Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Salt Shaker Pendants - Now available at LibertyTown!

My salt shaker pendants are now available at the LibertyTown Emporium. They are made from repurposed individual salt shakers, pearls, crystals and vintage jewelry. The bottom unscrews so that you may store a little message or a tiny treasure inside.

This one has a sewing theme, for the quilter, seamstress or fabric artist in your life.

This one features a rhinestone lizard and emerald green Swarovski crystals.

This is a piece of my tiny tea jewelry. The tablecloth is a tiny piece of tatted lace, which I added seed beads and crystals to. The tea table is a vintage sterling silver individual salt shaker. The charms at the bottom are forks, knives and spoons surrounding a little cream pitcher. The overall size is just under 3 inches. Perfect for a pendant, or an ornament. The small round doilies that I bought on Sunday will become tablecloths.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sunday Yard Sale Bounty

I had the good fortune to drive past a sign advertising a Sunday Yard Sale at a time when I didn't have any family members in the car with me to moan and groan about having to stop. This is what I found:
This is an announcement about two women attorneys joining a Washington, D.C. law firm. They are the Misses Emma E. Harris and Alice M. Perazzi. I would love to know what year this was. The photo below was in the same envelope. I wonder if this could be Miss Emma or Miss Alice, or if they just happened to live in the same envelope together. The woman who sold them to me didn't know.
I also found all of this gorgeous tatted lace. The smallest round doilies will be used to make some of my tiny tea jewelry. The tiny perfume bottles will be individually wrapped and tucked into my daughter's Christmas stocking. She loves tiny things as much as I do.
Now this is the part that will make you wish you had been with me: I got everything for $7. I've already had seven dollars' worth of fun photographing it!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CD Packaging Design, Leslie Brier, Brier Design

Okay, part of the reason that I posted the poochables last week is because I've been so busy with graphic design that I haven't spent much time in the studio.

Actually, I've spent a little time in the studio, but nothing is quite finshed yet. I'm almost there on three different pieces, so I'll post those soon.

In the meantime, I'd like to introduce you to Anthony Ashur, recording artist. He just completed his fifth piano solo cd, titled "In God We Trust". This one features patriotic music including "America the Beautiful", "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "By Dawn's Early Light", a musical paraphrase of the Star Spangled Banner written by Tony.

I've been honored to design all five of his piano solo cd packages. This is the newest cover:

The recording will be available for sale next week. I can't wait for my copy to come! If you'd like to find out more about Tony and his music, visit

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Cavalier Love - Leslie Brier, Brier Design

We are enjoying one of the most beautiful shows of fall color that we've had in a long time. I thought this would be a good time to introduce you to our cavalier king charles spaniels, Marilyn Merlot and Brigitte Bordeaux.

They love to go out and run in the leaves. Sometimes they blend in so well that it's hard to see them when I first look out into the yard!

This is Merlot. She's three years old, but already acts like a little old lady. She loves her naps, and loves to cuddle. She is extremely laid back, and doesn't even bark when someone comes to the door. She does bark at the evil squirrels and kitties that sometimes come into her backyard territory however!
This is Bordeaux. She just turned two, but is stil full of puppy energy! She runs everywhere, because walking just takes too darn long. She spends a good part of her day pawing at me and then looking longingly at the treat jar. In the world of dog shows, her white markings would be considered a fault, but I think they are beautiful.

Both of my girls are great companions for me. They sit at my feet when I'm at the computer, and nap nearby when I'm in the studio. And a game of fetch is always a good remedy for artist's block. They have brought so much joy to our family.