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Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Often in my daydreams I fancy myself as an artist living in Toronto in a loft on the water, speaking French, and dressed effortlessly stylish. Then I look around and realize I am still in NJ, squished in my bedroom studio, in my sweats. Efrat is the fake me! She is an artist. And lucky for all of us jewelry lovers, jewelry is where she focuses her talent. She painstakingly designs each piece and each piece benefits from a solid foundation of form and function that was learned while Efrat was achieving her BFA as a goldsmith.
A sunflower was Efrat's inspiration for these gorgeous earrings. She created the flower pattern using a rolling mill and then hand cut the shape from a sheet of brass and also plated the piece herself using 18k gold plating.
I would be remiss if did not mention how Valentine's day is around the corner. Get ready to drop some hints, girls.
Efrat was in inspired by a beautiful flower that was missing a leaf, when she designed these earrings.
This artist finds her inspiration in nature, as well as the urban world in which she lives.
If I had to put a name on her style I would call it, "Geometric Organic."
As in nature, no two of her pieces are exactly the same.
Efrat's creative process is compelling, and I was so pleased to find great sequential photos of some of her projects in her blog. Even better, Efrat is holding a giveaway of one of her jewelry pieces! To enter, click the blog link above and you will find the instructions for entering.
I am so happy I got to share this incredible artist with you. It is no fun keeping your new favorite find to yourself.
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Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
So beautiful it hurts my feelings... Mossy Artisan Oxidized Silver Bracelet
From deep in the heart of Texas, comes Designs By Cher: handcrafted contemporary and vintage styled creations
A Jet of the Day is chosen everyday as part of the many ongoing promotional campaigns of JET. This is such a cohesive and supportive, (and funny) group of jewelry makers. I am happy to showcase the JOD, right here on my blog, daily.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Next giveaway at 50 followers.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
My friend, Erika, has a huge undertaking going on over at her blog. She is writing and compiling a very comprehensive Jewelry Glossary. I plan on heading her way with my questions. Whether you make jewelry or just love it, you should check it out this invaluable resource. Here is a link to the latest portion.
Erika Price Designs: A Jewelry Designers Glossary, Part 3 - Ca to Ch
Erika Price Designs: A Jewelry Designers Glossary, Part 3 - Ca to Ch
There are several metals used in the creation of handmade jewelry. By knowing information about the metals, their benefits compared with each other and their unique qualities, you will be able to make a better and more informed decision about purchasing your jewelry.
Most of the pieces you will find at Your daily Jewels are made of Sterling or 14K gold filled.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions that are not answered in this brief guide.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Having spent most of my life in the city, I must admit I was never exposed to the art of soap making. It truly is an art, and Sandy Vern is The Soap Artist
Sandy has told me a little bit about her process:
Her soaps are made from scratch using the old-fashioned cold process method of combining various oils, butters, and lye in just the right amounts to create a luxurious soap. All of her soaps are made in very small batches to ensure precise quality control over the entire
After curing for 4 - 6 weeks, she hand-cuts and individually packages each soap. You know you are getting a soap that is finely crafted and one-of-a-kind! Her packaging is so pretty you will not want to open it!
|Blue Cocktail Earrings|
Two of her many earring themes are cocktails and candy!
|Berry Soap Popsickles|
Sandy also taught me about “melt and pour” soaps and the artistic details involved in this process. In these molded soaps she uses a combination of quality goat milk and Shea butter bases, as well as oatmeal and honey bases.
Molded soaps come in any shape or color you can imagine and make great little gifts. Sandy is happy to take custom orders. Most items can be custom made with your choice of colors and scents.
What a great gift idea for a theme wedding or Party!
|Pink Grapefruit and Lavender Bath Bombs|
Other items to look for in Sandy’s shop are hand knit washcloths, exfoliating soaps, whipped Shea butter, lotion bars, lip balms, and bath bombs.
I know you will want more of Sandy, so here are all of her addresses across the web:
|Vanilla Daisy Soap|
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Saturday, January 22, 2011
It has been two years since Alzheimer's took its final ravage on on my mother's brain and body. I spent eight years, day in and out, with a lot of help, caring for my mom.
|My mom on High School Graduation day|
Nancy Reagan's quote is very true,"When you have met one person with Alzheimer's disease, you have met one person with Alzheimer's disease". Every patient has a slightly different presentation and every presentation changes by the day. What I tell people who are fumbling through the early stages of care and feeling like they cannot do anything right to protect their loved one is: "The only plan is to plan for no plan to work".
It will sound odd, but my fondest memories of my mom are during her years with Alzheimer's. She became a kinder, gentler mom. Happy to be helped. Happy when I covered for her in conversation, or told her "I always forget...".Happy to laugh. Happy to have her children there, almost everyday. She lived in the moment and enjoyed many moments. Yes, she had her battles, especially in the early stages, asking me "Why haven't I slipped away yet, why do I know this is happening?". My mom spent her last eight years with her children. Had she been healthy, we probably would have visited two or three times a year. Instead, we moved her close to all of us, and few days went by when one of her children was not with her. All four of her children became bonded in the commitment to make her days happy and safe.
My mom had the brightest blue eyes you have ever seen. People would stop just to comment on how beautiful she and her eyes were. They shone bright and sparkled through the disease process, while the eyes of others fell dull. At the moment of her passing, after seeming to asleep for over a day, she opened her sparkling eyes with her last breath. All four children around her; I believe it was her message that her light shines on in all of us. We became close siblings because of Alzheimer's disease, we became more patient because of Alzheimer's disease, we learned how to selflessly give to others because of Alzheimer's disease, and we learned of the healing power of laughter when you just do not know what to do next.
During the long goodbye to our mom, we became better people in the world. We graduated Alzheimer's University with honors. I thank my mom for living through the long goodbye with graciousness, humor, and trust. I thank my siblings for loving so unconditionally. I thank God that we could all find the positive in a situation that many cannot bear. This was my mom's final lesson to her children.
My mom and her sisters