Oh Man.  I am having fun this year with jewelry.  I’ve finally hit my stride.  I think it may be the use of all these really cool vintage buttons I’m finally getting around to using.  This photo shows quite a few teeny tiny Austrian buttons I’ve finally found a use for.

It may also be that I found new bezel shapes to work with this year.  I am especially loving the guitar pick shape and the tear drop.  They are wonderful formats for mosaic work.


Speaking of mosaic work and bezels, I found these heart bezels and I am giddy at how fun these pieces are coming out!  There bright, colorful, happy, a little odd-unique… All the things I love in my own personal choices for wearable art.


I also found an artisan from Istanbul, Turkey who creates these beautiful antique silver and rose gold bezel settings.  Each bezel is so unique and hand-made feeling.  The mosaics in this photo probably look a bit strange, but man, when you see them in person. They glow with an amount of sparkle I cannot put into words!




These are some trinket dishes I am working on to sell…


I also spent some time making these super cool business card holders, but sadly, when they dried, three already exploded from being so fragile… These are definitely what I am considering an “experiment”.  Let’s hope I can get a few to completion.

I am finished with the 70 ornaments I made for the holidays.  They are all strung up and ready to go.  Now I just have to find a minute to take some photos.

That’s always the tough part! Back to work!

Getting More Sparkly


Oh man, I just love these pendants I am making.  I am very much into vintage everything, so these get me very excited.  It’s like a little antique you can wear every day!  Because they are vintage glass, they are translucent and sparkle which I just can’t capture via camera.  Either way, I’m plugging away at my collection and I hope there are people out there that find them as special as I do!


This week I’ve also been working on some cell phone holders.  The idea stems from at least 4 devices on my counter at all times.  Does any other household have this problem?  I am creating little 8×10″ pockets to attach by the outlets and hopefully get my counters back! I’m making some to sell at the holiday shows too… Again, we’ll see if my choices resonate with holiday shoppers this winter…


On a final note, I dragged my loving mother 3 hours away to Bennington, Vermont to see the Milton Avery exhibit.  The Bennington Art Museum has an exhibition of his work until November.  I am obsessed with Milton Avery.  I adore his loose impressionistic arrangements and his killer use of color.  In fact, I believe the museum called it his “dissociative” use of color.  Meaning he makes trees that are blue even though humans associate green with trees.  To me, creating these amazing color compositions, takes what could sometimes be considered a very boring landscape and transforms them into something magical.  Mark my words, you will see an intense inspiration of Milton Avery in my painting this upcoming January.  I have been quietly studying what direction I want to go with my painting and this genre feels just right.

OK. off to make mosaic jewelry…I haven’t shown you pictures of that yet…but I am creating up a storm.  Feels Great!



Travel Mugs


Friday? How on earth did it become Friday???

Somehow I have glazed over 70 Christmas ornaments this week and managed to start the travel mugs I’m offering during the holiday season.


My entire family complain that my bases are not skinny enough to fit in the car drink holders and that the handles need to go up higher – so that they fit in the same darn drink holders.

Do you think my family is telling me they want travel mugs???

My family is my best critic because they always push me to better design.

I have to get in there today and add the handles to the terra-cotta clay mugs above.  My design approach is to throw one half of the mug and hand-build the other half.  To me the vessels then possess the best of both worlds.  They are quite time-consuming, but hey, I like what I like.

I have to say, I’m looking forward to the finished product. Pretty much –because I want a travel mug too!