Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rich Red and White....

I'm using this image for my Holiday package tabs. I love the rich red going on here with the bright white and Mickey is pretty cute too!

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Fun Day at the Annual Holiday Sale at the Umlauf Gallery

A good time was had by all on Saturday, as I'm sure you can tell by the photos. Rudolph was there to greet customers, there were lots of treats, and wine and hot apple cider. Faithful customer Amy Higgason stopped  by and had her photo taken with Rudolph, aka Hans Delius the resident woodworker.  His ice cream scoops are the best  and there are still a few left if you need one for christmas.

Rodd's used paint pallettes which are  really rectangles of glass seem like paintings all on their own. And have you ever seen so many varieties of the color green ? And that's not counting all the colors that can be mixed to provide just the right shade he might need for one of his paintings.

Hans wife Linda brought a couple friends in and I do believe they had quite the good time!

Rodd gets to hold the bowl for the drawing , but Rudolph gets to pick of course!

Looking over the many Ring Bowls and trying to decide just which one, can take awhile. Good thing there was wine to help make the decision!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday Sale at the Umlauf Gallery....

This Saturday is the annual Holiday Sale at the Rodd Umlauf Gallery in Lake Tomahawk. The sale runs from 11:00 am to 5 pm. It's a great way for us artist buddies to get together and ring in the Christmas season, not to mention, offering our wares for sale. There will be refreshments, music, and conversation with artists. This season, gallery owner Rodd Umlauf will have paintings, cards, and maybe some talk on his new book which is finally at the publishers. Hans Delius has beautifully turned wooden bowls from woods I never even knew existed. He might even be persuaded to tell you what Christmas in Germany is like. And I'll be there with a few new things that might hopefully dazzle you. Like this pair of earrings in a glass called Cirrus. It has a milky sort of soft opalescent appearance. They are suspended in medium length Sterling wires with an olive band around the center. 

This double strand of olive Freshwater Pearls has a simple dangle of a Lamp Work silver plum disk bead with a Fine Silver center disk that has been patina'd to a light gold. The three ring bail is hand made as well from fused Fine Silver rings to match. The clasp is a gold-plated sterling toggle. There are also single drop pearls with wires to match the clasp for earrings.

There is a selection of wine stoppers, one of which you see here, in Lime green with creamy blue silvered glass shards, and a Murrini on each side. The black one has already sold at a previous show. (Thank you Renee').
Here is the perfect chance to support the community in which you live, buy local, and be proud to say "I support my local artists!"

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Rhinelander Downtown Open House

Buyers browse  our festive table and Jackie stands at the ready to answer any and all questions. And that's me behind the lens. Thanks to all who stopped by and bought local!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Downtown Rhinelander Open House....

This coming Friday Nov. 19, is Downtown Rhinelander's Open House. Many businesses will have their doors open with special events, treats, and some with special Artists. I'll be at Frasier's Showplace Interiors along with my fellow artist Jackie Pavlow for an evening of fun, fabulous jewelry, and friendship. I will have my Lampwork Bead  and Fine Silver jewelry, and Jackie will have her famous bracelet cuffs with wool felting and sewn ribbon. The fun starts at 4:00 and goes till 7:00. We even have a little something for a drawing , but I'm not going to tell you , you'll just have to come in and see. The photos are of a few things that I will have there. A pair of Lampwork bead earrings with Sterling Silver triangle beads. 

And something new......wait for it....a fancy way to stir your drinks that no bar should be without, Swizzle Sticks!

A pendant with glass bead , silver stringer, and blue murrini, and Fine Silver charm on a rubber cord. Come see us for some Fun , Friendship, and oh YES Fabulous jewelry! To see more photos click on the Facebook link at the top right of the page.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Few Photos for some Clients....

And you'll know who you are! Remember you can click on the photo to enlarge it.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Custom Earrings for Anna...

A couple pair of earrings I made up to match a special bracelet and necklace for a customer. The large white freshwater pearls match a bracelet I posted awhile back. The beads below  are actually made from a dark topaz and then fully engulfed in silver leaf. The  next layer is a glass frit which is then encased in clear, which makes the frit spread to the edges, resulting in the bead below. This pair also has a clear Austrian crystal. Remember to click on the image to enlarge it.

Monday, September 27, 2010

More Bayfield photos I couldn't fit in the first time...

I asked a friend, Marianne, who is married to a Frenchman and lives in Spain, for the correct translation here, thinking it would simply be Dog House, but wanting to make sure I had my French terms correct. Technically it should be Maison du Chien. It needed the correct article. The way it is here (Maison) implies something that is homemade or cooked.......in other words "Homecooked Dog"! I had a bit of a laugh at that as I don't think the Orchard owners would ever want to roast their sweet doggie.  Below is the resident "Chein", namely Daisy Mae, the perfect greeter dog for an Apple Orchard.

There was also this spectacular restored truck in what else, but probably candy apple red. The light was so bright and the truck so red that it was nearly impossible to get a good photo, but then I thought this actually shows you how almost neon it was.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Walk Through........

If you hadn't guessed by the photo, I spent a weekend in one of my favorite places, Bayfield, WI. It was such a beautiful day I couldn't resist taking a long walk with my camera, through town.
Right next to where we were staying was the best thing about the Rhum Line Bar....I guess I can"t actually say the best as they boast numerous varieties of Rum , which I haven't tried yet. But for now I think it's best feature is it's cupola and weather vane.

The Ferry takes residents and visitors to the nearby and inhabited Madeline Island, one of the many Apostle Islands group. It's a little like going back in time, as they rely on the Ferry for most things. The Museum there is a must see for more information on Madeline's history.
Waiting patiently outside A Stone's Throw, was Teddy the dog, one of the more likable canines I have encountered on a walk. I would have taken him home in a minute, but I doubt his new owners would ever let him go. A Stones Throw is a wonderful little gift store featuring the pottery of the owner, along with many other things to delight you for an ample amount of time.
Further down the street, and resting in the waters of Lake Superior, are the fishing boats that go out daily and come back with fresh Lake Superior Whitefish or Lake Trout. You can pick up some for your cooler, or sit down to a gourmet meal at the The Wild Rice restaurant. We sometimes do both as they are an equal treat.

The other thing that Bayfield seems to have is "pride of place". Everywhere in the down town area comes to life with an abundance of color. Things grow well here, I don't know how to say it any better. I struggle at home battling deer, bunnies, etc.but the gardens here overflow with multiple varieties of all shapes, sizes, and well planned designs.

 Bayfield is probably best known for it's Orchards and Berry Farms.One of my personal favorites and a Bayfield Regency Conservancy member, is Blue Vista Farm. The wonderful old barn is about as beautiful as they come  and you can see the view is aptly named.  What impresses me most is the towns desire to keep things as they are for many generations to come, to preserve the land as sustainable farms, to limit the "big box" phenomenon to the big city.

Friday, September 24, 2010


 Enjoy a few photos of some recently made earrings that will be bound for the Artistree Gallery in Land O'Lakes on Saturday. A friend and I will be going to Art in the Yard at the Fir Tree Cottage and we're hoping that it will be a nice Fall Color ride up there. After all the rain we just got I'm hoping there will still be leaves on the trees!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The New & Improved ARTISTREE GALLERY....

What a delightful day I had on Wednesday, taking my mother to visit the new digs of The ARTISTREE GALLERY in Land O' Lakes. I can't tell you how surprised I was to walk in the door...speaking of which, in my amazement, I forgot to take a picture of this beautiful arched entry, with an artfully carved wooden door. The hard work of the 20 some artists who make up this group has certainly paid off. Their new home  invites you in to languish in all of it's spaciousness, while you take in all the quality artwork at your leisure. You can even sit a spell and peruse various Art books. The large front windows provide an abundance of natural light, enhancing my stain glass windows, much to my delight. It inspires me to race back to my studio and let those creative juices flow. There is a variety of work being offered here which ranges from Watercolors, Jewelry, Ceramics, Baskets, Quilting, Painting,Weaving, Photography, Hooked Designs and Stained Glass with many variations of all of the above. And no doubt some others I have forgotten. This particular day, weaver and spinner Mary Jackl was working, and you can see her spinning at the bottom of the page. If you get the chance, take a drive to Land O'Lakes and take in this wonderful new space, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Remember to click on any of the photos to enlarge.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Some Heart Shaped Earrings just for Gail...

These photos aren't the greatest, but at least you can get an idea of how they look. The irridescent shard is sometimes difficult to photograph and hard to nail the exact color.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


 The Creative Arts Walk is coming to Rhinelander on Thursday of this week from 5-8 pm. It's an event sponsored by the DownTown Rhinelander Group to further the Arts. They have some ambitious goals but need your support to make them happen. This years event has some added features beside the regular fanfare of Artists. Local restaurants will be offering tastings of their favorite dishes and there'll be some fun things for kids as well. For more info check the their FaceBook page  Downtown Rhinelander, Inc     I have a few new pendants that will be available for the Arts Walk . Pictured here is one with a Fine Silver tiwisted wire bail and Cobalt Lampwork Glass bead with Glass shards and Murrini.
This pendant is suspended on a long rubber cord with a wire work stirrup to hold the Lampwork Glass bead. This bead also has Murrini and Fine Silver mesh and is paired with Freshwater Pearls Sterling beads and Dutch Dogans.And last is a Fine Silver creation with multiple textures and spheres dropped from a Rubber cord. Maybe tomorrow I might have some Earring photos. Check back and see!