Friday, September 26, 2008

I've Made It Front Page

I made it to the Etsy.com homepage this afternoon, it is a mystery where this treasury came from, I believe Etsy admin created it and it's a secret. I've also read that these secret treasuries could be a creation from admin or that it is featured in the Storque. Nevertheless, check out these warm delicious items to bring in the fall season. My "A Fallen Acorn" necklace was featured in this mystery treasury. I hope you enjoy!

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

RED Wednesdays

RED Wednesdays starts next week! Don't miss out on this new promotion starting Wednesday, October 1st, it's a great way to start that holiday shopping we all dread. It's easy as 1,2,3. Just stop by redheart13.etsy.com every Wednesday to get this special discount of buying one piece of jewelry and getting the 2nd half off. It can only be used on jewelry items but there is no limit on your purchase. Just look for our special promotional banner for the friendly reminder each week!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Dead Are Coming Alive

I wanted to share my latest painting, well a piece that has been in the works for several months now. I introduce Stitched Sally Mae from my Skeleton Krew Collection. I admired this plain jane for her simple beauty and gave her a lovely name to match her eyes. She will be featured at my upcoming art show Oct 3rd at the Opera DE Studios in Wilmington, DE. She still needs to some touching up on her hair and eyes but her sad soul is slowly coming alive.

I  bought her from this local antique store I frequent every now and than. When I first brought her home, I had to hide it from my husband Bruce, he is so superstitious, worrying about bringing attached spirits into our house. Nevertheless, I decided to make her part of the of my ever growing Skeleton Krew family . I'm fascinated with the idea that these people in my paintings could have already died and now I am bringing out there soul and attaching a story of death matched with sorrow. Recently I've been really drawn to the emotions of mourning, how one's mind goes through stages of loss and memories that remind us of one an other. That is one common ground between individual's souls and the loss of life between one an other. 

Here are some images of my process, I currently just finished the third stage, which I will have one more to make her complete. She is a large antique photograph, roughly 18" x 24" and came in a black wooden frame with antique glass. I started appling black gouache paint to build her face and to bring out her skeleton frame. I'm no expert on fine art or anatomical drawing but I think I'm slowing capturing something more, a feeling of mourning. A feeling that we all have experienced in our life, and the questions we ask upon growing older and our machines slowly down moving closer to death.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

New Jewelry Arriving Soon!

RH13 has some new arrivals come Oct, here are two exclusive pieces that will be coming to my shop end of October. They were shown at the Opera DE Studios for the Art Loop in September and will be shown at my next art show Oct 3rd. There are about 5-8 pieces that haven't been released yet, here are two samples that are just divine. The first is called Royal Armor, a ruby beaded chain with a vintage pendant crest. The second are cute Dew Drop earrings with vintage flower bead caps matched with citrus glass beads. Please stay tuned for some more samples from my upcoming art show. Please stop by RH13 later tonight, I have some new creations for all.

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Arthropodal Insect Lab

Who ever though there was a connection between invertebrate creatures and mechanical watches? Well one day Mike Libby, the creator of Insect Lab found a dead intact beetle, after locating an old wristwatch  and thinking how the beetle operated  and looked similar to this mechanical device, he then decided to combine the two together into a cybernetic sculpture. He uses everything from beetles to butterflies to scorpions. Each piece is unique and adorned with a shadow box or antique bell jar. 
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Music Box Chimes

It is another chapter of my life, since the passing of my grandmother. September 1st was her birthday and I didn't realize it until the 2nd. She would have been 97, but passed away last December. I've moved on with grieving and am in a more happier time of my life. A funny thing happened the morning of her birthday, which I didn't understand until now, it was a sign from my sweet Sarah Elizabeth. 

September 1st, about 12:30 a.m., I was up fidgeting about in my living room, I was home alone passing time until I had to go pick up Bruce, my husband. I was down stairs in the living room with all the lights off except a lamp, it was very quiet and still. 

Then for about 10 seconds I heard what sounded like music box chimes coming from a distant The kind of magical sound that comes from a little ballerina spinning on it's tipi toes. I was really confused at the time because I have one on a shelf upstairs, but there was no way I could of heard it; and someone would of had to wind it up. Chills went up my arms, and tickled me, I wasn't frightened but was more calm than anything.

A day passed, the moment was forgotten until yesterday when I was talking to a friend of mine who's birthday is on Oct 1st. I then realized I forgot her birthday. A little spark went off in my noggin, maybe the noise was a whisper from her. She loved music boxes and collected a ton of them for every season, displaying them on her cradenza insisting no one touched them except for her grand-daughter. I would wind them up for her, and we'd listen to the chimes twinkle away.

I feel special because maybe she smiled at me; a sign from her saying she is ok. A little woman with a big heart, she was my queen!

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