Friday, September 28, 2012

Hop On A Chance To Be Featured in Your Local Paper

I was ASKED and didn't have to ASK!
It is a very exciting thing to be asked if you want to be featured in your local newspaper.  Most artists are busy creating and find the learning curve to be proactive in their marketing to be a daunting task. So when Denise Baerg, one of the organizers asked if I would be one of their featured artist  for the Scott County Art Crawl   I jumped on the chance.
I just have to say that as an artist I have had to wears a lot of hats.  I am creative director, marketer, bookeeper, social media expert, writer, blogger, shipping expert, buyer and the most important one artist.  I suppose of all the hats I wear.....the bookeeper is my least favorite and someday my goal is to completely hire that out! The sooner the better.
With the advent of the many social media opportunities to market yourself, you find yourself glued to the computer alot.  I have to discipline myself to take the time to create.  This after all, what truly feeds my soul.
I hope you enjoy little glimpse into my life as an artist.
Thanks for reading.

Friday, September 21, 2012

It's Crunch Time - Prepping for the Scott County Art Crawl

Wow fall sure brings a hubub of activity in my life.  It is always a time when I am the busiest.  Getting kids back in school, sport sign ups and jewelry shows.  
This will be my second year doing the Scott County Art Crawl. 
I will once again will be showing in my home.  I like the intimacy, the ability to set up way ahead of time and look things over for missing pieces.  I like to have coffee and food and make a place for friends to visit.  I have a pretty good customer base but my last Art Crawl I believe I added a few new fans! 
YaY for YaY! Jewelry.

So I am getting ready and I thought I would showcase some of the work that will be available for purchase at the Art Crawl.  For those new to my work.  I have actually had a hard time coming up with an actual description.  This is what I consider my style to be....and by the way I decided this just a few weeks ago.
 Earthy Urban Chic with a Modern Bohemian Flair
I love this lariat style necklace.  I think the Dragonfly pendant is lovely by one of my favorite pendant artists Angel Whisperer.  This lovely necklace has a Lampwork gear by Radiantmind. Is all set lovingly with Cherry Quartz, Rough Amazonite, Sponge Coral and Lampwork Beads.

I love Chunky Czech Glass and Greek Mykonos Beads.  This is what I really consider an earthy urban chic.  It has a bit of sophistication with the use of the premium Czech Glass but included with a mix of earthy elements like Rough Onyx beads that are square and chunky, wood sticks and the Greek Mykonos Donuts.  I love this asymmetrical look and feel.  Don't worry if you don't like asymmetry I have many more pieces that aren't.  Like my next piece.

This is a very symmetrical cool and sophisticated style again Urban Earthy Chic....I think you can see it here now and below. 

This Chunky Czech Statement Necklace is on of my signiture designs and very popular as I do it in all different colors and metals.  I have even done it in pearls. 

This one is quite romantic with a bird in flight, sari silk ribbon and the richer true colors adds more formality to the piece.  The earthy aspects are a continuation of my esthetic by the handtieing and varying shapes.

I do make other jewelry...I just happen to love to make necklaces...Here are a few Earrings and Bracelets.

This bracelet below was featured in Dakota Stones Website.  I was their featured designer for their new website launch.  Wire wrapped with these lovely Kyanite sticks and I love the scrolled letters spelling "LOVE"  fabulous lampwork beads by Studio Juls.

I won't deny it......I love to make necklaces as you can see. 

 If you wish to see more of my work and many pieces that will be for sale at my upcoming show.  Go to the following link! You will also find all the detail of the sale there to!

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Junk Bonanza - Mecca for Jewelry Artist Displays

Junk Bonanza

It is that time of year I really look forward to!
The air is crisp but not so cold you have to wear tights or nylons (GOD FORBID).  
I am thinking about skirts and boots, upcycled necklaces and layers of them, urban architecture, chicken coop wire, barn doors and vintage lace. It is a mecca shopping experience for the decorator, jewelry artist, upcycler, junker or antique dealer.
Its The Junk Bonanza and I Love It!
What I was so impressed with when I first went was the women that go to this thing are REALLY DECKED OUT.  Layers of jewlely, cool haircuts, hip clothing, boots, hats scarves and makeup to perfection.  I know we women are all just dressing for each other and it is eye candy. 
 It is hip and urban and it is really fun to see young shoppers and I mean 20's buying items for their dorm, shop or home.
This is my second year going and it is only 5 miles from my house. It is held in the Cantabury Downs Race Track and it is big! 100s of vendors sell their wares.
I have to say that the 2 pictures below are what really excited me!!!
I love these old bicycle seats made into necklace displays!!!!!  
Soooooo Cooooool!
I just want to hammer away on this sturdy table!!!!!!
Well I definetly can't bring this home.....that would send me to an early grave by my husband. 
Headline News
Husband Murders Jewelry Artist Wife with her Top of The Line Fretz Hammer!
I did find some goodies!!!!!!
I like to buy new things to display my jewelry on every year.  I saw these arcitectural pieces set on stands and saw the jagged top and thought these would be perfect for jewelry displays! I love the chipped paint and I think I can use these to photograph my jewelry also!

There were lots of vendors selling old keys and I was thinking of some Basalt Hearts I have at home.....thought I could incorporate them into my jewelry. 
 Look for my publication in Bead Trends November 2012 issue! You will see my lovely Basalt Hearts in a design there!
I was really giddy about this purchase!!!!!!
I think my jewelry is going to photo graph nicely on fact check out the next few pictures.

I really like the look of these ceiling tiles and may have to go back tommorow and snag a few more!!!!!!

A trip that I will make over and over again and The Junk Bonanza is coming back in the Spring!

I Love It!