Wednesday, November 03, 2010

These Are The Days of Birthdays & Art Shows

Yep this ol' Gal turns 55 at 4:55am tomorrow morning. And yep I'm sure I have as many wrinkles and sags as this woman I however never could do that with my legs!! It sure has taken a heap of living and a bit of blood, sweat and tears, but there has also been a whole lot of laughter, joy and wonderment!! Unlike many people who say they would never change a thing that happen in their lives, I can honestly say from time to time there are things I wouldn't have minded changing. But then I wouldn't be the person I am and I would have missed out on a rather exciting and happy life. Soooo I guess I'll just stick with the one I have, both past and present and hopefully a long future. :)

I've decided I'm as ready as I'm going to be for the Art Walk on Friday. I have about 20 pieces done and that should be way more then enough. Since this is the first show of the season I'm thinking it's going to be a bit slow. It's still hot and humid here and not all the "snowbirds" have come down to roost yet. But maybe I'll get an idea of what people are liking and buying.

Here are a couple of pieces I finished the other day. The fist one is one of those "it's not what you thought it looked like when you ordered it" sorta pieces. I thought I had bought a string of drusy Mexican agates. Well the agates are really beautiful but drusy they are not. And some are cut in some "what am I suppose to do with these" shapes! So this is what I came up with and I have to say I'm really pleased. In fact if it doesn't sell right away I might just keep it!
I used garnet nuggets and light brown glass trading beads. I made a simple hook closure in the front using my favorite copper wire.
I used a little Lobster claw to attach the focal. I'm toying with an idea of making a group of mix&match interchangeable focals and necklaces. We'll see it's just in the pondering stage right now.
I have discovered that it's not necessary or me to "patina" my copper here. Heck in less then a week it will be looking like it has been around for years! :) In the same order as the drusies I also bought some cool large barrow shaped and some rough cut polished amethyst. I added some nice large 14mm Japanese glass pearls with a lovely soft patina. I'm also quite pleased with the way it turned out.
For the focal I used a huge rough cut &polished amethyst, and anchored it with a little rhinestone bling. :)
I have some iridescent gold colored biwa pearls that I used on the back half of the necklace. I thought they might make be a nice counter balance to the rougher amethyst. You know rustic meets sophistication. Think "Green Acres" :)
Since we are headed into the holiday, party, theater season I made this nice piece of subtle sparkle. I used some vintage black Austrian crystals and yellow opals.
A little string of sparkly yellow and black trading beads. And a third little gold chain with the black crystals,yellow citrine and of course a bit of rhinestones.
I finished off the back with two large "new amber" hearts, a little bit more rhinestone goodness and a little cherub milagro.
Oye I think that is more then enough for one post. I'd hate to completely bore you to tears!! :) So I believe I might just start this birthday celebration a few hours early and cuddle up with a nice cup of tea, a new mystery, and my bestest friend LW!!

Have an audacious art filled day no matter where you are in the world.   p;)


LuLu Kellogg said...

Happy Cake Day BS!!

I love all the new designs...your work really is wonderful!

LS, The Commander, Babies of Fur and #2!

SummersStudio said...

Happy Birthday! I think 20 beautiful pieces for Friday is perfect. Enjoy your day. Hugs

stregata said...

Best wishes for your birthday, Hermanita! Let there be cake and furkids and celebration!

Palimpa Lim said...

Happy Birthday!!!
Renate (stregata) has asked her followers to hop over your blog and give you some birthday hugs from her :) So... here we go! ;)
Hugs from Renate and hugs from me! Your jewelry is sooo beautiful and inspiring! I LOVE it! Celebrate yourself - today and always!

TesoriTrovati said...

Oh happy day, Pattie!
Enjoy the day doing all the things you love.

romantic decay said...

Happy Birthday! Hoping you have a great art walk!

mermaiden said...

merry birthday to you, and oodles of fortune be upon your upcoming show. your pieces are so rich and interesting!

Diane said...

Hope you have a very happy birthday. I love that picture. Wish I could do that with my leg! I found out about your birthday through Renate. ENJOY!!

steufel said...

Happy Birthday, Pattie. Renate told us, that there is something to celebrate today at your house and so I wanted to hop over and wish you the best!

regards Stefanie

Anonymous said...

Hi Pattie I came from Stregata's blog.Wishing you all the best for your birthday.Happy Birthday! Mine is on Thanskgiving day and Im older than you too,lol.

Lovely necklace the very first one.
Have a great day!

Unknown said...

Here's a BIG Birthday Hug from one of Renate's followers to you! I too turned the GREAT 55 this year and I'm loving it!! Just think how wonderful it is...we we born in 55 and now we are 55 how cool is that? Enjoy your double nickle year.
ps...pretty jewelry!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday!!! Hope you have a wonderful one!

Pretty Things said...

Happy Birthday! And I absolutely love how you staged your shots around the candles! Your pieces will be a hit!

fanciful devices said...

Happy birth day! I laughed when I read about the thing you ordered that turns out to be nothing like you though. I feel ya!
pretty things!

Riki Schumacher said...

Oh little sister! Sorry I missed wishing you a happy one. Hope it was great. And hope you're celebrating for the entire month, I do! Much love and happiness. Riki

Vitt hus med svarta knutar said...

Happy Birthday, my sister on the other side of the Atlantic ocean. I love your new pieces of jewelry, very beautiful colours and design. Good luck at the Art Show. At last I have made a post with some of my latest jewelry creations. After a long break I find it funny to create again.

Wish you the best!

Palimpa Lim said...

Oh, it was not my first stay in "your little corner of bloglandia", Pattie - it may be little, but it shines bright, so from time to time I fly here like a moth into the light, trying to suck some oh-so-sweet nectar of inspiration...!
But when it comes to commenting, I am still a little shy, so it was my first comment here, as you know.
Renate's idea was sooo cute - I couldn't resist...!
Thank you so much for you kind words! Cotton Candy is very common here, also, but I think our favourite colour here in Germany is still the classical white - without any flavour (except sweeeeeeet). And then, of course, comes strawberry-pink. Mmmmhhh...yummie!
Have a sweet day ;)

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