Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Happy Part II

Happy Christmas from me to all of you.

Just got back up the mountain from the wackiest Christmas I've been to yet, in all of my years. First up it was going with my Welsh husband and many friends to the most hilarious gay bar in San Francisco I've ever been to. And I've lived in SF for many years before moving to the mountains just above!

So - it was COVERED from ceiling to bartender in Santas, elves, angels, you name it (I mean decorations, not the people). THEN, the people - a huge drag show on the stage with everything from carols to rap, blues to country. We had a few drinks and then walked down the street to - I kid you not - High Mass at Midnight. We have two of our dearest friends who are Episcopalians, two beautiful married gay men. It was incredible. All sung, the big frankincense burners, everything. Took me waaaay back to when I had to go to midnight Mass (Catholic, but damned near the same thing).

Blissfully beautiful.  I marvelled at the incredible Mary statues they had, and then we went back to Christopher and Danny's for a 'nightcap'.  Well, that was a night HAT if not anything else.  We ended staying over because we all got sauced.  Hah!  So in the morning it was an amazing breakfast of homemade waffles, bacon and about 50 cups of coffee before I felt human again.  Then I remembered it was Christmas. See what a night at Marlena's and then High Mass can do to a girl?

So we got cleaned up and I brought my photo gifts and cards out, and we reconvened for dinner (after several hours of napping).  Got the coolest gift, a set of Dia de los Muertos nail polishes.  Seriously!  Glow in dark yellow, then black, orange and hot pink.  With skull decals!  Yeah!!  :)

Got sauced again with really incredible whiskey.

Got a beautiful present of my favorite vodka, St. George's Mandarin Vodka.  Hallelujah.

Got an offer to repair some items in the church - ME???  Yes!  I am going to clean and repair some very very old pieces, including an incenser.  I'm in heaven!  How cool is this???

Now we are resting at home, but are heading out in the morning to my Family's home in Nevada City.  So will be away from the bench for another 36 hours, but well worth it as my Family are so precious.  Can't wait to see them, and then to get back to business.  Oh yeah!  Then there is New Year's.  Good thing we have a tradition of having people come to US for New Year's!  Love you all, talk to you when we get back on Friday.

xoxo Juliette

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Happy!

Wow.  So that was a looooong stint of being sick.  Ugh.  I feel almost normal again, although we've hit a cold snap here and everything is frosty, probably the closest we may get to a white Christmas this year (but then again, we're in the redwoods and that doesn't mean lots of snow.  We're not in the pine 'belt'! That's about 700 or so feet above us).

Got lots done the last few days:





I need to talk about these, but am so tired tonight I'll talk about them tomorrow.  I just couldn't let a post go another day! :P  Kim, you'll notice a pair that has your name all over it. ;)  ( I WANT MORE, hahah!)

xoxo Juliette

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Whew.

Hello loves,

It's been a rough few days.  The infusion wasn't kind to me this time and I am waiting to see the results of a culture taken when I was at the hospital - they suspect I have contracted MRSA, which is apparently a non responsive to medication type of virus. I've been susceptible to viruses all my life so this was a bit wacky to hear, but I'll know more late Monday afternoon.

Anyway,  I've been working on churning out all the designs I have in my head!  So far, not so much luck but with the help of some glorious enamelled sticks by Numosity, I'll have some pieces out this week :)

Love, Juliette


Monday, December 3, 2012

New things.

The storms are over (for now), and I finished up several pairs of earrings and a necklace.  I've got a really large necklace project in the works, and am looking forward to working on it tomorrow.  For now, here's what I've been up to:

Basqiat. Sterling silver, german silver, ink, wax, paper.

Praefulgio II. Sterling silver, ink, brass, copper.

Rite of Spring. Brass, copper, ink, wax.

Staccato. Copper, sterling silver, ink, wax.

Vallauris. Ceramics by Scorched Earth, steel, sterling silver, watch parts.

What the Sea Found. Ceramics by Scorched Earth, mixed media, sterling silver.
Whooee.  Time for some dinner.
Love you guys,
Juliette

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Whew!

That was a storm and a half.  3 days later we have had 10 inches of rain and the power is now on.  I wasn't able to get much done at the bench because of the light, so did a lot of reading by flashlight (kid you not) and some sketches. We had a 'lull' yesterday and I was able to finish four pairs of earrings. I'm ready to get stuff up on the site and out there!

More tomorrow,
xoxo Juliette

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Back at the bench.

Lots of pictures to take. I had such a good show this past weekend that I don't have a lot of stock left, which means I've got to get busy!!  Made another pair of the sterling 'Lyre' earrings so they're reposted in the shop:

Sterling Silver - 'Moirae II'.
 Time to get more new designs out!!

OH - speaking of new designs, have you seen what Fanci has been up to lately:

In LOVE with these!!!!  Look at some of the others, too.  Just gorgeous.
I'm loving Beatnheart's new earring design, too!  Have a look here.  Prettttty.

Lots of love!!! - Juliette

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Wow!

Today was easily the best show I've ever been in so far.  I think I sold about 40% of my work!!!

More tomorrow, but am meeting Mark and having a celebration.  Love you guys!!!! :D
xoxo Juliette

Monday, November 19, 2012

How's your week?

Mine started out a bit rocky.  The show I've been gearing up for was cancelled due to rain.  There is another show this weekend and I"m inside, so hopefully all goes well for that! Ahh, retail.

Mark comes home this weekend.  Maybe I"ll get some sleep! Sleep has not been kind to me these past few weeks, I don't seem to get any.  Or very little, at least.

Got some more work done, though:

Praefulgeo. Copper, Brass, Sterling silver, enamel, wax.

Salai. Copper, brass, sterling silver, ink, wax, enamel.

My Joyous Dance. Ceramics by Scorched Earth, Hamsa charms from Turkey, Belly dance coins from Eclectic Tea, turquoise resin, sterling silver, steel.

Stratum. Copper, sterling silver, wax, enamel, ink.
I've missed posting here.  It's funny, I threw myself into working, getting new pieces out there and learning new techniques, etc. but I didn't really share much of it. It's time to learn some balance!

Lots of love and hoping your week is going well - mine is getting better :)
xo Juliette

Monday, November 5, 2012

Getting lots done.

Having Mark gone has been hard, but I've put most of my energy into working. I have so much to do and to learn, and two shows and the Holidays ahead.  Here's what I've been up to:

And the Color - copper, sterling silver, enamel, ink, wax.

Dao II - Copper, fine and sterling silver, ink, wax.

Unwound - Copper, fine and sterling silver, ink, wax.

Oceanea - Tiny delicate fish vertebrae are patinated and frame beautiful ceramic dangles by Scorched Earth.

(Reworked) Scentium - Fire painted copper, ink, wax.

Sterling Silver, enamel.

Sterling silver, steel, wood-fired ceramics.

 Eubol II - Gilded polymer clay faces, steel and sterling silver, ceramic disk components by Scorched Earth, shark's tooth, pearl, Swarovski crystals, antique bellydance coins from Eclectic Tea, turquoise resined pendants


Fire painted copper, steel, ink, antique coins from Numinosity.
Thanks for having a look.  I'm knackered! Mark sends me video messages almost every day which has been so nice.  He's planning on going to the Doctor Who museum in Cardiff, lucky bastard! :D

xoxo love to all,
Juliette

Monday, October 29, 2012

Oh, what a moon.

This has been such a freaky two weeks - what with Open Studios finishing, Mark going to Wales, the Giants winning the World Series (yes, I am a huge fan and it's the only sport AND team I watch), the earthquake yesterday and now Sandy.

Be well, everyone.

Okay, so hey - look at what my friend Travis Adams had at his Open Studios show:



Hah!  Love the dog.  Actually have my eye on one of those pots in the top picture, but need to get a lot richer first.

Anyway, Travis made the ceramic discs for my 'Dao' earrings:

Dao - ceramic, sterling, copper, ink.

In the quiet - copper, enamel, sterling, ink.

Some oxidized silver I haven't listed yet.

Thinking of everyone tonight and hoping you are safe and happy. XOXO

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

ugh.

holy crap I've not meant for my next post to be this long in coming.

It's just that Mark leaving for Wales has been pretty stressful, especially riding on the 'coattails' of Open Studios.  I just want to curl up with the cats and sleep for 3 days.

I miss him already, and he's only over Canada so far. :P

Anyway I'll get back in the saddle tomorrow as best I can, it's just been a stressful few days.

Love you guys,
me

Friday, October 12, 2012

Off to Open Studios.

It's finally here.  In one way it felt like it would NEVER be here, and in a flash, it will be over.

It's okay, it's just my first time participating, so I have a lot to learn. 

Will take pictures and post them next week, but probably will be sleeping most of Monday, I think. :)

Have a fantastic weekend, loves! xoxo Juliette


Monday, October 8, 2012

Wow.

So, my husband is leaving for Wales on October 24, to see his Mum and to travel for a month. Yes, I wish I could go, but am not able to, because of my meds. It's all good, I've made my peace.

Anyway, he bought us a present - a Canon EOS Rebel T3i!!  I get to use it, provided he takes it to Wales for a month.

I couldn't handle it, I started taking pictures tonight with my light box (now granted, I need to learn how to use it, but I did watch the DVD that came with it):



The top picture is copper with ink, the bottom two are sterling silver.  I still need to work out the settings for this camera, which is SO much more sophisticated than my sweet Canon 1530.  Not complaining in the least!  :)

Happy dreams, xoxo Juliette


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Rolling along...

Got more done today.  It's funny how all this work is getting done and I've not touched the sterling silver sheet - yet.  Soon.  Need to get over this!

Here's today:

Spoken. Fire painted copper, polymer, sterling silver.

Scarf (or hair) pin.  Copper, ink.

Scarf (or hair) pin.  Copper, ink.

A Brighter Word Than Bright - polymer, ink, brass, steel, silk, copper.

A Brighter Word Than Bright - polymer, ink, brass, steel, silk, copper.

Sermonum - brass, copper, polymer, ink.

Sermonum - brass, copper, polymer, ink.
The last one has been 'getting to me.' I am fascinated by the way it emerged.  Have you ever had that happen?  It's one of the strangest things I've made, (not THE strangest), and I adore it.  Not so sure about the chain, though.  Was thinking maybe  it needs a leather cord.
xoxo Juliette

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

a good day.

Today was a day full of good work and good health.  Here's what I finished up today (work started yesterday):

Moirae II - Sterling silver.

Caverna - Copper, ink, sterling silver.



Rothkoesque - copper, brass, ink.

Okay, time to go watch a movie or something.  I have a cat snoring very loudly next to me, will have to turn up the volume!

my Ferdinand - actually, his name is Lapis and he's a huge British Blue.  My boy <3

Hello you.  Awake now?

xoxo Juliette

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

cool stuff.

I played around with alcohol inks on metal today.  How fun is this stuff.  I've really not used it much, but had an inspiration to try it on some copper that I had already soaked in ammonia - really cool, but no pictures of finished work tonight.  I'm going to set up the 'photo studio' tomorrow and get a bunch done at once!