Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Very Sweet Week

It was a very sweet week, indeed ~

I spent the first three days organizing the gazillion and one (by actual count) beads, pearls, treasures, etc. purchased at the Gem Show.  



Now, my system is far from shabby chic, flea market hip, or French soignee.  It's basic, utilitarianism keeps me on my toes with what I have and encourages me to use it because I can see it.....  






The finishing of any jewelry piece takes place in my home office.  




It's a cozy spot and I feel an appropriate workspace for the final touches for these special creations.

The hardcore/really messy work takes place in the studio which is attached to our garage.  This would be paper alterations, sewing, metal fabrication, etching, soldering, and forging.  

I love my studio for those purposes...














So, let me share what's come off the worktable this week...

First, we have some wild west badge necklaces...





A couple of embellished etched cuffs....




Earrings...



The following 2 pairs of earrings are created with the enameled beads and head pins I made in Barbara Lewis' Painting With Fire class a week ago.



special order



special order


Ah, but Valentine's Day was fast approaching and my stress level began to rise.  You see, my family has come to expect no less than a homemade card...

The girls were easy, and I broke out my Valentine container where I discovered a horde of paper, trims, and vintage nut cups! Easy peasy....


A card for each...(with some "green" inside)

a nut cup as well with fairly "lo-cal" candy!
Well, the hubs was another story.  I'll tell you, after 42+ years of  sharing Valentines Day, it gets a little challenging!  

PINTEREST  to the rescue!! Oh, by the way, I still don't know how to add the Pinterest button to my blog but I'm on there so I would love for you to follow me if you Pinterest.

But I digress ~ I have a Valentine Board on Pinterest and it saved the day.  The Dating Divas to the rescue!  

Tags were printed, each one wrapped in white tissue paper, and sealed each with adorable Valentine washi tape.  

Hiding them in all the places I knew hubby would be visiting on Valentine's morning was easy...









Last, but not least...The Card!



He LOVED it, and showered me with Valentine love as well.  We decided to postpone Valentine Date Night until Saturday, and we enjoyed an amazing steak dinner at the Silver Saddle Steakhouse.  



It was worth the wait!

One last snippet....I will be holding a Trunk Show at dear Nancy's home in North Scottsdale this coming Sunday, February 24th from 1-6 pm.  If you're in the area and would like to attend, please comment or email me and I will send you the invitation with her address.

I hope you had a very sweet week as well, and that this week is even sweeter!  Thank you so much for sharing your precious time with me.  Blessings!

8 comments:

~*~Patty S said...

how neat you are in addition to being so talented dear Karen!

what a fun post full to the brim with creativity and so much more!

oxo
p.s. I am such a fan of rhinestone's to me they take the place of diamonds which have never really done much for me ;)... you showcase them beautifully!

Laurie said...

You are so ORGANIZED! I loved seeing more of your creative spaces, too. You have been so, so, so busy creating! I'm sure everyone loved their homemade valentine fun and I'm glad you were a little spoiled for the day, too! Hugs!

Fran. said...

Well that steak sure looks yummy!!! Your organizing is putting me to shame. I guess shame on me for messing it up!! LOL Pretty valentine's and so cute for the hubby!! Don't you love pinterest? Kaitlin put my pinterest button on my blog for me. I sold my new sheep on my facebook the other day. Woo Hoo! That was kinda cool and flattering it didn't even make it to my etsy shoppe!! Beautiful jewels as always. XOXO Love Fran.

Katherine Wolak said...

Oh I love your office nest! So much magic happens there Karen! I love your timeless jewelery! I adore that its all unique and so colorful, your room looks neat! (in both ways) :) Overall, sounds like you did have a smashing week indeed!

Hugs,

Belladonna said...

Your studio is amazing!

SueAnn Lommler said...

I love the shots of your studio...nice space indeed!
And seeing your creations gets my imagination going. They are all fabulous!!
Keep on girl friend...well done!
Hugs
SueAnn

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I would love to spend an afternoon creating with you! :)

Barbara Mason said...

Love those marshall badge pieces Karen -what a kick...and your workroom is so tidy...how do you keep it like that??? Wish I was back in AZ...