Mar 29, 2014

FOL14 - Week 13 - Eye Level

It's week 13 for the Focus on Life 2014 Weekly Photography Challenge and Sally over at The Studio Sublime has given us the theme of

"Checking Out" for the month of March.
 
 
"For the last Saturday of March, we're going to check out what's going on at eye level.
From where you stand, sit, kneel or lay, take a look around at your surroundings and capture what's at eye level."
 
I was going to snap a photo of my computer screen for the prompt this week because, lately, it's what's at 'eye-level' every single day as I work on analytical data review.
 
But, I thought that would be rather boring
for you all to see, so,....
 
I had lunch out on the patio one day
and this is what was at eye level.
 
Well, it was at eye-level as I leaned back in my chair to enjoy the scene. :-)
 
 
And then one night this week, Mike and I walked over to the neighbor's and had cocktails by his negative-edge pool and watched the sunset.
 
This is what was at eye level
as I sat in one of the comfy chairs.
 
 
 
 
Of course I had to include a photo
of a sunset (or sunrise), right?
 
(today's my birthday, so I'm allowed!)
 

This is really 'eye-level'. You can't tell where the pool ends and the lake begins. I love that!
 
 
 
Please pop over and see what every one else captured at eye level this week.
 
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Eye Level Beauty!
Cheers,
~Shel~

Mar 23, 2014

Skulls, Crosses, Peace Signs and Pearls! Oh My!!

I was able to sit and create for a bit this weekend and it was pure BLISS!!
 
Having fun w/photo edits of my productive and 'knotty' weekend bliss!
 
 
Working with the hubby in our business we own and run together on a full time basis has kept me away from creating as much as I'd like this year, but it has given me the chance to step back, slow down and take stock of a few things, jewelry business wise, and that's been really nice.
 
A while back my friend, Kim, requested one of my leather knotted necklaces with some rather large ringed pearls she knew I had in my possession. 
 
I finally finished it and shipped it off to her, but of course I spaced out getting a photo.
 
I know,...seriously. No photo. Not even a snapshot with my phone for goodness sakes!
 
So, being the sweetheart (and wonderful designer, instructor and fellow GIA Alumni!) that she is, she took some shots for me so I'd have one.
 
Pearl Necklace - Michelle Buettner, Button Clasp - Green Girl Studios
Photo Credit - Kim Hatzold
 
Thank you so much my friend! 
 
 
On another note, my hubby has been having a ton of fun in the garage melting and pouring pewter for a new line of crosses, skulls and peace signs.
 
 
Original Wax Mold - Stephen Elliott, Pewter Skull - Mike Buettner
 
 
Here's a couple of pieces that, if I get the chance next weekend, I will be 'Pearlizing'.
 
 
Skulls, Crosses and Pearls! Oh, My!
 
 
Yep, my word.
 
'Pearlizing' - Adding pearls to a design so they can be considered 'pearlized'.
(another one of my words!).  
 
If it's not 'Pearlized'
it's not worth wearin'! 
 
This is my new slogan. Like it?
 
Just kidding,...designs don't have to have pearls in them to be worth wearing (gasp!!), but it does make them (IMHO) more appealing.  (Wink, Wink!)
 
 
Hand Knotted Freshwater Cultured Pearls, Hand Poured Pewter Coptic Cross
and Handcrafted Sterling Silver Hook Clasp (MiShel Designs)
 
 
So now that Spring has sprung, (hopefully it's not still snowing where you are!!) what is it that you're enjoying?
 
 
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Nuggets, Antique Buffalo Nickel Button,
and Hand Poured Pewter Peace Sign. (MiShel Designs)
 
 
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Pearls, Baby!! 
(And Skulls, Crosses and Peace Signs!)
Cheers,
~Shel~

Mar 22, 2014

FOL14 - Expression

It's week 12 for the Focus on Life 2014 Weekly Photography Challenge and Sally over at The Studio Sublime has given us the theme of
"Checking Out" for the month of March.
 
This week's prompt was:
 
Expression
 
"Whether is is someone by themselves, interacting with others or (this is always the best) the way they interact with their animals;  the way a person expresses themselves is always so interesting.  This week we are checking out expression.   There are many definitions of expression and it doesn't have to be a capture of the face."
 
 
So, I captured two snapshots of Mike.
 
One of him working in the garage on some pewter skulls for me.
 
 
 
 
 
And, one of him helping me with
my apple pie crust.
 
 
 
 
A very 'serious' expression in both
pics if you ask me.
 
 
But, then I thought of these two silly kids.
 
 
 
My son and his girlfriend - what a cute and funny couple!

 
Yep. They make me smile!
 
 
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Expression Fun!
Cheers,
~Shel~
 

Mar 21, 2014

We're All Ears - March Reveal

The lovely creative gals over at Earrings Everyday are running a monthly earring design challenge focused on a specific piece of artwork each month and for March, this was the wonderful piece that was chosen to inspire us all ~
 
Beatrix Potter - The Tailor of Gloucester
 
Beatrix Potter's, The Tailor of Gloucester
 
Oh indeed!!  I know they mentioned it over on the blog the day they put up the challenge, but yes, as a child I too was drawn into many Beatrix Potter stories by her amazing artwork.
 
I believe she is the reason I am not afraid of mice and think they are beyond cute and believe that all animals in the forest have the coolest of little homes tucked away in a tree somewhere! 
 
Here's  my (late to the party today) post for the
 
The minute I saw the picture, I could think of nothing else but pink ribbon and cord with some wood beads, rose quartz and of course, pearls.
 
 
 
 
I hope you'll take a moment to check out all the other participants from the "We're All Ears" monthly challenge and see their lovely pieces created with the inspiring artwork of  Beatrix Potter's, The Tailor of Gloucester's picture.
 
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Childhood Memories!
Cheers,
~Shel~

Mar 19, 2014

March Merriment! (And some Aquamarine and Pearls!)

March in the Arizona desert is one of my favorite months because the weather is usually so amazing!



The citrus trees are blooming and smell fantastic, the birds are singing extra 'pretty' and the sky seems to burst each day with colorful sunrises and sunsets.




 
 
I have several family members and friends who have birthdays in March and it's my birthday month too,
so March is special to me.

Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March
and it's one of my favorite stones.


 
 
Each year during the Tucson Gem Shows in February I try to snatch up a few of these precious gems and then create something for my birthday as my gift to myself.
(I know, kinda weird, but that's just me!)
 
This is what I created this year. 


Hand-knotted faceted Aquamarine nugget focal with faceted Aquamarine roundelles,
faceted Labradorite rounds and freshwater cultured Pearls. Handcrafted
sterling silver hook clasp.
 
 
It's an asymmetrical, hand knotted necklace and bracelet with pearls (of course), aquamarine and labradorite. There's also a piece of ancient Roman Glass (love this!!) from Happy Mango Beads thrown into the bracelet mix.


Hand-knotted faceted Aquamarine nugget and roundelles, faceted Labradorite rounds,
freshwater cultured Pearls and ancient Roman glass from Happy Mango Beads.
Handcrafted sterling silver hook clasp.
 
 
The pieces aren't totally 'matchy-matchy' but they're still similar enough to be what I would call a 'set'  
 
It's a bit unusual, but I like that!
 
I love reading about gemstone lore and learning the metaphysical properties of the stones I'm wearing or using to create jewelry. 
 
I feel the energy in the different stones brings the piece to life, so to speak, and gives it an inner meaning that speaks to the wearer, offering up a sense of protection, guidance or clarity to things.
 
 
Here's some of the metaphysical properties and folklore of the stones within this set:
 
Aquamarine: It is said to be the 'stone of sailors', as they believed it would protect them on the water.  
 
The Romans used it for diseases of the stomach and also believed it could alleviate or cure liver and throat problems. 
 
Aquamarine represents Courage, peace, balance, preparedness, purification self-expression and intuition.
 
PearlsThe mystic properties of pearls lend them to be associated mostly with women and they are known as the ultimate gemstone for feminine energy.

Pearls are said to represent purity, faith, loyalty, truth, integrity, fertility, charity, innocence, spirituality and wisdom (to name a few things).

Some cultures use pearls as a way of helping women to connect with their “inner goddesses” and pearls are believed to help you focus, keep you centered and to give the wearer a sense of calmness.
 
Labradorite:  It is believe to be a stone of transformation that protects you through change by reducing stress and providing clarity, insight, patience, peace and sense of good timing, while increasing intuition, mental illumination and helping with subconscious issues.
 
One of my niece's and I used to call Labradorite, 'fish-stone', because we thought that its color and iridescence was like that of some fish scales.

Which makes it perfect (in my opinion) to pair with pearls and aquamarine.
 
You know, other 'water-stones'.  (grin!)

Do you have something special you do for yourself for your birthday or during your birthday month?

I'm curious.

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Aquamarine,...with Pearls, of course!
Cheers,
~Shel~





 
 
 
 
 





Mar 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Get Your Green on!! 
 


Have a safe and happy
St. Patrick's Day!
 
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Goin' Green!
Cheers,
~Shel~

Mar 15, 2014

FOL14 - Week 11 - Beauty All Around

It's week 11 for the Focus on Life 2014 Weekly Photography Challenge and Sally over at The Studio Sublime has given us the theme of

"Checking Out" for the month of March.
 
This week's prompt is:

 
 
Beauty All Around
 
You've all seen the sunrises and sunsets I've been posting lately, which would have been super for this week's prompt, but I'll spare you yet another one!
 
I was out walking in the neighborhood keeping a keen eye out for something to photograph that would embrace this prompt.
  
This was some of the
beauty I found all around.


Pretty flowers outside our subdivision


And, even more.


Beautiful Bougainvilleas

 
 
Okay - so I couldn't resist.
 
Here's another sunset.


Friday Night's Sunset Over the Big Lake
(sorry I couldn't make it bigger w/out it running off the page!)



And here's a duck landing on the water, too!

  
 

 
 
Please go check out the "Beauty All Around" that everyone else found this week, won't you?
 
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Beauty All Around!
Cheers,
~Shel~
 
 
 

Mar 7, 2014

FOL14 - Week 10 - The BIG Picture

It's week 10 for the Focus on Life 2014 Weekly Photography Challenge and Sally over at The Studio Sublime has given us the theme of
"Checking Out" for the month of March.
 
 
 
This week's prompt is:
 
The BIG Picture
 
"As for this week, we are expanding what we are 'checking out' and looking at the BIG picture!"
 
I have a hard time with getting these types of pics to turn out the way the I want them to.
 
 


Click to enlarge - you'll be happy you did! :-)
 
 

 
These photos might not have been exactly what Sally meant with her prompt, but I did try a few different things this week, including trying to read the online manual for both my cameras.  (grrr,.....)
 
Well, after not having much success with that whole thing, I grabbed my phone and snapped the beauty around us while we were on a little walk about the neighborhood the other night.
 
 
 
 
 
I also captured this sunrise one morning with the 'panorama' setting on my phone.

 
 
click to enlarge
 
I'm a bit obsessed with sunrises and sunsets - as you can see.

I'm sure you're getting bored with them lately,....especially if you follow me on Facebook or over on Instagram.

But hey, I'm having fun and enjoying each moment I capture!


 
 
 
I looked. I focused.
I held my breath.
I clicked.



I captured what I found beautiful.
 
 
This one I used an edit on and then put a frame on it - but it still looks pretty much
the way the sunrise did. Except for the green glowing houses across the lake. :-)
 
 
I never thought in a million years that I'd say this but,...
I think my phone camera might be a better camera than either of my actual cameras.
 
Well, except for the macro shots I get w/my Lumix.
Those can be pretty awesome. 
 
So, I wonder what 'big' pictures everyone else captured this week?
 
Let's have a look, shall we?
 
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Getting the Big Picture!
Cheers,
~Shel~