Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank – “What is your favorite time of day?”

July 20, 2012

July’s topic for the Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank is…
“What is your favorite time of day?” 

If you have been following my BOSTT posts and have clicked through the links at the bottom of each post to read my fellow BOSTT Bloggers’ posts (and I really hope you have), then you know that it is rare that we have a single favorite anything!  😉

This time I have a definite FAVORITE!!!  

From the old radio show “Broadway is my Beat”:
Broadway is sleeping now… the furious avenues of the night are still… only the sleepwalkers are there… the seekers, the sodden… it’s Broadway. The gaudiest. The most violent. The lonesomest mile in the world. Broadway… my beat!”

My favorite time of day are those hours just before dawn when there is a little light in the sky and everyone is asleep – best time to Work …and best time to Fish out on the open seas! 

Photo Credit:  Brian Reynolds, Flickr

Hmmm – now I am going to check around and see what my fellow bloggers posted…won’t you follow me?

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A SoCal Art Opportunity You May Not Have Thought About!

July 15, 2012

When you finally knew you were an “artist” and started looking for opportunities to show your art…I know you never thought to approach your local Airport!!!   …nope – not a typo – AIRPORT!

If you are an Artisan in San Diego, you have this option – if you are an Artisan elsewhere?  show them this amazing program at the San Diego International Airport…they may be willing to start the program with YOU!

I first became aware of this program with “GIA Celebrates Birthstones” which featured over 250 gems, minerals and jewelry from around the world.

On September 14 2011, the Airport Authority joined GIA (Gemological Institute of America) in Opening this glorious attraction which closed in February of this year.

Representatives from both the Airport Authority and GIA addressed the crowd, including GIA President and CEO Donna Baker. 

“We want to offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the San Diego International Airport Art Program for providing us the opportunity to install the ‘GIA Celebrates Birthstones’ exhibit,” said Baker. “In selecting a focus for this display, we wanted to be relevant and appealing to all travelers from around the globe. Since everyone has a birthstone, it was the perfect choice. Our mission is to protect the public trust in gems and jewelry – and engaging, inspiring and educating people about gems and jewelry is part of that mission.”

Other Exhibitions have included Displays by the San Diego Potter’s Guild; San Diego Hall of Champions & U.S. Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista; Paper Sculptures by Robin Olimb; The History of Skateboarding by Tony Hawk; Creative Connections ArtLink & Francis Parker Schools; basically anything that makes the San Diego Area unique has been represented!  for an idea of past projects check out:

There are several Art installations throughout the Airport – from the Airport Authority website…

 “There are currently four unique areas comprised of 24 exhibition cases located in the Commuter Terminal and throughout Terminal 2. This program provides opportunities to showcase San Diego’s unique identity through the presentation of items that have cultural, educational and artistic interest. Proposed exhibits must use all cases respective to the exhibition site. Opportunity is limited to San Diego Area artists and organizations.”  
Currently Showing is:

The San Diego International Airport Art Program was established in 2006 to engage travelers in innovative, memorable and considerate experiences, creating an ambiance unique to San Diego and welcoming people to the airport and region. The program consists of three components: temporary and rotating exhibits, performing arts and public art. Visit for more information.

Photos via the GIA Exhibit Set from the San Diego International Airport Art Program Flickr Stream

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Book Review: A Ring A Day…

July 1, 2012

The Ring A Day (RAD) project is the little project that grew to international status…

Jewelry Designer. Graphic Designer. Appreciator of modern design.
For the year 2010, I have given myself the challenge to create a ring every day. They can be made out of anything. The only restriction is that I must make one ring every day for 365 days. I will be posting all of my rings here. 
Several other artists have joined me in this challenge. You can see their work here:”    …from the blog of Nina Dinoff

…and so it began – a few at the start that soon grew to hundreds of jewelry artisans committed to designing and fabricating a “Ring A Day”!

While there will always be the Flickr group with photos of every piece submitted…the little Lark tome is a handy at home or in the classroom reminder of the exercise.

Brilliantly standing in its jewel toned red cover – Marthe LeVan has once again curated a collection that gives the novice an idea of the entirety of the project.  Sampling rings of  every material be it animal, vegetable, mineral or metal and all things in between.

 What started as a small adventure, day by day, grew to become an incredible and amazing experience. Also, this project brought my pieces, along with many other participants, to a United States Exhibition and it has been published by Lark Books in this fantastic book. Thank you all!”      …from the 18kt blog by Marta Sanchez

The project started with the agreement to “make a ring a day no matter where you are, what materials are at your disposal, or how much time you have available” and post a photograph of it to Flickr. The project was designed to encourage people to find beauty, art, and jewelry everywhere. Their imaginative rings showcase a range of unusual things, from a pencil sharpener to a tiny baby doll to an egg, and even poodle hair! Comments and quotes from the artists themselves provide plenty of insight into the work.

…and so the project grew from a Flickr Group to international Art exhibitions – including the Annual Conference of the prestigious Society of North American Goldsmiths.

RAD exhibition at SNAG
EtsyMetal is pleased to announce that the Ring a Day Project has been accepted as an exhibition for theSociety of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) upcoming Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington.
RAD, a Ring a Day for 365 days(working title)
Thurs May 5 to Sun May 29, 2011 – At the Punch Gallery in Seattle – More about the exhibition here.   from the “ring a day” blog

 Thank you to Lark for providing a review copy of this book and I apologize for taking so long with the review…it is never too late to pick up inspiration!

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Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank: “What is your favorite quote?”

June 20, 2012

June’s topic for the Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank is…
“What is your favorite quote?”

If you have been following my BOSTT posts and have clicked through the links at the bottom of each post to read my fellow BOSTT Bloggers’ posts (and I really hope you have), then you know that it is rare that we have a single favorite anything!  😉

Nothing has changed!  …and with that rambling intro I present an assortment of TOP Quotes!

Whether it is in Life or Business my go-to Guru is Seth Godin – so much so that my Business Cards have Seth Godin Quotes on them…btw you can get them too, from moo!


One of my latest passions is Pinterest – some of my favorite quotes are pinned to my Sign of the Times board

…finally – the words I try to live by…

Now it is time to see what my fellow Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank bloggers posted for this great topic:

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Celebrating 65 Years With a 65 Facet Design Competition

June 13, 2012

65 FACET DESIGN: Create a design for a gem with 65 facets and enter it on Jewelry Making Daily.  Jewelry Making Daily members will vote on their favorites based on photographs of cut stones and descriptions of the cuts. Winners must make the stones available for photography and provide cutting instructions for publication. (Photo: Clay Zava’s 65th Anniversary facet design 
shown in a 22 ct blue topaz; photo by Jim Lawson.)

The first place winner will receive a variety of tools, equipment, or supplies from our sponsors, and the winning design will be pub-lished in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist’s special Gem issue, January/February, 2012. Second and third place winners will also be published in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. Read the Official Rules before entering. You must be a member of Jewelry Making Daily to enter.

Enter Now!

View the Official Rules

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Review: Gemstone Setting: The Jewelry Maker’s Guide to Styles & Techniques

June 11, 2012

Gemstone Setting: The Jewelry Maker’s Guide to Styles & Techniquesby Anastasia YoungJust when you think the title says it all…Let me preface this review with a little about the author.  Anastasia Young is from London, a graduate of the Royal…

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Blog-o-sphere Think Tank: Favorite Place You’ve Traveled To – Why?

May 20, 2012

Choose Your Favorite Travel Destination…Explain Why?OK, once again I am going to fudge a little on this topic.  Off the top of my head I can think of two trips I’ve made that we now repeat almost annually.  But, these are favorites for very…

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Review: 500 Silver Jewelry Designs

May 11, 2012

500 Silver Jewelry Designs: The Powerful Allure of a Precious MetalI have been meaning to post a review for this book since the day I got it (thanks Lark Crafts)  but, as I tend to do, I get lost in it every time I open it!500 Silver Jewelry …

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Happy Earth Day!!!

April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day!!!Go outside and touch the Earth!

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Blog-o-sphere Think Tank: Your Favorite Tool

April 20, 2012

Our Blog-o-sphere Think Tank Topic For April is…Your Favorite Tool!Yeah – like I can pick just ONE favorite tool…so – I have decided to give you my favorite tool for each of the lives I lead:@AFlyOnTheWall – Social Media Manager:Online, my Fav…

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