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Faux Chanel

Nothing “faux” about the fact that the summer is ending, here in Maine and back home in Virginia.

Had a lovely lunch this afternoon at the Osprey restaurant, overlooking the Robin Hood marina.  The sky was clear and blue and the sunlight so bright you HAD to wear sunglasses.  Is it less air pollution? I don’t know, but the brightness is startling.

Even though we’re hundreds of miles away from the east coast media meccas, we do get The New York Times.  And when I saw a woman's Chanel purse advertised for $8,000 in the paper, I knew I could copy it.  


My version is a brooch in copper and bronze, textured, torched, etched and enameled and much less than $8,000.  

It's available at $150. Unless someone snaps it up before, it will also be available at the Studio Tour next month, Oct. 17-19. I'll be exhibiting at 1144 Walker Road, First Floor in the Great Falls Foundation for the Arts (GFFFTA) classroom

Hope to see you there!

If I had Wings

Isn't this gorgeous?  My newest: "If I had Wings".

As the days dwindle for our summertime stay in Maine, I'm still inspired by the wonderful weather, the people, and the bounty of fresh vegetables and seafood that are available to us every day.

This is one of my collection of Victorian Sterling and rhinestone stick pins (who knows, maybe they're diamonds!) in which I figured a way to retain the pin mechanism itself.  The purple and white bead is handmade glass from California. 

I held my breath and threaded the pin thru the bead.  It worked! 

The whole shebang is mounted on a lovely antiqued silver backplate with a hidden bail to keep he look clean.  Pendant is on a silver chain with Sterling silver toggle clasp.

Available for $200.00

Three for the show

In my never ending effort to destash and use up the collection of goodies I have accumulated over the years, I made these three fun bracelets.

The first, top center, features real turquoise, Sterling and artisan glass with a Sterling horse charm.

The second, lower right, includes copper and a matte-polished Red Creek Jasper stone with a Lady Bug charm for luck.

The last, lower left, is real artisan glass with ceramic beads and a Sterling "Paris" perfume bottle charm.

Save the Dates! October 17-19

The Fall Studio Tour for our arts group, Great Falls Studios, will be bigger than ever this year!  The tour will take place over three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 17, 18 and 19.

I am especially excited about this Studio Tour because I will be in a new venue, not my studio.  I will be at 1144 Walker Road, First Floor in the Great Falls Foundation for the Arts (GFFFTA) classroom.  (Google Maps) The Artisans Atelier is just one floor up with a dozen more artists on display.

The advantages are many:  there is plenty of parking; you will be able to see as many as twenty artists in one location; there will be plenty of room to circulate and see my latest creations AND I will have enough space to actually demonstrate some of my techniques.  In the same location with me will be Ronni Jolles, paper collage artist extraordinaire. She will also be demonstrating.

Please mark the dates on your calendar and be sure to come and see us!