Thursday, January 24, 2019

Made by hand - Jasper Red and Turquoise Earth Pendant
These stones will make you fall in love with the earth all over again! The largest piece of jasper has deep rich veins of red and white woven in the polished stone. That stone is accented with on jasper bead and one turquoise howlite bead. A small, clear crystal dangles from the end.

This hand made, original, one-of-a-kind pendant will be sent in a specially - designed protective package.

63/37 silver, pewter and lead solder was used on this creation and there is an enamel coating over the solder to protect the wearer and the metal. The solder has been treated with a patina before sealing to accent the textures which have been sanded down to a nice smooth finish, making it soft and pleasant to hold and touch.

This link will take you to ebay where this item is for sale...

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Victorian Artifacts

These are from yesterdays' Historic Home tour in Brenham with the #HoustonPhotowalkers. Most of these were set at f/8, 1/45 sec at ISO 800. I like "Low Key Minimalist" shots but sometimes I get carried away forget to change the settings for brighter rooms. This was so much fun. Lots of mood! High resolutions are available.
         Irish folk legends warn that you should always empty the dirty bath water in every room before going to bed, otherwise you might invite unwanted spirits into your home.

 This was sepia toned for effect.

 This was NOT sepia toned. This is color from the actual lighting in the room. (Do you see why I like low key/low exposure, semi-silhouettes?)

Guilt bronze and crystal lamp. You can actually see where the gold leaf has worn away.

There are lots of patterns in a Victorian Home.

 This is an abstract/inside view of a chandelier.

           Hand-made Lace was a big part of the Victorian era. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Asymmetrical Design

Sometimes it's nice to shake things up a bit with asymmetrical design. This is a design that is balanced diagonally instead of vertically or horizontally. Elements are not reflected on both sides and quite often there is a 'tail' or trailer that adds additional interest to the piece. 

This Blue Glass eye seated inside a mirror triangle with a copper eyelid was created into an old-style 'eye of providence.' 
Below the Triangular eye, hangs a polished mother of pearl shell piece and a hematite bead. Hematite is a mineral that polished like a stone and has a rich charcoal color. It is THE stone for protection and warding off any negativity. The mirror symbolically reflects back any thoughts the viewer might have towards its wearer, making this one incredibly protective amulet to wear every day
This hand made, original, one-of-a-kind pendant will be sent in a specially - designed protective package.
There is a short leather cord for this particular pendant which means it looks good on both men and women.

This pendant is listed on ebay (another site) here:

Friday, May 25, 2018

Blackberry Tea - The Fruits of My Own Labor

I use a small coffee pot when I brew my herbal and fruit teas. I keep an extra coffee pot on my counter just for this purpose. I never put coffee in this one pot so it is not stained with old grinds and bad smells. You can use coffee filters to stop the berries from staining your filter cup because blackberries emit the richest red syrup.
I add honey that I bought from a local farmer to the pot of tea even though it's already naturally sweet.
If you use honey from your region, it helps you fight allergies by building up an immunity to the pollen that the bees are gathering in their hives. It really helps me on spring mornings when I wake up sneezing.
With a handful of berries like the picture shown above, I can usually get about 2 - 1 quart pots of tea. After the tea cools, I pour the fresh blackberry tea into plastic bottles for freezing. It's important to only fill the bottles 3/4ths full otherwise it will expand when frozen and distort the bottle.
It's hot here in south Texas so I carry a frozen bottle of herbal or fruit tea every day. It melts slowly while I'm driving so it's important to keep a cooler or towel around the bottom of the bottle.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Almost Summer

It's almost summertime. Students are studying for finals. Shorts and T shirts are dominating the clothes isles at stores. Hotels are offering early bird specials. I can't wait to dip my feet in the sand! 

this image is available on ebay:

Monday, April 2, 2018

Dot Art

Here is the ebay link to the listed painting:

I've been so inspired by all the mandalas posted on the internet. I love the use of the circle in all forms of art. This is similar to the ancient technique that the Aboriginees use in their art. It is also similar to pointillism that some of the post impressionists use to define optical color. The subject matter is similar to folk art in the sense that almost anything goes: abstract to graphic to realistic, landscapes to iconography to still life. The possibilities with a new technique can be endless!

I spent many hours just experimenting with different color schemes and designs so I actually finished the frame before the actual painting.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Two Sides

There Are At Least Two Sides to Every Story
Get in the system before you judge anything. This might be hard to do depending on the system but even a little research can help you ‘see’ inside the system. Too many people are looking at new laws being introduced into our system as atrocious before seeing what they are addressing. Too many people are protesting laws that are being discarded with the same ignorance. The worst part is when they get a little taste of what the other ‘group’ is dealing with, they become radical in their support without looking at the other side.
I live in the "most international county" in the United States and I love the international feel. I do know things were a lot ‘less equal’ for me and a lot of people who fit my category before my city became so international.
I do not agree with some of the international attitudes projected on my neighborhood and the city. People in other groups, whether it be social class, cultural class, gender class, working class or any other, should walk in the shoes of those who serve in this society before judging the laws that effect them. So many times I hear celebrities endorsing a law, attitude or movement without seeing it from all sides. This is the equivalent of not thinking before you speak. We need to look at all sides of every story before making a decision.