Monday, June 30, 2008

Lorelei Rocks!!

A very special thank you to Lorelei for being my 500th sale on Etsy! I first "met" Lorelei several months ago when she purchased some of my buttons to use in her gorgeous jewelry. We discovered that we had grown up just miles away from each other in two very small rural towns in upstate NY. A small world indeed.

These photos show just a sampling of her amazing work. She manages to take beads and metal and turns them into one-of-a-kind wearable works of art!

Be sure to check out her Etsy shop and her blog (I read it daily).
Thanks again Lorelei!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

So close!

At this moment I have 499 sales in my Etsy shop. Woo-hoo! To celebrate I am going to give my 500th customer a very special gift with their order (you will be thrilled, trust me!).

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Self Portrait Thursday - 6.26.08


Today is Thursday and that means it's time for some self portraits! I thought it would be fun to select a few of my favorites from the day - so here they are! (that's me on top)

Emily Andrews

To see the entire SPT Flickr photo pool click here.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Strawberries out the ying yang

It's time for a quick weekend update. Saturday was the Strawberry Festival in my little upstate NY town of Owego. Years ago this was a wonderful festival full of handcraft only vendors. Unfortunately this is no longer the case as resellers of imported plastic crap have taken over and the artists have trickled down to a slow drip.
I live a half block away from the downtown festivities so last year I decided to set up shop in my front yard and I invited a few friends to join me. It was a success so this year I invited a few more friends and we lined my sidewalk.
The weather was perfect (until the veeeery end) and the strawberry daiquiris flowed freely (thanks Don!). Thanks to all my friends who participated and made our little set-up look like a million bucks! Thanks!: Gag Rags, Syracuse Soapworks, Rich Harrington, Clayworks Pottery Studio, Maryanne White and Terri Johnson.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Separated at Birth?

I couldn't resist. This is my Self Portrait Thursday.

Rasputin.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Petey update


He may look a little sleepy in this photo (I woke him up with my snapping) but at this very moment Petey is running around like a little freak, hopping, skipping and doing all sorts of silly bunny dance moves. His checkup with the vet today went very well. He is healing perfectly. He has gained some weight back and his fur is looking gorgeous. The only problem is his complete disdain for Laurel. Any affection those two may have had is gone gone gone and I have no idea how to get it back. He is one angry bunny. I can't say that I blame him since he now has two holes in his ear and the tremendous tooth pain he had for days and days must have been horrible for him, but poor Laurel has no idea why he hates her so. When she tries to rub noses with him he gives her a big chomp. I hope he gets over it. I need a bunny whisperer.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Glimpse...

It's been a real mixture of busy and sleepy here in Round Rabbit land. The heat has finally taken a hike but the anticipated burst of energy often associated with cooler weather has not made an appearance yet. I have been working on many new and exciting things, however, and here are some images that give a little sneak peak. I am obsessing over form these days and how to translate those forms into functional jewelry. That is not always an easy process but this time around I am pretty pleased with what is transpiring. Stay tuned to see the results. :)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Self Portrait Thursday - 6.12.08

For this week's self portrait I tried to get a little fancy but it didn't quite come out as I had hoped. Here I am reflected in a painting by my grandfather. I was thrilled to see how my eye lined up with the drippy paint but I do wish the lighting had been a little bit better. Oh well. It still looks kind of cool. :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Solitude for Petey

It's time for a bunny update. After last week's massive fight I discovered that Petey's wounds were much more severe than I originally thought. And after a long awaited visit with the vet yesterday those fears where confirmed. It seems that Petey managed to break and crack two back molars during his rumble with Laurel causing him to develop an abscess and a very swollen tongue. Today he had some minor surgery which involved removing one tooth and part of another and filing down the rest. The abscess was cleaned out (sorry, yucky, I know) and he was hydrated with a ton of fluids.

I took this photo right after we came home. He immediately ran to his blue blanket, stretched out and tried to relax. My poor boy has lost a lot of weight, his fur is all patchy (from stress) and, as you can see if you click on the photo for a close-up, he has a big hole in his ear from Laurel's bite. I guess he will have to be my new earring model.

So it is solitude for Petey for the next few days. He is in his room (yes, he has his own room) and seems very content and possibly a little high on pain meds. He is nibbling on a baby carrot right now.
Serenity now, little Petey.


Monday, June 9, 2008

Vintage distractions...

The temperature hit 102 here in lovely upstate NY today. I am useless. So here are a few fun images from my vintage photo collection to provide a little distraction from the fact that I am melting. Don't forget to click on the images for the super-sized version.

All three images depict children with their stuffed animals (two have bunnies!). I half-heartedly tried to find a photo I have of myself at age 3 clutching all of my precious softies but the heat talked me out of trying too hard. I will resume the search after the heat breaks.

This photo below is priceless. This kid was either a future hunter or serial killer. Let's hope it was the former.

To see previous posts with images from my collection see here and here.
Happy heat wave to all. Stay cool, be cool.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Punk'd!

Steampunk'd, that is. I have decided to try a run of items on Ebay and I went with a Steampunk theme. I haven't really given Ebay a try with my own work before. Several years ago when I made a mad dash out of grad school I found myself selling vintage and antique jewelry on Ebay for a little while. I did quite well and I learned a lot. What I discovered, though, is that I much prefer being a collector of jewelry and making and selling my own. Since I still buy vintage and antique pieces quite regularly I occasionally put up a batch to weed out the collection, but for the most part I am primarily a buyer these days.

Today, however, I put these five lovelies up to see what happens. If any of you are looking for a deal on these pieces now may be your chance. :)



Thursday, June 5, 2008

Clay doodles...

I finally spent a whole day in the studio - something I haven't done since this latest bout of illness. It was great to be back but it took me a while to get going. I kind of sat in a chair and stared at nothing for a while. In order to get moving I made myself unload a kiln of bisque and that seemed to give me a boost. Having new pieces to glaze is always a thrill.

As you can see from the photo above I did mange to accomplish a bit today. Some people scratch out their ideas on paper but I usually hash it out on a slab of porcelain. It really comes down to being too lazy to find a piece of paper and a pencil. :) Anyway, I started some new projects and I am very anxious to see how they dry. I am counting on them curling up a bit, but that only seems to happen when I don't want it to.

And lastly, as you may know, I can't pass a mirror without snapping a self portrait. So here I am in the studio's bathroom. I needed to capture the roll of toilet paper that is sitting JUST ABOVE the dispenser. For some reason none of the other assistants in the studio seem capable of putting the paper in the dispenser (you know who you are!). This kind of makes me crazy.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Better late than never...

I handbuilt this piece at the very end of last year. I glazed it in the end of January. I fired it the next day. It is now June 4th and I have finally gotten around to listing it in my shop. Why the wait? Beats me.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A very cool tattoo...

Last week on Self Portrait Thursday (it's a Flickr thing) I came across this photo of purtygurldesigns' tattoo. It is a portion of my favorite e.e. cummings poem and one of the best tattoos I have seen.

somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look will easily unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;
nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

Monday, June 2, 2008

Peace, Love and Understanding...

So, I am sick yet again. This makes the 578th time since November. I worked the Farmers' Market on Saturday, came home and died. I rose from the dead the next day a total zombie. Today I thought I had what resembled some energy so I ventured out into the world - pale, pastey and germy - I wanted to share the love.

First I went to the studio. It has been ages and I miss it. I walked in and spent a total of 45 minutes there before the dust got to me and my lungs demanded that I leave. However, I did manage to take an inventory of my bisqued pieces (above) and I was quite horrified to see how low my stocks are. I need to get working!

From there I went to Target. Not my favorite place in the world but I had ordered some prints through Flickr and was able to pick them up there. I decided to try on some clothes since I was feeling so great and attractive. It's been a while since I have been in a clothing store changing room and I had forgotten the thrill of the rear-view mirror. What a treat. Nothing makes you feel better than a full, unobstructed view of your backside. As you can see I tried on a pair of old man's golf shorts and a maternity top. (no, I am not pregnant)


On my way through the checkout I asked the clerk "How are you?" She looked at me, really looked at me and said, "Yesterday my brother-in-law committed suicide." I said I was sorry. Then, while I was in Pet Smart picking up some rabbit treats, I looked at the cats that are up for adoption. A woman came and stood next to me and began to cry. All those homeless cats made her sad.

Coming over the bridge into my hometown, there was a group of local peace activists set up in front of the courthouse. They had signs protesting the war and the price of gas, among other things. While sitting at the red light the car behind me started to beep his horn. I joined him and before I knew it the whole bridge was beeping and waving peace signs out of their windows. It was one of those rare moments when I felt happy to be one of the crowd.