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One of the benefits of being laid up ill for so long a few months ago was that I had a lot of "couch time", in which I browsed through a LOT of great books. One in particular that inspired me featured historical jewelry, so it's no surprise that some of my newest pieces have a bit of that "flavor"!

Galah lovers will need to check out the Rose Breasted Cockatoo necklace! There is also a beautiful beaded necklace and earring set featuring another Waterhouse painting that I love.

The three other new necklaces do not feature images, but instead are sculpted around glass stones, some with Swarovski crystals embedded. The necklaces are all being auctioned on eBay for five days, ending on Wednesday, May 22st.


 
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Oh, I've been waiting for this day for ages! I'm incredibly excited to finally unveil the first lot of jewelry in the my new line! It is called "ARTdornments" and features antique art that I have hand sculpted polymer clay frames around, with various aged metallic finishes. Many of the one-of-a-kind pendants are beaded into unique necklaces with semi-precious stones and beautiful glass beads individually wired together. There are also some simpler styles strung on fine chain. Most of the necklaces pictured include matching earrings.

This new line has an old-fashioned feel that invokes the romantic beauty of days gone by. I've always adored past eras, including the styles of Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Nouveau artists, as well as Medieval and Renaissance themes, so a mixture of all of the above is the inspiration for this new line. In the near future I'll be creating pieces featuring some of my favorite Pre-Raphaelite images, as well as many more wonderful avian illustrations and animal themed art. I have to say that I am so in love with this particular style, more than any jewelry I've ever created!

The pieces currently for sale in the new style feature: Major Mitchell's/Leadbeaters Cockatoos, Lady with Barn Owl, Girl with Amazon, Lady with Greenwing Macaw, Lady with Bird (Unknown Species), the Garnier Paris Opera House, and an African Grey in Bronze Setting. (Grey lovers, I want to let you know that I will be listing a different Congo African Grey necklace set in an antique silver setting next month.) I plan to have at least one new ARTdornments piece to auction every month along with all of the "regular" parrot jewelry that I offer in my monthly collections. However, like all of my sculpted work, these pieces are one-of-kind, so if you see one that you really love, be sure to bid!

This is your chance to own one of my very first pieces in the new style; all of the pieces shown above are being auctioned on eBay, ending on Monday, September 29th. If anything is left afterwards, it will be sold through the new ARTdornments Etsy shop (dedicated exclusively to the new work) at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ARTdornments


 
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WOW!! After many years of wanting to see this amazing musical, I finally got to see it yesterday! I am still in awe and am sure it will be running through my head for days and weeks to come - it is one of the most visually stunning shows of all time! Besides the incredible music and dance, the puppetry and incredible designs by genius Julie Taymor blew me away! What an inspiration!

If you ever have the chance to see this brilliant show - do it! Here is a taste of what I enjoyed:


 

 

 
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