Sunday, December 30, 2007

the best season of your life.

"I thank You God for most this amazing | day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees | and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything | which is natural which is infinite which is yes"
e. e. cummings

(jewelry folder)

when I was a little girl I did not know that people could grow up to become artist
what is an artist any ways!?
I wanted to be a supper model and a mom!

well as luck has it the supper model thing did not work out for me, but the mom part did and I have two delightful teenagers in my life to remind me that dreams do come true!

2007 was a great year filled with tears and joys but for the most part it was a time for great personal and professional growth for me.

2008 in many ways is starting out much like 2007,
as I have a lot of wonderful activity's ahead of me,
the first one being that
at the end of this month I will be boarding a airplain
to film a segment for the second season of Quilting Arts TV
in Cleavland Ohio!
so if your out there trying to find your artist voice, always remember to create from your heart, and believe in your creative soul and it will lead the way!)

(copper, brass and silver bangles )

when in Ohio Kim has agreed to be my city guild, and I can not wait to see her again as she was so sweet and made the drive out to Kelly and I when we were in Cincinnati last summer working on our book.

(side view of bangles)

once I am done in Ohio I will be off for a few days to spend some time with Deborah and teach a jewelry workshop In Chicago but mostly its all about girl time and catching up!

(inside of jewelry folder)

I have been busy editing my book and have not had much time for art, so I was oh so happy to get this package in the mail today full of inspiration from
my favorite place to get rubber stamps RED LEAD !
drool, drool! I can hardly wait to play!

I did make it into my studio today and I made this commissioned bracelet that is long over due.

I took photos along the way so you could see some of the steeps that it took to create this piece

first I cut a piece of silver then I drilled holes on both sides next I stamped on the names then I used my bracelet mandrel to arch the bar next I laid out the beads and strung them up lastly before I attached the bar to the bracelet I used liver of sulfur to blacken the letters then I buffed it up.

and here you have it all completed!

Ten thousand flowers in spring
the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer,
snow in winter.
If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.

(oh my! this was a crazy all over the place post! its just that my life is a little overwhelming (in a good way!) right now so of course its going to reflect here in my blog! Thank you all for your support and kind words they truly mean the world to me!)

H A P P Y N E W Y E A R!



HappyDayArt! said...

Yay Ruth! The next part of your life is beginning and you see, there really is never a time you need to worry. It's all on rails.


Evoke-Designs by Lorraine said...

When I saw the "blurb" from Quilting Arts, I KNEW you would be on the show! :0)

Congratulations deserve it!

Patti G. said...

Ruth, hey doll!!!!!! Lots going on for you which is soooooo well deserved! I adore your fabric art and jewelry making talents! This bracelet here is ammmmmmazazing! heheheh!
Wishing you happiness and love and your heart's desires for the New Year! Hugs, Patti

Sharon said...

I absolutly enjoyed this "all over the place" post. I especially loved your advise on finding your "artist voice".
And congratulations on your next adventure.
And I love the bangles and that last bracelet you showed is to die for.

Maija said...

You have a huge year ahead of you, Ruth!
I wish you all success!

Carol said...

So glad your having such an exciting time of it at the start of what can only be a great year for you. Lovely pieces on your post.Best of luck over the next year!

Vickie Hallmark said...

Those bangles are so perfect -- simple, elegant, gorgeous! You have me running out to play with metal...
Happy New Year!

Kelly Snelling said...

and you didn't even tell them about your SECOND BOOK! hee, hee. i love the bracelet, friend. feel better!

Ruth Rae said...

because that is still a secret!

knitsteel said...

The bangles are beautiful! I think a version of them would look great as big hoop earrings too.

martha brown said...

that bracelet is so pretty, Ruth! Lucky Vicki! Is the jewelry folder for the bracelet?
I hope that your 2008 continues to be as productive and as upbeat as the start!
p.s. there's an affirmation pillow heading your way....

Judy Scott said...

happy new year to you Ruth I wanted to let you know that I've awarded you with a You Make My Day Award. I love your blog and its always filled with so much inspiration. Love Judy xx

Bhavna said...

The metal bracelets are absolutely lovely!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Ruth...what a wonderful year you have had, and it's only the beginning! You are a wealth of talent...between your great jewelry pieces and your luscious quilt art, I don't know which I like better. Keep us posted on the air date for the Quilting TV segment...don't want to miss it!

Beate Knappe said...

I give you the Made my Day award - more on my Blog

barbara burkard said...

SECOND BOOK!!?? GOODNESS! Only happiness and joy come from your soul sweet angel! big hugz for 2008 and beyond WAYYYYYYYY BEYOND!

Silvia said...

I love your blog!
Happy 2008 for you :D

~Izabella said...

can I come play at your house!? ;)

your pages are full of so much inspiration~