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February 16, 2013

Liam is super excited to have is raw materials organized.

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Liam is super excited to have is raw materials organized.

We’re spending a bit of time in the studio at Liam’s mom’s in Ishpeming, MI, this winter. Liam now has a room in the basement solely dedicated to his china bits. This is going to make production much easier.

February 10, 2013

I’m next door to the Miniature Garden Shoppe at the Wisconsin Garden Expo.

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I'm next door to the Miniature Garden Shoppe at the Wisconsin Garden Expo.

Spent the weekend in Madison, WI, checking out the very popular Garden Expo. The show gets traffic, and we made sure to showcase our floral shards.

December 8, 2012

No shoes or tie until this show is open.

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No shoes or tie until this show is open.

We’re at the One of a Kind Show in Chicago this week, and I’m afraid the looooong hours of the show leave me savoring every moment when I’m NOT in my tie and shoes. http://oneofakindshowchicago.com/

December 2, 2012

Would you look at that… one of our pieces of Belleek is now on display in the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago.

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Would you look at that... one of our pieces of Belleek is now on display in the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago.

It’s quite an honor… here’s more about it.

November 30, 2012

Just finished my Celtic jewelry display for the Chicago Irish Cultural Center Bazaar on Sunday.

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Just finished my Celtic jewelry display for the Chicago Irish Cultural Center Bazaar on Sunday.

Gotta keep things fresh.

November 16, 2012

A Sweet Neighborhood

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Location, location, location. On the art show circuit, it can mean specific placement at a show, but sometimes it’s all about the neighborhood.

We’ve had a lot of great neighbors over the years… and a few not so nice ones. We were lucky enough to have Sabine, a fragrance designer next to us at two shows this month. She’s such a sweetheart… and her product smells wonderful. www.s-poncet.com

September 17, 2012

And the Winner Is…

And the Winner Is…

Woo-hoo 1st Place Ribbon!!!

We were bummed when our potter friend Eileen told us she wouldn’t be our neighbor at the Wo Zha Wa Days Art Fair in Wisconsin Dells… we always have a lot of laughs with her as our neighbor.

On the bright side… her booth space was available. Although she was right next door to us, her spot was a bit more level and a quite a bit more visible than our usual location. Lucky for us, we were able to slide in to her booth and enjoy some unbelievably gorgeous weather all weekend long.

Imagine my surprise when things were made even more pleasant when I brought home a first place ribbon in the jewelry category… which came with a cash away as well 🙂

September 6, 2012

Catch Us if You Can

Catch Us if You Can

On the farm in Ireland.

What have Liam and I been up to the last few months? Well, a little of this, a little of that.

We started a new website
And that turned into an iPhone app
Then we went to Ireland and took lots of pictures
Which only let to taking even more pictures
Then we came home…
Then we did some shows…
Then we had a leprechaun walk into our booth at Milwaukee Irish Fest…
And through it all we’ve been working on the new collection of shard jewelry.

You know, the usual stuff.

Now, we’re starting our traveling art show season which will take us to Chicago, Milwaukee, Central Wisconsin, St Louis (MO), Bethlehem (PA)… and that’s just the month of September, but I think we’ll manage.

Hope to see you at an art show soon.

May 6, 2012

In Love with Oklahoma City

In Love with Oklahoma City
Packed!!! Love the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts.

Packed and fun!!! This was pretty much the vibe all six days of the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts.

 

Some places stay off the radar. For me, that was the case with Oklahoma City… I had driven through it at least five times in the last three years, but never took the time to stop.

Little did I know… hidden away in the crossroads of the USA, there’s a vibrant city where cool, friendly people hang out. Even with construction within sight of every crosswalk in the city center, OKC was looking good. New buildings, new businesses, old businesses done up, a beautiful memorial, an enchanted botanical garden, even a canal!

But the thing that won me over the most… the warm welcome we received at the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts. I know it’s silly to speak in absolutes, but these were truly the friendliest people I’ve ever met… and that’s a pretty tall order considering we had just experienced an amazing welcome in Baton Rouge.

My fingers are crossed that I’ll be invited back to the festival next year… and even if I’m not, I’m definitely stopping in again!

Here are a few snapshots from our time there… we were keeping pretty busy, so didn’t take all that many pictures…

April 9, 2012

Found at the Sea Shore

Found at the Sea Shore
Liam finds chanies on the Waterford coast

Scavenging for 'chanies' in Ireland.

 

Each summer I scavenge the beaches in Ireland, in search of “chanies.” Those are little bits of broken dishes and glass that wash ashore… often from English shipwrecks in the Irish Sea.

This week, we settled in at an RV park in Shulenberg, Texas, and I was able to put my creativity to good work. I’ve turned 25 “chanies” into shard jewelry. They’re quite a joy to work with… delicate shapes, antique patterns and colors, loads of history.

My favorite piece didn’t come from broken dish. Instead, it’s a combination of a Virgin Mary statue I found at Annestown in County Waterford and an oyster shell from Brittas Bay in County Dublin.

A peek at those “chanies” I worked on…