Monday, October 3, 2011

Last post for this blog.

What a weekend!

There was a great surprise party for a dear friend on Saturday, followed by watching BBC's Doctor Who Season Finale later that night.

Then Sunday it was Open Studios, and I went with Jennifer from Seeds in the City and our dear friend Melanie went over to see the work of Doug Masury, an incredible textile artist and photographer.  His tapestries are AMAZING!!  If I don't find online photos of his work, I'll scan in his artist postcard information to show.

There *may* be more to share about Doug, but I'm going to hold on to that for now.  I promise to post more information if it transpires!

Sunday was also Love My Art Jewelry's first group sale, and what beautiful work there was!  Hope you got a chance to visit the site and have a look around.  It was quite an honor to have my work displayed alongside some really talented artists, and fun, too!

Until next time, hope you are well. :)

**This is the last post on Abeille a Miel - my blog will continue on '', and you are all cordially invited to visit.  Lots of exciting things coming this fall!**

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Off to Ceramarama today, at the Ben Lomond Mountain Arts Center!  I'm hoping to find a 'kiln connection' so that I can make ceramic beads. 

Have a wonderful day, all!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Love it when designs just feel right.

(Published originally in the new blog, 'Art in the Redwoods')

Today is one of those days when things feel so right, and designs come out quickly and into form.

Yellow opal 'rice' gemstone beads and handmade copper squares.   

The other thing I loved was when going outside to photograph these, there was a beautiful piece of redwood 'bark' lying on the deck.  Copper against that beautiful redwood just works to me.

Have a fantastic Friday! :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Moving!! Just around the corner ;)

Hello, dear friends! 

A big announcement: I'm changing this blog to reflect the changes I've been making. I'll keep this blog up for a while, but have moved everything over to the new site, 'Art in the Redwoods.'

So all the photos, posts and conversations have just moved 'around the corner.'  :)

I wanted to focus more on the jewelry making and art processes that are so much of my days now.  You are most welcome to subscribe there.  Hoping you will!

Love, Juliette

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Where the Ocean meets the River

I love it when designs sometimes just spill out, waiting for you to form them.  The earrings today appeared in just that manner.  I named them for Yemaya and Oshun, Goddesses of Ocean and Fresh Water, respectively.

Getting ready to do some torch firing on copper sheet, but it has to wait a day, because I'm off to see the SF Giants tomorrow! (Guilty pleasure? Yes - but I love them so)

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

finding that drive again.

Long, long ago (late 1980s), I was a dancer. I bring this up because I was obsessed with everything I could do to express myself in the manner that was most joyful, the most 'ME' I could be.  When I got injured (long story), I went through years of trying to find that incredible drive again.  Not saying I've found it, but I am feeling closer to it than I have in a long, long time.  It's a combination of things this time, and there is a long road to get there, but THAT is what I remember loving so much about dancing - the excitement of the journey ahead.

The one thing I know that it does bring is a bit of isolation with the world outside, which (when seen from more adult eyes this time) sounds hermetic, hermetish, cocoon-like.  I feel I need to take this chance because the desire for that drive is still there, and it makes me stand tall and breathe deep.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Trying a few new get the word out.

This Labor Day weekend has been busy - amidst transplanting new seedlings (yes, it's late but they're my marigolds!), house cleaning, etc. I've been working on 'marketing' for my jewelry and photography.  This is such a new process, but I'm up for the challenge.  I am trying out a site on Craft Launch (, which was a tool listed on Etsy.  They give you two weeks free, and you can request their help in setting up your site.  So far, I'm not too excited about them, but I'll give it the full two free weeks.

I also joined Copper Wire Jewelers, which has been exciting because of all the contacts, information and friendly voices there!

Tomorrow I hope to start on some new copper pieces, with enameling hopefully happening later in the month.

Next step - approaching some local shops!  (gulp)  :)

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend,

Saturday, September 3, 2011

New avenues in jewelry making

I started forming my first copper and brass pieces from sheets.  I am branching out, working with enameling and metal clay.  Nothing to show as yet, but I'm hoping to have pieces in September! :)

Took more pictures of pieces today, as next Saturday (September 10) I'm having my first Etsy Showcase (on the Jewelry page)!  I'm excited and challenged, that's for sure!  It's time to dive in (smile).

When Matisse Met Bacchus


Full of Joy


Jewels for Yemaya

Friday, August 26, 2011

Inspiration all around, and how much I love working with copper.

I've been working every day on new jewelry and photography for my Etsy shop, and some days are better than others.  One day, I will have a complete epiphany and I can't create fast enough, and the next day it might take me several hours just to finish a set of ear wires.  It's artist's block, and I am learning to appreciate the patterns as much as the processes.  But it's not an easy thing to learn.

I am a very impatient person. ;)  This is impatience with myself, more than anything else - but as anyone else who has similar issues knows, this can really sidetrack projects!

Our cabin has a deck that wraps completely around the house, and the light will change drastically hour by hour - this makes photography quite an interesting challenge.  We also live in the midst of an old growth redwood forest, and so light is filtered which makes for interesting exposure challenges!  I love it, though.  Each gaze, each turn of the head can bring inspiration, and this is the joy I want to feel my entire life.

I'm learning much more these days about copper.  Don't know if it's the earthiness of the metal, but I think it has to do with the brilliant colors within - it brings such joy!  Here is what I've been working on recently:

What have you been working on recently, and what's been inspiring you? :)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I Heart Macro Sunday :)

studio waterstone 

Late Spring 2011.  A burst of wild color!

New Photographs, a new shop, and new jewelry. What a summer!

Lapis observes as I photograph jewelry.

I've turned a new page and a new direction.  Without going into extreme detail, I've opened my first Etsy shop, and am offering photographs (prints and greeting cards) and handmade jewelry for sale!  It's a very exciting and nerve-wracking experience, but I'm up to the challenge.  :)

Art in the Redwoods is open, but merchandise is not fully uploaded as of today (7/31/2011).  For those of you I've avidly followed for the past few years, you've given me SO much to learn and think about, and now that I've made the first steps, I can't believe how much work you put into your pages and shops!  Hats off to all of you, and to those I've yet to discover. :)

Happy New Moon to all of you!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Young Buck, on May Day/Beltane

"Now the bright morning star, day's harbinger,
Comes dancing from the east, and leads with her
The flowery May, who from her green lap throws
The yellow cowslip, and the pale primrose.
Hail, bounteous May, that doth inspire
Mirth, and youth, and warm desire;
Woods and groves are of thy dressing,
Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing,
Thus we salute thee with our early song,
And welcome thee, and wish thee long."

-  John Milton, Song on a May Morning

May Day!!

the colors today are luminous...
wild irises growing among the rocks

I love this part of an 'older' iris.  That golden 'tongue' opens fearlessly to this light.

more wildness tumbling over the rocks.

Happy Day to you all!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I Heart Macros! :)

There's some great macro blogging at Studio Waterstone's site.  Have a look!

Ahh, Spring!

 The Camellias have been beautiful this year! So many white ones, and a few reds so far.

 A chance snap of what I believe is a mosquito...

Hive boxes ready for Bee Season!!

New Terpsichore Hives.  The original hive is still with us, but she's gaining some sisters!

A beautiful Ganesh statue overlooks the garden where Terpsichore Hive lives,

As well as this gorgeous entryway.

Jai, Ganesh! Viva Terpsichore!