Tuesday, April 1, 2014

One door closes, another one opens


Hello Friends,

Since I have chosen to allow the whims of creativity to shape a significant part of my life, it has been has been a big shift for me.  I have always enjoyed creating, but I never really invested myself in it.  Anyone who commits to producing on a regular basis in any creative endeavor, be it painting, jewelry, writing, speaking, acting, scrap booking, sewing, playing music, doing comedy, crafting and a million others...probably knows the roller coaster of highs and lows that I have experienced in the past couple of years.  But, even though it can be very frustrating and I sometimes wonder, "Why? Why am I doing this?"  My question is answered in short order by the excitement I feel at the prospect of learning a new skill or marveling over the explosions of ideas constantly bouncing around in my head.  When I get any kind of validation, that's all I need to convince myself that it is worth it! 

I really loved being at the Bernardo Winery, and it has been a bummer that I have not been able to continue there.  Too many jewelry vendors, not enough space.  But, I decided, one door closes and another one opens.  And, so it has!

Wire Harmony is hitting stores...

A lovely friend, Misty Young, picked up a bunch of my pieces for her growing boutique dress business, Skirts, Skirts and Dresses.  Her new website has just gone live!! Check it out to see her awesome selection of super cute designer dresses for a fraction of retail.  I know first hand, I tried a bunch of them and felt like a million bucks.  Of course, check out the jewelry sections below for my pieces.  Thanks so much Misty!!

http://skirtsskirtsanddresses.com/collections/accessories/earrings

http://skirtsskirtsanddresses.com/collections/accessories/necklaces


I also have had the honor of having some of my pieces on display at
Partners Boutique at The Unity Center in Mira Mesa
(Sorry about photo quality, my phone camera is horrible.) 
The shop is open around the 9 & 11 am services on Sundays

http://www.theunitycenter.net/#/donate-shop/partners-boutique










Getting into Teaching 

I have been thinking about passing along my love of jewelry making by getting into  teaching. A couple of opportunities came my way and it looks like I will be teaching classes at the amazing Bead Gallery in Scripps Ranch! This is a beautiful, high end bead store that always has a wonderful assortment of classes. I hope to have some on the schedule for May...stay tuned!

http://www.beadgallery.org/


Shows!

As far as shows, I have been accepted into the juried North Park Craft Mafia section of the North Park Festival of the Arts!

North Park Festival of the Arts
May 17th from 11 am to 6 pm
30th and University


An event blurb:
The 18th Annual North Park Festival of Arts brings together all of the hipness that is North Park. This annual free festival boasts amazing local art, exciting live music and dance performances, eco-friendly and hands-on art activities, an array of shopping opportunities, fabulous food an a celebration of local beer.

http://www.northparkfestivalofarts.com/


I have not signed up for other shows yet because I need to build up my stock.  I am focused on selecting high end, quality shows this year.

And...the photo gallery!

Thank you for reading and being part of my passion.  Prices available upon request. 

Blessings to all,
Sarah








 





 

 









 





Friday, February 14, 2014

Finding balance in life and work

Hello fellow life travelers,

I find myself in a contemplative mood on this warm, sunny day in February.  I know that life is constantly throwing us curve balls (I hope it's not just me!) and that we are defined by how we survive and hopefully thrive.  Sometimes I don't do the best job possible but I find that eventually I rally.  I just have to wait for that second wind to pick me up and take me sailing.  For me, this second wind comes from running, biking, spending time with friends and family, and making jewelry!  We all have our creative outlets that allow our mind and spirit to soar.  I hope that you all are finding time to unleash your creative impulses.  Let them fly!

So, in the midst of surviving the ups and downs, I find that I don't have as much time as I would like for Wire Harmony.  But don't lose faith!  I have dreams and hopes for it, and the timing just needs to present itself in the way it needs to happen.  I have realized in my life that when I focus too much on one thing, the universe usually gives me some pretty obvious signals that adjustments are needed to bring back balance.  The trick is finding that balance.

I do know one thing for sure, that I love designing and creating jewelry.  I hope that some of the joy I find in this process spreads around to others.

Wire Harmony's future plans:

I will NOT be at the Bernardo Winery Farmer's Market this Friday, Valentine's Day. Kaylynne has a school performance that I can't wait to see.  Then, I am spending some alone time with the hubby!!

I WILL be at the Winery February 21st and 28th!!

I am applying for some shows in the next few months and will keep ya posted.

I am also trying to pull together a really cool event for raise funds for OMO Child, an amazing charitable organization that I have mentioned before.  Hopefully, this will occur in May.  Details to come!

In the meantime, check out the video clip on their website to hear the amazing story of Lale Labuko and the children he has saved from ritual infanticide in the Omo Valley, Ethiopia.  I guarantee it will touch your heart.

http://www.omochild.org

AND NOW, for the photo gallery!!  Many pieces have been sold, but can be made to order with proper time allowance.  Prices given upon request.  (They are amazingly low! ;)

Wishing you balance and creative freedom,

Sarah

Of course, the Valentine's Day chain maille heart. 

An Original design, the floating heart

My favorite little heart earrings!The hot pink ring adds a little flair
 




This is show stopper.  Twisted square inside 16 gauge silver plated rings, Helm's chain maille.  Czech crystals in neutral shades


Antique copper and silver flowers

Shiny copper and silver diamond shaped chain maille

Silver woven pendant with purple/green/blue seed beads

A lovely assortment of opaque gems





Shiny copper crescents with Labradorite drops

Viking weave around a Banded Agate stone

Woven brass teardrops with coral accents

 

Striking silver woven daggers with purple/green/blue seed bead drops
 
 


Totally original design with Picasso Jasper stone

Twisted and coiled silver bracelet with silver accent beads


Fun hot pink Helm's chain maille with eternity links

Copper daggers with Turquoise drops

A Tree of Life assortment with copper, brass and silver frames



Fave copper/silver flowers

Celtic with shiny copper and Carnelian beads







Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy New Year from Wire Harmony!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  After I knocked out my last fairs of 2013, we were inundated with holiday traveling, wrapping, planning and fun.  The kids had a blast playing in the snow in Reno, and we had fun with Craig's family.  I enjoyed running with all my winter gear on, and even came home one night after dark covered with frost!  (I had to scrape my phone, ha.)  It was fun for a vacation, but boy was I ever happy to get back to San Diego and our mild weather.



As with many of you I am sure, the new year brings up thoughts of future goals and plans.  Wire Harmony has been an amazing learning experience for me in 2013.  Lots of fun times, new friends and also hard work and the roller coaster of emotions dealing with the world of retail.  To be honest, I was getting a bit rough around the edges.  (Grrrrr.)  But I reminded myself to be true to my passion, which is why I got into this crazy business in the first place.  I gotta do what lights my creative fire!!  So, I will be forging ahead with new ideas, new techniques, and different ways to approach the market.  I love feedback and comments, so if you have any jewels of wisdom for me, let fly!!  Oh, and an awesome side note, the ledger actually came out in the black for 2013!!  Sweet.

Where to see Wire Harmony...


My pieces are back at the Blue Mug Coffee and Tea, a fantastic coffee house in Escondido.  Stephanie and all the staff are warm and friendly, and serve up some undeniably good java.
1882 West El Norte Parkway, Escondido, CA, 92026
http://www.blue-mug.com

I will NOT be at Bernardo Winery for the rest of January.
I will BE BACK at the Winery for the month of February.
Fridays, 9 am to 1 pm
After that...we shall see.
http://bernardowinery.com/

I had fun doing some custom work for friends and family.  Take a look at some of the pieces from the end of the year and heading into 2014.

Happy Trails and Namaste,
Sarah

I am delving more into wire weaving...love it.  $25

Cut glass heart with silver filled wire for embellishment $25 
Pins are making a come back.  Love them in hats or on scarves. $10
Free formed heart pin.  $8

Of course, the ubiquitous Tree of Life.  $33

Long necklace made with handmade links.  Zebra jasper and stone.  100% hand made wire work. $40


I love the delicate intricacy of handmade chains.   $50

I designed this for my artist friend Kim Niehans' gallery opening. It is made with special coins that are wrapped, drilled and riveted.  It looked amazing on her at the show.  Here, we happened to be at the park when I delivered it!

I love the light I caught through these Fire Agates.


I designed this for a friend's boyfriend.  He likes Labradorite and wears fancy costumes at Renaissance Fairs.  Go John!

A special request of a former design but so pretty I thought I would share.

My great customer Peg requested this...I had not done the knots in bracelets before.   A good choice.
 Custom request for Arika.  Iolite is my new favorite stone. 

Looking fancy on the way to a friend's wedding.  Sorry Arika, I could not resist!

BTW, why is it so G.D. hard to take a decent shot of yourself on the phone, even when you have a flipped camera??  Thought for the week.  ;)