Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The post in which I try not to be too whiny

A month and half is certainly a long time to have neglected a blog, even for me.

I don't think everyone needs to homeschool their children - I am not a homeschool die hard with no regard for public education. I just think that if one decides to homeschool, they should really give it their all. It is people's education on the line!

And so that is where I've been lately, submerged in Algebra II and astronomy and ancient history and creating schedules and "mom, the page is missing from this book you just paid $75 for" and so on...

We got out for a much needed field trip to The Walter's Museum last week. 
It might be a little unpopular these days to admit that I sacrifice my work for my kids but thats whats been going on here lately. At the same time I don't want to sound like some kind of haughty, homeschooling martyr because often it brings me to tears actually, the wanting to be in the studio instead of reviewing grammar exercises…and then the guilt for wanting to be in the studio instead of reviewing grammar exercises. But I think we've rounded a corner in regard to scheduling,  for his year anyway, as I hone my time management skills.

(Detail of The Winged Genuis)

Thanks for listening. The whining if now officially OVER!

Remember that when time gets tight for me, you can still find quick posts on Facebook, inspiration on Pinterest and most recently I've really started to enjoy Instagram (@GenevieveWilliamson) where I post images of life and field trips and work progress.

I have some work going into the Etsy shop this week including mini dot earrings. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I love to carve. You can watch me carve Fragment beads HERE today, working on necklaces to go with the drop Fragment earrings in the last image.

Fragment pieces displayed at Quench in Belfast Maine.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mixing work with pleasure

We managed to organize an end of summer trip to Maine last week. After delivering jewelry to the newly opened shop Quench in Belfast we concentrated heavily on relaxing. I'm happy to say here, on a small cove on Westport Island, it was not difficult.

The Trading Post was built in 1815 and at high tide is very much ON the water.

 The shop Quench - Provisions for the Savvy -  is spot on and a great addition to the shops, art galleries, bookstores and eateries in Belfast.

Quench is carrying my Reef and Fragment collections.

Jen (of Quench Metalworks) carefully chose other artist's work to carry alongside her own to fill her charming, wedge shaped shop in the heart of Belfast's artsy shopping district. I am so pleased to be part of her line up. Definitely make time to stop and see her at 9 Beaver Street if you are in the area.

I bought a pair of Jen's sterling silver mini pod earrings but I love these ferns too. They are available in her Etsy shop… if you can't make it to Maine. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

One thing leads to another

I've finally expanded my Reef line to include post earrings.

They are pretty artsy and abstract as each pair goes together but is a mirror image. The earrings are in fact the exact same beads used to make the necklace but with the earrings you see them from the "face" of the bead rather than the side. The sides of the disks are sanded to create some contrast, rather like a bezel, and the posts are sterling silver.

I debated these earrings for quite a while and worked (without success) on designs that were exactly like the necklace and bracelets because the strength of the design is in the fact that it all colors.  But in the end I really think the earrings work and I've paired them by dominate color. (e.g. earrings that are mostly red, earrings that are mostly green)

Let me know what you think. They'll be in the Etsy shop by end of day. Maybe some dangle versions will happen next.

Have a great weekend! I'm off to the Quench opening in Belfast Maine…more on that as internet connection at our Down East accommodation allows.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I had hoped to post more images of our trip to the UK by now but I injured my shoulder on the way home (please remember not to carry a heavy carry-on backpack on one shoulder) and it just slowed everything.

After I started to be able to manage small movements it was high time to be back in the studio. I'm now about 1/2 way through the making the work thats going to Belfast, Maine for next month's opening of Quench - Provisions for the Savvy. 

If you're in Maine August 15 you might catch me as I hope to be delivering my work in person and hanging around for the grand-opening!

Monday, July 7, 2014

I need some space

If we had stayed in the north I'm sure I would not be ready to go home today. But to me a city feels like too much stuff packed into such a small space but somehow separated by a lot of travel. London's density works against you. I'm sure there is some sort of law of physics involved.  I mapped a location in London the other day and the tube was going to take us the same amount of time it would to walk. We needed some space.

We rented a car and drove out to Avebury. Its was an amazingly gorgeous day until the heaven's opened up and poured but we were tucking in at the pub by then.