Monday, December 19, 2011

Congrats to....


SHARON who said "Lovely bracelet, good to see you back in action. My favorite color is aquamarine, the luminous blue of the sea."


Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to comment! It was fun to read what everyone's favorite colors are and I think I learned a lot. I had no idea so many of you liked the warmer tones like yellows and oranges! I will be keeping it all in mind the next time I sit down to glaze.

I did this drawing the old fashioned way - writing out each name and putting them all in a bowl. I was able to include those where not able to comment on the post and left me messages on Facebook, so I don't think I missed anyone. Thanks again for participating and be on the lookout for more giveaways in the future! :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Time for a giveaway! Woo-hoo!

Round Rabbit Ceramic Bracelet

I've been feeling extremely thankful these days. Thankful for the help I received after the flood. Thankful for having such wonderful friends who look after me. Thankful for having a wonderful man in my life who makes me feel like the most important person on the planet. Thankful for my loyal and new customers who continue to support me even after months of absence. For the first time in a long time I feel content and grounded. So what should I do with all this sicky sweet happy happy joy joy? Have a giveaway! Hell yes!

Round Rabbit Ceramic Bracelet

I made this bracelet this morning in a mad fury of inspiration. I love it when that happens. I think this is a design I will continue so I thought it would be fun to offer the very first one as a giveaway.

Round Rabbit Ceramic Bracelet

It has all kinds of fun things going on, starting with the oak leaf porcelain focal I made in my last Extra batch. I attached some leather cord and threaded one of my faceted beads on it along with some super chunky jump rings to slide around.

Round Rabbit Ceramic Bracelet

I crimped the leather with a small piece of copper pipe/tube that can be found at your local hardware store. It comes in a coil and can be cut with a normal pipe cutter. I threaded all the leather cord through and just flattened the copper until it was tight. Works like a charm! Also included on this piece is one of my little porcelain hearts, a beautiful lampwork headpin by my friend Kelley of Kelley's Bead Studio, and a sweet little ceramic bead by one of my heroes, Elaine Ray.

Sooooo, how can you enter this giveaway, you ask? It's easy! Just leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite color is. Be precise! None of this "my favorite color is blue." I want specifics! "My favorite color is deep sea at sunrise blue!" OK, I'm kind of kidding about the favorite color (not really, I actually want to know). Just leave a comment and on MONDAY, December 19th at noon I will draw a winner. And please feel free to spread the word! I feel like I've been totally out of the loop these past few months and would love to have some new blog readers so please share the link to this post with any and all, on your blogs or on your Facebook wall. I would continue to be the big old sappy, grateful pile of misty-eyed goo that I am today! :)

Small print: This bracelet measures 7 3/4" in length. This contest is open to every single person on the planet. Even the married ones. :)


Friday, December 9, 2011

EXTRA shop update MONDAY at noon!

Porcelain jewelry components

Yay! Everything came out of the kiln looking just spiffy! It feels good to be back to work, and getting this first batch made has done wonders to kick start lots of new and exciting ideas. The Extra shop update will take place on Monday, December 12th at noon EST. As always, you can watch the items as they go up on my Facebook page.

First up are the oak leaf pendants shown at the top. Not entirely new and exciting, but who doesn't love leaves? And these are genuine Finger Lakes Region, NYS oak leaves! OK, that means nothing to most of you and it's really not THAT thrilling, but let's just go with it.

Porcelain jewelry components

When I first made these funny bumpy caterpillar thingys I wasn't really sure how well they would work as components. Now, however, I love them! The holes are small but just big enough to thread beading wire through.

Porcelain jewelry components

They would be awesome as the focal of a bracelet or a spectacular multi-strand necklace!

Porcelain jewelry components

You can't really tell from this photo but these pieces are slightly curved to make them bracelet focals! Woo-hoo! I loooooove this reptilian deep texture....

Porcelain jewelry components

...so much so that I used it on these cool triangular pieces. I only made four, for some reason.

Porcelain jewelry components

In my last update way back in early September I made one piece that had this pattern on it. I had a lot of people ask if I could do a whole batch of them so here they are! I could make these all the time. There is just something about concentric dotty circles that makes me happy. And the way it takes the glaze.....xo!

Porcelain pendants

Pretty and chunky. That's what these pendants are all about.

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They are a nice large size and will make a beautiful focal!

Porcelain flower pendants

Last up are these fun little flower power pendants! Smaller in size, they are sweet and pretty.

So there you have it! Hope you all like what you see! Don't forget: The update will start at noon EST on Monday, December 12th in the shop, right here. Hope to see you there! :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

And update is coming! Finally.

Porcelain bird necklace

Yep, it's been a loooong time since I checked in. Things are mostly back to something resembling normal in my little world. My house is finally heated which has done wonders to dry everything out. The mold seems to be taking a sabbatical, though I suspect it may return in the spring with warmer weather. We shall see.



In other news...I really need to get back to work. That has been difficult for several reasons, the primary one being that I am still without a kiln. The studio where I work now has two new kilns and two more on the way but due to some really big screw-ups we were sent the wrong amperage and now we will need some major electrical work done. I still am not able to order my own kiln due to some really big New York State screw-ups concerning rebates and flood relief. I won't go into it because I get so angry that I may start to pen my manifesto and plot the downfall of state government... I kid! I kid! (or do I?)
Anyhoo, the photo above shows my very first batch of components in progress.

Porcelain in progress

I must admit that it has been hard to get back to work. Before the flood I had built up a good momentum. It's a bit like chugging along in a train only to be derailed at top speed. (Yeah, I could have come up with a better analogy but after two glasses of wine I'm lucky I can spell analogy...) But I have prevailed and made a fun little batch of pieces!

Porcelain in progress

My friend Maryanne is firing the pieces for me in her studio which is a real lifesaver, though not entirely ideal. However! I will able to have an update on MONDAY!! It's been so long, I wonder if anyone will shop with me. I do worry about that. A lot.

Glazed

I'll be sure to post a preview of the finished pieces hopefully by Saturday, so please stay tuned.

Porcelain and Sterling earrings

I haven't been entirely work-free. I've been keeping myself busy making jewelry with pieces I have in my stash. It's been so long since my focus was pointed in the direction of my own finished jewelry and I must say, I really miss it. My first love will always be making jewelry with my porcelain. I got the Etsy shop up and running again and have been listing lots of new pieces like these earrings shown above. I really enjoy making these extra long sterling ear wires.

Deco Starburst Porcelain Earrings

This is another favorite pair in one of my favorite rusty glazes.

Joan of Ark earrings

I love this pair, too! I call them Joan of Ark.

Porcelain rings

I've also brought back my adjustable and super affordable rings. It's been a while since I listed any, though I'm not really sure why. I need to get on the ball!

Porcelain dragonflies

I'll leave you today with some dragonflies.
Please visit my shop for some holiday shopping! :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Catching up

Hope after the flood

This photo of the local movie theater pretty much sums up the feeling in my town. Soon. Soon we will all be somewhat back to normal. Some of us will be more normal than others, for sure. I am doing well. After nearly a month I had my power turned back on last week. Hot water followed a day later. A new furnace and the heat it will provide with be back sometime next week, hopefully. In the meantime I have been burning wood to keep warm and to help dry out my ridiculously damp house. Fighting mildew is my new day job. It seems to crop up on everything from my furniture to glass to the walls. I clean it. It comes back. I swear at it. It gives me the finger. Bastard mildew.

The best time of year

Anyhoo, the flip side of Mother Nature has been stunning this autumn. My friend, Susan, described the brilliant fall colors as make-up sex after the nasty flood. Must admit I laughed out loud when I read that.

Autumn in upstate NY

This was the view during my drive yesterday as I made my way from my refuge in the Finger Lakes to my cold, damp house. G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S.

Finch and Laurel

In other news. Bunny news. Finch and Laurel have finally bonded! I didn't think it would happen but it did. They love each other. Awwwwwww!

Finch and Laurel

Finch still won't let me touch her but she's making real progress. She such a funny rabbit. So fluffy, I just want to squish her...

Snazy earrings

It's been hard to get any work done outside of house related things. I will be ordering a new kiln soon and the studio in Binghamton will hopefully be up and running soon as well. By soon I mean it will probably be another month or so before I am able to make any new ceramic pieces. I'm going a bit crazy not being able to work like I usually do. I made these earrings (above) from some patterned brass and copper sheet that I picked up at Beadfest back in August. They have my signature sterling ear wires and I riveted them with aluminum. I kind of really love them. A lot. :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bleach IS my friend!



It's been an overwhelming week. I've been working in high survivor mode for a while now but today I'm feeling reality set in. I shouldn't sit still for too long because my mind starts to take over and things get a little too hard to handle. For the most part I am doing well. I have wonderful friends and family who are helping me in so many ways. I have received so many emails, texts and messages from people expressing support and offering to help. I haven't been able to write everyone back just yet but please know that it has been these messages that have kept me hopeful and focused.

The photo above shows the scene in front of my house as of yesterday. That has all come out of my basement and there is more to come. Again, I just keep reminding myself how lucky I am compared to the entire rest of my town. Though I live right across the street from the Susquehanna River my part of Front Street is just a slightly higher elevation than most of the rest of town. The houses behind me on Main street have water half way up. Many houses will have to be bulldozed. I'm still trying to get my head around this idea - that this has happened in my hometown - to my friends and neighbors. My heart just keeps breaking.

The damage to my house is still being assessed. There are sink holes in the parts of my basement that have a dirt floor and there is damage to part of the stone foundation at the back of the house. The furnace is most likely dead as is the hot water heater. These things are fixable though a little overwhelming to think about at the moment. At least I still have a house, and my rabbits are fine. And thank God nothing happened to my Pee-wee Herman collection! ;)

For those who have asked how they can help me I will point you in the direction of a donation page that my brother has put together. It is very hard for me to ask for help. I am usually the kind of person that tries to fix everything myself and not draw attention to my troubles, but my pride seems to have receded with the flood waters and I am now realizing that if people want to offer me help I am willing to graciously take it. Thank you so much to those who have already donated. With your help I will be able to get back on my feet as soon as possible. I don't know how I will be able to thank everyone enough, but I will think of something.

I also want to thank my dear friend Lorelei. She is donating a portion of her jewelry sales to me. I cried when I saw that she was doing this. I really can't believe what amazing friends I have....and now I'm crying again.

OK. I better stop here. Time to get back to the mud and bleach. I used to hate the smell of bleach and now it's the most welcome smell.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Water is not my friend


As many of you know there has been extensive flooding in much of the north east. This photo is of my town, Owego, NY. My house can be seen on the left hand side of this photo, across the street from the river. It's the second to the last house with the black roof. I was alone on Thursday, the 8th of September, as the water surrounded my house creating an island. My basement filled, stopping within a foot of my first floor. Part of my porch has been washed away. There will be no power for who knows how long. In other words, things kind of suck at the moment.

I managed to get out of town on Friday and will return today to see just what I am dealing with. I am one of the "lucky" ones, however, and I realize this with great amounts of survivor's guilt. So many of my neighbors have lost much more. I have lost my kiln and the studio where I work in Binghamton has also been destroyed so at this particular place in time I am out of business. This is a fairly terrifying reality.

To those who have made purchases with me, I will be shipping your orders just as soon as I can.

Thanks so much to everyone who has expressed concern and offered to help. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all of it. Your kindness has kept me going over the past few days. Once I get an idea of what I need and what needs to be done I will let everyone know.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Extra shop update TOMORROW, Thursday, AT 3:00 PM!!

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I'm doing the update a little differently this time around. It will start at 3:00PM tomorrow, Thursday the 1st of September, in the shop. I am hoping that the later time will allow some people to shop who normally don't get a chance to. We shall see how that works.

The pieces shown above and below were made from a mold I made of one half of an antique buckle.

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I love the asymmetrical design!

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This is fun pile of textured round pendants. No two are alike!

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For some reason I only made five of these ginkgo leaf pieces. I think I got fidgety when I was making them, but seeing them now makes me wish I had made more.

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Hearts! I heart them!

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These are the kind of pieces that are much more complicated to make than they look. I'll give you a hint...they were NOT made with a mold or a stamp....

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Small pile of large shards...

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A close-up of another small pile of large shards... LOVE the design and detail in these pieces!!

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Lastly I have these large Scarab Beetle pendants.

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They are cool. :)

Don't forget! The update will take place tomorrow (Thursday!) at 3:00pm EST. That's 3:00PM in the shop! Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Face-down Tuesday!!!

Face-down Tuesday - 8.23.11

Yep, it's been a freaking long time since I have done a Face-down Tuesday photo! I attended Bead Fest in Philadelphia this past weekend (hope to blog about that soon) and one of the things I was asked over and over was, "When are you going to do another Face-down Tuesday shot?" That and, "Why don't you post more photos of your bunnies?"

Forget about my jewelry. It's all about the face-down shots and the rabbits. Yeah, I know. I know. ;)

Without further ado...I present you with Face-down on a bale of hay.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Extra shop update Wednesday August 17th!

Porcelain jewelry components

The more I work with this technique, the more I love love LOVE it! I warned you that I would be making a lot in this style, and I am keeping my word.

Porcelain jewelry components

See what I mean? I can't stop. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Every time I sit down to make new pieces, those pieces spark an idea for the next batch, and so on, and so on... It's a vicious, crazy, wonderful cycle of creative mayhem!

Porcelain jewelry components

I was calling these pieces shell drops, but they look more like almonds, don't you think? Especially the ones that have the rusty glaze on them.

Porcelain jewelry components

These are rather large focals that will surely make a fabulous statement piece. I can see multiple strands of beads draping around it, looking very Titanic/dramatic.

Porcelain jewelry components

Lastly, I made these very ornate pendants. They are good medium size so they won't be overbearing in a design. Just pretty. And that's what we all want. Right?

The update will start at noon on Wednesday the 17th right here, in my shop and you can watch the pieces as they are listed right here, on Facebook. :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Owls in the house!

Porcelain owls

Surprise!! There is a parliament (Google it) of owls in the Extra shop at this very moment!
It's a rare sighting, so fly on over and pay them a visit!
You can find them HERE.