Sunday, April 10, 2016
For quite a few years we have periodically made asymmetrical earrings, a few pair a year. But in the last couple of years we have started creating many more pairs. Carlie always makes more earrings than Jima does and all of these designs in the picture to the left are her creations. We have been getting a great response to the asymmetrical sets from people who like our jewelry. Not everyone can relate but many do and they have been selling very well and we have been enjoying the process of creating them and developing new ideas.
A lot of the designs are based on symmetrical sets we have made in past. We have to find a way to make each earring different but in some way have a balanced relationship. A fun game to play. Some of the earrings in the picture have been sold but some will be at the Los Altos show along with others we will make in the almost 5 weeks we have left to work before the show. I plan to post pictures of new work twice more before we come to Los Altos, once in about two weeks and once just before we leave for the fair of the best of the last pieces that we finish just before leaving.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The little silver piece that says Words in the picture. I was sitting at my work bench a couple of days ago thinking about putting words in some of my jewelry designs, something I've thought about for several years but haven't followed through with doing. I was trying to think of some amazing word to put in metal and nothing was coming to me and then I just thought, well, what about words? Seemed interesting and offbeat and I wondered why anyone would want to buy it but went ahead and did it and here it is. Hopefully I'll think of some other words and ways to use them in jewelry pieces, we'll see. Stay tuned.
Monday, November 2, 2015
We are very happy about the rain that we just got, the plants in my yard are very happy too. Hoping for more (after the Sacramento show). It's windy city here on the coast today, I was walking around Ft. Bragg today putting up flyers for the Caspar Community Center's upcoming events and it was a challenge to keep them from flying away.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Both of us have been enjoying our jewelry work in the studio and trying out some new ideas. Playing and trying new things has helped us enjoy the process of making jewelry for approaching 50 years. We think we'll do it for a few more years yet although we will continue to cut our show schedule.
Before we moved to the Mendocino Coast, we lived in the Nevada City, Grass Valley area for 20 years and starting in about 1975-76 we sold our work at as many as 6 to 10 shows a year in the Sacramento/Davis area. A lot of small shows at first, Sac State, Town & Country Village, K St. Mall, Sunrise Village, Birdcage Walk, other little street shows in Folsom, Roseville, Lincoln, Auburn, Stockton, Nimbus Winery and the list goes on & on for years & years. We only do two shows a year in the area now, the Sacramento Arts Festival & the Davis Art Center's Holiday Fair.
Our business there now is very successful due to the loyalty of the almost 40 years of clients that have bought our work over those years and continue to do so. We are very thankful.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Mendocino has a long running, fun, interesting and idiosyncratic 4th of July parade on Saturday. Also on the 4th is the largest salmon barbecue in the world at Noyo Harbor in Ft. Bragg. http://www.mendocino.com/?id=3211
The 2nd Street Fair always happens on the last Saturday of the Mendocino Music Festival, this year is the 29th annual and it runs from July 11th to the 25th drawing visitors from all over the state.
My final mention is of the Mendocino Botanical Gardens, a really lovely place, beautifully done. It's at the southern edge of Ft. Bragg. The dahlia garden should be in bloom in July.