Wednesday, May 30

Fort Collins friends!

Please join Moonwater Designs for an art opening at the Artists’ Nook in Fort Collins, Colorado this Friday, June 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Artists’ Nook is located at 402 N. College Avenue in Fort Collins, just about 4 blocks north of Mountain Avenue.

Can't make it on Friday? Moonwater Designs jewelry will be on display at The Artists’ Nook through June 30.

Sunday, May 27

The weather this weekend has been amazing- warm and sunny. I have an art opening this upcoming Friday at the Artists' Nook in Fort Collins, so I've been doing lots of jewelry making this weekend- but have made it a point to get out there and enjoy the lovely days we've been having!

As you can see, my art desk includes jump rings. Lots of them. And permanent splashes of paint that- now that I think about it- I've never tried to wash off. The table I use is this dull GRAY of all colors, so I welcome the addition of color in the form of spilled paint.

Our dog Koda joined us on our adventures today. First, we walked into downtown Denver and went to an art fair. I love outdoor fairs and festivals, and am so glad that season is upon us! Denver's a great place to be if you enjoy attending or participating in outdoor fairs. Farmer's markets, outdoor antique flea markets, art fairs, and cultural celebrations abound.

The art fair was great. There were quite a few stained glass artists and lots of jewelry artists, both things I really enjoy. I fell in love with a necklace created by a male jewelry artist. Male jewelry artists are rare, and seeing one at an art fair is even more rare. He had unique designs, and I like to support local artists as much as my pocketbook will allow. Unfortunately, my pocketbook didn't allow me to bring home the 5-foot tall painting I loved. Someday.

After the art fair, we stopped and had tacos at a restaurant near our apartment. It has a dog-friendly patio, so Koda hung out and vacuumed up all the food that made its way to the cement floor. So polite.

Monday, May 21

Stop and Smell the Roses

We have a few plants in our apartment, but most are up high- outside sniffing range- so our dog Koda was curious when I brought home a bunch of flowers after work today. I sat out on our porch and quizzical Koda joined me. I looked away for a split second and he had stuffed his face in one of the pots and came up with a nose full of dirt and a giant grin on his face.

A few years ago, I thought it was time to learn how to take care of something other than myself, so I bought a few plants. Some died, but there are several that have been with me for multiple years now. Next, I got a dog. He's almost two years old now, and he passed with flying colors at our last vet visit. Since I've been successful at nurturing various things these past few years, I decided I'd plant a bed of flowers this summer using the gigantic flowerpot that the prior apartment dwellers left behind on our porch.

My parents have always had big, beautiful flower gardens in our yard, and the itch suddenly hit me this year to create a mini flower garden of my own. Living in downtown Denver surrounded by silver skyscrapers and gray concrete, bright colors and growth are especially refreshing.

Sunday, May 20

Today I drank orange soda...

found some lovely vintage keys at Studio Bead ...

worked on some new jewelry designs...

and found some broken glass which I will eventually encase in mini necklace shadowbox type pieces. I spotted these sparkling on the sidewalk during my jog today and couldn't resist picking them up on my way back home. I think I jogged about a half mile with a small bunch of these clutched in my hand. Having worked with glass for so many years, I've become pretty good at avoiding injury. The first few years were challenging as I learned how not to handle glass the hard way. Let's just say I sported Band-Aids frequently.

Tuesday, May 15

The photo on the top left features a package of jewelry which will soon be making its way from Colorado to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It's always exciting knowing that some of my creations will be making their journey from my studio out into the world! It makes me happy. Makes my dog smile, too.

If you're in the Sioux Falls area, you can stop by
Archival Elements new location downtown at 330 S. Phillips Avenue to check out their new space and the new Moonwater Designs shipment.

Wednesday, May 9