They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes, the pictures are of watercolor scenes, other times, they are portraits. I was working in my studio and realized that I have some gemstones that seem to do the same thing, remind me of someone or someplace. Let me introduce you to some of my favorites.
If you follow my Facebook page, you’ve probably noticed I’m a little obsessed with chain maille. It’s also likely you think of chain maille as strictly from the armor of soldiers in days of old, and if you’ve ever watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail, you’ve most definitely seen chain maille like that. King Arthur, and just about any soldier in that film was wearing some sort of garb with the metal cloth.
As you’ll have seen from my newest work, chain maille is no longer just for soldiers. I took a class in chain maille jewelry in the Fall, and I thought it would be fun to share the process with you. [Read more…]
Over the last several months, we have explored the elements of fire, earth and air, and this month is the last in the series: Water.
This month, we’re exploring the Element of Air. Having covered earth and fire, I figure it’s time to talk about something a little lighter…and how much lighter can you get than air? [Read more…]
Last month I started a series of studies on the elements and the gemstones that correlate. December’s element was Fire. This month, let’s explore Earth.
So I was thinking about what to blog about in December and I started thinking about the wildfires that are being fought near me in Western North Carolina. Thank goodness the worst is over, but there are still plenty of hotspots to keep the firefighters busy. So perhaps smoke and fire? Which then got me thinking about the elements: Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. So consider this month as the first in a series about gemstones and the elements.
I have a problem…I love to buy stones. I have my online sources to get some of the coolest stones, and it makes my heart sing when I find something new. Recently, my guy in India sent me a picture of some cabochons and I just flipped over the beautiful colors. I was a goner and they were going to be mine.
It’s October, and my birthday is in October. I like to think it should be more than just a birth-day; I like the idea of a birth-month. What’s better than a whole month of cake? Well, nothing really, but a month full of Opals, the birthstone for October, comes a close second.
In so many parts of the country, we have had so much rain. (I’ve got this incredible urge to build an ark and collect two of everything..LOL). In all seriousness, my heart goes out to those affected by the flooding. But at the end of the rainstorm, we see rainbows.
Summertime, and the first thing most people think of is…let’s go to the beach, where the breezes blow and the water refreshes! Well, here in the mountains, it’s not quite as accessible, but I have tons of inspiration in seashells. I’m thinking paua/abalone, pearls, mother of pearl and coral. I can just hear the waves crashing on the beach now… [Read more…]