Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Goodies from Santa Fe....

I finally had the energy to take some pictures tonight. The last three days were a blurrrrr. I had a fever and every time I put my head down...the room would spin. Today I went into work for 5 hours and then just gave up and came home.

But I am feeling a bit better so I took some pics. I really didn't buy a lot at the show. I did find some brass beads from Cameroon that were worn by the Kirdi. Mixed in are some glass beads from Joanne Zekowski.

Cris gave me one of her enameled hearts.

I also bought a big-ass Peddinghaus chasing hammer. A girl just can't have enough hammers.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

I hate colds!!!

Of course I'm sure nobody has ever said they love having a cold. I thought I was getting better on Friday and then Saturday showed up and bitch-slapped me back into bed. It feels like someone has hit me in the head with a hammer...and keeps hitting me. My nose and lungs are raw....pretty picture...huh. What I thought was going to be a good weekend to get things done has turned into a total waste of 48 hours. I'm having a hard time doing things....because I get dizzy moving around. This SUCKS!!! I hate it, hate it, hate it.

I lifted this pic from Karen's blog. Cris and I in Santa Fe at the La Fonda. We managed to take over the fireplace almost every night.

Bella Art Bench....very cool

I had a chance to talk to two very cool girls....Rosie Wendel and Bev Perina in one of my classes at Santa Fe (a class that never happened...but that's another story). They came into the room and whipped out these art benches. Being a tool whore...they instantly had my attention.

It unfolds like a gameboard. It includes a powerstrip that hooks onto the bench in the upper right hand corner, a magnetic strip in the upper left hand corner with metal containers, a 12" metal ruler which is also held to the bench with magnets, and a tool rack which can be placed on either the right or left hand side. We've all experience the flimsy convention center tables that bounce up and down when you try to do any type of hammering. This bench provides a nice solid work surface. It's also good at home if you work on the dining room table...like I do at times. You can pick it up and move it....easy peasy.

If you're interested, they retail for $89.50. You can get yours by contacting the girls at bellarosestudio@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Home Sweet Home....

We had sooo much fun in Santa Fe but it is good to be home. Missed Lou, missed the cats. Here are some pics...stories later...maybe :)

The weather went from warm and sunny on Thursday to snowy over the weekend. But Santa Fe is beautiful in the snow.

A great big bronze bear scuplture all nestled in snow.

A lone snow covered bench on the way to the convention center

Giant black swans covered in snow.

After walking in the snow...there's nothing better than a plate of spicy hot New Mexican food.

And the major reason for going to Santa Fe was to spend time with friends. Cris and Karen at their artisan tables.

It was a weekend of good food, good shopping (pics later), a fun class, and great friends. We spent a few nights in front of the fireplace at La Fonda just talking and laughing.

Stacy, Karen and Cris....I miss you already!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Headed to Santa Fe

I'm off to Santa Fe on Thursday to BeadFest. I have a couple of fun classes but mostly it's just to hang out with the girls. I haven't seen most of them since June so it will be good to catch up.

I've decided not to take the laptop since I have to take tools. Too much to lug around. I hate baggage.

I'll be back on line Tuesday with pictures

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sneak Peek.....

I received an advanced copy of Mary Hettmansperger's new book....Mixed Metal Jewelry Workshop.

And if the cover makes you drool....wait until you see the inside. It's beautiful.

Mary gives all the details you need to choose your materials / tools and instructions on how to work with them. The book has 20 projects that use sheet metal, metal clay (silver, bronze, and copper) wire, mesh, screws and my favorite.....galvanized wire grid.

Some of the projects use sheet metal to capture found objects...like ancient coins, driftwood, and metal clay, while other projects use metal clay to capture sheet metal. There's weaving and stitching and extruding....Oh My.

This is definetely one for your library. Mary also has two other books...Fabulous Woven Jewelry and Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet. A great triology of jewelry techniques.

PS....you might be asking yourself how I got an advanced copy....a picture of one of my pendants is in the book. Thanks Mary!!!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I could use another weekend.....

It's been a hectic couple of weeks. Mom had a knee replacement 12 days ago and is now home. My brother went into the hospital this week and is now home. I spent the last two weeks working and visiting hospital rooms. I'm glad that they can now recouperate at home.

It's amazing how well my Mom is getting around. She really went through the operation well and is zipping around with her walker. My sister is in from Georgia for the next month to stay with her.

Yesterday we got replacement windows put in upstairs. It took most the day. The house was/is a total wreck becasue we had to move things away from the windows to give them room to work. While they worked upstairs, I cleaned the kitchen from top to bottom so at least one room was clean. Once the crew went outside I cleaned up the main bedroom. Today Lou and I worked on our individual rooms. So it's coming along.

I have a confession to make. I hadn't cleaned the upstairs windows in years...like maybe 20 years :) Being old (the windows, not me) they didn't tilt in to clean and I (being scared) wasn't about to get up on a ladder and climb along the roof to clean them. So the only way to have clean windows was to replace them. It just took a long time to do it.

Houses suck the money out of you. When we first moved in 20+ years ago, we had to remove 3 very old, very large trees in the front yard because they were dying. Then a few years later we had to take out an even bigger tree in the back yard because it was hollow half-way up. Last year we had to take out another giant in the backyard because it kept dropping large branches and damaging our house and the neighbors. It got to the point the neighbors asked us if we were going to take it out...hint, hint. Because of their size and precarious locations, it cost $2-3K per tree....so we haven't done much with the house until recently...when the rest of it started falling apart.

In the last 3 years we've had to put on a new roof, had to install a new furnace (and I insisted on finally having a house with air conditioning), sided it and put in replacement windows. This next year I want to finally put some time and energy into the inside. My kitchen has to be 30-40 years old. It has formica countertops...I'm not kidding... and they are staring to come loose. So a kitchen re-do is in our future.

So I could really do with another weekend. It's going to take another couple days to pull the house together, finish the laundry, finish my taxes. I take off for Santa Fe on Thursday for a long weekend at Bead Fest. I'm taking a few fun classes...no new techniques, just fun. It will be nice to just work with metal for a couple days and visit with friends.

Needless to say I don't have any new work to talk about...and probably won't for a week or so. I will have pics from Santa Fe....and I have an advanced copy of a new book that you will all love. I'll blog about that next.

Au Revoir, Bye-Bye

Monday, March 8, 2010


The week flew by and the weekend went even faster. Mom had a knee replacement on Tuesday so the entire week was spent running between my office and her room. Luckily the surgery was at my hospital. Lucky for two reasons...we have some of the best doctors and all I had to do was walk across the street to see her. On Friday they transferred her to the rehab hospital in Lakewood. She is doing really really well. She's suppose to be in for two weeks but they are now talking about only keeping her a week.

Went to the auto show this weekend. I am looking for something a bit larger than the car to carry art show stuff. I'm having a hard time moving to an SUV. I'm a car girl. I love to drive and I love cars...sporty, fast cars. But I need one vehicle that I will enjoy driving and be able to carry everything. I am seriously looking at the Ford Edge. The back seats lay down as well as the passenger seat in the front. It has a huge amount of room and still gets 25 mpg on the highway. I am going to wait to buy until the 2011's come out. Then they will want to deal on the 2010's.

Lou dropped a bomb on me this weekend. He has been offered a full time position in.....Abu Dhabi...Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emerate. The first thing out of my mouth as the uber supportive wife that I am...."I'm not moving to Abu Dhabi". They already asked Lou what I do and wondered if they could find a job for me too. But there is no research at the hospital in Abu Dhabi so they don't have a position for me....which is a good thing because..."I'm not moving to Abu Dhabi".

Yikes....He will end up going...he wants to go....whether it is full time or part-time we haven't figured that out. It's going to suck to be alone. I don't mind being alone occassionaly...I even like it. But for extended periods of time...it's going to suck. Maybe it will only end up being a few weeks at a time. Who knows.

Monday, March 1, 2010


I'm still hashing over this idea of originality and authenticity.

Originality.....At what point does the piece that inspired you....become yours. Never...it wasn't yours to start with....after you've changed it 10%... 25%... 50%??

Marcel Duchamp took the Mona Lisa....put a mustache and goatee on her and gave it the title L.H.O.O.Q. (a reference to ML having a "fire down below") and created a piece that is used in law schools as an example of a derivative work. Not a copy...but a work consisting of modifications which, as a whole, represent an original work of authorship.

The changes were minor. The transformation of the original from an iconic piece of artwork into a parody (and incensing the entire popultion of France) is what made it a derivative work and an original in it's own sense.

Using the photo in the previous post as inspiration, I've transformed it into the images below. Are they transformed enough to be considered derivative or original? Whose to say? Not me.

Authenticity...if authenticity as defined by Jim Jarmusch is something that speaks to the soul, then they are authentic. And being authentic is good thing.