Thursday, September 24, 2009


My batik "The Nopal" was featured in an exhibit here in town. Some of you might recognize the image as "El Nopal" from the Mexican game "Loteria". This image represents my family tree. The reason behind chainging the spanish word "El" to the english word "The" represents the fact that I am an American. "Nopal" represents my culture as does the image. I am proud of my heritage and even prouder of the many traditions my family has, including playing "Loteria" in the winter time with hot "Chocolate Abuelita" in our mugs.

I have to say that I do not look very good in this picture, Idon't know what is going on with my eye! Apart from the bad pic, I enjoyed myself very much at the opening.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I received a very nice gift yesterday. My husband has a friend that is an artist and he was kind enough to send me two beautiful sugar skulls. They are both beautifully crafted, I feel very fortunate to have received the skulls. If you would like to contact the artist you can do so at

Many artists in this area are preparing for Dia de los Muertos. Soon there will be displays in different parts of the city celebrating the holiday. Here in El Paso we have a small celebration with displays and many Dia de los Muertos inspired pieces for sale. Our school district also hosts a Day of the Day competition.

I think I'm going to create a few papier-mache skeletons this year. I'm so ready for the holidays to start rolling in!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dia de los Muertos

I don't know what is up with my camera, my flash just wouldn't go off.

Photoshopping didn't help much either.

Once I figure it out I will take pics again.

Well, anyways, I'm getting ready for Dia de los Muertos. I have an order from a shop here at home and I'm also getting ready for art shows that are coming up soon.

I still havn't finished my charms, they are going to get a copper patina and finished off with some findings and chain.

I also have clay beads to glaze and I'm experimenting with some crocheted necklaces.

If only I could squeeze more hours into my day. I had promised myself that I would get ahead with my jewelry during the summer and here I am again, struggling to get my orders done and trying to keep up with work. Luckily I seem to have a good buch of students again this year, many talented artists in my beginning and advance art classes. As soon as I get pics of their work I will post in my teacher page.

Have a good one!

Saturday, September 5, 2009


I created this necklace with young grandmothers in mind.
It's young and contemporary looking
and would make a
great gift for a hip grandma. I'm still having trouble with
lighting when I photograph my pieces. I don't do my pieces justice. I have tried spot lights, outside lights, printed fabrics and white backgrounds and am still not
How do you photograph your jewelry?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Latest creation

This is my latest creation. I had a difficult time with this piece because of the side hinges. Even though it was a difficult piece I truly enjoyed making it.
I've also been battling a terrible cold. Unfortunately it is the beginning of the school year and there are so many new students still registering for school. Not a good idea to leave them alone with a sub right now.
On a lighter note, I finally sold something on etsy! I sold a necklace and a pendant on the same day! Hopefully I will continue to sell.