Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Up From The Wreck 

To one of the most beautiful young woman I have the pleasure of knowing-

(sold off of Etsy)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

James Taylor - Fire and Rain (Beacon Theatre)

Beautiful and timeless song by James Taylor- who remembers growing up with this song?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Two More Pieces from Today

I made these today, I think I'm going to keep the big huge ring
I've named it
Organic World
The turquoise colors are amazing!
The beaded rim reminds me of her old Indian pieces she wore all the time
I  gave the bezel a very wavy organic feel

This ring is an ode to my grandmother
(i  love you grandma...)

This will be for sale in my Etsy shop


Pretty turquoise surrounded by elements that remind me of stars. I've upcycled some silver to make the bead that hangs freely from the pendant, it can represent anything related to the earth, I was thinking of a planet or a silver cloud...

The necklace hangs 18"
My makers mark is on the back to show that I value this piece and as an artist, I sign my work.
It's also morked .925

Size reference of the two pieces

Monday, June 21, 2010

Wonderful Day with Silver in my Studio

This artist was craving color and texture

It is a size 8 1/4 with a thick and curvy ring shank
The stone is so beautiful!
Along the edges are beaded silver balls, and they have been sanded so well you will want to reach out and touch them all the time.
The back has my makers mark because this is made to last, it was made in one day, and it's an instant heirloom, though nothing was rushed in its creation.

Here's a view of it on my hand for size reference, pardon the Smithers icky hand...


Here's a side view

I also indulged in some earrings

These are sweet turquoise blue cabochons set into patterned sterling silver. Pretty copper strands hang freely from each pair, the bottoms of each copper wire has a cherry red ball to set off the pretty sky blue turquoise. These will develop a pretty patina along the pattern of the silver over time.
The earbacks also have a small silver ball to compliment the rest of the design.
The back has my makers mark so you will know these are from AutumLeavesJewelry and are made to last through time. .925 is stamped along the back of each as well.

Yesterday Johnny and I had a nice outdoor coffee date, for about 10 minutes as the tempuratures were so high along with humidity and a bit of bad air quality

Here's a wonderful man, and an amazing father to our daughter!

Me, Care-

Sunday, June 20, 2010

New Lovely Everyday Hoops

My hand is almost healed

and yesterday I made these Pretties
using mostly cold-connection (no torch)

around and around the silver moved
obeying my gentle instructions
it felt so good
Hammering was a little abrupt
but necessary
and after a while
I felt so comfortable back in my studio

These are going to be listed in my shop soon

Happy Fathers Day to all those amazing men out there

we were out with dear friends last night
yuking it up in a local Irish Pub
LOTS of belly laughs

(we're ready for another scorching hot day today!)

Friday, June 18, 2010

i found her

in the shadows along the wall, in the shoes from over 20 years ago my daughter wore, in the way the sun casts shapes of light and dark, and the way these surprising figures dance and mesmerize the watcher.

she is my muse

this artist is back...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Anderson Cooper of CNN, thank you for this...


to be added in another Treasury on Etsy, here she is, my chunky Birdie Poppy Ring is on the lower right, all of these pieces are amazing! :-)

Here is the link if you'd like to have a closer look at all of the pretty pieces in this curated treasury.

Silver Lining Curated Treasury on Etsy

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Just HAD To

Because this is an amazing songwriter, performer, and this video makes me grin so much :-) (i hope you grin too)

Interesting Week

Ever have one of those weeks where

When It Rains It Pours?

I'm beginning to believe the bumper sticker I saw the other day while out on an errand, it read:

Dogs Have Owners-Cats Have Servants

It made me giggle a bit. We have 4 cats, all rescued/adopted- our eldest is 19. (Some of you know about our older cat Pud) Pud is the gentlest giant I have ever known. He has been ill for 3 years and we (I) continue to stick him with his needle as he receives his Sub Q's every other day. (if you aren't a cat lover this could be a pretty boring post for you :P) If you like slight gore, then read on! :-D

He did something pretty uncharacteristic the other day, Sunday evening to be specific. He bit me. He bit down hard; he went deep into the fleshy part of my left lower and outer hand/thumb area. It stunned me. I ran to the bathroom to run cold water over the puncture marks. I had to catch my breath, that's how much it hurt. Mostly, I was surprised at how long he held on to my hand. Okay, I know it was a matter of seconds. (It felt timeless)
Some of you know he's Maine Coon and has tons of hair He doesn't groom himself much since his illness; it's just not in him. His priorities are food, sleep, water, milk, tuna, (other yummy treats I sneak him) and finding a warm human body and a soft hand. He has put up with being poked with that huge cocktail size needle for 3 years now. (We are in our 3rd year) He only allows me to poke him. He does not ever allow anyone to brush him. We can never figure out why, as he loves LOVES to be pet, stroked, smooched, cuddled, touched in any human way. He is an extension of our family. But when he sees a brush he starts growling.
Lately I've had to do a lot of "pruning" into the under layers of his thick hair to remove huge knots. These knots pull on his skin, so I've been liberating him with shears. It looks as though he's become an odd sculpted sort of cat-bush. (not a very attractive one) poor little dude!
Sunday I thought if I do it gently, if I talk to him and pet his face with my left hand....yeah right, I could brush him slowly. He bit down so hard so fast it was comical. (in the sense that I am still his servant and have not learned that he is always my master...) I will chalk this up to one of my stupid-human tricks because I actually knew better than to try to brush him (I can also bend my legs almost fully backwards, I swear I can!)<---nothing to do with cats, just a random fact about me...

Since the bite occurred I've had 2 visits with my primary doctor.

Cat owners heed this warning, a deep cat bite that punctures is never to be taken lightly, go get it checked out and properly treated.

I was bit on Sunday eve, saw the doc Monday afternoon, and already had a red streak moving up my arm. My thumb was so fat and filled and abscessed it was not easy to move, (and it hurt).

My doc had me return for a check this morning and I'll go back in 2 days. I'm on a strong anti-biotic, and if I had waited, or not taken to this anti-biotic I would have run to the nearest ER for a drip (stronger antibiotics I assume?) not coffee (get it? drip?)
Cats teeth can puncture deep into your flesh, and the saliva that rolls off is full of very nasty bacteria. The wound covers pretty fast (being a small puncture wound) and allows all of that lovely bacteria to start working. (...doesn't matter if you keep your cats teeth cleaned by your vets, their mouths are full of bacteria.period.)
Here's a pic from the other day...it's kind of nasty, then again, my hands are pretty ugly being a smither and all...the ink outline is courtesy of my doctor, I wish they'd let me do it, a whole area was mis-drawn. (It really bugged me...) then I let it go.

Doc said no smithing for 2 weeks. o.0

Did you feel that inner pain I just felt writing that sentence? (Fellow artisans you know what I'm talking about here...)

(I'm thinking once it goes down and just looks grubby, I can get the go ahead to start back in my studio)

My shops are open, my smaller items which I usually make when ordered are not currently listed, but hey, my larger more lovely pieces ready to ship are!!! :-)

We have another situation with our cat Bart. That's a story for another day. (He is wreaking havoc with the neighbors, leaving gifts behind of the headless type and they are not thankful, nor think it's cute in the least...) He's upstairs sleeping - on restriction...

This is Bart, he's little, and he's a hunter...

Back to reading,  movies, sketching and soaking my hand.

Hope everyone is doing well! :-)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

LuxeCoop New Item

Arabesque Cowl Knit Cape

Transitional layering piece; seasonless from Spring to Autumn, keeps its color, drape & fit

Capiz shell hues range from irridescent neutrals to seafoam teals and tiffany blues

Naturally anti-microbial and sustainable bamboo blends with soft light mohair, organic cotton, colorfast acrylic


We'll be listing this item soon in our LuxeCoop shop...as you can see the versatility of this piece is endless :-)

We hope you love it as much as we  do...

Friday, June 11, 2010

News from LuxeCoop

and a very heart-felt thank you to you sweeties who placed orders yesterday! (A huge hug to the woman who sent me pics of the little fawn...you know who you are!!!)

Looks like my daughter, Angelica, and I will actually cross paths later today and get some photos of a new piece for our collaborative shop. (she made this piece) It's hard to pin her down as she works both jobs and likes to have a social life apart from her parents. ;p

This is an old pic, (I'm just starting to scan my older photos...as you can see I need to clean the screen of my scanner!) of my daughter and I. It was Halloween. As I recall my daughter changed her mind so many times before deciding on being a Cat for this candy-begging night. We made her costume...I just couldn't plunk down the money for something mass produced back then, I'm still a bit like that...I prefer home made items. So...it rained, but not before she raked in her cache and we snuggled by the stove heating up old fashioned hot apple cider. (Can you imagine cider and candy before bed?) You moms out there can relate I'm sure.

This was the 80's (yes I was a young mom) check out the size of my glasses and my pants are hiked up to my belly button...

A loving memory isn't made purely from a photo; it's made thru love and action, and a promise that you will love another person unconditionally for eternity. I love being my daughter's mother. Period.

'...the root of the root...'
-ee cummings

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Etsy Shop Re-opened...

with new items listed. (see previous post for a few photos)

These are my new Frida-esque earring I mentioned (again, in previous post) but forgot to put a photo up, will be listing these too.

Sales have been pretty slow compared to last year, and that's to be expected with the economy and jobless rates. I feel grateful for each item that finds its way to a new home.

Sunday I start a water aerobics class...though I dread finding a swim suit...can we go back to full coverage? When was that anyway?

This is kind of cute

This is NOT;p

I do recall having to wear swim caps when I was a  girl, oh they hurt so much to remove after a long, fun swim. I wonder if I have any pics of me as a girl with one of those on, I doubt it, I hope not, even if I did I wouldn't show you ;p

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Some New Pretties...

Blues like No One's Business Necklace
sterling silver with blue chalcedony

I Fear No Fate Necklace
(more from ee cummings)

Big Yellow Taxi Necklace

i set this gorgeous stone a while back and reworked the chain,
it wasn't sitting right with me, now it's ready to go
(it is beautifully set in its bezel)

I've got a few more pieces to show you, just as the light went down my batteries arrived last night and I was also making dinner...I'm still taking a short break from etsy to spiff up my shop and rejuvenate, climbing out of this rabbit hole...

It feels good to create for the sole purpose of enjoyment...with no expectations...
i've got some Frida-esque earrings coming up soon...

Today is so pretty here, I  hope it's pretty where you are! :-)

Monday, June 7, 2010

i love you Walt Whitman

this artist is taking some time off  from etsy to take care of a few other things

i have some pretty pieces (new pieces) made, waiting on batteries to photograph (i'll show you soon, the light is nice today and tomorrow)...

right now I could paint this poem over and over...isn't it an amazing piece?

A Noiseless Patient Spider

From the 1891-1892 Edition of Leaves of Grass
By Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

A noiseless patient spider,
I mark'd where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark'd how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,
It launch'd forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be form'd, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul

Saturday, June 5, 2010

A Day Out

with Hubby

we had so much fun...

I needed to mop the kitchen floor, and while I was laboring through this chore the oven was baking glorious brownies.

We let them sit about 10 mins out of the oven, hubby whipped cream and heated chocolate, I fed the older cats (the smells made for a very odd odor)

and voila

Brownies on the bottom (still warm)

Vanilla ice cream

Hot chocolate sauce

Topped with real whipping cream

oh my gosh

of course this was devoured while watching one of our favorite old series

Sopranos. We're on episode 2...it's always a treat to watch character development.

Hope you can smell the chocolate! :-)

Still resting my soul for my muse

Friday, June 4, 2010


New...making golf ball markers and happy to have the sales, and getting a kick out of some of the sayings people request! :-)

Truth beyond that is I've been a bit down, a bit scattered and am climbing back up...I love my family so much. :-) They are my home. Feeling down tends to zap creativity. Hoping for a muse to work its way back into my soul. Been reading poetry, journaling, talking, listening, praying...mostly I've been devouring lines from poems and creating illustrations of the words in my mind. It's a lovely place (most of the time)

LuxeCoop was recently curated in a Treasury on Etsy! :-) We also just received our first sets of LuxeCoop Moo cards, so happy to see them!

Here's  a few pics of the furry part of our family from tonight...

Diamond is in looking around, Bart is out waking up

Bart had enough of me, I went out front to get more shots
so he showed me his backside

He can't escape me can he?

Puddles,  our 19 year old is having a nice evening
most of his hair has been cut out, it's normally longer and thicker, he no longer gives himself a full cleaning so he gets pruned...

Day lillies are a bloomin out front, these were saved from an area in SW DC and moved over 20 years ago, I love that they are so hardy, and thrive like weeds

I don't know what theses are, I planted them from seeds a couple of years ago, I thought the package photo looked pretty...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

i carry your heart

i carry it in my heart...

more from ee cummings

This pretty poetry line is set inside a heart which is set inside some lacey sterling silver. The back has a pin mechanism in sterling silver as well- to be worn as a brooch.

She's 2 1/2" wide and 1 1/4 high (approximately)

Every hole and edge is so soft to the touch. My makers mark and .925 are stamped on the back.
Isn't the flower pretty? It's from my garden :-)

This past weekend hubby and I hung out together so much it was very sweet. I love that man!