Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lots to do in Santa Fe


I’ve never been in Santa Fe for Thanksgiving through Christmas and I’m excited about all the fascinating  things that are going on during the holiday season.

Over the next several weeks there will be a lot of special sales events coming up by local businesses and artists.  Last weekend I went to a sale by several artists at the Women’s Club today – interesting and I’ll have to investigate how I might become part of this event next year.  I’m participating in the Holiday Fiber Market show at the Women’s Club next month so it was interesting so see the venue in advance.

Also going on last weekend is the Winter Indian Market at the Santa Fe Convention Center.   Approximately 130 artists participated   I saw a lot of beautiful jewelry, marvelous painting and photography, and a fabulous cashmere hand-embroidered coat that was definitely to die for.   I’ve always wanted a story teller figure and bought a smaller one with a striking native hairdo by Linda Fragua (Jemez Pueblo).

Saturday, November 10, 2012

More Copper Pieces to Show You

I'm gradually adding three lines of copper jewelry:  polished and textured disk earrings and pendants in different "flavors", 3-D flower pendants (earrings will follow), and hammered/chased Hand pendants and earrings (not quite ready yet).  



These are prototypes for additional pieces and pieces in different metals.  The photos here illustrate what I'm doing and if the reception is positive I can produce similar items in silver and gold.   All the pieces are handmade from my original designs.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Feeding the Birds

Ever since we moved, I've enjoyed feeding the birds.   This was something I haven't been able to do for several years and resuming my bird watching and feeding has been a lot of fun.   We had lots of hummingbirds at the feeders this summer and fall, and there's still one little guy who keeps showing up.   It seems like it's pretty late in the  season for him, but just when I think he's finally left town, there he is again!

Our latest visitor at the feeders is a Steller's Jay.   This is a new bird to me - I have never seen one until now.   Here's a link to photo of the Steller's Jay and his east coast blue jay relative.




Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Chasing and Repousse'

I'm always learning new things and my latest new thing for jewelry is chasing and repousse'.   This copper hand was a practice piece and I have almost completed all the elements for a pendant which I'll write about next.

I'm planning to get started soon on the small pendant and earring size hands that people have asked for, but it has been fun to work on the larger piece which I realize could be a dandy piece of wall art, a switchplate cover, etc.   Check out my earlier articles on learning chasing and repousse on www.dianakirkpatrick.com/blog.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Celebration of Chiles

I didn't realize that late September would bring numerous "celebrations of chiles" here in New Mexico.  There are all sorts of decorations that include chiles large and small popping up everywhere.   There's quite a selection at our local Farmer's Market.   It's really a big deal!

There have been all sorts of special dinner menus and wine pairings at local restaurants for a last couple of weeks, plus a big event on last Saturday night that was held in a giant tent out by the opera.  Although I missed the boat this year, I'll be ready next September to get my ticket reservations in early for some of these events. 


In my own chile celebration, I have brand new ristras (braided clusters of red chiles) at the front door! 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Jewelry is on the Way!


Here's a shot of some new earrings.  I've been hard at work, but getting photos taken is even more difficult.   I'm working on some copper prototypes and I'll post pictures as I get them.  

Monday, August 20, 2012

Indian Market Wrapup

I really enjoyed my first Indian Market in Santa Fe.  This year there were about 700 vendors and the tents stretched for blocks and blocks in the downtown area and around the plaza.   Going early is a bonus - parking is easy to find and the crowds don't develop until closer to noon - and everybody is fresh and eager to chat.

I spent quite a while at The Native Jackets shop where there were Navajo weaving demonstrations going on all day Saturday and Sunday.   The Navajo women who were weaving also demonstrated the step by step process involved in creating yarn from the sheared wool to the yarn for the loom.   All these women have been weaving for years and the techniques are passed down from mother to children.

One thing I'll do next year is to attend the Friday evening reception and awards ceremony.   It's a great opportunity to meet the artists and to see the award winning pieces up close.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Indian Market

I'm looking forward to my first Indian Market this weekend here in Santa Fe.   We've had a number of rainy evenings recently.  It's dinner time now and again it's clouding up.  We wandered through downtown today - all the tents are set up for Indian Market and there are a lot of them!   I hope they don't have rain.

There have been a number of receptions and demos at various galleries this week.   I met some pottery artists at one gallery this afternoon and watched a glass blowing demonstration at another gallery. I grew up in northern Virginia and went to a lot of the art glass manufacturers in West Virginia as a child.   I could watch glass workers all day long.  I've been saddened to see those independent art glass companies vanish one by one.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Rag Rug Festival in Santa Fe

I visited a really interesting show today.   The Rag Rug Festival is an annual event here in Santa Fe. The event is underwritten by the New Mexico Women's Foundation.   The Festival is held in several locations in New Mexico and was established  to help women sell their crafts and other artistic products.

The show featured a number of artists cooperatives in New Mexico and a sampling of their members.  Among the participating groups is the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center in Espanola, where I am a member.   I'm excited to be here in Santa Fe where I can finally participate in activities and classes with the group.  

A large variety of skills and products were on display today:   basketry, bead weaving, fiber weaving (beautiful shawls, coats, and other garments), jewelry, hand spun and dyed yarns, and much, much more.

I look forward to attending again next summer and hopefully to also participating as an artist.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

FYI


I published a link to an article about security on Google and gmail earlier.

I added the 2-step verification process mentioned in the article to my Gmail account.   After this change, I was surprised that discover that Outlook and gmail on my iPad would not work.   A dialogue box kept telling me that my email or pw was incorrect. 

Revelation - As it turns out, you have to make a batch of changes to third party clients or your links to them will be blocked.  After about an hour, I figured it all out.   Google sends you an email about this, but it won’t reach your email client (Outlook for example) – you will have to go to gmail in to see it.

You can reverse the process, which I did, or you can add more to your existing PW.   Comment if you think that Google should tell you all about this before your make your changes!

Don't Get Hacked!

This link takes you to an article about the recent experience of a Wired journalist whose life has been upended by the hacking of some of his online accounts.   This is a must read article!

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/apple-amazon-mat-honan-hacking/all/

Friday, August 3, 2012

Stayin' Alive from UTube

A friend sent me this link to 1930s - 1960s era dancers set to Stayin' Alive.   You've got to watch it - it is simply wonderful!

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=mz3CPzdCDws

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Back Again

The computer is finally fixed, I hope, and back home again.  In the interim, I've been extremely thankful to have my iPad2!   I've also been enjoying settling into a new home.  It's a great place to observe and enjoy a variety of birds, so I've been acquiring bird feeders and poles to hang them from. 

I love hummingbirds and there are a lot of hummers around here.   At the house the dominant species seems to be the Rufus hummingbird - a feisty critter if there ever was one.  They claim the feeder(s) and won't let other hummers near it. 

We also have chickadees, tufted titmice, house finches, blue jays, tohees, and other birds.   I've been looking at what kinds of feed and feeders I might need since some of these birds are ground feeders and others like feeders of different kinds.   We also have a chorus of 3 chipmunks to complete our menagerie.  I'm sure I'll see more as time goes by.

At any rate, I'm happy to be back on line.   I tweeted so much this morning that Twitter told me I couldn't tweet again for an hour!  Never did that before.   At any rate, I'm glad to be back.   I'll have more new listings on Etsy and on Dianakirkpatrick.com asap!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Santa Fe Folk Art Market


The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is this weekend.   It’s quite an event and something you shouldn’t miss if you sell or collect weavings, baskets, or other examples of folk art.   The collection of artists at the market is impressive – 134 are listed in the program.   The artists come from a wide range of countries around the globe.   Many are part of cooperatives in their countries.   These coops provide an organization for their members and generate employment as well as training in business and marketing.   The United Nations has declared 2012 to be the “Year of the Cooperative” in recognition of their many contributions.



For more information, visit www.santafenewmexican.com or www.folkartmarket.org

This is my first visit to this remarkable event and it won’t be my last.   Next year I’ll be sure to have my camera along.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Getting Back to Work

I'm finally about ready to get back to work on jewelry.  Hooray!  The photography equipment hasn't been set up yet - still working on that, but otherwise, things are ready to go.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Santa Fe!

Thunder is booming and I'm watching storm clouds chase around. So far not a lot of rain.   We've finally moved into our house in Santa Fe and put the RV in storage.  There are still boxes to be opened and more work to do, but we are here!!!  I'm gradually getting my studio set up - I'm really excited!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

One More Week

I think we'll be totally moved into the new place in another week.   I'm getting my shop area set up gradually and the rest of the house is looking pretty good.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Moving

You may have noticed that it's been a while since my last post.   Moving day came and went last weekend - we're still alive and doing well, but we are surrounded with a million boxes!   It will take a while to sort through everything and get our things in the proper places.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Diamonds in Celebration

This summer marks the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.   In conjuction with the celebrations there will be an exhibition of the Queen's diamond jewels.   For photos of pieces included in the exhibit follow this link http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/  and click on the appropriate categories.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Optimism

SCIENCE TIMES   | May 22, 2012
WELL:  A Richer Life by Seeing the Glass Half Full

BY JANE E. BRODY
How to define optimism, put it into practice and enjoy its benefits.



I've been a fan of Jane Brody for sometime now.  Earlier this week I ran across one of her articles that's well worth reading.   Ms. Brody stresses the value of being optimistic, of surrounding yourself with upbeat people, of concentrating on positive thinking, and avoiding negative self talk.   Her article pulls together a number of valuable examples from a variety of sources.   One source is “Breaking Murphy’s Law,” a book by Suzanne C. Segerstrom, a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky.   Dr. Segerstrom explains that optimism is not about being positive so much as it is about being motivated and persistent.


Take a moment to read all of this informative and interesting article.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Vintage Jewelry

Vintage jewelry is lovely and very popular.   The wide variety of designs available mean that vintage pieces are interesting selections for many uses.   Many brides-to-be prefer vintage jewelry for their wedding accessories and as gifts for their attendants.

Lots of vintage earrings are either screwbacks or clip on style.   Screwback earrings are easily adjustable so comfort is never an issue.   You can't say the same for all clip style earrings.   This has inspired women who like the look of vintage earrings to find alternative uses for the clips. 

 If you haven't already discovered this one, clip earrings can make terrific shoe clips or clips for a dress or blouse neckline.  Earrings are perfect accents for hats, too.   Some styles could even work as hair ornaments!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Tips for Planning Your Wedding & Reception




Given the cost of a reception and a wedding, many brides are interested in saving money on wedding arrangements, yet they still want to have a lovely special day. Since I design wedding jewelry, I'm often asked for ideas on planning a wedding and reception.   My advice - think outside the box when considering your options and compare services and prices for everything.

- Rent a gown or wear a pre-owned dress. There are a number of websites that offer good values – both on rentals and on pre-owned gowns and accessories.

- Consider a wedding planner.  A good planner might actually save you some money.


Facilities that offer wedding coordinators and other services can save you a lot of money over hiring these services separately – shop around.

- Have your event in the off-season.  This can save big bucks on both the cost of the venue and associated costs such as hotel accommodations. 

- Forget the expensive limo.

- Get inventive about your refreshments – use tiers of tiny pastries or cupcakes instead of an elaborate cake.   Have a small cake just for yourselves.  Don’t offer a complete open bar – try just champagne or a punch bowl.

- Choose your own spot for the reception. Try a restaurant which already has all the facilities – not a rented hall.  You might not need a separate caterer.   If you choose a garden setting for your wedding or reception have a fallback location in case of rain.

- Limit the number of guests and attendants

- Prioritize your to-dos and recruit your friends to help you. Make a checklist for everything that needs doing – vendors, guests, venue, etc. Check things off as the details are completed. The checklist will help you to stay on track with your planning and can keep you from overlooking things that need to be done.

- Do as many things yourself as you can, including handmade decorations.

- Forget engraved invitations in favor of less formal notes.  choose a limited color scheme for your invitations to save a lot on printing.  There are on-line invitation sources that might work well, too.  You can also your computer to design your own invitations, etc., then have them printed at an on-line printer.

- Create your own wedding dot.com – they really make sense. You can post all the details, photos, and more and e-mail the information to your friends and family.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ganoksin "Differences Unite Us" Exhibit







I'm really excited and honored to tell you that my Eternal Spiral Necklace & Earrings are among jewelry  designs featured in the Ganoksin  “Differences Unite Us” exhibit.   I'm thrilled to be included among the talented artists whose work was selected.




Sunday, May 13, 2012

Gray Day

Oh what a very gray day it is.   Not wonderful for Mothers Day, but I'd  really hoped for rain.   It is sooo very dry here.

I've been working on some new earrings to take to The Perfect Gift in Haile Village.   Be sure to check it out next weekend.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May Flowers

Spring has really sprung in north Florida!   Just in time for Mothers Day giving, I just posted a coupon code in honor of finally having some rain.   The coupon code is MAYFLOWERS and the coupon is active for the next 2 weeks.   It's good for 10% off your purchases from my Etsy shop (www.dianakirkpatrickart.etsy.com).

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Clearing out Clutter


Jane Brody had a fascinating article about clearing out clutter in your life in yesterday's New York Times Science section.   Brody has been clearing out for some time now, but her "housecleaning" includes much more than just throwing out a few things. 

Here's a link to the complete article and a link to another article which Brody references: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/30/making-progress-against-clutter/?emc=eta1

Link to technology replacing conversation article in Sunday Times  - The Flight from Conversation:


It's worth taking the time to read it all.  I was really interested since I've been clearing out, giving away, and selling off a lot of furniture and books.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Emeralds

The birthstone for May is the Emerald, a beautiful stone that's been known from ancient times.   Here's a great link to an informative article and some videos on emeralds and emerald production:   http://www.theonlinejeweler.org/emerald-ancient-egyptians-stone-of-fertility-and-rebirth/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+theonlinejeweler%2FhRYO+%28The+Online+Jeweller+Magazine%29

Friday, April 27, 2012

Three Looks in One!

My woven silver earring jackets can give you 3 different looks in one package.   You can wear the studs alone, you can add an earwire to the woven pieces and wear them alone, or you can wear the studs with the earring jackets as shown in the accompanying photo.

At the moment these earring jackets and studs are available in crystal or in jet from www.dianakirkpatrick.com or www.dianakirkpatrickart.etsy.com.  More variations will be available once I have my new studio set up.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Freshwater Pearl Necklace and Earrings on Etsy

Here's the URL for a new Etsy listing -

http://www.etsy.com/listing/98417806/stick-pearl-coin-pearl-necklace-with

This necklace combines AAA long stick pearls and AAA coin pearls with textured Argentium silver rings.  Matching earrings.

Friday, April 20, 2012

A Woven Necklace

I've recently completed a woven necklace in silver and rose gold.   I used the naalbinding technique to weave the strands.   Naalbinding is much like Viking knit and uses a little wire "flower" to start each strand.   The number of "petals" on the flower determine the number of sides to your woven chain.

If you are using expensive materials in a necklace or bracelet, you may want to begin your weaving with some practice wire until the stitch evens out.   This is particularly true if you are new to the technique or if you haven't done any weaving in a while.   I always find it helpful to have a warm-up if some time has passed since my last piece of weaving.   The same technique creates chains for earrings and bracelets as well as necklaces.   You can also double the stitch for a different look.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tangerine for 2012


Tangerine is a hot, hot color for Spring 2012 continuing into summer.  You’ll find tangerine in jewelry, accessories, and of course clothes.  

You can pair tangerine with black or with light neutral colors.   However, one currently hot combination cropping up everywhere is tangerine paired with turquoise!   You have lots of choices in jewelry to accessorize either turquoise clothing or a tangerine outfit:  select turquoise jewelry, agate or carnelian jewelry, or mix turquoise and agate and maybe add a few strands of gold beads or some gold chains.   If you’re a silver person that works, too, and you may find that copper would also be an interesting choice.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

April Birthstone - Diamond

Diamonds are the birthstone for April.   The diamond is made of pure carbon and is the hardest, densest, and rarest gem.

Diamonds are thought to encourage hope, promote healing, and impart protection.

Here's a link to an informative article on diamonds:

NEW ARTICLE: DIAMOND: The Emperor still Reigns Supreme http://ow.ly/aahEb
ow.ly
The Online Jeweller Magazine takes a look at diamond, the official birthstone for April. History, lore, sources, and care are examined.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Last Two Weeks at AGG

My last day at the Artisans' Guild Gallery will be Friday, April 20. 

Next month we leave for New Mexico and I will no longer be able to meet the requirements to maintain my membership in Florida.


Come in and look around.   I have a variety of earrings available, plus a selection of unique necklaces and handcrafted bracelets. 

I hate to leave - I will miss the Guild and all of my friends there.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Necklace for Copper Flower Pendant

I created a hammered copper necklace for the little flower pendant.   When I make another necklace I'll use a heavier gauge wire.   This time I only had 16 gauge and I'd prefer 12-14 gauge in the future.

I'm excited to do another pendant and earrings with a new heavier necklace design - all in copper.  After that, I'll create similar designs in sterling and Argentium silver.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Find My Jewelry

I'm often asked about places to find my handmade jewelry in addition to my website.  One place in Gainesville is The Perfect Gift, located in Haile Village.   Drop in and take a look.

Here's a necklace you'll find there that's perfect for Spring wear.   It could make a terrific Mother's Day gift, too.  It's an unusual design with three rose quartz cabochons set in sterling silver.   The necklace mixes rose quartz beads with little pink lampwork beads in a floral pattern.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

My Handmade Art Jewelry

I really love designing and creating jewelry. My goal when making a piece of my handmade jewelry is to create a first class design that you will be proud to own and wear or to give as a gift. I use top quality materials only - Argentium silver, sterling silver, copper, or karat gold. My get my stones, pearls, etc., from first rate sources. Many stones are cut to my order. Whenever possible I hand select the stones I will use in a a particular design.

Many designs originate from the stones themselves. When I find the stone, the ideas a setting begin to come to me bit by bit until I have a concept to sketch out. Sometimes I create preliminary pieces in copper to see how the idea will work out. I am attentive to all the details in constructing my pieces, too, and I spend a lot of time on the finishing and polishing of the completed piece. Finally, I stand behind my work 100%. I want my customers to be happy with their purchases.


Friday, March 30, 2012

Copper Flowers Part II


As an experiment, I cut some “flowers” out of 24 ga sheet copper – 2 smaller ones for earrings and a larger flower for a pendant. I smoothed the edges of all of the pieces with files and sandpaper and drilled holes for wires that will carry beads and attach to the ear wires.  Then I did some texturing with a hammer followed by shaping each of the flowers over miniature stakes.  Next, I curved the “petal tips” so they are rounded upwards.

I learned instantly that I will have to have a better work surface for texturing (and probably also for forming).   My texturing did not go deep enough and you can barely see any of it after the forming process.   Also, I think I should cut the petals in closer to the center hole so the flower will form more smoothly when the “petals” are curved over the stakes.

I’m currently living and working out of an RV.   It’s not a new experience - I’ve done this a lot in the past when we were traveling, but now that I’ve changed my designs to include more texturing, forming, and soldering and much less wire, I’m discovering that my work area is not as simple as it once was.   I’m going to have to develop new approaches for my work area to allow for hammering, etc.  An interesting aspect of where we happen to be staying right now – no picnic tables!   I planned to work outside on a sturdy surface and there is none!  Now I need to come up with a sturdy portable work surface.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Just Listed on Etsy and On Sale!




Just listed! A one of a kind set of dichroic glass scarab earrings and pendant. 

I fell in love with the scarabs and wanted to use them in a simple but elegant design. The pendant is 35x20 and the earrings are about 18x15. Both are set in sterling silver. The pendant is on a 16 inch sterling chain. The earrings are about 2 inches long, including the sterling earwires.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/96326194/glass-scarab-necklace-and-earrings

$199 for the set - On Sale!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Diana Kirkpatrick-Art You Can Wear | My Thoughts on Jewelry & Design

Diana Kirkpatrick-Art You Can Wear | My Thoughts on Jewelry & Design: Designing Woven Silver Jewelry Posted on March 25, 2012 by Diana Kirkpatrick at www.dianakirkpatrick.com/blog/.

The bracelet on the left is woven from fine silver. The Swarovski rhinestones are set in sterling silver and added one at a time as the weaving progresses. I love designing these pieces, doing the weaving, and constructing pendants and bracelets with woven accents and details. These jewelry pieces sort of evolve from the basic structure I drew out in my design layout and this evolutionary process delights me. I sometimes alter the pattern a bit to include a special element or stone that seems to belong in the piece. Most of my pieces are small pendants wrapped in a woven band so that they often appear to float in their setting. I’m constructing the woven bands from 18-20 gauge fine silver and the weaving is done with 26-30 gauge.

As my hands have become more arthritic I’ve been working with elements under 14 gauge. My most recent designs include woven areas within a design like the cross shown on the right.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Got It!

My new WordPress blog now has three columns and a lot of added information.   I'm still adding to the layout and refining the color combinations.   I found a lot of helpful information on the Web.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Making Progress

I'm working hard on a new WordPress blog.   It's a work in progress since I have to learn how to use WordPress, but I am making progress.   The link is www.dianakirkpatrick.com/blog.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Facebook Welcome Page


I just completed a Welcome page for my Facebook business page using Pagemodo.com.   What do you think?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Copper Flowers

I'm starting a project in copper that will hopefully translate to silver at a later date.  These flowers will be textured and shaped.   The two small ones become earrings and the larger one will be a matching pendant.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Carnelian and Agate Necklace

One of my favorite pendants is this agate in gold wire.   I've put it on a carnelian and agate necklace that really pops the colors out.
http://www.dianakirkpatrick.com/item/Banded-Carnelian-Necklace-and-Agate-Pendant-502

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

www.DianaKirkpatrick.com

When you visit my website you'll find an opening page which shows all the discounts offered to shoppers with links to categories for my handmade jewelry and vintage pieces. You save money at each level of shopping and shipping is FREE in the USA.

http://www.dianakirkpatrick.com/item/Howelite-Cabochon-Sterling-Bracelet-287

Sunday, March 11, 2012

iChromy

I just downloaded the iChromy browser to my iPad2.  I think I'm going to like it a lot better than Safari, but we'll see. It's not quite the same as my PC when it comes to editing.

Here's a link to a lovely pendant that's presently being shown at the Artisans' Guild Gallery.
http://www.dianakirkpatrick.com/item/Rutilated-Quartz-Pendant-in-a-Netted-and-Woven-Setting-298

Rock Crystal Ring


I've just listed a sterling silver and faceted rock crystal ring. 



Here's a link: http://www.dianakirkpatrick.com/item/Faceted-Crystal-Ring-505 
and a photo.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

New Updates to Facebook

I still haven't decided on my blog design, but I've done a lot of work on my Facebook Fan page. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Design Change??

I have a question:

Earlier, I used to use a watermark Blogger design in earth tones and I'm considering returning to that.  Several months ago I changed to my present black background design.  In the design I'm currently using my text appears everywhere else (via RSS) highlighted on a black background.   I do the highlighting in blog entries in order to have my text readable on the blog.

Am I missing something?    My earlier black background design did not require this.  Any comments?

Facebook

I've been working on my Facebook business page.  Check it at www.facebook.com/ArtYouCanWear
The page has a whole new look now.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

New Facebook Photos

I just posted new photos on Facebook.  

Here's the link -

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3258264371418.153895.1111380259&type=1&l=02260e96cc

Monday, February 27, 2012

Where's the sunshine?

When I lived in DC, I always thought Florida was sunny and bright.    What a let down - we've had days on end of cloudy gloomy weather here in FLORIDA!!!   We really need the rain, but it's difficult to take the cloudy cloudy days.

Monday, February 20, 2012

One Week Left

There's one week left in my February sale.   Check out www.dianakirkpatrick.com and also www.dianakirkpatrickart.etsy.com to take advantage of sale prices.    The coupon code FEBRUARY2012 will save you even more.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Check out  the earrings that go with this unusual coin pearl necklace in a bronze/green!  My February sale runs through the 29th.

Friday, February 10, 2012

See My Jewelry at the Artisans' Guild Gallery


















You can see a lot of my handmade jewelry designs at the Artisans' Guild Gallery at Union Square Station in downtown Gainesville, FL.   The street address is 201 SE 2nd Place, #113 and our phone number is 352-278-1383.   You can find out what's going on currently and learn more about the artist members by visiting  www.artisansguildgallery.com


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sandhill Cranes


Today I finally saw a flock of about 12 cranes out near Orange Lake.  They are so beautiful and there's so little water for them this season.  They have been totally absent from the area near our house.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Winter Sale

My Winter Sale will run for the month of February at both my website and my Etsy store.   Here's what you need to know:


At http://www.dianakirkpatrick.com/  there are automatic discounts triggered by your order total.  These discounts are listed on my main page - and the discounts are yours automatically - all you have to do is shop. The discount is computed and subtracted from your order total when you check out.  If you enter the coupon code FEBRUARY2012 on the order form you will save an added 5% ....and you get free shipping. 

On Etsy,  http://www.dianakirkpatrickart.etsy.com/  everything will be marked down 10% starting February 1.  If you enter the coupon code FEBRUARY2012 you'll save an additional 5%. 


GFAA Winter Show at Trinity Methodist

The Gainesville Fine Arts Association's Winter Members' Show opened yesterday.   The show is being held in the activites building of Trinity United Methodist Church at 4000 NW 53rd Avenue in Gainesville, FL.


It's a lovely show that features different painting styles, work in charcoal, stained glass, and jewelry.   The show runs through March 19.


My woven fine silver and rhinestone necklace is one of the pieces on display.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Downtown Art Walk

The Downtown Art Walk is a fun event with live music, refreshments, and lots of art on display in all the shops.   The January Art Walk is Friday night January 27 from 7pm to 10pm.   Please join us.   There are a lot of new things to see at the Artisans Guild Gallery.  

Also, the  "Art HEART of Downtown: Unique Valentine Gifts created by the Guild's artists" show runs through February 16th, 2012 at the Guild.

The Guild is located at Union Street Station, 201 SE 2nd Place #113 in Gainesville, Florida 32601

Monday, January 16, 2012

Winter Sale

Heads up!   My big annual winter sale will start February 1st.  Stayed tuned for details.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Diamonds


In a recent report, Bain & Co. says diamond prices are poised to rise as demand grows at double the pace of supply through 2020 because of expanding middle class populations in China and India.
World demand is expected to expand an average 6.4 percent a year to almost 247 million carats by 2020 while production grows an annual 2.8 percent to 175 million carats (versus 133 million carats total output last year).


Rough-diamond prices rose 49 percent in the first half, accelerating after two straight years of more than 30 percent growth as stagnant output failed to meet Asian demand, according to data from PolishedPrices.com. De Beers, supplier of about a third of all rough diamonds, was among those caught on the back foot after idling mines following the global financial crisis.   De Beers Chief Executive Officer Philippe Mellier said in October that prices may “stick” at current levels after the first-half rally. Retail demand in India and China is “very, very strong” and U.S. sales are growing, defying expectations of a slide in consumption, he said. A PolishedPrices.com index of overall prices has dropped 6.8 percent in the second half.     According to the Bain & Co. report, China and India will increase their share of world diamond demand to about 30 percent by 2020, from 21 percent, as middle class populations in the two countries will more than double to 469 million people and world demand will grow to $23 billion in 10 years from $12 billion last year.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

2012

Best wishes for a healthy, happy, and successful year ahead in 2012.