Thursday, August 28, 2008

So it's been a week....

So it's been a week since my last posting and you would think by now that I would have made some new jewelry from all my new found inspiration that I got while away on vacation last week....think again. Instead I have been working on redecorating my house instead. I usually get into my "redecorating" mood in the winter while I am trapped in the house (I hate the cold weather) where I will repaint a room, rearrange furniture, etc. But for some reason this mood skipped right over me last winter and has hit me full force now at the end of summer!

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

Relaxation & Inspiration

My family and I just returned home a few days ago from our Mediterranean cruise and it has taken a few days to recover from the jet lag (which is why I haven't posted earlier!) We had a such a great time. We flew to Rome which is where we were to get on the ship. Before we went to the dock we did a little site seeing. We stopped at the Coliseum (below), the Vatican and Trevi Fountain (below) where we took a break to eat gelati and coronetti (an Italian pastry recommended by my Italian friend who lived in Italy most of her life), and some other sites before we had to get on our ship.

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.)

Our next stop was Athens, Greece. And no stop in Athens would be complete without going to see the Acropolis.

We also saw the ruins of the Temple of Zeus and the first Olympic Stadium called the Panathinaiko Stadium. It was were the very first modern Olympic games took place in 1896. (below)

We also spent a day in Kusadasi, Turkey. There they have the ruins of the City of Ephesus. It is an entire city buried in a bunch of mountains that they have been excavating for about 50 years. And in that time they have only discovered about 15% of what they think is buried there. In the museum they have a lot of the artifacts that they found and one of the items was this necklace.

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!

We also did some shopping in Turkey. The funniest thing were these signs. Turkey is known for their fake brand name items and it seems like they are very proud of this fact! These signs were everywhere!

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.

All in all it was a great trip and and I was very inspired by 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!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Recovery and Vacation

Well, I'm finally recovered from the BMAC show in the Phila. Convention Center over the past weekend. Not only did I pick up some new accounts in states I am not yet represented in but I also met some really talented artists from all over the country. I redid my booth display for this show and I really love it! It looked great and it was a hit with other artists as well as buyers. (That's a picture of it to the right. ) It was great to see some of the friends I don't get to see very often and to hang out with some new ones!

Saturday night I also went to the opening reception for the "Peace and Politics" exhibit that my "Broken Heart" necklace was in. I went with my sister-in-law, Heather, who was in visiting from NC (and helped me at the show) and also with my new "neighbor" Jamie (from Austin) who was in the booth next to me. This is a picture of the piece that was chosen to be in the exhibit.
There was a photographer at the exhibit so we'll have to wait and see if any of the pictures of me or my work will end up in print. Anyway, all in all it was a fun weekend. Well, I'm off to see what I can get done in the next few days before I am off again. This time for a vacation. I have lots to do and not much time to get it all done....You'll have to check back to see where in the world Michele went! :)

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