Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New Work

I wanted to share a new brooch that I finished this week. This was a lot of fun to do, and is a little different from my usual style. I just really wanted to make something with a ton of stones and wanted to play around with the watercolor enamels to make it vibrant and colorful.
Copper, enamel, watercolor enamel, garnet, citrine, cz's.

Also, I have some new filigree pieces in my Etsy shop, as well as an enamel pendant that I have not had for sale before in my shop. 

I am offering 10% off anything in my Etsy shop from now until December 8th for my readers! Coupon code is holiday10. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family, with a complete vegan menu. My sister made the most incredible vegan chicken pot pie! Yum!

Well, today is Small Business Saturday! I don't know about you, but I never participate in the craziness of Black Friday. But today is a chance to support local business and local artists and get some unique gifts to check off your Christmas list. There are many shows going on around town, and I will be selling my work at the Small Business Saturday Artists Market at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts from 1:00pm - 8:00pm. I have some new work that I haven't had the chance to take images of yet, but here's an example of some of the work I will be showing.

This morning I was on Fox 10 News with Bill Kelly, the Store manger and Jake Early, another artist who will be participating in the Artists Market today. Here's a link to the segment:

Fox 10 News Segment

Sunday, August 17, 2014


London! :)

Arriving from Paris on the Chunnel

I had the amazing opportunity to go to Europe this summer with my husband. We first spend a few days in Paris, then a few days in London. (All about Paris in previous post). Now, about London.

London is such an incredible city, and I would say probably one of my favorites (although to be fair, I have a lot of favorites). The first thing I would say about London is that it is very clean. Amazingly so. For any city, but especially for such a large city, it is very well kept. There are also many wonderful museums and sights to see. We didn't have time for everything we wanted to see, but some of the highlights were:

Victoria and Albert Museum (biggest highlight of the trip)
The Original Bus Tour
The National Gallery
British Museum
Afternoon Tea

Victoria and Albert Museum:
This was by far my favorite museum I have ever been to. They have an amazing collection of craft pieces, including a huge jewelry collection and iron collection. We weren't allowed to take any photos of the jewelry (so sad), but it's the largest collection of jewelry I've seen at a museum (or anywhere for that matter), with work that ranged from thousands of years ago to contemporary work. I was able to get some photos of the iron collection though, which had some beautiful old locks and keys and tin pieces.

The Original Bus Tour is one of those double decker buses that drives you around the city with a tour guide explaining very quickly what you are driving by. It was a great way to see the whole city, especially when we were so tired from days of non stop walking. They also allow you to get off at different sights and hop back onto another bus that comes by. Here are some photos from the bus ride:

The National Gallery was a good museum to see, with work from some of my favorite artists, including Jan van Eyck (I got to see the Arnolfini Portrait!), Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Vincent van Gogh, and many others. We were not allowed to take any photos inside the gallery, so I'm including this one of a very large rooster just outside the gallery at Trafalgar Square. On the bus tour, they said something about it being a space where contemporary sculpture pieces get displayed for a limited period of time and then get changed out with another one. 

The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck has been one of my favorite paintings for several years because of all the intricate details in the piece, with the reflection in the mirror, the way the light hits the metal on the mirror and chandelier, and the folds in the fabric of the clothing. Incredible! 

The British Museum is a must see museum for anyone in London. They have an amazing collection of antiquities, particularly Egyptian artifacts. It was a lot of fun walking around seeing mummies and pieces from the Parthenon in Greece, but it was so crowded, we ended up leaving a little earlier than we had planned. We still saw quite a bit though.
The Rosetta Stone

I have always wondered what Afternoon Tea was. Isn't it just drinking tea in the afternoon? After listening to audio books by Agatha Christie, in which characters were eating all kinds of delicious sounding sandwiches and cakes during Afternoon Tea, I was very perplexed. So, I made it one of my main goals to find out while I was in London. We went to the National Cafe inside the National Museum and ordered Afternoon Tea. It was wonderful! We had to split one though, because it was huge!!! They bring out a pot of tea (of course) and a three tiered stand with sandwiches, little pastries, and a scone with butter and jam (probably the best I've ever had). I don't see how anyone could have this every day, but it was a fun treat.

Pubs are also a must when in London, and we went to several. We found one right away by our hotel when we first arrived in London, and it was very cozy and charming. 

London tradition, Fish and Chips

On our last day we went to one of the oldest pubs in London called Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. It has been open since the 1600's, when it re-built after the Great Fire. So really, it's even older than that! It's such a cute little place and a great dining experience.

And of course it wouldn't be right to not include a photo of some red phone booths, so here you go!

I hope to be able to go back to London some day to see all the museums I missed, but I'm pretty happy with what I was able to see while there this time around.