Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Good Snowy Mornning!

It looks like we received about 3" of fresh snow here outside of D.C. Walking the dogs is always a fun challenge. Ginger usually decides she'd like to take flight on me and pulls the leash.

A neighbor boy ran up (from sledding down a nearby hill) and asked, Do they like the snow? Right then he put his gloved hands out and covered both faces with snow as he pet them. :-)

Thank you so much for continuing to support my etsy shop, now named CarolynShepardMiller, and grab my dwindling jewelry pieces! I will be mailing a cuff and spinner ring out today.

In other news, my pieces (watercolors) are home from the frame shop and I am so pleased! Really looking forward to the reception on February 13. If you live in the area PLEASE come by!!!

My newest watercolors can be viewed to the right of this entry.

more soon! xoxoxo
Stay Warm!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Big News From My Small Studio

A dear friend, Sandra, has invited me to attend Waverly Street Gallery's 20/20 show. The reception will be on February 13th. Please come if you can!

I will have 5 watercolor pieces on exhibit and available for sale. Each are one-of-a-kind and will not have printed editions.

I will update as I get more information :-) (my pieces are currently at an artist-run frame shop as I type this). Will give out information about the shop soon too!

It snowed today. I took the pups on one of their three walks. Ginger was hopping in the air chomping at the flakes, this gave me severe belly laughs!

After our walk I grabbed my digi cam, dusted it off, added batteries and had a wonderful, solitude walk. I didn't feel alone~ quite the opposite. The beauty was everywhere the eye could see. The snow was falling so I grabbed a few shots to share with you.

drats, issues uploading my snow pics. Will try again later!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Watercolors - my first love

I'm back :)

It's been quite a journey for the past couple of years.

More about my trek back to health- but first I've begun to list and sell my beloved watercolors and inks.

(I'm updating from my iPad so I'm a little unsure how much I can actually assign with this app)

Most recent- fresh from this morning :)

This was my first sold painting (on etsy)

Friday, March 29, 2013

Silk Wrist Wraps Listed

Just a reminder in case you missed my post, several new hand dyed silk ribbon wraps have been listed in my esty shop. If you look to the right of this post you will see a square area of a few items in my etsy sop -AutumnLeavesJewelry- click on any photo to enter my shop :)

Also, I have a new batch of hand dyed Greens of Summer silk ribbons I will be adding soon. I'm going to photograph each ribbon and give an option for the charm you would like added. The charms are securely placed so they will never ever fall off.

Also, these charms are die punched by me, hand stamped, using my set from the 1890s (I love love love the font!) ...and yes, even the sterling silver jump rings are made by me.

Here's a peek at my Greens of Summer batch:

Monday, March 25, 2013

Silk Wrap Bracelets with Charms

These will be available in my etsy shop a little later today. There will be many variations to choose from as well...each wrap is hand dyed and long.They are long enough to be creative with the width of area you prefer.

All charms are sawed and die punched by me, hand stamped, by me. (I even saw my little jump rings)

Something truly unique- the stamps are from the 1890s, or earlier, I'm not quite sure the actual date. I recectly procured them and am so happy with the results! I have more current stamps but I'd like to use these as for a while.

Please check my shop, AutumnLeavesJewelry, for these listings.

Meanwhile, we woke to this...happy spring? My daffodils are drooping.

and finally...this is how my Ginger Girl usually rolls in my studio
Stay warm!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

So Much Going On!

I have missed blogging and want to get back to it. It's nice to have a place where I can showcase work in progress and also finished pieces. A place to talk about my creative process and network with other artists :-)

This April I will be participating in a show at the Ratner Museum with fellow Ladysmith's. Last year was such a huge success! I'm looking forward to this years show. There will be 10 of us showing and selling our metal smithed/jewelry items. It's such a pleasure to think of going back to the Ratner.

If you live in the area please come by, the dates are April 27-28th. I'll post a photo of our announcement below with more details for you.

Remember we offer valet parking, there will be live music and wine. (The valet parking is a real time saver) There is no admission to enter.

(click on the image to see it larger in a new window)

Meanwhile my sales are steady, a little slow, but I'm grateful for every order ! :-)

I'm currently making lovely items to stock up for the Ratner Museum Ladysmith show in April. Here is work in progress from yesterday...these will be in form of rings and pendants.

It's St. Paddy's Day, have fun, please drink responsibly (if you do drink) and don't drive!
(waiting patiently for warmer temps near DC) :-)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Hello Animal Lovers

Greetings! I have been working on some new pieces in form of animals, and it's been treat. 

There's more in store, but for now here's what I've just listed:

I've also just listed these weather-related cuties. In the growing theme of my Elements Earrings/Rain, I thought I'd make some simple, pretty, dainty, sterling silver cloud post earrings:
Fun news, I'll be back showing and selling my jewelry at the Ratner Museum, located in Chevy Chase, MD in April.
Here are the wonderful details. Would love to meet you there!!! (more on this subject soon)
We were up at 4 this morning dealing with doggie issues, pardon my sleepiness and lack of other spontaneous information you'll usually find in my blog posts!
All is good, Ginger is doing great, we are a tad tired. Have a wonderful day!!!
Thank you to those who ordered Valentine Goodies from my etsy shop, there's still more, and still time!
Danke! :-)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Oh Happy Morning...

...while busy losing myself in a morning watercolor sketch, something arrived..

New Arbonne products I ordered last Saturday. Oh the colors! (and lookie, hubby got a big thing of shaving gel!) I'm excited about this for several reasons. First and foremost the fact that these babies are very good for the skin and not tested on animals. More good reasons in a follow-up blog, I promise!

Aside from the warmth of my kitchen, my many areas of the house where I can practice art, and a fine hot cup of Joe (and Ginger prancing about) - the sight of the UPS guy made me giggle with glee. (I truly giggled aloud)

Here's what I received in my goodie box today:

Here's what I was playing with as I sipped my java...this exercise loosens me up and helps me greet each day. I do these paintings for my soul and to celebrate the joy of what is to come. (we never know what's around the corner, right?) So my Winter philosophy is - Get up and paint, drink coffee, laugh with hubby and love my furry animals!

My etsy sales are showing many views, this is fantastic. Honesty, more fantastic would be some actual sales. I know the site is brimming with jewelers, and there are so many great shops on etsy now, I think this simply complements my shop.
I have many items ready to ship, and baby they are built to last! I can't say if I love your soul, I don't know you, and didn't reinvent the jewelry-wheel, but my pieces are a part of me, from my soul to my smithing bench. My one woman shop.
I'm thinking it's time for a give-away vlog, in fact, the closer I get to my 1,000th etsy sale the the bigger the prize.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Day in the Life of my Etsy Shop

First, I thought I'd show you how cute Ginger is, right after returning from the vets for a check up. She had a little bump appear and grow on her elbow. (you can see it in this photo) Shortly after this was taken, she peed a bucket-load on the floor. She's sleeping at my feet as I type this, I can barely feel my toes, but the torture is worth it ;-) So, the bump was checked and found to have what the doctor described as Round cells. We'll watch the bump, and in about 6 weeks go back and have it checked again, hopefully the little lump will fade away. She just got off of a round of steroids and antibiotics for another issue. I had no idea how much maintenance puppies were!

Next, my super intriguing Vintage find from this week. I love hunting for Vintage items. Aside from specific type of older, colored glassware, I like to find the odd piece. This seems to fit in. I adore her. Not sure what era she is from, I'm thinking the 1950s or later? If anyone knows anything about Catholic Nun Dolls, could you please share?
Yesterday I spent a full day in my studio and yielded some fine pieces. I decided to make a Tomboy Spinner Ring for myself, and an extra for the shop inventory. Also, I had an order for a fire red copper spinner ring with a sterling silver spinner, and a chain added, I really loved making this piece (far right in photo). A wonderful customer, who is a repeat customer, from Canada order a sterling silver Golf Ball Marker, and (not shown) a little ring sizer was sent to someone in Germany. Oh, I also did a custom pendant that was ordered for a teen girl. I was a busy gal, and had so much energy.
Off to the Post Office I went, thank you sweet sweet customers!!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Custom Spinner Necklace

This sweet piece is flying out to Australia. A lovely customer ordered this from my etsy shop, AutumnLeavesJewelry.

It's a variation on my much larger personalized family heirloom spinner necklace.

Part of the beauty of this is I made all parts, even both tubes. It was a pure joy to create.

Kinetic jewelry is my favorite to work with.

This will soon be a Made to Order item in my shop along with many other spinner (kinetic) pieces.

I hope you like it.

In other news Ginger's chest and inner elbow rash has returned.  We took her to the vet and will be doing the steroid and anti-biotic round again. After this clears up we'll watch closely and might need to take her to a dermatologist to find out what she is actually allergic to.
It was nice seeing family and friends over the holidays. Facebook is a great way to stay close to family, if not in person, at least on line :-)

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Friday, New Spinner Necklaces

Hello Friends

It's been a busy time in our little part of the world. My father in law has settled into his new place and is doing great. Our daughter is working full time in Florida and we feel so very blessed :-)

Ginger is still Ginger. The cats are still hesitant about her. They tease her, when she's in her crate they lallygag nearby. When she's in the kitchen with the baby gate up, they'll stretch out on the foyer rug and preen. It's sort of comical. They do have their routines with each other.

I currently have some lovely stacking rings Ready to Ship in my Etsy shop. 

This week my shop enjoyed a flurry of business for which I am so grateful for.

Back to Spinners and Kinetic pieces - I seem to do pretty well selling Men's items, or Unisex pieces.

That said...I'd like to start offering these as a Made To Order listing...(I've sold them in the past, and they are a joy to make, because they spin!)

Both Listings will be available in my shop, AutumnLeavesJewelry later today. (I believe the spinner on the right, the copper fired red one is already listed) The variations seem limitless. The spinner on the left is brass with a sterling silver, oxidized sterling silver spinner ring. The copper on the right has been torch fired to a nice red, with a beautiful hand forged sterling silver ring, left unoxidized).

I hope everyone is well and staying warm.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Happy Friday

Happy Friday to you! :-)

Yesterday I put up a few lights outside, nothing too big. I found some garland with lights attached for half off. It looks so pretty out front draping the wrought iron railing that leads down our steps. Garish seeming at first - I purchased a giant candy can with lights inside, I thought -Why Not- it's a fun statement. This is next to the front door, and I was able to hide the ugly orange wire in a huge empty planter pot. Atop the planter I put a long string of white lights which I wraped about,  and atop of this some fake garland. It really is sort of sweet!

I'm so pleased, okay beyond pleased with my new staple pair of earrings! I'm also thrilled with the photos of other items I've retaken. It really is important to update our Etsy shops, and when the sun presents itself in all its glory, my camera is ready to roll.

Here are the listings of the new items I mentioned yesterday. Each of these items are ready to ship. Remember for free US shipping simply add FreeShippingUS into the code area at check out.





Thursday, December 13, 2012

New Jewelry Pieces

Hello Dear Friends,

I've been a busy metal smith today.

This first Lovely is a variation on my Unquiet Ring (some of you are familiar with). This makes noise too! Inside are 2 sterling silver beads. As I always say, You cannot be Ninja wearing this ring!

All parts were made by me. The ring is about an inch wide in diameter. It domes up just under half an inch at the very highest point. Its nicely stamped with a Native feel to it. The ring shank is semi-wide and plain.

This is definitely a unisex ring. My makers mark and .925 are stamped. It is a size 9.
I hope you love it as much as I do :-)

I will be listing this in my Etsy shop, AutumnLeavesJewelry soon...

Another ring fresh from my stone garden:

Gorgeous green turquoise and sterling silver ring. This is a size 8 1/2. The turquoise is a gorgeous oval and sits inside a lovely bezel. I've added some pretty silver round balls to the side. The ring shank is almost a floral pattern and I have oxidized the silver portions to help bring out all these rich textures for you.

My makers mark and .925 are included on this ring.

A staple in my shop, Tomboy Spinner Ring:

This is freshly made and ready to ship! It's a size 6. (she spins, oh does she spin!!!)

Last, but not least are these round, pretty, stamped and domed and textured sterling silver earrings!

They are an inch and a quarter from top of earwire to bottom. All parts made by me. My makers mark and .925 are stamped on the inside. These are a tad over a half an inch wide in diameter.

They remind me of buttons. They're light weight and are definitely an Everyday pair of earrings!

Going to grab some lunch and list these 4 items. I hope everyone is doing well :-)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pumpkin Bread

Hello Friends,

I'm currently offering Free Shipping within the US. Simply use the code FreeShippingUS at check out to redeem this offer. I know every little bit of savings always helps.

My shop has been unusually slow which has me feeling a little sad. Not to worry, as I type this there is a pair of the sweetest puppy dog eyes staring up at me from my lap.

Speaking of Ginger Girl, I saved myself some money by giving her a bath here at home last night. I used  doggie shampoo. (anything smells better than she has smelled!) I also trimmed her nails...carefully! I feel like a grand pack leader as she didn't seem to mind either task.

The other day it was raining out, which seemed a perfect time to make these:
Pumpkin Bread
(the recipe is below the photo)
Pumpkin Nut Bread:
  • 3 1/3 C. Flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 C. Oil
  • 2/3 C. Water
  • 2 C. Pumpkin (or 1 15 oz. Can)
  • 2 C. Sugar
  • 1 C. whole or Chopped Nuts
Makes 2 Loaves!
Grease bread pans
Mix  first 5 dry ingredients
Add oil, water, sugar, pumpkin and nuts, mix
Bake at 350* for 50 minutes

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Jewerly 40% Off Sale in my Etsy Shop AutumnLeavesJewelry

Hello Friends,

I haven't blogged in a month! Things have been very busy around these parts. My husband and I are making plans and getting the prep work done for my father-in-law to move to a different location. To say we have not felt stress is to say we haven't felt so much love. Luckily the balance of each is equal. While my father in law has had a tough couple of months he remains healthy and ready for the big move.

In other news I still have some fantastic items on sale and would love for them to find new homes :-)
They would each make wonderful Hanukkah or Christmas gifts! (or just treat yourself - I always say)

I'm so close to my 1,000th Etsy sale, well, I'm in my 900's and am waiting for that big number to hit. I'll always remember what it was like with my first and 100th sale. I do love the connections I make on Etsy. Connections of fellow lovers of art. Lovers of things hand made.

Soon I will be learning how to carve into wax for hand made, one of a kind, cast metal pieces. I can't wait!

Meanwhile, Ginger has grown from a hyper puppy to a semi...oh dear-okay... mostly-hyper 1 year old dog. She's learning to stay on her bed while I smith in the studio. She's loving her walks and still trying to get to know her sister kitties in the house.

Once my father in law is settled into his new home I will have so much more free time to create lovely jewelry for you.

A couple of days ago a dear friend, Jessie, flew home to visit with family, we met halfway in Annapolis, MD. It's always a special time catching up with each other in person as opposed to online. Aren't we all grateful for being in touch online?

If you look to the right of this entry you will see some photos from my etsy shop you can click on any of them to enter my shop. I'm forever grateful for each sale and look forward to working with you in the future.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Earrings - November Bones

It's November. The rains have come and gone. The ground is covered in leaves, quickly dried by the wind and sun. When the wind picks up I imagine a huge invisible broom whooshing the noisy leaves down our black paved parking lot. Their colors, once brilliant are turning a muted version of what they were. Winter is lurking and my bones are feeling their heft. The chill outside has me thinking in black and white, and in shades of gray. When I was a little girl living in Europe we took a day trip from our Army Base near Kaiserslautern to France. We visited a World War I site in Verdun. It was such a cold day. The photographs I keep with me remind me of the winds, the muted colors and all the black and white. Mostly I recall the bones. The bones of war, the bones of sacrifice, the bones of life. The bones from the battle of Verdun were placed into these rooms for a specific reason. As a girl I dismissed the given reason. Instead, I could not help but relate to the complete disconnect of the bones to the people that were. Somewhere in this disconnect I found a quiet beauty. 

Black and white, bones and quiet - and the little village in France full of soldiers' bones from so long ago - inspired me to create these earrings. When I look at them I see the dry leaves, slender spines with bones and finally,  the movement of life.

These earrings -I call November Bones- hang 3" from top of ear wire to bottom of leaves. All parts were created by me. .925 is stamped in two places on each earring. The earwires are also made by me, they curve just long enough to balance the lengtb of the earrings. Magnificent freshwater pears of 3 shades are attached to the chains. The leaves at the bottom of the earrings are sawed and forged by me.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Short Story of My Front Tooth and The Latest

If I had to describe my goings on in the last 2 months it would simply be-
A gal's tooth, interrupted...and a lot of questionable surgery smack down going on in my mouth...

Long story short
Root Canal
Apicoectomy on same tooth and its neighbor (yes 2 at once!)- [why do insurance companies not care to pay for most of these situations?]<---Rhetorical rant
Infection on neighboring tooth
Tooth cracked where the Apicoectomy was performed (neighboring tooth)
Tooth glued/cemented back in by regular dentist (I shall never stray again oh yea dentist!)
Impression made for fake tooth
Tooth pulled
Graft started
(my dentist doesn't know this part yet) Some of graft and most of stitches came out day 3, yesterday. I was txting with my friend and she said stop trying to shove it back into the socket, let the dentist do what he needs to do. So...it fell out, it was gross and interesting at the same time.

Wearing temp tooth in a clear retainer instead of the other route because Dentist found that the bone was so non-existent due to questionable Apicoectomy that was performed on tooth (which probably had a hairline crack to begin with)sooo...now we wait 6 months :-)

Really only wearing the temp when I go out in order to let inflammation of gum heal. It's healing!

Day 4, today, regular Tylenol is keeping pain at bay, but when I go to make a 7-golf ball marker order , and spinner ring order, today it will be throbbing.

I know it will be throbbing because yesterday I made 1 golf ball marker, used the hammer, file, dremel, tumbler, really did not exert myself too much and had to take a Vicoden.  The a whole Vicoden is too much...so I only take a half.

The other part of my life that has been trying and exhausting is coming to terms with my aging father in law. He is 87. My husband and I live a couple of blocks away and due to proximity, love and a lot of patience- it has fallen on us to do most of the care taking recently.

I won't go into detail, there are some really great sites out there for dealing with the issues that arise when a loved on starts to have health issues, and is elderly.

The best thing that has come out of this is being able to observe the bond my father in law has with his son, and the bond I am developing with him as we ride around in my car. (and shop for just one banana!)

We are learning to Let go and Let God...we're learning what a true emergency is vs. a momentary freak-out.  I'm seeing how doctors care for the elderly and except for one experience I would say he's been lucky.

Thought I would share some current photos with you
Ginger enjoying some freedom in my studio yesterday
Scrappy at vets office last week, on her own terms, just shots and a check up, she'd doing great
Johnny and I at game 5 of Nationals vs. Cardinals. We lost to the Cards, I wonder about the thinking behind letting Teddy win the presidential race, again! It was a very chilly, late night, the fans were rooting the Nats on till the end! (it was so sad though)
A cousin who lives in Arizona is finding more and more amazing photos of our ancestor and his children, who were named Fraizer though his named remained Native.
I really want to make some variations of this ring again!!!
That's all I have, hopefully I will have the energy and time for some new works to show you this Fall!
Take good care...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sale Continues for a Couple More Hours

A big huge thank you to those who have taken advantage of my 25% discount sale, by using the code YaySale at check out. Just a reminder, I offer direct payment now as well...this means you can pay with your credit card...or you can still use paypal! :-)

I was surprised this lovely didn't get snatched up, it really needs a home! (so do my other stone set, ready to ship, rings!)
Druzy Ring

In other news Ginger has turned 1 year old! She is such a huge part of our family I don't understand why it took so long to adopt a pup. Maybe she was meant for us which means we needed to wait. Aside from teen moments where I do bed checks and find contraband like pens, and other parts of things, she can behave pretty well. Other times it feels like we have a really wild teenager. Turing my back for 5 minutes could prove a destruction of half a box of Kleenex, you get the picture. She's a real sweetheart. :-)

here she is from last week

Hubby and I attended a really lovely wedding last weekend, here's my latest pixie cut (Reminds me of my first one I got when I was 9 years old!)
(my dress was floor length which I've never worn, I loved it) It was an Evan-Picone thrift store find for 8$, I love that it was a perfect fit :-) I had a newer dress picked out but wanted to get my vintage on.

Root canal saga on front tooth...had root canal, yada yada, pain persisted, turned out I had infections in 2 front teeth that needed immediate oral surgery. During the 2 hour procedure the only pain I experienced were the shots- lots of local shots before drilling into the bones. It was surreal watching the doc meticulously suture my gum back up afterwards and not feel a thing. It wasn't until a couple hours later (post surgery) that the pain kicked in and it felt as if someone had clobbered my mouth with a hammer, over and over. It's been 3 days and my right side of my face is quite puffy...I'm staying on top of the pain, taking antibiotics, rinsing with special stuff and eating soft foods. Oh, and rinsing with good old warm salt water too. I may do  blog post on the before and after, along with during in case anyone has to have this done...the balloony face is the most icky part right now, and the pain... if I don't get it on time. I really like my doc and his assistant and would trust him with my tooth issues in the future (I have been blessed with icky teeth)...rah rah genetics!

Oh, and our bathroom is finished! Our 1966 (quite moldy and falling apart) bathroom now looks like this...it was about a 2 week process...
I would also recommend these guys for any bathroom remodels! They were great!

Currently working on getting these made for a customer who took advantage of my sale- I'm so grateful!!! :)

...and have dug back into my knitting...

I hope you are all well and having a grand weekend :-)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sale Still Going, Workin On Chain

just a reminder that my 25% sale is still going, kindly use the code YaySale at check-out and receive your nice discount :-)

Here are just a few of the items that are listed in my shop in my inventory Ready to Ship

this stack of sterling silver rings are made in a pretty timely manner...





The chain I'm currently working on is all hand formed, sawed, forged and soldered by me. It has sterling silver and 14k yellow gold components...looking forward to showing you the finished piece :-)

The men are still working away in our master bathroom, it has been "out of service for a couple of years" I guess we procrastinated a while. Before we could tackle the bathroom we had to get the roof completely redone. Some of you might know we have a flat roof...I love the houses in this neighborhood, but dislike the upkeep of the flat roof. It's costly and scary when we get a heavy snow.  Probably not the best feature of the home ;-)

Ginger will be turning 1 very soon...she has brought an abundant amount of joy to our lives, what a girl that dog is!!!