Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!


Wishing you all a beautiful celebration of life today and always.  Spring (although very slow to arrive here in the Midwest) is making its entrance.  The earth is waking up from her long winter's nap and color, YES, color is finally peeking through the remaining grayness of winter.  Welcome, small buds, daffodils and the sweet melody of early morning birds singing.  I love you all.  

I've been so busy, with not much time to work on my "passion" as much as I would like, however, I've slowly been creating some new pieces as time permits.  Here's a sneak peak at some of my favorite new pieces, still works in progress.  I'm also including a pic of my very first METAL CLAY piece!  I had the pleasure of taking some classes at a new jewelry art studio located in Crystal Lake, Illinois, The Constant Muse.  I'll post separately about this incredible experience, but I at least wanted to share the piece I'm affectionately calling "Clio", mythical name of the muse of poetry and history.  

I learned how to rivet!  My first assemblage cuff made with a vintage shoe clip!

I LOVE her...




Stay tuned for completed might be Christmas, but they will ultimately be finished :-)  Have a positive, happy and magic-filled week. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Published in the Spring!

I'm SO excited...the Spring issue of Jewelry Affaire is now available and I'm even more excited because two of my necklaces are featured!  I'm actually published and what better time to have this occur than in Spring.  I took a leap of faith and submitted my jewelry early last year.  I was hopeful to make the Winter edition, but on the same day I received an email that my jewelry had been accepted for publication, but that it would be Spring instead of Winter, my mother-in-law was admitted to the hospital.  She would pass 3 days later.  This very sad and emotional event required my complete attention.  I could not and did not think about jewelry or much else during this time.  Being there for my husband and family was my complete focus.  I actually almost forgot about my submission...until I received the confirmation and proof of my article that would land in the April 1st issue!  Springtime - a time for awakening, renewal and restoration.  A time for celebrating life and remembering those who gave so much of it.  I believe everything happens for a reason; had I been published in the Winter, I would not have embraced the incredible accomplishment of such a wonderful honor.  But the Universe knew the perfect time to present this gift.  I dedicate this post to my dear mother-in-law, Agnes Correia.  Thank you, Agnes, for always embracing life, fully and completely!  

Happy Spring!