Monday, December 08, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
How much more convenient can it get?
So what am I doing this week now that the big event is over? Getting ready for First Friday at Salon Fin.
Here are the details:
First Friday Gallery at Salon Fin
Date: Friday, December 5th
Time: 4-8 PM
Location: Corner of Frederick and Mary Street in Downtown Lancaster PA
And what else? - Old friend and artist Rich Johnson will be displaying his artwork as well. How fun is that? Guaranteed to be a good time. Come, enjoy the party.
My work will be on continuous display throughout the month so if you need a last minute present, that's where all the jewelry will be. Hope to see you there!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Remember, if you can't make it to the open house - you can always call and set an appointment for another time. The display will be up until around December 5th. Then it comes down so I can transport it to Salon Fin for a First Friday gallery opening. More details later.
Smile - it snowed today - always puts me in a good mood!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I'm always amazed when I get all my jewelry out how much I have really made. I will be concentrating more on the art pieces for a while this winter, which is what I really like to do every winter. Here's a really quick peek at what I have in store for this weekend. As a special to my blog readers, get an extra 10% savings on all non-woven pieces if you leave me a comment on this blog. When you come to the open house, mention it - I'll check and if you have the the comment I'll take 10% off your purchase. If you have the postcard too, that's worth another 10% off. If you bring a friend you can either have the extra 10 for the comment or the extra 5 for the friend but not both. I'd take the extra 10. Is that too confusing? The discount is good on any non-woven piece - even the wire worked pieces!
I don't know why but I always have trouble lining up these photographs, trying to do this quick and . . . does anyone else have this problem?
Don't forget to leave your comment below!
Monday, November 17, 2008
My annual shindig inviting you into my home and studio for some un-hurried shopping for yourself or your family/friends featuring my funky fine art beaded and wire wrapped jewelry. Hours:
Friday November 21 4-8 PM
Saturday November 22 and Sunday November 23 12-5 PM
Directions: Rt 23 East from Lancaster into Leola, Turn left onto Holly drive, just past Dunkin Donuts on the right and the Meadowbrook Shopping Center/Royers/Conestoga Valley Community Center on the left. Right on Ridge View and Look for my signs. Call if you need help: 717-371-3726.
Just a reminder - hope to see you there!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thanks to my recent reorganization of my life, and implementing some cleaning routines, I am relaxed and on top of things as I plan for my open house. The house is getting cleaner day by day. As those of you who know me, know, my house barely qualified as clean. It was cluttered and it was dusty. There were no bugs inhabiting the corners, but it wasn't real pretty. Now, if you ignore the boxes packed and ready to go to goodwill which WILL be gone this weekend, things are coming together. I have flylady.net to thank. My life is much less stressfull as I prepare to welcome people into my home. If the weather clears, I hope to have a penguin to greet you at the door to the studio. I do not work for flylady, just a satisfied participant. We creative types sometimes have difficulty managing our homes as we get "sidetracked" rather easily. Example: I needed to go to the bathroom (simple enough right) so I stop to get the bucket of dirty water from my office so I can dump it down the toilet, notice that I didn't finish cleaning the floor, so I finish vacuuming, then washing floor with swiffer sweeper, notice the sliding glass doors need a polish so I do that, now I really have to go - start off for the bathroom, remember the bucket and go back for it . . . sound like you? Cluttered house? Overwhelmed by taking care of your home to the point you don't know where to start so you do nothing? Welcome to my world for the past 18 years. Never realized the power of routines. Never realized that the born organizeds of the world used them, just thought they were "lucky" or "smarter" than me or that they had no lives.
I will be visiting Pam tomorrow at our group show in Mt. Joy, she has some really great crafters participating. I got a sneak preview!
Hope everyone is doing well, this weather can't last forever right? I need some sunshine.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Starting with next weekend:
Christmas Handcraft Open House
Hostess: Pam Barto - Olde World Collectibles
Address: 215 Birchland Ave. Mount Joy PA
Hours are Friday November 14th from 11AM - 7PM
and Saturday November 15th from 10 AM - 5 PM
Directions from Lancaster: 30 west to Mt Joy Exit/Rt 230 toward Mt Joy. Right on Orchard Rd at Weis Markets, 1 block to right on Birchland
Pam hand picks the crafters she invites to display at her house every year. Everything there is guaranteed hand made and there will be a variety of crafts - Pottery, iron work, jewelry and of course Pam's delightful hand sculptured fabric Santas. As a former and future doll maker, I can attest to Pam's creativity and skill in this area. Her Santas are something to see if you go for no other reason.
W Jewelry Studio Open House
My annual shindig inviting you into my home and studio for some un-hurried shopping for yourself or your family/friends featuring my funky fine art beaded and wire wrapped jewelry.
Hours: Friday November 21 4-8 PM
Saturday November 22 and Sunday November 23 12-5 PM
Directions: Rt 23 East from Lancaster into Leola, Turn left onto Holly drive, just past Dunkin Donuts and the Meadowbrook Shopping Center/Royers/Conestoga Valley Community Center on the left. Right on Ridge View and Look for my signs. Call if you need help: 717-371-3726.
Can't make those dates? Call me for an appointment. My display will be up for the week before and the week after - after that you can shop my jewelry at . . .
In December my work will be available at Salon Fin on the corner of Frederick and Mary. There may be a First Friday event involved - will post more on that as the date approaches.
Address: 602 N Mary St, Lancaster PA
Thanks again for checking in - hope you see everyone at one of these events.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Artisan Fall Festival
Unitarian Society of Germantown
6511 Lincoln Drive
Saturday November 1 10-4
Sunday November 2 12-4
It's a truly lovely show with remarkable artisans including myself with jewelry, my dad with wood carvings and turnings and our friend Millie who makes gorgeous pottery. We have our own little party every year in the downstairs room with the food. Please stop by if you can. Support hand made arts!!
In other news, my credit card program is up and working, my internet continues to be fast, and my son is going to be Ironman for halloween. I have continued working with flylady.net to get my house in order, the big project this week was cleaning out the "storage" closet in my daughter's room that has our extra quilts and blankets. I also got new curtains for the bathroom and our bedroom and put the nice quilt on our bed with the fancy pillow shams. Everything matches. And today, my boss at my home care job gave us really nice throws to celebrate National PT month. Yay for all the physical therapists who work so hard out there! We have a great group of very dedicated clinicians.
Don't forget, last day to sign up to win the free bracelets, just leave a comment on the October 3rd post. I will post the winner next week.
I also just joined "Twitter" so follow me at www.twitter.com/meleenia - as soon as i figure out how, I will post my twitter link to the right.
Coming up my open house - November 21-23, I'm busy getting ready for that, will begin baking next week, lots of tasty treats planned this year, I've been collecting recipes.
That's it for now, have a wonderful spooky safe halloween!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Close up of the pendant to the left, pendant and earrings to the right. So pretty, as was my daughter at homecoming (If I do say so myself). The pendant is made from the design in a recent Step by step wire magazine. The necklace itself is my own design, alternating S links with links of orbital chain mail.
Friday, October 17, 2008
I have finished (nearly) my daughter's jewelry for homecoming and will have pictures tomorrow to post sometime next week. They grow up so fast. Just this week we ordered her school ring.
Don't forget to sign up on the October 3rd post to win one of my fabulous bracelets, not only are they pretty, but they conform to and feel so good on your wrist.
That's it for now. I'm off to post some more of my jewelry for sale!!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Update on colors and syles from
Fire Mountain Style Report from the MAGIC Marketplace and Accessories: The Show
From the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Style Team
Lack of Uniformity -- less structure in jewelry designs and clothing as a sense of free-spirit abounds. Flowing fabrics, less-fitted clothing styles, mismatched materials and layers and layers of jewelry.
Importance of a Cause -- the upcoming election, combined with increased global and social awareness, brings many different causes to the forefront. Whether it is clearly spelled out or not, most jewelry and clothing designs have a message behind them.
Hollywood Hype -- the power of celebrity endorsements is bigger than ever as Hollywood continues to set the style scene. The ''as seen on/in'' seems to be one of the most powerful advertising statements.
Alternative Materials -- with a shift away from precious metals, designers are using bright colors and an increased scale to create over-the-top looks in a more economical way.
White is emerging as a neutral color trend and is truly becoming a seasonless color, working well throughout the entire year. Crisp, clean shades of white are seen as chic, cool and classy.
Rich jewel tones such as Imperial Plum, Fandango, and Midnight Sapphire represent luxury and elegance.
Earth tones including Sandy Taupe, Lavender Grey, Champagne and Palomino create the less edgy mood of the season.
Muted pastels such as Fall Rose, Fire Fly and Maize offer a feminine-inspired softness.
To read the whole report in living color click below!
Don't forget to enter the contest for October and win yourself a bracelet!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thanks for checking in, and don't forget to enter for the blog candy!
This month, flylady is having us attack our paperwork. Check into flylady.net if clutter is overtaking your house, she has really helped me.
Friday, October 03, 2008
But that's not why you're tuning in today, you want to know who won the earrings. Well, 8 people signed up and I went to http://www.random.org/ to generate a number from 1-8 for the winner. The winner was number 1 - Terri Durden. So - Terri - you will be receiving the earrings posted for the September blog candy!!
Now on to October. What can you win in October? I offer up your pick of one of my cuff bracelets. These are stitched in two drop peyote and since the drawing will be on October 31, I thought the colors were appropriate. Your choice is between an "ALIEN" green bracelet embellished in green, teal and blue, and a lavender bracelet embellished in purple and topaz. All you have to do is leave an entry on this post with which bracelet you like and your e-mail address so I can let you know you've won. The bracelet will be sent to you if your number is picked and I will send you the bracelet you picked postage paid by me.
So here are your picks - which one do you choose?
Tonight you can find me at the DREAMS event featuring entertainment and fashion at The Bird's Nest 10 S. Prince Street from 6-9PM. It is First Friday downtown, there's lots going on and this event is going to feature music, fashion and a little bit of everything for everyone.
I am also participating in a group open house in Mount Joy on November 14th and 15th. Hostess is Pam Barto of Olde World Collectibles. She makes the most amazing soft sculpture Santas. As a former soft sculpture and doll artist (something I hope to pursue again some day) I can attest to her creative and fine stitchery. Each Santa is a work of art. Her address is 215 Birchland Ave and the Hours are Friday 11-7 and Saturday 10-5. Stop by, I plan to do some Christmas shopping there for sure. Fifteen of us are exhibiting at her house and everything is guaranteed hand made as she knows each and every one of us exhibiting.
As the holidays approach, if you've been putting off ordering some special piece of jewelry, order it now. Things get tight as the holidays approach as they do in all our lives and I'd hate for anyone to be disappointed. I welcome your custom orders, making something especially for that special outfit for all those events we have coming up, holiday parties, work functions, homecoming dances and even New Year's Eve.
So long for now, and will be in touch next week!!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I really like this set up, easier to set up, a cinch to break down (did I mention rain?) and I really think it showcases my work. Let me know if you have any comments, what things you like to see at shows, what kinds of booths attract you and so on. Thanks for looking!!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Below you can see what I'm working on now - a new fringe necklace called "Gifts from the Sea." It's all done in blues and whites with pearls and Swarovski in blues and crystals for accents. I'm lovin' it. Really pretty. In this picture I have about 2/3 of one more row of embellishment to do and should finish it by next Saturday for the Landis Woods art show. Anyone wanting to see what a finished "branched fringe" necklace looks like can check my web site. This is the third one I've made and if you've never seen one in person, it's because once I finish one, it doesn't stay on the display too long - 1-2 shows and someone snaps them up.
Booth display photos - I am working on a new booth display and it is evolving, let me know what you think . . . which booth would you be most tempted to stop into?
Flylady update. I'm still cleaning out the house. Filled up the van last night for goodwill and we have another van load ready to go. Man, we have a lot of stuff we don't need! And that's just this week, less than 15 minutes a day. Other things I have done this week - cleaned the counter and sink in bathroom, cleaned out the kids and my sock drawers, washed the floor in the kitchen, washed the bottom and back of the toilet, cleaned the stove, and began cleaning out the "craft closet." The work is starting to show. It's so much easier having someone give me an assignment every day. This I can deal with. The house is still a mess, but it's better than it was before. And my favorite flylady saying - a chore done wrong still blesses your home. Wow, you mean it doesn't have to be perfect??? Ths kids are pitching in and learning how to keep things clean. My older one is fussing about it, truth be told, she's very neat - but has too much stuff and won't let go of any of it. My younger one is jumping right in, would rather give away stuff than have to put it away. Go figure.
Have a good weekend everyone!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
September is my busiest month. Which I actually consider starting yesterday. I was at Roots in Lancaster for their annual craft show. It was very hot, sticky, humid but I had a great time as I got to see lots of my friends and customers that I hadn't seen in a long time.
On September 13th I'll be in Hummelstown at the Arts festival. Lovely show, really cool town if you can make it. Show hours are 9:30 AM till 5 PM.
On September 27th I'll be in Lancaster at the Landis Woods Outdoor Art Show in Neffsville. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM. This is one of my favorite shows to do each year. The park setting is fabulous and the art is amazing. This is a not to miss event.
I'll have a rest after that till November, but I will be busy making jewelry, seeking out venues and cleaning my studio. After all, the open house will happen in November and it's the one time a year you can guarantee the studio is clean. If you stop by any other time, well, you're on your own. I'm not a great housekeeper. Who has the time?
My best to all of you!!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
I'm in space number 18 so look for me!
The show runs from 9 AM to 5 PM in the park right in the middle of Elizabethtown, it's free and there will be food available for sale there. It's a lovely park with ample parking across the street.
Thanks so much for all your support.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Although Frida bared all in her paintings, one is left with the feeling that she would only allow you to see those parts of her she wishes you to see. There are parts of her kept hidden. She will bare her breasts but never let you see the wasting of her right leg and foot. She allows you to see her innermost secrets, struggles in her relationships, and physical pain but still reserves the deepest part of her. Her sexuality is put on display because that is not what makes her vulnerable. She paints herself crying, unibrowed and mustachioed, but that is not what makes her vulnerable. What makes her most vulnerable is that which is beyond her control. Never once is a visual image of her legs revealed. Always directing attention upward, her hair ornately braided and coiffed. Ears and neck adorned in jewelry. Hands dressed in rings on every finger. Breasts bared, nipples erect but our Frida only rarely depicted from the waist down, shrouded in layers of skirts, pants or a shroud of white. A limp out of view from prying eyes.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Earrings Earrings Earrings Wednesday June 25 6-8 PM. Learn to make at least four different designs, learn crimping, working with silver and gold filled square wire, silver plated beading wire, and wire wrapped loops. All the techniques to make anything you want.
Pearl Bracelet with Vintage Button Closure Wednesday July 30 6-8 PM. Learn how to make a triple bracelet with a button closure. Learn crimping and stringing with beading wire. Simple design, elegant effect.
Two drop Peyote Cuff Saturday August 2 9-12. Learn the two drop peyote stitch and how to embellish after creating the cuff bracelet. Use a button or traditional clasp for the bracelet, your choice!!
I have just been in love with wire lately and was trying to design something inspired by the Frida Kahlo Exhibit in Philadelphia at the Art Museum that I will be attending this Friday. I am a big big big Frida groupie. Wierd, I know, check out her art though. It is so raw, so real, so inspiring in color and content for me. So, I needed new jewelry. Here are some earrings and a necklace I made. The earrings are so big that I really can't wear them with the necklace so I'm making new earrings that will be a little smaller so that I can wear them together.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Classes begin in April, the first Saturday of each month at the Lancaster County Art Association, April May and June. Check their web site for details - www.lcaaonline.org
So check in with www.capitalwjewelry.com for the new jewelry, and the new classes - and I hope to see you soon!