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The Weekend Blogger: Happy 4th of July!
Friday, July 04, 2008

You'll really like this song. Now that I've rejoined the 9-to-5 culture, I can admit this holiday has become, well, okay, a paid holiday, yet it is still Independence Day of course, and let it ... [more]
The Weekend Blogger: Bit of hauling
Saturday, June 28, 2008

I shop rather strategically now; long gone are the days of carefree middle-class browsing. An item is either astronomically expensive, requiring months, even years, of planning to acquire, or else ... [more]
The Weekend Blogger: Mixed bag
Sunday, June 22, 2008

A photo tour of Iran...the music is killer I suspect I have nothing cohesive to say, so have elected to use a bullet list. Skin. Finally used the last squeeze of Dr. Hauschka's Cleansing Cream. ... [more]
The Weekend Blogger: A bit of randomness
Sunday, June 08, 2008

Sitting here in my newly Foot Petal'd shoes--the model at the bottom: I ended up using both the Heavenly Heelz and Haute Heelz for this pair (the other two didn't need 'Petaling nearly as much). ... [more]
The Weekend Blogger: This, that and the other
Saturday, May 31, 2008

I'm here at home, playing Simon and Garfunkel for my daughter. Home, where my love lies waiting silently for me... Subtly, their songs have entwined my memories more than, say, those of The Beatles ... [more]
Fashion Notes: Trekking through Etsy
Monday, March 24, 2008

Back when I was fiddling around with these: wasn't the norm to make earring frames. Standard practice was to buy readymade frames, attach stones and call it a day. Lately however there's ... [more]
Fashion Notes: A Mom pendant
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

This is difficult to photograph. It won't stay still when it's on, which is the point of it (lots of movement, catches the light). This is one of the few odd sentimental pieces I've made; each ... [more]
Fashion Notes: Labradorite necklace
Monday, March 17, 2008

I had to lean at a funny angle to take this pic, because I wanted to capture the "schiller," or "flash" in the stones (which did sort of work). Otherwise the stones do hang properly. This is more ... [more]
Just Notes: What I've been into, lately
Friday, March 14, 2008

Norfolk, Virginia1 Once in a while I'll get sentimental, and start googling for pictures of my home town. I haven't actually been there since the mid-1980's, and can't for the life of me recognize ... [more]
Fashion Notes: Earring synergy
Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A venture into one of Dain's ideas of combining two contrasting stones. Here is citrine and labradorite, utilizing Eni Oken's herringbone weave (based on "french beaded flower techniques" and ... [more]
Fashion Notes: Something I've been fiddling around with
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

So I bought three smooth London Blue topaz "pears." And a sample of oxidized sterling silver chain. (London Blue is just a loose classification for "deep" blue topaz. Swiss Blue is lighter, Sky ... [more]
Fashion Notes: Development of a jewelry stash
Thursday, February 28, 2008

This is a "Photoshop document" or "psd"--the file format used when you wish to preserve the layers in a document (same concept as this perfume psd). There's no reason for me to keep versions of ... [more]
Fashion Notes: Happy Valentine's Day!
Friday, February 15, 2008

Okay, I didn't get to photograph this until today. This was my Valentine's Day present to my daughter, using her fine silver Sakura pendant, grade A round faceted rose quartz, and a ... [more]
Just Notes: This that and the other
Monday, February 11, 2008

Wearing this necklace: Though I photographed it with the earrings, no way would I wear them together. One of my (infinite) future projects is to design a pair of 14KT gold earrings, without ... [more]
Fashion Notes: Green amethyst and emerald earrings
Saturday, February 02, 2008

These are some earrings I've been fiddling around with over the past few days. They began their brief life as prehnite earrings: two prehnite briolettes wrapped at the top, sort of like these ... [more]
Fashion Notes: Labradorite necklace
Sunday, January 27, 2008

Working on this piece today. So far, I've switched the clasp from one side to the other. It has to do with the pendant, getting it so it doesn't flip easily. The idea of putting anything in ... [more]
Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately #2
Friday, January 18, 2008

I think we need a label for this, somehow...a blend of favorite things and Jack Bauer and Tony Almeida at a Drive-Thru. Anyhow. Shall we commence? Ava Luxe Voyage earrings I'm not affiliated ... [more]
Fashion Notes: Sterling and sapphire earrings
Monday, January 14, 2008

Here is my weekend project...and part of the idea I had for this year, that I would make fewer...few, even...better pieces. (My next step is metalworking, but that isn't going to be this year.) I ... [more]
Ava Luxe: new blog
Saturday, January 12, 2008

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Fashion Notes: If I didn't make jewelry, I would buy it here.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007

It takes two to three years to make jewelry, even from a non-metalsmithing perspective. Sounds like a trifling period, but you need dedication to start from nothing and continue on for upwards of ... [more]
Beauty & Fashion Notes: Ruminations on aging, and finding that perfect pair of pearl earrings
Friday, December 07, 2007

Cool, eh? After fiddling around with pearl earrings for years, these just sort of emerged. They're not even chased, just hammered flat. The hoops are more of a bugger to make than it would appear ... [more]
Beauty Notes: Serenity
Wednesday, December 05, 2007

It's well to find ways to keep your morale and energy up, no matter what's going on. Not that it's easy to do. In fact it's a skill, that should probably be taught in school along with mathematics ... [more]
Shiana silver, part 2
Sunday, October 21, 2007

(more detail here: Beauty & Fashion Notes: this 'n' that) This is lapis, combined with fine silver and some sterling silver. I've gotten more into silver lately, after years of being more ... [more]
Beauty & Fashion Notes: this 'n' that
Friday, October 19, 2007

I have been busy lately...I have to finish up a project involving jewelry. I placed an order with a company I'd been planning to buy from, for...months, possibly even a year or more. It's one of ... [more]
Double strand freshwater pearl necklace
Saturday, September 29, 2007

I wish I had a bust! Hm, that didn't come out right. :D I mean one of those fake necks you hang necklaces on. Before, I thought of fake necks as display tools, or as models to photograph ... [more]
Prehnite and peridot earrings on Argentium sterling silver wire
Thursday, September 13, 2007

I'm getting more into silver now, thanks to the Argentium alloy. Before this, I would have had only a few choices: Use regular sterling silver and unannealed (natural dull silver color) niobium ... [more]
Fashion Notes: Metal sensitivities (earrings)
Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I've had earring metal sensitivity for many years; in fact, I had it when I got my ears pierced, about thirty years ago. It's just that people didn't talk about it much back then and I wasn't ... [more]
Inexpensive jewelry cleaner?
Monday, August 20, 2007

This will sound nuts, and I'm not by any means a professional, so take this advice with all due caution...but diluted Queen Helene Mint Julep Shampoo seems to make a good jewelry cleaner. I tried ... [more]
Keishi pearl necklace
Monday, August 06, 2007

I tried photographing this in all the usual ways: no flash, indirect lighting, yadda yadda...nothing worked, so I finally just had someone else model it and used a flash. At least some of the ... [more]
Fashion Notes: making your own jewelry
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I haven't done this for a while; every year, since I started in 2005, I've taken a few months off from making jewelry. The short version is it's an exhausting process. Unless you have the fortune ... [more]
These are good...
Wednesday, July 25, 2007

American turquoise, Bali vermeil and goldfilled wire earrings The virtue here is something you don't see: it's the weight. Something about this design is next to weightless. You can wear these ... [more]

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