For those of you who live here in the Bonita Springs/Naples/Ft. Myers area: If you’re looking for something to do Saturday afternoon for an hour, why not stop by our annual arts and crafts show here at the community of Palmira? In addition 20 wonderful artists, we’ll have entertainment by Steely Pan, margaritas and more! […]
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Once again this year I’ll be participating in the Annual Arts and Craft Boutique at the Commons Club in The Brooks Community on Coconut Road in Estero. It’s on Friday, November 11th from 10am – 2pm. Details here. Please stop by to see some amazing work by the 27 local artists who will be participating. […]
Napkin ring bracelets are my latest obsession! Turning vintage napkin rings into napkin ring bracelets has occupied the majority my time at my jewelry work table lately. Have you seen old napkin rings made into amazing bracelets? I must admit the idea never occurred to me until I saw a class on how to take […]
I’m excited to be one of the featured artists at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts Spring Art Fair! Bell Tower Shops, Ft. Myers Saturday, April 2, 2016 11am – 6pm Free parking – no admission fee. Hope to see you there. Warmly, Valerie
If you live in the Naples/Bonita/Estero area, plan to stop by “Art in the Park,” the annual arts and crafts show here in the community where I live. Browse and shop the art and crafts of 28 talented vendors: Jewelry of all kinds (Beaded, Mixed Media, Fused Glass) Candles Created from Wine Bottles, Beautiful Knitted […]
“When you buy from an independent artist, you are buying more than just a painting or a novel or a song. You are buying hundreds of hours of experimentation and thousands of failures. You are buying days, weeks, months, years of frustration and moments of pure joy. […] You aren’t just buying a thing. You […]
Do you happen to own a piece or two (or three, or four, or more) of no-longer-loved jewelry? I don’t know a single woman who doesn’t. Don’t despair, as there are many ways to repurpose and reuse old jewelry. One of my customers recently came to me with two requests: first, to create a necklace […]
Do you have an old brooch from your grandmother that you love, but don’t wear? Or a single earring that just sits in your jewelry box? If so, ask me about creating a custom handmade jewelry design just for you. I love incorporating parts and pieces of old jewelry into my creations: it not only […]
Last on, first off should always be your rule … not only for my handmade artisan jewelry, but for all your jewelry. In other words, when you’re getting dressed, the very last thing you should put on is your jewelry. Likewise, the very first thing you should take off is your jewelry.Use common sense: don’t […]
One of my favorite techniques to create a one-of-a-kind design is etching brass. Each piece begins with a raw brass cuff or necklace blank. The next step is to put a design on the brass using a permanent marker. Then, the fun begins! The pieces are placed into a chemical solution: a ferric chloride etchant […]