Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Blog Rest

To all of you who follow, I truly appreciate your kindness and support.  
I'm taking a few days away from my blog to attend to some family matters.  
Please do continue to follow me as I will be back soon.  
Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers.  

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Vintage Fairies

I adore fairies and what they symbolize - magic, youth, creativity and light.  I am working on some new crystal chandelier pendants with this beautiful vintage fairy artwork.  The collection will be called "Capturing Fairies".  I'm excited about these new designs - I'm using some different shaped crystals that I've been fortunate enough to find during my most recent flea market trips.  Stay tuned for finished creations.  Wishing you all a week filled with lots of magic!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Road Trip!

I'm so excited!  My brother and sister-in-law are relocating from Iowa to Germantown, Wisconsin which is a little over an hour drive for me.  A wonderful opportunity for regular impromptu road trips.  Aside from being elated about having my only sibling nearby, my sister-in-law adores antiques almost as much as I do.  So you can imagine what that means...lots of shopping and some incredible and unique finds.  We visited the lovely and quaint historic town of Cedarburg, Wisconsin and had a wonderful day bouncing in and out of all the wonderful little shops and markets.  Here are a few of my little gems, some of which will almost certainly show up in future jewelry creations!  Wishing you all a great week filled with many surprises.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

It's In The Details

I've just been playing with my camera, experimenting with light, background, subjects, etc. and I'm discovering that photography, like jewelry design, is all in the details!  The things that make a jewelry piece special are the smallest, intricate design additions, such as unique beads, etched jump rings or varying materials.  With photography, it's about the angle, the slant of sunlight, how far or close away you position yourself from your subject and I could go on and on.  Much to learn with my new and exciting toy!  Have a beautiful weekend, and enjoy all the small details that come your way!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


 a complete change of form, structure, or substance. 

"Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal and transformation in our lives". 
~Mary Ann Brussat
"Whoever undertakes to create soon finds himself engaged in creating himself.  
Self transformation and the transformation of others have constituted the radical interest of our century, whether in painting, psychiatry, or political action".
~Harold Rosenberg
"Change - to the fearful is is threatening because it means that things may get worse.  To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better.  To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better."
~King Whitney Jr.
Butterflies are magical and symbolize the beauty of 
transformation and change.  

They remind us to take advantage of change when it it presented.  

Change can be intimidating and scary, but the cycles of life are what make us who we are and force us to dig deep into the core of our human spirit and discover what truly inspires and motivates us.  

Sometimes, the changes we experience are not of our own doing, but rest assured that any type of change will mold and meld us into something different, something stronger, an improved version of ourselves.  

I used to fear change; now I welcome it.  

And when I begin to feel a little frightened of the metamorphosis journey, 
I draw inspiration and hope from the beautiful butterfly.

 My mother took these beautiful pictures...
Butterflies always surround her.  
Each time I see one, I think of her.