he has designed lots of other amazing and useful things as well! via contemporist.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
one of my wonderful customers asked me to make a mini monarch in honor of her mom, who had recently passed on.
the mother had returned to the daughter in a dream as a lovely monarch butterfly.
i felt a lot of pressure to enamel a piece that truly represented this vision,
so i made six renditions! only one fit the bill and the other five are in my etsy shop!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
the annual bird migration is in full swing!
right this second there are several hundred grackles in my back yard!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
"just three things": check out her cool picks, one from etsy, the other two from elsewhere.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
i realized today i have collected some mighty cool belt buckles in the last year!
the black embedded nail buckle, the pink embedded scrap metal buckle and the ferns frozen in blue are all bykali. i love her ever evolving style(s)!
politics are always on the minds of those of us who live here in washington, dc!
i love barack obama so i rock him on a gorgeous buckle from lucybluestudio.
my friend jon wye carved the models for the wonderful waffle and the bad ass blueberry pie buckles. i honor our quickly disappearing honey bee population with this buckle from alaskagadgetry. the red and black "powerlines" buckle from MaxineDear is made from an old 1950's book graphic.
i was in a lovely lime-y treasury featured on etsy's front page this afternoon designed by palepink!
now THAT is super phat!
all week i have been working late and therefore sleeping late. this morning i was feeling uninspired. yes, just generally uninspired! so: into cyberspace for a visual pick-me-up, and lo-and-behold found it at one of my favorite blogs, "inspiration resource" (duh!). the story is about deyrolle, a taxidermy shop in france, which has an amazingly rich history of collecting rare and endangered (dead) animals. unfortunately, there was a horrible fire there in february, but the website with photos lives on! the butterfly specimens are so beautiful: i would love to have them for myself, but i think displaying dead things in one's home is probably bad feng shui.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
i started seeds a few weeks ago: some have emerged...some havent.
today's near 70° temps helped these varieties show signs of life:
'moon & stars' watermelons, 'sweet delight' honeydew melon,
'hearts of gold' cantaloupes, 'early crookneck' squash, and 'jack be little' pumpkins. 'purple haze', 'yellowstone' and 'chantenay' carrots are looking good!
unfortunately, the 'sunburst' squash and the jalapenos have not appeared:(
my etsy shop are very popular!
fabricated by a father and son duo at RaymentWire,
this "hero" chair obviously gives you super powers!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
moms are superheroes and lori at loriola is wonder woman for sure!
she used to be my neighbor, but now resides with isabel and the mister down in raleigh.
lori makes pretty things, plays with children and keeps secrets.
apparently, she also teaches glass to perform magic!
well, it is 2:35am and i just completed st. patrick's themed cufflinks and stud set for my brother-in law to wear to some a black tie event in downtown dc tonight. i sandwiched green recycled/upcycled anodized aluminum between layers of brushed sterling silver to form the traditional lucky clover. yes, the photo is horrible at this late hour without natural light, but in real life, they turned out pretty tight!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
i just got back from disturbia where i took oto to his vet for a recheck on his lungs. apparently, he aspirated something. he is fine now.
he is completely blind, gets along with everyone and has the run of the place.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
so yesterday was such a stellar day in dc, cherie and i decided to get out. it started with the premise of pancakes and martinis at open city in woodley park, followed by a metro ride to the portrait gallery and smithsonian museum of american art.
maybe the hirshorn next week?
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
i just listed this pendant in my etsy shop. the flower shape is a re-occurring theme in my work: i use it as a pendant in this case. i wanted to experiment with some acid etching (see the engraved ditsy flower pattern?), but i didn't realize getting nitric acid would be so difficult. i called a few local suppliers, who asked me multiple questions about my intended use of the corrosive chemical. they seemed skeptical of my explanation, and insisted on passing on my vitals to the authorities. oh, 9/11: i almost forgot! eventually, a friend was able to obtain some from a local university professor. whew! anyway, the results are fantastic despite the fact that the stuff is super dangerous!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
i loved her jewelry first, then i met stephney wallace at the downtown holiday market, and now i love her too! stephney lives in the artistic mecca known as baltimore, one of my favorite cities in the world and home to the maryland institute, college of art (one of my alma maters). i was watching loons fly and dive on the potomac river last week, so this pendant caught my eye this cool morning while dreaming of spring migration.