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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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Reviving Vintage Sterling

It’s no secret that one of the best ways to showcase vintage and antique Sterling jewelry is to simply give it a thorough cleaning!

I have been diving headlong into the Rs this past year and plan on continuing this joyful journey for awhile. My Rs include repairing, restoring, and re-purposing Sterling. 

Adding my personal touch to these neglected (yet brilliantly designed) pieces gives me tremendous pleasure and sense of accomplishment.  I adore the sheer weight and impeccable quality these solid beauties possess! 

These gorgeous Danecraft, Beau, and Jewelart Sterling items were created to be cherished, worn, and passed on through the generations.  My hope is to share them with others, so they too, can appreciate these fine pieces of metallic art. 

But first, they need a bath!

restored Sterling

PS: My first shows of the year are in March- full spring schedule available soon!

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Final Holiday Market at Hotel Henry 12/22

Looking for one of a kind handmade gifts this holiday season? Do you collect unique restored or re-purposed vintage Sterling silver jewelry? 

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I am very excited to announce I will be participating in each (12/1-12/22) of Hotel Henry’s Holiday Markets!

From their page on Facebook: The Holiday Market at Hotel Henry is back for another season, and with that comes four opportunities to enjoy 100 Acres’ ingredient-focused brunch menu as you Explore Buffalo’s premier holiday market experience.

(Open to all for shopping amazing local artisans- please see their site for brunch reservation info!)

As a local artist, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude & let you know how much your support means to me…               

Hope to see you soon!!!

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November Holiday Shows

I will be exhibiting many items including my handmade raku-fired leaves, horse hair pottery, restored and re-purposed vintage Sterling jewelry at two shows in November:

Saturday, November 16   St. Paul’s Holiday Bazaar (9-2) 4007 Main Street, Eggertsville, NY   

Sunday, November 17  St. Andrew’s Holiday Gift Show (9-3) 1525 Sheridan Drive, Kenmore, NY

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Vintage & Antique Sterling…

Having fun re-purposing, repairing & restoring vintage and antique Sterling!

October Show Schedule: 
Clarence Chamber of Commerce Women In Business Conference *October 16 8:30- 2:30 Samuel’s Grande Manor https://www.facebook.com/clarencechamberofcommerce/
Sweet Home High School Dollars for Scholars Fundraiser *October 19 9-3 https://sweethomeschools.org/SHSHS/Events/9819-DO-Dollars-for-Scholars-Craft-Fair-Basket-Raffle.html
Bryant & Stratton College Wellness Fair *October 22 10-1 (more info to follow) Getzville Campus

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Lockwood’s Greenhouses Fall Festival

I will be exhibiting my handmade raku fired pottery leaves along with my unique re-purposed vintage Sterling and handmade glass jewelry at Lockwood’s Fall Festival– Saturday, September 7 from 9-4.

 

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More fun with vintage Sterling…

I found this very interesting (and substantial) vintage Sterling cuff bracelet online. I was a bit disappointed when I received it. Although it wasn’t terribly expensive, considering the solid Sterling is 5.75 inches long and over an inch wide, I didn’t care for the color of the stone and noticed the setting was incorrectly soldered and crooked! 

So thanks to my trusty bench grinder and favorite ball-peen hammer, I was able to transform and create a distinct new piece.  A touch more polishing and it’s good to go!!

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My next show is the Glen Park Art Festival on July 27 and 28 from 10-5

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What’s old is new again!

For awhile now I have been collecting vintage Sterling jewelry pieces to re-purpose into new designs. Pins and earrings become rings or pendants. Some need a bit of work -grinding off the old broken pin from a brooch or removing the screw back earring findings and smoothing the back. Sometimes I add my handmade fused glass to the new piece just for a bit of sparkle.  And everything gets a bath!!

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