Weekly Quote

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.---C. S. Lewis

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Village Venture, Claremont California

I have been anxiously awaiting notification from the Claremont Chamber of Commerce as to whether I had been chosen to particiate in the 2010 Village Venture on October 23; to my great joy I received a positive response this weekend. 

Village Ventrue Arts and Crafts Faire  is a juried show so I was required to send pictures of my work with my application and, of course, fees. 

I will have lots of jewelry for sale and will be previewing my new line of handmade purses.

Here's a sneak peek of a couple of the items I will have for sale.

The lampwork beads are by Dana Ivory, wire work by me. 
This is one of my favorite pieces.
I love the primitive style of this material. 
I embellished it with vintage rickrack, buttons and beads.
This purse is entered in the LA Couty Fair
I guess you know what I will be doing the next seven weeks--makeing new inventory!  How exciting!

I look forward to seeing you at Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire, Booth 178 on Saturday Ocotber 23 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Rain or Shine!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bush Babe Comments

Bush Babe, the winner of the blue lampwork earrings, has a nice post on her site about receiving the earrings.

While you are there check out her photographs of life on a ranch (I think they call it a station) in the Austrailian bush.

I'm hooked.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Wild Thing

I've noticed that the blogging community tends to use nicknames for their friends and family. 

I decided to start with my daughter, Malora. 

I also noticed that the nicknames tend to be terms of endearment but none fit Malora.  Now don't get me wrong I have terms of endearment for her but she is so much more. 

She is ...

spirited and emotional,

helpful and irritating,

funny and confident,

and headstrong,

beautiful and independent,

empathetic and blunt,

daring and lazy,

and headstrong,

determined and curious,

animal lover and avid reader,

libertarian and boy savvy.

And did I say headstrong?

Today she was playing the old Troggs song "Wild Thing" and it hit me she is "Wild Thing".  Henceforth, on this blog Malora, my beloved daughter, is "Wild Thing".

Monday, August 2, 2010

Weekend in San Diego

This weekend I was in San Diego teaching at Bead Gallery.  Bead Gallery is a wonderful store with an equally wonderful proprietor, Dolores, and staff. The store is packed with beads and tools, and handmade jewelry!

My first class was on Friday evening.  Lidia joined me for an evening of earring designing, unfortunately I did not get pictures of this class.  Lidia is fairly new to wire work but she did a great job and I look forward to seeing more of her work.

My second class was all day Saturday and three ladies: Janet, Roma and Jacqueline, joined me for an adventure in rivetting. The Riveted Heart class is a fairly technique intensive class but these riveters were very enthuasitic and their excitment was contagious.

Jacquline's Project:

Roma's Project:

Janet got away before I thought about taking pictures.  Darn!

I mixed pleasure with business and spent the off time with my sister-in-law and her family.  On Sunday we took a couple of her horses to Cuyamaca for a trail ride.  This is my trusty borrowed steed--Chico.  He is an elderly Azteca, gentle and surefooted.

I took this picture with my cellphone; it was terrible quality.
This prompted me to do a little experimenting with some of the features in Photoshop Elements.
 I like the results.