Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
My friend and dance instructor Doree Clark (check out Stage Dor) commissioned me to make a custom oriel pendant with her poodle companion Jo Jo on the front, and a jazz dancer on the back. This was difficult only in that Jo Jo is all black, including her eyes, so it is the rare photo in which you can see Jo Jo's eyes and especially her pink tongue! This was a picture of her as a puppy when Doree's husband Paul surprised her with this little bundle of joy. And that is exactly what Jo Jo is to Doree -- JOY. Pink is Doree's favorite color, and so I included the pink flower background and the little dried one. The back is a photo from the film Chicago! featuring Rene Zellweger in a quintessential jazz lift, with a touch of burlesque thrown in to boot; lace ribbon, miniature pink stars, pale rose German glass glitter, and a dangle of pale pink freshwater pearls and Swavorski crystal beads finished the piece.If you want a custom oriel pendant, just visit my Etsy Kentucky Girl Shop or email me!
Today I went for one of my daily walks at Deer Island, this morning it was fairly cool. The moment I set foot in the California Bay Laurel woods about fifty yards up the trail, a Red-Shouldered hawk called out to me. Just the other day I had been walking, and thinking, where are all of the hawks? Two minutes later I found this gorgeous feather, standing straight up in the woods debris. What a gorgeous feather, I wasn't sure what type of hawk it came from, but it was a big one -- the feather was 11" long. Well, once returning home I got on the computer, and after a few minutes of browsing on the internet, I realized that I was not in possesion of a hawk feather, but a wild turkey feather, another denizen of the California landscape. According to Ted Andrews (author of Animal-Speak, The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small) the turkey is sometimes called the earth eagle, and is according to Native American mythology helped to create the world. The turkey is also linked to the ancient idea of the third eye, the center for higher vision. I always enjoy seeing them grazing in the wild grasses. Last month a "flock" of females and chicks -- at least 30 chicks -- noisily wandered across the trail in front of me, with a male, tail feathers fanned, carefully keeping himself between me and his harem.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Come join us at the Mirror Mirror Challenge -- you just need a mirror, yourself, and a camera!
Friday, June 19, 2009
My main computer crashed today (sob!) -- I couldn't scan today's journal page. So I improvised and took a photo and uploaded it to my laptop. Good old-fashioned ingenuity. What really does change? I'm not sure anything really does. Yet it's part of the human condition or nature to believe that change is possible. I remember taking a human potential workshop in the 80's and being told that there is no hope. Pretty harsh, and it was one of the hardest tenants to accept. But there is a fine line to passively hoping and watching things pass you by or seizing the moment and cartwheeling into space, hoping that you land with both feet underneath you.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Which day is that, I ask? There are so many of them, they blur together. How can I name just one? How about the day I rode a retired Olympic horse in Russia? Or the day I found a huge hunk of beautiful, pink crystallized coral fossil in a Kentucky creek bed? Or the night I captured enough glowing fireflies in a mason jar to light up my bedroom late into the night? Or the morning I woke up to find two kittens in my childhood bed softly mewing? Or my first kiss underneath a bush on a muggy summer night? Or the day I "heard" my horse-to-be tell me his real name? Or the snowy night where I saw my destiny? There are so many of them, like jewels, or paper cranes strung on a chain. I have been so lucky. How about you?
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Had a half hour to spend while waiting for a tire to be fixed, so I walked the streets of the little town I live in Northern California. I just love the local flower shop on Grant Street -- besides having beautiful flower arrangements, it's as if you are walking into a retro vintage antique store -- flowers on top of suitcases, vintage aprons hanging from the ceiling, a green counter top out of a grocery store from the 20's, a lady's white vanity. You just walk into this shop and you feel sooo good! Can I take home everything?
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Some Things I Love in My Studio:
- A cut crystal glue pot with engraved silver handle/camel's hair brush that belonged to my great-grandmother
- An old brass key that belonged to my mother
- A newspaper clipping from the late 1800's of my great-grandmother
- A fat, round vintage glue pot with a black wooden top/horse hair brush that I found in an antique store near my home
- A cloisonne disc showing a woman brushing her hair
- A 3-D reliquary that I made last year