Friday, September 23, 2016

lucky penny

Once upon a time, I carried a Victorian penny in my pocket.  I had it for 3-4 years, and it just made me feel good, like only a lucky penny can make a kid feel good.  I don't exactly remember where I got it, I think my Dad gave it to me... at the time I collected coins so I'm just not sure.  It was from, I believe, 1887,  and it was so special that I owned something that was so old.

When my pet cat died when I was 12, I buried the penny with Taffy.  Taffy was my best friend.  Taffy gave me so much in life, I felt like I had to give him something in death, and what else would a 12 year old have that meant so much?  

I've never regretted it.  Still I missed the magic of carrying that penny, and while a penny at age 47 isn't probably as magical as it is at 12 ---  when I found this Victorian penny (from 1901) and it already had a hole in it -- I couldn't resist.  I've put it on a lobster call and it's gonna be the zipper pull for my light jacket.  Let the luck commence.

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Propellers are such a fun finding, here are 2 versions.  The top necklace uses all modern bits, but I love the antique feel to this piece.

The bottom necklace is on a vintage locket, and front plate from a vintage timer.

When I use propellers I try to leave them movable when possible.  That's actually harder than it sounds, any pressure on them and they lock up and won't move.. so when I do them I use screws and nuts, and hope I don't over hammer it, making it stiff.  I usually glue the screws after I hammer them, it's both to make sure the nut doesn't get loose and to make sure there is nothing sharp to poke or catch.

Monday, September 19, 2016

I'm feelin' lazy......

So no grand words today, just pics of recent projects.  enjoy!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Art is everywhere!

Recently when we were traveling, we spotted this indentation in the side walk ---  poor frog!!  But I had to take a picture... it's accidental art.  Seriously, just open your eyes and you will see art everywhere you turn.  The several different shades of green in the passing landscape. The really graceful lines and curves in the giant windmill that dot Iowa.  The flight of a bird across the pure cloudless blue sky.  All of it is so beautiful, and so meaningful, if you just open your mind.

I get asked how I come up with my designs.  Sometimes I sketch, but more often than not, I just take stuff out to "play" with, and eventually I spot the pattern the beauty and start combining things.  You just have to open your mind up and it wonder the landscape around you.
Where art starts... a huge, messy pile on my desk!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Farmer's Market this weekend.....

Jerry and I will be at Downtown Des Moines Farmer's market this Saturday 7-12pm.  We are in a new spot-- on court between 2nd and 1st, close to the bathrooms.
As always stop by and say his!

Sunday, September 11, 2016


Artapalooza continues to be one of my favorite art shows.... despite the weather being cold and windy in the morning, the fine folks in the Cedar Falls IA area came out in droves to support artists and the show.  We were so busy we didn't have a proper lunch, and by the time 4pm rolled around, I was so tired I could barely see straight!   So yeah, sales were good.  But the best thing about Artapalooza is how friendly everyone is, from the show organizers and volunteers to our customers.  It's just a joy to set up in Cedar Falls every year!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

More gear bling in time for Artapalooza!!!!!!

This weekend Jerry and I will be at Artapalooza in Cedar Rapids IA 9-4pm
Come see the newest pieces of my gear bling series-- and several other fine artist for one of the best art shows in Iowa-- it's certainally one of my favorites.

Friday, September 2, 2016

King of the Sea

I'm so pleased how Octy turned out!  My fierce warrior of the sea, made out of clock and watch parts, and the wings are special... part of a Volkswagen speedometer!   I know I've seen a WWI or WWII poster that had a standing victory brandishing a  shield and sword, and that was definitely in my mind as I made this.  The chain is nice copper vintage chain from a misc. jewelry box lot I got.

Come see my Noble Sea King at Farmer's Market in Downtown Des Moines Tomorrow 7-12pm!

Figuring out the best configuration for the wings.. out of a 1960's Volkswagen speedometer 

Sketch that started it all

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What I've been working on for the next round of shows

last week my table started out like this
 I have 3 shows in a row, Farmer's Market This Sat, 9/3/16, then ARTapalooza 9/10, and then Farmer's Market again on 9/17.  So I've tried to get as much jewelry done as possible so I have enough for them.

And the weather sounds like it's gonna be perfect this Sat!!

So come by the booth, we are on 4th street again, South across from the construction and see the new goodies before they are gone
and ended up like this!

more flowers!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Earring Musings

I guess that's my goal for this week, restock earrings.  I've made a pretty good stab at it so far this weekend, right now in fact I'm working on more time in a bottle and rainbow bottle earrings.  I'm making more watch part earrings ( the above pic are some of my past hits) and cat gear and retaining ring and and and...

as always, never enough time.

What earrings do you like?  Do you wear different ones everyday or do you have the Steady Freddy pair that you wear almost everyday?

Earrings can say alot about a person.  I tend to cycle amongst favorite pairs, and if I'm not wearing them it's probably because I'm sick or ran late in the morning.

Right now my favorite pair I can't wear, because I lost one of them.  I'm about ready to remake them because I want to wear them again!  And then I will find the missing brat!

My other favorite pair is hoops with pearl drops.   Then the retaining ring ones, and the blue with vintage watch face, and oh, the pair with pocket watch regulators, and.....

So what does your favorite pair of earrings say about you?   Maybe you haven't found them yet?

One of the kewlest things about making jewelry is knowing, bone-deep, that somewhere, someone(s) is wearing earrings, and they are their favorite pair.

And I made them.