Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy All Hallows Eve

Halloween brings back a lot of memories. As we sat around the dinner table we were remembering the costumes I made for my son. When he was a baby I made him a prickly pear cactus costume complete with rubber lizard. Very regional I know. It started as a green body suit and bomber hat. I then stuffed many felt cactus beaver tails and made cactus needles with embroidery thread. That was before he wanted o be Batman and Spiderman every year. We always hosted a pumpkin carving contest not limited to pumpkins. We would carve any root vegetable imaginable. It was fun to watch those carved faces rot and wither. Their expressions changed as the days passed.
However you decide to spend your evening it will no doubt bring back memories of Halloweens past.

I have a couple of new pieces to add to my shop. here's a sneak peek

Inspired by Chinese brush painting "Meadow". Pure sterling on sterling elements like sumi brush strokes.

Clean design on the flip side with my hallmark leaf.

Blooms on wiry stems and a beautiful ocean jasper the colors of a dry winter field. "Weeds" lariat.

Hallmarked on the back....

I did see the movie "Amelia" It was long with very poor writing and I have to admit I was waiting for that plane to go down so I could get out of my seat. Some of the lines were so bad I laughed out loud. (love scene, dopey lines, Ro whisper laughing) Ladies don't waste your money. The costumes were awesome and Hillary Shank would have been brilliant had she been given something to say.
The trailer, trailed "THIS" . It looks fanciful and completely unique. With the irreverence of Roald Dahls writing, interesting animation, superb actors. It looks like a must see.

Be well all, and for the children's sake I hope the evenings weather cooperates.

Friday, October 30, 2009

October 30

Happy Anniversary E & R

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Every day
I see or hear
that more or less

kills me
with delight
that leaves me
like a needle

in a haystack
of light
It is what I was born for-
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world-
to instruct myself
Over and over

in joy,
and acclimation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant-
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these-
the untrimmable light

of the world
the ocean's shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

Enjoy your day, it's the only one like it in the history of days.

*poetry Mary Oliver

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rendezvoux With Blue

One of my best local sellers are my lapis pieces. This is a very special stone because it doesn't come from Afghanistan or South America. There is a small deposit in our local mountains. I have a friend that digs around the stream with a rock hammer, brings it down the mountain in a backpack and lapidaries it for me. I'm one lucky jewelry makin' gal. I love this lapis with it's inclusions, matrix and pyrite flecks. How much fun is it to set a little piece of the sky in a silver bezel you ask? Well, it's a real privilege.

I'm planning a busy day with these guys and gals. Is there anything you're not seeing. Ring sizes. More........? Any requests? Suggestions? or C. just enjoy sitting back and watching it flow.
The stones above are a couple of rough pieces I found in the stream. I want to cut them myself.

I already had a date with my other blue friend. I do love this vacuum. Dog hair beware!!!!!!!!

ok many hours later I have these sisters to show you. Similar yet different. "Weeds" they'll be in the shop on Thursday.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Dawns Light

The dawning golden light. I know this looks manipulated but it isn't.

Light through the Sycamores. Everything is appealing including the bark.

Scribble sky

I told you I see this often. Something is being launched.

I am crafting this right now and it's coming out B E A U T I F U L. It's an order. I'll show it to you later. ( I wanna Keep it)

Rustic, heart lives here.

Super model and super dogs. Dog (s)? you say....Yes, I have the little borrowed coyote for a couple weeks while his owners are in Thailand.


Little finches blending

A friend emaild me yesterday to tell me she had seen a mountain lion the other day. I have not seen one for a while but I wonder how many times they have seen me. This is where I imagine one would live. This is a corny, lion king rock formation. When my son was little we had to watch the lion king a few zillion times. Thank goodness for Jeremy Irons delightful voice.

sky cross

Home now, entering the garden. I designed this gate. The opening is my hight. Wouldn't you like a peek?

My metal studio awaits. Thanks for joining me. Have a productive monday and I'll do the same.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Autumn Garden

It's good to have friends in gardeny places. Eeeeeeep! You really get a sense of autumn when this wonder is around. Could anything look more Japanese? Look at that medallion. I'm not the only one stealing my design influence from the garden. Fuyu Persimmon sweet and delicate in flavor.

My tree is tiny and in it's first year. I have been referring to it as my persimmon stick. Kathryn Herrman and hubby Marc Hall are gardeners extraordenaire and were generous enough to share their bounty until my stick catches up. I know K. sometimes reads my little blogette. Thank you so much Miss Kitty and Mr Marc.
*Have a wonderful Sunday all.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sat Morning View

I finished two more pieces yesterday. Wow I nearly died when I came across this stone. Look at the orbs on this baby (ocean jasper). I created an organic pear shaped setting with succulent silver berries. I added a beautiful dapped chain. This piece is so sleek and wonderful it was calling for a blackened background and a high shine. This piece feels great too and its a lovely petite size. I made a tiny hook fastener that blends with it's neighboring jump ring giving the clasp a clean look. In the shop today "Burgeoning Fruit"

I love Burro Creek jasper. I love all things lavender and purple. One year a woman walked into my garden and remarked "Oh, a purple garden" I hadn't even noticed. This is a BIG stone, rustic, beautiful. Burro creek jasper is found in Arizona. I added "animal foot prints" in the stream bed "band" and a classic beaded bezel.

I got out early. First light behind the weeds.

Rich colors

Since I'm out so early I often see trails from rockets (or something) being shot from the desert behind the mountains. The space shuttle lands out there from time to time. You can tell when it does. BANG it rocks your world.

Rochelle Darrow "plant geek" :)

Sweet Towhee surveys the lower canyon. I love their gentile nature.

Doves warm their breasts in the morning sun.

Love the sculptural quality.

A fresh young California White Sage (salvia apiana) rochelle darrow plant geek. You should smell it. Well you might.................never know?

Have a great one!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Hey Y'all

Hot off the bench but the light is too fierce to get good photos. This piece will be in the shop tonight or tomorrow. After I have a chance to shoot better photos. Amethyst and citrine beads.

I signed this piece only with my mark thus making it reversible. In the "The Language of Flowers" leaf stands for melancholy. Wear it leaf up for those bristly days. Your own language.

Just a quick post them I'm off to work. I have several unfinished pieces on my bench, this being one. Yesterday was very unproductive, jewelry wise, but today I will be in my studio all day. This is one of my viola designs. The ring is unfinished. I will oxidize it and finish it by brushing it by hand and all the features will pop. This design was a lot of work. The flowers were not cast pieces soldered on. They were sawn and stamped one petal at a time. This ring features an American Turquoise in a most yummy subtle color.

I did leather carving for a while. That's another fun craft. When you carve leather you use what's called a backgrounding tool to make the carved project stand out. Hence the stamped background.
Because the stone is smaller the ring is lightweight and has a wonderful feel.

I'm off to studio land. I 'll show you how it all comes out. I'm making pendants too. Not everybody wants to rock a big ring :) TTFN!

In the shop now.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bad Bad Leroy Mortimer Pilates Bell Brown

It took me a while to find him this morning. He's doing a good job of blending. Naturally he was watching me the entire time.
I went to the nursery to buy some broccoli starts and my husband spotted him slipping on a pile of planters. Bambi on ice style. We put him on the plants and gave him a ride to our place in the back seat of the truck. We love him like he was our own. (blotting eye with tissue) Hee he!

I woke up this morning at 3:30 and sat in my garden for the meteor show. It was pretty good because the moon was so low key. When it became light I went for a hike. Above shot Toyon berries ripening.

Early light

Sages in silhouette up on the hill

Deer sinking to his hocks in the damp adobe soil.

Yucca and white sage bathe in the golden light

Yucca detail

Little buck in the gold

Castor beans taller than me. These are highly toxic . The berries or seeds are used to make sarin gas amongst a gaggle of other uses. It has become naturalized but is a non native species.

Castor beans. I copied a link. Everything you might want to know about this plant and then some. click HERE.

I have a busy day set up. First we are meeting with a fellow artist Kathryn Herrman that has been showing with Eric for almost 25 years. She does batik dying on antique linens, yardage and a whole host of fiber art projects. We will be scanning the farmers almanac and choosing the dates for our annual Christmas sale. Twice a year we have a studio show that spans the garden, studios and the house. We will be photographing our work for the announcement. By the way you're all invited. Snacks will be served........

*true or false test to follow on the many uses of the castor bean plant. Get your pencils ready.