Tuesday, May 31, 2011

grr

i am still having blogger problems.
It won't recognize my pictures.
I think I might find this blog a new home, or go kick some serious ass in bloggerville.

...to be continued!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sometimes the sun comes out... briefly

I went to visit some of my favorite friends yesterday.
They have a gorgeous daughter and are expecting another child in december.
They are full of light and already glow, but this new arrival will have them
in a whole new bounty of love.

They have a park across the street that, despite all the rain we've had,
had plenty of spring life showing that, it too, can prosper through anything.
Nature is amazing that way.

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ok.. so Blogger has been weird for a couple of weeks now, and today it won't let me upload any pictures.
Hrrumph. That's a problem..
Hopefully they get it figured out soon, cause I have tons to show you.
We'll try again later.

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and we're back...  oh, the interwebs.



The entire Northeast has been saturated with months of rain
preceded by an overwhelming amount of snow melt that caused most of
my area to flood.  It's been wet.
 We have had 3 sunny, warm days where it didn't rain since last fall. I'm serious. 3.
And I have taken full advantage of each one.
Tomorrow will be a half good day. Rain for only a few hours.

I will get my garden in this week, I swear.
Even if I have to put big clear tarps over all my beds so the rain doesn't kill
all the new little seedlings that are begging me to be planted.
I spent most of today putting in the beds, and the arbor, but more
of that later. Right now, we were talking about the park.
It's trying so hard to give off the air of Spring, but really it's
just winter poorly dressed up as a carnival.




























 
















 And here is my favorite smush face that is going to have a brother or sister this winter.
I am so happy for them and can't wait to photograph everything!




I seriously can't wait for another decent day tomorrow.
The dirt/compost is being delivered and plants can go in the ground.. maybe.
Maybe not until next week, but hurry up already weather!!
I miss your sun beating down on my shoulders
while I smell the tomatoes flirting with the basil.

Are we the only ones dying for the sun to come out?
I think it's even stopped raining in Oregon...


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sj*
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Monday, May 23, 2011

And the winner is...

All of the names were assigned numbers and those numbers went into
the random number generator and i let it pick a number.
That number was16

 
and it belonged to 

Mrs.LittleJeans

congratulations!!

Please shoot me an email with your address and choice of Cut Out Necklace.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered!

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sj*
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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Thank you!!


Thank you so much to everyone who entered for a free necklace.
The drawing is officially over and I will be drawing a winner this weekend!

Good Luck!!

have a wonderful weekend,

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sj*
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Time for a Giveaway!!

I'm so tired of the rain here in the Northeast so let's make a sunny day!

It's time for a free GIVEAWAY!

There are 3 ways to enter:

1. Become a Follower of this Blog by simply going over there to the right --->
and clicking the grey Google FOLLOW button. 
That will earn you 3 entries.


2. Go to my Facebook Page and leave a comment.
Any comment will do.
That earns you 1 entry.

3. Leave a comment here.
Any comment will do.
That earns you 1 entry.

You may enter all 3 ways.
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Now for what you might win!!

I am giving away one of my Cutout Necklaces.
And which one is up to you!!
Below are some examples, but you can choose from any one that is
part of my collection.

Drawing ends on Friday at midnight.
Winner announced over the weekend.

Good Luck!!











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strawberry jam and basil

I am finally home and rested after an amazing weekend.
My Band played a festival called the Strawberry Jam which
was full of great bands, and vendors, and people and
was also a benefit for two great organizations. 
One is a horse rescue called Solid Rock Ranch
and the other is a food donation group called
Strangers Helping Strangers. 

SHS got together with our promoter and The Band last year and attended
most of our shows, collecting non-perishable goods. It worked out really well
and we try and do as much with them as we can.















I am glad to be home...
but it has rained for the last 3 weeks.
And it's supposed to rain for the next 2 weeks.
I really want to plant my garden but that's not happening for a while it seems.





Maybe it's my yearning for summer,
or the grey is making me long for color, but
I have been eating nothing but caprese style everything lately...
with plenty of basil.
Thankfully, I have a basil plant that is doing very well indoors right now.
I love hitting the olive bar at my local store, plenty of kalamata's
and little red cherry tomatoes, and lots of mozzarella balls.
I have my own blend of seasoned olive oil and bail vinaigrette,
and then a blend of pepper and Italian seasoning.
and the basil. can't forget the basil.
I think this has been my lunch every day for a few weeks now.
I can be a creature of habit.


This evening I started a round of rivet necklaces.
Hopefully I can stay in my studio all week and not get pulled in ten different
directions.  I am most effectively creative when I can spend several days
making and not have to leave the studio much.  It rarely happens, but maybe
this blanket of rain will help with that.


I am also growing chamomile this year to make my own tea.
I want to try and reproduce my new favorite tea.
Honey Vanilla Chamomile.
It's so lovely, and now will forever remind me of Costa Rica.
Speaking of,  I should post another color round of pictures.
How about in honor of basil, we do green?
































pura vida.


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sj*
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Persnickety Peregrine

New ring in honor of my nesting Peregrine Falcon couple
who have a little one in the nest with them.

:::Sterling Silver, Green Turquoise, 3 Pointed Garnets:::
and a hand cut sterling Peregrine Falcon




















In the shop today.


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sj*
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Once in a while

You get shown the light
In the strangest of places 
if you look at it right...

























Textured.
Recycled.
Painted.
Bent.
Welded.
Wrapped.
Sculpted.
Tiled.
Screwed.
Hammered.
Forged.
Finished.
Given.
Found.
Appreciated.
Art.


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sj*
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