For the Holidays 2015

Just dropped off items for A Coppery Christmas at the Main Gallery 404.

Coppery Christmas jewelry 2015

Okay, Mr. Duck is a 6″ high suncatcher.

Also available at McLean County Art Center, a selection of fine silver earrings.

Holiday Treasures, 2015 - silver earrings

I admit and apologize; not my best pic.  Very shiny stuff, in person.

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The Pea Pod Shuffle ~ 2013 Grape Soiree

For this year’s September 28, 2013 Grape Soiree, an annual fundraising event featuring fine art and wine to benefit Easter Seals of Central Illinois, I’ve donated a piece for the live art auction titled The Pea Pod Shuffle.

The Pea Pod Shuffle

The Pea Pod Shuffle

 

The Pea Pod Shuffle is an organic piece modeled from a sugar snap pea.  It features a fine silver pendant embracing faceted hematite crystals, catching the light inside and reflecting it outward.  Coordinating fine-silver earrings with smoky crystals complete the set

Details about the event can be found on the Grape Soiree Facebook page and on the Central IL Easter Seals website.  It’s always an inspirational and amazing evening.

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Spring Bloom Art Festival on Saturday, March 30, 2013

This year’s Spring Bloom Indoor Arts Festival is on Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 10 AM ~ 5 PM at the Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market Street, Bloomington, Illinois.

There will be 106 featured artists.  I’m honored to be included in this group of diverse and talented artists.

They managed to add another 10 artists.  Yaay!

They managed to add another 10 artists. Yaay!

 

I am in Booth 396.  This LINK will take you to the map.

The rest of this week, I will be busy putting on final touches to new designs and pieces.  I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

My previous Spring Bloom Booth.

A previous Spring Bloom Booth.

 

More photos to come as the week transpires!

There will be plenty of these fine silver "janthina, janthina" pendants, each a little different.

There will be plenty of these fine silver “janthina, janthina” pendants, each a bit different.

Another Week With The Red Lady…

 

The Red Lady would love to meet you!

The Red Lady would love to meet you!

Wow, after a fantastic turnout last night for February’s First Friday and the Tour de Chocolat’, the Main Gallery 404 owner, Lisa Lofgren, asked if I would mind showcasing my work in the front window with The Red Lady for another week?  My response?  ABSOLUTELY and THANK YOU VERY MUCH!  

The Red Lady has a great view!

The Red Lady has a great view!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And she loves to wear jewelry...

And she loves to wear jewelry…

 

 

 

 

So, there’s still time before Valentine’s Day to select something special for that someone special, which just might be you!

Here’s where you can find my jewelry in the Bloomington-Normal, IL area:

Main Gallery 404, Bloomington, IL

Four Swinging Hearts

Four Swinging Hearts

The Pod, Normal, IL

Sunny Blue.

Sunny Blue.

McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL

So many rings!

So many rings!

My Etsy site is being tweaked and I’m almost ready to make the announcement when it’s LIVE!

Thank you for your continued support!  

 

Hearts On Fire ~ The Red Lady Awaits

The Red Lady beckons from the front window of Main Gallery 404, where I just added tons of new jewelry, with a heavy accent on hearts, in honor of Valentine’s Day.   

Who can resist the Red Lady?

Who can resist the Red Lady?

 

When new owner, Lisa Lofgren, asked to feature my work in the window from now through February’s First Friday, I was honored and thrilled!  Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

The Neighborhood Thrift Store generously let us borrow a beautiful art deco vanity (the one in the above photo) for the display.  And, yes, it’s also for sale.

 On February 1, 2013, Downtown Bloomington, IL also celebrates with its annual Tour de Chocolat’:

“An annual event and celebration of chocolate!  Participating downtown businesses offer free samples of food containing chocolate.”  

Uh, huh.  Trust me, there is everything chocolate to sample.  It’s a super fun way to spend an evening. 

My jewelry is now in the window until 2-2-13.  

Gallery hours are:  

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:  12-5 PM                                                              

Saturday:  10 AM – 5 PM

Closed:  Monday, Tuesday

Here are a few of the available pieces:  

Key to MY Heart (pendant)

Key to MY Heart (pendant with fine silver, sterling silver, crystal)

Heart Ablaze (Pendant)

Heart Ablaze (pendant with fine silver, copper)

You've run away with my heart...

You’ve run away with my heart… (pendant with resin)

You've sewn up my heart.

You’ve sewn up my heart. (pendant with fine silver, copper)

It’s not all hearts…

Nothing shows love to your sweetheart like jewelry.  These selections and much more are available now at Main Gallery 404 now through Friday, February 1, 2013.

 

Donut fun (pendant of Jade, fine silver, copper)

Donut fun (pendant of Jade, fine silver, copper)

Lumen (pendant of fine silver, copper-wrapped chrysoprase)

Lumen (pendant of fine silver, copper-wrapped Chrysoprase)

Wrapped up (earrings of copper, Labradorite, Aquamarine, fine silver)

Wrapped up (earrings of copper, Labradorite, Aquamarine, fine silver)

Blue Reflections (pendant with fine silver, glass)

Blue Reflections (pendant with fine silver, crystal)

Miss Kitty (pendant with fine silver, copper, Garnet)

Miss Kitty (pendant with fine silver, copper, Garnet)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soapstone on copper-wrapped with fine silver bail.

Soapstone on copper-wrapped with fine silver bail.

 

Fine silver, copper earrings.

Fine silver, copper earrings.

 

Thank You, Santa!

All my holiday shows are over, but there’s still time for last minute shopping.

HO, HO, HO!

HO, HO, HO!

One of the highlights of this holiday season was an unexpected visit from Santa; sure hope he thinks I’ve been good!

With only a few more days until Christmas, if you’re looking for a piece of jewelry, here’s where you can still find Silver Charmer Jewelry in the Bloomington-Normal, IL area:

 

 

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

With a beautiful patina, at Main Gallery 404

With a beautiful patina, at Main Gallery 404

He's waiting at The Pod.

He’s waiting at The Pod.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pod, 104 E. Beaufort Street, Uptown Normal, IL (follow the link to Shopping)    

 

 

 

 

 

 

The McLean County Arts Center; 601 N. East Street, Bloomington, IL  

Many rings at McLean County Arts Center

Many rings at McLean County Arts Center

Merlot & A Masterpiece  412 N. Main Street, Bloomington, IL  61701  

Available at Merlot and a Masterpiece

Available at Merlot and a Masterpiece

 

 

 

(Sorry to any out-of-towners; will announce my Etsy account when it’s available.)

Hope you and yours have a wondrous holiday season!

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.