Saturday, January 20, 2018

Online shops re-open in just five days!

Its just five day until my shops re-open and I'm hot and heavy into the parts of this whole selling my work on-line thing that I am least thrilled about - photography and sundry, organizational computer stuff. 

I'm taking a much needed day away from technology today to take a felting class - something I've wanted to do for quite some time. Who knows how that material may find its way into my work at some point. Someday. Maybe.

Either way, I think the exploration in another material and simply getting out of "these four walls" will be good for me. 

Just a reminder, friends on my email list get all the info. on sales, special discounts just for them and first dibs on one-of-a-kind pieces. If you haven't already done so and are interested in signing up just click the black bar at the top of my website. I never, ever, ever share your information. Ever.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Reversible multi-strand necklace

Here's a look at my new reversible, multi-strand necklace. One side is blue and and the other white (or would you call it grey?) so you've got two color choices in one piece.

I'm not sure if you'd call it a statement necklace. That's all really a matter of perspective I suppose is amazingly lightweight.

Noticed the clasp. (Yes, proud of that bit especially.) Its hand fabricated sterling silver and easy to use.

This design will be available starting January 24 when my shop re-opens. If you'd like you can sign up for my email list for details. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

My jewelry on a model

I know that it helps to see jewelry on a model, most assuredly when purchasing jewelry online, but I've been a little sluggish with following through on that,  haven't I? And after my daughter got married and moved 20 mins. away even more so.

Problem solved. This is Phoebe and she was awesome in every way, patient through several hours of jewelry changes, outfit changes and "turn your head, turn your body, look up, look down" and so on.

My talented niece took the photos and I could just sit back and make decisions about what I did and did not like.

These are just a few of the new pieces that will be ready when my shop re-opens January 24. For more details you can sign up for my email list at

Monday, January 1, 2018

New organic shaped jewelry in the New Year!

Happy New Year to you!

Multi-strand Turquoise Necklace

If you aren't on my email list and didn't already know, my online shop re-open date is January 24. I'm looking forward to sharing my new work, and for those of you who've asked, I'll be stocking old favorites as well.

Although I'm still wrapping things up, deciding which pieces to include in my new collection and which ideas need to ruminate, there will be eight (give or take) necklaces using organic shapes, corresponding earrings and big, bangle bracelets.

If you'd like to be the first to know whenever I release new work, about sales, craft shows and gallery openings, be sure to sign up for my email list.

Organic shaped bangles

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Visiting spindleworks

I made a flying trip to one of my favorite places in the world at the beginning of the month. Maine never disappoints. We were fortunate to catch the leaves just starting to change color.

It was fortuitous that the most recent addition of ACC magazine with an article highlighting spindleworks - a progressive art center for disable adults in Brunswick arrived just a few weeks before the trip and I put it on the "places to stop" list.

spindle works shop

Although we got there too late in the day to meet with any artists,  the director was kind enough to give me a tour. I was so inspired but the quality and the volume of the work being produced. The have painting, sculpture, ceramic and weaving studios. They have a dark room, have started film/multi media production and even had their first fashion show this year. Its a truly impressive place.

paint studio
I hope to make an adventurous winter trip (winter in Maine?) in the next couple of months so my husband and I can spend a full day or two at spindleworks.  I feel certain there is a lot we can learn here to take with us on our next trip to volunteer with SHAPE in Saint Helena and I'm looking forward to meeting artists while they're working.

To learn more about how spindle works started (surprisingly it was with weaving) and how they work today, be sure to read this article on Disparate Minds.

weaving studio

Monday, September 25, 2017

More jewelry...who would have guessed?

Continuing my found jewelry (Nature jewelry? Found object jewelry? I don't know what to call them...) here at home, mostly on our evening walks. Mostly on the rail trail that runs through our tiny PA town and mostly as the sun is going down...which sometimes presents photo issues.

I'm so fortunate to have a husband who's completely content to act as my assistant. "Gather as many good looking walnuts as you can." I order and there isn't a quibble.

He carries rusty metal in his pockets for miles and alerts me to interesting bits of trash. He makes suggestions and critiques and handles my disagreement with critiques like a champ. ("What? No, the cracked, large walnut can't go at the very bottom, too predictable." )

First one I made without using my hands. 

The trail is shimmery for about 50 ft. headed south into Maryland. Almost all the rocks and even the dirt contains mica flakes and its like someone sprinkled silver dust across the path. Sadly the photos didn't turn out nearly the whole thing looked in real life.