Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week 3- Year of Jewelry Project

I've made it his far, hopefully I won't run out of steam for the next 49 weeks!

The theme this week was Weaving and braiding. I didn't stick to the theme really, but this is my interpretation of it.

A knotwork piece that I make over and over again because I love the shape.

This week it is made of enamel on copper. I haven't finished the chainmaille that will connect it with the necklace, I scuffed up the links and thought I need to redo them.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Week 2, 2017 Year of Jewlry Project-- Water Lilies by Claude Monet

Week 2

The water lily pond at the Giverny home of Claude Monet has been painted more than most famous buildings.  Monet painted it over 250 times over the years...

This week in the YOJ Project is an interpretation of this famous painting... or paintings. Which gives a wide spectrum of colors to choose from!

I chose what I thought was a greener painting... but it came out that I was not even close to what I saw and what I created...

but here it is!


Sunday, January 01, 2017

Week 1 - 2017 Year of Jewelry Project-- Self Portrait

Week 1

I did it... I signed up for the Year of Jewelry Project again! I had a great year in 2015, but 2016 was a fizzle... I worked,  and worked a lot on jewelry... just never had time or the inclination to actually take photos of more than a few of my pieces. 

This year... I'm off to a good start. I have created two pieces so far, a necklace and a matching bracelet. 

The theme is "Self Portrait" and I think I captured myself pretty well. The pieces are a monotone, black to silver done in a flat Peyote stitch, which is one of the first stitches I ever learned how to create. 

The beads are 11/0 triangle seed, so it is not large, the necklace is also made up of crystal, glass, and metal. The focal pendant is a piece of polished lava with crystals and a metal spacer bead. The clasp is an s hook and loop. 
The bracelet is made up of 11/0 triangle seed beads as well with the polished lava and crystals as a focal.  I get frustrated with Blogger for not allowing you to turn a picture... so the bracelet is vertical. 




Sunday, October 09, 2016

Write 31 Days

http://my31daysofwriting2016.blogspot.com/2016/10/interview-with-desiree-rager-cook-bead.htmlWorking on the Write 31 Days challenge. This year is full of extras, like my son being in High School, I'm working a new job, and not being able to see well...Seems that it is taking a toll.

I've lined up some interesting jewelry artists for this month, starting with Desire Rager Cook, who is a wonderful bead artist. She makes wearable art pieces that will captivate the jewelry lover in you.

Her interview will be published tomorrow afternoon, please stop by on the other blog to catch a glimpse of her.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

E-book coming December 1st

Jennifer Lane is about to launch her new e-book, please give it a read, coming December 1st to Amazon.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Writing in October

Here it is the first week of October, the weather here has taken a turn for Autumn today, wonderful cool breezes, nice and always needed rain has graced us, and all is right in the world it seems!

http://my31daysofwriting.blogspot.com/
I am on day four of the 31 Days writing challenge. I kind of cheated a bit, using more of my notes than actual substance. We had a Band concert on Friday, so we were at the school then the stadium until late, then back to the school to unload equipment, instruments and then home. Saturday was early Tennis Tournament, and it was hard to get up in time. So I'm taking a bit of a rest today, I published what I had, and know it isn't really in keeping with the spirit of the writing for 31 days... but I did write... so technically, I'm in... but in spirit? I did write, just not a lot.

I'm getting nervous, you know, that nervous feeling when you have a deadline, and it is fast approaching, and you think you don't have enough information, enough skills, enough time to do justice... all those feelings rolled into one?  I'm waiting on a few interviews, hoping they are turned in quickly, and waiting for a few oks for using pictures... and trying to make graphics to use for advertising... and hoping that they will be ok...

I think that the first few days of writing, getting organized, and making sure that everything is on time, in place and links working right, is the hardest part of this challenge. Everything will fall into place, I know, and there is little to worry about after that. I just want to do justice to some of the artists I am featuring.

I hope everyone will join along, especially on the days of the interviews!
My 31 Days- Jewelry- From Concept to Sales


Thursday, October 01, 2015

October 1st!

Good morning to everyone!
Such a wonderful day to be alive and able  to write! Today is the first day of October. Not only is it the unofficial start to Everything Pumpkin Month... it is also the beginning of the Write 31 Days writing challenge. I am so very excited to participate once again, in what can only be described as an endurance test of writing ability!

I have linked up to the Fashion and Beauty sub-category on the Write 31. com page, posted my first post, and have begun advertising on social media. 
Jewely- From Concept to Sales
The past month, I have added another page to my blogs, it is dedicated to the 31 Days series, and will stay in it's place, being added to each year as I participate. After a month of designing, redesigning, and second guessing, I have a page that I like, and will leave as is for at least this year!

Come join in the reading, by either clicking on the links above or by viewing my pages. I will have links to artists and their businesses during the month, as well as other blogs you can visit.
Happy October, and happy reading!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

This writing thing is not what I thought it would be!
This morning I had somewhat of a meltdown. I looked at the outline for the 31Days writing challenge and the lines crossing out potential jewelers to interview... and I wanted to just throw the paper in the trash and either chuck it in... or change my subject!
I have to say, I vented on Facebook... I generally don't vent on G+(Why is that?). I obviously don't communicate through writing well enough to get my point across, because I was told I had anxiety and needed medication.
Then I was told that the anxiety was getting in the way of me looking for a job....
No....
I am asking for interviews for my blog....
I would like to interview people for the blog...
The writing challenge...
sigh...

No, I haven't chucked it in, yet. I haven't changed the subject, not that it hasn't crossed my mind more than 30 or 40 times today... but I have my outline, I have a few interviews already, I have modified my letter asking for an interview. I've modified my questionnaire for the interview. I have worked on pictures,the linking button, gone back and redone some of my graphics, fonts, sizes and colors..

OK, I admit to being a bit OCD when it comes to getting blog pages to the point I like them, and I hope that other people like them... I want the page to be pleasing to the eye, easily readable, and interesting.  Hopefully, this comes across as looking inviting and professional.

So, back to the story. I have learned my lesson, maybe, to not post to Facebook anything that might be misconstrued. Not that it will matter, anything I say can and will be misconstrued. I guess I have to go to the person that misunderstood me, and gave me advice about medicating...  and apologize for writing like I was manic and a bit anxious. The truth is...I was a bit anxious, but not in the bad sort of way... but in my crazy, mixed up sort of way that I get stuff done if I'm pushed to that point...? Does that make sense?

I mean, I obsess about something, but I can actually make myself decide on a course of action if I am faced with a dilemma. If I have obsessed about something for a few days, I will just turn it off for a bit and I will usually find a solution for the problem rather quickly.  I learned that from Wanda Greene. She owned a floral business and took me in under her wing, so to speak. She taught me the business from the ground up. I got frustrated one day, doing a job that no one else would do, and she came up and asked me what was wrong with the piece. I said I didn't know. She said... walk away.
I looked at her, wondering if she had lost her mind. I had to finish it right then, and get it out. But I did it. I walked to the back of the shop, I got a drink, worked on another project for about 10 minutes and walked back into the room and could tell exactly what was wrong and what needed to happen to get it out the door in maybe 5 minutes.

That works with just about everything. I guess not brain surgery, but with writing it does. With jewelry it does, same with sculpting, painting, floral arranging, and sewing. I'm pretty sure in designing just about anything...

After my little meltdown and subsequent embarrassment on social media... I am ok. I know what I need to do and am implementing the changes to my approach. Things feel better tonight, I feel a bit relieved. We have 5 days to go before the challenge begins and I am ahead of the curve already with my page, graphics, subject, and ... most of all, with my newfound sense of accomplishment!

Join me for the 31 Days Writing Challenge, beginning October 1st.