Monday, June 2, 2014

Enter to Win a Show Sampler


We had a super terrific weekend, Claremont was really buzzing, along with our show the Folk Festival was taking place where our friends Ben and Ellen Harper were performing. We had a good turn out and they did too, our little town runnith over. I want to thank those of you who stopped by, some of you I saw only too briefly, Saturday was really bustling and Sunday had a nice even pace, I met someone from etsy which is always a thrill. I was reunited with a friend I had not seen for 20 odd years, what a blast and one of my dear jewelry instructors came with her husband and someone I had met while taking a class and we vowed to go to the Pasadena Bead show in July as a little troop, that will be fun. Our studio show is a big undertaking and we are so very thankful to our families and friends who are always so gracious to help. Thank you Marc, Bryce, Katie, Mahlea, Brian and Jeanmarie, for your help, it really meant the world to us and it helped make the event proceed smoothly. I want to thank all of my etsy and Facebook friends for your cheer and also for your support the rest of the year and for your rootin tootin, shouts in these spaces!

I'm feeling the after show relief and I have to admit it feels good! I took a celebratory hike this morning with my pal Jo. I'm sure most of you have read or heard about our drought here in California. Look at the state of the hills, it looks like late summer, so parched and dry, a tinderbox for sure! So we hope, we     always hope for rain and we always hope we don't catch on fire.



I saw the MOST amazing bird this morning I think I have ever seen. I need to ask my friend Harsi about it. It looked to me like an albino bluebird. I haven't researched yet so I really have no idea. It was flying in a small flock but I was trying so hard to get a picture I really didn't have time to see what the other birds were. I didn't really get any great, clear pictures, naturally it flitted from the sun to the shade, inside the bushes and…. argh#$@! hold still!!! I think this is a sign, my white buffalo as it were, well, it made me grin from ear to ear, I'll tell you that!


I planted native milk weed for the monarch butterflies but we never really had a decent winter and the nursery at our native garden offered them later than I would have liked to plant them so they are weaklings and if you have ever grown the stuff, they are easily overrun with aphids. Yesterday as a most generous gift I received 200 ladybugs so last night I went out in my nightgown, watered everything and sprinkled them out everywhere in my garden. Today they are cleaning house…

* The dried shards are from the ladybug nesting material.
 * I collected milk weed seeds but to get them to germinate seemed like a production, wet them, dry them store in the refrigerator for bla, blah many days…..okay, that makes me feel lazy, maybe I try it sometime in the future, maybe.


but LOOK!, The first baby, chomping away at the plant.. YAYEEE… SQUEEL! I'll keep you posted!



Here's the best news, I know you wanted to come this weekend but you live way the heck over there so leave your name in the comment section and I'll enter it in a drawing to win this charming show sampler (international commenters are welcome). In your gift box you will recieve one fabulous, genuine Eric Darrow signed vase for your spring posies (flowers not included) one vintage tea towl, batiked by the talented Ms Katheryn Herrman and one sweetheart of a turquoise pendant by good ol me.
Good luck everybody!
The lucky winner will be announced later on Wednesday.

I'm hoping to add some new work onto etsy within the next few days so stay tuned :)

Cool regards, love, Ro

49 comments:

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    1. Hi Deb! Wishing you good luck from down south!

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  2. hi rochelle, i am such a Darrow fan! i grew up in Claremont and am proud to say i own a "Darrow" pot that i got for a wedding present from megan Quinlan 28 years ago! I live in Santa Cruz now. Your work is insane and i have been following your website for awhile. Every piece i see is more beautiful than the last! I would love to be entered in the drawing!!!!!! and thank you for daily inspirations!
    My name is Bryn (Williams) Caisse Jane Williams was my mom if you remember her.

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    1. Hello Bryn, I'm afraid I didn't have the pleasure to know your mom but I did know Meagan quite well. Wasn't her daughter Amber named after you? I know she went by Bryn when she was older. Thank you for reading and following and for the compliments.Good luck to you!

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  3. If I'm ever on the West coast I'll have to make it to one of your shows! I truly hope you get some rain :( So nice to see some garden updates. No clue about that "ghost bird"... interested in what your knowledgeable bird fans will suggest?! Thanks for the awesome gift basket contest!! :)

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    1. Hi Jeanne, It would be our delight. Rain is pretty doubtful but I'm also always hopeful, I've never seen it this dry. I think the bird is an albino sparrow. I looked up albinism in birds and it does occur in bluebirds and sparrows, the shape of this bird suggests it is a rare all white sparrow. Oh boy I was at the right spot at the right time :)

      Good Luck!

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  4. hey ro! wow, i can't resist- what an amazing and generous giveaway! <3 ildico trefzer

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    1. Hello Ildico! Best of luck to you and happy summer, good to see you here!

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  5. Greetings, Rochelle. Great giveaway! Count me in. ;)

    Thomas Centolella

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    1. I'm counting you in Thomas, thank you, good to see you here, best of luck to you!

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  6. Glad you had a great show!!!! What an over the top fabulous & generous giveaway!!!! Crazy about all three. Many years ago, I purchased ladybugs to combat an aphid attack. But they quickly headed for the Berkeley Hills so I'm glad to see that they have enough snacks to stick around your garden. xoxoxo

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    1. I think you have to be in your nightgown on release, that is the key :) My friend is a nurseryman and he told me to spray the plants with water and release them at night. Did you know they eat most aphids in the larval stage anyway? Maybe with so many around they will lay eggs. Thank you for playing Priscilla Bird, good luck to you!

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  7. I love that necklace and vase - I would feel so lucky to win - I shared and liked on FB - good luck everyone!

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    1. I appreciate it Jane, thank you so much for being here, you're in!! Best of luck!

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  8. someday i'll show up at your spring show…. ….just sayin'….

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    1. That would be a kick! Good luck to you M-fox!

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  9. I am so bummed I live in Seattle because I SO would have been to your show! I am glad it went well, you deserve all your success, your creations are Gorgeous!!
    ~ Ashley Ruiz

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    1. What a sweet thing to say Ashley, I have been to your city many times, oh that rain, I'm jealous, enjoy it! Thank you and good luck to you!

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  10. I'm glad your show went well! You are so generous with your drawing :)
    Can't wait to see an update on your caterpillar! That bird is very interesting too.
    Hope you get some rain soon!

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    1. Hi DJ! Ah well, it's the least I can do, I enjoy sharing, bringing a little of the show here. Oh, I'll show you the chrysalis, Monarchs craft the most BEAUTIFUL homes. I bought more weeds yesterday, I wouldn't mind a whole garden full! Wowweee that white bird, a sparrow me thinks!! Good Luck!

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  11. Great to hear that your show went well! I always check your blog because it lifts my spirit with all the pretty birds and nice findings you get along the trail! (pun intended!) but most of all, I love your jewelry creations. What a generous person you are, I wish I can be the winner as the lovely pendant would look so pretty on my mother :) Thank you for the chance to win.
    Gaby from San Antonio, TX
    p.s. I wish I could see more pics of the "albino" bird, very elusive one!

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    1. Thank you so much Gaby, you are so sweet, I appreciate having you here. The pictures I have of the ghost bird are all pretty blurry, I wish I had gotten some better shots, I was thrilled to have seen it! After researching it myself I am fairly positive it was an albino sparrow.
      Good Luck to you!

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  12. I enjoy reading your blogs and being on the other side of the World is just the reason I wasn't at your art show.
    What a perfect colors in the three pieces.

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    1. Hi there Maraye, thank you for participating, I know, you really do live WAY over there but not too far to send.

      Good Luck!

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  13. All three are beautiful! Please, count me in also.
    I hope the white bird has inspired you!
    pkdougherty

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    1. I started my list yesterday P, I'll add you on, thank you!

      good luck!

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  14. Congratulations on a successful show! Your white bird reminds me of the gorgeous white peacock that followed me as I toured Oakley Plantation a few years ago. Interesting tidbit: Audubon lived there for a bit while he taught drawing to the owners' young daughter.

    I'd love to enter your contest. Thank you for the chance to win such lovelies!

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    1. Hello there sweet lady! That sounds like an interesting place to visit, what a lucky daughter to have such a tutor!

      I'm counting you in, thank you, good luck!

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  15. Congratulations on a successful show! I'm one of the people that lives way over there, but it sounds like fun! I'm crossing my fingers and toes for the drawing. Thanks for your generosity!

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    1. I know, so many of you live way the heck over there, I appreciate your cheer and I'm adding you to the list.

      good luck!

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  16. So glad the show was a success..ah, turquoise
    :sigh:

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    1. Thank you Irene, turquoise lover :) I have you down!
      good luck!

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  17. Congratulations on another successful showing!! Someday I hope to be close enough to attend one of them.

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    1. Thank you Evie, it really was fun once we were all set up and ready. I hope you do!
      good luck!

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