"If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world."

-C.S. Lewis

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Catching Up...

I am busy listing new items this week. There are many more to come!

This treble clef barrette is a custom order for a customer, however, it has inspired me to do some other treble clef pieces.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Great Lakes, Great Times...

What a completely lovely trip my family had. We camped in Michigan's beautiful upper peninsula and explored many different places. It was a bit overwhelming for my 4 year old and he fell asleep in the most interesting places.

I have been visiting the U.P. since I was a child and am completely in love with it's woodland beauty, American Indian Legends, and it's haunting tales of icy shipwrecks. Did you know there have been roughly 5,000 shipwrecks in the Great Lakes?

Leaving was sad for all of us (I must admit I was a bit teary-eyed), but we are looking forward to exploring it together again...next time we will go even further north.

There are a lot of pictures here. I tried to narrow it down, but I just had to share the Michigan love with all of you.
The Mackinac Bridge is almost 5 miles long and connects the lower peninsula to the upper peninsula.

Old Mackinac lighthouse

Colonial Fort Michilimackinac first built in 1715 by the British was used as an outpost for fur trading and introducing the American Indians to Christianity.

Lower Tehquamenon Falls

Upper Tehquamenon Falls

Looking north on Lake Superior at Whitefish Point. There is a large freighter ship, and beyond that is Canada. Whitefish Point is known as the Graveyard of the Great Lakes. More shipwrecks have occurred in this one area than any other.

Sunrise on Lake Huron.

The Mackinac Bridge from the ferry to Mackinac Island.

The world famous Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Arch Rock on Mackinac Island.
The legend that the Ojibwa Indians have passed down is that of a beautiful maiden named She-Who-Walks-Like-The-Mist. She met and fell in love with a Brave from a rival clan. Her father, who was the Chief, did not approve and forbid her to see her love again. He chained her to the top of the hill to prevent her from running away and she wept at the loss of her love. She cried so many tears that they washed away part of the hill and left this beautiful rock formation.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Time to Slow Down...

My summer shows are over and it is time to slow down...a little. I have another show coming up in September, but for now it is time to enjoy being with my family. I really enjoy participating in art shows. Rising before the sun and hauling all of my gear two blocks to my assigned spot, there is nothing else like it. Ok, I am joking about that part, but I really do enjoy meeting fellow artists. And I love seeing the expressions when people see my eye rings or when they find a pair of my earrings that they love. It is a great boost of self confidence. I create jewelry that I love, it makes me very happy when someone else loves it, too.

If you saw me at a show and are looking for a specific jewelry piece,
I am working on getting everything listed in my Etsy shop. If you don't see the piece you were looking for, you can contact me and I will list it online for you right away.

Early morning setup.

What a beautiful day for a show!

Over the winter I will be working on my display to have it ready for next spring and summer. I would like to drape some more fabrics around to give it more of a gypsy caravan feel. I got many compliments on my displays and the beaded curtains were a huge hit. In fact, many people asked me if they were for sale.

Thankfully, I have the best assistant ever! My husband was up at 4 am before each show, lugging heavy packages and bins around, and didn't stop until we were home at night, exhausted. He is also the best salesman, giving tips and information about my jewelry to customers. I really couldn't do it without him!
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