Wednesday, August 31, 2011

So what do you think? all honesty I truly want to know what you think of this bracelet,
and no fluff either.

I have lots of old mother of pearl buckles and I never quite know what to do with them, this piece just kind of evolved one day. It has been sitting on my photography table for about a week as I am still trying to decide what I think.

So, since we have this great blog platform I figured I would ask you .

This piece is a combination of styles, vintage, modern, eclectic....It actually is so comfortable to wear and very lightweight.

so, sock it to me, I will still like worries.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hatch Show Print

We are taking a little field trip today to Hatch Show Print on Broadway in Downtown Nashville Tennessee. It is one of the oldest american poster shops where they still make letterpress and block printed posters by hand.
I have been wanting to stop in and purchase a poster to have framed, so today's the day and you get to tag
These posters have a turn of the century irresistible appeal.  Hatch posters were first used to promote vaudeville, circus, and minstrel shows across the country.

 There's a reason why music lovers, Americana buffs, graphic arts collectors and designers, and commercial advertisers of all persuasions continue to turn to Hatch for inspiration.

This is the poster I purchased. It Captures the singing spirit of Music City USA, this three-color Hatch Show Print poster takes historic Hatch elements and updates them stylishly. The end result—a dynamic artistic approach to the essence of Nashville, Tennessee.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Miss Sarah and a little soup

I had made this resin pendant a while ago and had offered it for sale strung on a sterling ball chain, but it did not sell and it felt "plain" to me. The image is on parchment and I set it in a sterling bezel. Well today, I cliped the ring on the top and filed it smooth and I then set it in a vintage brass setting and mounted it to an etched copper, what a difference!

It gave the piece some age and looks like it has a story to tell. I added more antique elements and some gorgeous Czech glass beads. A sweet gold washed lingerie pin is the closure.
You can find Miss Sarah in my Etsy shop.

I have been souped! Yay, my little package from Karen arrived the other day and I was so excited to rip into it! Check out the little purse that was holding all my goodies, how cute is that?!
Karen made me some beautiful lampwork beads and some silver charms, she added some Swarovski beads and some hill tribe spacers. I can't wait to get started!

I hope everyone had a good weekend and all you New Englanders survived Irene in good shape.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Talk Much

Sit much
This saying has been with me for well over 30 years. My mother-in-law had a painted sign that said those very words and I always love it. I have painted that saying on chairs and have used it in other graphic designs. Today I used it in a piece of jewelry.
Etched and stamped metal along with a vintage watch gear mounted on an old charm, all strung on a great vintage brass chain.

I am still having issues with blogger, I suppose I thought it was temporary and it would all be back to normal within a day or so....wishful thinking on my part. I am an impatient person when it comes to technology, I want it fast and I want it now. Looking back at the telephone in the pendant, do you realize our kids don't even know what that is? I had purchased an antique phone a while back and had it home, my son Nick was amazed by it and asked how it worked? It dawned on me that the rotary dial is not even in their vocabulary! Talk about technology and speed!

Thinking of all you Carolina folks as you retreat from the up-coming storm. Be safe!

Monday, August 22, 2011

30 Years!!

I can't believe it....time goes by so I am not celebrating my 30th birthday (oh Lordy how I wish I was!!!) I am celebrating my 30th wedding anniversary to the man of my dreams! We have been blessed with a wonderful life filled with love, fun and so much laughter.  He makes me laugh everyday!

I had hoped to have a giveaway starting yesterday but I have been having some serious blogger issues so I am postponing it. I am not even sure if this post will post correctly. I use Moxilla Firefox as my browser and whenever I try to go to my Dashboard it shuts me off and does not work. So I am on Internet Explorer, although there are still some issues with things not showing up and my words getting all moved around.

Well I am off to spend the day with my darling husband. I hope ya'll have a great day too!

Friday, August 19, 2011

A few more Rosary inspired pieces

 I have two more rosary necklaces to share with you...One of my favorite things to create are religious pieces. I love vintage and antique rosaries for their beauty, patina and the feeling they have. Those of you who also work with these know what I am saying. I am not an overly religious person but I do find these pieces humbling and comforting. The medals and crosses are time worn with history and a past,they fit my designs beautifully.

 You can find this piece in my Etsy shop.

Thanks for stopping by. The weekend is upon us and I hope ya'll have great plans! Stay tuned, I am planning a great giveaway for Sunday!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Believer

 My intentions for today was to post and show you three necklaces I created from old rosaries....but I ran out of time, so I will only show you one piece and save the others for another day.

I found these beautiful glass rosary beads at the Nashville Flea Market last month, they have the image of Mary embedded in each bead, in addition I thought the color was great as it is not common at all.
I created the pendant from a fabric scapular and preserved it in resin. I was very happy with the outcome, my first time doing this technique to fabric. Tiny turquoise beads along with some very old filigree compliment the rosary beads nicely. It is a super lightweight necklace to wear. You can find The Believer  in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I'm Feelin Horsey

Perhaps it is after that nice country ride out to Leiper's Fork and seeing all of the gorgeous horse farms....naaaahhh, I always feel like this. I LOVE horses! My love developed late in life, 4 years ago to be exact. I am fortunate there are horses all around where I live, I can go out on my deck and hear all of the nickering from a neighboring farm. It is a longing I have deep within to own a horse. So for now I will share with you some horse themed necklaces I created in the past few days.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Leiper's Fork

It has been a busy week and I just realized that I have not blogged since Tuesday. Where has all the time gone? It has been a week of repairs, a dental visit, work at the antique shop and some jewelry making squeezed in. Yesterday the DH and I took a ride to Leiper's Fork. We have lived in Tennessee for 5 years and this was our first visit. It is not terribly far, over an hour at most and so well worth the country ride. Rolling hills, and tons of horse farms along with beautiful estates. Leiper's Fork is the home of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, as well as the Judd's, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. The town in so charming and reminds me of one of our favorite towns in Vermont.

We passed this sign yesterday and laughed so hard...
Learn to play riding experience necessary! For real? Seriously?? 

I hope everyone has had a great weekend. It seems the temperatures are starting to cool a bit. It is funny when 89 feels cool. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My favorite!

I had a million things I should have been doing this morning before an appointment with the dentist, but I HAD to make this bracelet. I had it all lined up to make last night but was too tired to get up off the couch. So before I left the house I finished it and it made my morning...this piece just delighted me! I love the way it came out...the only thing I wish is that I had more of the vintage butterflies.

Good news, I am happy the way the bracelet came out...bad news I had to have a root canal. Ouch! Not planned at all, but done. At least I did not have to stress about it...only my wallet does now.

You can find this piece in my Flapyourwings Etsy shop.