We also put up our dreaded monster tree multiple times in one week. We get a live tree every year which smells awesome but always turns into a major event. It looks great and is finally standing only because we had to tie it to 2 walls. We broke 2 tree stands trying to put it up and it has already fallen over once right after we decorated it...if it happens again we are just going to leave it on the floor, call it a Christmas bush and put our presents around it! Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Every year the artists hold a free raffle for the shoppers. Each artist donates an item to the raffle and at the end of the show the winners are chosen. This year's winners are:
Linda Norris- bracelet by Peg Jacobskind
Nicki Albertson- stained glass star ornement by Judy Gangemi
Mike Sweeney- mosaic Christmas tree dish by Abbe Gold
Eleanor Witkowski- fused glass hair tie by Ilan Yampolsky
Jo Penza- Package of handmade Christmas Cards by Lydia Land
Jenny Zayschly- mixed media trinket box by Jennifer Mishura
Debby Schwartz- set of 3 magnets by Lisa Kelly
Diane Dressler- 3 handmade soaps by Heather Famine
Deb Celhar- pair of earrings by Michele Grady
Congrats to all of this year's raffle winners and thank you for helping to make this a successful event for the 7th year in a row!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
On another note....I wanted to post some pictures of one of my students very first pieces of jewelry. Kate is relatively new to jewelry class (this is only her second session) and she finally finished her very first project which was a malachite and sterling silver bracelet. Kate made the settings, set the stones and then attached the whole thing together. It turned out beautifully and she did a great job! I took these pictures the day she finished her bracelet and I told her I would post them here but then I totally slacked off. I have had these images in my camera for over 2 weeks now! Sorry, Kate!
Kate modeling her very first creation (and hey, that's one of my necklaces too)
And finally ( I just had to add this in).... since when does Christmas come right after Halloween? Why are people putting up Christmas lights on their houses right after they take down the Halloween decorations? And why are the radio stations playing Holiday music all day long in November? Doesn't anyone celebrate Thanksgiving anymore!?!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
The post cards are finally finished and now they are off to the printer! I am working on organizing my annual holiday trunk show that I hold every November. This is the 7th year I am having the event and it gets better and better every time! This year we have 10 artists exhibiting and there will be fine art & fine crafts galore! So if you are on my mailing list, mark your calendars and keep an eye out in the mail and/or email for your invitation! If you are not on the mailing list and would like to be, contact me and I'll add you to the list!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We run this workshop at least once every month or so and if you are interested in making these great bracelets you can check out the next workshop date here!
PS.... the workshop photos were taken by Julie Basello-Holt
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Aniko soldering the links in her chain...
Rita working on her pendant....
Amy sawing jump rings...
Mirabel and her new cuff bracelet...
LeLanya modeling her new earrings!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
This is Alana Bills. We did a swap last year for Christmas. I just wanted to let you know that I gave my sister (who is an author) the large rose necklace, and she loves it so much, that she's incorporating it into her upcoming vampire book. The heroine wears it! Just thought you would like to know.
Alana at NatureWorks Studio
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Some past winter projects have been rearranging and repainting my living room and hallway and another was painting a sky on the ceiling of my 21x14 foot bathroom and finishing it off with crown moulding. (there's 2 sections of ceiling in the bathroom. You can see the other half of the ceiling past the green header). I would never do this again. My neck was sore for days. Now I know how Michelangelo felt!
The past few days I have been working on 2 projects. The first is this piece of furniture which I found for really cheap and is now in my bathroom. Not sure what I am going to use it for but it seems to work in the space.
And the second project is redoing my son's room from top to bottom. He's 19 and his room has been painted white since we moved into this house 14 years ago. His favorite color is orange and I found this cute office furniture online that he wants to use in his bedroom. We ordered this piece and another to match but no luck finding a new bed as of yet. We also are still trying to figure out paint colors to go with the furniture and flooring but when it's done I'll post the finished product for all to see!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Below is one of my favorite photos that I took of the artwork inside St. Peter's. It is amazing how much detail is in it and it is painted in a dome on the ceiling.
Once on the ship our first stop was Sicily, Italy where we toured the town of Taormina (below).
It's a beautiful old town with lots of shops and the ruins of a very old open air Greek-Roman Theater. the theater is located on a hill where you can see the volcano, Mt. Etna, in the distance. Even though the theater was partially destroyed events are still scheduled there in the theater today. Our tour guide told us how he attended a concert there once when Mt. Etna erupted. How cool that would have been to be watching your favorite band and having red hot lava shooting up over the stage in the background! (The photo below is of the stage with the volcano in the background. You can't really see the top of the volcano that well due to the clouds.)
Did you know that jewelry was the first art? Before people used clay to make vessels to carry water, store wine, etc. they used the clay to make jewelry to decorate themselves. Just a little fact I thought I'd share with you since I am a jewelry artist and all!
that I saw and experienced. I plan to take some of that inspiration and turn it into new pieces of jewelry in the near future!
Our last port was the Greek island of Crete. We saw the Minoan ruins of the royal palace of Knossos that was destroyed by earthquakes. It was very interesting to see all the "modern amenities" they had. Running water, sewage system, etc. This photo is of the inside of one of the rooms in the palace. The chair against the wall is the king's throne.