Saturday, March 31, 2012

Utah Arts Festival

This is a picture of the Utah Arts Festival that is going to take place this year on June 21-24th.
It will be in downtown SLC at the library square on 4th South block between 2nd and third east.
You can find more information on about the event on their website at:  I applied this year for the first time and am happy that I was selected to participate in such a fun event. I have attended  this festival many times and have always wondered what it would be like to be a selected artist. So this year I have my chance. I hope to see you there. 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Jewelry Affair

A good friend of mine went treasure hunting at a flea market in California. She found lots of keyholes and was so sweet to share them with me.  She knew I loved to make jewelry out of found objects with an industrial edge. So that is how these necklaces were born.  I have worn a few of these and gave some as gifts and many people really seemed to like them, so a sent a few of the  necklaces to Jewelry Affair. You can find them in the upcoming April 2012 issue that will be available on April 1st. In the article you can learn how to make the keyhole necklaces.  If you do not find this publication in your store then you can find Somerset magazine publications at:

I hand stamped this necklace with the words: "Key to my heart." This is the one you see in the picture that has a key for a clasp.  I have added collaged words on the sides of some of them for an easy and fun idea to personalize them.  Also, the designs in the magazine are different then the ones pictured on my site. I love that they are not all them same. 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Hop

I want to thank Lori Anderson for hosting the bead soup blog hop.  You can find a link to Lori's blog at:   Lori has a book coming out in the fall on  bead swaps so be sure to watch for it.

My partner for this bead soup is Jessica Klaaren.  We were late signing up but met on the FB page for the bead soup. You can find Jessica's blog at:  She makes some beautiful jewelry.  I think we were meant to get together to do this bead swap because we decided to do this on our own.  We also sent each other beads that were blue/green and butterfly pieces.  When I opened my package and seen all the beautiful beads and Vintaj findings I was so happy because I love to work with filigree findings. You can see the beads that Jessica sent me below this post. It was a challenge taking the beads and deciding how/what I was going to make.  I looked at them for a few days and finally had the idea to use a Vintaj butterfly finding and solder it onto a piece of textured metal along with the word inspire.  I used the word inspire because I think it conveyed what the swap was all about. Below is the link for the blog hop.