Welcome to my blog: My sporadic and/or spontaneous postings of latest jewelry endeavours; sprinkled with family happenings; proud mama moments and things that I simply want to share.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Place d'Odeon

Cool, funky, rock, turkish influenced. Steve said they sounded like
gypsy Red Hot Chile Peppers; with a Gaelic twist.

Stumbled upon .....

... Iive music. Small orchestra with proud conductor on grounds
behind Notre Dame. Notice how low the canopy is on the trees; created
quite a nice setting.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Starlight, church bright

No stars to be seen; however brightly lit steeple of St. Germaine
church was a beautiful backdrop to post dinner drinks and people

Irish coffee in France?

Yup; and it is above and beyond the ones at Buena Vista (cringe; sorry

Noon'ish Coffee Break

Friday, June 26, 2009

Midnight Snack

Alexander Calder

The master Wire Artist. New learning for me. He was in Paris from
1926-33; where he made his first wire sculpture. Those who work with
wire would be impressed with his wraps and loops.

Amazingly fluid and impressive.

Pompidou Museum

Great day meandering thru modern art museum. Saw a very interesting
exhibit of art by female artists ....Special exhibits of Kandinsky and
Calder were visiting.

Pic is a view from the up escalator.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

City Bikes

Bedded for the night.

Tour de Eiffel

Avec une Chocolate, Banana, Cream Crepe. Need I say more .....

Good eats (and cook) day

Started at market this morn. Bought all that was needed to make a
saucy chicken tarragon and cherry clafoutis. Learned so much from
Marguerite about the French grading system for produce and meats.
Great day with Marguerite, cooking at her home studio kitchen. Simple
but very tasty!

Used Metro, Tram, and RER today.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Enroute to Paris

Getting to the airport. Done. No tears; big hugs. Used iPhone to
check in online; bypassed line 100 deep. Swift check-in, thanks

I was lucky to get a pat down in security! Breezed thru duty free;
speaking of breeze, loved the dyson air-breeze hand dryer in the

Onto step two ....

sent from iPhone

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Hoop- La-La

I love the look of hoop earrings; and have been playing around with sizes, forms, styles ....  I like these as they are simple, organic in shape, fine silver and allows for so much variation; such as the addition of chalcedony wraps.  I plan to do more with hoops within hoops; stones within the hoops, wrapped stones on hoop and on hooped hoop .... so many options .... 

Wrapped Pearls

Chalcedony Swing Earrings

Amuse-bouche (for the ears)

When I make earrings I liken it to how I think a chef would feel when creating an amuse-bouche.  They are a small sampling but pack a lot of punch and require just as much work (or more) as a larger necklace or bracelet.  I love a great earring worn simply; allowing it to subtly stand out with no interference from a necklace.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Silver Charms

My take on the 'mommy jewelry'.  Initial charms (fine silver) can represent initial of each child, family member, dog - even spell out a name.  My version is meant to be worn long, on a 24" ball chain, dog-tag style.  Heck - we've earned our stripes eh!  If interested, shoot me an e-mail, text, phone call .....

Monday, June 1, 2009

Nest finds a Home

Wired nest finds a home on a silk crocheted pearl necklace.  The pearls are so tiny ... just barely able to crochet them.  I incorporated crocheting beads in necklaces a few years back after seeing a simple but beautiful necklace worn by a friend (Bridget - thanks!).  Not sure if hers was crocheted however I achieved the look i was drawn to through crochet.  Having sewed and knit for years, I love adding this element into my jewelry.