Friday, January 30, 2009

Ski Day

It is amazing to me that we got up this morning, looked at the thermometer outside which read 1 degree, and still got ready to go skiing. You know the conditions have to be pretty perfect to do this! Well, by the time I met Shannon at the mountain, it had warmed up to 12 degrees. (It's not even a half hour away- so there was some serious "warming" going on, thank you! The slopes were beautiful and I was SO glad that Shannon dragged me along! You're the best! ;> Great day skiing in New Hampshire! Oh, and it was 22 degrees when we left the mountain. 

Monday, January 26, 2009

Dutch Shoes and Silver Baubles

Happy Monday! 
It's a beautiful sunny day in New Hampshire- okay, it's 12 degrees, but the sun is shining gloriously and there is no wind. Just came back in from snowshoeing, it was wonderful- a nice aerobic break from sitting in my studio. 
But back to work now- working on a "SPECIAL" project for my daughter- a present for her earning her Masters Degree! Yay, Allison!  This is a special request from her and it involves a lot of silver and copper links, some handcrafted beads, textured silver, copper baubles, and... a pair of Dutch Shoes! These are "magical" dutch shoes, mind you. She is a teacher, and one of her very favorite memories is her first grade teacher who had a pair of these magical dutch shoes... dancing shoes. So, to be a proper teacher, she must have these shoes. She WILL have them! 
I'll keep you posted on the progress, as it occurs.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Jewelry Making Workshops!

This is a first for "Laura Guptill Jewelry."  NOW is the time to take advantage of this opportunity- the winter is a great time for artisans to stretch their wings and take people under their wings... the summer and fall months are usually, (prayerfully), too busy to take on such endeavors.  Give me a call and let's make something!  I will only take 2 students per class, but several classes can be offered each week, if there is a need. 
I look forward to working with you and giving you some valuable skills and insight that cannot be learned in books alone.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Turquoise and Sterling Silver Hand Fabricated Pendant

Wren pins/pendants in Bronze and Sterling Silver

Landscape Agate "Mesa"-Sterling Silver w/14K Gold accent


I propose a new trend! Let's ALL wear a Turquoise Bolo! I love them! Talk about individuality- you need one, I need one...
What do YOU think? 

More jewelry please...

Well, I will focus, focus, focus... Allison suggests that I - "put more jewelry on there, woman!"
Okay...I do get distracted, but that is "the way" isn't it? That is how we express ourselves and invite happy little accidents to occur. Who knows what might be discovered while on a sidetrack? 
But yes, I will post some new pictures of finished jewelry as soon as I do some polishing. It's my least favorite part of making jewelry. How many pieces make it to the polishing wheel and then threaten life and limb? Can be a lot if you are distracted. So, that being said... I usually get a bunch of it together to do all at once, and besides, it can be a very filthy job. 
For the past few days I have been working on a FABULOUS new Turquoise Pendant. I can't wait to share it. It has three gorgeous turquoise cabochons set amongst random circles of silver. 

Oils on Canvas: by Laura and Allison