Sunday, September 12, 2010

on the rocks

I must share these little gems I scored at a craft show in Eagle River recently. A beautiful raw citrine geode and a laguna rock. A few real bargins! Hopefully I'll get some sketches started for these pieces soon.
I tend to just keep my little lovelies around rather than set them.
I swooned over this little raw crystal (shown next to the citrine) - a major splurge from my first Bead and Button show - still waiting for the perfect setting.
I guess my obsession with rocks and organic inclusions started with an amazing family trip what I was eight - three weeks exploring the wonders of US national parks. Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Yellow Stone National Park, Old Faithful and the Petrified Forest.
Mother nature ~ truly the master artist.
I have quite a few geodes and rocks that are waiting for the perfect setting. But here are a few finished pieces waiting to be adorned.
This geode sits in organic fine silver prongs with etchings on the back.
Oh, and this darling pair, no larger than a half inch, reminded me of tiny muted mellons with the simpliest pearl tacked inside. I guess it's safe to say, with jewelry, as with other things, I like it on the rocks.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

artistic playdate with ditto

my preschooler is on a new schedule. which is working out fondly. starting later gives us time to slowly get the morning rolling. Including some art time. Artist play dates with the little one are a bit frantic - she's a bit of a high maintenance artist. But it allowed a bit of time for washing out some of the madness of the weekend in my journal. Well, at least until the water spills over. And I look up to find the glitter glue everywhere. Oh, well can't cry over spilled watercolor water.
image above: a birdhouse with birds marching to it.  via L.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

studio ~ in a constant state of organizing

So I must admit, if you didn't suspect already - I rarely put away "my toys." Indeed I try to straighten and organize my space, but one good evening in my studio and everything is a muck. Oh well, I've always worked better in organized chaos. And I prefer all my pretties to be visible for inspiration. Sometimes all the "inspiration" becomes a bit overwhelming - and that's when I start putting things away. Or grouping them in ways that make sense for a project. Well here's a few pictures of my studio in somewhat order.
it's a small space in my basement - but I love the natural light and my fun colorful tile pattern.
and when it gets a bit tight, I spill out into "workshop" area. The space is a work in progress, but at least I have room to spread out.
you might not believe this, but his is really organized. it's a shame I usually forget where the proper place is ~ and spend too much time trying to find that one thing that will make my project just perfect. And then, while looking, I'll get distracted and start yet another new creation. Hmmmm... and I wonder why I have so many UFOs.
Here's a bit of my inspiration area, with bullentin board, wall of paper and many little treasures behind the sign that says "create" between the two open shelves. You can barely read it.
So what does your studio look like - how do you keep it organized. And when it is indeed organized, is it harder or easier for you to find the inspiration. I'm thinking "I must be normal" ---- right?