Sunday, April 26, 2009

Fayetteville Art Walk

This is the first year I will be showing my jewelry at the Fayetteville Art Walk. It is a juried art show held in Fayetteville, Texas. Here are the details, and a few new pieces I will have for sale.
Fayetteville Art Walk
10th Annual Art Walk
Presented by The Hightower Group & The Art Guild of Rural Texas
May 2-3, 2009
10-5 pm Saturday
10-4 pm Sunday
" Queeny"
" Nesting"

"Rustic Cuff"
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I hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

stephanie lee's junkdrawer metalsmithing



I have been in California! Thanks to two blog friends, Riki Schumacher and Diana Frey, I spent three glorious days soaking in the overflowing knowledge of Stephanie Lee, at Carol Parks' studio, in North Hollywood. I will post more about California later, but for now, I've put together a short slide below showing pieces made in class. I have been finishing them (bezel pieces will have art & resin added next) since my return home; as I will be in a juried art show, Fayetteville Art Walk, May 2-3! Enjoy!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Oh, what fun we had in Warrenton!

You might see a bumper sticker in Texas that says something like this:

I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.

Yes, I am here to crow about it. Just as I have a time or two or three before....
The tents, buildings, and side venues were a feast for the eyes, not to mention the senses. You just had to be there~really!

Look at the vintage rhinestone clasps I found. They made my heart sing!

My daughter and I spent one FULL blissful day roaming the tent-filled fields in and around the town of Warrenton. Each one full of antiques & oddities, and everything in~between ~ visiting vendors we see twice a year ~ eating great Texas food ~ enjoying the feeling you get when you breath in pure country air ~ but most of all, enjoying our time together! This has become such a special tradition for us, and my joy is that she now looks forward to and enjoys it as much as I do.

Believe me when I say....this is only a glimpse of what we saw.

Jill Suzanne is a must stop for us. I take the most fun pictures in her tent! And, we both ALWAYS buy a thing or two there. Her prices are great. This time I bought a vintage door knob to use as a card holder. Just lookie .....















A vendor from Fort Worth had rolls and rolls of vintage seam binding. This was my hardest decision of the day.....deciding which color(s) to buy.

See what I mean.


This is what I brought home after looking thru binds and buckets of~


....these.



I loved this tag and the ticking covered pillow. It brought me back to a time in my childhood, when my mother and grandmother would get together to make our bed pillows. They used goose feathers, taken off of the goose by the scalding method. Now that is a smell I can still remember today.

One really neat thing we do at each festival, is to find a mirror to take our picture in. I can't tell you how fun it is! This was the most deliciously beautiful vignette, nestled back in one part of our favorite tents. There were twinkly lights everywhere, and the aura was simply divine. The vendor told me he could remember the first time he had a booth at the festival~ which was 12 years ago. This was the same tent where I bought the seam binding...and I still didn't get the name. I must do that in September!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

i saw red

I loved the food in Santa Fe. And the peppers were the reason. We both laughed at what seemed to be included inside most of the menus:
Not responsible for peppers being too hot!
The peppers in New Mexico are legendary, and are not to be taken lightly. Where else but New Mexico can you find a Chile Pepper Institute?
There are lots of shops in and around the famous market square.
We purposely arrived a couple of days early to take in all the flavors of Santa Fe before Bead Fest began. One of the most beautiful points of interest was the Loretto Chapel. It was there we saw the miraculous staircase. Legend says it was constructed or inspired by St. Joseph the Carpenter, and was built sometime between 1877 and 1881. It took at least six months to build, and has two 360 degree turns with no visible means of support. Because of seating problems, the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth and final day of prayer, a man appeared at the Chapel with a donkey and a toolbox looking for work. Months later, the beautiful circular staircase was completed, and the carpenter disappeared without pay or thanks. After searching for the man (an ad even ran in the local newspaper) and finding no trace of him, some concluded that he was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters' prayers.
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Day One
Miracle Metal PMC:Beads
Susan is a great teacher, and we received a package full of supplies. She shared alot of great tips on working with PMC. I also took a class, Image Transfers and Color on Metal Clay with Sherri Haab, on Saturday. I didn't take any pictures in that class, but the beads I made in Susan's class, and the pendant from Sherri's class are below.The beads are hollow. I loved learning this technique. Susan has years of knowledge to share.
The pendant was fun to make, but my transfer technique has yet to be refined.
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Day Two
Rings Relics and Riveting

This is the second class I have taken from Susan (I took one in Hampton last year), and I must say she is the most giving and talented jewelry artist. There is no doubt as to why she has such a huge following, as her instructions are easy to understand, and her talents are endless. She takes time to help everyone individually, and shares her wealth of knowledge without hesitation. I actually finished these rings in class, but took home so much more than that.

Then, I had an evening class with Liz Jones. The class was Basic Fine Silver Fusing. I really like torch work, and want to do so much more with fine silver. Like Liz said, it is addicting. Her book, Silver Wire Fusing, is a great instruction book to get started.Oh my, Bead Fest Santa Fe was the best!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Marie

"Let Them Eat Cake "
Necklace design by Deryn Mentock


Marie, a brand new special publication from Stampington, hit newstands April 1st!
Amanda Crabtree, assistant editor at Stampington, chose my necklace, Petite Marie, along with two other beautiful pieces, to be featured in an article called Marie's Jewelry.

"Petite Marie"
Made with vintage rhinestones, lucious freshwater pearls, Swarovksi crystal rondells and faceted Swarovski crystal drops.
Another artist friend, Diana Frey, was also included. Her beautiful necklace was inspired by her vintage beaded collar collection.
"Fleurs Et Perles"
Necklace design by Diana Frey