December 23, 2009

Blatant Promotional Plug

Ok. Just so you know, I follow this blog AND the Twitters. Which is to say, I really think Catherinette Rings has great stuff... very talented for sure... and I'd love to be that good with wire some day.

In the meantime, I'm blogging for additional entries into the give away Catherinette Rings is having - that's going on right now - Because, I have my eye on a Steampunk Sculpture!

So there you go. I've posted about it and now I'll be on my way until my next posting about all the great people I've met at shows this year and what they're doing that you might be interested in.

Here's a preview:

Jessica makes Party Crackers and her pet charity is an orphanage in India (I participated in the party this month where we collectively raised over $600 for said charity). Her Crackers are hand and well made and a lot of fun - AND customizable. Which means you still have time to commission New Year's Eve Crackers for your party. Get Crackin!

December 19, 2009

Drinking Maple Porter and Blahhhgin...

Mmmm, Maple Syrup flavored Porter. Who knew? Saranac, that's who. It's a surprise in every sip. That's what I'm sipping as I write my current thinky little thoughts and post them for all of you to enjoy or ignore as your heart desires...

Well, today was the last market show for the month - the last any kind of show for the year - and January is going to be all about looking for housing and working on online store updates and such like and stuff. Been a weird old year for us crafter types trying to make ends scrape together selling our wares. Next year is bound to be even weirder, but definitely in a better way.

Not inclined to elaborate on any of the stories of the weird right here, right now, but I will regale some of you with clif note versions at some point (If I haven't already done so). In the meantime; if you've got some weirdness story(ies) from this past year you'd like to share; feel free to write them down and leave all appropriately irrelevant stories just below.

After all... Tis the time for sharing! And making sure the Sun returns from it's Wintery slumber.

Monday is the Solstice so Merry Solstice to one and all. Light a fire, some candles and turn on the twinkly lights. Drink something warm and think warm thoughts of the elongated days to come and the warmth that the Sun's return will eventually bring. And of all the people who make life a bit warmer and enjoyable as well.

Or, as the currently somewhat hipster older types such as myself are all spewing for the season:

Happy ChrismaSolstaKwanzukkah!

December 16, 2009

Farm Sanctuary Benefit Art Auction

Some of you may have heard of (or like me, even know) Edie Nadelhaft. She's a well known NYC artist recognized world wide for, among other work, her Bovine portraits. Many of the cows in her paintings are actual Sanctuary rescues. All of them are stunningly painted and oddly lifelike. Absolutely moving.

This Thursday, December 17th, the KumuKumu Gallery will be hosting a reception and silent auction to benefit the Farm Sanctuary so, if you come by, you may be able to aquire one of Edie's amazing oil paintings (or purchase a print from Edie's website if you can't) and find out all about the cow in your new painting in the process. You'll get to live with amazing art while contributing to the rescue (and possibly subsequent painting) of more animals at the same time.

I'll be there, so please say hi if you see me.

Cap'n Trade is Stupid

Environmental Rant alert!

Some of you know I've always been a bit enraged by Obama's announcement that Cap & Trade is one of his Climate Change solutions. Because it's an asinine idea. Doesn't work in Europe, won't work here.

Always been a supporter - and practicer - of the Reduce (Reduce, Reduce first!), Reuse (Reuse, Reuse, Reuse until it falls apart), then Recycle model. I managed the Bernal Heights Recycling Center for a couple years when I lived in San Francisco but I learned that practice long before that from family and educational After School and Saturday Morning TV (ahhh, the 70's;).

I turn off lights and unplug things when they aren't in use and use only as much as I need and try to figure out how to use less whenever I can. I use rechargeable batteries in everything that needs them, compact fluorescents, take my own shopping bags (even the ones for the individual food - I've been doing that since the SF 80's), buy in bulk when I can (from the bulk bins, not huge amounts at discount chains), try to buy only organic or transitional if possible...

My car gets around 35 miles to the gallon, I drive it only when I really have to, and I make sure it's running smoothly to keep the emissions down. When I can afford it, and there are cars made with Carbon Fiber bodies that get 200+ miles to the charge, I'll be getting an electric car. (A completely self contained enviro house is also on the list when the money comes in)

With my online jewelry store; I try to reuse every bit of shipping material I get sent with my supplies (and have a big bucket of the stuff I'm waiting to use) whenever I can (your online jewelry order will let me reuse some more;).

Almost all the metals I use to make my jewelry come from at least some reused, melted down, scrap. That's standard industry practice at this point. And a few suppliers are making a point of letting us all know that some of their metals are 100% from reused. I try to buy parts made in the US when I can (for lots of other reasons too but the closer it is, the less shipping pollution). Plus some of it is vintage and available even closer to my home to begin with. Same with most of my beads and some of my stones. Some stones I'll be using in the near future, I found myself. So no mining involved at all in that jewelry future.

Of course, there is more I could do, but I live in a small apartment so composting and rain water collection isn't an option. Plus, even with home ownership, our society isn't geared toward a lot of environmental household things unless you have a lot of money. Or you renounce all modern living altogether. Obviously, none of us can avoid new things and modern travel and conveniences without going completely Mountain, but every little bit you can do in your personal situation does really help. Some of it could even save you money.

Point is, Cap & Trade just encourages mining and drilling and waste and does nothing to encourage reduction and reuse. No renewable in that equation at all.

James Hansen purports Fee and Dividend instead. I agree. That makes the most sense. And, a few people in the government are moving toward that route with a new bill being worked out now: The CLEAR Act. Not all the way, but in that right direction. So, make sure you write to your government employees (oh yes, you hired them, you pay them - TELL them what you want them to do. That's their job!) and let them know you support the Clear Act and want it stronger in the direction of Fee & Dividend!

Ok, rant over. Now, let's all get out there and make a difference!

[This month 10% of my online sales are going to Habitat for Humanity. I've already got $30 waiting for more sales to add to the amount I'll be sending to them. Next month, 10% goes to NRDC. Hopefully I can get enough sales in January to send even more to them. Hope some of you can help me in that area; maybe even in both months. Thanks in advance!]

December 11, 2009

Tighten Up the Bulls & Bears!

Ok New York peoples... upstate and, well, really the Brooklyn peoples... Saturday I'm winging my way up to Troy to join in on my first ever Tight Knit Winter Market. Heading up there with my friend Eileen (a real artist) to share a space and spread some holiday shopping cheer.

I've got jewelry, Eileen has fine art and will be making Origami Ornaments on the spot as well. You've just got to get your butt outta bed early enough to get there (I'll be out the door at 5:30 in the morning to pick up Eileen on the way North so we can be there with plenty of time to set up before the 9am start!). Yep, Tight Knit starts at 9am and goes to 1pm so you better be quick!

Then Sunday, Phil will be joining me (probably against his will) for a full day at the Bull and Bear Market at The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn. I'll be taking whatever I have left from Saturday (and some tools and a few things to make rings on demand if I have time) out to Brooklyn to party with the Bull and Bear for the Recession Art event of the season.

For that one, you have no sleeping in too late excuses 'cause it runs from 11am to 8pm! Plenty of time to get your butts over for a handmade shopping extravaganza!

Well, I'm going to try to get a couple things made before tomorrow, so I'm off. Hope to see some of you this weekend, with cash in hand (hint hint;). Ok, I'm happy with a smiling face and a warm - I saw it on your blog - hello too...

December 10, 2009

Bring Food, Buy Handmade

Well, we raised a fair bit of money yesterday... $618! That means we'll be able to sponsor 2 children for next year. That's food etc. for a whole year for two orphans. Yay everyone who came and shopped!

Today I'm heading off to New Haven, CT, leaving this afternoon, for an evening Holiday Arts & Crafts Market at the John C. Daniels School (map is linked to the Custom Adornments banner in the side bar). Vendor fees are going to benefit Music Programs in CT schools and you can bring food for the CT Food Bank tonight when you come too.

569 Congress Ave in downtown New Haven, 6-8:30 pm. Handmade and one of a kind is sure to be represented by more people than just me.

Hope you can make it and be sure to stop by my table and say hi if you do.

December 7, 2009

Charity Craft Party Anyone?!

If you're in the Northern New Jersey/Lower Hudson Valley area of Metro NY, Please stop by on Wednesday and pick up some one of a kind, handmade gifts. At least 10% of everyone's sales for the day are going to the charity and there will be raffles to win an item from each crafter as well.

I've got the map for this event linked to the banner under "Come See Me in December" in the sidebar. Feel free to send this to all your friends, neighbors and relatives in the area, and hope to see you on Wednesday!

Oh, and if you can't make it and you want your purchases this season to contribute to a charity; 10% of all sales on my etsy store this month goes to Habitat for Humanities (and you get Free US shipping too).

Happy conscientious shopping!

December 3, 2009

Time for Indiemade Craft Market!

Saturday is the day. The 2nd Annual, Indiemade Craft Market in Allentown, PA. Last year was such a blast and I've been looking forward to this years event since, well, since the last one was over!

So, 10am is the time to be there... well, maybe earlier cause there was a line waiting to get in last year. Why? So you can Get yourself one of 50 swag bags - and a little catseye pendant made by me - and first dibs on all the handmade goods made by the wonderfully amazing talent that will be there. Yes, I am gushing. You will too...

It's at 1221 S. Front Street in the Starlight Ballroom. You can click on the Custom Adornments banner in the sidebar (under "Come See Me in December") for a map link to the show.

Hope to see you there - I have a new Copper and mostly 1950's Vintage Japanese Lampwork collection I made just for this show. So, if you come, you'll be one of the first ones to get a piece of it - or two...

I know you can't really tell what they look like from these pictures, but I think you can get something of an idea. 5 different beads ranging in date from 1948 to 1953. 6 different necklace and bracelet sets with at least two matching pairs of earrings for each set. First ones to look at them get the option to actually buy a full set, and a nice discount for getting a set instead of breaking them up. Because I'm sure they'll get broken up quickly, they usually do. So if you're coming to the Starlight on Saturday, and like your jewelry in sets (or want to give a different piece of the set to different friends or relatives), make sure you get there early for this new collection in Falltastic colors that are bright and big enough to wear during the winter and summer too.

Oh, and I haven't come up with a name for the collection yet. So, if you have any good ideas for this collection name, please feel free to post it in a comment. If you come up with a good one, that I wind up using, I'll make sure you get credit and a little thank you gift as well!

So, ya. Hope to see you Saturday!

November 30, 2009

Hidden Gems in Griffin...And Hiddenite

Griffin was fun - of course - how could it not be? The Next Chapter is a great used bookstore run by wonderful ladies with amazing customers who have spectacular taste. You must go next time you're in Griffin... of course, it won't look quite like this unless you go next time I'm there (which might be in March, but I'll keep you posted)

I swung by the Cowee Ruby Mine drivin through Franklin on my way back up on Saturday and found a few, not very nice, Sapphires and pretty much nothing else in my one sifted bucket so I decided to high tail it back to Hiddenite and try my luck there again.

Got there a little after 3pm (they close at 5pm this time of year) and it was already getting just about too dark to see what you were looking at. I got a native bucket and found a few nice pieces. Nothing like in the bucket on the way up though. So after running through that, I ran down to the creek and started looking around. Obviously, it pays to be there early cause it was pretty much picked through. I found a couple here and there and mostly quartz and then ventured across the rocks to the other side and just as I was getting ready to turn around and head back (it was getting pretty dark by then) I looked at the bank and saw some pretty colors poking out of the sand. Pay dirt! as they say. Started moving the leaves away and brushing stones from the dirt. Wound up finding a fairly good couple of handfuls of nice stones in about 10 minutes and then headed back just before closing time.

Wound up finding a really nice Garnet, larger than any of the three I found on the previous rummage on the way up but just as clear and dark. Some nice Rutile, another small ok Sapphire, some Blue Aventurine, some smaller Moonstones, amazingly clear pieces of Smoky and Rose Quartz, some more Moss Agate, Bloodstone, and Red Banded Jasper. Plus a few nice stones I have no idea what they are.

I wound up with a lot of pretty "just rocks" as well as a lot of actual gemstones in my two day, 4 or so hours of sluicing and creeking. See:

That's a 3/4 length bath towel covered in gems... well, the bottom left is a bunch of not so great quartz, quartzite and such like that - up to the blue in the middle, which is where the Aventurine is...

This is a closer look at the more valuable stones:

Flourite in the foreground with Amazonite just behind and Moonstone and Sapphires to the left of that and Garnets above the Moonstone and the little Tourmalines next to the Garnets...

There wasn't a lot of sun today so those two pictures don't really show off the stones that well. Phil took some close ups of the stones he liked yesterday when there was sun though. He thought this was the best Rutile, but I might have better ones:

One of our many lingering lady bugs joined in for this picture... then crawled over to the stones I was cleaning and sorting on the towel. Gives a good scale for the Rose Quartz, don'tcha think:

[We have a lady bug infestation every year, twice a year - Spring and Fall - and we still have a few left from the recent outdoor explosion that wound up inside our windows.]

That's not the really clear one I found on Saturday either. That one is smaller and shaped almost like an arrowhead. I've never found Rose Quartz so clear. It's almost like glass. In fact, Phil asked me if I was sure the large, clear Smoky I found wasn't glass.

Those are Phil's manly fingers, not my tiny girly ones like with the Rutile:

It's a good size Smoky and the picture doesn't really show how clear it is since the light is refracting off of all the surface fractures.

So yep. I'll probably be heading back down in early Spring to do it all over again. Should be a great time and hopefully I'll come back with Rubies and Emeralds next time! Going to have a longer stay at the Emerald Hollow Mines on the way down too. Bright and early creeking and sluicing!

I have so many stones now, I guess I'd better break out my tumbler and find someone to teach me how to cut the ones that would be better faceted or cabochoned. One more thing I have to add to my to do list...

Speaking of which, I have a whole table of jewelry that needs getting made... oh, and I gotta get dinner started first.

Rock on til the next installment!

November 26, 2009

Fun in the Dirt!

Oh, Hiddenite was FUN! Digging around in the dirt looking for pretty rocks, what could be better than that? I'm definitely going back next year when I swing back down!

Sorry, no pictures right now; since I'm using someone else's computer and my phone isn't that sophisticated... I didn't find any emeralds but, I did find a sapphire; a dark purple one. Also found some garnets, a black tourmaline, tiny green tourmaline, amazonite, tree agate, green moss agate, red banded jasper, rose quartz, smoky quartz, amethyst, orange calcite, bloodstone, peach moonstone, flourite, blue aventurine, green aventurine, red aventurine, some really great 'just river rocks' and some other stuff I don't know what it is yet, and probably some I just forgot to tell ya.

I sifted through one bucket (where I found the sapphire) and then tooled around the creek a bit. Well, moved big flat rocks into the creek to retrieve a lot of them actually. Found the garnets and moonstone in the creek. Well, the moonstone IN the creek, the garnets next to the creek actually. If I'd had more time, I would have stayed there all day looking through dirt and water!

Even still, in just a couple hours I found a pretty good haul. Which is to say, I have a fairly heavy bag of rocks to take home and clean up and look at and wrap up into pretty jewelry for all ya'll. Looking forward to it in a big way!

Also really looking forward to the reason I came down to GA this week: tomorrow's Jewelry Party at The Next Chapter Bookstore in Griffin, GA (see last entry and the link on the where I'm at in the side bar for details and map). Going to be a beautiful warm, sunny day and a good day for one of a kind bargains in Griffin! Maybe we'll see you there?

So that's going until 7pm and after a good night's sleep, I'm off to Franklin the next morning to sift through dirt once again. Looking for sapphires, rubies, and emeralds ostly. Maybe this time I'll find rubies and emeralds in the dirt? More sapphires would be cool too.

I'll have pictures next week. Probably look like a pile of rocks, but I'll try to get some good close ups of the best finds.

So, hope to see you tomorrow, or in the next week at another event or somewhere on the road... or maybe I'll run into you while looking for pretty rocks?

Hope everyone had a lot to be thankful today!

November 23, 2009

The Next Chapter

Well, I met some lovely people in Pearl River yesterday, and danced and laughed a lot, but sold only two rings... right at the end. That's how these things go sometimes. You just never know who's going to show up and how they'll react to your art...

So, now, I'm getting ready to drive down to Hiddenite tomorrow and hunt for Emeralds and then push through south of Atlanta to visit my good friend Carol and get geared up for my big Black Friday instore sale at The Next Chapter Bookstore in Griffin, GA. I made these just for the store to display while they're waiting for me to get there with more jewelry:

and I still have the jewelry I posted in last weeks entry as well. So that will be coming down with me too. BTW, I love that Labradorite's blue fire, don't you?! Plus, that really elaborate swirly ring is adjustable just like the swirly from last week and swirly with a bead above. AND, I'm bringing wire, tools and gems just so I can sit around and make rings on the spot at the party Friday; because you asked for it! Custom rings anyone?

So we're expecting to see everyone reading this in the Atlanta area to come down/over/around to downtown Griffin and get some real bargains. Because that's what you'll get. Real, one of a kind, bargains! Did I mention the jewelry's all going to be 20% OFF my online store prices? Well, it is. Just above wholesale so you'll be getting a real Black Friday deal when you come by. Because I know, if you're close enough to get there, you will.

Especially since the books are on sale too. It's the 3rd year Anniversary for The Next Chapter this month so Friday's event is a little bit of an Anniversary Party extension. That means food and drink to keep you alert while you're shopping. Well, we all know you'll be hanging around for a while with all the jewelry and great books and wonderful company and everything being such a bargain... and we wouldn't want you to get low blood sugar while you're there. What with the post Thanksgiving fast and all...

Happy Thanksgiving and see you Friday afternoon/evening in Griffin!

November 20, 2009

Music and This Weekend's Market Sitting

Ok, tonight's the night. First time since April you'll get the chance to see THEChildren perform. Yep, if you missed them at the Delancey, tonight's your chance to catch em. Phil's playing the hammered dulcimer and djembe drum; John A's going to be in this line up; and Michael (Weiner), while not really a singer, is always entertaining. Oh, and the venue is a little different too. It's in a clothing store!

Yep. So, if you're anywhere near NYC tonight around 7pm, swing by Label on Lafayette between Spring and Prince. Enjoy the spectacle and the accessories.

Oh, and make sure you swing up to Pearl River on Sunday for a day of shopping! Well, at least try to swing by the Beth Am Temple Holiday Boutique and say hi. Doors open at 10am and shut at 4pm. Plenty of time to get some shopping in and grab some baked goods from the kids. I have some new jewelry... whanna see some?

New styles, some new techniques, all new designs. Like? The swirly ring is adjustable... and the stones are Labradorite and Citrine... If you like and can't make it to Pearl River on Sunday, then you better get in touch before then. Don't think I'll be bringing these back home...

Right. Gotta start getting ready for the musical interlude for the evening. So, hope to see you NY people at either or - maybe both? Who knows? Not me... Swirly!

November 17, 2009

Making New Jewelry for Indiemade

Allentown has been bery bery good to me...

From Scratch got off to a good 1st year start and it went so well, it looks like they're planning a second event in Spring. I'm looking forward to it already! Of course, if it weren't for the people who saw me at Indiemade last year and recommended me to the organizers, I wouldn't be there at all. So, THANKS Indiemade!

Speaking of which, I'm in the process of making some new jewelry that will be debuting there. At the December 5th Indiemade Craft Market that is. Here's a little sneak peak:

The beads are all early 1950's and Japanese in origin. All Lampwork beads by nature. Throwing in some gemstones too. See em? Yep. There they are. Haven't finalized the designs yet, but will be working on that today when I'm done with this... and once I do the dishes.

Oh, and it looks like I won't be able to do anymore Squish Markets til next year. Can't do this month after all and next month the date is earlier and conflicts with my first day up at the Tight Knit market up in Troy... oh well. I'll definitely do some more next year, but probably the next one will be in February cause I think I'll be at Tight Knit on the January date too. I'll keep you posted.

I will be at the Beth Am Temple in Pearl River NY this Sunday though and Phil has a show with the Children on Friday in The City - at Label. It's a store. I'll write more about that tomorrow when I know what time they plan to launch into song.

Speaking of which, PLEASE, click on the link for Phil's project and pledge all you can... let everyone you know know... and help him get his new CD made. All it takes is a contribution of $25 to be able to contribute your voice to his music... literally.


Oh ya. Phil's watercolor painting based necklaces are selling like hotcakes and he painted two more last night that I'm going to try finish up in necklace form to take with me this weekend... though, if I don't get them finished in time for that, I'll have them with me in Griffin, GA for sure... going to do a party trunk show at The Next Chapter Bookstore on N. Hill Street on Black Friday... look for those pictures later in the week or Monday before I drive South. More on that later too.

Toodles til the next update... toodley toodleee toodle

November 12, 2009

Small Works & Trexlertown: Do You Know What These Have in Common?

Well, one opens on and one is held on Saturday, November 14th. Oh, and I'll be represented at both places...

I just dropped off five brand new just made for this show necklaces with miniature original watercolor paintings by Phil attached to them for the Small Works Show at Zuzu's Cafe in Beacon, NY. Wanna see them? Ok:

This came out a little too light on the painting. It's got a lovely orange sunrise color behind the trees. This painting is my favorite of the five and this picture does not show how amazing the painting is! The necklace is made with Brass that I handformed and linked with Baltic Amber, Citrine, Emerald, and Tourmaline gemstone chips. You can get it at the show for a mere $130.

This picture came out the best of all five. It really shows the color and detail of the necklace. Handformed Copper wire connected by handmade links of Brass with these gorgeous little laser cut Brass colored Copper beads at the center of each swirly chain section is what this is made of. Yours for only $125.

Squiggle. Pinks and blues and Brass and what is it? Even Phil doesn't know. The handformed chain is Yellow Brass, Rose Quartz and Blue Lace Agate though. The perfect piece for every pastel and pink lover. A unique look for only $105.

Cross, telphone pole? Phil won't say. We called it Pale T. This picture doesn't show the beautiful pale pinks and blues and greens washed across the painting though. It's really lovely. So I took some lovely Brass and linked the wire with White Topaz that's been dyed a pale blue. You should see this when the light hits it just right. It's stunning! Only at the Small Works Show. Just $95.

The colors came out pretty nice in this picture, though it's a little lighter than in person. Purples and burgundy, greens and blues. The necklace has all the same shades in Tourmaline handlinked with Brass wire. Get this at Zuzu's for $110.

Now that you've seen what I contributed; here's your official invitation to the show:

I won't be at the opening though because, I'll be in the Trexlertown Grange selling a bunch of other jewelry at the From Scratch Handmade Artists Market. There's going to be live music and baked goods there too! First one ever. And, your donation of canned food (for an entry discount) will be going to the Second Harvest Food Bank too. Have fun and get some charity on. That'll be over in the Trexlertown Grange. That's in Pennsylvania. Where all the hipster cool people will be in Trexlertown, PA this Saturday, natch.

Of course, that's a bit of a walk if you want to go to both, but at least you can go to Zuzu's another day for the five necklaces above - until they're sold or the show's over, whichever comes first...

November 6, 2009

Yay! No More Baseball!

Ok. So, I went to a lot of games as a child - Anaheim A's mostly - and played of course. It was required. My sister was almost blinded playing softball, but that has nothing to do with it. I've just always found the game boring and, well, really boring. Now, Hurling. There's an exciting sport!

Apple pie is ok, but I like Blackberry, Raspberry and Boysenberry, oh, and Olallieberry, pie way better. You can mix a little bit of apple in with the berries and it's good pie. But no sugar. Honey and maple syrup if you have to. Really ripe (NOT East Coast grown) Blackberries can go without the sweetener. Yummmy! Used to get excellent Real Key Lime pie with Tequila Raspberry sauce when I was in Blacksburg... too bad that restaurant didn't last... that was amazing!

Ya. So, anyway; now that the world series is no longer on Fox at primetime, I can watch some of my shows again! Yay!

Sad, noh?

Ok. I don't just sit around watching TV all day! I sit around watching movies too. AND making jewelry while I watch the vidiot box. It's kind of like listening to the radio while I work. Since my current working conditions are so confined, my largest and most convenient workspot is the coffee table so, I usually watch a little whatever for background and entertainment while I create. If that's weird, well... I am a little. weehhhheeeeeeee.

I did make some new rings today - while watching a marathon of the David Tenant Dr. Who - with Martha. Missed most of those, so caught up a little. And made these rings in the process:

All Gold Fill, mostly 14KGF but two of the rings have some 18 gauge that's only 12KGF. Lessee, the front row left is a super twisty with 4 strands of wire and three 4 mm stones (Garnet, Hessonite Garnet and Citrine); middle front is a 6mm lab grown Alexandrite; right front is an 8mm Natural Black Spinel; middle row left is a Labradorite (and the color just did not come out in the shot, it's soooo blue!); middle right is a lab grown Blue Zircon; in the back is a lab grown Ruby. All on the small size side (between 4 & 6.5) round the finger, and all but the Ruby one pretty substantial round the stone. Yah. If I don't sell them tomorrow, I'll take some better pictures...

Even this one of the Labradorite isn't as good as it should be, but at least it shows the color better:

Only cropped the size on this. Didn't tweek it at all. But it's a little blurry so you can't see the facets too well. It really does show that blue. Only a 5 1/2 though... no, really. I didn't play with the color at all in that picture!

OK. So, that's the new stuff. Would have had more but I spent all of the first four days of the week making tiny little pendants for Swag for the Indiemade Craft Market in a month. Gotta get them mailed out on Monday...

Right, so if you like the rings and live close enough to drive to Beacon NY tomorrow (that's November 7th if you aren't sure what day I wrote this), and want to try some of them new rings on and maybe buy one or two; I'll be at the Elant at Fishkill Holiday Craft Fair from 10am to 4pm. That's at 22 Robert Kasin Way which is just North of the Beacon exit off I-84
up 9D, or just North of the I-84 on 9D. Hopefully there will be adequate signage, but there's a map right here and linked to the "Where I'll Be" in the sidebar too.

So, that's what's on my mind, just got made, and where I'll be this weekend. Hopefully you've enjoyed it and I'll see you one of these weekends soon.

October 29, 2009

Oops! Forgot to Tell ya...

Halloween night, at 8pm, in Williamsburg, at MonkeyTown... Phil's one of six musicians who are making new music to play during the silent film: Haxan, Witchcraft Thru the Ages. Should be a really good time and maybe I'll even have time to throw a costume together... hahahaaaaaaa. We'll be leaving as soon as it's done though, since we have to be up bright and early for the Arts & Crafts in the Valley on Sunday... If I don't see you on Halloween, maybe we'll see you on All Saints Day? Or is it the Day of the Dead? Guess it depends on where you are and what you pratice... eh?

Movies and Holiday Boutique Mayhem

Ok. I have to say it. Harold and Maude is possibly the best movie ever made. Well, at least right up there in the top 5. It was on last night and even though I've seen it several dozen times before, I still stopped and watched it. And still laughed and got choked up and smiled and sang along and felt that the world would be a better place if everyone was more like Harold and Maude.

Anyone ever seen the black and white autobiographical TV movie Ruth Gordon wrote and played herself in the stage version? I know it was based on her play: Years Ago and apparently is was done by the Ford Theatre Hour. If you can find it: Highly recommended for any fan of Ruth's. You know, it would be her birthday tomorrow...

So, yep.

Movie talk today.

Oh, and I'll be setting up a table in the Eagle Valley Firehouse for the Ladies Auxillary Art and Crafts in the Valley on Sunday. Open to the punters from 10am to 4pm and the ladies will be selling baked good and refreshments... Handcrafted stuff only so it should be a good time.

Got a bunch of new rings and a brand new earring design I will have three pairs of (not quite finished so maybe I'll get the pictures up tomorrow, maybe you'll have to wait until next week...). The new earring design is wire that I wove on a spool with beads on them... I know, tells you nothing really. Well, you'll just have to make the effort on Sunday, if you're close enough, to get over to 14 Scott Mine Road in Tuxedo, NY between 10am & 4pm if you want to see them and maybe get a pair for yourself!

This weekend there will be these three water color paintings by Phil necklaces at Riverwinds Gallery:

Yes. If you read my blog, you've seen the first two before; but the last one is totally new! And yes that first one is the one that was supposed to be auctioned off for the scholarship fund... what can I say. I wasn't able to be there and apparently the weather kept far too many people away... or something. Now it's going to be at Riverwinds. So you can go try it on and buy it there... if you want. And you're close enough to get over to Beacon. You can try on and buy the other ones too... Though, you could have bought them from me for less if you were at Squish last weekend...

October 22, 2009

Squishy Halloween!

Well, my really cool spider cut gemstones didn't arrive in time for me to make the amazing spider rings I intended, but I'm still going to be at the Squish Artists Market on Saturday. With some new rings. Just not ones with spiders cut into the bottom of the facets (they look soooo cool!) If I have time to make them before next weekend, I'll put them up in my Etsy shop. But don't hold your breath.

I have a lot of stuff to do and get made cause I have shows every weekend until Xmas... and I never got around to making my fall collections, so I have to hustle a little bit... and make some swag for IndieMade too... ya... I think I'll be lucky to get my laundry done!

I just added a bunch of stuff to my Etsy store though - that I meant to put up like a year ago - and have a few more things to list this week and next week and the week after. So keep your eyes peeled for new listings... or, if you twitter, you can follow me and get tweeted every time a listing gets added to my store so you know exactly what's new ... And you can find out when I post new pictures to my Flickr page... And when I put up a new blog posting. Like this one.

Ok, well, I have to get some stuff made and try to clean up my hovel a little bit today, among other things, so I better leave it here.

Hope to see you at Squish Saturday (1-7pm 3rd Street, Brooklyn) and maybe at some other shows and markets in the near future too. Thankfully, none of them will be outside - did I mention I got sick from being out all day in winter weather last weekend? Well, it was pretty out... and I did get a lot of fresh air... and met some nice people... and lost the feeling in my extremities and slept all day the next two days...

This is my tent at The Fall Foliage Festival in Highland Falls last Saturday, BRRRRR!
(this picture has been lightened and brightened; it was really cold and dark that day; it sleeted!)

Yay indoor markets!

October 16, 2009

Neither Rain, Nor Snow, Nor Broken Tent...

Well, it looks like my last weekend of outdoor festival and market going for the year will be spent in the snow and sleet and rain under a (hopefully) repaired tent.

Last Saturday the wind ripped the moorings from the ground and hurtled my tent over the top of my tables, bringing another table with it, and broke and bent in several places. I managed to get most of it hammered out and put back together, but one side arm that shattered at the drill point is a little sketchy and the holes in the tent top may or may not have all been found and patched...


It's supposed to snow tonight (depositing up to an inch) and tomorrow morning and then just rain all day after it warms up too much to snow.

None-the-less, it is rain or shine - or snow - at the Fall Foliage Festival in Highland Falls tomorrow. My check was received and, I will be there to try to make my money back and then some - in space number 78!

Hopefully, some of you will come out to see me (and help me warm up) somewhere in front of the West Point main entrance on Main Street (I have some new jewelry:)

and then head north up 9W to Beacon for the auction to benefit the
Audrey Chibbaro Youth in Arts Scholarship Fund! A lot of wonderful artists have donated work for the Auction. Besides the jewelry/watercolor that Phil and I donated, Edie Nadelhaft, Judith Peck and Eileen McTiernen have all donated work. Hopefully some of you can make it to both events.

And that's it for me this weekend. I'll let you know where I'll be next weekend, um, next week...

[Ok, it'll be Squish...]

Right now I'm off to get 200lbs of sand to keep my tent from flying away again!

October 8, 2009

Why You Should Be in Beacon This Weekend...

So, why should you spend your weekend in Beacon? Well, because I am! Oh, and it's going to be a lot of fun if you do...

Second Saturday is this weekend - when the galleries have most of their art openings, restaurants and bars have special entertainment and the Main Street businesses stay open late. And this 2nd Saturday is going be the last Hudson River Market I'll be at. Maybe the last one in it's current incarnation ever, actually. They're looking to make it a "European Style" Market for next year - which means the handmade arty stuff will be pretty much absent.

So.. this Second Saturday will be your last chance to get some one of a kind and handmade jewelry, clothing, bags and fine art from some of the Hudson Valleys local talent. Well, on the street on Main anyway...

Plus, Sunday, Mount Beacon Fine Art Gallery is hosting a Jewelry Party - with jewelry by Andrea N. (that's me...) - from 2pm to 6pm. Refreshments will be served and I will have 4 tables of jewelry set up so there will be even more one of a kind to choose from than on Saturday. Plus, it's indoors, so I can bring stuff I wouldn't put outside... Though, if the weather is as nice as they say it's supposed to be (Fall Foliage anyone?), I'll probably sell quite a few one of a kind jewelry things on Saturday. So, if you want first dibs on anything I've got, you might want to come see me both days... If you can.

Oh, and I just dropped off some new necklaces at Raindance so you can run over to Beacon Friday if you want to be the first to get one of those. I just created a whole new unique-to-the-store design; all with a Vintage bead as the focus and gemstones on the chain. Since I've only made Sterling jewelry for Kathy's store up til now, and Fall is more of a Gold time of the year, I made 4 of the 7 new necklaces in Gold Fill. It went better with the Fall colors. So, if you're more of a gold person and you like one of these:

(the top four are the Gold Fill) you might want to get down there asap before someone else gets the one(s) you like...

Let's see, lots of art and activities plus special shopping opportunities... perfect weather and gorgeous mountain and river sides full of spectacular Fall color... um... the chance to hang out with great people and enjoy a wonderful weekend... um... um... nope, I think that about covers why Beacon NY is the place to be this second weekend in October.

See you there!

October 2, 2009

Art Auction Date Correction with Pictures

Ok, I was wrong. I admit it. I had the dates mixed up. I'm going to blame the Mercury Retrograde.

The correct date for the big art auction is October 17th. From 5pm to 8pm. At Mount Beacon Fine Art. You can start PReviewing (see my mistake) the art tomorrow. Though not all of it will be on display until closer to the auction.

Apparently, most of the artists did not feel the need to be punctual with the delivery of their donation. Hey, I was told to get it there by today, so I did. I'm not bad mouthing anyone... um... I guess I'm just tooting my own horn then... ;]

Anyway... It's a silent auction and the Gallery will be setting minimum bids on all the work so, contact them for info on where you'll need to start to get your hands on my newest, one of a kind (and totally different than anything else I've ever made), necklace. It's going to a good cause and you can bid by phone or e-mail if you can't get to the gallery in person.

This is the necklace I made for the Auction [100% of the proceeds (of MY art - well, Mine and Phil's art - anyway) is going directly to the Audrey Chibbaro Youth in Arts Scholarship Fund]:

The clasp is hand formed...

The original mini watercolor painting was done by Phil Puleo (signed on the back) and is covered by a clear acid free film for protection...

I knitted wire and fiber together with Rose Quartz and Garnets and made the fancy swirly chain all by hand. No jigs for me! Did I mention this is the first time I've made a handmade chain for a necklace (that wasn't just links with beads or stones that is)?

Can't tell you how long it actually is cause, I was in such a hurry to get it made and take pictures and get it delivered (with all publicity materials requested), that I forgot to measure it.

Wait, I might be able to figure it out - pretty close to anyway.

Ok. I know it's longer than 16" because the woven part is 6" long. Each swirl is about an inch and there are 12 of them... let's see... well, it's longer than 18"... each connector is about a quarter inch... so, it's probably closer to 20". You'll have to try it on to see how it actually looks on you though...

Now, get over to Beacon and get those bids in!


October 1, 2009

This Weekend's Festival That I'll Be At...

This weekend I'm going to be at the 8th Annual, Skyland, New Jersey Botanical Garden's Harvest Festival. Both days, Saturday and Sunday (10/3 & 4) from 10am to 5pm. Rain or Shine! Which is going to be fun cause I haven't gotten around to re-water proofing my tent... So, repeat after me: Rain rain... I'll be there anyway!

Um, and that's pretty much it.

Oh, wait, I'll also have a necklace at the Benefit Auction at the Mount Beacon Fine Art Gallery at 155 Main Street in Beacon, NY on Saturday the 3rd. Proceeds benefit the Aubrey Chibbaro Youth in Arts Scholarship so get out there and bid!

I'll have a picture of the item up for bidding right here on my blog by tomorrow evening... I'm still making it ;}

Oh yah. The MBFA Gallery is also going to host an, open to the public, Jewelry Party on Sunday the 11th. That would be with me, and my jewelry...