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must everything take ten times longer than I think it will?
I’m happy to announce my Etsy shop, Chocolate Olive Studio, is now open! I have two items listed so far, and I have four more that I will be adding over the next couple weeks. And I still have a bunch of jewelry that I haven’t even taken photos of yet, so I’ll be adding a lot more.

I love chocolate and I love olives (not together of course!) so it seemed fitting to incorporate them into my shop name. It’s a little quirky too, which I like.

the camera is rolling
Taking photos of my work is rather time-consuming and not my favorite thing in the world to do. But I’m already seeing some improvement in my meager skills, and I think I’ve gotten some pretty good shots.

So check out my shop and let me know what you think!

~back in business~

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a lovely surprise
I received the current of issue of Artful Blogging in the mail the other day.

Artful Blogging - Feb/Mar/April 2009

I don’t subscribe, so I’m assuming that I must have received a free subscription for having my banner published in the previous issue. How lovely! I wasn’t expecting anything in return; I was more than happy just to be published.

ancient techniques in a new age
My husband gave me a box of gourmet chocolates (by Burdick Chocolate – most delicious!) for my birthday. The box was wrapped with a ribbon which was held in place with a wax seal…

Chocolate box, Burdick Chocolates

As soon as I saw that wax seal, I thought – how cool! I could use that in my paper art! It’s elegant and unusual and old-fashioned – everything I love.

So I did a little searching and found this website – Nostalgic Impressions – that sells writing instruments and accessories from bygone eras. These people are serious about their sealing wax. The imported genuine traditional sealing wax they sell? Handcrafted by Scottish artisans using techniques that are centuries old. I had no idea such things existed, and that people still had such passion for them.

It’s truly wonderful, and I am ever so thankful that I live in an age where I can order handcrafted sealing waxes from my living room.

is there a lost and found
I seem to have either lost or misplaced my Polyshrink bracelet. I swear I vaguely remember taking it off at home and putting it…..somewhere. I’ve looked in the places where I usually put my jewelry to no avail. oh well. If it’s around I’ll find it eventually. I still have some practice pieces left so I’ve started to make another one. I don’t think it just fell off, but if it did I hope some kind soul has given it a new home.

in the lab
I’ve been doing some experimenting with the sealers I have on hand – Folk Art Matte Varnish and Krylon Matte Spray. At first the pearlescense seemed to vanish with the application of either of them. But upon inspection a couple days later, the pieces sprayed with the Krylon retained a bit of sparkle, while the Folk Art pieces have no sparkle left. I bought some Krylon Workable Fixatif which I am going to experiment with as well.

~exploring as always~

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I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and Hanukkah (for those who celebrate them, anyway). Mine were wonderful – I am blessed with a loving, fun, and generous family.

My husband gave me some very cool gourmet chocolates by MarieBelle. Each chocolate is handcrafted from the finest natural ingredients, and the top of each delectable treat offers an artistic rendition of a unique retro-inspired scene or design. Flavors range from the traditional (butter caramel and coconut) to the unusual (champagne – yummy! and gianduja – I don’t know what that is). These are fun chocolates – just ask my daughter.

Here are a few of them:
MarieBelle chocolates

I received my ATC’s from the Artella Holiday Memories swap a week ago but hadn’t had a chance to post them, so here they are:

Artella 2008 Holiday Memories ATC Swap

I love the variety. From top left clockwise the artists are: Jan’ice Rogers, Cheryl Richards, Karen Solliday, and Pamela Tucker.

For Christmas I made necklaces for my sister and sister-in-law. They are the same as the crystal pendant necklace I made for myself a couple months ago (mine was the test drive!).

The one for my sister:
Julie's Christmas gift 2008

And the one for my sister-in-law (this one is exactly the same as the one I made for myself):
Erin's Christmas gift 2008

And here is the collage I made for my Mom:
Mom's Christmas gift 2008

This was my grandmother’s older sister Charlotte, for whom my Mom is named. Charlotte was killed in a car accident a couple months after graduating high school. My grandmother was only seven at the time. She remembers Charlotte as being very sweet and calling her “my sugar cookie”. My mom spent a good deal of time last year researching the details of the accident because my grandmother’s memory was a bit hazy.

And then there were a bunch of photos of Charlotte in a box of old family photos my Mom lent to me, and I also found her commencement card and a thank-you note she had written to one of her aunts shortly before she died, thanking her for a graduation present. So looking at these photos and other items and knowing my Mom’s interest in her inspired me to create a collage in honor of her.

I’m happy with how it turned out. I did a bit of sewing on this one, which I love to do. And I didn’t use any glitter glue – I wanted the collage to be more serious, and not glitzy. The buttons represent history and the connections that female family members have to each other. I’ve read many a blog entry or magazine article where the author mentions how she treasures a button box given to her by her mother or grandmother.

I suspect not many people would recognize the evocative power of a button.

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