talisvrouw necklaces
pretty in peridot – Dawanda (talisman-talisvrouw series)

Yay, I listed some new necklaces and earrings on Etsy and Dawanda! It does make me happy when I do, ’cause I haven’t found a rhythm to do this on a regular basis yet. I’m in awe of artists who can -for me there’s work or school that comes first inevitably, and then there’s a loooooong road from the initial idea to the final finished and listed piece of jewelry. Mostly because of practical reasons like the studio still being built up (and the house being renovated) to finding the right (natural) light to photograph and finally, health reasons too. Although I have been feeling stronger than before (touch wood!), that chronic fatigue still requires me to take things easy.

duizendbloem - morrocan blue
morrocan blue – etsy (from the duizendbloem series)

So some of the items you see here, finally finished and ready to set out into the world find their beginnings more than a year or so ago! Go figure.

This one for example, is part of the fairy tale fragments series, which I introduced back in june but only got around finishing a week or so ago. This one is all silver, fused and forged, with gemstones depicting melting ice and blossom petals (please view full size on flickr!):

emerging (through sunlight)
emerging – etsy -and all about Persephone!

I wish I could stop restraining myself and just throw myself into creating full time, but that wouldn’t be wise in these economically challenging times…so short, bright bursts it is then…

more bubbles!
budding green – etsy

And there’s one more thing: a film tip: Let the right one in. Swedish. A boy and a girl and their friendship (OMG so sweet!). And the occasional severed head (she’s a vampire after all).

Loved it. 😉

I got featured in the Dawanda Shop Directory blog!

Thank you Sara! 😀

-She works with textures, both in fabric and paper, has a shop on etsy, dawanda and her own site AND manages (among others) to maintain the Dawanda Shop Directory blog all by herself and writes for DIY City Mag!

Actually, I got featured last Monday but with the loss of my jewelry I didn’t really feel like announcing this lovely news…

But now almost a week has passed and I had my final exam for library school yesterday (it went fine, thanks for asking!). I have also been creating some new necklaces and earrings last week for the”light” collection of duizendbloem…really needed to do that!

And no, the box and the jewelry is still missing and I shouldn’t hope on ever finding it or getting it back. But at least I have pictures of most, and some of them were used in Patrick’s photoshoot last sunday so at least I have something beautiful to remember them by. Luckily I’m not a materialist, although the whole thing has made me a cranky idealist. I miss them!

That said, I have an art market in a bit more of a month and I’m planning to make the best of it!

Oh, P.S. de schele Rosse is now called Jack, or even Jack the Sixth! He’s doing better, although it will take a long time before his cut will heal.

this and that and turning 30…

+++some new items in the shop, a bracelet in the style of the duizendbloem series, with big round silver links and glass beads dangling from them…and a new necklace of cornflower millefiore! 😀

dewy grass bracelet

+++ …and there’s another bracelet in the making in shades of a forest pond and I’ve made some other colour collections in beads, waiting to become bracelets! Also half a necklace of daisy millefiore beads & silver hoops, and I’ve been running around with this ring idea of silverplate, stone and silverwire in my head for a couple of months now, just need the time (and energy…) to get it out…
And I still haven’t told about The Project. Still gonna. Here’s a little teaser…

+++I turned 30 two weeks ago. Yay! It actually made me quite happy knowing I survived my slightly insane and confusing twenties, and came out at the other end knowing and accepting myself…a bit of phoenix thing. Although celebration has been postponed a bit: treating myself to a full 2-day migraine attack on the day itself, and receiving a visit from rheumatism in my right hand/arm since then. I wondered why my hand and wrist was so stiff and wouldn’t warm up the last month until my arm muscles started smarting and there were jolts of pain in my wrist and shoulder, and I started feeling feverish and tired…Grrr.
Oh well, at least I know now and am taking care of it. Mostly by tea, as usual, and showers, and resting…
Still, it’s a step up from last year when I had the flu on my birthday. I should seriously consider having my birthday officially on a healthier day, or move south or to Australia… :-p

+++what I did do on my birthday before the migraine kicked in, was going to this movie, aanrijding in Moscou, a Flemish movie that plays in Gent, in my neighbourhood! Hilarious. And very educational for a non-Ghentian like me. The buildings I pass nearly every day! The dialect (accent really, it was still quite decent…)! The food (bloedworst, stoverij en waterzooi…)! :-p Have a look at the trailer even if you don’t speak Dutch…

+++and I saw a documentary last week about wildlife photographer and film maker Simon King whose work touched me profoundly. He has a way with animals (and people) that’s incredible, like at one point he had to care for two orphaned cheetah cubs and get them ready to survive in the wild, showing they all lived together, the purring cheetahs (then almost fully grown, big cats!) & him lazily hanging around in the reservation… his love and respect for the animals (and nature, and people) is quite contagious. I think we should clone him, we could use more of him in this world! :-p

portrait of the goldfish as a young uhmm…


Here he is, among friends!

I did finish the necklace a couple of days ago but the pictures I had taken with my new (2nd hand) Nikon D40 camera weren’t quite as I had hoped for (teaches me for playing with it without consulting the manual! :-p) -so I went back to my trusty old one to take these. Just to take these. I’ll show you what pretties the new one can make…another night. 😉

And even though I haven’t quite gone public with announcing my dawanda shop yet (besides this blog), two friends had already discovered it and surprised me with buying something at almost the same moment! That made me very happy. 😉 Thanks for your encouragement, you know who you are.

target practise!

Now that I’ve got this cute little microtorch up and running I can do some soldering again (I experi- mented a little with my basic plumber’s torch last year but that bushy flame was hard to control so I left it at that until I found this little torch), and one of my first “victims” was this little fish…he looks as if he’s fully aware of that… :-p

Don’t worry, he survived! LOL.

Today he became part of a new fishy necklace. You’ll soon see more of that!

lucky fish!

No new jewels just as yet but here’s a new photo of my lucky goldfish!

lucky fish on a dark background

Oh, and I did finish the papers for library school on time. Sort of… :-p I’m really not used to writing anymore. Oh well, I just have to stick it out for a year & then I can hang around in libraries professionally, yay! 😉