Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Over the edge...

I've put many new listings in my Etsy store this week - check it out.

Here's the latest: Breast Reduction Earrings. For the full story you'll have to visit the shop and read the description. No, they don't have magical powers, but I guarantee you'll feel special when you wear them.

January is all but a sweet memory, and soon Punxsutawney Phil will be out checking for his shadow. But unfortunately, the sponsor of this year's event appears to be a groundhog repellent maker (organic at least - let's give them credit for that).

From a local TV news site:

"Tens of thousands of people will descend on Punxsutawney, Penn., a small town of about 6,100 people, for a little midwinter revelry and celebration and, of course, Phil's prediction. The events are numerous throughout the day and are sponsored by a variety of companies. This year "Groundhog Stopper", an OMRI certified, fully organic ground hog repellent is among the long lists of sponsors. But don't worry! Not a drop of the product will be sprayed at the event! Phil can feel free to predict his much anticipated forecast without fretting about groundhog stopper....at least on February 2nd."

Heading to the snow soon, and to see the latest Cirque show, "Kooza". I also have a @#$load of beads to send to Kim Miles for her HOPE Bracelet project, just need to get them packed and in the mail.

Be careful out there. It's winter.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Rain, rain, go away

I'm about to get on Amazon and look for books on ark-building. Seriously. Since the last big storm we've had a few days of ok weather, but this past week has been just wild! Snow down to sea level was forecast one day (I live in Northern California), and since then it's been rain, Rain, RAIN. Last night I was awakened by some fierce winds, and today it's just pouring.

Guess I'll just have to melt glass, then! Here's a new listing up on Etsy last night, "Lavendicious" lampwork and fine silver necklace, featuring a very unique two-holed pillow bead. Just for fun, I googled the word "Lavendicious", and it turns out that I own it! Only one hit, and it's mine, all mine. I guess if you make words up you're entitled to small, strange pleasures like that.

"Lavendicious" lampwork and fine silver necklace, on Etsy now

Applications and jurying are complete for my 2008 shows, and I should have some schedule information to offer soon.

Have a fabulous week!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Oh My Gosh is it a New Year already???

I guess I've been so busy updating my Etsy Shop that I forgot to update my blog. And then there was the huge storm earlier this month. I could lie and say we were without power for weeks, but we were actually lucky to be down for only 2 days, and with a generator as well, so no big sacrifice. Sometimes I think it's more fun to try and do without, to remind yourself how much we take for granted. But then I get the urge to melt glass, or get on the internet, or watch something on tv, and my Laura Ingalls fantasies vanish pretty quickly.

This was one incredible storm, and the damage up here in the Santa Cruz Mountains was significant. Just small limbs down for us, but a number of folks had trees come down, and one family I heard about had a car smashed by a falling tree. Apparently the wind was clocked at 100 mph.

Isn't this image of the 1/5/08 storm spectacular? It looked just like a hurricane.

OK, enough blathering, here it is. I've been busy taking photos (indoors!), applying and jurying for some summer shows, and making new beads. I've got quite a few new things up on Etsy, and here's a sneak peak. I plan to return to outdoor photography as soon as the sun gets high enough in the sky.

My first series was inspired by the huge storm (hey, why don't we get to name it?) that hit the West Coast the weekend of January 5. It was actually several storms all packed together. These are all focal lentil beads up on Etsy tonight.

Storm at Sea (SOLD).

Second Wave

The next bead was made with a number of different flavors of violet (my color of the month!), and some shards I made with dark silver plum and silvered ivory, and some Double Helix Gaia glass. It reminded me of a nebula, with new stars bursting to life on both sides of the bead.

M16 Eagle Nebula Side 1

M16 Eagle Nebula Side 2

Watch this brief video clip of the M16 Nebula on a Starry Night (only 14 seconds), and see what you think.

I found the coolest jewelry artist on Etsy - Cyndie Smith Designs, and check out this fabulous leaf cuff.

I love the scrunched copper combined with the silver leaves. Better check it out before I buy it!

All for now, and don't forget to check my Etsy store tomorrow for more beads.

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