what do you wear to run some quick errands

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Do you believe in the 80-20 rule?

Well, it’s true for my clothes – I wear 20% of my clothes 80% of the time.

This outfit is a favorite.  No time for jewelry except for a pair of statement earrings.  This look will work for a short flight to Chicago for the weekend too.  or NYC or Colorado Springs – where ever….

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Chicago – a weekend getaway to the windy city

Chicago

Cold and crisp

The sun isn’t shining but the lake is beautiful. Right now we are on an architectural tour.

We are here for a long weekend.

A dose of the big city.

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Shopping on Michigan Avenue also known as the Magnificent Mile.

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Eating at some fine fine restaurants

Visiting with old friends.

And lucky to have tickets to Hamilton.

Plus a visit to the SOFA show.  No it’s not sofa’s for your living room.

It’s the  Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design show.

Also a visit to the Art Museum and possibly a walk around Hyde Park where we used to live ages ago.

Really having fun

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desert rain creosote plant

Can you smell the rain?

In the desert I can smell the rain.

It’s fresh.  It’s clean.  It’s invigorating.

But of course it’s not the rain but the creosote bush.

This plant is the reason you can smell the rain in the desert.

Come visit the desert

And if it rains, go outside and take a whiff!

That smell has a name — petrichor.

It is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil

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Inspired by the smell of rain

Inspired by little drops of rain on plants

 a pair of earrings are born

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The long drop desert rain earrings are in the shop – shop them here

The smaller fish hook style is coming soon.  Join my newsletter group to be the first to know

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casual chic outfit for travel

casual chic travel outfit

In my last blog I shared some photos from my recent travel to the Basque Country.  So today I want to talk a little about what I wear when I travel.  This is a simple outfit that is very comfortable yet extremely chic.  I want something that is super comfortable especially on long overnight flights to Europe because I have to sleep in it.  For shoes I always choose flats because you never know when you have to run through an airport.  I like a large handbag when I travel and this one is great because it closes which is important when it goes through security.  And because the outfit is minimal a great statement necklace makes the look perfect.  Plus when you arrive to your destination you make a great impression.

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Vacation and the Guggenheim – Bilboa – the museum building is art itself

Vacation in Basque Country 

and a visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

I just came back from a wonderful vacation aboard the National Geographic Orion.  The trip was titled Cultural and Culinary Adventure in Basque Country….    and it did not disappoint.  We ate and drank our way along the coastline of France, Spain, and Portugal while learning about the culture of the area.  And for me the highlight of the trip was our private morning tour of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.  You cannot take photographs inside of the museum except in the foyer.  So I will just dazzle you with some photos of the outside….

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Bridge over the Nervion River, Bilbao Spain

 

Foyer – entrance – Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

 

Elevator, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

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Tulip Sculpture, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

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me, taking a closeup photo of the tulip sculpture reflection

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Steam Experience at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

These are just a few of the photos I took.  You can walk all around the perimeter of the museum and each angle of the building is more beautiful than the last.  And the last photo shows steam being released.  It hangs over the water and creates quite an atmosphere…..  What an experience.

But I am back in Tucson now and the studio is calling

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Cactus Bloom Pendant

A Cactus Bloom is my inspiration

One of the first lampworked beads I made was my rendition of a desert bloom or cactus bloom.  Boy I loved making those beads.

Well, a cactus bloom is still on my mind, but I am approaching this inspiration a little differently now.  

This summer I took a class with Robert Lopez.  If you are not familiar with Robert’s work check him out here.  I love his quirky style and wanted to incorporate the feeling into my work.  I was really smitten with some pendants that he made.  You can see one in the upper right of this collage.inspiration Robert Lopez

 

He collaborated with a metal clay artist for the embossed medallions in the pieces, but what I liked about the pieces was the airy garden feeling, and of course the asymmetry. 

I thought my glass cabochons would set off the idea perfectly.

Most of Robert’s pieces use titanium and Argentium silver.  I decided to stick with sterling silver for my creation.

 

 

So I just finished my first piece.  And I am about 90% happy with it.  Of course I learned a lot and the next one is going to be spectacular.  I would like to have a few in the shop by the end of October.  Anyway, since I use sterling silver I had to solder all of my silver together.  With Argentium silver you can fuse some pieces.  I am very happy with the glass cabochon.  And I am extremely happy with the tube set stones.  The major flaw is a design flaw.  The tube settings are sitting too close to the bezel of the cabochon which made it quite difficult to push the bezel near the tube.  But the glass is in there very securely and will not fall out.  However I would not be happy selling this piece.  The next one will be much improved.  It’s a pendant but I am thinking some brooches too.

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Desert Canyon -inspiration for my art

 

Deserts are living contradictions: seemingly empty but in fact packed with life, burning hot by day yet freezing cold by night, and arid save for that odd flash flood that tears through the land, gouging out great canyons. And nowhere are these canyons more dramatic—and dangerous—than in Arizona.

Antelope Canyon

Here are some photos taken at Antelope Canyon in Arizona.

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the desert is inspiration for my art jewelry

When I sit down to make glass beads I usually have an idea now what I need and want to make.  That wasn’t always the case.  But I loved to work in the colors found in the desert.  Here is a necklace I made several years ago.  The focal glass bead is from the “canyon” series.

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Starbucks

I just read that Starbucks is releasing a new fall coffee drink that might just be better than the Pumpkin  Spiced Latte.  It is the MPL  for short – or Maple Pecan Latte.  It is described as an espresso drink with flavor notes of maple syrup, pecan, and brown butter.  Whoa.  That sounds decadent.  I always look forward to the Pumpkin latte but this new drink sounds like something right up my alley.

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So that brings me to a question. 

How often do you imbibe at a Starbucks or the equivalent? 

My oldest daughter lives in Seattle, and I think I can safely say she has a coffee drink every day. 

Me – maybe once or twice a month. 

I have an amusing story about my parents and Starbucks.  Way way way back in 1990 my parents had a financial advisor who wanted them to invest in a company that was going public.  They lived in Northern Virginia at the time so he invited them to go to a Starbucks in Washington DC with him.  My Mother gleefully told me that she thought he was going crazy.  Her exact words…  who in hell would pay $3.00 for a cup of coffee.  So I guess I don’t need to say out loud that they didn’t invest. 

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“Alabaster” Lampworked Beads – in a new necklace

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There is an alabaster box
Carved, and beautiful
but fragile
just like my heart.
I trusted.
I felt certain.
But now live with broken promises
But like the box
I will endure

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My journey with beads

Someone recently asked me how I got started making jewelry.  So I have reflected on my journey with beads and thought I would share it.  

First, I started to create some simple jewelry pieces.  It began when we were going out to a special dinner and I felt I did not have the right piece of jewelry.  I had just visited a bead shop for the first time because I was asked to incorporate some beads in a cross stitch design that I was creating for a local needle craft store.  And well….  I couldn’t get all of those beads out of my head. 

I didn’t know anything about jewelry making..  what do you use to string the beads on?  How do you end the piece?  So armed with an antique button, I went back to the bead shop and bought some stone beads and silver beads and got a hasty how to and went home and created this piece.  Little did I know the journey had just begun.

my journey with beads - the first piece

I had no plans to sell my work.  It was just fun creating.  But then I discovered lampworking and for the first time found a medium that I loved.  Glass is mesmerizing.  You work it hot in the flame and sometimes the colors change when the piece cools.  It is mysterious.  It has a mind of it’s own.  And I set out to conquer it.

Fall in Tucson

It’s still in the 90’s but the sun is not as strong and the mornings and evenings feel cooler.  The fun weather of Tucson is about to begin.  The barrels are blooming….  

The blooms are absolutely gorgeous

A few more weeks in the pool.

Then it will be time to think about the fire pit and lovely evenings under the sparkly sky.

We have a vacation coming up. 

Culture and cuisine….  an expedition with National Geographic.

My psyche continues to heal.

Making art is my salvation.

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But I feel the need to banish her again

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Earrings and A Few Changes

My Blog and My Newsletter

So if you subscribe to follow my blog I want to let you know that I have changed the way the blogs are delivered to you.  You will get one blog update a week.  I might update the blog more frequently, but this way you will not be inundated with emails from me.  

I also plan to send my newsletter out once a week.  My goal is to have it delivered to you every Sunday morning.  the newsletters will focus more on a history of beads and jewelry while my blogs will give you more behind the scenes of me making beads and jewelry as well as showcasing my work in progress and finished pieces.    The blog and the newsletter should compliment each other.

Please let me know what you think.

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So What’s on my Bench Now?

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I have challenged myself to make a pair of earrings a day for the month of October.  (Most of them are going to a local shop, but some will hit the website and my new store…)

Earrings always seem to challenge me the most.  I have to make 2 of them…   do they really have to match?  Well, we will see.  Since I will be traveling a bit in October I thought I would get a little head start….  So here is a sneak peak at a pair of earrings I just finished.

 

Speaking of new store…  have you visited?  I would love to hear your thoughts on my fall line…  Harmony

Thanks again everyone for all of your support…

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