Monday, May 16, 2011

Ain't No Sunshine... In Seattle

Seattle is continuuing it's soggy assault on us. Enough already! Though the sogginess did take breaks, as it always seems to do, allowing for a nice little walk over in West Seattle. The mostly unpleasant weather definitely has it's upside as I had a very productive weekend in the studio. I made eight rings, though only finished five of them as I'm waiting on some beautious sapphires to find their way to me. You can find the finished rings, in the very near future, over here.

Creating my own Sunshine

A favorite spot

rings, rings, rings!

A gaggle of rings awaiting their stones

Five finished rings awaiting new homes

Tower of Power


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Studio Helper

This is Pasha. She is the official "Studio Kitty" and gleefully bounds up the steps at every opportunity to chill with me in the studio. She basks in the window seat watching birds while I work, occasionally coming down to meow at my feet, indicating a break is needed. She is oft a dark and moody creature but up here in the studio, she is calm and sweet.

Two Paws and Some Jewels

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Birth of a Ring

I recently had a fellow, super-nice, Etsian request one of my rings in another size, this one: Sterling Wide Band with Sapphires. I love when someone digs my work enough to start up that first conversation. I decided to photograph some of the steps while making the ring for her.  

And the final result:


Sunday, May 1, 2011

New Beginnings

The old saying "Out like a lion, in like a lamb" did not ring true when March unfolded into April this year here in Seattle. It was reportedly the coldest April in Seattle since 1970. Yikes. With this being a new month and for me, a new year (I celebrated a birthday yesterday), I decided to give this blogging thingy a go for real. I hope to share behind the scenes action in my little jewelry studio tucked away in the attic, as well as some of the happenings in my world in the inspiring neighborhood of Queen Anne, Seattle.

I stumbled upon this art installation by Seattle artist, Abbie Berry, last evening while on an epic neighborhood walk. She calls it "Peace, Peace to Those Far and Near". Quotes from historical figures are written on laminated gold and silver paper and hang from tree branches. Though I have driven and walked by this tree many times during the day without stopping, last night the silver and gold cards were spinning wildy in the beautiful spring breeze just asking to be examined more closely.

And today was another glorius day, though not spent in the studio, but instead basking with a million other Seattleites soaking up well needed Vitamin D and feeling new inspirations.

Hummingbird enjoying the view outside my window

"Peace, Peace to Those Far and Near", indeed!