Monday, December 08, 2008

Pneumonia??? Give me a break

So, here I am, after having spent a week in the hospital with pneumonia. I had been so proud of how I have reorganized my life, made more time for relaxation, and generally found my balance and WHACK I get hit with pneumonia. I was in the ICU for pete's sake. Geeze, what a lightweight I keep thinking to myself. But this just goes to show you, pneumonia can attact no matter your health or fitness level. I was not run down, I eat well, I'm active and yet, I got sick. This post is a warning, wash your hands, use hand sanitizer and stay healthy. I have to say, I received great care in the hospital, had wonderful nurses and doctors and am recovering quickly. So this week, as soon as I start feeling better, I've got jewelry to work on. I missed my big gallery first friday opening which is really disappointing, but hey, life happens. Take care everyone out there.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Missed the open house?

Hey - no problem. The display is up and will remain up until at least December 3rd. Just call and make an appointment - 717-371-3726. Free and ample parking and guaranteed no lines. Can't make it? Shop from home at my shophandmade store or click on the logo to the right!
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

New Bracelets

Just realized that the picture of my new bracelets did not make it to my last post. Well, here they are, let me know what you think. I especially like the copper ones.

Open House starts tonight

Hey everyone, getting ready for my open house here. Actually, I'm already ready. I'm just waiting for my guests. So come on over 4-8PM tonight, 12-5PM tomorrow and Sunday. Details below and I'm looking forward to seeing you!
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

Countdown on!

Two days left till my open house, jewelry is set up already though, so if you'd like to stop by early, feel free. Just call first to make sure I'm here.

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

Open House This Friday-Sunday

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 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!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Baking Cookies and Treats

Yes, that is how I spent my day, besides cleaning and getting ready for next weekend's Open House! See the details in my last blog post. For those of you who come for the goodies, I made some really tasty pecan bits, chai cookies, kourabiethes and will make an apple-ginger cake next week closer to d-day. Also, the Winter Berry wine is out again and will be serving Friday evening for the Wine and Cheese portion of the event. Everyone is welcome.

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 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

Friday November 7, 2008

Time for my Friday post. Last weekend had a lovely time in Philadelphia, and now I'm back in Lancaster working on new jewelry projects and my final events of the year.
Starting with next weekend:

Christmas Handcraft Open House
Hostess: Pam Barto - Olde World Collectibles
Address: 215 Birchland Ave. Mount Joy PA
Phone: 717-653-1525
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 . . .

Salon Fin

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
Phone: 717-396-3891

Thanks again for checking in - hope you see everyone at one of these events.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday Blog - Oct 31

Today is my favorite holiday of the year but I won't get to celebrate in my traditional way. First, I haven't decorated the house this year, and the neighborhood kiddies are sure to be disappointed, but I am going to be setting up tonight for a show in Philadelphia and won't be home to run the fog machine. That's right, I'm so halloween crazy that I have my own fog machine. So, if you are going to be in the Philadelphia area this weekend, here are the stats:

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 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 - 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

I Have Joined the 21st Century

I now have broadband. It's very exciting after being on dial-up forever. Things load instantly, but many of you know this already. So I'll get to business. First, my daughter's jewelry for homecoming, lovely victorian design featuring swarovski and vintage window beads in deep red.

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.
So what else is new? My next show is next weekend in Philadelphia at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive. Saturday November 1, 10-4 and Sunday November 2, 12-4. A very nice show featuring some wonderful artisans from Philly and the surrounding areas.
In December my work will be featured at Salon Fin in Lancaster at Frederick and Mary Streets. We are working on doing a First Friday event, but I have not received confirmation of this as of this time.
Lastly for today - don't forget to sign up to win a free bracelet on the October 3rd post. You only have a week to post. Winner will be announced November 7th, when the next contest will begin.

Friday, October 17, 2008

W Jewelry Online Shop Now Open

My friends at Addicted to Rubber Stamps now offer a forum for people to sell their handmade arts and crafts at little to no cost. I have listed my jewelry with them at Check out the store! You can browse the jewelry offered, some offered in multiple colors and pay conveniently with paypal. I tried to keep postage low but everything will be sent delivery confirmation and with insurance.

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

A quick update on what you may be seeing next season. I for one am always influenced by Hollywood, what I see in the shows and movies that I watch. I have been known to sketch crazily after seeing someone on a show wearing something that inspires me. Past inspirations include, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Videos on CMT, Bones (Bones always wears the coolest necklaces), and most recently the costumes of House of Flying Daggers.

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

Overall Trends

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

The Work at Home Woes

I spent the whole morning, well, almost, devoted to fixing my credit card processing program, AGAIN. Seems li'l ol me on dial up is just not feasible anymore. So, now I'm looking for high speed hook up, wireless or something. Headaches. On the jewelry front, this problem did not give me much time to work on anything new, but I am researching some ideas for my daughter's homecoming attire. She actually asked me this year to make her something. I will be hard at work on that the next two weeks and will post the results.
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 if clutter is overtaking your house, she has really helped me.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Friday, October 3rd

Wow, so proud of myself. This is really working nicely. I've posted consistently for several weeks, progressed toward trying some different outlets for jewelry, and managed to make something new. I've even continued "flying" and getting my house and office and in effect or maybe as a consequence - my life is more organized and less anxiety ridden.

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 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

New Booth Set up!!

Okay, got to try out my new booth set up today, and I think it looked really nice. Let me know opinions. And don't forget, only 3 more days to sign up for the monthly blog candy by making comments on this blog by September 30th!!

One of the new things in my booth are plexiglass shelves, held up by glass block. I bought 7 glass blocks, on sale at Home Depot for 2$ each, they were on clearance, weird shape but it worked for me. I bought a big piece of plexiglas, and they don't cut it. Tried to do it myself, but it didn't go well. Note to self - it's not as easy to cut plexiglas as the guy made it out to be. I took it to the local hardware store and they cut it. Note to self - buy it at home depot - it's cheaper, but pay them to cut it at the local hardware store.

Also, used little bowls with nifty electric tealight in it covered with rocks. Looked really cute. Also put tealights behind glass block, really really cute. All in all, had a lot of positive comments on the set up and great sales as well until it started pouring rain. Oh well.

In the center I have a picture frame to protect some of my more valuable items and really show them off. Special items I'm either really proud of or took a lot of time or made of precious metals.

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 26

Tomorrow, I will be out, in the rain all day at Landis Woods in Neffsville. Landis Woods is a lovely little park off 501 and Landis Valley Road. Stop by and see me. And bring chai from Wawa. Lots and lots of hot chai. Dress warm, bring an umbrella and wear sturdy shoes. I'm guessing the ground will be soft. This is a great show, lots of fantastic art and it's a shame that the weather will be less than cooperative.

On a brighter note - - - TADA - - -Finished the previously mentioned fringe necklace which I have so named "Gift from the Sea." Gosh it's beautiful (if I do say so myself.) I love when I finish one of these. If you want to see it in its lovely entirety, please check out my new shop at Purchase information is there as well.

I'm just testing the new shop, but the really nice thing, well lots of nice things, is that there's no listing fee, you can donate proceeds to the rain forest, and it's underwritten by One of my favorite rubber stamp sites. I've gotten some really great supplies from them as well.

I will still be updating my web site, and am investigating different options for photographing my work. Luckily I have some guidance from my sister the photographer, and I some background on my end as well. Here's a closeup of my new necklace, enjoy your weekend.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday Post

Well, it's Friday again. We have, as of this writing, 7 entries for the earrings. That's pretty good odds. I wish you all well and thanks for posting. Contest ends September 30th and anyone can enter up to then. I've added a couple of things to my blog, tweaking and changing it around. If I missed putting anything up that I had before, please let me know. It was kinda wonky trying to get it all back together.

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

Friday News and Blog Candy

This is my first Friday update. The plan is that each Friday I will be updating my blog - barring weeks that I'm off Monday and have to work my other J.O.B. on Friday. Even then, I plan on at least planning the update into my day.

Heres the real news - Blog Candy is coming. What is blog candy you ask? Will it make me fat? Inquiring minds want to know!! Blog candy is a free giveaway on a blog. ON some blogs it may indeed be fattening, but on mine, the giveaway will be jewelry, and since my jewelry sometimes has sharp pointy bits, I don't recommend eating it. Now I know that many of my dedicated followers are not computer savvy, but here's your chance to find out what blogging is all about, get updates on W Jewelry Designs, and say Hi and let me know you are out there.

I will begin posting my blog candy today with these earrings pictured above. A fun, fall frolic-y kinda earring with vintage tulip, czech glass and pearl beads that swing from a sterling french hoop ear wire.

How do I get these earrings? Post a comment to my blog below this entry with your e-mail so I can contact you if you win. Tell me what you like on my blog, what you want to know more about, what colors you are looking for in jewelry, what you think of the fact that I own ferrets, cats and a rat, how you know me or what you had for breakfast. Or just say hi!! It's easy. On September 30th, I will take all the names and pick a winner using a randomizing program. So, e-mail all your friends and family and tell them about blog candy!! I am planning on offering a prize a month. Also, if you're local to the Lancaster, Pennsylvania locale, take a minute to e-mail me your home address and I'll put you on my mailing list to receive an invitation to my open house in November. Ths invitations are cute and give you a discount on your purchase during the open house.

Tomorrow, Saturday, I will be in Hummelstown at their annual Arts Festival 9:30 AM until 5 PM. This is a lovely show along the main street in Hummelstown. Can't find me at the festival? Call my cell 717-371-3726, I'll have it on all day and I'll guide you to me.
I'd also like to share a link that is helping to get my house clean.
I am not a BO (born organized) person. Those of you who have been to my house can attest to this, but this web site is helping me to de-clutter, clean and organize my house. I am only on day 4, taking baby steps toward this, but already I have a spotless sink - no really, it's spotless!! The kitchen counter on 3 ft either side is CLEAN and today I polished the stovetop and vacuumed the floor. I still have lots to go, but by taking these baby steps I think I can do this and finally have the home I've dreamed of, still leaving lots of time, more time even for my creative mind to play. Best of all, it's free. It's like instant blog candy for the soul!! I'm telling you, if you're like me - and I know I'm not the only creative - unorganized - house always needs to be cleaned - stressed out person - this web site will change your life, your home, your family!
Best to all of you,

Sunday, August 31, 2008

What's New

Okay folks. Time for me to get serious here. The jewelry thing has been a lot of fun, but now it's time for me to knuckle down, promote, create and overhaul. What this entails is more office time for me. I will be following up on alternative ways to promote my art over the next 6 months. Internet, salons, shows, exhibits, galleries - anyway I can get out there. This includes completely redoing my web site, pictures of new jewelry, and hopefully some fun stuff too. So watch this space. My goal is a weekly update of where I am, where I'm going and how I'm getting there.

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

Queen Street Block Party

I will be exhibiting at the Queen Street Block Party in downtown Lancaster, PA on Sunday June 1st 11-5pm. The block party is on the 3oo block of North Queen Street. Not sure exactly where I will be on the block, but it was lots of fun last year despite a slight drizzle and I expect the weather will be much better this year. Stop by and say hi!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Elizabethtown Arts in the Park

Come see me tomorrow, May 10th in Elizabethtown Pennsylvania at their annual Arts in the Park celebration. Consistently this show has high caliber crafters and artists as well as cool stuff for the kids. Last year a local alpaca farmer was there with the alpacas as well as the cool wool sweaters and goods made from their fur. This was one of the highlights for me as i got some pretty cool pictures.
I have some great new jewelry designs, lots of viking knit bracelets in cool colors and some for you men as well. I know you guys are always asking me for jewelry so I made a couple of the bracelets with you in mind. I also have a lot of silver wrapped and forged work for you to oogle. Let me know what you think of the direction I'm taking with my work.

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

Christ is Risen

Just wanted to wish all my family and Eastern Orthodox friends a happy Easter! Christ is Risen!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Frida Kahlo from the eyes of a Jewelry Artist, Physical Therapist and Rheumatoid

My thoughts after viewing the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Philadelphia Art Museum today:

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.
My answer to why she painted herself with such a prominent unibrow and mustache in some paintings has nothing to do with wanting to appear masculine. It is the simplest of feminine afflictions. It has to do with what all women see in the mirror each day. Our flaws magnified when we are sad, have pain or just feel run down. On good days we are Goddesses, on bad days, merely mortal and sometimes both in the same moment. Perhaps this is the real story of Frida’s work. Her subconscious view of herself on the day she painted, ugly or beautiful and an acceptance of herself. How what she saw in the mirror revealed her mood and level of self confidence on that day, and that day only. In all of us it waxes and wanes day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute. And so, we find Frida. She is real and makes no apologies. Some days she overcomes the pain, some days she is "ugly" with it. Exaggerating her physical attributes as a barometer of her inner demons.
Frida in her paintings becomes every woman, not afraid to experiment, not afraid to reveal her feelings, not afraid to criticize, not afraid to try different things and new mediums. But she still keeps some things to herself.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

More new jewelry and Class announcements

More new classes being offered through the Lancaster County Art Association for Summer!! Check them out at The new classes may not have been added yet, but they will be soon. Their webmaster, Ginny is really FAST! Well, besides the fact that I was the last teacher scheduled. Thank goodness I'd been thinking of this and planning for my next classes. I will be doing an extended workshop in the fall. I'm still mulling over ideas and getting my act together on that one.

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!!

New jewelry

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

My Babies

Okay, totally self indulgent here - I just wanted to share a couple of pictures of my new kitty Nyssa and my ferret Kyra. First Nyssa, she's a rescue from Castaway Critters, she couldn't have been more than 12 weeks when I got her, she was so tiny, but she's sure growing now. She's definitely a maine coon mix, more maine coon than mix I believe.

now, here's Kyra, our ferret who never stands still but managed to pose for me just this once. Thanks so much for indulging me.

Monday, April 07, 2008

More New Work

A fairly new collar to my collection that I have not yet posted. Bead embroidery on Lacy's stiff stuff,then backed on leather. Herringbone neck in varying bead sizes to give it that gentle curve, toggle beaded clasp.

Latest Work

Can't stop playing with wire lately. Learned Viking knit this weekend at Wire Fest in Phila. I'm addicted. NEED MORE WIRE!! Want MORE COLORS!! Should have stocked up at parawire. Will have to order off the internet now.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Web site updated

okey dokey folks - i have finally gotten the web site updated for 2008, not that things won't change but tis done for now.
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 -
So check in with for the new jewelry, and the new classes - and I hope to see you soon!

Monday, January 28, 2008