Friday, September 28, 2012

You (should) be here...

Silentgoddess Art Jewelry will be a vendor at the upcoming Arts Walk in downtown Olympia on Saturday, October 5th. I will have lots of great handmade metal jewelry and I will have a sign up sheet available for those interested in taking a class or two in my new studio space.

It is never to early to start your holiday shopping and handmade jewelry is a GREAT gift idea!

For more information on Make Olympia please visit:

Hope to see you there.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

EtsyMetal Project Runway Challenge: Can I Buy You a Cocktail?

Can I Buy You a Cocktail? ring

If you are going to wear a sexy cocktail dress you HAVE to have a cocktail ring to go with it!

Created with sterling silver and a smashing gold plated druzy cabochon, this ring is sure to get people's attention! Ring has been oxidized then brushed carefully with steel wool to soften the steel grey finish of the sterling silver. Artist's initials are stamped on a raised charm on the underside of ring.

See it in my Etsy store here: Can I Buy You a Cocktail ring?

Project Runway
Season 10, Episode 7: Oh My Lord and Taylor
Air 8/30/12
My Lifetime, Thursdays 9pmPST

To celebrate the 10th season, the designers get a chance to be part of the 10 piece Project Runway Capsule Collection at Lord & Taylor that will be sold in stores and online. They had to design a cocktail or evening dress for Lord & Taylor customers that will retail in the $200 to $300 price range. A designer from each of the other nine seasons has also created a look and the dress must fit in with the collection. The winning look will be manufactured by Lord & Taylor along with the others and sold online and at the flagship store. The dress will also be displayed in the window.

For our EtsyMetal Translation:
Design a sophisticated piece of jewelry for evening wear. Something that could go into production. You can choose one of the PR Lord and Taylor designs to complement or for inspiration, check them out here If you do use one of these dresses, please post a picture of it also.

Make it work!!

Deadline: Thursday, September 6 by midnight, your time.

To see all of the kick ass pieces created by EtsyMetal members for our Project Runway challenges, visit the EtsyMetal blog!

Monday, September 03, 2012

EtsyMetal Blog Carnival: Samson the Great!

A new month brings a new EtsyMetal Blog Carnival post.

This month's EtsyMetal Blog Carnival topic:
Please share your pets with us! Pictures, stories, new pets, old pets, dogs, cats, ants, anything that has ever lived in your house that wasn't human, be they friend or foe!

If I was to blog about all of the pets that have been a part of my life we would be here until next year, November. I don't think any of us want to spend THAT much time reading about my pets, do we?

Much to my Mother's (and husband's) chagrin I am a animal lover through and through. I think I got it from my Dad. We are both a bit animal crazy.

So I am going to narrow it down to the here and now. For the most part anyway...

I can't write this post without showcasing history's number one dog. Ever.
That pup there is Wrangler. That dorky girl. Yup, you guessed it. Me. That was the day we brought Wrangler home.
My Dad and I adopted him from the pound when I was in 6th grade. He was the first dog that was MINE. And he was the BEST dog IN THE WORLD. My Mom put up with him, due to how awesome he was. Wrangler was a part of my life until I was 18. Putting him to sleep is still on the top of my "hardest days of my life" list.

Okay, moving ahead to present day and the love of my dog life: Samson.

Samson is a Boston Terror. I mean, Boston Terrier. After a life of having BIG dogs, Paul and I decided that maybe, just maybe we would try a small dog this go 'round. After spending some time with a Boston Terrier one day at Paul's office picnic, we decided THAT would be the next breed we would welcome into our home. When my brother caught wind of the fact we were considering a BT he said to me... "a terrier? Are you sure you want a terrier?" Pashaw! Of COURSE! What does HE know? Boston Terriers are the GREATEST DOG IN THE WORLD, don't you know?? We spent a WHOLE day with one. We KNOW what we are talking about...

Obviously he KNEW what he was talking about. Terriers are just another word for Terrors. But we LOVE this Terror:

I don't have many good pictures of Samson in action. He is really hard to photograph except when he is sleeping. Because he moves around too much to get shots that aren't blurry. So I have a lot of good pictures of him sleeping...

But we do have an overload of videos of him. Here are two of my faves:

The beginning of this one is a little stomach churning due to the Blair Witch style camera handling ... but the under-the-cabinet dive near the end makes it worth it (well, at least I think so).

Paul is trying to get Samson's leash on so he can take him outside. Sammy wants NOTHING to do with it...

He does NOT like going to bed:

He is quite a handful. His personality is larger than life. He isn't your typical Boston Terrier. He weighs in at nearly 30 pounds. That is about 10 pounds over a typical BT. His ears insist on bending over at the tips. They should stand straight up. But. Samson has NEVER been one to play by the rules. EVER.

We here at the Clark household are pretty smitten with him. Even Paul, who has forever and always put up with my love affair of animals. He knew going into it how I was (that is what I tell him whenever we see a "free kitten" sign...). Gotta love him. He has put up with a lot of animals in our 20 plus years.

We will wrap this up today with a few gratuitous puppy shots:

(notice a particular cat's laser eyes trying to scorch a certain puppy right out of existence?)

Keep reading to learn more about the pets of EtsyMetal!

Beth Cyr
Evelyn Markasky
Erin Austin
Rebecca Bogan
Victoria Takahashi/Experimetal
Lou Hunter
Cynthia Del Giudice