Friday, February 12, 2010

New Work Shipped! And Happy (Belated) New Year!!!

It's hard to believe that it's already February and that we're "snowed in" yet again!!!

The quick update is that we had a truly wonderful Christmas filled with Love and Fun and a wonderful Family visit!  Unfortunately as soon as everyone returned home we both got sick.  As in nasty yucky incapable of doing much of anything sick.  It wasn't much fun, but we did rest and sleep a lot, and we took lots of naps.  (Lets just say that we were both so sick that neither of us was online enough to keep up with our email!)  We pampered ourselves.  And now, almost six weeks later we are finally about back to normal!

We haven't been completely idle.  As we began to recover we were able to finish some of the new designs that we've been so excited by!  So now we are (finally) posting again and have even began to (finally) update our Guild members' webpage too!

We were supposed to go to Gatlinburg this last Tuesday, for the Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival's committee meeting.  Which was the third or fourth time in a row that we were foiled by the weather!  And now we have even more snow coming down again right now!

Since we weren't able to make the trip (again!) we shipped our newest pieces to Laurel, at Arrowcraft.  It's not as much fun as being there and getting to share our new work with her for the first time but it will have to do for now.

I know these photos aren't that good, but they are the only ones that we have!  It turns out that the lens was a little smeary and I had left a normal flourescent light on, so not only are they a little out of focus but the colors aren't quite right.  So, here are some of our first pieces of the year, and our first post of this year!

Cycles of Time
The rings of Cycles of Time are individually handmade and are all free moving.  The Rhodolite Garnet is set in a 4 prong mount and the Boulder Opal is set in a handmade bezel.  The Garnet bead at one end of the handmade chain isn't visible in this view.

Eye of the Night
Eye of the Night was inspired by this spectacular deep deep blue Labadorite.

Meteorite was inspired by this really cool Australian Tiger Iron.  The Citrine compliments it perfectly!  (And I have to admit that we have been watching, and greatly enjoying, "Meteorite Men"!  It might just be time for us to make a pendant or two using the pieces of the Gibeon Meteorite that we have  .  .  .  .  .  .  )

Spring Rain
This unusual green Labadorite inspired us to make Spring Rain after we saw the first tips of our daffodils pushing up through the Winter ground!  Spring is coming!!!

I had trouble with the photo of the second Falling Water pendant (which was also shipped to Arrowcraft) so we don't have one to share with you.  Which is a shame, because that Starry Jasper really is that special a stone!

The Falling Water series is our newest exploration of Ridgelines design ideas and motiffs that we are really excited about.  (And yes, we still have two more flasks of other brand new prototypes invested and waiting for a warm enough day for me to cast.  I'm well and raring to go on them!!!  If only the weather will let up!)

It started snowing at 2 this afternoon now, at 6, we have had at least an inch of snow with more coming down in that particular hard plummeting to the ground way.  The forecast is only calling for one to three inches by the morning.