I enjoy photography as a hobby so, sometimes, when I am at an art show, I play around with different photographing my silver jewelry. This was kind of a happy accident - I was at the St. James Court Art Show this past weekend and, just before the show opened, I decided to see how it could look to photograph this new silver bracelet on a mirror. I like the sharpness of the image but I especially like the reflection of the trees!
This bracelet is in my online store - CLICK HERE to shop now!
Well, it's still pretty hot here where we live in the deep south. I keep hearing that fall is coming but....I'm not seeing or feeling it yet. So, iced coffee is the drink of the day!
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The silver thumb ring is on my website in lots of sizes!
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Don't you love it when you get a good book that you just can't put down because you just have to know what happens next? Me, too! I have been on a serious Lee Child/Jack Reacher kick for the past month. I mean, OBSESSED.
Jack Reacher is a knight in shinig armor. Bigger than life, literally. He always wins the fight and he always gets the girl. (Total aside, have you noticed that the girls/women always seem to look alike? Reacher/Child definitely seem to have a "type"!)
That bracele is a one off that I made form my mom years ago - similar designs in my online store -click here to see!
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Last week, we were in California at this wonderful farmer's market and today, we are back home in Baton Rouge. Time flies.
Apparently it's grape season in southern California and the abundance and variety of grapes was astounding to me. Talk about creating joy - yes!!!
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I just got back from a trip visiting our son in California. Before we left, there was some fairly heavy stress in my life - a very sick relative, a busy time preparing for this trip and several others coming up this fall. Anyway, once we left on our driving trip to California, I decided to spend the trip looking for things that gave me joy.
This was the first thing I saw on the trip that made me laugh out loud - this crazy fun set of salad serving "forks". So many colors! So much abandon and abundance of colors!!
I thought, that's what joy is - things that you see or hear that, when you see or hear it, you just spontaneously laugh!
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I am totally loving these new jewelry tags! I use them for silver bracelets and necklaces and they are perfect. You can't see it, but there is room on the back to put a small price tag along with the inventory number.
That little silver thumb ring is available on my website - go here to shop the silver stacking rings!
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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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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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!
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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Last weekend I was on vacation in Arkansas and one of the most wonderful things we did was find a farm where we could pick our own peaches. We were lucky enough to have a little bit of cooler weather so it was really great and the peaches are so sweet! (We picked 80 pounds of peaches - that's a lot of smoothies and a lot of jam!
Go here to get a closer look at the silver bracelet - inspired by the childhood game of jacks!
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Last week I was on vacation in my home state of Arkansas, doing a little rockhounding for crystals in Hot Springs, visiting with family, eating barbeque and lots of other fun things.
I needed a few photos of my jewelry on real people so I grabbed one of my sister-in-laws (sisters-in-law?) and asked if I could take a few photos of her wearing a couple of pairs of my earrings. She was happy to oblige!
(The reason for doing this was that earrings are EXTREMELY hard to get good photos on my own ears.....extremely.)
Go here to see these sterling silver dangle earrings from the "jacks" collection!
Since I don't have an art show scheduled right away, I have a little time to get ready (although it is almost August...yikes).
These silver earrings are thrown into this tray because they all need a little extra cleaning....and, you can see my Sunshine polishing cloth there in the background. That Sunshine cloth cleans anything - silver, gold, glass, anything! Go here if you need one of those!
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There is nothing like a freshwater watermelon from a farmer's market in the summertime!
Last week, I was on vacation in my home state, Arkansas and we happened across a farmer's market in downtown Little Rock. Of course, we had to stop & take a look! LOTS of good things there (including some wonderful art by local artists) but my favorites were these lovely fresh watermelons! Takes me back to my childhood, hot days, cold watermelon on a picnic table!
It was a wonderful market (a combination of artists, fresh produce, honey and other delicious things) set up at The Bernice Garden.
Click here if you want to see details for my silver "jacks" bracelet - lightweight and easy to wear on a hot summer day!
This artist is a painter who paints what she sees around her home in Lakeland, Louisiana. I am so fortunate to now own two of her lovely paintings and several prints.
The artist's name is Lauren Clark - check out all her available artwork at https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaurenJHClark
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Go HERE to see details for the sterling silver chain link bracelet pictured.
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Today was a day for learning new things and getting up close & personal with our local library.
I had to replace my older laptop for several reasons so this has been a real learning curve for me. My last computer was a Chromebook which was great and, before that, a Macbook. So, it's been awhile since I have worked on a Windows computer. Anyway, learning new things here!
Here are a few of my silver stacking rings, two of which I use on either side of my wedding ring. They blend, right?
If you like these little stacking rings, you can go here for details!
New postcards!! I love these. I designed them to be used for wholesale orders but I think they will be useful for all sorts of things....want a postcard?? :)
I typically use them when I am at larger art shows; I put my booth number on the back & give them out so that people can find me again without having to follow the yellow brick road!
Do you like the look of those silver drop "waterfall" earrings? Click here to get a closer look and shop!
So.....I decided I needed a "real" camera to take better photos of my jewelry. Here are the things I learned along the way (so far):
1. It won't be cheap. Don't even try. Just do the research and buy the camera.
2. It will take some (significant) amount of time to get good pics. Point & shoot? Not so much.
3. Fstop? Aperture? Shutter speed? ISO? White balance? Exposure compensation? Yes. You have to learn all the things about the camera & how it works.
4. Tiny shiny things are really hard to photograph. Ok, I'll already knew this but I am learning it all over again
5. The number of people you ask about the quality of your new photos will equal the number of different opinions you will get about your photos.
7. Keep moving, keep shooting, keep adjusting
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I am Laura Teague and you may as well know right up front that I am obsessed with sterling silver.