I am listing some more goodies in the next couple of days. The first photo is a pair of earrings that are in my book. I will be listing more pieces from the book as well as some new pretties. The piece above is loaded with gemstones, pearls, religious pieces and a vintage French medal of a runner.
I am also starting to work on some new treasures that I cannot wait to dig my hands into...............
...but I have to admit that I could have kicked myself for not retaking the photograph of myself in my art room for the new Where Women Create Magazine. I was fortunate to be chosen as one of the featured artist in the May/June/July issue. My girlfriend's comment to me was "OMG did you just roll out of bed, why didn't you at least wear some mascara?" Ha Ha, isn't she brutally honest! Actually that is what I love about her !! And truth be told, I was tired and it shows!! If you would have seen how messy my art room was the week before I got the call, you would understand why I was so tired.
I am a huge fan of the WWC magazine so I fell very privileged to be a part of it. I had met Jo Packham in the past, and I really enjoyed working with her on this project, she is a real doll. Michael Garland was the photographer and I just loved him too he is a very cool guy! Sorry Michael for being such a bad subject for the picture, I just needed a little sleep. My art room is actually not very big and he did an amazing job making it look much larger than it is. I know he must think that I need some serious medication after absorbing all my stuff. I have had a lot of funny things go on in my little room. When I moved into our current house I choose this room for my art room because it had a nice view. I had no idea that it would be shared with so many people. About five years ago I was on HGTV"s, "That's Clever". For 10 hours, it was filmed in my tiny little room. Packed with a sound person, a light person, a film guy, the producer, and myself, along with a ton of very hot lights that were shining directly on me. Can I just say claustrophobia attack! I thought I was going to die! I was not allowed to open any windows, use fans or air conditioning because of the noise. It was sOOOOOOOOOO HOT!! Looking back it was a quite the experience!
It is funny how whenever you do something like this you always reflect back with thought like, "oh man! I wish I would have shown this or I wish I wouldn't of had that out or just Augh! " When you are a perfectionist you can never be totally satisfied with yourself. Contentment is such an easy word to say but such a hard emotion to have. I always see what needs improvement and I have such a hard time appreciating the now. I have been very blessed to be given the opportunities that I have. I am trying to stop beating myself up on the things that I would do differently and enjoying the fact that I did them. There are some amazing artist in this issue one of them is my friend Pam who is the person that I refer to in the magazine as the one who asked me the magic question. You must read the article to know what that question is. I never thought all those years ago when I use to watch Marie dance and sing with her brother Donny on their TV show that I would be featured in a magazine along side her. Funny how as we age we realize how small this world really is. I love what Jo is doing and how she is showcasing different women and there talents and giving us a little peak into there world. Thank you once again Jo you are brilliant! For those of you who are looking for the magazine it can be bought at Barnes and Noble or through Somerset and will become available May 1st. If you are interested in purchasing one of these magazine's don't wait they go fast. I heard the first two issues are sold out!!
The book that I am holding in the photograph is a gift that my friend Lisa she gave it to me for Christmas. She bought one for me and one for herself when she was traveling in Hong Kong. I thought it was appropriate to be holding it when taking this picture. The book is titled If you DON'T want to be perfect, you've come to the right place.
So welcome to my little art room a place to hangout and to be not perfect!! xo
I have been busy uploading new treasures on etsy.... and dying from heat!! It is really hot here!!!
I started my day off by going for a walk down at the beach with two of my girlfriends. It has been crazy hot here over the last couple of days and the beach was incredibly beautiful. Before we left for the walk, I had thrown my car keys in my friend's car. After our walk we returned to our cars, and as I was waving goodbye to my girlfriend, I realized I did not grab my car keys. Off she drove, and there I stood with my other friend, now realizing my phone was locked in my car. Luckily my other friend who drove with me, had her phone one her. I of course could not remember my girlfriends number, because I rely on my phone address book too much. I started getting a bad feeling like I was forgetting something. We finally got a hold of her twenty minutes later and it took another twenty minutes for her to get back to us. When I got back into my car, I remembered the thing that I forgot, I was scheduled to have a phone interview with Rice Freeman- Zachery this morning for Belle Armoire Magazine. Sorry for being late Rice!!!! Love ya girl!!!!
A few years ago I was fortunate to meet my dear friend Corey Amaro in person. I am sure many of you are familiar with her from her articles that she writes for Romantic Homes Magazine or her FAB-U-TAB-U-LOUS blog. She first intrigued me with her clever story telling and beautiful photographs from her home in France. Then I started spotting beautiful pieces of French findings in her photographs. I thought I would contact her and ask if she would be interested in searching out some of these treasures for me. I myself love to search for these beauties at the French Flea Markets, but I cannot go every weekend, however, Corey can. I was delighted when her answer was YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I sent her my wish list of treasures, dingy white mother of pearl rosaries, detailed vintage religious pieces, tarnished mercury glass and aged shell cameos. She emailed me photos of her finds, lets just say I was not disappointed, the girl understood what I was looking for. Her wonderful eye found true beauties that I would have picked out.
I incorporated some of the treasures in my book Rejuvenated Jewels. On page 54, I used one of my favorite pieces I received from Corey, it is an amazing mother of pearl heart souvenir piece that I used on the necklace titled Heart Full of Memories Necklace. There is a funny story that goes with this piece, I purchased some delightful treasures from Corey and was impatiently awaiting their arrival. After weeks of waiting, still nothing, they never came, were they lost?. I was especially sad because this rare beauty was being shipped to me in the package. Months went by and then suddenly Corey emailed me that the package was sent back to her! Yeah, it was safe. My pay-pal address was not changed from my husband's old work address, they had moved a few years prior. Luckily, the new tenants sent the package back to the post office, and it eventually made it back to Corey in France. Another favorite piece in the book from Corey is the locket on page 51. It is a beautiful brass Saint Therese locket.
I was so fortunate to finally meet my lovely friend Corey when she was in Southern California for a short visit. I instantly fell in love with her beautiful spirit. She is one true jewel of a gal. Last year when Pam and I were planning our trip to France, we were sad that our plans to stay with Corey fell through. We had hopes of treasure hunting together in the dreamy South of France. We had to change that part of our trip, hopefully next time it will work out for the three of us to get together for a treasure hunting adventure.
The reason I titled this post "playing with friends" is because Corey came up with the brilliant idea to send two boxes in the last shipment. I always hold my breath when I open up one of Corey's shipments. One was filled with jewel pieces for me. The other box was full of pieces from her collection that she wanted me to put together for her. The picture below is of Corey's jewels that she wants me to make something out of.
I have finished two necklaces and a pair of earrings for Cory. I hope she will love them. The pearls she sent me, are the most deliciously dingy milky white color and the delicate religious locket has a perfect dulled silver patina to it. Yummy, Yummy is what comes to my mind. It was so fun playing with these pieces and constructing a keepsake for her.
Here is a photo of the necklace that I put together with the vintage bezel left empty. I have added some vintage rosary pieces and a gorgeous semi-precious stone.
The details of the vintage French religious charms are out of this world with all of their small engravings. The charm is actually dated 1879.
Decisions, decisions................to use a metal Charlotte or tin type inside of the old bezel????????????????
It is always a blessing to find people in this world who love similar things and to embrace each other and share. One thing that the Internet provides is a way to reach people across the world as if they lived down the street. May God shine lovely people like Cory in your life!!
Vintage baby chicks always remind me of my Granny. When I was a little girl my Granny loved them and would always give me a couple of sweet baby chicks at Easter time. I remember their little wire feet were always attached to paper squares. It is such a wonderful memory, every time I bring out my chicks at Easter, I get a big smile on my face thinking of my lovely Granny.
We had so much fun decorating eggs together this year for Easter. The sad part was when I realized that I needed to use the eggs to make deviled eggs appetizers for Easter Dinner, so we were only able to enjoy them for a short period of time.
The fun thing about Artfest is seeing and revisiting with people that you admire, and those who have taught you, and helped you to grow . Here is a photo of me squeezing poor little LK Ludwig to death. She is such a humble talented soul. I have been meaning to post a photo of her book True Vision that I was so privileged to be a part of, so I will show it now.
Here is a photo of Pam and I in front of our vendor booth, three years later than the photo a put on yesterday's post. This year was one of the funnest times I've had at Arfest, although I did miss our roomies and dear friends Anahata and Gina!!!!!!!!!
It was great to see Stephanie Lee again and to meet Ruth Rae. They are both super talented girls and have just recently published beautiful books. Here is a photo of the three of us holding are books.
Here are a few random Architectural photos from the trip........
The lovely Huskamp girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Someone's painting from her class
Pam's yummy delicious journals ......................
I did not get any photos from my first day, but I took a wonderful class taught by Catherine Witherell who was a wealth of information on PMC. Such a fun trip!!!