Flashback Friday - The Birth of a Custom Jewelry Design - Giraffe

"Giraffe" was really the only direction I had for this custom jewelry order. Oh, and also that giraffes have the biggest heart of land livning animals.

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I did know I wanted to design something simple and graphic. These were my initial idea sketches and below is the finished piece, hand sculpted in fine silver.
Not too far from my starting point which illustrates what I generally find...my first gut feelings are usually the right direction to go.

New Beginnings - Craft Your Future

There will come a time 
when you believe everything is finished.

That will be the beginning.

- Louis L'Amour

Flashback Friday - ASID Casita Showhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona

This was a really interesting job I did back when I lived in Scottsdale.

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The ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) created a designer showhouse at a historic Scottsdale, Arizona hotel...transforming the individual casista into one of a kind showplaces. Designers bid for the opportunity to create a special space.

Three designers that I worked with on a regular basis were chosen to participate and so my handi-work was sprinkled throughout this project.

This was a section of one casita I did some decorative painting in.
For the walls, I aged and washed them with color. I hand cut custom stencils inspired by the fabric choices and used them around the bed room room and in the bath room. Then I painted a mural on wood planks which was used as a headboard.

I also gave the ceiling a splash of color in a cobalt blue and aged the wood beams.

With recent snow storms here in New England...this looks like a cozy place to snuggle up.


"Out of clutter, find simplicity. 
From discord, find harmony. 
In the middle of difficulty, find opportunity."

- A. Einstein