Monday, December 21, 2009
If you're in the Gainesville area, you can check out the exhibit between now and January 3.
Friday, December 18, 2009
This photo makes the design of the bracelet seem larger than that of the necklace, but both the pieces are the same size. The set is in very good condition.
Monday, December 14, 2009
In addition, I've been updating my Facebook pages today. I've added my blog feed and my Etsy store to my fan page. You can click on the double arrows to the right of "shop" and choose "My Etsy" from the dropdown menu. Take a Look
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The color is so luminous and compelling that people seem to be drawn to it!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I'm working on my project list for 2010 and I'll have a report soon. Some of those things I didn't get accomplished in 2009 will top my list!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Fortunately, it was really just a dusting - lovely to look at and not a big deal. Tonight will be another cold one, but no more snow in the forecast. I'll just enjoy sitting around working on more jewelry.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Time has about run out to snail mail those discount admission post cards - they aren't e-cards!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Here's a great necklace from the Vintage section on my website. You can see a photo of this piece in an earlier post. I love the parade elephants! I'll be adding more to this section as I locate new vintage treasures.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
All the listings for tiaras and other bridal jewelry are prominently displayed - the Vintage items appear on the last pages of the section.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The New York Times recently ran a great article on rental runway fashions – a terrific way to save on fantastic clothes for a wedding or any other special occasion. Here's the link to the article -http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/09/technology/09runway.html
Rental and/or lightly used pre-owned dresses are great money saving options to consider when planning your wedding budget. There are a number of shops online that specialize in pre-owned wedding attire and accessories.
Monday, November 9, 2009
I have a lot of Czech bugle beads (mostly #2 or #3 size, and some #5s, plus some inch long bugles), some Czech rocailles/seed beads (mostly #11), and some gunmetal E-beads (#6 rocailles). These beads are perfect for crafts, bead weaving, and other bead work.
Most of the beads are silver lined. Package sizes range from 2 - 3 oz to nearly a pound or so and I'm willing to break the larger bags into smaller ones on request. There are a number of colors available, plus silver and gold.
E-mail me at diana at dianakirkpatrick.com and I'll send you a complete list of what's available and all the prices.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
You can always keep up to date on my latest designs by checking my blog at http://www.artyoucanwear.blogspot.com/.
Friday, October 30, 2009
I'm doing the "Christmas Made in the South" Arts and Crafts show in Jacksonville, FL the weekend after Thanksgiving. If you are interested in attending the show, I will gladly send you discount coupons- just e-mail me your address. The show runs Friday, November 27 through Sunday, November 29.
I've redone all of the sections in my Etsy store at http://www.dianakirkpatrickart.etsy.com/ so I can alert you to sale items and clearance pieces. I've also included a new section for items that have just been added. There are several sale items listed, plus a number of new jewelry items that you'll find interesting. I'll be adding beads and findings for sale soon in another new section.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The next Uptown Art Hop, brought to you by the Artisans Guild Gallery and the merchants of Millhopper Square, The Market Place, and Thornebrook, will take place on Friday, November 20 in Gainesville, FL from 6-9pm.
If you're in Gainesville that evening come out for a fun-filled start to your Holiday shopping!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Here are links to two of my lenses (I have four, but you can get to them all from these two): my Squidoo jewelry site is www.squidoo.com/ArtYouCanWear and my site for woven fiber jewelry pieces is www.squidoo.com/needlewoven_necklaces.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Stay tuned for this and some woven necklaces in the near future.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I want to thank everyone who worked to help make last night's Art Hop a big success. Thanks also to everyone who turned out to enjoy the shopping and the live music at all the participating stores. Our next Art Hop will be November 20.
I'm doing a bridal show at the Gainesville Hilton tomorrow. See you there!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Some of my handcrafted artisan style tiaras are on sale this month. If you are looking for bridal jewelry - either for the bride or for her attendants and family - check out my bridal section And be sure to take a look at the new earring styles there and elsewhere on my website. My freshwater pearl earrings can be custom-made in a lot of different colors and combinations. Pearls look great paired with deeper hues as well as with white and pastels… and pearls are a great value. There’s quite a choice in affordable gemstones to choose from, too. If you’re interested in vintage jewelry pieces, take a look at my Etsy store.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Some of my handcrafted tiaras are on sale this month. If you are looking for bridal jewelry - either for the bride or for her attendants and family - check out the bridal section of my site. I'm doing the Florida Bridal Expo here in Gainesville on September 13 at the Hilton.
One of my new earring styles is pictured here and you can also check out all the earrings.
My assortment of pearl earrings will look great paired with pearly greys and raspberry tones as well as with the earth tones and mineral shades in the fashion forecast for Fall. I’m creating new earrings and necklaces in lapis, carnelian, aqua chalcedony, and citrine - great for contrasting with midnight blue, gray shades, or black! I’m pairing aqua chalcedony with silver and also with peridot for the earth tones.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Take a look at the new earrings on the website - click on earrings and also on bridal. In addition to a number of wonderful pearls, I have some marvelous faceted gems and also some fantastic lampwork beads that are going to be making an appearance in my new designs for fall and winter.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Here's an example of one of my new earring styles. This one comes in a number of variations in both silver and gold. I don't have most of the new styles posted yet, but I'll try to get them up this week. Right now I'm working on a woven necklace for a show application.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Hooray!! The photos are all taken.
I'm going to put my new earring styles on the website and on my Etsy site this weekend. The designs are different from what I've done in the past and I'm doing different variations on handmade earwires and other touches.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Here's a prototype woven neckband shown with one of my earlier pendants. I'm hard at work designing another neckband for my moss agate and pearl pendant
I don't have this new necklace or any of the earring designs up on my sites yet - I want to get the rest of the photos done and I'm trying to finish the neckband for the moss agate pendant in time to apply for a show.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I have new gemstones to work with - smokey quartz, rose quartz, dark amethyst, citrine, peridot, tourmalline, and gorgeous aqua chalcedony - all in a variety of cuts. I'm looking forward to pairing peridot with turquoise or some of the aqua chalcedony. I'm expecting some pearl drops that should look wonderful in earrings for the holidays and special occasions.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
My Wishpot site will be linked to my Etsy store soon, as well as to Facebook, and I’ll be able to Tweet about all my new pieces as I’m uploading the photos!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
You can see a lot of new stuff - on the website in necklaces and earrings and in the Etsy shop, too. I hope things will soon be back to normal.
Friday, August 7, 2009
I'll be Tweeting about the new jewelry pieces I'm posting. I've posted a link to one of my tiaras.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
In the meantime, here's a photo of a turquoise and coral necklace with matching earrings.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Don't exposre your jewelry to perspiration and dirt. You should remove your jewelry before working in the garden or engaging in other physical labor, exercising, swimming, bathing, etc. Avoid exposure to household cleaners and chemicals that can damage your jewelry - remove your jewelry before dealing with chemicals. It seems logical that pearls and other porous stones can be damaged by chemicals, but even karat gold can be discolored by chemical exposure (to chlorine, for example), even from something like a soak in a hot tub.
Apply your cosmetics, make-up, hair spray, and perfume before putting on your jewelry. Remove bracelets and rings before applying hand lotions and creams. Remove earrings when you have your hair done, especially if you are having it colored.
Jade, turquoise, malachite, and lapis are among porous soft stones that should not be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner or soaked in jewelry cleaner solutions. Softer, more porous stones such as these require extra careful treatment. Avoid using hot water on these stones.
Remember that pearls are precious gems, too. No ultrasonic or soaking in jewelry cleaners – just wipe off with damp soft cloth. If more cleaning is required try soapy water (Ivory flakes) on a soft cloth and dry thoroughly.
Jewelry often comes in a protective bag or box. Store your jewelry flat in a plastic bag. Store pearls in soft bags away from other jewelry which might scratch the pearl’s surface. Never put your jewelry away wet – wipe it off with a damp cloth and air dry.
Store your jewelry in a clean dark dry place. Don’t just toss your jewelry loose into a jewelry box or drawer. Your pieces will scratch each other. A fabric lined jewelry box is ideal and individual bags and jewelry boxes are excellent, too. Store your silver jewelry in a tarnish resistant bag.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Here are links to two of my lenses (I have four lenses, but you can get to them all from these two): my Squidoo jewelry site and my site for handwoven jewelry
Monday, July 20, 2009
- Make a checklist for everything that needs to be done – vendors, guests, venue, etc.,and check things off as all the details are completed. The checklist will really help you to stay on track with your planning and can save you from overlooking things that need to be done.
- Consider handmade decorations and jewelry
- Be creative with food ideas to reduce costs. You don't have to have a fancy wedding cake. You can use something else in place of the cake – a tower of pasteries, for example. Consider pre-made sheet cakes in different sizes that can be stacked and decorated economically. You can also get a small cake just for the bride and groom to share. Consider having a wedding breakfast instead of a fancy reception. One of yesterday's tips applies here - consider a restaurant instead of a rented hall.
- One of Martha Stewart's suggestions: buy the booze yourself and keep the champagne at the bar for those who request it (many people don’t drink champagne so open bottles just go to waste. Alternatives - limit the bar to one particular signature "drink-of-the-day” or serve a really yummy punch instead – alcoholic and non-alcholic.
- Make-up tip: Martha Stewart suggests that if you use a make-up artist, you should ask them to leave you a touch-up kit (rather than having them stick around for hours). If your wedding look is done at a cosmetic counter, buy only the products that you'll use again and purchase sample quantities.
- You can rent your jewelry or use vintage pieces from your family and friends. Martha Stewart suggests borrowing something – a veil, earrings, etc. that will add meaning to your celebration while keeping costs contained.
- Look for a photographer whose work you like, but one who isn’t in high demand for weddings. This goes for the band, too. Try a non-wedding band – it’s generally cheaper. Plan to use taped music for parts of your big day.
- Use smaller flower arrangements and vases, even bud vases, rather than large showy baskets of flowers. Use large flowers to cut down on the number of flowers and look to local farmers for flowers for your arrangements. Attractively packaged potted plants will make great flowers for the tables and they can become take home gifts for your wedding party and guests. Use small corsages for bridesmaids and attendants rather than individual bouquets.
- When you select shoes and accessories, pick items that you will actually wear after the ceremony. Consider some of my vintage jewelry pieces Martha Stewart suggests getting on wedding gown designers' e-mail lists for updates on trunk shows and sample sales.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
- Rent a gown or wear a pre-owned dress. There are a number of websites that offer good values on gowns and accessories.
- Consider a wedding planner–a good planner might actually save money. Also,having your event in the off-season can save big bucks in both the cost of the venue and associated costs. Hotel accomodations for your guests will cost less, too.Facilities that offer wedding coordinators and other services can save you a lot of money over hiring these services separately.
- Limit the number of guests and attendants
- Prioritize your to-dos and recruit your friends to help you. Do as many things yourself as you can.
- Forget the engraved invitations in favor of less formal notes. Choose a limited color scheme for your invitations, etc. – you'll save a lot on printing costs. Another way to save - don’t have a program. You can also use the fonts on your computer and design your own invitations, etc., then get them printed at an on-line printer.
- Create your own dot.com – I’m seeing a lot of these and they really make sense. You can post all the details, photos, and more and e-mail to your friends and family.
- Gardens are great places to get married – but have a fall back in case of rain.
- Choose your own spot for the reception. Try a restaurant which already has all the facilities – not a rented hall.
- Forget the limo - it's an unnecessary added expense
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Diana Kirkpatrick Art You Can Wear (http://www.facebook.com/diana.kirkpatrick#/pages/Diana-Kirkpatrick-Art-You-Can-Wear/83947489894?ref=ts).
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Prices are 10% off on everything on my website. This includes earrings, necklaces, the entire Bridal Section, and more. The savings are taken at checkout – the sale price doesn’t show on the site.
If you visit my Etsy store, you’ll find that I’ve also reduced the prices on most items including regular jewelry, vintage pieces, and bridal items. You can see what's available in the photos on the right hand side of my blog and go directly to my etsy shop.
There are new designs in both my website store and on Etsy. I will have more new designs that will be coming out in late summer into the fall. Take a look now and decide what pieces you'd like to have as your very own. As always, feel free to contact me for more information or to ask about special orders.
If you have any questions,e-mail me
Monday, June 22, 2009
I'm planning a big weeklong sale on the website and also in my etsy shop. The sale will start the end of this month into early July. I'll have more details and exact dates soon.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
In addition to the Harn, you can see some of my pieces at The Perfect Gift, a very nifty gift shop in the Haile Village Center near where we live and of course, I have lots of jewelry for sale at the Gainesville Artisans Guild.
I’ve added new earrings and necklaces in my website store – new pearl designs, and more tiara examples in the bridal section. I’m currently working with Swarovski crystal, gemstones and pearls. Go directly to the store by clicking the link - check out all of the new items
Since going “live” last month, I made some additions to the Customer Service area of my website - a color chart for Swarovski crystals so you can see the crystal colors that are available. I can order specific colors for custom orders in case I don’t already stock them. I have also included photos of a couple of each of the pearls I am using in my designs. Prices vary and I can't replace the pearls with the same thing once they are used up.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I'm revising my Etsy site. It now features free shipping to Canada and to the United States. I'll have some new items and an assortment of beads up on-line shortly.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
The charts are intended to provide information about crystal colors for custom orders. If you see a piece you like, but you'd prefer another color, you can see what's available.
As always, you can't be absolutely sure about the colors you see on your monitor, but it will give you an idea. The pearls come and go and I can't always get more. I can order any of the Swarovski items.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Some of my new pearl earrings are starting to appear in my website store. Click here to go to the store.
Here's a photo of a new necklace - I've combined amethyst beads and freshwater pearls with Swarovski crystal and aqua lampwork beads. I just love the aqua lampwork beads!
Friday, May 22, 2009
I really thought that the rain was over today - the sun came out and everything was lovely and green! Now the clouds have returned and the skies have opened. It's pouring again!
I'm going to post a lovely necklace from my bridal collection. Please tell me what you think.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
I worked at the Artisans Guild today and when I left home this morning the weather was rainy but OK. By the time I left the Guild this afternoon it was windy and in the 50s. I'll hope for better weather very soon.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Now you can order from the many items pictured and pay for them directly from the website - I have necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and more (be sure to tell your friends). Once you are at my site, click on "go to online store" to start shopping.
There’s a special section in my on-line store that’s just for brides. Most of my wedding and bridal party jewelry is made to order. My bridal pieces combine fashion and romance with a touch of fantasy.
In addition, I posted my first tutorial in the store – it gives instructions for a woven fiber necklace with beads. You can download the tutorial from my website. You can also purchase gift certificates.
I’m happy to create something special just for you. I accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Check out all the new features and tell me what you think.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I expect the site will go live in the next couple of days.
For the moment, I'm off to another show - my first bridal event. I'll have more on that when I return.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I spent yesterday afternoon searching for more fabric. Fortunately, I did find enough to complete the job.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I'm looking forward to using the skirts next weekend when I will have a very short set up time.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I'm still recovering from the weekend show - sales could have been better. My booth along with about 16 others was located 2 blocks from the park where all the events took place and where most of the vendors were located. I was charged the same fee as everyone in the park and I have to admit - I feel used.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
The possible road closures include I-10 and many other main roads between here and Tallahassee. I'm hoping that I don't have any problems getting to Tallahassee later next week for the show.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
My revamped website is about ready to be unveiled. I'm really excited about it. The site will have an all new look with sections for jewelry, tutorials (new) and also a bridal/wedding section (also new) that will feature jewelry and accessories for the bride-to-be. There will now be a shopping cart so you can make purchases directly on the site.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
The new website is almost ready to go. I've uploaded my woven necklace tutorial. Please give me some comments about what's clear and what isn't. Your comments will really help me.
It's hard to change this tutorial much, but I'll make changes in the future tutorials I release, based on the feedback I get.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
My booth is #139 and it's down near 7th Avenue. I look forward to seeing everybody downtown this weekend. Let's hope for good weather.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Last night's "Can You Dig It" event at the Museum of Natural History went very well. There were lots of parents and kids. The kids all seemed to be having a great time. A lot of people came through the museum and many of them seemed very interested in my work. I will definitely try to do a demonstration at the Guild's next Art Hop night on May 1.
I'm hard at work on the new website - this one will have a store.
I'll done an RSS feed of the March issue of my newsletter. Here's the feed: http://www.emailbrain.com/31100/rss
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I’m very interested in how this demo turns out, since I think I’d like to try a demonstration during the next Art Hop at the Artisans Guild (May 1). The February Art Hop was very successful. In addition to live music and refreshments, we had demonstrations by several Guild members and people really seemed to enjoy seeing artists at work. There were a lot of people in the Gallery for the entire evening.
People frequently want to know about shows I’m doing. My next show is The Spring Arts Festival here in Gainesville the end of March. If you’re in the area the last weekend of the month, don’t miss this event. Come by and say “hello.” My booth number is 139.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I'll have my woven fiber pieces on display and well my woven and coiled jewelry. Look for me - my booth number is 139.
Monday, March 2, 2009
We set up on Friday afternoon and the show officially opened at 5pm. I was really surprised by the number of people who turned out between 5 and 10pm. The event was held in the shopping area of a residental community, so a number of people were going to have dinner in one of the local restaurants.
Saturday was sunny and bright and very windy. I spent more time than I liked hoping that the tent would stay put. We had a good location with grass on one side and also behind us, so we could stake the back corners and one front corner. This was our first experience with a really windy day. I packed up at the end of the day Saturday - I was not at all sure that the tent would survive the forecast stronger winds and rain overnight.
We walked through the show on Sunday. I'd estimate that a third to a half of the artists left Saturday night. Sunday was windy with a lot of rain in the morning. By the time the show started it was sunny and pleasant, but still windy. Lots of people had taken their tents down. I would do this show again and put some of the lessons we learned into practice - I'd also hope for better weather.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
One of my goals for the year is to perfect my soldering techniques and create some fiber and metal pieces with bezel-set stones. I like larger stones, but another goal for this year is to do smaller pieces - pendants and rings with faceted gems. I have a long list of projects to work on.
It’s hard to stay focused. I have a show coming up the end of the month, but right now I’m working on Valentine’s items. I really like my cluster earring designs in gemstones and Swarovski crystals and want to do more of them - I haven’t even gotten to those yet.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
There was some ice on areas of standing water here on Gainesville, FL this morning (and yesterday, too). I don't know how far south the cold extends, but I'm concerned about the potential for crop damage in the middle areas of the state. Growers have been spraying water on tender crops to form ice to protect the plants from severe freezing.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
The exhibit features a series of paintings done by some of the residents of the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. The paintings are interesting and very colorful. Several years ago, a friend of mine left her beloved pet at this sactuary after he became too much for her to care for.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Kumihimo is a Japanese braiding technique. Kumihimo is an integral and ancient part of Japanese culture. For instance, kumihimo ties secure the obi or sash of the kimono. Ms. Franklin's specialty is Taka Dai - a complex braiding approach.
I'm interested in integrating kumihimo into my woven fiber pieces. I've been experimenting with a small disk, but I'm looking forward to getting my weaving stand or Maru Dai and learning kumihimo in earnest.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
It appears that the Florida cold snap has ended and I think that the crops survived for the most part. Among other crops, at this time of year there are strawberries and blossoming fruit trees that are subject to damage.
I have several additional pins and other pieces to add to the Vintage section of my Etsy shop. Take a look
Saturday, January 17, 2009
STROKE IDENTIFICATION: Remember the 1st Three Letters....S.T.R.
During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics). She said she just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid's husband called later to tell everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital. At 6pm Ingrid passed away. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some people don't die - they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
It only takes a minute to read this...A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick is to get a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and get the patient medically cared for within 3 hours. Some times symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(i.e. It is sunny out today.)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue: Ask the person to 'stick out' his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Of course, I realize that what's cold for us is no big deal for everybody else. However, if it gets really cold into south Florida we'll all be paying higher fruit and vegatable prices for items from Florida.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The sale starts Friday evening at 7pm and ends on Sunday at 5pm. The discounts range from 10% to 50% depending on the artist.
Don't miss it!