Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sunday Already? Time for a New Post!

I've been so busy, both inside and outside, that I haven't been on the computer too much lately. I've done some gardening, some cleaning, some baking, some work in the jewelry studio, some relaxing, some songwriting and music stuff, and some moving (for and with one of my sons). I realized this afternoon that I haven't done a blog post since last Tuesday, and I haven't posted much on Facebook either. Not much new in the Etsy shop, for that matter... a new painting and a reserved listing... and that's about it. Where does the time go?

So here I am... awaiting a visit from our youngest child who is coming up for a dinner of shrimp and veggie shishkabobs on the grill, along with roasted corn on the cob, and roasted potatoes and garlic, and some good ol' Southern cornbread. He will also collect his dog, Empi, who has been visiting for a week while my son was on location in Charleston, SC for a photo and video shoot. As my blog followers know, I simply LOVE having Empi here, as does our dog, Abby, and we are both very sad when she leaves Camp Dresser, as we've come to call our home in the woods when Empi comes to visit.

Since I'm waiting, and all the food is ready to go on the grill and in the oven, I thought I'd share some recent photos I've taken of a couple things around the house I've been working on. Yesterday I worked on new beading for older pendants. These are all mostly 16 inches with sterling silver and gemstone pendants. I may list them on Etsy, but I will probably wait until after another show I will do soon.

Art Deco... green opal with hematite

A Touch of the Sun... amber, turquoise, goldstone, pearls

Chocolate and Cherry... red tiger's eye, tiger iron, red coral

Spot On!... dalmation jasper, river stone, hematite, pearls

Summer Gold... ocean jasper, mookaite, mother of pearl, red tiger's eye, topaz

Here's a photo of the visitor we had in our front yard yesterday evening. The dogs were just a little upset that someone was out in the yard without them!

Finally, I spent some time yesterday creating a bottle tree... which in these parts is rumored to keep away evil spirits. We've had our share of those this year, so since I've been collecting bottles for a while now, I decided I'd better put them to good use. And when I helped my son move all his stuff on Friday, I confiscated a box of some old vintage bottles and some glass insulators. He was happy to give them to me, really, and he was happy to know how they would be used.

Okay... the dogs are barking like crazy... that most likely means a car is coming up the road and it'll be my son! Time for hugs, visiting, and dinner!

Happy Mother's Day to all moms out there!


  1. So many lovelies to feast one's eyes on. THANKS for sharing !

    I hope you will talk more about the bottle tree... how did you wrap the bottles and hand them ? how many bottles etc ? just curious about methodology ! i love the blue glass :)

  2. Well, after your menu description I'm about to invite myself to dinner! These jewelry pieces are stunning. It would be difficult to choose, but the Art Deco is my favorite! I need to adopt your blog technique and share the wonderful "everyday" things that make our lives so rich. I don't post much because I think folks won't find my daily events interesting. You certainly have a lot going on so I always love reading your blog! Thanks for sharing....really!

  3. Forgot to mention that fabulous bottle tree! I've admired them, but don't know much history. If they keep the evil spirits away, I'm on it! I'm picking out my tree right now!

  4. I love all of these pieces, but especially the Summer Gold....hope you had a lovely day!