Monday, January 26, 2009

vintage sequins arrive!

well,after a little bit of a wait, my vintage french sequins arrived over the weekend. i have been experimenting with some contemporary sequins while i have been waiting on the vintage ones, and i have to tell you ... the contemporary ones can't hold a candle to the vintage! they are flat and the color is uniform. you would never know how old they are from the shape they are in ( 1940's - 1950'). i am completely in love and hope that my vision for them can come to fruition.

i have all these ideas, but of course, nothing is turning out exactly as i had hoped.

i am posting several pics of the few things i did today. i realize the pictures are not the greatest. it is overcast today and some of them came out a bit blurry ( too much coffee makes amber shaky i guess).

but, i wanted to put them up anyway.

so without further ado:


vintage bronze and silver sequin earrings. these are teensy tinsy sequins - 3mm & 4mm.


vintage turquoise and chartreuse sequin earrings. these are very tiny.


vintage turquoise sequin and apatite pendant


turquoise and chartreuse vintage sequin pendant


vintage 3mm bronze sequins.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

just received




i just received this ring which i purchase through
jessi taylor
on etsy.

it is even more FABULOUS in person. and to have arrived on such an historic day. WOW!
it makes me happy.
yay!

Friday, January 16, 2009

old work - new pictures





we finally had some sun this week ( and i was up early enough to take advantage of it). took these at the little table i work at in our hallway by the back door. each piece is left over from my show in december.

i have supplies coming in today, and i hope to have new work completed and up by the beginning of next week.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

new gems!



went to the gem show on sunday and picked up a few new things. i trusted my instincts and went with large, faceted nuggets which had a more organic feel.
these are all a bit rough, so that's something new for me. but i still think they will work will with my style. guess we'll find out soon enough, won't we?

Monday, January 5, 2009

happy 6 month birthday, miss patches!



patches is 6 months old today.
and tomorrow is 12th night.
so, i thought i would post a pic of her wearing her muses collar - which is actually a bracelet we caught at the muses parade last year.
doesn't she look lovely?

Friday, January 2, 2009

welcome 2009

well, we did it.
we got through 2008.
whew.
i know, i know... it wasn't that bad.

but, still.

a few weeks back, i started thinking about what i accomplished in 2008, what i didn't, and of course, i started thinking about my goals for 2009.

to tell you the truth, i am just at a loss as to where to start.

the first thing i want - and think i NEED to do- is change
the way i look at the world. i want to feel more joy. real joy.

i found an article today in the times picayune about a woman
who has dealt with the death of her son by painting her house,
fence, and sidewalk as a tribute to him. her nosy, obviously bitter
and terribly fearful and sad neighbor has reported her to the city, who has sent a summons to her telling her she will receive a fine of $100 a day until she
paints her sidewalk back to ... grey.

this article saddened and angered me much the same way that the passing of
proposition 8 did. and opened my eyes a little wider to the fear and negativity
encircling our little corner of the universe.

and made me think about what i want from my life in the long run, and what i want from this coming year, in the short.

i have spent some time this last year really trying to work on who i am
as a person - get the blood pressure down, be a better friend, stop
taking my s******* job so seriously, and stand up for myself more.
this year i am hoping to put more of this into practice. especially the
standing up for myself. i am so non confrontational it's pathetic.

so, here is a little list of things i would like to accomplish this year and for many many many more to come:

stand up for myself more and often
stop worrying about hurting every one's feelings
continue to explore my belief system
learn to react more rationally rather than emotionally
always follow my instincts
become more active in my community
attend more art events
give the jewelry business one more try
find a better job - one that allows me to use my brain
become an activist for causes that are close to my heart
be more open minded
paint for fun
eat more sushi
dress better
connect with more people who share my beliefs and ideals
try something different every day
visit my friend, penelope - this is long over due
read more
spend less time beating myself up for the mistakes i have made in my life
enjoy what i have and not be mad about what i don't
enjoy making jewelry even if it doesn't sell
try new ice cream flavors
learn to cook a few dishes
try "rolling with it" for a change. i can't plan everything...
speak my mind even if it makes me unpopular
don't stress out about the little things
make a new mardi gras costume - no one can tell what year your pictures are from!

so, i guess that's it...

welcome 2009. i hope it's a good one for everyone.