Friday, May 30, 2008

Must Love Dogs...and Rockets?

A friend forwarded a nice looking ad for a PetSmart job posting. It all seemed rather standard until the next to last line (highlighted in red below - CLICK TO ENLARGE.) Things that make you go hmmmm.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Mama Needs a Drink

Some summer thinking, about drinking. Teeny 'tinis and other and other cocktail specialties. Looking forward to the day when I can shout from my veranda "Mama needs a drink!" and have someone rush out with a margarita. Or seven. Come on lottery, I'm waiting.

.999 fine silver martini with Garnet olive
.999 fine silver martini with Peridot olive
They look fabulous together

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Loving This

For a student film in Los Angeles in 1990 I bought a pile of used furniture (cheap) and in the drawer was a very old rubber stamp that said "original." I've been carting that stamp around for 18 years and this is the first time I've used it.

"Original" .999 fine silver necklace on sterling chain. Am very pleased at the moment.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

New New Work

Collection of the week
Subway token
Impression from a vintage rhinestone festooned (don't you love that word) button
Initial pendants
Fleur di lis (the symbol of Moda di Magno)

The "K" pendant
Pebble pendant
Rings (custom order for Madeleine on the left, the original on the right)


Monday, May 26, 2008

Fare Thee Well, Sydney Pollack

Director/Actor/Producer/Utility player Sydney Pollack passed away today after a relatively short battle with cancer. I was privileged to meet Mr. Pollack in the Dominican Republic on the film Havana in 1990. He was a gentleman with a sense of humor and a major American talent. He will be sorely missed. Fare thee well Mr. Pollack, fare thee well.


On This Memorial Day

On this day I will think about those that gave their lives in service to our country. Because there are 364 other days of the year, I will save my commentary on the evils of war for another time. But did you see the recent PBS documentary Buying the War? You should.

Arlington National Cemetary from above.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Shoe Spotting

These styling woolen babies were spotted on my husband (of all people) the least hippy-dippy of any prepster you could ever meet. However when your tootsies start to hurt, it's a good idea to slip into something a little supportive, and these Haflingers are filling the bill at the moment.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Thinking of Ted

What a crappylicious week. And then Senator Kennedy's diagnosis. OMG. Even non-fans of the Senior Senator from Massachusetts (yes, all caps in that title) are struck that something like this could happen to him. To them. The Kennedys. Again. Oh God. Not again.

Even the thoroughly unreadable (and generally despicable) Boston Herald controlled it's front page tongue. All I can do is add my prayers too.



Monday, May 19, 2008

New New Work

Fine silver Initial pendant; Fine silver MTA Token pendant; Daisy Chain (fine silver with 24K gold design on Hessonite beaded necklace.)
Two more Golden Bean pendants on Hessonite necklaces.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

New Work

Double Question. Fine silver pendant with wash of 24K gold on Sterling chain.
Silver Square. Red Coral necklace with fine silver pendant.
The Golden Bean. (24K gold applied to fine silver pendant on Hessonite Garnet necklace)
Jade pendant on Garnet necklace.JadeBuddha on Garnet necklace.

Shale Construction. Natural Shale with fine silver construction on Sterling chain.
Shale Construction (back view)
Turquoise pendant on Red Coral necklace.
Red Agate oval on two-strand Garnet necklace.
Rising Sun. Hollowform fine silver pendant on Sterling chain.

Question. Fine silver pendant on Sterling chain.
Ami's Necklace. Mother of Pearl, Chalcedony and Czech glass pendant & beads. (Custom)
Green Aventurine with Garnets & fine silver pendant.
Silver Square 2. Brushed finish fine silver pendant on Red Coral necklace.
Smoky. Smoky Quartz necklace with Garnet beads.Turquoise rondelles with fine silver pendant and miniature Turquoise beads.
Hammered Lori. Embossed fine silver pendant with miniature Turquoise bead on Sterling chain.






Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Age of Conversation, OMG!

The first Age of Conversation book started as a crazy idea last year and ended up being written by the top 100 marketing/branding/strategy bloggers (and me!) from all over the world. The network of smart people, many of whom I now count as friends, from the first project is a blessing and provides a wealth of new ideas, insight and information every day.

Thanks to the tireless and Herculean efforts of Drew McLellan and Gavin Heaton, the second, and larger version of the book is coming out this year. The process most like managing such an effort can be seen HERE.

In addition to nearly tripling the number of authors, the book has been divided into eight topics:

Age of Conversation Manifestos
Keeping Secrets in the Age of Conversation
Moving from Conversation to Action
The Accidental Marketer
A New Brand of Creative
My Marketing Tragedy
Business Model Evolution
Life in the Conversation Lane

I selected the topic "A New Brand of Creative" and assembled some thoughts on what being creative in the social media age means.

There are some awesomely cool people on this list! Do yourself a favor and randomly click on 3 or 17 or 145 or more. Oh hell, click on all of them!
Adam Crowe, Adrian Ho, Aki Spicer, Alex Henault, Amy Jussel, Andrew Odom, Andy Nulman, Andy Sernovitz, Andy Whitlock, Angela Maiers, Ann Handley, Anna Farmery, Armando Alves, Arun Rajagopal, Asi Sharabi, Becky Carroll, Becky McCray, Bernie Scheffler, Bill Gammell, Bob Carlton, Bob LeDrew, Brad Shorr, Bradley Spitzer, Brandon Murphy, Branislav Peric, Brent Dixon, Brett Macfarlane, Brian Reich, C.C. Chapman, Cam Beck, Casper Willer, Cathleen Rittereiser, Cathryn Hrudicka, Cedric Giorgi, Charles Sipe, Chris Kieff, Chris Cree, Chris Wilson, Christina Kerley (CK), C.B. Whittemore, Clay Parker Jones, Chris Brown, Colin McKay, Connie Bensen, Connie Reece, Cord Silverstein, Corentin Monot, Craig Wilson, Daniel Honigman, Dan Goldstein, Dan Schawbel, Dana VanDen Heuvel, Dan Sitter, Daria Radota Rasmussen, Darren Herman, Darryl Patterson, Dave Davison, Dave Origano, David Armano, David Bausola, David Berkowitz, David Brazeal, David Koopmans, David Meerman Scott, David Petherick, David Reich, David Weinfeld, David Zinger, Deanna Gernert, Deborah Brown, Dennis Price, Derrick Kwa, Dino Demopoulos, Doug Haslam, Doug Meacham, Doug Mitchell, Douglas Hanna, Douglas Karr, Drew McLellan, Duane Brown, Dustin Jacobsen, Dylan Viner, Ed Brenegar, Ed Cotton, Efrain Mendicuti, Ellen Weber, Emily Reed, Eric Peterson, Eric Nehrlich, Ernie Mosteller, Faris Yakob, Fernanda Romano, Francis Anderson, G. Kofi Annan, Gareth Kay, Gary Cohen, Gaurav Mishra, Gavin Heaton, Geert Desager, George Jenkins, G.L. Hoffman, Gianandrea Facchini, Gordon Whitehead, Graham Hill, Greg Verdino, Gretel Going & Kathryn Fleming, Hillel Cooperman, Hugh Weber, J. Erik Potter, J.C. Hutchins, James Gordon-Macintosh, Jamey Shiels, Jasmin Tragas, Jason Oke, Jay Ehret, Jeanne Dininni, Jeff De Cagna, Jeff Gwynne, Jeff Noble, Jeff Wallace, Jennifer Warwick, Jenny Meade, Jeremy Fuksa, Jeremy Heilpern, Jeroen Verkroost, Jessica Hagy, Joanna Young, Joe Pulizzi, Joe Talbott, John Herrington, John Jantsch, John Moore, John Rosen, John Todor, Jon Burg, Jon Swanson, Jonathan Trenn, Jordan Behan, Julie Fleischer, Justin Flowers, Justin Foster, Karl Turley, Kate Trgovac, Katie Chatfield, Katie Konrath, Kenny Lauer, Keri Willenborg, Kevin Jessop, Kris Hoet, Krishna De, Kristin Gorski, Laura Fitton, Laurence Helene Borei, Lewis Green, Lois Kelly, Lori Magno, Louise Barnes-Johnston, Louise Mangan, Louise Manning, Luc Debaisieux, Marcus Brown, Mario Vellandi, Mark Blair, Mark Earls, Mark Goren, Mark Hancock, Mark Lewis, Mark McGuinness, Mark McSpadden, Matt Dickman, Matt J. McDonald, Matt Moore, Michael Hawkins, Michael Karnjanaprakorn, Michelle Lamar, Mike Arauz, Mike McAllen, Mike Sansone, Mitch Joel, Monica Wright, Nathan Gilliatt, Nathan Snell, Neil Perkin, Nettie Hartsock, Nick Rice, Oleksandr Skorokhod, Ozgur Alaz, Paul Chaney, Paul Hebert, Paul Isakson, Paul Marobella, Paul McEnany, Paul Tedesco, Paul Williams, Pet Campbell, Pete Deutschman, Peter Corbett, Phil Gerbyshak, Phil Lewis, Phil Soden, Piet Wulleman, Rachel Steiner, Sreeraj Menon, Reginald Adkins, Richard Huntington, Rishi Desai, Beeker Northam, Rob Mortimer, Robert Hruzek, Roberta Rosenberg, Robyn McMaster, Roger von Oech, Rohit Bhargava, Ron Shevlin, Ryan Barrett, Ryan Karpeles, Ryan Rasmussen, Sam Huleatt, Sandy Renshaw, Scott Goodson, Scott Monty, Scott Townsend, Scott White, Sean Howard, Sean Scott, Seni Thomas, Seth Gaffney, Shama Hyder, Sheila Scarborough, Sheryl Steadman, Simon Payn, Sonia Simone, Spike Jones, Stanley Johnson, Stephen Collins, Stephen Cribbett, Stephen Landau, Stephen Smith, Steve Bannister, Steve Hardy, Steve Portigal, Steve Roesler, Steven Verbruggen, Steve Woodruff, Sue Edworthy, Susan Bird, Susan Gunelius, Susan Heywood, Tammy Lenski, Terrell Meek, Thomas Clifford, Thomas Knoll, Tiffany Kenyon, Tim Brunelle, Tim Buesing, Tim Connor, Tim Jackson, Tim Longhurst, Tim Mannveille, Tim Tyler, Timothy Johnson, Tinu Abayomi-Paul, Toby Bloomberg, Todd Andrlik, Troy Rutter, Troy Worman, Uwe Hook, Valeria Maltoni, Vandana Ahuja, Vanessa DiMauro, Veronique Rabuteau, Wayne Buckhanan, William Azaroff, Yves Van Landeghem

Friday, May 16, 2008

Infinity Always Gives Me Vertigo

Thank you WUMB (famous for the annual Boston Folk Festival) for a fabulous evening! At 5pm Tommy won tickets (front row - OMG!) for Bruce Cockburn's show at the Somerville Theater - and while it was a scramble for me to get there, it was totally, utterly worth it. Bruce put on an intimate show in the 900 seat theater and had the audience in his hand the entire time. How nice it was to have a community sing on "Wondering Where the Lions Are" and to have a rowdy bunch calling out song after song after song. Brilliant show Bruce!

The stage is set for bruce.
Bruce checks the tuning.
A gracious artist says thanks.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Swamped

All the excitement in Boston is on Boylston Street. I am in twelve directions right now. Amuse yourself with the thought of the awesomest Apple Store (ever) opening in Boston tomorrow.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Certifiable

I'm certified baby! Today I received my PMC Certification after a 3-day intensive training. It's got a gold seal and a signature, so fail not to take it seriously. All of my pix are on their own Flickr page (nothing is labeled yet, just make up your own narration for what's going on in the image.)

The class was amazing - I learned so much, I brushed up on my techniques (and confirmed what I thought already knew) and learned even more. A course taught by a great instructor and artist will bring a lot to your work, but a class filled with artists willing to share their knowledge and tips and tricks takes it to a whole other level. (Yes, that is a molten ring fresh from being torched. That's hot.)

I completed the seven projects required for the certification and spent some time fooling around with different patinas, learned about PMC Gold and Aura 22 and laughed throughout the last three days.
I am rejuvenated in spirit, feeling more passionate about my jewelry-making and just plain happy to have been in the company of artists for three whole days. Thanks everybody!
L-R: Dan Rapoza, Ellen Farris, Gale Rockwell, instructor Chris Darway, Amy Brown, Christine Martin, Me, Erin Nelson
The project I was fearing, the tetrahedron, which turned out to be my favorite.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Harold Prenatt: Belmont Hill

Harold Prenatt attended the Reunion Weekend at Belmont Hill and joined the class of 1973 at their 35th reunion dinner. Somehow, Harold survived. All of the reunion pictures are in their own Flickr set.

I have a ton to write about the reunion weekend and my PMC certification class, but at the moment I am exhausted. Utterly exhausted, but exhilarated, and happy and ready for bed.

More tomorrow.

Dan Schley, Burry Gowen & Jon White: Class of 1973

Dan Schley, Burry Gowen & Jon White, Belmont Hill class of 1973. Preppies Forever.

Joe, Jim & Tommy: Class of 1973

Joe Knowles, Jim McGrath & Tom Magno. Belmont Hill School class of 1973. Happy 35th reunion boys.

Friday, May 09, 2008

The Joy of Metal

I'm taking a 3-day PMC (precious metal clay) Certification at the Metalwerx Studio in Waltham, MA. The class is being taught by artist Chris Darway who is awesome and making a tough schedule lively and fun. I'll need to complete 7 specific projects that show an understanding of foundational construction techniques and the qualities of the various products.

I am so excited to spend three days working with this awesomely cool product - which is 99.9% fine silver, but starts in the form of "clay" (really fine silver particles suspended in binder) that when fired gives you beautiful results. There are many things I can do with this product that I can't with regular sterling silver.

Some snaps below, more at Flickr. And more tomorrow.

Chris Darway mugs for my camera.


The first project: the hollowform bead.

PMC sheet - this product is amazing.
The woven project using PMC sheet.


Beads just removed from the kiln.
My bead (which I designed to be a pendant) straight from the kiln before being polished.


My bead/pendant after a first pass with the brass brush and a little burnishing.

The back of my bead, half polished.