Friday, June 27, 2014

New work, finally!

I've been doing work for a private buyer, which is wonderful but I haven't updated my shop or anything else for a long while.  Hopefully that will happen soon.  In the meantime, here's some of the work I've been doing.  All pieces are brass and copper:

I know that the quality of photography isn't great.  The next step is for me to set up a good place, and I think that's going to be the front porch in the summer, at least.  The studio is beautiful, full of light, but these can really only be 'note' pictures, nothing more. :)

xoxo Juliette

Friday, May 16, 2014

We've arrived :)

It's hard to believe I've been 'silent' for such a long time.  But we've finally moved in (it's been about a week and a half), and things are settling.

What an incredibly difficult haul that was.  For Mark, too.  We had hoped to rent a house owned by a stoneworker, but the move in date was never finalized nor was his acceptance of our rental application, although he seemed to like us.  Made it very stressful to get anything planned.

So - when we thought we still had two weeks or so to find a place, we found - and fell in love - with our house, and four days later somehow we made it happen, and moved in.

It wasn't that easy, though.  I'm sure you all have experienced moving in one form or another, and our move (about 5 hours from Boulder Creek to Nevada City, CA) is not in any way the worst in the world, but it felt excruciating for us.  I am SO grateful to have family up here, and they met us on the other side to help move us in.  Without them, I don't know what we could have done.

Also Jennifer, my dear dear friend, who lent her truck and her strength.

So as tired as I am, things are coming together, including the new studio which has incredible natural light!

the front of our house.  We have a patio and space for a garden out back - photos coming.

I am not the only one who loves this window seat.  Lapis follows the sun around the house and this is his last stop before dinner :)

More pictures and words in the coming days.
I've missed you all..

Love, Juliette

Friday, April 11, 2014

Feels like something is missing.

uh, oh yeah - we've not moved yet, and I'm not creating.

I stopped working on new pieces with the vow to go full steam ahead, once we moved.  I thought that it would take stress off myself, and keep things open.

I miss art. I miss creating.

We are moving on May 15, about a month from now, and that's good in the sense that I can pack slowly and carefully.  It's not good in the sense that I have SO MUCH to tell you guys!!!!!  Some great things are happening/in the works/not solidified yet, so I don't want to spill any beans but just enough to say that I can't wait to share everything with you in the near future.

LOVE LOVE LOVE, and may your creating infuse your entire life, from dreams to doing.

XOXO Juliette

(photo credit:  not mine, I love this guy but his name is eluding me - promise to correct this.  It's of Big Sur.)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

so, yeah....

Well, for one thing, I'll have to change the name of my blog.  I think I might just use my name.

We are moving to Nevada County in May.  No house found yet, but until then, I need to focus on getting somewhere to live, and moving (it's a long distance move), so I'm going to take a break from the blog.  I won't put Etsy or FB on hiatus as I need SOME communication or I'll go batty.

Ugh, I'm going to miss these redwoods so much.  Even though it is gorgeous in the Sierra Nevadas, it's just not redwood country.

Love you guys.  :)

(Me, Lapis and Esme having a cuddle)

Monday, February 24, 2014

I'm healing nicely. Yet, another transition appears.

Thank you so much for your thoughts and well wishes.  I am healing very well, and am grateful!

Mark and I got news yesterday - our dear friends and landlords aren't able to afford living here either.  They are packing up and selling this beautiful house.  We will have to move out by May 1.  Everyone is sad, but it is part of life and the economy - we live close enough to the SF Bay Area where our affordable little houses in the redwoods are now very high in value, and we're being priced out of even these little houses.  A place I used to rent in San Francisco in the 1990s for $550/month is now going for $3000/month.  Easily taken, too.

So, we are planning to move back up to Nevada City, where my family lives and the rent is still affordable.  It is very sad, leaving these redwoods.  We have lived here for 12 years.  But it's not our fight, unfortunately.

So I might be a little quiet for a while, but it's only because we are figuring out the transition - but you never know, sometimes people say they'll be quiet and then they can't shut up ;)

Love you guys.  Glad you're coming with me. :)


Friday, February 14, 2014


I am reaching out to the friens I've made while growing as an artist - I need your support. Not in any way but emotional.

A week ago, I scalded myself. It's enough that I have MS, but a burn this extreme (1st and 2nd degree burns) has made it crazy stupid to do even the smallest of things.

I thought that MS made it hard,. but I really do sympathize with my dear Uncle, who suffered burns at the age of 8 and still tried for a professional operatic career. Maybe one day I'll go into that, but not now.

I am hurting.  My stomach and right breast were hit with boiling water, all my fault, and right now I am trying to deal with the burns, let alone what it will look like later.  Right now, I don't care.

Keep me in your thoughts, will you?  Love you guys very much,
Juliette xoxoxo

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Good Crazy Busy.

So in between me working at the bench (SO GOOD to be back!!!), I've had to order a new computer (It's coming mid-February from Dell, this one, as much as I love it is on its last legs), gave my first presentation (Campbell Artists' Guild, lecture/demo), and had a small sickness relapse.

Then, I'm back at the bench.  There is a big sale this Saturday that I'm getting ready for.  I got into SF Etsy, which hopefully will give me more chances to show in San Francisco (my big goal this year).  We are having a 40% off everything in our shops.  Exciting but crazy busy!  Here are some of the pieces going into the shop:

Lots of gorgeous bronze work from the ultra talented Lela Bouse McCracken, bravo!!!!  Someday I want to do bronze clay like she does.

Okay, time for dinner.  XOXO Juliette

Saturday, January 18, 2014


I'm on the cover of the January 2014 issue of The Beading Glass!  Thanks, Leah - you're sneaky!  (she didn't tell me I made the cover)

Click here to see the issue.  It's a good one, with an article on Esfera and Leah herself.  Yay, this really made my day!

Friday, January 17, 2014

They've been sitting for a few weeks until this afternoon.

Then, they just yelled to be finished.  I still have to paint the sides and varnish them, but here they are.  Just please forgive the lighting, these aren't professional or anything, they're "I'm done and want to record the effort" pictures. ;)

0. Fool's Journey. Canvas, paint, wax, paper, bone, jasper, pyrite, ceramics. 8x10"

Voyage. Wood, polymer, bone, hand-dyed cotton, wax, paint, drywall paste, sheep's wool, copper, paper. 6x6"

Love, Juliette

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Still working.

on getting better, that is.  *sigh*  I posted this in my FB today:

After my infusion being pushed back a second time, we are aiming for this coming Wednesday. Really hoping I can keep that appointment, as I'm starting to feel the absence The reason for the delay is that I'm *still* sick with this crud/plague/flu. Little by little though, am feeling better. Now if I can just get some pieces finished for the first show of the year I would be happy.  Luckily there are some jewelry pieces already made that I can put in the show, but really wanted to make some new ones for it. Am working on being reasonable about what I can and can't do, but it's hard sometimes.

To which Darlene and Kim gave me some great advice:

Kim:  you need to feel better to feel better
Darlene:   gosh, i hope so too! all better for the better!

It's so great and so easy to receive good advice.  I need to put it into practice.  Sometimes it feels like the world is passing me by.  Selfish feelings, I suppose.  But this blog helps me release some of the tension and I appreciate you for reading it.

Love, Juliette

Adding a picture of this piece because it reminds me of the great times I'll have doing more copper work. I just have to #($#)*$)#* get better first.  :D


Sunday, January 5, 2014

The first few crazy nutty days.

I love Tarot.  I've been studying and reading it since 1988, and have a tradition of drawing a card at Midnight on New Year's Eve/Day.  This year I choose to share my card here, as I asked 'What is my focus for my art this year?'  Here's the card (I use primarily the Thoth deck):

It's  fantastic card to draw when thinking about artistic endeavors, that's for sure.  Especially since I felt myself drawn to focusing more on earthly, natural materials (copper and clay, mainly), and to learning more about color.  This card tells me to let go and play, to not start with any preconceived notions, and to open my eyes, ears and heart to all that the universe has to tell me. 

Cosmos, I'm listening!

I've started out with a mixed media canvas that isn't ready yet, because WHOOHOO, I got a helluva a chest cold from New Year's Eve.  Still fighting it and am trying to get over it quickly as there is a LOT to do. 

Wait, Cosmos, I said I'm listening, but maybe I wasn't really.  Rereading that last few sentences tells me that I"m not.

Okay, backing up to rest, heal and listen some more.

Love you all! xoxo Juliette