I, like you, prefer to give gifts from the heart. Whether from my heart or another artist who loves what they do, the passion one feels when creating each piece, passes from the creator, to the giver, and on to the recipient. The love and care involved in creating each piece is the energy that speaks to you as you see and touch it.
As I experiment with my artwork I am always looking for new ways to showcase my watercolors and jewelry designs. I’m pleased that I’ve been able to incorporate my watercolors into tiles and coasters, and I hope soon to add my favorite images to my jewelry collection. By giving my watercolors a new dimension, they can be enjoyed in many different ways…beyond the matt and frame.
Creativity gives me joy, joy that can be felt and passed onto others with the hope that each of you feels this same emotion with each purchase. When you take your piece home, or give it as a gift, you are taking with you a part of my life.
Please take some time to look around, come back often, and be sure to visit me at an event near you.
Spring break, whale tales and beautiful creations.
What better place to be for spring break than at the beach during whale watch week. Hopefully the weather will be picture perfect, but if not, you can always spend quality time at the 45th Annual Yachats Arts and Crafts Fair March 21 and 22. I’ll be there, so why not join me.
I have new creations to show you, and as always my timeless grape cluster jewelry which has been a crowd favorite since my mom created the design. In addition I will have watercolor prints and framed and unframed tiles featuring my watercolors. New for 2015 are my watercolor print coasters. Not enough wall space? No problem, take a tile or some coasters home to create functional table or kitchen art for you and your visitors to enjoy.
I’ve been doing this show for several years and I’m always amazed at the quality of the arts, crafts, jewelry, food and children’s gifts. So don’t spend your spring break around the house. Come visit the coast and look for that elusive whale or that perfect treasure!
Arrivederci (“until we meet again”)
Thanksgiving is a time for sharing the bounty of the harvest with those you love and those you share a meal with. I know when I celebrate the feast of the harvest with my family the bounty is appreciated by all. Family, food and togetherness is what Thanksgiving is about. There are no worries this time of year, except to ensure the meal gets done on time and that your guests leave full and content. What a wonderful celebration!
To celebrate with you, I have teamed up with Debbie, the tasting room manager at Claar Cellars winery in Zillah for a Black Friday weekend bottle and artware discount. The more wine you buy, the deeper the discount on all I have to offer; art, women and children’s jewelry, tiles, coasters and more. On top of a 10% discount I will be offering, you will receive an additional 3% discount for every bottle of Claar wine you purchase over the weekend. The more bottles you buy, the more you can wine your way to savings. For example; buy 5 bottles of Claar wine and get 25% off a Columbia Valley Artware purchase. Buy a case of wine and get a 46% discount. What a great way to shop and save for the holidays while enjoying great wine and Thanksgiving treats at the same time in one place. Why shop any other way!
So Come by and say hi, celebrate the bounty of the season with Debbie and I in the Claar Cellars‘ tasting room, and have a great time to boot. You won’t find a friendlier place to be over the holiday weekend!
When have you ever known the color red to be so full of emotion and meaning during any other time of year?
February and Valentine’s Day has many meanings, some good, some historical, but it has always been known as the month of love. Love is a wonderful thing, not just for couples, but for families, relatives and friends. Everyone needs to know how special they are, and my way to make people feel it is to show them with something that comes right from my heart and my hands.
Every piece of jewelry I make and every watercolor or tile I paint tells that the person who receives it “is” special. My mother always taught me that, when a gift comes from the hand of the maker, it holds not only the love of the person who has chosen it to give but also the love of the maker.
From the beginning, I have made it my work to produce unique items that I connect with on a personal level. “From my hands to yours” is a motto I live and work with to help you know that my hands have created something exceptional for you or a loved one so precious in your heart.
Come and spend time with me at Windy Point Vineyards in the Yakima Valley over the Presidents’ Day weekend, Saturday – Monday, February 16 – 18 for the annual “Red Wind and Chocolate” (I will most likely be there from Friday, February 15; please call Windy Point Vineyards at 509-877-6824 to verify). I will look forward to offering you the finest my hands have to give.
Or, look around my website and let me know if you see anything that touches your heart. After all, art is an expression of oneself, and the love of art is that of your appreciation for the love and joy my hands have experienced.
Be well, my friends, and all the best for this month that reminds us of how special our loved ones are.
Have you ever just been too tired, too busy, too stressed out, or just not in the mood to go to the mall…especially around Christmas? Well, If you feel any of these things, I invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy shopping from your very own sofa or table. Let me take the tension out of the season so you have time to spend doing equally as important activities such as cooking, being with family, soaking in a hot tub, or just reading or watching TV. The unique gifts I handcraft are not sold in department stores. They are one of a kind pieces made from metal, gemstones, crystals, silver, gold, paper and paint. (more…)