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They Have Arrived!

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They have finally been completed. Here are the silver Conversation Hearts, with one of five messages (or your own) to choose from. They make a great Valentine's gift! I know I'd love one... ;)

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NYC For a Day

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 My apologies for delays in blogging... I have been feeling a little under the weather, and find it hard to motivate under said circumstances!

But yesterday, feeling a lot better, I took a day (yes, single day) trip to New York City. It was brilliant! I am going to be exhibiting at Accessories, the Show- NY in August, and I thought I would visit the January show to get a feel for what I am getting myself into. I was able to meet Lauren- my liaison, of sorts- from the show. She is as beautiful and fabulous as I expected, and gave me a very insightful tour of booths and styles and price ranges and many more things. The Accessories show is for wholesalers to set up booth and have retailers, buyers, store-owners, etc, shop for items for their stores. It could be a great opportunity for me.

I had a few extra hours, so I decided to wander to Bergdorf Goodman to see their renowned jewelry department. They did not disappoint. I must have walked through the floor about fifteen times. There were a few jewelers whose work I had not yet seen in person- and it was flawless. It truly revealed to me that these artists were successful for just that reason- photos will never do justice to their quality of work. They are that good. Ted Muehling displays his work there as well, and I wanted to touch every piece- which I did- and yet, still, cannot fathom the amount of work or understand any of the processes by which they were made. They astound me. I highly recommend a visit to this gallery of work- it will open your eyes to the amount of creative and classical beauty in this world.

I then ventured on to SoHo, to see the actual gallery of Ted Muehling. On my last visit, Ted was kind enough to give me a tour of his studio- an experience that has enriched my life, and forever changed my perspective on beauty. His lovely shop is another visit I would highly recommend. As a very busy man, I thought I would write him a note rather than try to win another visit with him- I am a tad embarrassed, though, for on my note I mentioned that he most likely wouldn't recollect my last visit. Now, Ted, I realize that you are not senile, I promise. I just meant that I'm sure you have met with many people, and I expect no special treatment! On a more personal note, for those Ted Muehling fans out there, he was truly as wonderful as his work.

I took the Lucky Star bus home (my final farewell to the city was a frantic sprint through China Town trying to find the bus). Friends- I was astounded. We stopped at Burger King. What kind of bus does that? I was such a happy camper, even though french fries are the only things I will eat from fast food joints. What a wonderful end to the day.

Unfortunately, all this excitement has brought the sick back on. Sigh. Will I ever be well?

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My New Found Love of Glass...

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 I think I can trail my new found love of glass back to my visit to the Phipps in Pittsburgh. The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens teamed up with Dale Chihuly to make an exhibition where glass and nature are nearly interchangeable and equally as beautiful. I was reminiscing the amazing sculptures and intense orchids, and thought I just must share them! It was like being in a wonderland of... incredibly tactile, sensual, and visually exciting scenery. Walking through it only enhanced the experience- I felt like I was walking through the Jungle, or exactly how I always dreamed it would look like as a child. Here are some images of this experience.

   

  

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It's Time To Celebrate Christmas! With Candy :)

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 Now that Thanksgiving is out of the way, it is officially Christmas season! I know how silly my obsession is with this holiday, but I am SO ready for the festivities to kick in. Hello Christmas music, cookies, warm pajamas, and garland!

To celebrate this year, per usual, I will be hosting an Artist Reception for Stroll Weekend on Nantucket Island. It will be Saturday, December 5, from 2-6pm, and will take place at Hepburn, 3 Salem St. I would love to have you come meet with me, enjoy refreshments, and celebrate the holidays!

Most of all, however, I will finally be launching my new line that celebrates the sweet things in life- Candy. I hope you will all love the gummy bears, dot-candy hoops, lollipops, and a multitude of other mouth-watering items that you will most likely want to put in your mouth (please don't do this). I am very excited!

Please come, if you can, and Happy Holidays!

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Studioing

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Ah, the joys of the studio. The other evening I had the randomest urge to get no work done, and instead decided to take photos of the little items that make my wheels turn. It was delightful to take the dirty chaos that is on my jeweler's bench and glamorize them with good lighting and a tight zoom. To be honest, most of them are just as exciting in real life. The bright white of new chain, the colors of all my pliers bunched and shoved together on their stand. The new bench pin that is slowly scuffing up with file marks and holes from a drill bit (much like my fingernails), something to be proud of. My disorganized cluster of half-finished work that never seems to get finished; or put away, because that would mean defeat. I would like to share these with you, for they are as important to me as my work is. Enjoy!
 
 



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