Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween!

my oldest daughter running in her grandparent's yard
She wanted to be a bat. And made her own costume, too!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"After" - the booth set up

An old theater makes a great backdrop
As promised, here's how the my space at the Proctors Northeast Fine Craft Festival looked after setup! The before is here.

I have a fabric skirt for the jewelry case on the right, but left it off to keep an open look. My favorite part of this space, (which doesn't photograph so well!), was the old beat-up black-painted concrete wall in the back of the booth. This wall was so high, raw, textured and theatrical.

I had a great time at the show and among the lovely folks I met were local bloggers Crafty Cat and Crafty Girl. I'll have an interview on their site soon!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Making Earwires

pile o' silver

This pile of wires will become earwires. I've already balled the ends with a torch and am getting ready to curve and polish them. Yea, I could buy earwires ready-made, but that wouldn't be handcrafted now, would it?

Friday, October 22, 2010

A booth "before" and a Proctors Festival sneak peek...

work in progress...

I was at Proctors today setting up my booth for the Proctors Northeast Fine Craft Festival and wanted to show you a "before" shot. (I'll finish up tomorrow before the show starts and take the "after" shot!)

I love to watch the show floor transform from a barren bunch of marked off spaces to a beautiful collection of colorful artist's booths. It feels like the circus is coming to town!

You never know exactly how you'll set up your booth until you get a look at the space. I took an 8 x 10 booth for this show and I was surprised when I got there this morning that it was 8 feet wide, not deep! So I have to be a bit creative. (And I love that industrial black wall backdrop!)

Here's a sneak peek of some work I'll be bringing to the show:
sterling silver Meredith necklace with freshwater pearls and miniature original photograph - in progress
I finished this necklace for the show. I am really into plum shades lately!
Some other artists you'll see at the show! Look at the detail in this intricate handwoven scarf by Frittelli&Lockwood - Their amazing studio is in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. I saw Richard Lockwood setting up on the lower level earlier. Beautiful work!

I adore the jewelry of Carly Wright. Luminous enamels!

A full list of the exhibiting artists is here. I'm looking forward to finishing up my booth and enjoying the show!,,

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Craft Festival at Proctor's this weekend!

I'll have a booth with my jewelry at the Proctors Northeast Fine Craft Festival this weekend, October 23 & 24, 2010 at Proctors in Schenectady, NY. I'm so excited to be exhibiting at this show because Jackie Davis, who used to help run the amazing Schenectady Museum Show (that is so missed!) is behind the scenes on this show with her friend Judy Decker. This is the Proctors Northeast Fine Craft Festival's second year and it is a real winner. The artists are all top-notch and talented and Proctors Theatre is a beautiful setting.

Originally built as a vaudeville house, Proctors has seen its stage graced by such legendary performers as comedians Red Skelton, George Burns and Gracie Allen, magicians Harry Blackstone Sr. & Jr., and bandleaders Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Glenn Miller. (Singer Mariah Carey chose Proctors as the site for her first concert special in 1993, and the theatre is featured prominently in the video for her big hit "Hero")

Check out the list of 65 outstanding artists and craft designers who will be at the show

An Experience & Creative Design bouquet - how lovely is that!
Rudy and David, the super-talented team behind the amazing shop  Experience and Creative Design in Schenectady, are sponsors of the The Northeast Juried Craft Festival. I've heard such great things about this pair, and hope to meet them at the show! David will be selling his metal sculptures on the main level while a sampling of items from the store will be available on the upper level near the food vendors.

Home Style Caterers will offer great refreshments, and enjoy craft demonstrations and music as you linger over a cup of coffee.

The Northeast Juried Craft Festival indoor show is conveniently located within walking distance of hotels, restaurants and free parking. Proctors is handicapped accessible.

For more information contact Judy Decker at (518) 382-3884 x 134 or

Ticket Prices: $6 Advance, $7 At Door, Children 5 & under are Free

Friday, October 15, 2010

Knocking Down The Fireplace!

{Can you say "cold chisel"? That's the tool in my husband's hand}
We busted out the fireplace bricks in our living room last weekend! A great new project is in the works, and no, it doesn't involve reconstructing the fireplace...

We're hired a contractor to build something else there instead! More details to come...

{working hard}
Even my son got in on the action!


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Table for two w/ my fave Elephants

My favorite elephants are red, and on the dishes my grandmother gave me.

Grandmother Honey, she probably remembers eating her wedding dinner off of them. But for me, I think of Christmases in her brick house full of aunts, uncles and cousins. A triple layer coconut cake in Tupperware on the chilly front porch and extra tables parading down her living room. Only the adults ate off her red dishes.

So I am surprised how Grandma Honey's red dishes they look under an umbrella in the bright sunshine. Not winter at all, but looking festive in a new way.

Thanks to Camila for inspiring these photos, and Lauren at
Pure Style Home for sharing her table and inspiring this post!

dishes: Reproduction of Rogers 1790 John Steventon & Sons, Ltd Burslem, England is stamped on the back.

White Tulip necklace revisited

Theresa necklace with Black and White Tulip and custom pearls

A gallery I hadn't heard from in years called to inquire about ordering some new jewelry. I had forwarded a catalog, but they inquired about an old piece.

Do you still make that necklace with the tulip?

Was it the long one with the black and white tulip?

Yes, that was it. Could you still make it?

Of course!