Well, it has been what seems as eons since I've been on this blog. Four years almost to the date! I have noticed that I am not the only one as many of us have decided that the quicker and easier way for an artist to communicate is through images and short descriptions on Instagram. This in turn creates more time to create .... I think. Unless I spend to much time editing my photos! But in fact I did the same with this blog so, yes, I think I am saving time. For my few fellow followers, if you are still around, and wondered where I went... check out my Instagram account!
My jewelry is now in a new gallery in Ojai!!! Tomorrow, Saturday July 6th, is the Grand Opening at the OVA Arts Gallery from 4-7pm. Jonathon McEuen will provide great music, there will be food and lots of fun! Everyone is welcome! Please join us at 108 N. Signal Street in Ojai.... two doors over from Ruben's.
I was so nervous to plant roses in my garden in Ojai... and predominantly David Austin English roses. I thought the weather might be too hot. I took a chance late last spring, surfed the web for ideas and ordered my favorites from Rose Story Farm in Carpinteria. then of course we had a horrendously hot summer and they looked like hell by August. But, alas... spring came and what a great surprise. My delicate little babies are twice as big and so abundant .... YIPPPEEE!!!
The roses shown above are "Johann Strauss", "Hot Cocoa", "Glamis Castle", "Gentle Hermione", "Jubilee Celebration", "Julia Child" and "Mary Magdalene"(not in order).
I took a walk this morning around the block in my neighborhood. It was VERY brisk as the storm was approaching. Some might laugh when I say brisk (like those on the East coast today) but for sunny California it felt like an arctic front! But as I've said before, I am a wimp. But it was a lovely stroll!
And you thought Jenga was just a balancing act. Well, when a 7 year old is bored you never know what they will come up with. Tonight, we watched as Jenga became art. All his idea too. I prompted him to do more that his original (first photo) and he was game. He even took most of the photographs though I did crop them. It was his idea to use the Instagram filters and turn them black and white. My little guy is really getting the artsy eye! I then uploaded them to the computer for a little additional contrast/boost and voila....
Yes, this is Paradise... Paradise, California. There IS such a place and it IS a paradise. If you haven't heard of it, not to worry. Just drive about 2 hours north of Sacramento, and between Oroville and Chico you will find this little beauty. Lots of pines, lots of oaks, lots of maples, lots of sycamores, lots of nice folks. And lovely colors this time of year. These were taken on Thanksgiving while visiting my in-laws... in their front yard. I hope you are enjoying fall while it's here as it's almost over!
Has anybody ever been to Labrador? Sounds like a pretty nice place to me.
My cousin saw the combo above (a labradorite briolette, my floral "shield" pendant and tiny faceted labradorite beads) before I put it all together and said I'll take it!
So if you're down near San Diego way and you see this on a pretty lady...you know who it is : )
Which brings me to say that I will be making another soon.... if any of ya'll are interested let me know!
And, I have just had a mold made of my pmc pendant below so now I can have lost wax casting made in sterling. I'm thinking of experimenting with castin in gold too. I need to hold my breath when I ask for the quote!
And if you're in Ojai, California and you see these funny looking pups... please don't be afraid. Their bark is just them sayin' hello. Their names are Stella (red) and Lucy (cream)... mother and daughter. No, these are NOT their beds .... though they sometimes think otherwise!