be participating in the first Art Circle Member Show at Merlot and a Masterpiece, 412 N. Main Street, Bloomington, IL.

It's in the paper, so it's official!

It’s in the paper, so it’s official!

The show begins with an opening on Friday, 12-7-12, from 5 ~ 8 p.m. and runs through the month of December.

And, yes… there will be refreshments this Friday.  Yaay!

Two of my pieces are being shown.  Here they are:

I See An Angel.

I See An Angel.

Fine silver with dichroic glass.

Blue Sky Sun.

Blue Sky Sun.

Fine silver with micro-mosaics.

A Big Thank YOU!

A huge Thank YOU to all of you who made it to our  Open House Holiday this past Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 from Jamey Spain @ Green Leaf Massage and yours truly.

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

We had an absolute blast seeing old friends and meeting news ones.

Thank YOU, Thank YOU, Thank YOU!

And Happy Holidays!

 

7th Annual Open House Holiday! ~Saturday, December 1, 2012~

This year, I’m partnering with Jamey Spain, RN and nationally licensed massage therapist, for an Open House Holiday at her studio in Uptown Normal, IL on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 10 AM ~ 4 PM.

While I’ll be offering lots of cool jewels and more, Jamey will be offering 1/2 off chair massage services.  (Please contact ahead for options and appointments with Jamey at jameygreenleaf@gmail.com.)  You can also learn more about her at Green Leaf Massage.

Two Amigos!

We thought it would be super fun for you to stop by, do a little shopping, have a relaxing massage, and enjoy some yummy treats!

Here’s the official invitation!

Would love to see you!

I promise to add pics of new jewelry throughout the week!  

Counting down 6 more days until the open house…

Every year I make limited edition holiday-themed pieces.  One year I made snowmen earrings and pendants, another year it was Christmas trees.

This year I lucked into a stash of  old-fashioned beautiful lampworked tree light beads which are now earrings and pendants in red, green, blue, amethyst, turquoise, pink, yellow, and amber.

These are really sweet and won’t last long.

Except for this set which will adorn my mother-in-law.

 🙂

 Day5:  Found some cool mood beads and had a lot of fun turning them into pendants.  The first photo shows “before” any warmth connects, and the “after” shows how your mood can change the colors.  (Okay, I used a heating pad underneath to affect all of them at once, but it put me in a pretty good mood!)  

And yes, I will start previewing some silver pieces soon!

“Before”

“After” Pretty cool, huh?

Day 4:  These “wheels” are some of my absolute favorite pieces.  They’re in between the size of a nickel and dime and are just fun; I always find myself running it up and down my chain.  🙂  They’re also double-sided!

Three little wheels.

Three little wheels.

Day 3:   Here are some hollow forms that were intentionally patinaed.  They have a great weight to them.

Smooth.

Smooth.

Day 2:   Freshly minted, so to speak!  One more day and the Open House Holidlay begins!  Hope to see you there!

Kind of swingy...

Kind of swingy…

 

Gearing up with 1 more day until the Open House Holiday!    Did a bit of a mock set up at home to make sure everything fits!  So far, so good!

I was a girl scout, you know.

I was a girl scout, you know.

Holiday Treasures at McLean County Arts Center

It’s become a tradition.  Again this year I’m honored to take part in McLean County Art Center’s Holiday Treasures.

This year their 36th annual exhibition and sale runs from November 9th, 2012 through January 5th, 2013.  The exhibition features over 100 locally and nationally known artists exhibiting paintings, glass, fiber, photography, jewelry, wood, ceramics as well as handmade seasonal item

The Arts Center is located at 601 East Street, Bloomington IL, 309-829-0011, and is open during the following hours:

Tuesday 10-7

Wednesday-Friday 10-5

Saturday 12-4

Sunday & Monday – Closed

The art center already had a variety of my silver work, so this year I added some new variety with prices ranging from $20 – $35 for the following collections.

Hope you’ll have time to stop by and check out all the fabulous art!

Beautiful lampworked beads I finally constructed as pendants.

Fun wire-wrapped beaded rings.

 

Before The Leaves Come Down…

I want to share my shell garden before the leaves come down.  A neighbor remembered how I drooled over her blue birdbath for the past ten years, and when the base broke, she offered it to me before she kicked it to the curb.  I repaired it and it is now the centerpiece of my backyard.

It’s not wearable jewelry, but it’s kind of sparkly.  Me happy.

Can you hear the ocean?

Heartfelt Blue

My contribution to the 2012 Easter Seals’ Grape Soiree Art Auction this year. Fine silver pendant with blue sapphire on sterling chain, with coordinating earrings.  

By request, the complete set:

 

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