Monday, February 28, 2011

myriad and beyond...

My business name has been a topic of thought for me over the last few months.
Particularly because I am updating paperwork, 
and switching some legal business things around
and I have the opportunity to change the name of my company.

As hesitant as I am, I have done it before.
I wasn't as far into that name as I am this one though.
And it was still a hobby at that point.

I chose the word myriad because it spoke to my many sides.
It encompassed the spirit of the never ending amount of art forms
that i love to do.

But as far as encompassing everything I now know I want out of a name,
it does not live up completely.
I have also started concentrating a lot more on the jewelry side 
in the last five years.

So I started thing of names,
in case I did decide to switch.
And I think there is one that stands above all the others..
and I would love some input.
par·a·gon  (pr-gn, -gn)  


1. A model of excellence or perfection of a kind; a peerless example: a paragon of virtue.
2. a. An unflawed diamond weighing at least 100 carats.
    b. A very large spherical pearl.
3. Printing A type size of 20 points.
tr.v. par·a·goned, par·a·gon·ing, par·a·gons
1. To compare; parallel.
2. To equal; match.

noun. model, standard, pattern, ideal, criterion, norm, jewel, masterpiece, prototype, paradigm, archetype, exemplar, nonpareil, best or greatest thing since sliced bread (informal) 

What do you think?
Any thoughts on changing your business name mid-stream?


Saturday, February 26, 2011


I'm so glad to have music in my life in such a huge capacity.
As an artist, as a musician, as a singer,
as an audience member, as a huge fan,
as a critic, as a hater.
But there is nothing like recording in a studio
and I can't wait until this EP is ready to listen to!



the swamp across the street is so tempting in the winter.
I want to go traipsing out in it 
convinced that it will hold me on it's frozen bed
of winter swamp,
safe from plunging down 
into it's green gooey murkiness,
safe from sinking down to the coldness
where the frogs live and probably a swamp thang or two,
 but then i'm like,
but what if it doesn't?
so pictures it is.


::: he just gets to visit:::

Even though he's 13 years old,
 I so have puppy fever.


Friday, February 25, 2011

i love new old stuff

I saw this amazing piece in a local antiques barn and i bought it immediately.
It is so perfect for holding sheets of silver and spools of wire
and long silver tubes and sanding papers
and bezel wires and oh my.
It is so fantastic I can't even tell you... 
so I might as well just show you.

It came from the local post office and the drawers get bigger as they go down.

The paper tags were old and worn with handwriting that reminds me of my grandmother.
I flipped the tags over and made my own lables for each drawer.

The drawers are incredibly deep and the separators pull out to make the drawer space longer.

My cabochon box is like like a mini-me of the new silver drawers... and they fit right on top.

I love a full drawer of turquoise.

and they are easily reached from my fabrication table...

which got a nice face lift from the new piece being introduced... 

so magnificent!

I love new old stuff.
It just feels good...
and it's built to last so it's ok to get attached to it.

love. love. love.


Thursday, February 24, 2011


I took the dogs with me yesterday to run some errands

I love the winter trees. 
So complex and fractal.

and the sunset was magnificent. 
It started off as a quiet, creeping, long seduction of the sky,

and ended up painting it's love on every nook and cranny
of  cloud cover.

I can't wait for spring,
but this winter beauty makes it a little more bearable.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

belly up

I love working with photographs and have developed many ways 
to feature them.
One of which I was hired to do last month and I took some 
before, during, and after pictures.

Step one: sand down entire bartop.
::sanded bartop::
Step two: Arrange the clients photos and glue them down.
Step Three:  Tape off edges and wrap plastic drop cloth around exposed wood.

Step four: spend hours and hours applying an amazing finish

Step five: constantly check under dust cover for dust. remove dust particles and hair from their cats.
Step six: remove dust cover and enjoy your new smooth, glossy, customized, easy to clean, bar top.
I've done this particular style of photo art on many many surfaces.
Bar tops are great but with their tremendous size it does take a few days.
Fortunately, I did this one at my folks house so there were 
home cooked meals involved.
Fantastic bonus.


full moon

The full moon the other night was magnificent.
It crept over our driveway and came shining thru the trees
highlighting the snow drifts and
shadowing it's curves.

I hope you howled when you saw it too.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

on the road...

I needed to get away for a few... feel a different climate on my skin, hear a different wind whistlin'. No Etsy updates, studio visits, or deliveries. No deadlines or due dates. Just open road and blue skies, soaring hawks and gas station coffee. 

 There was so much snow the day we left.  And we got on the road just as another storm was moving in. It sure is beautiful though when everything is covered in white, glistening, shiny beauty.

 Open fields covered in icy snow remind me of the ocean on a calm day. Glassy and wrinkled, like old weathered skin.  Winter skies are romantically amazing. Long, wide patches of blue with streaks of bright love. Pinks and oranges so proud of their color rebellion that they shine even brighter.

I find that my mind works differently when it's behind the wheel. My thoughts carry me to forgotten places that don't get visited often... it's easier to commit to the time that it takes to properly flush out a new idea, or build a bracelet step by step, figuring out angles and problems before the torch and the saw even get close. 

I spent my 20's traveling this country and others, and long car rides easily bring me back to those days, with faintly familiar faces dancing thru my visions of younger times. A change of scenery is perfect for sparking my creative fire. It's like rearranging my work space; just seeing things from a different perspective for a while can bring out wonderful changes in my designs. Even color patterns in the sky can evoke certain stone combination's. Or the way the branches fall from the trees and lay like a cocoon for the cold, sleeping ground.

The warmer the weather got, the brighter the skies, the more i couldn't stop yearning for spring. I am a bit biased because my birthday is in april, but i think it would still be my favorite season anyway.

We stopped and saw friends, ate at weird places like Esther's, and listened to music non-stop, but it's good to be back home. There is at least 2 feet of snow on the flat ground. but in some places there is easily a few feet. and icicles everywhere!

I have a project to share with you that i finished last week... art that i make aside from jewelry. It's a style that is dear to me in many ways and deserves a post all of it's own.  
And i believe it's time for a giveaway again.
More on both of those later this week.

I hope you all had a lovely start to your February's and
have a wonderful valentine's day. 
share love everywhere!


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