When Life Gets in the Way, There’s Still Art

Life is busy.  We are homeschooling our twelve-year old daughter.  Best decision we ever made!  (For more about that you can read our group blog where Emma writes many of the posts – Emma’s Hope Book.)  I continue to juggle my business and its needs and demands with parenting, homeschooling and writing.  As I no longer have my jewelry in stores, I am doing trunk shows. There are not enough hours in any given day and things fall through the cracks.  Still…  art bleeds through in myriad ways to make life even more exhilarating and exciting.  In preparation for this last trunk show, whose theme was Halloween, I roped my family into carving pumpkins and helping me cook halloween treats.

Art?  Crafts? Who cares?

Let’s begin with a little Halloween fun.

Grinning Pumpkin ~ Carved by Richard Long
Grinning Pumpkin ~ Carved by Richard Long

Our son tries his hand at carving…

Nosy Pumpkin ~ By Nic Z-L
Nosy Pumpkin with Rotting Teeth ~ By Nic Z-L
I'm a purist and went for the more traditional pumpkin.
I’m a purist and went for a more traditional pumpkin, which means I googled “cool carved pumpkins” and found one resembling this and copied it.  🙂

Originally I wanted to paint this wreath black and have a few snakes and rats poking out from the foliage, but this idea was vetoed by all but my 14 year old son…

Welcome to Fall Wreath
Welcome to Fall Wreath

And since that was so much fun, I went a little “wreath crazy”…

Entryway to my pre-Halloween trunk show
Entryway to my pre-Halloween trunk show
Who-doesn't-love-candy-corn-Wreath
Who-doesn’t-love-candy-corn-Wreath
Raven's Nest Wreath
Raven’s Nest Wreath

And then there was cooking that needed to be done…

Trunk show treats - Yes, I made them.  From 11 o'clock going clockwise, Pumpkin granola bars, Spider Web Cupcakes, Pumpkin Blondies, Delicious, decadent fudge and Pumpkin Scones
Trunk show treats – Yes, I made them. From 11 o’clock going clockwise, Pumpkin granola bars, Spider Web Cupcakes, Pumpkin Blondies, Delicious, decadent fudge and Pumpkin Scones

In addition to the halloween treats, I made my spectacular Bloody Mary’s garnished with large green olives, celery and lime.  They were a big hit!

And finally jewels…  lots and lots of jewels…

From the Juno Collection ~ E181 ~ 18 Kt Brushed Gold, 13.54 ct Natural Gold Zircon & Removable 22.14 ct Citrine Drop Length: 2.75 in
From the Juno Collection ~ E181 ~ 18 Kt Brushed Gold, 13.54 ct Natural Gold Zircon & Removable 22.14 ct Citrine Drop Length: 2.75 in
From the Dauphine Collection - An Aquamarine Ring to rival ALL.
From the Dauphine Collection – An Aquamarine Ring to rival ALL. R46 – 18 Kt Brushed Gold & 83 ct Aquamarine
From the Dauphine Collection - Gold, Amethyst & Spessatite Necklace
From the Dauphine Collection – Gold, Amethyst & Spessatite Necklace  N97 ~ 18 Kt Gold, 55.48 ct Amethyst & Spessatite with 18 Kt Gold, Apatite & Spessatite Clasp

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Happy Halloween Everyone!

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