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.

 

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:

 

In The Mood!

Having just returned from a lovely vacation on the beach, I’m in the mood for some beach-themed, summer jewelry.  The work is in process, but to keep me and everyone else in that lovely mood, I’d like to share the following inspirations for some of my pieces:

 

A perennial favorite of mine, the lovely Janthina, Janthina. (Carnivorous little pretty; it eats Portuguese Man-O-War jellyfish…)

 

This too beautiful cat’s eye was inhabited, so… he stayed on the beach.

 

A veritable hodgepodge of treasures; olive barrels, cats paws, coral…

 

So, I’m a little obsessive!

Looking forward to sharing soon!  🙂

 

Vintage Crystal Ornaments

Spent a day making crystal ornaments and listening to every Christmas CD we have!  Available now at The Bead Parlor in Bloomington, IL!

Lots of vintage crystal:  chandelier drops, crystal beads and bells, one-of-a-kind beads, even musical chimes!  Price range: $12 – $15.

Crystals sparkling in the sun!

Trying to get "artsy" with my camera angle!

All lined up!

Waiting for you at The Bead Parlor!

Fun With Felted Pins

Here are a few felted pins I took to the Bead Parlor for the kickoff of the Holdiay Season!

Perfect for coat lapels!

Can’t Seem To Get Out Of The Studio (Don’t Want To…)

November is starting to pass by quickly.  Suddenly we’re over a week in.
The Holidays are approaching and so are all sorts of new ideas.

 

For the first time since metalworking class so many years ago, I’m trying enamels again.  This time on fine silver.  And, I’m loving it!

Fun stuff: enamel on fine silver

 

And then… I started building cages.  I can’t decide if I like them better empty or…

Empty cages...

…filled with pearls…

Caged Pearls

…or crystals.

Caged Crystals

It’s a good day to be in the studio!

Hot Off The Press!

There are a few charities near and dear to my heart; Easter Seals is one of them.

Here is the piece I’m donating to this year’s Grape Soiree Event.

Ardor Embraced

In a bezel fabricated of 28.2 grams of fine silver, an amethyst cabochon and a freshwater pearl are inlaid amidst tiny glass beads as part of a micro-mosaic tiling process.  A hand-wrought fine silver bail connects the pendant to a twenty-four inch sterling silver cable chain.

Two New Guys

These are two of my new guys.

Last year at the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee I found an artist specializing in porcelain components (give me a minute and I’ll add the proper name information when I locate it).  Suffice it to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I found these treasures and decided to somehow encase them in fine silver.  A few more should join their company in the very near future.

I have a feeling June is going to all about the cats.

=^.^=

Two new guys...

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