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Waste not…

Over the years I have found a variety of beautiful antique and vintage Sterling spoons and forks. My favorite are the highly detailed floral designs from the Art Nouveau era. I enjoy repurposing them into jewelry pieces, creating several keepsake pieces from loved one’s silverware.

Because I often only use the handle, I am left with the bowl of the spoon or the tines of the fork. Many these are just as ornate as their handles. It would be a shame to let them go to waste…

Left: antique gold washed Sterling spoon with Sterling rose Right: antique Sterling spoon with amethyst

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Summer Show Schedule

BUFFALO STYLE GARDEN ART SALE

June 25 & 26 Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

https://www.gardensbuffaloniagara.com/buffalo-style-garden-art-sale

HAMBURG GARDEN WALK

July 9 & 10 Memorial Park

http://hamburggardenwalk.com/index.html

ARTISAN MARKET

July 16 Reinstein Woods

https://reinsteinwoods.org/events/artisan-market/

GLEN PARK ART FESTIVAL

July 30 & 31 Glen Park

https://www.glenparkartfest.com/

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Two Fundraisers on the Same Day (and only one of me!)

I have never in my years as an artist double-booked myself at shows.

Saturday, April 2, presented me with 2 opportunities to sell my work. Since both are fundraisers, I wanted to support both schools.

My wonderful daughter & her daughter stepped in to lend a hand! They will be “woman-ing” my table at one show while I work the other!

Cleveland Hill High School, 105 Maple Road, Cheektowaga, NY 9-1

Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, NY 9-3

The weather prediction is sunny and mid 40’s- a good day to support local high school fundraisers! Thank You!

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Winter Creations…

While my gardens sleep under their blanket of snow, I am still inspired to create Sterling Clay leaves!

I only have two indoor plants at the moment- a large coleus I dug up last fall and a small primrose from my local market. Thought I might try another type of leaf to imbed in the clay. Inspiration struck as I was eating my spinach salad! Why should flowers have all the fun?

My latest batch of Sterling Clay leaves

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Fall inspiration…

Although I have no shows scheduled for the foreseeable future, I feel inspired each day to continue creating.

One of my favorite new discoveries is called MetalMagic- a truly fun way to transform garden leaves into wearable Sterling silver pendants.

Small leaves pressed onto the thinly rolled clay are kiln-fired to 1600 degrees Fahrenheit for 60-90 minutes. This allows the binder to burn away, leaving the silver, which is .960 pure -slightly higher than Sterling. Upon removal from the cooled kiln, I clean, oxidize, and polish the silver leaves.

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Inspired by Nature…

I will be sharing my one of a kind handmade jewelry and decorative pottery at Lockwood’s Greenhouses on September 12.

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Pets Alive WNY Fundraiser

I will be among the many local artists and vendors helping Pets Alive WNY (7007 Campbell Blvd. in Pendleton) celebrate their anniversary on Sunday, July 26 11-3!

https://facebook.com/events/s/anniversary-lawn-fete/554413892177243/?ti=icl

These are some of my pet-themed items- free gift with each purchase!
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Garden Inspired…

Under normal circumstances I would be preparing for The Buffalo-Style Garden Art Show held at the Buffalo & Erie county Botanical Gardens.

Here are a few items I created with them in mind…

Although this and many other wonderful summer shows are cancelled this year, I hope to be exhibiting my work later this year. In the meantime, be well and enjoy the summer!

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You’ve Gotta Have Art

My first art show of 2020 is almost here!

You’ve Gotta Have Art 

Saturday March 7 (10-4) & Sunday March 8 (12-4)  Clarence Presbyterian Church, Clarence, NY

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