Saturday, February 28, 2009

Home Again Spring Bling

Get ready for Home Again's first annual Spring Bling shopping event on Saturday, March 21 from noon to 4 p.m. Lynn Catnes and I will be showcasing our artisan jewelry, mixed-media artwork, and handcrafted goods, and personal chef Bev Taylor will be selling gourmet goodies and sharing her cooking secrets. We'll also be demonstrating jewelry-making techniques, and we'll be available to answer any questions you may have about making your own jewelry. Seated in this picture from left to right are Mary Homza, owner of Home Again, and Bev Taylor of Bev's Cucina. Lynn Catnes of the Cat's Meow Designs and I are pictured in the back.

Shop for some unique gifts while enjoying light refreshments, and be sure to enter the raffle to win some fabulous gifts. Since we're all animal lovers, part of the proceeds will be donated to the SPCA. So be sure to shop with us to help support this great organization.

Home Again features an exclusive line of vintage and modern furniture, home decor, accessories, and original artwork. Home Again is also pleased to offer a variety of workshops, such as jewelry making, mixed-media art, and seminars for women dealing with inspirational, motivational, business, and self-help topics. Home Again is located at 69 Main Street in Luzerne, PA. For more information, call(570) 283-2425.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the neat things in the store. This lovely Valentine's Day tree looks great all year 'round. Mary carries the latest collection of Bella Taylor's quilted handbags and accessories.

Gotta love this shabby-chic table and chairs.

This corner of the store is so warm and cozy.

Here's a look at some of my artwork currently on display at Home Again. If you're looking for some old doors, windows, and wooden objects to turn into functional pieces of artwork or home decor, be sure to see Mary. She gets new pieces in all the time.

My original, miniature watercolor paintings graciously sit on an old, wooden chair. The chair is actually hanging on the back of an old door. Mary definitely has a good eye for decorating.

Tune In

I've been invited to appear on WBRE's morning show on Wednesday, March 4 to talk about jewelry making and to showcase some of my jewelry designs. I'll demonstrate the tools and materials needed to create affordable and quick-and-easy-to-make jewelry. This should be lots of fun, so be sure to tune in!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

earrings, earrings, earrings!

I just received a copy of the book titled earrings, earrings, earrings! This book features my Egyptian Earrings, Recycle With Style Earrings, and Daisy Earrings. I'd like to thank editor Barb Switzer and publisher House of White Birches for choosing my designs for their new book. If you're looking for some "earring" inspiration, be sure to pick up a copy of this new book. It's packed with lots of fabulous projects.

I took some photos of the earrings and wanted to share them with you. The Egyptian Earrings are based on an original design I created in 1990, which were much longer and featured etched bronze pieces hanging from each earring. The original earrings were soldered; whereas, these earrings were fabricated using cold-join connections. My good friend and author, Rosemary Goodwin, owns the original pair.

John and I have been recycling for years, and aluminum pull tabs are great for jewelry projects, which I refer to as my Recycle With Style™ line of jewelry. Aluminum is wonderful to work with because it's lightweight and very pliable. I used a dapping block to place a slight curve in two pairs of these earrings. This project appeals to both children and adults.

The Daisy Earrings are featured on the back cover of the book as well.