Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Busy-ness, family's all good!

My SIL, Bro and niece...second b-day!

My sweet Mom and niece~

Earrings for the gallery~

Earrings for one SIL~~

Earrings for my other SIL~~~

Great times! So busy. Gotta get ready to go away this weekend too...wheeeeeee!
Bless you all and may you all remember our veterans~

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Beatnheart's Giveaway!

Wait! It's been so crazy at the Kerr household that I forgot to tell you about a lovely giveaway at Beatnheart:
If you comment before May 14, Cynthia will put you in the drawing for a really beautiful necklace! Yes, I know, only two days. You can do it!! Get over there!

Fundraiser Piece

Ryolite, Prehnite and Copper Pendant

Necklace of Peruvian Chalcedony, Copper, Citrine, Ryolite, Glass, Copper Chain.

My DD asked me for a piece for an American Cancer Society fundraiser. This piece evolved very easily. My DH had prostate cancer two years ago. It was caught very early, so we are optimistic about no recurrences. But I look forward to the day that cancer is an obsolete term, when no man has to have prostate surgery, no woman has to have a lumpectomy or mastectomy...
Hope you have a blessed day. I'm sitting here in my pajamas at 10:13 AM and need to clean off my workbench. And vacuum! Dog and cat hair begone!
Hugs and love to you all~~

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Brazilian Occo Geode...yum!

About 3 weeks ago I visited my LBS (Local Bead Store). Beading Around the Bush in Benicia, CA...I LOVE this shop! Anyway, there in a little tray on a low table, I saw them....Brazilian Occo Geode slices...I fell in love immediately. I caressed them and admired their beautiful sparkles. Three made their way into my clutches. I also bought some amethyst points. I had a vision of a pendant. I wanted to explore the idea of a "hidden blessing", a gift from God in an unexpected place.

After sawing the brass, sanding all the rough spots, stamping it a bit, drilling two inner holes for the point, I set the occo into the brass and wired the point into the middle. Then I sawed out the copper shape, stamped the words, etched the copper and riveted the brass to the copper. This took me two weeks! I worked here and there after my day job. And thought about it many random moments. Jewelry making is so engrossing, with challenges and triumphs. ( And occasionally the agony of defeat! lol!)

The rest of the necklace was pretty easy. I love stringing and this one really went together easily.

Earrings to go with the necklace.

Well, it is Mother's Day tomorrow. I have an amazing Mom and I respect and honor her. Hopefully I do this every day, not just a Sunday in May! :-) I hope you all remember your Mom tomorrow and find a hidden blessing from her guidance. Bless you all!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gorgeous Day at Stinson Beach~

DH and I spent the day with the "kids" from Spain (lovely stepdaughter and boyfriend). We drove around the Northern California coast and drank in the views....Stinson Beach, Point Reyes! Beautiful, Springtime, Fabulous!

Also had a chance to make a gift for a friend in Spain~~so I used my high school Spanish to stamp "amor" and "paz" and make these brass, copper and turquoise earrings. Full day. Blessed day.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

More work~! And a visit from Spain

"Trapped Bezel" pendant inspired by Richard Salley's technique. Amazonite, copper, brass. First time I made my own bead caps~~ They were inspired by Candie Cooper's new book "Metalworking 101 for Beaders".

Copper and brass and fine silver bezel strips. Dangles of quartz crystal.

Copper and brass and fine silver bezel strips stamped with "Smile" and "Shine". Fluorite dangles.

Well, I don't get to participate in the artist day at Studio 41...rats! But my work will be there without me. Hope it inspires and encourages. Love to sell a few pieces too .

My beautiful stepdaughter is here from Spain! She and her novio will be here for lunch today. Which means that DH and I are going to bless this house with some cleaning~~~ When you have two big black dogs and two orange marmalade cats, you have some serious animal fur at all times. And the left-over clutter from a crazy work'll be fun to clear this all out and feel clean and fresh~~

Bless you all...may your weekend be joyful!