In the Studio :: a look at my work space

Welcome!  Until now, I don't think I've ever formally shared any pictures of my workspace.  So here it is!  Let me tell you, it is a work in progress (and is usually not this clean and organized).  I have also recently acquired all of my father's metalsmith tools and equipment that I am dying to set up in this room so I can start learning metal techniques and exploring new jewelry designs!

My work bench is a table that my husband built from a salvaged counter top.  While in Boston, we used it as much needed kitchen counter space, now it's where most of my jewelry work takes shape from start to finish.  There are typically several different projects scattered about in various stages of completion.  The square bulletin boards are ones I made from some frames (glass removed), and cork board that I covered in fabric.  Super fun and easy!  Maybe I'll post the tutorial sometime.  The little rack that is used to hang completed earrings and necklaces is actually a wire dish rack turned on its side and attached to the wall. 

Directly to the right is a small table where finished pieces are photographed.  There's great natural light coming through the window for the first half of the day so that's all the lighting I use. 

And the only photo props I use are a sheet of scrapbook paper, my dress form, and a cluster of branches (found outside which I painted white, cut into segments, and attached to a candle holder that holds 12 tea light candles).

Then directly right of my photo station is my shipping station.  I use a baker's cart and it holds everything I need to package and ship my jewelry.  It's slightly in disarray, but it's all there and makes packaging so much more efficient.

And finally, a little happy collection on the corner of my shelf.  Vintage ceramic baby booties from simplysuzula, a little clay snowman that my son made in his preschool class this winter, a wooden carving of the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue at the Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (where my husband proposed to me 5 years ago), and one of my favorite prints from f2images.

On many occasions, I get a helper or two in my studio to help me organize my supplies.  It's actually the opposite of that, but they're fun to have around.  :)

I always enjoy peeking into another artist's work space, so I hope you enjoyed the tour.  I'll post a studio update once I get the metal working area set up.  I'm so excited and impatient for this to happen, but realistically, it will be a little while before it does because baby #3 will be here very soon (we're super excited about that too!), but we all know what that means... my jewelry work will be on hold indefinitely.  But do be prepared for an influx of baby pictures. :)

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone!


Finding Extra {in the} Ordinary :: my latest distraction

Guess what, people?  I finally stepped into the future and am now a new proud owner of a smart phone!  I know, I know.. I'm a little fashionably late to the party, but I'm here at last.  It is already proving to be quite a distraction for me because now, with all the cool photo enhancement apps out there, I can satiate my desire to be artsy fartsy amateur photographer whenever I want!  *happy happy dance* 

This photo was taken over the weekend while hanging out at the playground.  I just love how the late afternoon sunlight casts that gorgeous glow, and how miraculously, my daughter stood still for a millisecond at just the right angle, and I just happened to have the camera ready.  This was definitely a rare moment because I have such a hard time photographing her.  I just added a little bokeh effect and a cool border with the pixlromatic app, and voila!  I'm having so much fun with this thing.. so beware, there may be an influx of photos on this blog, and for no reason at all.  You'll tell me if I'm going overboard, right?  I trust that you will.  ;)

Be back soon.


Brilliance :: Pencil Tip Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti

The incredible work of Dalton Ghetti awes me every time I see it.  With only a razor blade, his naked eye, and pencils that he finds on the streets and sidewalk, Dalton Ghetti meticulously carves out tiny sculptures on the graphite tips of pencils.  His idea is to turn attention to the small things.  It can take months to years to complete a single sculpture.  His 9-11 Memorial dedicated to the victims took 10 years to complete.

His immense patience, dedication, and great attention to the tiniest detail is inspiring!  For him, his art is a hobby and a form of meditation, not something to be sold. 

Here are just a few examples of his amazing sculpture work.

 Even the smallest things in the world can have immense impact.

What's inspiring you today?


And the winner of the {Shabby Apple + eNVe} giveaway is.......

So rather than going the random.org route to select the winner, I decided to do the drawing the old fashioned way.. an actual random drawing!  So I printed all your entries and cut them into tickets, put them all into my daughter's little play soup pot.  We stirred and shook it up really well and I had her pick a winning ticket.  :)

And the winner is....

Ali Holt!

You selected Look #1 ~ Spanish Steps + Glass Droplet Necklace.
Congratulations, Ali!!!  Hope you enjoy your fresh spring outfit. :)

And thank you to everyone else for all your entries!  I wish I could make all of you a winner, but because I can't, here's a special offer to make up for it:

Use code "SHABBY" for 20% OFF in my etsy shop!
Valid now through the end of the week (sale ends Sunday March 4th). 

Use code "OURGIFT" at Shabby Apple
for free shipping and a free necklace on your order over $50!

So you can still get a fresh new look in time for Spring!  What are you waiting for?  ;)