Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Hey Katie.....he does workshops. What d'ya think???
Sunday, December 28, 2008
The Art and Craft of Making Jewelry by Joanna Goldberg. Never used. I brought this home from the bookstore to find I already had a copy. $14 plus $3 shipping in US.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I'm sitting here nursing a cold that mercilessly attacked me yesterday. I have been feeling lonely for Paris. Sometimes a place just gets under you skin. Most people living in the midwest right now would look at these pictures and think they look cold because it is winter here. I'm looking at these thinking they look inviting....because I have a fever :) I'd love to dunk my head in a bucket of cold water right now. But the lights and their reflections in the water are beautiful. One year I'll spend Christmas in Paris.
I am making some headway cleaning my workroom. I have about 30 books that I am taking to the library...no jewlery books. I'll probably go through those tomorrow to see if there are any that I'm ready to pass on. I'm also going to thin out my stock of beads. That will probably wait until next weekend.
Monday, December 22, 2008
If I don't get around to blogging tomorrow night.... Happy Holidays to all my friends, family, and readers. Have a merry, caring, sharing, loving few days. I will be back on Friday.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
...the door knob and lock from the milk house door. Somehow when it was getting torn down the hardware was cut away from the door. It was bound for the pile of wood and other things that were being taken away but I rescued it. It has been sitting in my garage until today when I went in search of it. I have no clue what I will ever do with it, except for now it makes a great background for jewelry photos, like these.....
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thre are a number of sites that I visit daily or weekly but haven't listed as a link on my blog. Tomorrow I am going to start sharing some of these. Some you have probably heard of but maybe I can direct you to some others that I think are cool.
So we hooked up the Wii tonight and we bowled, golfed, played baseball and tennis. It's fun. And it gets your butt up off the coach and moving. Not excessively...but more than I am usually do in the evening. I want to look into the Wii fit to see if it can get me back into exercise.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
My day job is at a hospital...Cleveland Clinic is ranked the 4th best hospital in the nation. This week surgeons performed the first face transplant in the US. It took 22 hours, 8 surgeons, and who knows how many nurses and assistants. They transplanted 80% of the patient's face and included bone, muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. Apparently the patient had an injury that left her without a nose and a portion of her palate. Basically her face was caved in on itself and she couldn't eat or breath on her own. There is an short animation on the CCF website that shows the transfer of the donor's face to the patient. If this is successful, the patient should be able to eat, breath, and speak on her own. I have been amazed by this. The patient's sister talked about this being a time of tears. Tears for the donor's family because this is a time of great loss for them. They had to give special permission for the face to be donated. It isn't part of the normal organ donation. In doing this they understood that they would have to have a closed casket at the funeral. Tears from the patient's family because the organ donor has given their loved one a new lease on life. She has endured people making fun of her and humiliating her and she may now have a chance to go out into the world again. Amazing and so very touching. I wish them all the best.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Love this...I growl at Lou all the time and ever since Paris I give him a Parisian growl.....Le Grrrrrr. He picks on me until I say it.
I spent 2 hours tonight cleaning the bedroom...hanging up clothes, dusting, sweeping...and I'm only half done. It's small room so that gives you an idea of how bad it was. So much was just left while I was doing the holiday shows. We threw out a wicker couch that was in the room. The cat had used it as her scratching post and the arms were all ripped up. Sometimes you just don't notice these things because you see it day in and day out. So out it went. Tomorrow night I play carpenter and fix the dresser because it's falling apart. Then I clean out the closets. I decided tonight that I am going to rip up the carpeting over the weekend. It is about 20 years old and disgusting. There is hardwood floors under the carpeting. Let's hope they are in good shape.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Click here for more information...Cleveland Handmade
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
No bronze posted tonight...I am really tired and I have to play hostess at my departmental party tomorrow night. Talk to ya'll over the weekend.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
But the big draw for me was the Aztec exhibit. It was well worth the time. Rather than focus on human sacrifice...which did occur, they focused on other aspects of their society like farming, arts, their warriors and high priests. It was interesting to see that pregnant women were considered the equivalent of a male warrior. A successful birth was considered the same as taking a captive in battle. A woman who died in childbirth was compared to men who died in battle and their spirits were believed to accompany the sun on its way towards sunset. They did cover the bloodier side of life. They brought home captives to be sacrificed to maintain harmony in the universe but when they captured villages they let the farmers live so they could help provide for the empire. Growing up on a farm...I thought that was interesting.
But I did manage to find a top to wear on New Year's Eve while I was there. I think it will go quite well with my black jeans and gold stilettos. I hope it doesn't pinch.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
and instead of using the zoom I thought I would just get closer. And as only I can do.....I set off the alarm. IT WASN'T ME....I didn't touch it...but I guess I got too close. There was an attendant in the room....I just looked over and said..."too close...huh". She looked at me like I was an idiot and I started laughing. Oh well.
Below is a bronze bowl with little women at four corners to hold it up. I thought this was really cool. Wouldn't you just love to have something like this in your home?? I wish I could find reproductions of this stuff somewhere.
The museum also has a exhibit of tapestries until January 4th....Four Centuries of Europeon Tapestries
They were beautiful. It took 13 years for them to be restored. A company in Belgium did the work. They had a room that explained the restoration process which itself was amazing. They vacuum them and then exposed them to a mist and then suction the water out to remove even more dirt. They also special dye thread to match the tapestries so they can repair them. The immense size of these pieces are mind boggling. The one above is probably 12 feet high. My head came up to the soldiers waist. I sat and stared at one of a village scene and what amazed me is the shading that is done with thread. When a painter doesn't get it right, they can paint over or retouch the error. When a weaver doesn't get it right they have to take out all the threads. The tapestries are displayed under low light and for every month that they are on display they are "rested" for 1 year. These tapestries are going to be on display for 2 months which means they will be in put into storage for 2 years minimum. If you want to see them...get there before January 4th.
One other piece I wanted to share.....
Which one of my favorite teachers does this remind you of...if you are thinking Susan Lenart Kazmer...then you would be right. She spent time in Africa which is why some of her pieces have nails driven into them. They are to exhibit power.
I picked up a book on Assyrian and Babalonian art and found three other books that I have put on my wish list. It was a good day. Lou is so worried that I am by myself....I love these types of days when I can do things at my own speed and just be.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
....horses....I had the chance to go scratch his head. He must have liked it because he lowered his head so I could keep doing it. I grew up with horses but I haven't been around them since I was 16...but I still feel very comfortable around them. I have no qualms walking right up and petting them. The downside of my little love session with the horse was my hand smelled really...horsey. So we had to find a place where I could wash up. We stopped in to Bistro 110, some place I always stop at for a nice little lunch and a few drinks....
We walked around a bit and then went to dinner at Ballo. Excellent restaurant with huge portions!!! I ate too much. We walked around the city. It is all decorated up for the holidays...even the high rise condos.
This is marina city. We are staying just across the street from it. There is an art store in the lobby of the Westin and they have this amazing wire dress in the window. It is so delicate. It looks like a fairy dress.
Yesterday was a nice day but today was totally winter. Rain, sleet, snow and wind. But I went out anyways. I walked over to Bloomingdale's home store. It is in what used to be an old Shriner's Temple. It's a great building with onion domes at the two corners and stained glass windows all around. The domes are a feature seen on many religious buildings in Eastern Europe. I went in mostly to see the features of the building. There is a great dome in the center of the store on the third floor. The store itself is really nice. If I were rich I would be able to decorate my house very well. They have some beautiful pieces of furniture. These were on top of an entertainment unit. I can't figure if they are decorations or weapons or both.
Monday is suppose to be snowy so I will do something indoors. Probably the art museum. I usually spend my time looking at the impressionist, but this time I will be looking at the eastern art...looking for more inspiration for texture sheets.
Friday, November 28, 2008
I am trying to design a logo picture. Here are a couple of my first attempts. Which one do you like??
I work Friday and then we are off to Chicago Saturday for Lou's conference. He is in meetings and dinners for the entire trip so I am virtually on my own except when he gets back from dinner. Most of the Lou's peers are stunned that I don't have a problem with being alone and most say their wives wouldn't put up with this.....but I like being on my own so I'm fine with it. Besides...he is there on business and it gives me an opportunity to sleep in, stroll around the city, window shop, museum hop....especially museum hop. I love the art museum and the natural history museum. There is an Aztec exhibit that I want to see and hopefully find some more patterns for texture sheets.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I spent a long weekend in Tucson with Anne and Cris in August and it was such a great time to just hang with the girls and work side-by-side at Anne's house. I was thinking about that weekend today and I miss them both.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
The show was OK. I did better than last year which is good, but not as good as the ladies selling booze labelled sweatshirts across the aisle. And I think the ladies selling decoupage planters next to me did quite well too. I might need to rethink this show :)) But I made more doing this in 8 hours than I do at the hospital. They had a high school jazz combo playing 2 booths away from me. At one point I started laughing because of all the bad notes they were hitting. For the two hours they played I couldn't talk to any of the customers without yelling. I had one man look at my bronze pieces....then he asked me about my suppliers...wanted to know if I bought my stuff off the internet. Hello....I make all my pieces. I had a lady ask if I had any bronze in purple cause she had a purple shirt she wanted to match up. Go figure.
I was ripped off yet again.....$125 bracelet. What is wrong with people??Why can't they understand that artists work hard to make their money and the pieces are not mass produced by some machine but made with our heart, our spirit and our imagination. Go rip off Walmart and leave artists alone. I have one wish for the thief..... I wish that I see you some day with it on.....there's gonna be a smack down.
moar funny pictures
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Some of the earrings I prepped for Sunday's show. Her name is Athena. I didn't name her. A very nice gentleman who was at the By Hand show gave her the name. He wanted to know where her image came from and I told him he would be disappointed when he found out......it's a mold of a button. But he liked then just the same. He bought his wife a pair.
More earrings...hoops with various textures.
This piece split in the kiln and everyone kept telling me how great it was. I added one of Meesh's bone beads.
A zen snowman :)
I am looking forward to getting this show over with. The house is a wreck. I need to clean it from top to bottom. You know things are bad when I look forward to cleaning. I also have some e-mails to answer. If I haven't gotten back to you yet....I will after this show.
Friday, November 21, 2008
So I used my last pack of bronze to make about 30 pairs of earrings. They sold so well at the last show. I fired a batch last night and the rest are firing tonight.
The next few weeks are going to fly by. We have a family dinner at my Mom's tomorrow night. Show on Sunday. Dinner at Lou's brothers on Thanksgiving. Saturday after we go to Chicago until the following Thursday. Back to work on Friday...Yikes. When I was in my 20s I remember thinking that I wanted to cram every second of my life with doing things and going places. Now I live for those weekends when I have nothing to do...but even those go by too quickly.