Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Earth Day - Celebrating the "Reuse" of the 3 R's

Earth Day gets a bit overshadowed here because it's daughter Rosie's birthday. (Happy 9th Birthday Rose!) Maybe we'll have to celebrate it next year properly a week behind or in advance next year, since Earth Day is an important day to reflect.

One thing I did by coincidence on Earth Day was celebrate the middle "R" of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. I have to admit that the first and most important "Reduce" is often not as fun as my favorite "REUSE."

I was working on a project on my bench - a client came to me with  pieces from her jewelry box she no longer wore. We sat down with the pieces and reimagined them in a way she could use them and WANT to wear them again. The most important pieces were three sets of silver earrings her mother had made in a rudimentary jewelry class. (Her mother is in assisted care now.)

Keeping the spirit of the earrings, some were polished, others got more modern earwires. One pair were simple triangles, and by cutting out a few new triangular shapes in the metal to hold new earwires and by adding gemstones, they ended up looking spiffed up and ready to wear with some tricks up their sleeves.

She'll be by to pick them up this week. Can there be a better feeling in you heart than reusing something?


Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

I had the luck of two ham dinners, the company of friends and family, and lots of colored eggs! 

How was your day?


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

custom earrings for Mary Lou Zeek Gallery

{custom sterling silver Loretta Fontaine Jewelry Lucy earrings with Tropical Leaf and freshwater pearl}
I'm so happy to make a custom piece for a gallery. In this case it's a requested image that I don't normally use in this style earring. These custom earrings are headed out to Mary Lou Zeek Gallery in Salem, Oregon! (The earrings are reversible - hence the two sides shown!)

One of my FAVORITE galleries, Mary Lou Zeek Gallery is a Pacific Northwest haven for amazing art. Check out the exhibition that opened yesterday:

{from CUBA: Through the Lens, photograph: Herb Bardavid}
The Mary Lou Zeek Gallery will be featuring eleven adventurous photographers from all corners of the U.S. who traveled to Cuba under the guidance off renowned Salem-based photographer-teacher Steve Anchell. The result: an intriguing exhibit of Havana and environs through the collective lens of an intrepid band of Americans. They documented the lives of Cubanos today … their homes and families and life on the streets and countryside. It’s a portrait of a people in transition in a country changing every day. This merry band of photographers were fortunate to be part the Cuban scene as our Caribbean neighbor returns to the limelight.

Featured Photographers: Steve Anchell, Herb Bardavid, Mark Davies, Don Dunn, Rich Harcourt, Susie Morrill, Dorothy Mullinax, John Rudoff, Tim Trapp, Hank Weaver and Mary Lou Zeek.

The show, CUBA: Through The Lens  runs April 3-28, 2012 and the artist reception is TONIGHT, Wednesday April 4 from 5-7 pm.