Sunday, February 15, 2009

Weekend projects...

I had a quiet morning this morning so I thought I would wrap up a couple of projects I've had lurking around my soldering/tumbling station!

This first pin is one of my Swirling Energy Chakra series. It is made of balled sterling silver wire, soldered construction and has been tumbled to a high polish. The design is a modified Celtic symbol called the Spiral of Life.

The Spiral of Life was found in the remnants of an old temple from the Bronze Age in Ireland. The sign is drawn in one single line without beginning or end.

The circle, spiral and wheel are all powerful symbols representing the cycle of life, death and rebirth, including the seasons of the year.

This second pin is also part of the Swirling Energy Chakra series. It is a sister piece to the Swirling Energy Pendant Necklace and is designed as a lapel or scarf pin - for those who prefer a pin rather than a necklace. This pin was used in making the CD cover graphic for Elle's CD -- "Toning...A Journey toward Self-Discovery".

It is made of twisted and balled sterling silver that has been tumbled to a high polish. It has a simple twist pin fastener.

Then I decided to try my hand at making the heart pin in the March 2009 Art Jewelry edition. I made my pin a slightly smaller scale than published but I think it still turned out well!

It is made of wire wrapped sterling silver and has been oxidized and hand polished. I will most likely use this to build on my next Chakra series to go with Elle's second CD that I had the pleasure of being a part of -- "A Heart Centered Sound Experience".

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Creativity other than with pliers and wire...♦

It looks like now is the time to have creativity spilling over into the house...My mother and sister are coming to visit later this month so we are renovating the Florida room to accommodate guests. It has been nothing but a storage area since we purchased this house 2 years ago. Between painting the walls, laying tile and making new sheer grommet hung window coverings, that room will be an entirely NEW space! My husband solved a dilemma I've been trying to come up with a solution to -- how to hang 16' of window coverings (on one wall!)...He came up with the idea of using copper pipe as a curtain rod (how kewl was that?!). I found copper grommets to match! Everything will turn a nice patina in time rather than RUST like everything out there seems to be doing. LOL

We are excited about it all and fortunately work is quiet enough to allow us to dive into this project. We painted the ceiling and walls Sunday and last night was taping and priming the trim. Hopefully today we will be able to get the trim painted and put the paint cans and equipment away so we can start laying tile! It will be close and a lot of work, but I think we can make it and be glad we did! The colors are nice and bright yet airy and will be great with the pool and palms in the back yard as the backdrop! I'm excited!


An update to the Florida Room progress!

This was the state of the space when we purchased the house (2 yrs ago)...kinda sad! We ripped out the carpet and busted out the tile (throughout the entire house)...this was definitely what one would consider a "fixer-upper"...

Well, here is the outcome of our efforts! I think it is the nicest room in the house so far!

Here is a nice night shot...You can see the pool and palms all lit up. I can't wait till summer!

Monday, February 9, 2009

I'm a Daisy!

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

"You are just a sweet person. When a friend needs a shoulder to cry on, you are happy to offer yours with a box of tissues as well. Once in awhile, you wish you could be a little more dramatic but then sensibility sets back in and you know that you are perfect the way you are.

Well, that was a fun little distraction! It's nice to know that someone thinks I'm perfect just the way I am...Even if it is computer generated warm and fuzzies. LOL It pretty much hit the nail on the head! Try it out and see what it says. If nothing else, you'll be amused by the choices you have to select from in it. LOL

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Auction Donation!

I was recently approached about contributing a piece for a package Elle had put together to donate to a silent auction fund raiser. I was so honored to have the opportunity! I made up a swirling lapel pin of twisted sterling wire. It was a simple piece but turned out quite nice! I didn't get to go to the auction but hope to hear how everything went sometime this week. I will try and post a picture in the next few days.

Inspirations - Elle's Energy Swirl

Lately, my jewelry pieces (many still in progress) have been inspired by the movement of energy I experience through Toning. Toning uses ancient tones focusing on the seven energy wheels (Chakras) located down the length of the spine to the top of the head.

Elle's Energy Swirl was inspired by a dear friend of mine, Elle. Each week Elle leads a collective group of individuals in Toning -- each person on their own Journey Toward Self-Discovery. Tones for Living is held every Friday at a local hospital chapel. For more information on weekly group meetings or booking a private consultation with Elle, check out her website and calender.

You can also see my Google Profile for more information on the CD I had the pleasure of being a part of with Elle -- "Toning...A Journey toward Self-Discovery".

A new chapter in my journey...

I have been wanting to have my own I feel like I need a tutor despite my being pretty confident in most things to do with computers...Many have gone before me and done a fine job so I should be able to figure this out, right?? LOL Keep your fingers crossed and say a little prayer for me!