Thursday, July 29, 2010

My son, the snake charmer

And there was pink.

I've admired a local artist here in Montgomery County Indiana for a long while now. She does the most amazing window displays at Chapel Book Store which is across the street from my work. Recently, she's been showing at some local galleries. One being freshly opened at the Athens of Indiana Arts Studio and Gallery.
In a question and answer segment about new artist, they interview Nina Cunningham. She gives her web site as

I've looked through the site and it's not updated recently, but I adore her 'artistic rants' section.

I think you will too.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Spending time at the B&N bookstore.

We made a trip to Lafayette on Tuesday evening. Here I am spending time in the children's section waiting on my 2 boys to finish playing with the 'Thomas the Tank Engine' set up they have here.
Jim downloads the most recent update for his iPhone in the cafe, drinking espresso.... I have no espresso.. but am trying not to be sad about it.
We were introduced to the new B&N e-book reader the NOOK. Jim's interested in having a reader of some sort for his upcoming travels. So we spent the time looking at their device. It seems to be OK. I'm not wowed with it. For the 149 for wi-fi version and 199 for the 3G+ wifi version--- I might hold out for a different item. We are going to look into a kindle next. Jim's already played with an iPad- (that B*st*rd -- JUST KIDDING!) so he's spoiled for all else.

I found out about and subsequently downloaded the B&N free e-reader for my iphone while here- I'm going to try to just use my phone. Jim can have all the bells and whistles.
We did find a VERY funny book called "Sh*t my dad says" you can preview it here. SO worth it.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sea Star and pearl necklace

I've been busy in the barn making extraordinary things!

I've found that my recent vacation to the beach has inspired me to make a more relaxed style of jewelry the past month. You can see the results of that here.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Spoon and fork rings!

I've been busy in the barn this past week. I've had so many requests for these spoon rings, that I just had to try them. They are exceedingly difficult to create. Due to the different thicknesses in the metal- it bends at different stress points. The thinner the metal, the easier it is to bend, thicker areas, of course, don't bend well at all. Keeping the shape consistent while not obliterating the design is hard, hard, hard.
I've actually made 2 rings out of each 'pickle' fork. I do like the design the handle has made, very heavy with ornate scroll work on the edges, but I'm thinking the fork end is sooo much more unique. It reminds me of a serpent's tongue. I have 4 more of these forks, so I might have to work with that idea. Maybe a bracelet design?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

ART with a CAUSE

I've been following this poster project that has artists submitting their posters for a good charitable cause. With the recent natural disasters effecting the gulf, we might have forgotten the trauma that rolled over and crushed Haiti just a few months ago.
Visit The Haiti Poster Project here.