Sunday, May 31, 2009

Creating Space

My mother came to visit recently, and upon looking at some wasted space next to my deck, she asked "why don't you do something with that?" What a wonderful question! I had carved out a garden when I lived on the other side of this warehouse complex -- but that was space with actual earth. This was a corner of a paved parking lot.

So, following Mom's great idea, I have transformed this:

Into this:

31 planters full of 57 plants. Vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers -- you name it! The only drawback is that I have been spending so much time in my new 'garden space' that I haven't been inside to work on any jewelry!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Heat Zone 2

I took a remarkable class this weekend, and feel energized and inspired to get back to work at the bench. It was a class on advanced torch soldering techniques and tips -- and while 16 hours of lecture and demos on soldering may not sound appealing to most folks, it was actually a fantastic way to spend a weekend.

Out of the Blue

There was an envelope waiting by my door Saturday that contained a lovely surprise. It seems that Hi-Fructose magazine had a giveaway for active subscribers, and I was one of the lucky few.

“And The Choir Sings Quiet” by Brandi Milne.
Giclee print on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching paper, hand signed.
8" x 10"

From the artist's site:
"95 prints from the edition of 100 will be inserted randomly in subscriber copies of Vol. 11 of Hi Fructose [or apparently mailed separately - PCH] for lucky followers of the magazine to find and award new homes to. That issue will also have me in a featured article/layout.
The final 5 of the edition of 100 will be part of a special contest held on (details to follow soon)"

I got print number 95 out of the 95 given away. It's just a delightful image and I feel lucky to have received it.