Had a lovely, creative day yesterday...wrote a little...painted a little. These little tree watercolors were inspired by this lady...I'm new to watercolors and had the MOST fun doing these - very relaxing and you can completely lose yourself in creating them!
It looks like just what I need to get 2011 started off right!! I think GROW will be my word for next year and this fits perfectly! Maybe it would fit for you too...
Misty also has a book coming out next year sometime - check it out!! It's called Unfurling and it looks like it will be amazing!
I just finished up a really fun online class with Kristen Robinson called Ethereal Bangles. She also had a great article about the same bracelets in a Belle Armoire Jewelry issue. I learned a lot and made these very fun bracelets!! It's so great to be able to customize bracelets to fit your wrist size! She's teaching an etching class in January -so head to her blog and sign up - I'm sure it'll be great too!
I love them all and they're fun to wear all at once (they're not too big - ok, maybe the ribbon one needs to be worn by itself, but the rest can all go together.)
So, I took an inadvertant little blog break. I think I just didn't have too much that I wanted to share. Do you go through times like that? So, for the 5 of you still reading (and I thank you) - here are some pictures of what I've been keeping busy with...
I took an amazing class down in lovely Pismo Beach a few weeks ago with Diana Frey and Riki Schumacher who were the most fun teachers and the women in the class were great - I had a fabulous couple of days!! Here's what we made:
These cuffs were so fun to make (and challenging too!). They are teaching another class in Feb that will be just as amazing (unfortunately, I will be helping with our school auction the same weekend).
I've also been using the bezels I made during the Homesteader Metalsmithing class - filling them with artwork, adding resin and making necklaces and bracelets with them - I LOVE making these pieces! I'm all signed up for part 2 of metalsmithing coming up next week and I can't wait!
Not quite sure what I'll do with all of this jewelry, but a girl can never have too much, right? More later - thanks for stopping by - happy weekend!!
When it comes to learning...I'm a bit obsessive - call me Marcia Brady (for those of you old enough to remember the episode of the Brady Bunch where Marcia starts High School and signs up for every club she seees) - I love to sign up for stuff. (Sometimes I do it and finish it, and sometimes, I don't). The last couple of months, though, I've done two classes (well, one is finishing and the other beginning) that I'm in love with and learning SO much from and actually using what I learn to make stuff - not sure what I'll do with all of it, but the process is fun and so often I don't enjoy the process, I just want to get to the finished product...
So, in the last post I showed you some of my metalsmithing attempts - I'm still working on lots of fun things for that class and will share them when they're ready...what I really need is some cool beads to finish these things and any suggestions on where to get cool beads would be appreciated - my local bead shop has a limited supply and is crazy pricey!
Last week the class - Of Towers and Turrets started. This one was a stretch for me - I had to paint. I wasn't even really sure what made me sign up for the class, except I've been a big fan of Deryn Mentock's jewelry for a long time. I haven't started the jewelry part yet (maybe this weekend since most of my family is gone to SLO), but I sucked it up and did the painting/mixed media part and it was SO FUN - we even carved our own window and word stamps!! I can't wait to make another one! So, here is my attempt...we'll use parts of it to go inside the bezels on the jewelry.
Enjoy your long weekend!
Who knew? My creative ADD continuing - I'm having an amazing time learning metalsmithing!! I'm taking an online class from Stephanie Lee (who's work is so beautiful - it's incredible and she's a great teacher).
I was working in the garage - you know, the flame and all, but it was too sad out there, so I moved it all to my rearranged studio and am soldering in the sunshine now!
(excuse the funky pictures - I was having fun playing with apps on my iphone)
Starting with this...
and then making bezels, either out of copper pipe that I cut or a square bezel that I make out of brass strips. Now, these are first tries and my square ones definitely leave something to be desired (like being straight), but it's so fun and the possibilities seem endless (once I get the basics down).
I love flowers - and the flowers in France were particularly spectacular - from lavender to sunflower fields to flowers at the farmer's market and on Parisian streets - so amazing!!
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So, here are a few of the pictures...these are from the very beginning of the magical journey to France...after LONG hours of travel - we ended up at Montauban station where we were picked up and whisked away to the beautiful Chateau Dumas - met by the lovely Lizzie (the owner) Kaari and the other lovely ladies who were part of the trip.
The view from the deck where we ate many amazing meals
The lovely lavender - so beautiful to look at and to smell!
More to come...