Thursday, September 20, 2012

Silver Reactions

I have been experimenting a bit again with different fusing techniques after my studio cleaning adventure that I have yet to finish. I did finish the pot melt pendants...they were so ugly...I didn't even take pictures.

I did try a cool tip from Bullseye glass on chemical reactions using pure silver. The glass is actually vanilla and the colors you see are a reaction with the oxides in the glass and silver. I was blown away...they turned out so cool...what do you think?

On The Homefront...
No good news to share on my son-in-law ...looks like another treatment is failing he's having liver problems because of all the chemo...and it looks like the stem cell transplants are out. They are now looking at some other options and now qualify for some we will see...please pray for him!!!

The weather is turning a little cooler here and there is a hint of fall in the air. We are actually going to get down close to freezing this weekend. I did get beets and carrots  planted in the garden hopefully I can keep them alive till they're ready. I had read an article on people in northern states like me gardening till I am giving it a go. We started some pots outside with zuchinni and beans that I will bring in when it gets colder. I also found a tutorial on making a hydroponic window garden using 2 liter bottles, pvc pipe, and a fish tank pump...I'm hoping to get to it soon.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

New gallery & New upcycled jewelry designs ..Verde Eco Boutique in Mequon Wisconsin.

Yesterday was such a great day! I had an appointment yesterday with a shop in Mequon Wis. called Verde Eco-Boutique. My glass designs and New upcycled jewelry line are now featured there.
As you may know I have been working on a 100% recycled line of jewelry using materials from my hubby’s e-cycling adventure. I thought this shop would be a perfect fit!
They are community based and eco friendly with a big emphasis on the helping the little guy. The boutique carries local artists' crafts (with an emphasis on upcycled), eco-friendly retail, and resale items.
I met with the owner Nancy. She is the visionary behind Verde Eco-boutique and a self admitted character.  Being a character myself we hit it off right away!
My hubby made some great display cards for my upcycled jewelry and he also came along. He loved the store and the direction they are going. He is just as excited as I am. We both think that Nancy has some great ideas and an eye towards the future and Verde Eco Boutique.

Afterwards we drove around mequon...John showed me some of the buildings he had worked on, the quarry's and we stopped and had lunch at this great little hamburger place called Roberts. We hit a few yard sales on the way home I found some beautiful antique floor lamps and a super cool metal coat rack, and a very cool solid brass picture frame with oval glass...they all just need a little TLC...I'll post before and afters soon.

Here's a couple of my upcycled designs.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Proud Mom Moment