Tuesday, November 30, 2010

that which makes me smile.

I write on the last day of November, smiling at myself and knowing that this place holds no outward commitment but is here to explore and muse as I see fit.  This year has been hard, but as I reflect, I think of the inspiration this year has kindled - and continues to do.

What next? So many directions I want to explore, and so many possibilities that may result.  My task (self imposed) is to hone these possibilities into a precise focus.  I've done it before, I can do it again.  The excitement this task incites is so uplifting it is sometimes hard to remember I must keep at least one toe on the ground.  This makes me smile.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

the winner. :)

This photograph of a flower in Christopher's garden was the winner of a contest hosted by the San Francisco Botanical Gardens.  I took this picture last June.  It's given me encouragement to keep going and to put my pictures and artwork out there.  To win contests?  Not necessarily.  I'm more interested in learning and growing as an artist. But it was thrilling to feel acknowledged!  What was the first thing you produced that you put out there for others to see/view/judge?  How did it feel?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Dark Moon Terpsichore Honey Harvest.

Yesterday, on the Dark Moon, Terpsichore's honey was harvested.  This was the first harvest since Terpsichore was moved to her new home, up high on  a mountain meadow homestead, in the middle of a heavenly garden.

I love looking at this photo above, knowing that just beneath that pearly surface is that gorgeous red golden honey, with the most beautiful layered scent and flavor that dances around you.  It is strong, powerful honey, but I am definitely not surprised by that at all.
Viva, Terpsichore Hive!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

we've moved. And it's a good thing. :)

When I get home after a really really tough day, I love walking up this path to this door.  Home.  We've been through so much heartbreak with the Boulder Creek house that it is such a relief to feel so happy in the evenings, no matter what the day has been like.
This deck makes me so happy.  Words don't adequately describe!
The front walkway, looking out to the driveway.  I love this walk, with its lights and my little fountain off to the left.
This is where I'm sitting right now.  When the whole house is set up, I'll post more.  But for now, it's time to rest, work was pretty challenging today and while creative work always makes me feel better, I'm exhausted.  Good night, and it's good to be back posting. 

OH!  I wanted to share some great news - I was the winner of a photography contest put on by the San Francisco Botanical Society!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

moving forward. just wishing the last few days were a little easier. ;)

So it's almost moving day (permanent moving day, as we've been gradually moving in the past two weeks), July 18.  I'm very excited but a little sad.  The sad changes almost daily.  The good things FAR outweigh the bad, but I'm finding myself wishing I had just a few more full days with the house, and not just evenings after work, or stolen days on weekends already full with plans. 

Regardless, I am FULL of plans for my artwork.  I have plans for the already-begun series I started a few weeks ago, and hope to have it finished by September 1.  That's my personally set goal, to have the series finished by then and ready for hanging. Plus, all the beads I've planned.  I'm excited and this is giving me momentum to keep carrying on to the final moving day.  It's got to be finished soon, the overlap is just exhausting.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Setting goals for myself.

Hello friends, I write this with a bit of a grimace as I have wanted to write but have not for many reasons.
We’re moving from our little Boulder Creek house to a house about 10 miles south, in Ben Lomond and it’s been, well let’s just say, it’s been quite an undertaking.  I’m doing okay, but it’s been an ‘up and down’ emotional roller coaster.  But as the date nears (mid-July), I feel more and more excited for this new adventure.

With this new home, we gain a bit more space, which I think will really help with the writing, jewelry and photography.  There is a big garden waiting, and much more.  I’m so tired tonight, but I think about all of the friends I’ve made online while learning about writing blogs, and wanted to send a warm and heartfelt ‘Hello! I’m thinking of you!  And I can’t wait to hear more about what you’re up to.’ 
I set my goals – to move in successfully and to set up a new space in which to write, and make art.

Sending love,

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Busy art Sunday

It's 3:20, and I'm getting hungry.  But the pictures in the camera are too much, I must see them before anything else can get done!

honeybee in lemon geranium

"Green Apple" earrings - so named for the lovely beads I won from Gaea Beads.  14-gauge handmade copper earwires, ceramic beads.

Picasso earrings, in honor of my favorite artist.  14-gauge sterling handmade earwires, handmade polymer beads, 'Bacchus' bead caps.

The garden is growing well!  Aside from the slimy mushrooms I pick from it (growing from the compost), things are growing up very well so far, including the lettuce I've never been able to grow from seed. :)  Soon it will need thinning!  Thanks to the drip irrigation system, I'm hoping that things will continue to go well through the hotter weather coming soon.

Lapis, as always, supervises well.  From his (I mean, my) blue chair, he makes sure that all is right with the world, I think.  xo

A new geranium bud, about to blossom.

Time to make Sunday Lunch. 
Hope your weekend is going well, and that you too have had some time for yourself. 

Friday, April 23, 2010

Reworked brass chain and links, handmade beads, Swarovski crystal beads, Vintaj bead cap, glass beads from Bead It (Santa Cruz).

enjoy the weekend!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Lunchtime Project.

Ouch, it's almost unbearably blurry!

Well, as a lunchtime project this one was a lot of fun.  
The beads are from Gaea's Ceramic and Art Studio , won in a contest (thank you, Gaea!).  
The rest is my own wire work, with 20 gauge copper.

Back to work for me, with promises to use a proper camera next time, not my phone camera.  ;)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

lunchtime projects, and swimming weather.

I should take a photo of these hanging up, as the angle is not flattering to the ear wires.
I'm at work now, so perhaps when I get that light box built (the planned one I keep writing about), I'll take a proper picture of these and other projects.

For now, it was wonderful to feel creative and productive at lunch.  Often I use lunchtime to run to the grocery store or run errands in town, but with the sun becoming more and more present, it's almost swimming weather. 

Swimming weather is heavenly.  When it's warm enough, I go down to the pool on my lunch breaks and do a 1/2 hour of swimming aerobics several days in the week.  The days when I don't swim, I plan to do art projects.  Right next to my office is a large community room, with a large table to spread out projects and a couch to stretch out with a book.  The lawns outside the office are also wonderful for picnics, but if I eat out there I tend to want to have a nap afterwards in the drowsy sunshine, so don't do that a lot. ;)

This project was made with 24 gauge sterling wire, two handmade polymer beads, two stone rondelles, and two bali silver rondelles.

Back to work, wearing these pretties.  Have a wonderful rest of the day :)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Missed all of you. :)

 Wow, how I've missed not blogging.  So many things have happened since the last blog it would be foolish not to start off with a little 'recap.'

M has decided to be a full-time beekeeper.  Bravo!  He now owns and works with 20 hives, all throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, and down into San Mateo.  I'm so proud of him, following his passion.  Plus, I get to help out on weekends.

I've been working hard on jewelry.  Mainly polymer beads, and learning how to put them into pieces. 
Next step is to make the light box so I can post things up here.  The blog needs a makeover, and lots of attention.  There is so much to share and many pictures!

Tulip tree, San Mateo, California.
Spring Equinox 2010

 Esme, Boulder Creek, California.
March 2010

I'm at work and needing to close but wanted to know how much I've missed you.  Hope you have a wonderful week.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Haiti by Hand

I recently learned about Rebecca and her blog to raise funds for Haiti, and wanted to share her project with you. It's called 'Haiti by Hand,' and she has an Etsy shop for the project as well. Here's from a recent post:

We are finally able to take a breath and put a call out for you creative souls to join our efforts. I have been floored by how many of you have contacted me to offer your help. Many of you have said that you don't have a lot of cash to send but that you would be willing to donate an item to sell in the Haiti By Hand etsy shop.

And now we'll take you up on that!

We are looking for art pieces, handcrafted items, original patterns, kits or downloadable instructions that you are willing to contribute to Haiti By Hand.

Just as a reminder, Haiti By Hand is an artisan group forming in Despinos, Haiti. Donations to this group of women (many single moms) will go directly to empowering these women to bring in their own income to provide for their children and families. You are helping in a very tangible way to transform a life when you contribute....

Okay, so let's not grow weary in doing well. If you want to contribute items for the HBH etsy shop, email me. If you want to find out how to get items down to Despinos, email me.

EMAIL ADDRESS: haitibyhand@att.net

I'm expecting a full inbox by day's end :) (have I told you lately how much I love you?)

grace & peace,


Oh! and don't forget to "priye pou Ayiti" (pray for Haiti).

It doesn't take much to make a difference, and Rebecca and her project has made it easy. Think of what you could do to help - by being creative, no less!

Thanks for reading - Lots of love! - Juliette

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Yele Haiti

handmade beehives, northern Haiti.

My heart is heavy today with thoughts of Haiti. In the midst of the sorrow, I found a site to share on Haitian beekeepers and a Florida group who is helping them. If you have a few minutes, take a look:


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

I've not been a faithful blogger lately, but this is soon to change. :)

Wishing you a New Year full of joy, good health, and prosperity.

And as one of my very favorite authors once gave an incredible address for the New Year, I thought I'd post it here - I couldn't agree with him more:

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.
I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can.

May your coming year be a wonderful thing in which you dream both dangerously and outrageously.

I hope it'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and you will be liked and you will have people to love and to like in return. And most importantly, because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now - I hope that you will, when you need to be, be wise and that you will always be kind.

And I hope that somewhere in the next year you surprise yourself."
- Neil Gaiman