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April 11, 2014

I really have to pick up the camera more. I’ve been really lazy these days and not working on art and artistic things…as evidenced by the hopeless lack of posts.

But work in the garden for the Art in the Garden weekend is continuing. I’ve planted a sedum collection in a pot and I have dreams of a living wreath or living wall…but it’ll take time because all these sedums have been stolen divided and shared and have come from family and friends.

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Clover is using this amazing product called Sculpey baking clay to make a weird and wild taxonomy of fairies for a Cabinet of Curiosity display for her art history of museums course. Here, with Morgan inspecting, (as usual), she’s just placing her fairies into the shadow box she’ll use for the project. That clay was super fun for her to work with and there’s a little left over. I think I might have a go.

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I’ve been putting in a bit of time in the new jewellery studio. It’s working really well on the bench in the sun. The only slight drawback is that I can’t see the flame of my torch in the sunlight.

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And, as with almost any new art discipline almost anyone takes up, it’s going to be hours and hours of solid practice before I get good at it.

Chloe turned 22 this week and I was determined to make her a special birthday ring. So, after about three tries, (all of which ended up in the scrap silver for lost wax molding jar), I finally succeeded!

I made her a ring with a piece of beach glass she found in Mexico.

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She loves it. 😀 I’m so happy.

Sharing with Nancy and the random bunch.

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26 Comments

  • Reply Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow April 11, 2014 at 8:31 am

    The ring is beautiful! Of course she’d love it! :)

    • Reply Veronica April 12, 2014 at 7:26 am

      She did! Thanks so much Debbie. :)

  • Reply Mascha April 11, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Sedum pots are beautiful, but it takes a long time to completely overgrown – I might still give a lot of Sedum! I have planted here the cracks between stones and concrete with it, maybe next Random5friday I will show …
    Oh, you piece of glass edged, this is really good craftsmanship (I myself could never!) and a lovely ring.
    Have a nice time and good luck in the garden :-)

    • Reply Veronica April 12, 2014 at 7:25 am

      That would be great Mascha; I’d love to see your sedums. I have a few in the cement cracks too. Such grateful little plants, aren’t they? 😀

  • Reply Sara v April 11, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Your sedum pot is like a lovely plant quilt! C’s ring is gorgeous! What a special thing to do. You are so thoughtful
    :-) And please, do not call yourself lazy–so far from the truth, it could be in another country…xo

    • Reply Veronica April 12, 2014 at 7:24 am

      I’m hoping for a quilt like planting Sara! 😀 Aw, thank you for that, just what I needed to read. Big hugs. X

  • Reply Ida P. Krause April 11, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Oh that Sedum garden is so lovely.
    The ring you made is very pretty, such a lovely shade of glass.
    The clay sculptures are quite different. The two headed one caught my eye right away.

    • Reply Veronica April 12, 2014 at 7:23 am

      The two headed one is a riot, and, after all, fairies can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes…lol. :)

  • Reply daryledelstein April 11, 2014 at 11:12 am

    wish her happy birthday and tell her i said to wear her new ring in happiness and good health xo

    • Reply Veronica April 12, 2014 at 7:23 am

      Aw, that’s so sweet 😀 Thank you Daryl, I’ll tell her.

  • Reply abrianna April 11, 2014 at 11:15 am

    What a wonderful birthday present for Chloe. Lovely little sedum garden and Morgan is too cute!

    • Reply Veronica April 12, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Thank you Abrianna; Morgan loves to be involved in everything!

  • Reply Diane April 11, 2014 at 11:53 am

    The ring is perfection in every way… xox

    • Reply Veronica April 12, 2014 at 7:21 am

      Thank you so much Diane; C really loves it. 😀 X

  • Reply dawnsrays April 12, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Fantastic sculptures and what a gorgeous and special ring !!
    I love sedum I have a small pot of hens and chicks I will be nurturing to full bloom this season! they did me proud last year.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    ~Dawn

    • Reply Veronica April 12, 2014 at 7:21 am

      Thanks so much Dawn; I love hens and chicks too and grow some in the garden. I’ve just got some with spider web-like webs on top. So cool. 😀

  • Reply latane April 12, 2014 at 3:05 am

    I wouldn’t mind receiving that ring myself. It’s very pretty. Good job.

    • Reply Veronica April 12, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Thank you so much; I’m glad that I could actually make it in the end. 😀

  • Reply tanya breese April 12, 2014 at 3:56 am

    what a beautiful and special ring! happy birthday to her! and how funny that we both talked about fairies! clover’s turned out great! she’s very talented!

    • Reply Veronica April 12, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Thank you Tanya, fairies are so much fun to bring into existence, aren’t they? Clover really loved working with that Sculpey clay.

  • Reply marriannad April 12, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Love the ring. You did a great job. I also love the planter garden. Your gardening photos are always wonderful. Glad you and Chloe and you made it back safely from your Mexico vacation.

    • Reply Veronica April 12, 2014 at 7:17 am

      Thank you so much Marrianna. 😀 Chloe loves it too, so I’m really glad.

  • Reply sarahhuizenga April 12, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    That is a beautiful ring and only three tries that is amazing.

    • Reply Veronica April 17, 2014 at 5:12 am

      Thank you so much Sara. I managed at the 11th hour so am so happy about that. :)

  • Reply Tammie April 14, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    that is a wonderful ring!

    • Reply Veronica April 17, 2014 at 5:08 am

      Thank you so much Tammie; I’m having fun learning and really love working with the silver and the heat and jewels.

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