Archive for February, 2010

Too much bling?

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

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I’masking the question about this bracelet — do you think it’s too much bling? Too many Swarovski crystals? I’ve got friends that would seriously debate on the side of “There’s never too much bling”.But for some folks it might be — I’m not really sure.

I used the sapphire blue Swarovskis in the bracelet with the thought that blue has become another neutral color for a lot of us – like black or khaki or taupe. A good majority of us wears jeans as our casual look and without even thinking about it – blue now goes with everything.

When I wove this bracelet yesterday using Argentium sterling rings and Swarovski crystals I decided to add more crystals than are commonly used in this design. When I finished it last night I really liked it — now that I’ve looked at it this morning I’m asking “Too much bling?”.

If you would like to purchase this bracelet, it’s for sale on Artfire and      1000 Markets in  my shops and I guess the answer will lie in the fact of how quickly or if it sells.

Wellife Mind-Body-Spirit Expo

Friday, February 19th, 2010

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Well, I had an interesting time last weekend. I did a Wellness Expo… Really had not idea what to expect — new age, chanting, drums beating??

Well, actually not as ‘new age’ as I had feared. No chanting that I heard on my end of the exhibit hall but there were drums beating and bowl ringing. The bowl ringing was unusual but kind of pretty.

The physics were at the other end of the exhibit hall from me — the drums were a lot closer to them than me. In between us there were folks with beautiful painted scarves, crystals (not the Swarovski kind — although I had a couple of women ask me when pointing at some of my earrings “‘what kind of power do they have?’), massage – Thai massage done on the floor, regular massage done on massage tables, Reiki massage, and countless other things I didn’t even know what they were.

Right next to me was a photographer — Gene Summers of Countryside Images . He had some wonderful work – I think my favorite was a picture of a street scene in Italy with vibrant red geraniums.

My favorite vendor there was a chocolatier – Josie from Terra Source Gourmet Chocolates. I have to admit I was hesitant ’cause I saw a label that said vegan — I’ve tried vegan things before and frankly, not been thrilled. Well, these are to die for — the most wonderful chocolates I’ve had — and Josie’s beats Godiva’s hands down. Please order some from her and help keep her in business. She’s like the rest of us — a ‘real’ day job and then creates the chocolates at night and sells on the weekend and online. Truly an artist with chocolate!

One of the most looked at pieces over the course of the weekend was the bracelet pictured above. I bet 9 out of 10 people picked it up, admired it – actually almost petted it and put it back on the table. It’s apparently one of those ‘waiting for the right person’. I’ve had a couple of other pieces like that and as much as they are admired they seem to ‘belong’ to someone who hasn’t come along yet. And they all wanted to know what kind of stone it was… And I’m not sure — I lost the tag somewhere along the line before I ever made the bracelet. I’m kind of leaning toward Kyanite but not 100%  sure. If you recognize it, please let me know and I’ll be glad to give it a proper name. Maybe that’s why no one bought it – it’s waiting for a name, like a puppy!