Super Fancy Royal Wedding April 30, 2011 I have the wedding and all the appropriate accompaniments on the DVR but haven’t settled in to watch. It seems like a Sunday morning kind of thing. Inspired by all the super fancy outfits and pictures I made these pieces with some gorgeous quartz (pink and silver). The pink has gold plated findings and is strung on pink silk thread. The silver is all sterling with some matching earrings. They’ll be perfect for all of our formal occasions – or our trip to Vegas in a couple of weeks. Lame Friday Update April 23, 2011 This is another gemstone necklace I made a week or so ago. I’m loving the simple necklaces and how the stones warm up through the day. Admittedly, these stones are a little bigger than usual and it got a little heavy by the end of the day. I still love it and can’t wait to figure out how to layer it with a few more pieces since it may be too subtle on it’s own. 🙂 This one I finished this week and it has a matching pair of earrings. The rosary connector is a locket which also happens to be connected to a locket just in case you might need a few options for carrying favorite photos around. This one should eventually make it’s way into the Etsy shop but I’ve been busy and kind of lazy. I’m a little overwhelmed at my 22 item to do list for this weekend and I just remembered I need to add grocery shopping to it. Ugh. I think it’s time to curl up in bed and read until tomorrow. Happy Friday! Fort Worth’s Main Street Arts Festival 2011 April 18, 2011 The husband knows it’s a little rocky at work right now so to take my mind off of it he volunteered to take me to the Fort Worth Main Street Art Festival. I’ve gone a few times before and it’s always fabulous. I always want to move afterwards to a place that has tons of wall space and square footage for gallery walls. Me as a happy art camper. I even dressed in a reasonable fashion with white t-shirt (usually wear black and bake in the sun), sunscreen in lotion and make-up along with hat to protect head from sunburn along with forehead and nose. I saw these pieces and immediately wished for an extra $10k hanging around so I could take one, or two, home with me. These were incredible in person. The artist is Aaron Hequembourg and I’m already planning to start an art piggy bank for one of his pieces along with that house that was previously mentioned. I’d need it since some of them are huge. This little guy, which was pretty large as well, is adorable and has such a great expression especially for a metal sculpture. I think this one would fit in the backyard but not necessarily the car. You can have one of these fabulous sculptures for a measly $25k and a huge truck for transport. The pieces had more than a few folks mesmerized. I fell hard for these pieces. The artist, Micheal Paul Cole, creates a plaster background on a wood canvas and mounts a photograph (not digital but actual film and dark room image) on the piece. He also made the frame out of maple. In fact, I loved this one so much it’s now hanging on my living room wall! I got a few more pieces that I’ll have to put in future posts since they’re unframed prints and it’s dark to take an image at this point. Also, I’d like them to be framed to truly show them off. I also picked up a few gifts. Buying directly from the artist is my favorite way to shop. People get one of a kind gifts and I get to support artists I really admire and respect who are trying to make a living doing what they love. Puppies, unicorns and glitter for everyone! And because the husband is such a sport, I took him for burgers over at Tim Love’s Love Shack. Burger with what I believe to be the perfect bottom bun with a finger hold for adding condiments. Burger Love… sigh. Seriously, this place was fabulous and the outside setting is gorgeous. The sky was the perfect Texas blue sky with a breeze and mild temps. Heaven on a patio. If you find yourself in Fort Worth with a burger hankering run over to try it out. I promise, it’s fantastic! In case you didn’t believe me, blue skies. The red (neon), white building and blue sky are the perfect red, white, and blue combo. I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. Back in the Saddle April 14, 2011 source It’s been a rough few weeks but I’m finally on the mend. I had been having a lot of issues as I start new meds, stop some old ones and then hope for the best. In the process of it all I started feeling incredibly exhausted. It went on for a few weeks then a couple of weeks ago, on a Friday, I got the full on cough and sinus congestion. Hubby wanted to take me to the doctor right away but I felt stupid seeing as how I was sick for only a few days but finally on Monday we went… pneumonia and a sinus infection so not so silly. A full week at home doing nothing but napping and taking meds finally got me back to the land of the living and then another week and a half and I’m starting to feel pretty good. I’ve even managed some fun jewelry projects and a little baking. Hopefully, I’ll be back to regular blogging and I’m working on a summer project list. I’m determined to embrace the summer, even the heat here in Texas, and have fun a la summer vacation! Hope everyone’s having a great week and I am off to snuggle with the family and watch lots of reality TV.