Sunday, July 18, 2010

this is what i do when....

... i let The Red Cat loose at an outdoor vinyl yard sale
and he shops for almost two hours:
i make art.

i am constantly reminded that there is beauty everywhere.
even in a gravel driveway of an old rundown house
with haggard EZup tents wrapped in cheap plastic
{rain is the death of them, you know}
and tables with boxes and boxes of records
pouring out of the garage and onto the gravel that
marks the driveway
of the biggest record yard sale i've ever seen.

i was met with a glass of lemonade and an Australian accent
and an invitation to grapes and a bathroom if i so needed.
i was content to let The Red Cat peruse the plastic sleeved treasures
while i looked for beauty to capture with my new lenses...

my mantra word is
i seek it whenever i need to feel whole.
i seek it whenever i feel things are amiss.
i wear many hats
and don't feel the need to wear just one of them.
don't feel like being shiny somedays
so i rub a little mud on my face.
be as nice as possible,
but as nasty as necessary.
the more we strive for one side of perfection,
the more we become one-sided.


i was busy last night in the studio!
made three new rings
but upon morning inspection, there are a few things i want to fix
and change a bit on two of them.
so, being that i am driving The Red Cat to the airport at 3:30am,
i am not sure how early i'll get into the studio.
but never fear... 
new listings will still happen tomorrow!
{i say that like there is already a captive, baited audience out there. :) }

i wore one of the rings out to today to feel its fabulousness!
it is formed by an anticlastic raising technique using a hammer to form and shape the metal.
each series of strikes sends the metal against itself and forces it to bend and curve.
there are beautiful smooth, curved pieces formed anticlastic 
by hitting the metal against smooth, curved metal stakes,
but i forgo the stakes and use the hammer and a flat block of steel,
turning the metal to form a 'bowl'.
metal is so cool.

we live on an amazing piece of property 
with a big pond right in the back yard.

{you can see the edge of it on the left of the photo}

it has tons of lily pads, and big frogs, and an island
and two blue herons that frequently visit in the early mornings,
and the dogs love to swim in it.
i know there are fish in there too, because i hear the splash of their 
powerful jumps.
the lily pads have their own rake, 
to thin them out when you feel it necessary,
and i never have, so it just sits in the garage feeling lonely.
the texture that these little aquatic plants exhibit
is amazing. 
and i love to go the waters edge while the dogs splash around
and stare at the lily pads wondering how much
a bullfrog charges for rent these days?

so this new series of rings is in honor of that
bad ass bitch, mother nature,
and all of her cool eye candy.

there are two more in the same vein
{pun intended}
one with an amazing cherry red ruby, and one with a bright lime green peridot.
both faceted for sparkling brilliance against the oxidized silver.
they are all named as usual, and it says so right inside the ring band.
this one is named

a reminder to go for it.
a little push in the direction of greatness.
a show stopping piece that is strong enough
for everyday wear, and let's face it, so are you.
who says big is for big occasions?
i say big is for now.
big is for today.
go big or go home!

the love we take
is equal to the love we make.
now that's a mantra.

love, love, love,


{post edit}
due to my shop appointment being pushed til next weekend,
the new etsy shop listings will be happening
later in the week.

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