Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Spring and amazonite

Spring has sprung downunder and so of course it has turned cold. Can’t win, eh!? Nevertheless it really isn’t too chilly and if we got a bit more rain I’m sure things would look lovely and green.

I have the first of my spring shows this weekend – at a private girl’s school a few hours drive away. It is going to necessitate leaving home at 4.30am (EEEK!!!!) and a late night too by the time we drive back. Grandma is on child minding duties and I’m so grateful that she lives nearby and that the children love to stay there!

I’ve been busy making some spring-like creations in preparation for the show – and particularly since I got rather behind in this department with all that reading I was doing last week! Thankfully the muse came and stayed for a decent visit and things went well!

The photo above is a new piece – isn’t the colour just glorious? It’s bright and breezy and to me just says hot, summer days. The wonderful teal-blue gemstone is Peruvian Amazonite. Amazonite varies in colour depending on its source – the stone just called ‘Amazonite’ is a much paler version and the Russian Amazonite is more green. I read a great origin story on Peruvian Amazonite that says the stone was considered a gift from Copacati the Inca goddess of the lake.

One of the reasons I love to read other people’s blogs (yes, I’m slightly addicted) is to see not just what people think, but to get an insight into their world – particularly if they are located far away from me.

One blog I’ve recently found is Yana, who is a decoupage artist in Greece. She recently mentioned a case of varnishing small quantities of items and leaving them on her verandah to dry. Her neighbours are understandably curious and had to ask what she was doing. Fortunately the enquiry led to a sale and Yana is now somewhat disappointed she doesn’t have more nosy neighbours that can see her patio!

A few weeks ago I mentioned Rae Ann’s blog Critical Mass – I just had to laugh at her most recent entry when she relates the story of hanging a shade blind in her house. She sounds a very capable woman, but oh my, things weren’t going her way on this occasion!

I also like to check out what other artisans get up to. There’s something about this piece made by Joella of Always Wired that struck a chord with me – I think it is the almost ‘princess’ nature, sparkly and colourful - something my 8 year old girls would adore … not that they’d be getting close to this valuable item!

OK, better get back to preparing for this show – I seem rather disorganized at the moment!

Till next


Stacie said...

I don't like early mornings. This morning I was up at 4 AM. That's way to early for me. LOL I love the soft blueish color. Your right it calls out summer! Good Luck at your private showing!

Jennifer said...

I think the Amazonite is spectacular! Very pretty for Spring!

Theta Mom said...

You are so right! I am addicted to blogging, too because I find it fascinating how other people live throughout all different parts of the world! Connecting with people across continents like we are dong right now! Love it!
BTW, that piece is PERFECT for Spring!

permanentcloud said...

VERY pretty!

it was funny though that everyone is talking spring and summer over threw me entirely since we are getting ready for fall over here in NY! lol! still, beautiful and it reminds me of sunny days... :)

Mandee said...

Oh I love the color! It is a very stunning piece, as always! You do make beautiful jewelry! :) Good luck at the show. I do hope all goes well and you have a good time! :)

Brittany at Mommy Words said...

Ugh mornings are tough! That Amazonite is GORGEOUS! I would definitely wear it for Fall over here! I wish you the best at the show - how exciting!

Anonymous said...

I love that amozonite!!

i am blogaddicted too i!


Veronica Lee said...

WOW!! The Amazonite is, well, amazing!!

LOL, I'm equally addicted to blogging.

Unknown said...

Oh, I'm an addict. I LOVE this site, you make me want to shop!

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

Just beautiful! Good luck on your show!

LOL...I am addicted to blogs, too. It is so much fun to look into other people's lives all around the world.

shabbyscraps said...

oh my goodness! I have just been looking over your creations, they are scrumptous!
xoxo, Tiffany

ChezChani said...

Ahhhhhhh beautiful colour!!

Anonymous said...

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I am Harriet said...

Hi Annette.
Thanks for stopping by my blog on a regular basis to say hello.
I'm loving that necklace you posted here.
Take care.

Bobbypin Bandit said...

I love this color. It reminds me of the ocean and a certain type of calm. Very wonderful choice!

ickle kids said...

I love the colours you have used - definitely very spring!!

Hope you're well Annette. I've been MIA but hopefully back with a vengence!! Just been crazily busy with moving house, renovations etc. Business going well so all well my end. What about you?

Anonymous said...

Amazing color!! Love that piece!!

I read your blog all the time, but don't comment as often as I used to. However, today when I got my daughter's b-day supplies in the mail, I had to drop you a line. Her b-day theme is "down under"!! LOL

Have a good one, Annette!!

Unknown said...

A very pretty look for spring1


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