My Sketchbook

Monday, December 7, 2015

This month's theme for our blog carnival is about what inspired us in 2015 and how it came through in our work. Did you take a trip, workshop, etc. that really influenced your designs this year?

This year was full of experimenting for me. I started with enamels last year, and this year I feel like I've had a lot of interesting things happening in my work. My daughter started participating in the creation of the pieces. She discovered she liked the jeweler's saw, which was a blessing, because it's not one of my favorite tools, so we come up with ideas and designs, she saws and files, I do the enameling and we both do painting enamels. 

Check out what other EtsyMetal members are saying about their inspiration this year:

Saturday, September 26, 2015

I'm so very late for this month's Etsymetal Blog Carnival, but I was without Internet access for almost 2 weeks. I apologize for the delay, but here it is:

It is time for the Etsy Metal blog carnival. This months topic is "Back to School" What are some of the new things or techniques you have added to your work.

Well, there is definitely a new technique I have been obsessing with over the last few months. Enamel! I have been sifting, painting, stenciling, and doing some sgrafitto. I bought an excellent book by Linda Darty "The Art of Enameling", with detailed explanations, samples, and project ideas. I tried a few techniques, and experimented with my own. I have finally found a process that I feel original and truly from within. I'm having so much fun with it. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Etsy Metal Blog Carnival

It’s time once again for the monthly EtsyMetal Team Blog Carnival! This month we are showing a pictorial article of just a few of our favorite things. I am a lucky woman. I'm blessed with a good, happy life that I enjoy very much, surrounded by people I love. For that I am very grateful. 

This blog carnival is a great way to get to know our members. Please click on other members blog links at the bottom of this article.

My husband and the fresh milk that he milks every morning
My daughter and granddaughter
My son, the guitar player

My son the percussionist
My horses (I LOVE horses!)
My friends
My goddaughter 
Dancing the tango


Live music


Tea served by my granddaughter
My granddaughter enjoying a walk on the garden

My poppies

My vegetable garden

Christmas in the summer

A nap on the hammock

My Fretz hammer

My job

Artichokes from my garden
The color of the sky right before or after a storm

The Caribbean

Sleeping in a hut overlooking the caribbean 

My granddaughter's paintings

The butterflies and other wildlife in my garden

The flowers in my garden

Weeds in the field

Organic crops from my vegetable garden

1. Rebecca Bogan:
2. Anne Walker:
3.Andrea Ring:
4. Debbie Ritchie
5. Laura Jane Bouton
6. Peggy Foy
7. 2Roses:
8. Cynthia Del Giudice:
9. Beth Cyr:


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