Rock-head

I’m ecstatic to report that I started on the home-stretch of my distance education studies  with Gemological Institute of America (GIA) yesterday! I’m very close to becoming an official, accredited Rock-head! So far, I’ve really enjoyed GIA’s distance ed format–it’s been interesting, informative and everything presented has been done so …

Sunday Motivation Blues

It’s an incredibly dreary Sunday today–very rainy and dark. My motivation is completely shot, and after attempting various artistic projects (including working on my wax birdie sculptures that I mentioned earlier this week), I’ve decided that I’m at an artistic impasse, for at least today. The painting I’ve recently started …

Black as ____.

My first gemology-related post ties in so well with my love of history (!!!)….I first had heard of Jet as a melancholically romantic black-clad teenager reading Shakespeare; “Black, forsooth, coal-black as jet…” and was intrigued by the thought of whatever this mysterious material could be that black itself was likened …

Bookshelf

The bookshelf closed! Technically, it’s a mahogany “chiffonier” from the 1860’s. The sweet little stuffed beast sitting atop is Beatrice, a one-of-a-kind creation by Monster Factory. As a typical collector momentarily between residences, not having daily access to the majority of my stuff is beyond annoying. However, the silver lining …

Waxing

    Of all the creative things that I do, working with waxes for the purpose of casting is my favourite. My jeweller’s bench has been in storage for the past two years, so it’s exciting to anticipate it’s renaissance with the onset of some new wax projects. Depending on …

Henna Hair Spa Day

About every six weeks or so, I indulge myself in a spa day, the primary focus being to dye my hair with henna! I’ve been dying my mousy locks black for many years now, but found that chemical, commercial dyes were just not cutting it for a number of reasons. …

Happy Summer Solstice

My premier post falls on the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the solar year! Coincidentally, I also just finished a painting which echoes some mid-summer magic, so I’m pleased to post it! At 14″ x 11″, it’s just a little guy, but I love to work on …