Monday, July 27, 2009

Great Weekend Under the Trees

This weekend we did the Art Under the Trees art fair in Garden City, MI. The day started by having to set up in the rain. Thank goodness, Pat, Mary's husband did the setting up of our E-Z Up tent. About 10:00 am the rain finally stopped. We met so many great people, both the organizers and the fair visitors. I saw so many great dogs too! If I had a house and not a condo I would definetly have a pooch of our own in addition to our cat.

The sales were surprisingly good for our Michigan economy. The Arts Council in Garden City is a grass roots organization of people working very hard to bring the arts to this bedroom community.

After doing the bookeeping for our show and saying yipee, I posted the following rings to my Etsy store. Here is the red jasper and sterling ring I posted.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Harry Potter, Twilight and So On

Its currently raining here in Michigan which motivates me to get to work on some more pieces. I guess I am probably one of the last persons to read Twilight. Being a Harry Potter fan I haven't been that interested. I've watched some of my 6th grade students really get into the book which I guess is a good thing since I teach language arts!

This summer I've been reading Greg Iles' "Blood Money", a thick book, which I like and it's quite intense. I was looking for something easier/quicker and decided to finally start the first Twilight book. It hasn't grabbed me like everyone else said it would but I'm only on chapter three.

Here's a ring that I listed on Etsy this morning with a kind of Twilight flavor to it.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Repair and Create, and On the Road Again

My flexishaft has been sick and is currently in repair. Hurray! Today I get to pick it up at my favorite jewelers supply, Armstrong Tools, in Livonia. Luckily the shaft needed replacing at a cost of about eight dollars. I'm off to pick it up.

Mary and I just completed the Ann Arbor Street Fair this past weekend. I demo's riveting, a type of cold connection. We had a blast, tons of people attending the four different fairs. We're off to do a two day show in Garden City, MI for their Arts Council. This is the first year for this event, so we're trying to get in on the ground level if it becomes a hit. I'll be in the basement completing pieces for Saturday this week.

At the end of next week we're off to do an art fair in conjunction with the River Raisin Jazz Festival, in Monroe, MI. This fair is a two day event and I must drive about one hour to get there. After two day I'm usually dog tired.

I am including pics of my first shipment to my first out of state gallery, the Artisan Studio in Clinton, Tennessee. I was fortunate to have been contacted by them to represent my jewelry. In addition to this one I am currently at On the Ave, a gallery and restaurant featuring the art of Michigan artists in Jackson, Michigan.

The second pic shows the jewelry to be sent, the first shows it ready to be shipped. I'm very excited to see how my jewelry is accepted.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New Items

These rings came out great! I will be posting them in my Etsy store over the next couple of days.

I've really come to love working with natural stones in my jewelry and I'm becoming quite a rockhound. Now I have to organize all these!
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