I am seeing a lot of my studio lately - getting ready for an art show like St. James Court in Louisville, Kentucky means making new silver jewelry, taking photos of the new jewelry, cleaning and polishing the jewelry, pricing and packing.
This year, I even rethought my booth colors (basically, it had no color in the past, which I thought was elegant and perfect at the time) and had new posters made to hang in the booth....PLUS new business cards and postcards to reflect the new "feel" of the booth.
I love the new colorful booth! It's playful and bold and eye-catching! It's going to be a fun place to be for three days this year in Louisville!
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We will be on the road for 2 back to back art shows starting October 4th in Louisville, Kentucky for the St. James Court Art Show, then on to the Pink Palace Art Show in Memphis, Tennessee the following weekend!
So, I am cleaning and polishing all the silver jewelry, pricing, packing & generally getting everything ready to go.
We are REALLY hoping for cooler weather on this trip -it's been SO HOT here in south Louisiana!!
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A couple of months ago, I picked up this popular book called "Joyful". It was fun to read - a lot of info about what research tells us makes people feel joy. I have forgotten some of the other things, but one thing that stuck with me was the idea of color as a joyful things. The author talks about how we have been taught (or we have just absorbed the idea) that black and other "neutral" colors are more "elegant" and refined and that using or wearing bright colors is somehow garish and "inappropriate".
I am a person who LOVES color. All colors. My closet is full of bright hues of green, blue, pink. Often my favorite clothes are a combination of lots of different colors - a "riot" of color is really what I love. One of the rooms in my house is painted green with purple accents.
But, for years, my jewelry display has been black and white. Oh, sure, I said I used a little red but really it was just a hint of red and only in my logo.
So, this week, I let my inner color lover out. I chose a couple of dramatic colors to use with my jewelry - a wonderful purple-y mauve color and a medium lime green. It is so much warmer, friendly, livier, happier and, yes, more joyful!
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We are leaving soon on a driving trip to California to visit our oldest son and his wife! I am looking forward to this trip for so many reasons - family visit, driving trip, enjoy the beautiful southwest and western US, mostly computer-free, AND....one of my very favorite things to do: we love to go to out of the way places and look for beautiful and unusual rocks!
So I am sitting here with my coffee and one of my favorite rockhounding guide books, planning the drive! Oh, the rocks we'll see!
That silver bracelet is BRAND NEW on the website - it's part of my Jacks Collection, inspired by the game of jacks most of us played as kids. This collection is so much fun to wear and it reminds you of those childhood days everytime you wear it!
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The other day, I was watching a video about something - maybe email marketing or maybe using Pinterest in your business, and the speaker was drinking from an amazingly beautiful black and white coffee mug. I couldn't get that coffee mug out of my head so, when the video ended, I emailed the speaker and told her that I really needed a mug like the one she was using in the video. She told me the artist is Elizabeth Benotti (https://elizabethbenotti.com/) so, now I am the proud owner of one of Elizabeth's mugs! Happy dance!
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Earlier today I was at a local and delicious coffeeshop (www.Lighthouse.coffeebr.com) and saw this very cute little clutch. It's actually a holder for essential oils but, anyway, what I noticed was that this cute little oil holder exactly matches the colors on my website! I just recently added a little (ok, a lot) of color to my website so now I see these colors everywhere I go. I love them - so bright and cheerful!!
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I Where I live in south Louisiana, you just NEVER wear a turtleneck in the summertime. Not ever. Even if the A.C. is blowing cold right down your neck. You just don't do it.
However, here I am in a black turtleneck right in the middle of the hottest part of the summer. Why, you ask? Very good question.
Turns out that silver jewelry just looks great against black. Better than against skin. Better than against almost anything. So, when it was time to take photos of this bracelet, I searched the back of my closet and came up with this black turtleneck, just for the photos.
Tough job but somebody had to do it!
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I was at a craft show last spring and was next to one of my favorite artists and people, Alex Williams of Potsalot Pottery in New Orleans.
I didn't have the right sort of container for my silver stacking rings so I wandered over to Alex's booth and browsed around at his little bowls - found this little piggy bowl and loved it so took it "home" to my booth &, for the rest of the show, my little silver rings lived his this bowl! So cute.
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New white gauzy shirt - perfect for the end of summer AND I got it on a nice sale, too! Win-Win!
It is still so hot here where I am in south Louisiana but, miraculously, we may be getting a brief cool front through in the next few days!
Logically, I know fall is coming but, in the meantime, I'll wear my new gauzy white blouse and enjoy the heat!
The "daisy chain" silver bracelet is available in my online store - you can click here to shop!
You can click here to see the silver stacking rings - they make great thumb rings, too - so comfortable!
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P.S. When you were younger, did you make clover chain jewelry or dandelion chain or even daisy chain jewelry? Let me know in the comments below - I would love to know!
This is my favorite little leather bag. I bought it a long time ago and really thought I paid too much for it but, you know what?
I use this little bag ALL THE TIME.
I am trying to teach myself that it's ok to spend money on myself for things I will LOVE for years and get so much pleasure from. I come from a long line of folks who are very careful with their money but I have decided that life is too short not to enjoy what I do have.
Oh, sure, I'm not going to just throw money around - I don't have that kind of money anyway so even if I wanted to, that's not going to happen.
But for something I love? For something I can't get out of my head even when I walk away and stay away from the thing for awhile? I'm going to buy it for me. And enjoy it every day of my life!
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This is one of my favorite sterling silver bracelets - it's called "rope chain" but it's really a double rope chain - nice and dense but still with plenty of flexibility. Who would want to wear a stiff silver bracelet? Nobody, that's who.
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I love this sweet little hand painted vase by Louisiana potter, Rocky Broome (www.RockysPots.com) I got a beautiful, functional piece of pottery plus a mini painting!! Win Win!
That big silver bracelet is available in my online shop - go here to see it up close!
Remember these little "Viewmaster" toys? You could put those little circle discs in with the tiny slides & see the small scenes in (sort of) 3-D! I think mine was red & I spent lots of hours with it. A magical world before electronics!
Well, I saw this one, with lots of "viewing discs" (I'm not sure what they are actually called....) at a garage sale recently for $15.00 and I didn't buy it. What in the world was I thinking??? Talk about something that would have made me happy everytime I looked at it!
So guess what? Now I am looking on Ebay and I am determined to buy one - a red one if at all possible. I NEED this in my life (again).
So, into Ebay land I go - wish me luck!
The clover chain (or daisy chain) silver bracelet was inspired by the clover chains I used to make when I was a child - the clover chains were happening at about the same time as the Viewmaster!
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I just got this painting in the mail yesterday from one of my very favorite Louisiana artists, Lauren J.H. Clark of www.etsy.com/shop/LaurenJHClark. I love the colors, I love the size (just 5" x 7") - I love everything about it! I especially love supporting local artists!
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I was recently gifted with this precious little handmade copper enameled bowl - I love using it to store just one little pair of earrings. Sometimes smaller is better! The bowl was made by Louise Coulson of www.KingfisherDesignsMetals.com.
Those cute sterling silver bubble blower earrings really work to blow bubbles - so much unexpected fun in the simple things! Available in my online store - go here to shop!
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Now & then I come across pottery and a potter who I really love & relate to. Jason Wilson, from Mississippi, is one of those potters. His work is so unusual and beautiful. Love the colors, love the shape, love how it feels in my hand. I want another one!!
The sterling silver stacking ring is available in my online store - you can click here to shop!
A painting by one of my favorite painters in Louisiana! When so many Louisiana painters are painting scenes from New Orleans, Lauren (https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaurenJHClark) paints what she knows - the sugar cane fields, homes and churches around her hometown of Lakeland, Louisiana.
I have used this painting as a backdrop before - click here if you want another look!
The large square silver earrings are from my new Bold Collection and are availabe on my online store!
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Nice earring holder, don't you think? This beautiful porcelain vase was made by Rocky Broome of www.rockyspots.com. Most of her pottery is hand painted but I love this white "sea urchin" vase! I love Rocky's work - go check it out when you have a minute!
I like using this vase to hold earrings - every time I reach for the earrings, I enjoy the vase all over again.
These sterling silver earrings are for sale on my online store - click here to see them!
Oh, I really do love Amos Decker, the hero in a series of mysteries by David Baldacci. In this book, Amos, the detective with the amazing and unrelenting memory, is back in his hometown to right a wrong he may have committed in his very first murder investigation. As usual, this is a book I couldn't put down!
If you have other books to recommend, I would love to know! Always looking for a good read as long as it's not TOO bloody...also torture - I don't do well with reading about torture. So, thanks in advance!
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This week is the week for taking lots of jewelry photos to add to the website. I had taken so many individual silver bracelet photos that I was beyond ready for something different so I just loaded up the bracelets and take some shots.
That's how I like to wear my silver bracelets, anyway - all stacked up. If one is good, 3, 4 or 5 are better, right?!
All of these bracelets are for sale in my online store! Click to show & see details of each bracelet: sterling silver jacks bracelet, thin silver bangle bracelet, small sterling silver round bracelet (out of this world), sterling silver daisy chain bracelet, updated vintage silver charm bracelet!
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You might be familiar with one of my favorite collections, the Daisy Chain (AKA Clover Chain) Collection - you can see photos below of the jewelry (or go here to see the bracelet in my online store or here to see the short silver daisy chain earrings online).
This little clover flower was the inspiration for this collection. In some parts of the country, kids made daisy chains or dandelion chains & used them as necklaces, bracelets or crowns but where I grew up, in Arkansas, it was clover chains all day long, every carefree summer day!
Inspiration for Daisy Chain Jewelry (AKA clover chain, dandelion chain)
Earlier this summer the pears got ripe! We have lived in this house for so many years and, except for the first year we lived here, we have never had more than one pear on the tree. Suddenly, this year, we had several dozen pears - he natural world is a mystery!
Neither of us really like pears. Oh, we like to look at them and wonder at the fact that we suddenly have so many pears on our little tree. But eat them? Not so much.
So we enjoyed watching the birds have a bird party with pears for the main course.
It's been a good summer!
Those bracelets are both available in my online store - click here to see the fun, frilly, charm style bracelet and click HERE to see the thin sterling silver bangle bracelets!
Wow! These silver earrings are supersized!
If you love the original jacks earrings (below), but you prefer larger earrings, you'll love these extra large jacks earrings! Still jacks, still fun ---- just a lot more to love.
These earrings are part of a group of new jewelry I am working on - all around the theme of "jacks".
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By the way, the background for both of these images is an original painting called "Little House with Sunset in Sugarcane Field" by my friend, Lauren Clark. Click on this link to find more of her work: www.etsy.com/shop/LaurenJHClark
Today is our anniversary - 30+ years ago today, we got married in a quiet ceremony in Bar Harbor, Maine, of all places! We were both transplants to Louisiana (he from Tennessee and me from Arkansas) and decided to get married then decided (on a lark, really) to take a trip to Maine and get married while we were there. Seems kind of crazy looking back on it but it has all worked out for us!
In honor of all sorts of anniversaries and celebrations, I wanted to share these dramatic black and gold earrings. I love freshwater pearls of all sizes and I think these little oval ones set off the gold and black in the earrings perfectly!
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This book, Flat Broke with Two Goats, is an entertaining book - I'm always looking for something new to read and this one came up on the books on the "Big Library" list of books. If you don't know about "Big Library" (and you like to read), check it out - it's a nice concept and the books listed for the program as pretty good, for the most part.
This book starts out kind of sad, in an unfortunate sort of way. Major financial problems are always pretty sad. Anyway, things improve from there for this family and things are poignant and funny and sometimes sad again. Bonus? It's a true story, which I didn't realized until I Googled it after I finished reading it.
This silver bracelet is one of my very favorites and I wear it all the time. The fact that is was inspired by the game of "jacks" is an added plus. It just makes me happy every time I look at it!
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I am Laura Teague and you may as well know right up front that I am obsessed with sterling silver.