Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Birth

Birth: the beginning of existence; a beginning or origin.
I celebrated yet another birth day this last weekend and count my blessings to have made a trip around the sun once again. When my husband asked me how I wished to spend my day, all I could think about was to return to nature. We spent the afternoon at Montana de Oro a state park here on the central coast. Isn't it beautiful? We hiked to one of my favorite tiny coves, Carolina Cove, and there just spent time with eachother, enjoying the sounds of the waves, searching for tiny stones to incorporate into my jewelry, watching the sea life play and tuning in to nature's bounty. I felt grounded and at peace.

"The ocean brought me peace
the wind gave me energy
the sun warmed my spirit
the flowers showed me life
but you made me feel love."
-coral-

-my hubby-


A Birthday
My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
My heart is like an appletree
Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these,
Because my love is come to me.
Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with fair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me"
~Christina Rossetti~
You and I
My hand is lonely for your clasping, dear;
My ear is tired waiting for your call.
I want your strength to help, your laugh to cheer;
Heart, soul and senses need you, one and all.
I droop without your full, frank sympathy;
We ought to be together -- you and I;
We want each other so, to comprehend
The dream, the hope, things planned, or seen, or wrought.
Companion, comforter and guide and friend,
As much as love asks love, does thought ask thought.
Life is so short, so fast the lone hours fly,
We ought to be together, you and I.
~Henry Alford~
It was a quiet day, a simple day, a very special day...to celebrate with my soulmate of nearly 30 years. I heard from loved ones and friends who called with well wishes. I thank you all for filling my birth day with love. ...life's truest gift!
Diana

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Soldered Elements Take One

This time last weekend, these wonderful ladies came over to my studio to play. Don't they look like such a fun group? And "fun" they were. Each and every one of you who attended added so much to our 2-days together in my tiny studio. I didn't feel as though I was really teaching a class but having a group of friends over to just do art.
-Sheryl-
I know that so many of you were timid about coming to your very first mixed media jewelry art class. Some of you didn't know what you were doing there when you arrived on Saturday morning. However, as the hours pasted, you realized that you could give yourself permission to just come in play in a safe, and supportive environment. I was so very excited to see so many of you just dive right in and try working with torches, soldering irons, flex shafts, engraver and more. The pieces you created were amazing.
-Lesa-
And by the end of class on Sunday, you were still going strong, determined to master your new skills. It was such a pleasure to meet each and every one of you. I felt as though we all knew eachother before.

-Kelly-
This is sweet Kelly (mother of three small children) whose wonderfully supportive husband encouraged her to take a weekend for herself and pursue her art while he took care of all of the children. Hooray for supportive hubbies! Kelly presented me with a lovely bracelet and paper clay pendant she designed. Thank you so much, Kelly!!! Love the necklace!!
-Julie-
Love those glasses, Julie!! And look at my friend, Jody, below. I just love this photo of Jody...she is really getting into her work...surrounded by fall's gifts of scattered leaves.
-Jody-
Here are a few of the pieces Jody completed. You go girl!
I was so very touched by the thoughtfulness and giving spirits of these ladies. I was presented with a lovely card, Kelly's gift, Jody designed me a wonderful birthday crown, and someone left me the cutest tiny birdee on one of my shelves in the studio....no one has fessed up to that one yet.

From left to right: Kelly, Debbie, Mary, Lesa, myself, Sheryl, Jody and Julie.

Thank you for choosing to spend your weekend with me. I learned so much from you all (including pouring vinegar on a burn...this tip came in mighty handy when I decided to put my hand in a torch flame when helping a student....the vinegar really helped). I hope that each of you will continue to pursue your artistic passion.
"You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul"
~George Bernard Shaw~
Tootles
Diana

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Remnants

Just sending along some "eye candy". I attended "Remnants of the Past" antique faire in Nipomo, Ca this last weekend. The vendor displays are always a treat for me and, of course, I love the shopping as well. I picked up a few goodies, ran into friends I hadn't seen in a long time and had the opportunity to spend part of my day in one of my favorite places. Enjoy!


This chair above and pillows below are designed with antique grain sacks from Europe. The workmanship in the weaving of over 100 years ago and the inks used are amazing. Each grain sack tells a story of the person it belonged to with their name and possibly crest on each bag.


Antique bottles from France...oh la la!!


Antique dresser from France...I absolutely LOVE this!


My friend, Stephanie Gorman.


Tootles
Diana

Monday, October 12, 2009

Name That "Little"

Thank you all for your input on name suggestions for my new Colleen Moody "Littles" as seen in my last post.  I have finally decided on their names.  The first Little (the pumpkin head with orange and cream dress) will be "Cosette" which is a name I have loved ever since seeing Les Miserables. That name just seemed to fit her sweet demeanor.

The little witch will be named "Mohana" as suggested by one of my readers which is a Hindi name meaning "bewitching".  .....so appropriate for this little witchy.

Tootles
Diana


Thursday, October 8, 2009

My new "Littles"

I would like to introduce you to two little (between 6"-10" long) girlies who are keeping me company in my studio. I was finally able to purchase two of Colleen Moody's incredible artdolls. I fell in love with them as soon as I removed them from the shipping box. They are so, so sweet. If you are interested in Colleen's dolls, check out her blog for information on her next blog sale. Warning!!! Her dolls get snapped up within minutes of the sale's opening so be poised and ready at the very beginning of the sale.

But I can't decide on names for these little girlies. Can you help me and suggest names?? Won't you take a minute and give me some ideas?
Thank you
Diana

There and Back Again

Riki's Studio and Friend Chester
To Seattle and San Juan Island and back.....what a fantastic adventure I had. First to visit with my dear son for a week in Seattle where I was welcomed like royalty and treated to so many "treats"....ice cream, gelato, frozen custard, and on and on. It's a good thing I walked a lot each day or I may have returned home a few pounds heavier. One of the highlights of my visit to Seattle was seeing the broadway play "Wicked"....it was wickedly wonderful. If you haven't seen it yet and have an opportunity, I would highly recommend that you treat yourself. Every day was so very special just being able to be with my son as I only see him a few times a year. Every moment was precious!

Yummy lunch prepared by Riki and all of us having too much fun!

After Seattle, it was a beautiful ferry ride to San Juan Island to visit my dear friend, Riki Schumacher and her hubby. I love staying with Riki in her cabin in the woods....so peaceful, quiet and relaxing. Riki and I spent time walking, walking and walking; playing in her great studio, eating, shopping, whale watching and brainstorming about the next class we will be teaching together.

But oh yes, you are probably wondering what these photos are of above...Riki and I taught another "Feathered Friends" class to a small group of very lovely women. We had a great day. We almost had an extra guest for lunch. When I was setting the table on the deck, a large deer grazed on the nearby salal berries. There is something about surrounding yourself in nature...it is so very rejuvenating and allows one to return to their center. That's how I feel when I come to this island. "All is a miracle. The stupendous order of nature, the revolution of a hundred million of worlds round a million of stars, the activity of light, the life of all animals, all are grand and perpetual miracles." ~Voltaire


Riki, Fred and Me

One of our adventures on the island was sunset at Roche Harbor where lowering the "colors" every evening is a ritual. Riki and Fred insisted I experience this and dinner on the deck of a historic hotel overlooking the harbor. Fall colors abound in the Pacific Northwest which was so very beautiful and the colors at sunset that evening were amazingly beautiful. How many evenings do we take the time to watch a sunset?? If you are like me, not many. All of the beauty we miss out on. I, for one, am going to watch more sunsets from now on.

When tweaking these photos in Picnik for this post, I just couldn't resist playing with the special halloween features....what fun. Can you spot the ghosts in these photos?

Since my return to California, I have had another photo shoot for Robin Kaplan's Spring 2010 Collection and have been preparing for my Soldered Elements workshop to be held in my studio next week. Hopefully, I will have photos of Robin's spring 2010 collection for you soon.

Thank you all for coming to visit once again. Hoping you are enjoying these joyous days of fall....my absolutely favorite season!

Tootles
Diana