Sunday, November 8, 2009

Carole Powell & California Sushi

My wonderful Sister, Carole Powell, is the best sister ever! You can't imagine the ability she has to multi-task. When they passed out the do-it-all-at-once gene, she received hers AND what didn't get delivered to me in the gene pool four years before! Being able to focus on more than one thing at a time takes incredible talent and energy which I do NOT have. Any attempt to do what she accomplishes daily puts me in a meltdown situation rather quickly. Her Facebook posts make me tired just reading them and begs the question, "Woman, when do you sleep?" Carole exemplifies the Scripture, "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might."...on steroids.

Carole owns the original California Sushi bracelet, earrings, and slide which are one of a kind. The Laura Tidey lampworks in California Sushi 2 are the same color, but each bead is different. This bracelet is chunky and as much fun as the first. It has a matching slide and earrings can be made to match without being heavy. The bracelet and slide are available for $109 and the earrings are free. Email me for more information.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

DC & Cinnabar Bouquet

It's been a while since I posted a blog, but here we are in November headed for Thanksgiving already and it's amazing how fast time has flown. Making jewelry, doing shows, teaching art, spending time with family here and in Maryland, have all sped up the clock.

Two Sundays ago, Jay and his family took me to Washington, DC, where we spent the day on a walking tour. I'd forgotten how small the area is and how easy it is to see a lot in a short span of time. The weather was perfect and the trees were dressed in the most vivid colors I've seen in a while. My camera was full of wonderful pictures by the end of the day. This is just one example of the Washington Monument surrounded by fantastic leaves and sky. The delightful day made a memory for me. I'd like to do it again, next time seeing the buildings and landmarks we missed for lack of time. Something to look forward to.

The rest of the trip to MD was spent decorating Jay and Michelle's lovely new home. We managed to finish four rooms. The three of us worked steadily for several days to get the rooms completed before I headed back to Florida. My favorite vignette is the diningroom wall with words saying, "The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table." Click on the picture to see the words closely.

Returned Tuesday night, spent Wednesday preparing for school Thursday. With an Open House scheduled for today and two shows next Friday and Saturday, there was the need for more production, so I pulled out the stops and have been cranking out serious jewelry. This next week is going to be busy as well. Since the set below was sold within two days, I decided that it was worth making again. The second set is similar, but, as always, I change it enough to make each piece one of a kind. This three piece set sells for $90. Earrings, bracelet and necklace contain tan cinnabar flowers, acid etched onyx lentils, leopard skin jasper, Swarovski crystals, and black lava. For more information, email me at