Sunday, March 27, 2011
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The year is flying by! I made several new pieces to post on my blog, and then sold them at my last show! I like that.
I'll be at a few local events:
Nov. 6 & 7: All Saints Episcopal Church - 4033 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland Oregon 97202
Nov. 13: Save this day! I'm waiting for details from a new venue!
Nov. 20: Ardenwald School - 8950 SE 36th AvenueMilwaukie, OR 97222
Nov. 27: Heritage High School - 7825 NE 130th Avenue Vancouver, WA 98682
Dec. 4: Mary Woodward School - 12325 Southwest Katherine StreetTigard, OR 97223
Dec. 11: Aloha Huber Park - 5000 Sw 173rd Ave. Beaverton, OR 97007
I'll be bringing my tools, so come and get your new mother's rings and birthstone rings. I'll have the silver wire and Swarovski crystals and you can choose your colors!
I'll be in the shop making hammering some new earrings since the ones I made in the fall are all gone. I'll also have some of the feather-light flower branch earrings that are so popular. I'll make some in holiday colors too!
I'm going to try to publish some pictures before I add these new things to the inventory. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I was so pleased to see all the inventive, interesting new things people created over the past year. As usual, there were several jewelers but artisan jewelry is all so different that we actually complemented one another with our variety!
I will be hurrying to make new rings as they seemed to be pretty popular. (A great excuse to get out the torch.) There's only one dome ring left and I think that's because I accidentally put it on my finger and forgot to get it to the display! There are several people sporting new wire-wrapped birthstone rings now. Everyone loves to choose their own colors and watch me turn a few Swarovski crystals and a piece of sterling wire into a personalized statement just for them in under 10 minutes. (It doesn't hurt that I make them matching earrings too!) They started out jewelry lovers and became jewelry designers!
The gorgeous green corn-flake pearls with the gold dreamcatcher pendant found a new home. There was a lady that 'visited' them several times Saturday evening, I wish I could see the look on her face when her husband hands her that little silver bag!
I'm going to publish some new photos of jewelry soon. The ones I took last week sold before I got them on the blog. (I know. It's a quality problem!)
Thursday, August 5, 2010
But now, it's a whole new weekend. It's Elephant Garlic time in North Plains. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 6,7,8. Art, music and garlic everything. Come on out. Robert will draw you, I'll adorn you, and you'll have a blast. What could be better than that!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Here's a little sneak-peek.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I listened to dozens of 'talking books' while I snuggled in and worked on the new spring line. I hope that some of the romance, mystery and adventure I 'read' about translated into the pieces I created.
I made a stack of new rings... some fancy and some just for fun. I made simple copper necklaces to wear with jeans. I made fashion-forward chokers for work days and some fabulous multi-strand gemstone sparklers for the special moments in your life. You asked me for more silver cuff bracelets... I heard you. And the earrings! From simple, elegant little drops all the way to fantastically bold silver geometrics.
Make sure to save July 10-11 for the Yamhill Lavender Festival. This is one of my favorite events. I was there last year and I'm already hearing from some of the people I met there. They can't wear for this year's festival. The music was incredible and word is, it will be again.
I'll be adding the dates of my other art festivals as soon as they're confirmed.
I have been hoping to get so good at photography that I could put up photos of all the work I've done, but I just can't seem to stop making jewelry to master the camera. So, I'll do the best I can, and you can just come see them in person!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
We were in St. Helens last weekend at Arts & Eats. After dark I watched families walking into the town square carrying blankets and babies and holding toddlers by the hand. They set up in the park and the little ones fell asleep to the sound of the band, rocking, while moms and dads snuggled together, holding hands. I love Oregon.
I'm going to make sure to see the North West Blues Women again. I saw Sonny Hess and Lisa Mann a few weeks ago and was blown away. I need a copy of their cd. By the time I could leave my booth they were all sold out!
I'm meeting a lot of terrific artists this year. If anyone gets a chance to see Lorraine and Robert & their metalwork, run, don't walk. They do things with copper and fire that are crazy wonderful. Their copper leaves... just amazing.
And Rick, the glass sculpter had crowds around his booth all evening. He just asked people what they liked, and then went about creating it in glass. The guys with the Scottie dog were astonished at the 2" high glass replica he created for them.
I love going to new places and meeting artists skilled in such diverse areas. It's one of the best parts of the job. I love it when the customers ask questions that allow them to learn about the artisans whose work they admire. I always feel like I get double my money's worth when I learn the story about the piece I'm buying.
It's festival time in Oregon and Washington and I'm off to make some new rings for my up-coming shows.
Friday, July 10, 2009
I'll be at the Yamhill Lavender Festival this weekend! The fields are in bloom, gorgeous to see, and heavenly to smell.
Several artists spent this past week in different local homes, painting the lavender harvest. The results of the week of plein air painting will hung at the festival. Come and enjoy nature.
Stop at my booth and say hello. (I'll have the royal purple tablecloths)
Take a look at one of the new pieces I'll be bringing with me. It's agate slices and onyx. It will take someone with a big personality to carry this beauty away. Will it be you?
Friday, June 19, 2009
See you June 20 - 10AM-3PM supports Kenilworth Presbyterian Church charities
10am - 3pm
Kenilworth Presbyterian Church
Saturday, June 20, 2009
4028 SE Gladstone Street
Portland, OR 97202
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
While I'm enjoying the variety of weather, I'm also creating a lot of new things for springtime.
I'm also keeping busy helping people re-cycle jewelry that they no longer wear. I turn pieces that have been sitting in their drawers for years into fresh new designs. Often I'm able to make them a complete new jewelry wardrobe, as well as give them a lot of additional pieces to give as gifts for a fraction of the price of new jewelry. What a wonderful thing to be able to reduce your carbon footprint while staying fashionable current! This has been an interesting and worthwhile new direction in my jewelry making. My eyes light up when I see a woman coming with a bagful of old jewelry. It's like a treasure chest for me, and when I'm done, it's like a treasure chest for the client too!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Sat - Oct. 25, 9 - 4pm
Tualitan H.S. Holiday Bazaar - 22300 SW Boones Ferry Rd.
VAEA Holiday Craft Fair Nov 3,4 & 5
Mon Tues 6:30am - 6pm. Wed - 6:30-2:30
Portland Veterans Medical Center
Agia Sophia Academy Artisan Faire -
32nd & Glisan @Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Portland
Sat - Nov. 8 - 10-5pm
Sun - Nov. 9 - 12-5pm
St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church - 2036 SE Jefferson, Milwaukie
Sat. - Nov. 15 - 9-4pm
Girls Night Out Marketplace Bazaar
Southridge High School - 9625 SW 125th Ave, Beaverton
Thursday night - Nov. 20 - 4:30 - 7:30.
St. Anthony's Catholic Church - 1660 Elm St. - Forest Grove
Sat. - Nov.22 - 10-5:30
Sun. - Nov. 23 - 10 - 4pm
Band & Auxillary PTO Craft Fair
Tigard High CAFETERIA - 9000 SW Durham Rd - Tigard
Sat. Dec. 6 - 9am-4pm
Butler Creek Elementary School - 2789 SW Butler Rd., Gresham
Sat. Dec. 13 - 9 - 3pm
There will be a Dec. 6 event as well - I'll give you the details when I get them.
I hope to see you this week at Tualitan High.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Orenco Station Farmer's Market has rolled up the sidewalks. I hope all the great people we've met there have a wonderful winter and come back healthy and happy in May.
Robert and I have 2 more Saturdays at the Art Court in Beaverton and then we're off to the next thing.
Starting during the Hallowe'en season Robert will be drawing caricatures at the Jantzen Beach Mall most weekends until Christmas. Look for him there in the center court with his easel. He'll be there when he's not drawing at all the private holiday parties and office parties that keep him moving fast this time of year.
Stay tuned because for a list of places I'll be this season. When my new computer comes back from the hospital I'll be posting some terrific new pieces I've been working on.
Hope to see some of you soon!
Monday, September 1, 2008
This market is said to be the largest in the state and it sure seems that way when the market bell rings at 8am. It smells heavenly - I was by the fresh tomatoes and basil this week and it was wonderful.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
We've been busy every weekend meeting people here in our new home. On Saturdays, between 8am - 1:30 you can find Robert and me side by side in our booths at the Art Court in Beaverton. It's run by the wonderful people at the Beaverton United Methodist Church (thanx Carin) & runs adjacent to the fabulous Farmer's Market. Needless to say, we've gotten healthier and happier since we've been set up there. Every week I pull Robert away from drawing caricatures & have him man the jewelry booth for a few minutes as I rush up and down the aisles getting organic produce for the week. The berries, butter lettuce and asparagus are things we never get tired of. I even know how to make a strawberry rhubarb cobbler now!
On Sundays, we have a whole different experience in Milwaukie, in front of the Masonic Lodge. Patrick Sheehan makes it fun to be on Main Street criss-cross from the Milwaukie Farmer's Market. We're there from 10am until 2, except for when I zip over to the Market to get the plants that are all over our balcony. I'm wild for hot pink & purple fuchsias, so I have several of them.(They always put me in mind of black & white Humphrey Bogart movies and arched doorways.) I got a big pot of miniature petunias in purple, white and violet. Last week I got an ornamental oregano, which I'd never before seen. It's foliage has very subtle coloring, lavender, green, cream - but the amazing thing is - if you rub the leaves it releases a heady oregano scent. Otherwise, it gives off a much lighter version all the time. It's heavenly to sit out there at night, smelling the pine trees & spice.
I've been making a lot of new jewelry, I can't wait to see who gets what. It's always such fun when people find 'their' special piece. It happened last week with a lady who stopped in her tracks when she saw a kyanite necklace I had on display. The stones matched her eyes and looked incredible on her. But it wasn't quite the right style for her... she told me what she thought would be perfect... but she wasn't sure she should splurge... Well, her husband was behind her, watching, and when she reluctantly moved on he came up to me and said "Make her the necklace you two talked about... it's her. She looked beautiful in it." I'd like to add a picture here of the lady "in" the necklace, but I think he's going to give it to her in a more personal setting. Meanwhile, I put the first kyanite necklace out again the next day and a woman put it on and never took it off. Don't you love it when that happens?