Monday, November 10, 2008

New Ideas

Sometimes as I sit idly in my studio, just moving things around, waiting for inspiration to strike, believe it or not, inspiration actually strikes! Then I become so single minded that I will not rest until I can see before me the thing that I'm seeing in my head. Here you can see it too (and buy at my etsy shop it if you love it as much as I do)!

Thursday, August 28, 2008


So, yeah, another MONTH gone by without going near the blog. I'll keep trying. I promise.

I've been really wanting to treat myself to something pretty, and I think this might be it. What do you think, would it glamorize my very work-roughened hands? It think it looks like something a mermaid would wear.

Speaking of mermaids, I think i have finally decided what to do with my tattoo. Ages ago I had this very intricate
Celtic piece done on my back. It was lovely, a six inch circle between my shoulder blades. Well, over the years it has faded and blurred into a giant grey dot. It really bums me out, but I could never decide on a worthy cover-up. But I have it now. I am going to get a mermaid tattoo! If you know me well, you know this is the right thing, as I am in the water everyday. I now need to figure out the design; even the style I want to go for is up in the air. I do know that it needs to be a fresh-water mermaid, because I am more lake than ocean. I've been browsing Etsy for lovely mermaids. Here are a few of my favorites:

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New Shop!

I am so excited to announce the opening of my new Etsy shop, The Hourglass. This shop will feature only custom products; tiny boxes with your artwork encased in glass, simple pendants with a photo of your child...what ever you would like preserved in glass.Engagement ring presentation box. Each of the four sides and the top will have a different photo of the happy couple. The bottom will have a message, custom to the couple. The beautiful ring in the box is mine, made by aprilwaoka.
I was not sure if I should just add these new, different, items to my neile shop, but I decided to give them their own space. Neile is all about me and what I create because I can't help it. The Hourglass will be all about the customer, and how I can make items for them to preserve their special memories. I hope I made the right decision. If you are thinking of opening a second shop, stay tuned. I'll be discussing the pros and cons of running two shops as things move along.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Suburban New Jersey

Proof of New Jersey's bear problem:This guy is sauntering away this morning after he climbed a tree to take down my bird feeder. We finally got the feeder to be squirrel-proof, now we have to make it bear-proof.

I didn't get a very good photo, so here are a few bears by wonderful Etsy artists.

The Bear Facts by altardbeast.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

New Designs!

I love working with the butterflies, I love their organic shape, and I usually let that direct my design...But, I've been feeling a bit restless (not quite uninspired) and decided to play around with some different designs and shapes. Here is a little bit about my process: Paper patterns glued to the glass and cut to the exact size. Ignore the needs-to-be-replaced work surface.
The butterfly wings are trimmed to size and sandwiched in the glass with copper foil.
The pieces laid out, and ready to be soldered. I purchased a few beautiful green amethyst briolettes from a lovely Etsy seller, JenniferCasadyGems. I'm determined to find a way to incorporate more pretty stones.

The finished product. I really love it. It seems a bit dressier and more elegant than my usual work. I am so excited to explore these ideas further...and to keep shopping for beautiful faceted gems! I'm tempted to keep it, but for now it is for sale here.

Friday, June 13, 2008


I live in a wonderful lake community in New Jersey. Many of the older homes are this amazing lake style; very 'Adirondack', large stone fireplaces, exposed beams, log cabins. Most of them were small, though, and they are almost all being re-built. Fortunately most homeowners here renovate with respect for the tradition and style of the lake.I was commissioned by one of these homeowners with an awesome lakefront log cabin. A new room was added on to the front of the house leaving two openings where doors used to be. She wanted stained glass windows to fill those spaces. The client requested something in the Art Deco or Arts and Crafts style. She was thinking abstract, but in out initial meeting she sort of lingered on the idea of evergreens being part of the design. I worked on some sketches, trying to incorporate the Deco and the trees. It stumped me for a while, but I know that if I just keep sketching, I'll eventually come up with something:
Well, I finally got the design worked out, and that's when Murphy's Law kicked in. I really shouldn't say that yet as I am still working on the windows and much can still go wrong, but these windows have really been a saga for me. Every custom piece comes with it's own issues and challenges. With this project, those issues just seem larger because the windows are so large (and my studio is not)! And I'm still waiting for some back ordered lead...

I'm being a bit of a whiner, but really I LOVE these windows. I'm so happy with the design, and I'm using some special and beautiful glass. I'm so happy with the way they are coming out, I'm just impatient to see them in their new, lovely lakefront home.
And when they are finally installed, I'm going to have them professionally photographed! I found a great photographer on Etsy who live right here in my town. Robert Socha does great work and these windows will deserve something better than my crappy photography.

Thursday, May 29, 2008


I just found the most amazing blog. This chick is totally OBSESSED with rings. If you have a few hours (or days) to kill, check out The Carrot Box to see the largest catalogue of the craziest rings on the internet. She inspired me to find the wildest, most creative rings on Etsy. Here are my picks. I want them all.
"The cage encases a sterling silver flower. It has been painted with nail varnish. The point of using nail varnish, is so the ring can be colour co-ordinated with your chosen colour on the day. Then simply paint over it, when you change your colour again." Holy cow! Available at the awesome chrisparry etsy shop. Articulating Talon Ring, made of Sterling Silver and BrassSterling silver ring, veneered with walnut. I might actually buy this one.
Sterling silver, flamed worked and blown glass. One of a kind. At Nanopod.
Yeah, this one might me mine one day too. From boundearth.
Ring inspired by the geodesic domes of Buckminster Fuller and the growth of triangulated structures in nature such as ice and crystals. From KarenAnnDicken.
Mating Earthworm Cocktail Ring
Patchwork textile ring by kjoo.