13 June 2011

1000 Facebook Fans!

It has been amazing to me to watch the number of fans grow on my Facebook jewelry page! Here I am again at a milestone - over 1000 fans! It makes me happy that so many people get to see my art and enjoy it. It brings me so much happiness to create my pieces, and the internet has allowed me to share my work with people all over the world!

All of your support means so much to me, so I decided to celebrate this milestone with a give-away. I made this paisley pendant for just this purpose,

and have posted an album on my Pippi Jewelry page on FB. Just leave a comment on the album to be entered in the drawing. That's it! I will be drawing the winning name next Sunday.

Thanks again! You all rock my world!
all the best,

06 June 2011

Swimming Along - A Dolphin's Tale

I spent about a week working on my latest piece. The design was inspired by a comment someone left on a picture I posted about my recent bird necklaces. I made the first bird using yellow tourmalines and orange fire opals to match the colors of the western tanagers that migrate through my area each Spring.

The second bird I made I colored after the western bluebird, a favorite of mine! I liked this one so much that I decided to keep it for myself.

This was the one that reminded someone of a dolphin, and I thought with a little tweaking I could make one. I did some sketches, but didn't actually start making it until the day the reporter from The Bannock Alternative paper came to my house to interview me for a feature in this month's issue.

I spent the next several days wrapping gemstones onto the sterling frame to color the dolphin.

I used tiny faceted iolite and aquamarine beads, along with some of the tiny faceted Thai silver beads from my stash, and a flashing blue labradorite briolette for the dolphin's nose.

The gemstone beads are only about 2mm in size, so it took quite a few beads, and numerous feet of hair-thin fine silver wire to fill the frame.

Then I constructed a gemstone chain for it to hang from. I used larger faceted aquamarines, with iolite, keishi pearls and labratorites for flourishes on the chain, and added a length of cable chain on the end so the length would be adjustable.

This necklace is one of the pieces I am making for the upcoming Ketchum Arts Festival. I will not be adding any new pieces to my Etsy shop until after the festival which runs July 8-10, however, you can take advantage of the Moving Sale going on in my shop the whole month of June, as I prepare to move to a new place. It is an especially exciting move as I will finally have a studio of my own! I will begin teaching classes in my new studio starting mid-July. I will post pictures and a class schedule in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

And now back to packing. See you all again soon!
all the best,

03 June 2011

Catching Up... (Again)

Well, here it is, almost 3 months since I last posted. Life has been full of ups and downs, and a few things fell off along the way. After a brief 6 month struggle, my sister succumbed to the cancer, and is now watching over those of us left behind. I miss her more than I can say! I still had the rest of the school semester to get through after her death, so I just packed up my sorrow for another day, and forged through projects and finals. My outlet for my feelings for my sister came through in some of the most beautiful jewelry, and in making beautiful pies decorated with the cookie cutters she sent me. I think of Mary every time I make something, and try to make it extra beautiful, as if trying to make up to the world for losing such a bright, shining soul.

I also bought a floor loom, which prompted me to take the Summer off from school, so I could spend time working on my own art, instead of projects for school. I started an ambitious tapestry project which should keep me busy (as if I had a problem doing that!) through the Summer.

And a busy Summer I will have! We decided to look for a bigger house in a quieter neighborhood, and found the perfect place the first day we started looking. The house sits on 1/3 acre, with plenty of garden space,

and a separate studio in the back for my jewelry studio. I will be teaching classes in my studio starting in mid-July!

There is the quick recap. Now that I am back on track, I will post details of my recent projects.
See you again soon!