30 June 2009


Ok, I'm not going west to go north, but I had to show these bracelets. These are made by tinahdee, she's based out of Tampa. These are her sterling silver dog tag bracelets. These bracelets are cut from silver sheet, filed, stamped, sanded, oxidized, and polished. Hand stamped with whatever saying you wish. Gotta love personalization.

29 June 2009

Bead Bee boutique & beaderia

So we start in Orlando, of course, at the Bead Bee boutique & beaderia, located at 4829 New Broad Street, Orlando, FL. 32814. This is in Baldwin Park, which is close to the dog park where I take Scotty. I thought the street name looked familiar! There's a coupon on their website for $10 off your purchase if you buy $30 or more. It's only good until tomorrow, so get moving! Subscribe to their blog to get tips, tricks, coupons and specials. I'm going to link to them. They are so close and offer some good specials!

28 June 2009

Timothy's Gallery - winter park, florida

Timothy's Gallery is a very cool place in Winter Park. It's located on the very tony Park Ave. Park Ave. is a nice walk, with lots of cute stores, ice cream shops, and plenty of places to eat. I've always liked Timothy's Gallery as they have the most unusual items there. Lots of unique and beautiful jewelry, wall art, ceramic art, glass art, you name it, they have some kind of art of it. I wouldn't mind living in Winter Park, IF I could afford the taxes.

I am taking a much needed vacation this week, and I'm driving with Scotty and my beloved. I thought it would be a neat idea to find a jewelry designers blog from each state that we will be traveling through on our journey. Tomorrow will be my first post. I'm still looking for a blog post, but I thought I could use your help, so if you live on the east coast, between Florida and Ohio and would like to be profiled, let me know. I'd be glad to showcase your wares. I do have a few criteria though:
  • Your work has to be your own and not mass produced. This means that you can't send off a template of your work to a shop and have them stamp it out for you to sell. You have to do it yourself. (I'm trying to promote the independent types, you know.)
  • You can work with metals, or beads, or both.
  • You need to live in one of these states: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virgina, West Virginia, & Ohio.
Shoot me an email, or comment. Show me your stuff!

25 June 2009

Arts on the edge...@ Cottage Industry Co-op

The Cottage Industry Co-op is hosting an Arts on the edge event tonight! They will have live art demonstrations, live music, locally made handcrafted goods for sale, and vegetarian food! You'll have to bring your own beer or wine though. No worries, they'll pour!

23 June 2009

rain, rain, more rain

We have had so much rain here lately that it is almost unbearable. Sure, we need the rain to keep the heat down, but it brings out the worst mosquitos you could imagine. So if it's not the heat, it's the rain. Even though it was raining, (no lightning), I took Scotty to the dog park after work today. I don't mind the rain then. I have a long rain coat that I wear and there are hardly any other people there then. It's the best time of day to go.
We're both tired now, so time for bed.

22 June 2009

rubber cording, lock washers and colored washers

I was working on some new stuff today and didn't get to take pics before the sun went down, but it all turned out pretty cool. Stay tuned...

18 June 2009

local copper jewelry artist

I think copper is one of the most neglected of the precious metals. I love the color, but it is rarely used in most jewelry. Probably because it tarnishes so quickly, is very soft, so that can make it challenging to work with. I really like copper and was looking to find other artists that use it, and VOILA! I found an Orlando jewelry artist that uses copper! This photo shows a copper wire wrapped ring that you can find on her blog here. Her name is Melanie Jernigan @ MoonFly Studio. I like the name, (I wonder where she got the name from?), and some of her pieces are beautiful. I like the simplicity. (You know I go for simple.)

16 June 2009

Lark books

If you haven't heard of Lark books, well you have now, and you should know about them as they publish a wide variety of craft books. My favorite line of their books is the 500 series. They showcase 500 of the most unique, interesting and well made pieces in several categories of crafts. 500 bracelets, 500 brooches, 500 earrings, and 500 necklaces are some of their titles. They have instructions on how you can submit for any of these books and they have a jewelry design challenge: 30 minute necklaces. Deadline for entry is August 3, 2009.

15 June 2009

Orlando Magic

If you haven't heard, the Orlando Magic has made it to the finals in basketball. It's been a big deal here. Personally, I don't care. A bunch of overpaid, overpriced guys playing a game, I don't get it. But the city is real excited about it, both Mayor's are being supportive; something about stimulating the economy with all the people going to the game and patronizing bars and restaurants that are showing the game. They played the Lakers last night, and to the dismay of many, they lost. I'm glad that people find a sense of community and camaraderie, but I was in bed @ 900p.
Good night.

14 June 2009

lazy, hot humid days of summer

I think it is raining in this picture. Big surprise, considering it's summer in Florida. We haven't had much rain the last week so I have been able to ride my bike to work. I know I have been especially bad about updating my blog and I'll tell you why. Much has been going on in my life these last 3 months. It's all good stuff, but some big changes have been going on. One guy moved out, and another moved in. This new guy, my beloved Nate, has decided to change things up around here. We've moved furniture from one room to another, repainted the master bedroom, moved the media room/studio/workspace to another totally different room and have had to sort through doubles of so much stuff that we are still figuring out what we have. He's a handyman/fixit/computer geek kind of guy, and he likes to stay busy, so he has found many projects to take on here that he's either made up for himself to do, or these are things that really should be done, but because of time/money restraints, and an honest lack of initiative on my part, these things haven't been done. Like I said, these are all good things and I am very happy that he has volunteered to help me with these things and be an active, interested part of my life. But as we all know, these home projects take time, and the bulk of the time that we have to do these things is on the weekend, which is when I usually catch up on posting. Besides spending quality time with Scotty and the kittens, and Nate of course, I have my regular duties and rounds of things to do around here. Not to mention, the front yard can really use some more landscaping. All the rain we have had has made my yard a bit overgrown. I shall overcome the weeds, this I am sure. We have decided to cut out cable, since we don't watch much tv and I'm not paying $50 for the 5 channels that I do watch, so that frees up a lot of time for me. I can see the constant, unadulterated freedom from extraneous home projects is soon forthcoming, but until then, I will be busy. I have even gone so far as to skip my yoga classes on the weekends! *GASP* say it isn't so! Yes, it's true. So mind you, I am very anxious to get into an even more solid, determined schedule asap. I am making a more concerted effort to get back on schedule, which means posting as I usually would on the weekends. It is cathartic for me, I enjoy it, it helps me stay balanced, and we both get to work on our computer stuff in the same room. Our own kind of quality time together.
See you soon.

07 June 2009

more shells

I think these are great shells too. I've found these at a local lake I take my dog to. It seems the birds really like the snails that are in them. Poor guys.

04 June 2009

summer shells

Ah, summertime is here. Fresh, new ideas, inspiration and sunshine all around. I have an assortment of shells, that already had small holes in them (yay for me! I don't have to drill any and risk breaking them), and now comes this inspiration. What to do, what to do? so many options. This kind of stuff is perfect for florida, since we are surrounded by water, but what to do to make it different? unique? something you wouldn't find at a local surf shop? Give it time, something will hit me, so to speak.

01 June 2009

Hurricane season 2009

so today marks the start of Hurricane season for 2009. I, along with a few others, are feeling a bit trepidacious about this upcoming season, considering we had some big rainstorms that left some houses flooded on the east coast already. That is unusual as we don't get such rainstorms until August or so. Being Floridians, we are ever watchful, diligent, and cautious, and of course, prepared. I am hoping for a quiet season.