Friday, April 29, 2011

Cowboys Incoming

Jeesh, I hesitate to use the words "Cowboy Poetry Festival" since Harry Reid shot his mouth off and was so roundly criticized for it.  Taxpayers money supporting the Arts and all that.....and this event isn't even the HUGE festival they have in Elko every year....only the second annual for us, we loved the experience last year.  May 4-8   and we have no expectations but some relative level of hope for a successful event.  Nevada has been hit really hard in this economy.  Foreclosures are still very common and everyone knows someone or several someones' who are out of work and/or have lost their homes amd more.

The music and poetry are just a bit of what happens,  a small part of our culture here, and if you're local I highly encourage you to head on out.  The weather is purported to be fabulous. I will be peddling my handmade wares, the antique store will be open, and so many interesting things are going on!  Wonderful art, the Native Americans (Indians) will be in front of our antique store selling their legendary Indian Tacos and in the Mason's Hall next door they'll have Arts and Crafts demonstrations and goods for sale. Activities and events are spread all over town.

I've been diligently working on my inventory all winter and this will be my first opportunity to put some things out to the public that haven't been listed in my ArtFire studio.  My focus has been on a more organic, simpler line of affordable adornment though I do liberally scatter rhinestones around out of habit and necessity.  If you do come around, be sure to stop by and say Hey, Hiya, Howdy or something!
Always some element of sparkle, I'd have to hide my rhinestones from myself to work without them ever...
Happiest of Mother's Day,and my heartfelt prayers up for tornado victims.
 Now....where did I put my boots?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Princess Sophie

Sophalicious, Sophanocious, Snowfie....Personal property of my parentals, I call her a number of things but she is without a doubt, royalty.  If she'd cooperate, I have the perfect little tiara that would look so fine on her funny little head...but even getting these pictures were a challenge.  Getting up there in years, it's been a little rough for her of late.  When she went to have her teeth cleaned recently, they removed three of them...then it was determined that her trachea is collapsing and the liver isn't working so I am a little nervous when I dog-sit ...we're off this afternoon to see Dr. Bob again...She is funny, smart, particular, spoiled, well behaved, playful, enormously provenant, cute as a bugs ear and no bigger than a minute. 
Pops and the Princess
My own dog (not pictured) is a geriatric patient so they rub along fairly well together...
till next time!

Monday, April 11, 2011


This piece, which I had barely finished and photographed, flew out of here yesterday with my oldest daughter.  I had named it Tailspin.
Ah well, a match made in suits her tremendously.

I had just finished up a little pile of pounded and patinaed prototypes as well, she wanted one of the keytags, but I had designed those as a potential gift for a specific person.  A relative who is indeed working on an epic moustache.  What do you think?  Will he like?

This one above is the sleepy eyed version.

This one is after caffein...

Playing with metal makes me really happy.

So that's about it for now.  I have a little gathering of spring themed earrings to list tonight, reconstructed from old cufflinks, and some gemmylicious drops...but I won't be away for long.  I need to tell you about the houseguest I have coming tomorrow....Princess Sophie....
til' next time!