Saturday, June 30, 2012

I Heart Macro

If you're looking for my Big Hole Blog Hop just click on the picture,
 for Macro please scroll down.


studio waterstone

Friday, June 29, 2012

Big Hole Blog Hop REVEAL!!!

It's finally here, that seems like such a long wait!!
Saturday June 30th, is the official reveal date!

Check out what these 14 Artisans created with my Big Hole Copper Components.
 They each received one slightly different from everybody else and they didn't get to choose,
I sent them out at random. I didn't even know what I was sending.
Please hop around to each blog and let them know how much you love what they've created,
and we'd love it if you would share this hop with your friends.

If some of the participants don't have their reveals up quite yet,
 please check back a little later!
It will be worth it!!

The Crafthopper
Spice Box Designs
All the Pretty Things
Jean A Wells
Kristen Stevens

Thanks to all who participated and thanks to all who will hop and share the love,
we all appreciate you stopping by!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

WBW - Hawks and Flickers

I'm starting my post with what I believe is a Red Tailed Hawk.

There were actually 3 of them but this was the only one that got close enough to photograph.
Even with my 500mm he was way up there and it was a challenge to get him in to focus,
I swear I quit breathing I was so intent on catching him on "film"
I had to stop for a minute to concentrate on breathing or I would hve fallen over.

They were making alot of noise and in this last one he's in the middle of one of those calls,
I was lucky I clicked at just the right moment.

Earlier the same day I was out watering flowers and I heard the distinct voice of a Flicker.
I dropped the hose and high tailed it in the house to get my camera!
I've seen and heard the flickers around but this is my first picture.
I wish this dead tree in my neighbors yard was just a little bit closer.

At first they were to the left in the branches and I couldn't see them,
then they moved to this dead tree.

They were making lots of cooing and kissing noises, obviously talking about going steady!
The picture below was the only one I caught of them dancing around,
the one on the bottom was swaying back and forth
the one on the top spreading it's tail feathers and I caught both behaviors!!!!


Sunday, June 24, 2012

I Heart Macro - Poppy Kiss

I love I heart macro and I missed last week and almost missed this week, I can't believe that!!

Love this funny little face the poppy seed pod is making,
can you say Little Shop of Horrors lol!
I've never seen one that wasn't perfectly rouhD1

Gorgeous Penstemon, I love this color!!

And beautiful Foxglove,

Love my Lavender!!
There's a color them going on here I only noticed when I started loading photos.
Totally unintentional but I like it!

A different kind of Lavender,
every time I see a variety I don't have I snatch it up.

Amazingly gorgeous Hosta bloom,
it was really foggy this morning and being in the shade
it still has lovely droplets of water on it!

Another Hosta flower

Yummy Rose!

Gorgeous Fuschia!!

And just as I was finishing up this post I saw this lovely flitting around at my flower baskets,
so I went outside and chased him around for a few minutes until I got a decent photo.


I hope you enjoyed today's garden tour,
take a look at all the other Macro photograghy.

studio waterstone

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Big Hole Blog Hop Teaser

Only 1 week from today,
 but it seems like I've been waiting forever for the
 Big Hole Blog Hop Reveal!
Saturday, June 30th is the day.

Here are all of the participants for this hop,
 many of them are having sneak peeks or teasers so check them out!!!

KristiBowmanDesign YOU ARE HERE
The Crafthopper
Spice Box Designs
All the Pretty Things
Jean A Wells
Kristen Stevens

Unfortunately once again I may not be able to participate in my own hop.
I jammed my thumb a few weeks ago and although it is better, building jewelry is tough.
I've managed to make a few pair of earrings to fulfill some obligations
 but using this big component might be more than my thumb can handle.
I hope I surprise us all and come up with a creation!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Snakeskin Bead Prototype

I've got 2 Snakeskin Bead Prototypes done,
This is the first one I made

I like it but it's pretty bulky so we'll see how it fires.

Second try, it's ok, less bulky but I don't think it's quite there.

They all started with end caps which I really like,
so I'll be making more of these and leaving them as end caps!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

WBW - Hummingbird hangin out

This little cutie was hanging out on my Butterfly Bush for probably 10 minutes, just sitting there

And sitting there...

And sitting there...

Then I guess he decided it was time to move on, he started stretching his wings and tail feathers and then...

I got the flash!!!!!!!

That incredible blazing gorget!!

And lots of adorable stretching and then

Zip zip zip it was gone!!!

PS, I've recently been told about this great site for keeping track of your bird sightings.
 You can also see what others in your area or wherever you want to know about have spotted.
This little Rufous hummingbird was the first one I put in my personal database.


New Large Copper Buttons

Some listed, some soon to be listed!
If you're interested in a pair this is not yet listed just let me know.

Here's a pair of earrings I made with one of the Sputnik Textured Buttons.

Sea Mist Drop Earrings

They can be used as earrings, necklace or bracelet focals, connectors or button clasps.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Shells on the Beach Inspiration

This is my creation for the Shells on the Beach Inspiration post on the Art Jewelry Elements Blog.

Drops of Sea Mist

I made lot of these buttons with verious textures and knew I had to use one of them for this post.
Sputnik Sea Urchin rough around the edges, beautiful Lampwork Glass Headpins by HavanaBeads that look like Drops of Sea Mist.

Watch for more of these buttons to be listed in my shop over the next day or so.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

New Copper getting ready to fire

One of the new Copper pieces I'm getting ready for the kiln tonight.

Somewhat larger discs with 2 holes in the center,
rough shape, rough edges.
I made them for an earring design want to try
 and thought maybe you might also like to try designing with them!

These and more new items in the kiln that I'll be showing you tomorrow if all goes well!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

WBW - Jay

A private moment with a Stellar's Jay

I don't know how long this Jay was sitting on the fence,
 but it seems pretty obvious it had just taken a bath and was all puffed drying itself in the sun.

Doing some preening here and there while bathing in the sun.

Then it flew off near the bird feeder, still getting it's feathers put together.

OK, all done and ready for the portrait!

The Jay's always give me beautiful photo ops!
I hope you enjoyed sharing this moment with me.