Starting anew is always a good thing! Here is Vol. 1 of "Artful Living on the Bluff" for you to enjoy. While I am not contributing new material to this blog, please feel free to look around and then visit me at the new and (hopefully) improved "Artful Living on the Bluff" blog at

Thursday, March 31, 2011

La Vie en Rose

I came across some really beautiful fabric at the thrift shop the other day. It was actually a skirt that someone had disassembled for the fabric and it was made from the prettiest, silky purple floral fabric! This fabric makes lovely fabric roses and so I made a bundle of them to use in some jewelry creations. Here are the first two - both named "La Vie en Rose" and both made in the same theme using black lace fabric to offset the purple roses along with some amber/gold colored beads. Both are also available on Etsy. Enjoy! :)

La Vie en Rose Cuff Bracelet
La Vie en Rose Cuff Bracelet
La Vie en Rose Fabric Necklace
La Vie en Rose Fabric Necklace

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Here are a few shots of NEST - this piece was inspired by the beautiful sunset that inspired me to curate this treasury collection. You can find NEST for sale on Etsy.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Morning Coffee Quotes

"What quarrel, what harshness, what unbelief in each other can subsist in the presence of a great calamity, when all the artificial vesture of our life is gone, and we are all one with each other in primitive mortal needs?"
- George Eliot

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."
- Carl Rogers

"In delay there lies no plenty."
- William Shakespeare

"If you can't bite, don't show your teeth."
- Spanish Proverb

"A lot of people are afraid to tell the truth, to say no. That's where toughness comes into play. Toughness is not being a bully. It's having backbone."
- Robert Kiyosaki

"The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase."
- Yogi Berra

"Men are more apt to be mistaken in their generalizations than in their particular observations."
- Niccolo Machiavelli

"I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance."
- Thomas Carlyle

"Playing it safe is the riskiest choice we can ever make."
- Sarah Ban Breathnach

"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible."
- Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."
- John Wooden

"Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear."
- Alcoholics Anonymous (The Big Book)

"Desire, both the whispers and the shouts, is the map we have been given to find the only life worth living."
- John Eldredge

"There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out."
- Russian Proverb

"The popularity of disaster movies expresses a collective perception of a world threatened by irresistible and unforeseen forces which nevertheless are thwarted at the last moment. Their thinly veiled symbolic meaning might be translated thus: We are innocent of wrongdoing. We are attacked by unforeseeable forces come to harm us. We are, thus, innocent even of negligence. Though those forces are insuperable, chance will come to our aid and we shall emerge victorious."
- David Mamet

"First we have to believe, and then we believe."
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

"Physical courage, which engages all danger, will make a person brave in one way; and moral courage, which defies all opinion, will make a person brave in another."
- Charles Caleb Colton

"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less."
- C.S. Lewis

"People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid."
- Soren Kierkegaard

"It is necessary to work if not from inclination, at least from despair. All things considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself."
- Charles Baudelaire

Monday, March 14, 2011

A new cuff to match the Boudoir Bag

I made this cuff with the same bundle of remnants I used for the Boudoir Bag. It's for sale on Etsy.

Morning Coffee

I found this great stop-motion animation through the Curbly blog. It's fun! :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Photos from my gallery opening!

As some of you know, I had a gallery opening on Friday night. Before taking my stuff to the gallery, I worried about how to display it as this particular gallery space didn't have secure cases and the like. I came up with the idea of mounting the jewelry on canvases so they could be hung and I can't tell you how well it looked!! I was so pleased with how all of my work looked in the space. It garnered lots of admirers and I met some very nice people at the opening reception.

Dan & I met our parents at a brew pub for dinner before heading over to the show. Here are some shots from the night:

Dinner at The Blue Cat Brew Pub
The two Dads considering am arm-wrestling match to see who pays the bill...
...but no one wanted to challenge my Mom, so she won!
A shot of the gallery space
Dan hob-nobbing with the guitar player
Mom-in-law Lovell looking over my jewelry
Dad-in-law Dale and my mom, Gayle, looking things over
The proud artist
A close-up of one of the cases
Quote of  the night: "It's OK but it ain't beer!" - Dale Caraway's treatise on wine

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Boudoir Bag #1

Boudoir Bag in progress!

My friend Kristine came over the other day to work on some crafty stuff and we talked about what to do with my newest piece. After much debating, she came up with the idea of turning it into a bag! That is exactly what I did. So here we have "Boudoir Bag #1" still under construction but getting closer all the time! I made a simple lined body for the purse which opens at the top. The fringy fabric sculpture is attached to the front and it closes with a simple tie wrapped around one of the vintage buttons on the front. It still needs a shoulder strap.

Here are some shots of it - Enjoy! :)

This is a scrap of leather from my husband's old wallet!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Things to do today:

Continue working on a new project...
... and go to a gallery opening - MINE!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Morning Coffee Quotes

"Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets."
- Arthur Miller

"If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right."
- Jules Renard

"You can't pray a lie."
- Mark Twain

"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right."
- Thomas Paine

"If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest anything."
- Ecclesiastes 11:4

"Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason."
- Ayn Rand

"Not being able to govern events, I govern myself."
- Michel de Montaigne

"It's hard for me to get used to these changing times.
I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty."
- George Burns

"The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians."
- Benjamin Disraeli

"Pleasure's a sin, and sometimes sin's a pleasure."
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron)

"On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' And Vanity comes along and asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But Conscience asks the question 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I am always at a loss at how much to believe of my own stories."
- Washington Irving

"He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything.
That points clearly to a political career."
- George Bernard Shaw

"Won't you come into my garden? I would like my roses to see you."
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"The mind cannot support moral chaos for long. Men are under as strong a compulsion to invent an ethical setting for their behavior as spiders are to weave themselves webs."
- John Dos Passos

"Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out."
- Sydney Smith

"My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already."
- Dave Barry

"In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself."
- Alexander Hamilton

Friday, March 4, 2011

A week full of treasuries!

I was fortunate to find my work in several wonderful treasuries over the past week - here are some of my favorites! Enjoy :)

'Amazing jewelry! ' by ibics

Enjoy! :-)

Going Green Bracele...

Bracelet Egyptian P...

Turquoise and Pearl...

3963-B Green Agate ...

teal and olive butt...

TORTUGA Beaded Stat...

Blue Paisley

Blue Garden Cabocho...

The Deep Blue

New York Blues

Savannah Rising Cuf...

Embroidered bead cu...

Amethyst Dreams - A...

Purple Octopus Cuff...

Color Explodes Bead...

Moons of Nebula OOA...

'Moss and the Maiden' by BlushingMermaid

A meeting with fairies and critters

Dragonfly Paper Cha...

Mermaiden Yarn Fall...

Emerald Tree Boa Ne...


Les doux et durs So...

Cicada Aqua-Blue Br...

Long and Leafy Scar...

Isn't she lovel...

Leaves - tiered art...

Bi Color smoky lemo...


2 Sterling Silver L...

Merino Silk Distres...

Cedric the Beetle

Felted black/green ...


'I' Not a Baby Anymore, But I Want to Wear a Bib.' by Brashke

As seen on

White Butterflies &...

Piled on Messy Chai...

Lace Bib Necklace w...

Reserved for Donna ...

Just A Piece Of Sky...

Ezzaexclusive Rhine...

Perfect Beaded Blac...

AUSTIN- statement b...

Impressive Crochet ...

Fringe with a Touch...

Metallic sequined a...

Jessica agate and l...

ZeMis Y Mother of P...

Vulcan Bib Necklace

Late Train Blues Ne...

'Feel the sun on your face......smell the fresh spring air!' by apocketofposies

This is a team treasury for the Flowers and Romance Lovers Team and the Bohemian Lovers Team! Thank you to the TPT for your constant and amazing support!

Italian Flower Cand...

Spring light- fine ...

HARVEST Fabric Cuff...

Light peach flower ...

Yellow Halter Top S...

Soft Sunny Anemone ...

Ready to ship MIMOS...

Fairy Lanterns, one...

Easter egg - Hand E...

Green Leaf Earrings...

Original Fine Art P...

Alphonse Mucha - Bi...

Soft Hand Made Leat...

Message in A Bottle...

StayGoldMaryRose - ...


'Midnight' by lilliputloft

Curated by Vicki

8x10 Matted Print -...

Midnight Sky Earrin...

Midnight Ride

Moody Midnight Purp...

Midnight Reflection...


The Midnight Trees ...

Midnight And Dark T...

Midnight Sky Handma...

Midnight Ring - Sap...

Midnight Masquerade...

Midnight Orchestra ...

Midnight Kisses 10 ...

Compact Mirror Midn...

Midnight Blue . Bra...

Water By Moonlight ...