Saturday, December 8, 2007

Christmas Noir

If you are tired of sending the same old, traditional, boring-a** Christmas cards, or just have a shoe fetish ( and who doesn't betch) check out my friend Claudia's new Shoe Stories Christmas cards here I'm getting the first one to send out - but not to my folks. They just wouldn't get it.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Leilani Necklace Liberation Front

I made a beautiful garnet and carnelian chalcedony necklace on Sunday.
I wore it to work today and sold it right off my neck!
I didn't even have time to photograph it!
The man who bought it had done the same thing with another necklace I had on the night of Art for Art's Sake.
We have decided to term it the Leilani Necklace Liberation Front.
Wish there were more customers like him around.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

SOLD!


Whoo-Hoo!!!!
Both of these bracelets sold last week. One in Houston,one in NOLA.
Am working on a special order for a lady in Houston and also making new items for Holiday shopping. Will have new work up next week.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Party has Started

So, supposedly the holiday rush is on. You would never know it on our end of the street. I know things will pick up, but I am finding I am missing working in the gallery. We have been up to our eyeballs in shipping, but it's just not the same. Our supervisor thinks we should all be happy, perky little elves and insists on playing Pink's "Let Get the Party Started" at least once a day to " keep us in the party mood". I realize most people would KILL for a boss like that, but I suspect I will HATE that song before the end of the season. I may hate it now. Too early to tell for sure. Perhaps we should have a Pink Advent Calendar to count down the days until we don't have hear that song every day. Or ever again.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Color of the Season


I got these wonderful green onyx heart shaped drops back in October. I read that this color green was "the" color for fall. I think I came about this info on here. I haven't seen much in the stores to prove this theory, but I love these beads anyway.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

New Pursuits


I have been trying for over an hour to link the photos I uploaded to Flickr here. IT'S NOT WORKING and I am quickly loosing my patience. Ahhh... computers. They make life soooo much easier.
Anyway.... here is one photo. That's all I can do tonight.
GRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Slices of Life

It's a beautiful Saturday in the Big Sleazy.

It's November and the high today is supposed to be near 80 degrees. Hallelujah!!! I know global warming is bad, but today it feels so good! This, people, is why I live in the South. My goal - never to move above the Mason-Dixon Line.

Went out last night with the Better Half and our friend, Laura. Had a great Grenache at the Delachaise. My only complaint is that since they serve food, they should be a smoke free environment. They aren't. I had to wash my hair this morning and I hate doing that on Saturday. We had a nice night though. Smoke and all.

Tonight we are planning to hop aboard the St. Charles Ave. Streetcar as today is the first day it has run since The Storm. It's only going to Napoleon, but that's where we live, so it works out well for us. Trying to get a group together and do a little Streetcar Club Crawl. It's been a while since we have been to the Circle Bar, and I can't think of a better way to get there. Of course, I imagine we will have to endure the other thousand people who also came up with this idea. Yeah, I doubt we are original on this one. But, I will try to curve my loathing of crowds and embrace my love of vodka and see where the line takes us.

On the jewelry front there isn't much to tell. Well, that's not true - there actually is but I am not going to talk about it just yet. Some prospective good news regarding my bracelets ( and I met someone from the Museum of Arts and Design in New York who said I could drop her name to the buyer at the museum shop) and unfortunately some bad news. Without going into detail, I will tell you that Fairy is no longer carrying my work. It was a blow, but I got over it. Trying to grow some tougher business skin.

I have a lot to do today and am counting the hours till I can get on the street car. Yay!!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Best Laid Plans or Confessions of an 80's Child

I came home from work tonight all motivated to make jewelry. I started a bracelet a few days ago that I was looking forward to finishing. I made some dinner and sat on the couch to relax for a few minutes.

It is now 2 hours later and here I still sit. But, it's not my fault. VH1 is re-running their Top 100 Songs of the 80's. How could I leave? I couldn't. I didn't. You know girls just wanna have fun!

Anyway... I suppose I will try to work a little before bed, but my body has not gotten used to Daylight Savings Time yet and I find myself sleepy and it's only 9 o'clock.

I suppose that it doesn't help much that I am still recuperating from my trip to Atlanta this past weekend to work the Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show for The Mann. I dropped my Better Half off in Birmingham to visit his folks, and then 4 hours later I arrive at the DeFoor Center to begin setting up the jewelry for the next day's show. Now, for those of you who do not travel between Birmingham and Atlanta often, let me just inform you that it is a 2 1/2 hour trip. Notice I said I got there in 4 hours. Well.... let's just suffice it to say that I do have my clairvoyant moments and predicting I would get lost in Atlanta was one of them! I did have some traffic on the way, but mainly it was just me, lost and alone in the backyard of a railroad switch. Who knows what I did, but I truly, madly, and deeply blame Google Maps. Those bastiges. I called the Better Half and he talked me through my wrong turns and got me to the center with enough time to woof down some pretty fine chow and at least fling most of the jewelry into the display case. I was shaking by the time I got to my hotel. And then I couldn't sleep. And the next night I stayed out until 2am catching up with my friend, Elizabeth and drinking way too much German beer. Yum.

But, I had an awesome time at the show. Everyone was so nice - I guess I never expect that, being that I am not actually the artist. I am just the hired help. But, I still enjoyed myself immensely. I was stationed next to Jamie Cassavoy, whose work is so delicate and beautiful and yet strong and very bold. I had only seen her work online or in The Guild catalog. It's is even more exquisite in person. And she is one of the nicest people I have met in a long time. I talked her ear off and she was nice enough to let me use her computer when my phone konked out.

I also got a chance to re-introduce myself to Lena Marie Echelle whom I had met in Baltimore when we picked up her work for the Gallery. Also one of the nicest people I have ever met. Her work is so striking and so unique. She had a belt buckle of Texas that she shot through with a .22 caliber bullet. Very cool. And on Saturday this lady came by the booth wearing one of Lena's necklaces which I had greatly admired on Friday. This lady had been by The Mann's booth alot on Friday but could not make a decision. She told me she was making a list and would decide when she came back on Saturday. I was glad to see she chose Lena's work. It is absolutely stunning.

I did not get a chance to talk to Lisa Ceccorulli. I also greatly admire her work, but I only had so much time to walk around. And since I felt like I was already acting like the jewelry show equivalent of a groupie ( or lap dog) I thought I better give it a rest.

I did talk to Randi Chervitz a bit as well. Her work is even finer and more elegant in person than in pictures. I do very fine bead work and some wire work, but I have not idea how you crochet metal around other pieces of metal. Mindblowing!

I guess that's about it for the update from the show. I have been up to my eyeballs in shipping and customer service crap since I got home. Rebecca is in Philadelphia doing the ACC show with The Mann. It's quiet and boring ( no Journey songs to rock out with) without her in the office and I realize I depend on her quite a bit. Miss you Beka!

Well, off to try to be productive. But I doubt I will make it tonight. It's cold and I have a new Neil Gaiman book to start.

Monday, October 29, 2007

More to Life Than Jewelry... Who'd a Thunk It?

I have not been very motivated the last few weeks to do much of anything. I think I have been mildly depressed - my work situation is getting more and more frustrating by the day. I hate punching someone elses time clock and not having any energy to do my own thing when I get home. I have spent the better part of this month sitting listlessly in front of the boob-tube, reading, and going to the movies. I am just not motivated by much of anything. I promised myself when I started this little blog that I would stick to jewelry and fashion but I JUST CAN'T DO IT ANYMORE!!!!!!!!! The few things that are inspiring me at the moment have nothing to do with either; so I figured - Why the Hell Not! Inspiration is inspiration, right? You get it where you can.

So...

I just discovered Philip Pullman's HIS DARK MATERIALS series and I am almost finished with Book 2 - THE SUBTLE KNIFE. I am almost scared to finish it at this point, but I need to so I can move on to either the third book or something new altogether.

I have also recently discovered Neil Gaiman. His blog is absolutely awesome!!! So many cool links. It's like a new world opened up in front of my eyes! I have GOOD OMENS at the house but am waiting until I finish Philip Pullman' book to start it. I have a terrible habit of reading more than 8 books at any given time and sometimes I don't finish them. So, no offense but I figure both of these works deserve my undivided attention.

I have to go to Atlanta this week to do a show for work. GRRRRRRRRR..... I soooooooooooooooo DO NOT want to go. These people don't pay me enough to travel. Especially to Atlanta. I don't live in or visit Atlanta for a reason. No sane person should have to drive there.

Anyway... it's going to be a weird week and I am positive I will have alot to say after I get back from this show. Luckily for me two of the other artists showing are Lena Marie Echelle and Jamie Cassavoy. I am hoping I get to talk to both of them. I met Lena at the Baltimore show last year and we carry her work at the shop. She is an amazing and very inspirational artist. I have only seen Jamie Cassavoy's work in pictures so I am excited to see it in person.

But I still don't want to go to Atlanta. Hmmfff.

Long Time Gone





Well, it's been a few weeks since I finished these, and I realize these are not the best pics( they are bad, I know), but I wanted to show the pieces I did for High Gloss. Kim and Lisa have told me the bracelets are getting a good response. Now let's hope some sell.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Thank God for Sushi!!

Well, it's been a heckuva week,friends.

I put my man on a plane for Germany last Friday, only to have him come home due to his flight being cancelled and had to turn around and put him back on another flight on Saturday. I don't like it when he travels and it was muchas stressful.

Then, Saturday night was Art for Art's Sake in grand old New Orleans. The Shop had a big show opening and it was a long long long day. On the upside - I actually sold a necklace I made for myself to wear that evening right off my neck!! I LOVE IT when that happens. That's when you know you've done good.

Today I mailed off the six bracelets for High Gloss (be free and find new homes, my lovelies). They turned out a big longer in length than we had discussed, but I think ( hope ) they will be fine.

I will post some pics of these beauties over the next few days. Honestly, I was in a total hurry to take pictures and I don't think they turned out that great. But, it won't stop me, I am sure.

Tonight I am having sushi with my friend, Laura and am going to watch either a movie or read some of the book I bought on Sunday. Truly, I just want to relax until I have to get back on the jewelry train this weekend. Crunchy roll, here I come!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Fall Colors



A new piece for fall. Green chalcedony with faceted carnelian clusters. I absolutely love this piece. I love the colors together and the texture of the small beads.

When I sat down to work on my fall "fashion" line (any better ideas for a name?)I sketched out everything I wanted to do with each gemstone, chain, metal component. I wasn't going to sit down willy-nilly and just start putting pieces together like I normally do. No, this time I would plan it all out. Well... that went out the window about 2 seconds after I sat down to work. Not one thing went as planned. I wanted to make these simple little pieces - very modern and geometric. As it turned out, all of my pieces for fall are very feminine, flowy, clustery, textural. Nothing like I planned at all and they are some of my favorite pieces ever. Funny how things work out.

I have an appointment Monday to drop some of this new work off to a local boutique who is interested in seeing what I do. I am excited. I really would love to have my work in this shop.

I made hundreds of head pins for my clusters yesterday and although I know that I won't get as much work done Friday and Saturday as I would like, I hope Sunday and Monday morning I can make that time up.

It's supposed to be a beautiful weekend in New Orleans. We could really use one.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Welcome to K-Ville

All is quiet along Magazine Street today. We dodged whatever that was brewing off the coast of Florida and today has been lovely instead of the washout we were all expecting. The shop has been a bit slow today, but you can't have it all.

Yesterday morning and early afternoon were just a madhouse at The Mann! The Fox TV show, K-Ville was filming just outside our door until around 1 o' clock in the afternoon. It was very exciting. We don't get much excitement on this end of Magazine Street- unless you count crack whores or those idiots who drive the wrong way down this one way part of the street - and a full scale TV production sure got our attention.

On the jewelry side of things, the people who clothe the K-Ville universe came into the gallery and pretty much cleaned us out of jewelry. We thought we were well stocked for Art for Art's Sake - NOT ANYMORE! Unfortunately, my bracelets were not on the list of purchased items (boo-hoo), but here's a nice list of who they did buy....

Tom ( of course), Mark Garcie ( NOLA watermeter pendants), Wasabi, Alexis Bittar,Tana Acton ( the most amazing wire wrap cuffs you WILL EVER SEE, Andrea Janosik ( fabulous leather flowers with silver and pearls is what the gallery carries, but her feather and fabric pieces are to die for), Avant Garde (silver plated cuffs from Paris), and one of my favorite designers EVER - Lorelei Hamm. Lorelei does not have a website, but you can find her beautiful, feminine designs in most jewelry galleries. Google her and there is a long list of places that carry her work. She is also a very nice person. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Baltimore Craft Show this year.

Tonight I am going to the movies, but hopefully I will finish some pieces I have been working on and get some photos up by Monday.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Supply Day

I love supply days! That's the day my longed for and desperately needed supplies come in. That day is today! Whoo-Hoo!! Of course, if I would plan ahead a little better I wouldn't get in these crunches. The beads I needed to finish my bracelets for High Gloss arrived as did the wire and chain for my "fashion" line. I will post some pics of these new pieces ( I love them!) shortly as I am finishing them for Fairy to take for Art for Art's Sake (Oct. 6th). It seems I never have enough time to do it all - and tonight is no exception. I have a dinner to go to and won't get home until bed time. I wish there were more hours in the day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Slowly But Surely

Work in progress.

Here is a little smattering of the bracelets I am currently working on for High Gloss Gallery in Houston - Kim and Lisa Glosserman were in New Orleans a few weeks back and stopped by Gallery I/O - the jewelry gallery I manage in my daylight hours. They liked my work and placed a nice order which I have to deliver around the 1st of October. It's been moving along quite nicely, but I ran out of a few colors of beads last week and am waiting on the shipment to arrive. I hate waiting on supplies. No matter how I ship them - 2 Day, 3 Day, whatever they never seem to arrive on time. It should be tomorrow and then I will get back to work. The bracelets are all woven by hand, one tiny little bead at a time. They take approximately 8 hours to make from start to finish. And I have quite a few to make. I am a little over half way done ( I think) and I am really ready to finish them and send them off to their new home.