Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
Wishing everyone a blessed and peaceful Easter Sunday.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
This (or something similar) is what I will send to be juried to the Flinthills Symphony art show soon. The silver pendant was made with PMC impressed with Kansas prairie grass for the texture, then set with a champagne CZ.
Since our big snowfall last weekend we had two smaller ones, including this morning. Yesterday it was 75 degrees, today 40 with snow. Argh.
Friday, April 3, 2009
In other news, we may be getting another 6" of snow this weekend. Grrr.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I hope the rest of you are in fighting form.
Friday, March 27, 2009
I had nice daffodils and crocus blooming. This should put paid to that. However, starting on Sunday we will be in another warm up so at least the white stuff won't stay around long. And we really do need the moisture.
It has been announced that Art in the Garden will not be held this year. It went on for eight years running, so it's not surprising that in this small community they were running out of willing gardeners. Maybe it can turn into an every-other-year event. I hope it doesn't go away altogether. So I have (hopefully) three art shows this year. That's still plenty.
I hope it's more clement weather where you are!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I can only plead extreme busy-ness and a camera that suddenly won't let me plug it in to the computer to upload photos. And maybe I'm kind of distracted and unmotivated. No excuse, really, but that's the story.
I will post enough to say that I'm fine, my family is fine, and things are actually going well. Also, for anyone who is interested, I have lost about 20 lb. by now, so I'm pleased with that.
I have a couple of exciting opportunities coming up this summer. One is a chance to exhibit (if my work gets past the jury process) at an event called the Flinthills Symphony, featuring the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra giving a concert in a pasture in eastern Kansas. Should be fun. There's a similar but smaller show in a small town near here that I'm also planning to participate in, plus the annual Art in the Garden and Artful Taste of Autumn events. I think four shows seems like enough, especially since I'm still exhibiting at the VAAM Gallery and there is such a thing as spreading yourself too thin.
The newlyweds are getting along fine. The usual adjustment phase I think, learning how to live together. It's a good thing they'd dated for three years before they married. At least they had maybe an inkling of how life would be.
I am now going to check in on all the blogs I've been neglecting these few weeks. I hope to do better in the future, and especially to work on getting my camera to cooperate so I don't have to post without photos.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Wash away all my iniquity
Against you, you only, have I sinned
from Psalm 51, New International Version
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
This is my little kiln. The firebox is only 6" square, but that should be fine for PMC and warm glass projects.
In other news, I am currently working with our local hospital's nutritionist to get my weight under control. I see her for a weigh in every other week. She keeps me honest and is a darling person with whom I enjoy talking. I've lost 9 lb. so far.
Fat Tuesday, indeed.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
On the very day of Adam and Emily's reception Dylan participated in his boy scout troop's pinewood derby and came in SECOND!! He was so excited and proud. So we had lots to celebrate on that day.
We're gradually getting back to normal around here post wedding. I've been able to spend some time in my studio creating things, and have taken the plunge and purchased a small electric kiln to fire my PMC pieces and maybe try some warm glass techniques. I'm very excited to get it, and so is Christopher who has been wanting a kiln for his own glass projects. Should be fun.
I've been enjoying getting more or less caught up on people's blogs. If anyone is on facebook, I'm there too as of a few weeks ago. We can be buddies!
Monday, February 16, 2009
This is one of two alter bouquets, made by me. Actually I did all the flowers but the mothers' corsages.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Adam and Emily have asked me to create their wedding guest book, so I've been busy with that among many other things. I will definitely photograph it, and will post the photo along with wedding candids.
Monday, January 26, 2009
I would have some in stock but would be able to do custom work as well.
Also, I'm considering setting up shop on the 'net selling accessories for larger ladies (of which I am one). It is often difficult to find jewelry, especially, sized for larger wrists, and tiny delicate things can get lost on generous bosoms. I'd probably limit this to jewelry and scarves at first. I'm also trying to figure out the best venue for marketing these things.
Tell me what you think.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Strands of mixed size and color pearls, with a fine silver and CZ pendant made by me.
This is odds and ends of various green beads with a large fine silver pendant bead I made. Whenever I can string a pendant I made myself along with the beads it makes the finished piece feel more like my own.
A nice dichroic pendant with strands of carnelian, pineapple quartz, and jasper.
This is the necklace I made to wear at Adam & Emily's wedding. Cultured biwa and button pearls in a glowing off-white with tiny crystals strung between.
Tomorrow is my day to work at the VAAM Gallery downtown. I always enjoy a studio day but I've been so busy I haven't any idea what I'll take to work on. Better get to it!
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Monday, January 19, 2009
I hope you are all well. I will return soon with photos.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
This is Adam in my husband's arms, just a few minutes old. I was in no shape to be photographed. What must be going through a newborn's mind at this point, I wonder?
This is Adam in the 4th grade, age 9. Wasn't he handsome!
And here he is now, with his fiancee Emily. They make a very nice looking couple.
Happy birthday, Adam. We love you, we're proud of you, and we pray God's blessing on you always.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Just a brief post before bed to show off the wedding jewelry I made for my soon-to-be daughter-in-law Emily. Tiny cream button pearls, champagne colored crystals, and 2mm sterling beads. I think it will be lovely with her gown. She's going to be a beautiful bride.
Monday, January 5, 2009
This was an incredible amount of work for Susan Lenz, whose brainchild the exhibit is. If you click on the "postcards" link on the right and scroll down to #123, you'll see my contribution!
I finished and delivered the long-awaited commissioned piece over the weekend. The couple who had requested it were very happy with it, I'm pleased with the outcome and frankly glad it is finished. It was a challenge, in a good way, but as with a lot of large projects was not without it's panicky moments. Of course I have no photographs of the finished projects (I just never remember that step, for some reason) but have been invited to take photos of it in situ any time I want, so I probably will. Even with the project finished, I feel that there are a couple of "spinoff" pieces still in my head that will need to come out fairly soon. Probably have to cook awhile yet though.
In the meantime, I'm going to clear the decks--clean up my studio, in other words--and get down to some serious jewelry making. I'm seeing ads for this cropping up:
I've done quite a bit of work with silver PMC, but hadn't seen the bronze version. Main plus: it's much less expensive than silver. Main drawback: an actual kiln is required for firing. Rats. I cannot afford that expense at the moment. However, I do have some silver PMC on hand so I can get on with making silver jewelry. Here are a couple of previous pieces:
Friday, January 2, 2009
And here are a few photos of the commissioned work in progress. It's coming along and I'm pretty OK with it so far, although I feel I have a ways to go as far as finishing touches. This started with a base of fabric paper a la Beryl Taylor (my hero) and is actually three 20" x 20" panels. This one is the final panel. The little door opens, too, to show a little vignette within.
This is the first panel in the series, not finished obviously. I've enjoyed adding 3-D and interactive bits to these pieces.
This is a gothic arch made for this project by my very talented uncle out of wood and embellished by moi. The name of the piece in toto is "Through Open Doors", hence all the references to doors and door-related things. The panels will be mounted on artist boards for ease in hanging.
And since it is Friday, and since I haven't posted a cat photo lately, here is Romeo in a box that originally held a shipment of Christmas packages.
Have a great day, everyone.