Summer Dangles

Earrings are fun to make on lazy summer days — you can make several pair and feel like you’ve managed to do some work, before you kick back under the AC or stop for a cool drink. :-)

I enjoy working with salvaged jewelry — the cast-offs, the broken chain, the solitary earring, the old and unworn pieces that owners no longer want. Several of these earrings contain repurposed parts.

The small rose hearts came from an old anklet. I added Swarovski crystals for some bling. The “winged” rhinestone (again, with a Swarovski crystal) came from a friend’s broken necklace. The brown “cat’s eye” was part of a multi-piece earring. (Click any image for a larger view.)

I did these in between weeding, laundry and, oh yeah, pausing for something refreshing.

What things are you creating this summer?

 

 

Call for Artists — Heat Wave

Looking for ideas for the upcoming fall season? Check out Heat Wave —a celebration of the art and culture of the Sonoran Desert.

For more information and an application form, contact Jill Forenzini. (Look for “Heat Wave Helpful Links” in the righthand column.)

Click on the images below for a larger view.

Heat Wave page 1A

Heat Wave page 2

Lights, Camera, Action!

If you missed the 4th of July parade in Ajo this, you can catch parts of it in in this You Tube video. Thanks to Kate Morrow who did the filming.

http://youtu.be/CyhYZK4VuuI

If you have some creative projects you’d like to share, send them along via the Contact form. We’d love to see what you’re doing.

More Pics of the Winning Float

Here are some more pics from ACFA’s winning entry in the 4th of July parade in Ajo. Thanks to the photographers and Sherri O’Hare for sending these in.

Check out the new banner …

Photo Kate 1Hitched up and almost ready to go …

Photo Kate 3

The first place float with the plane’s propeller turning and tank gun firing! Hey, is that Rosie the Riveter … ?

Photo Hop 1

Many thanks to all who helped build this “floating” piece of art — well done!

May Challenge — Shadows

It’s a new month and a new theme for our online art challenge. Marilyn Jackson, who first suggested this idea in 2013, continues to encourage us to stretch our artistic wings.

She suggested “shadows” for this month’s theme.

I took this photo at our local farmers’ market last summer. All our booths are outdoors so it’s not unusual for some of the local wild life to visit. This lovely golden dragonfly paused on one of my beaded necklaces, casting shadows as it soaked up the early morning sun.
Beads & Dragonfly

If you’d like to submit something for our “shadows” theme, send me a note via our Contact page and I’ll tell you how to send in your entry.