Thursday, January 26, 2012

Metal Clay Today Design Challenge.

 Metal Clay Today magazine has posted online the entries to their "Chains, Links, and other Connectors" challenge.  It will be a two part vote this time.  Entries will be judged and voted on by a jury, and the pubic is also asked to vote for their favorite.  Below are photos of my entry.  Read all about it and vote at Metal Clay Today.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CADEAUX CACHES Gift Shop in Fairhope, Alabama

I have a new shop that I am consigning my fine silver jewelry with in Fairhope, Alabama.  It's name is Cadeaux Caches.  It's a wonderful shop with lots of different types of merchandise.  They also have lots of nautical gifts.  That's why I decided to give my fine silver jewelry a try with them.  They are located at  337 Fairhope Avenue, right next to the BB&T bank.  The owner, Donna, is a wonderful lady who treats all her customers and visitors with such grace that it makes you feel glad to be there.  Here are some photos that I took the last time I was there:

Here's my little display (Please ignor the terrible photo).  If you would like to read about the construction of the large oval nautical pendant (second from the left), I wrote a post during construction with in-process photos here.

They even sell "Pretty Tools" brand tools for women.  All kinds of every basic tool you can imagine with enameled flowers all over them.

And they are ready for Mardi Gras! 

I have to say that my photos don't really do the shop justice.  I took them during a quick impromptu visit while in the area.  There is so much to see and such variety.  All types of local artisan wares as well as fair trade items.  She even sells some gem stones.  I got a very nice lapis stone the last time I was there that I plan on setting in a metal clay piece later.  There are some unique gifts there that you won't find any where else.  She even sells some beautiful seashells.  You know, the kind that you can never really find intact on the beach.  In fact, I made the silver nautical pendant  from molds that I made using some really cool seashells I got from there.  

One of the great things about Cadeaux Caches is the location.  It's right on the main street in Fairhope where you will find all kinds awesome places to shop and eat and stroll.  I can't wait to go back and try out another resturant!

Some other places where you can see my jewelry locally:

Mac and DD's Emporium, Dauphin island, Alabama
The Gingerbread House, Semmes, Alabama

And, I have a shop online at Etsy called Life Art Designs.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Your Own Special Songs

Allow yourself to be yourself. If you don’t want what the world says you should want, have the courage to say so.
Your greatest opportunities for making a difference in this world flow from your unique perspective. Explore, strengthen, celebrate and express that perspective every chance you get.
It’s not a matter of being different just to be different. It’s a matter of being honest with yourself and others about who you truly are.
You have your own special songs to sing. Sing them with passion, just because it feels so right.
What the world tells you is to be like everybody else. What the world needs is for you to be you.
Give to life the unique beauty of your own special making. Allow yourself to feel how good it feels, and to see what a positive difference the real you can make for everyone.

— Ralph Marston