Monday, August 31, 2009

What I'm working on

Stones like candy in bezels. Waiting to be made into earrings and such.

This pendant is finally resolved. I spent a lot of time on it and ended up changing it twice! It will have an opal clam in the middle and little stones at the bottom.

I am loving this pendant!

These will be rings and pendants in my Collage style.

This pendant will have a beautiful turquoise cab in the middle with coral set in the smaller spaces. I need to finish it because this doesn't do it justice!

I have a lot going on over here! Oh, and my sweet husband learned to cut discs for me this weekend and saved me at least an hour and a half of my precious time.
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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Camping on the Guadalupe!

Okay, this is what people do on the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, Texas! This picture is from a website that has info on the river conditions and was taken mid summer. I'm hoping the crowds won't be this crazy on weekdays after labor day! I keep talking about how excited I am to float the river and Frank keeps reminding me that due to the MAJOR drought in Central Texas there may not be much water in the Guadalupe. Well, I am hoping for the best and will be checking this website often over the next couple of weeks! I haven't floated the Guadalupe since childhood, and am sure looking forward to it.

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And the winner is....

Via a random number generator....
Suzanne, is the lucky winner of the Mable Clutch by Kim Grassie of Tiny Hearts. Suzanne (Suzi to me) is my childhood friend with whom I have reconnected on Facebook. Uh oh, now I'm going to have to seriously dig up some old school photos to post on here. You better watch out Suzi! Congratulations, I love this purse and hope you do too. Stay tuned to see who won my earrings over at Kim's blog.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Last Chance for blog giveaways!

Sign up today for a chance to win a Mable Clutch from Tiny Hearts and a pair of my Industrial Hoops! Don't miss this great opportunity. Follow the links to sign up for both today. Winners will be announced tomorrow.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Texas Metal Arts

I'm in production mode here getting ready for Texas Metal Arts. This is the show that was to be my biggest show to date last year, but was canceled due to hurricane Ike! I am really looking forward to it. The show is held in beautiful Gruene, Texas and we will be camping on the Guadalupe River. Hopefully there is water in the river as I certainly want to swim and float. If you don't hear from me much in the next two weeks you know where I am.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Etsy Metal Charm Swap 4

In typical Ashley fashion I procrastinated making my charms for the current Etsy Metal Charm Swap (#4). I mostly couldn't decide what to make, and went through at least 5 different ideas before settling on a version of my Segmented Saucer pieces. I settled on this idea Monday morning and by 10Pm had finished all 22 charms. Is that impressive production work? I'm not really sure how quickly most people work, but I impressed myself! If you want to see sneak peeks of some other members charms check the Etsy Metal blog for more info.
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Why thank you!

Thanks to the curators of the three lovely treasuries for including my work! Dorothy Domingo, Traci Dawn 78 and Just Charming.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Another chance to win!

Kim of Tiny Hearts Designs is also having a giveaway on her blog! You have a chance to win a pair of my Industrial Hoops pictured above! Head over now to sign up.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Win a Wonderful Mable Clutch from TinyHearts!

My friend Kim Grassie, the lady behind Tiny Hearts has generously offered one of her Mable Clutches as a prize for one of my lucky readers! I have known Kim since college and was so happy to see her fabulous handbags on Etsy. The aesthetic of Kim's bags is decidedly urban, she is a New York gal after all! I love her choice of solid fabrics, and the way they show off the lovely structures of her designs. All of the pattens for Tiny Hearts bags are original and designed by Kim.

About the Mable Clutch:

You carry your giant bag all week long. You love it because it carries your life but let's get real: it's GIANT and HEAVY.

Introducing the MABLE CLUTCH / wristlet. Come home on Friday, take your essentials out of your purse (keys, wallet, phone and chapstick cause what else do we really need?) put them in Mable clutch, wrap it around your wrist and HAVE A CAREFREE WEEKEND!

**Rules: You must be a follower of my blog to enter. If you are already a follower just leave a comment on this post and you are done. If you are not yet a follower, become one using the little widget on the right side of the blog and then comment here, letting me know that you are a new follower. It is super easy and you have a chance to win this lovely bag. The winner will be chosen at random on Friday.

*Bonus- Another chance to win! Kim is running a giveaway on her blog simultaneously of a piece of my jewelry! Please go check it out and enter to win.

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Welcome to the World

My sweet little niece with the blanket that I made for her.
I finished the blanket this weekend, finally!
Grandpa toasting the birth of his first grandchild
Princess collage by Jane Ruestmann
Dad with the baby cradle he made, and mom's quilt inside.

I spent the weekend in Austin with my parents welcoming my new niece Karlie Rose. She is so sweet and beautiful and I am so happy she is here. I can't wait to spend more time with her! She is named for my dad, Karl Lee, has lots of pretty dark hair and is just so stinkin' cute.
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Friday, August 21, 2009

Julie and Julia

I took Wednesday off and met mom and her cousin Judy in Southlake to see Julie and Julia. I had actually asked mom if she wanted to see it this past weekend, but she was a step ahead of me and had already made plans. I knew Frank wouldn't want to see it, though I will probably convince him once it comes out on dvd. As I expected it was a wonderful movie. On the drive home I thought a lot about the themes that I took from it and how they apply to my life. To me the movie was really about following your dreams, finishing what you start and enjoying life. While I am probably closer in temperment to Julie Powell, I can strive to be more joyful like Julia Child.

I saw Julia Child once in the Peabody hotel in Memphis!
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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Let the countdown begin....

I just got a big order of silver in today. That is always fun. That sheet of silver is the largest that I have ever had, it is 12" x 6". All I have to say is, I better get to work! I have less than a month now until Texas Metal Arts, and lots on my to do list. Plus, my sister in law's due date is next week, and I will be heading down to Austin with my parents when the baby comes. I will only stay for a day or two, and then back to work.

Check out the beautiful cradle that my dad made for the baby. According to my parents this will be a family heirloom and passed between each grandchild. It is made from locally cut and cured Mesquite and Pecan with some Spalted Pecan. The second picture with the black lines is the Spalted Pecan, which I think is gorgeous. Still more evidence that my dad is the best!

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Eat your veggies

I have found a delicious new way to get in a good serving of vegetables! My friend Christi introduced me to this sandwich while I was in Colorado, and we ate it three times that week. For some reason salads never taste as good to me when I make them at home, but this sandwich is really tasty. Spread cream cheese on toasted bread or rolls, then add sliced avocado, bell pepper, tomato, cucumber and sweet cherry peppers. Mmmm, I'm craving one right now! Is it lunch time yet?
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Art251 turns One!

Today is the one year anniversary of Art251 in Keller. I was in the gallery yesterday to pick up a few pieces of my jewelry and I just love the store and the proprietors. They are friendly, knowledgeable and really support their artists. I am so thrilled to be involved with such a wonderful gallery!

Stop by soon, and take advantage of their anniversary giveaway:

So, to honor this milestone we’d like to offer you a special gift. Come in to art251 between August 19-31, mention the “one year anniversary” to the staff, buy one item, and we’ll give you a free original work of art from our art-o-mat machine.
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360 West Magazine

I am was featured in the August issue of a local magazine called 360 West. In a story about Etsy they used a picture of my Stacked Pebble Ring and wrote a little about me. You can see the digital version here.
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Monday, August 17, 2009

Etsy Front Page!

My Bumpy Bead Pendants made the Etsy front page this evening! I don't think the little thrill that a front page gives me will ever go away.
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More Fort Collins: Swetsville Zoo

Christi and the kids took me to the Swetsville Zoo last weekend. It is a folk art museum of sorts with creatures great and small created out of scrap metal. With lots of dragons, dinosaurs and car parts it definitely appeals to little boys, but all of us girls enjoyed the visit too. The sculptures are spread around a property on the Poudre river in the east side of I-25 with lots of shade trees to keep you cool. I especially liked the rocket ship above made out of all sorts of junk, and the huge wind chimes and other interactive instruments.
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