Posted in March 2012

The jewelry design muse returns

The jewelry design muse returns

After being off on some unknown jaunt, the jewelry design muse finally came back. With no apology for being away, she brought a new idea for spring and summer earrings. “Keep them light and airy,” she said, as she started pulling out beads and bits of wire to demonstrate. “Make them bend and move. Add … Continue reading

Designer’s Block – what to do?

Designer’s Block – what to do?

Just as writers can get writer’s block, so can designers hit days when the muse is simply out to lunch. You look at the beads and wires and tools on the bench and…nothing. Nada. Zilch. You have not a single original idea. You pull out some beads and try some combinations, but everything looks dull, … Continue reading

The naming of cats – Vernal Equinox

The naming of cats – Vernal Equinox

Here’s today’s except from The Cat Lover’s Book of Days – “The first day of spring is full of promise and hope: The promise of blooming trees and flowers, and hope that the profusion of color and scent lasts more than a few days. Springtime inspires poets and people naming their cats. ” Who do … Continue reading

Where do you get your ideas?

Where do you get your ideas?

That’s a question I get sometimes, especially about my jewelry. Sometimes the answer is simple – I see an image that gives me an idea. For instance, the Oregon Symphony performs in Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. It is a lovely old theater with wonderfully ornamented walls and ceilings. Built in 1928 and restored in 1984, … Continue reading

Strange new life forms?

Strange new life forms?

I can almost hear Jean Luc discussing some strange new life forms found on the third moon of the new M Class planet they’ve discovered. “Send an away team, but be careful Number One!” Our Japanese maple tree seems to be harboring many strange new life forms, though I’m sure they are not strange to … Continue reading

My present arrived!

My present arrived!

Several years ago I discovered the lyrical writing of Julie Zickefoose in an article she wrote for the National Conservancy magazine. Then I found her website and her blog, and then her beautifully written and illustrated book, Letters from Eden. I love the way she crafts her articles using words that create colorful mental images … Continue reading

Trumpets of spring

Trumpets of spring

Another pleasure of living in a new place – you don’t know what to expect, if anything, from the garden. There are soon-to-bloom daffodils and tulips coming up out front but they look to be days or even weeks from blooming. But at the base of the big linden tree in back, this lovely surprise. … Continue reading

Cats of several colors

Cats of several colors

An unexpected benefit of surviving a cross country move has been the resurfacing of long-buried treasures. Case in point: Molas. Marvelously creative reverse applique works of colorful cotton and thread from the San Blas Islands near Panama. These cats and a couple other pieces turned up during packing – souvenirs of a cruise several years … Continue reading

A benign addiction

A benign addiction

A bead shop owner once declared that we bead lovers are like magpies, collecting shiny bits and pieces for our nests. We are bewitched by gleam and glisten, color and texture. Every new discovery sets our hearts to a faster beat, our eyes widen to absorb the view, and our minds begin whirling with images … Continue reading

Apple or Pecan?

Apple or Pecan?

Saturday was pie day here – I don’t think I’ve ever made two in one day, but we were getting ready for a small dinner party Sunday, and the slow-roasted pork had already claimed the oven for Sunday. It sounds like something from a late night infomercial, but my delightful new apple corer-peeler-slicer really does … Continue reading

Lustrous possibilities

Lustrous possibilities

There are hundreds of beads staring at me from their little plastic containers. The possibilities are endless, and it’s time to create a new design. Most of the time I work by instinct; what do I feel like making now? Is there a design that’s been kicking around in my head waiting to be rendered … Continue reading

Apology to Mother Nature

Apology to Mother Nature

OK, I’ll admit, there was a bit of gloating in yesterday’s post about our “winter.” Apparently Mother Nature was not amused; this morning we awoke to somewhat more measurable snow. It quickly changed to rain, but she made her point. I hereby apologize to Mother Nature, and also express my appreciation for the sunshine streaming … Continue reading