Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ordinary Extraordinary Everyday - Mini Photo Challenge Days 1-5

There is beauty everywhere, you just have to pause for a moment and take a look.
It is then that you realize those ordinary moments are quite extraordinary!

My week captured in images...

Kitchen Ritual
Every morning starts with a cup of fresh ground and brewed coffee (thanks to my husband). 
It is my favorite way to start the day!

I started working on wrapping a wooden bangle with wire and batik ribbon from Karen Totten of 
Starry Road Studio. It was inspired from a project by Erin Siegel in her book Bohemian Inspired Jewelry.

Liam loves to look at his reflection in the mirror. It is a daily ritual that I enjoy sharing with him.

 This week I am working on creating Valentine's Day cards! 

Repetitive Pattern
Shower curtain. It stands between me and the day that lies ahead, even if only for a few moments.

I am participating in the Ordinary Extraordinary Everyday - Mini Photo Challengehosted by Sally Russick
The purpose of this challenge is to capture ordinary moments in your life for 15 days. There is a different word assigned for each day and the object is to take a photograph to reflect that word. This is the first set of photos that I have created for this inspiring challenge, which is divided into three reveal dates.

Photos 6-11 to be posted soon...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Valentine's Day Inspiration

Love is in the air...and inspiring some of my newest jewelry designs! 

Artisan Beads
Last weekend I gathered all of my heart shaped beads and let inspiration take over.

These are some of the pieces I created.

Goddess of Love
Elaine Ray ceramic heart charm, garnet, matte gold chain and clasp, copper hearts, vermeil beads.

Sweet Melody - Necklace
Marsha Neal Studio ceramic heart pendant, rose quartz, Greek ceramic flower discs, 
vermeil beads, matte gold chain and clasp.

Sweet Melody - Bracelet
Rose quartz, Greek ceramic flower discs, matte gold chain, vermeil beads and toggle.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Modern Reston Feature

Last week, my jewelry business Modern Nature Studio had the honor of being featured in Modern Reston, an online magazine. Modern Reston is a wonderful lifestyle magazine focusing on the contemporary culture of Reston, Virginia and the surrounding area. It features great places to dine, amazing art and artists, tours of stunningly designed homes and unique and fun places to visit. If you live in Northern Virginia, consider this your go-to guide! I have learned about numerous places and people that I had never heard of but am now interested in, thanks to Modern Reston.

As my little boy keeps me very busy, I don't get much opportunity to share my newest designs or talk about my creative world as a jewelry designer. This article accomplished that beautifully!

A heartfelt thank you goes out to Charlotte Geary and Michelle Schoening, founders of Modern Reston, for their praise of my jewelry and the fabulous article they published. I am truly honored!