Thursday, October 24, 2013

Holiday cards.

Yep, it's that time of year for holiday fairs and shows.  I'm just about ready, although I'm adding a few more necklaces and pendants to the arsenal!  Somehow, my necklaces are selling better than my earrings this year.  Mark says it's because I tend to make my earrings too long.  He may be right, as that's how *I* like to wear them. Hah!

Here's one of the latest:

Petra's focal, topped with a piece of etched copper, a copper chain and handmade steel and copper components.

Anyway, I decided to add some hand printed cards to the stock this year, and had a lot of fun making them:

Anyway, hope your week is going well.  I've been wrestling with the MS crap a bit this week but it doesn't keep me down for long :P

xoxo Juliette

Sunday, October 13, 2013

More work being done, just a bit slower this week.

I'm moving slowly these past few days, feeling the change of the seasons and my need for an infusion (Wednesday).  So I'm working on putting things together using components I have made already, plus getting ready for Encore Weekend for Open Studios this Saturday.

Dia de los Muertos is coming up soon, and I'm getting my ofrenda up this week.  I'm also trying out making my own Calavera this year, a Frida Kahlo one!  Here's what I would like to make:

or something like it.  We'll see.  I'll post pictures when it's done.

We are planning on going to Dia de los Muertos this year in SF.  We usually go to one celebration every year.  Here are some photos from a previous SF Dia de los Muertos.

copal incense and marigolds.  Used for ofrendas (altars).

small inside ofrenda.

displays of calaveras.  I'm hoping mine turns out alright!

Really cool calavera!

oh, and here's Lapis, tired after a long day.  HAHAHAHA!

Lots of love,

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Mitsi rocks.

I've been really getting back into painting and printmaking lately.  It's helped my head clear and gotten me thinking in new ways - much needed apparently.  I didn't know how stuck I was until I started challenging myself to use more color in my metal work, and started out by using paint, pencils, whatever I had.

Working with polymer again helped a lot.  It's really expanded my horizons, and my head is full of ideas!  Problem is - sometimes I have so many notes and ideas it's hard to get on track and making things. 

Last night, I discovered Mitsi.  She's a painter and has a lot of Youtube videos.  She paints a LOT like Basquiat, one of my HEROES.  She also does some really incredible botanical paintings.  This one just rocked my world, and got me off my procrastinating butt and back to the bench.  :)  So I thought I'd share it with you.  Cheers, Mitsi!  XOXO Juliette