Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Holidays

Thanks to all the people I have met and worked with through 2014.  This was my first year as a full time artisan and I loved every minute of it!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Handmade Roadshow

Come join some very wonderful craftspeople at HandMade Roadshow at the CommonSpace Gallery in Syracuse NY   

after work tomorrow join us for munchies, libations and music 5-9

Saturday we will be there 10-4

new earrings for the show!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

2 more days

In 2 days my house will be transformed into a Christmas shop featuring 8 artisans:

Jan Fairhurst Pottery, A Violet Line, Pied Piper Maple Products, Christy Lemp watercolors, Farmstead Candles, Lockwood Lavender products, Pods and Poppies plus my tin jewelry.

new for the show: 2014 Christmas ornaments:

Friday, November 21, 2014

It's Wonderful Shop 2014

Our new and improved video, the 2014 version, by our resident videographer, Kevin Sio:

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Dropped off displays and tin jewelry for  WinterCraft at the Genesee Center for the Arts &Education today.  The show is December 6 from 12-4 at the gallery.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ornament Display Filled

Here is the display loaded with the ornaments:

Join us on Saturday for the holiday show at the Gandee Gallery

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ornament Display

Sometimes you have to design a display for your work in a shop or gallery.  This is the ornament display I am working on for the Gandee Gallery. I intend for it to be wall mounted. I will be displaying ornaments there for the holiday season as part of their holiday group show.

Here's a link to the gallery:  http://www.gandeegallery.com/

Monday, November 10, 2014

Candle Reflector Brooches

I love finding great objects to reuse.  These started their lives as candle reflectors. I cut and sanded the points, added bits and pieces of fun tin and little pictures on the back too.  Everything is held together with tiny brass rivets.  These would look great on a lapel or a jean jacket.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Salt Market

This year the Pepper Market has rolled back into the Salt Market and it is NEXT Saturday.

New brooches for the Salt Market:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Copper Bracelet

About a year ago, my brother, who is an antique dealer, gave me these vintage copper pieces.

The pieces were obviously for bracelets.  They sat out on a table near my work bench and I would finger them often and wonder what I would do with them.  I looked for these pieces in catalogs and didn't find anything like them.  I also searched on line and found vintage bracelets made with pieces like this.

Last week, after completing work and cleaning up my work area, I got them out and moved them to center court on the workbench after I had thrown them in the tumbler for a couple of hours.  I moved pieces of tin nearby to test color combos and let that percolate for a couple of days.  Finally,  yesterday, I was ready to put the pieces together. This is what the pieces of copper became, with a little help from some vintage tins, brass circle, brass rivets and steel jump rings and toggle.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Working for the Weekend

Changing career paths, gives you new ways to look at your time!

Just finishing up some earrings for the Apple Harvest Festival in Ithaca this weekend.  My booth is on the corner of Cayuga and Seneca Streets. So looking forward to Ithaca!  See you Saturday and Sunday 10-6.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Asian Tea Tins

I am so excited, I came across a treasure trove of Asian tea tins yesterday and there are some beauts in this lot. Can't wait to use them!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Apple Harvest Festival in Ithaca

The warm weather predicted for this weekend has me crossing my fingers for the next wteekend when I will be in Ithaca near the commons for the Apple Harvest Festival. Although it is a 3 day show, I will be there on Saturday and Sunday.

 I have worked on new necklaces for the show.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Poodle Jewelry Part 2- The Necklace

When we last left the artist she had just completed a poodle bracelet for a client with several sweet poodles.  (See http://www.eaststreetpins.blogspot.com/search/label/poodle%20jewelry). The client's parting words were: "If you ever find more poodle images on tin, let me know."  After a hot morning scouring Madison Bouckville fields for funky tins, what does the artist spy?

You guessed it: POODLE TIN!

So the artist sent the image of the tin to the client and she said, "Go with it...I would like a necklace.  And include some of the other cute images."

First thoughts went something like this:

The client said yes and more images how about from the other sides:

Nine images for the necklace and two for the earrings. The artist went to work and came up with this charming grouping from this fun tin:

The poodle necklace and earrings were delivered this morning and the client immediately put them on!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New Industrial Tin Necklaces

Gearing up for the Clothesline Festival in Rochester this weekend.

New tin necklaces with handmade steel chain:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Arts at the Gardens - Post Show

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my booth at the Arts at the Gardens show in Canandaigua over the weekend.  What a great venue for an art show.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Arts at the Garden

Come join me and lots of other wonderful artists this weekend.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


If you live in the central New York region you have probably heard of Madison-Bouckville: a huge antique show that seems to last for about 2 weeks.  Every day different fields set up and show their wares.  Yesterday, I spent 4 hours there searching for greats tins and this is what I found:

Friday, August 8, 2014

Charm Bracelet

The green tin I purchased just a little while ago has become the basis for a charm bracelet finished this week.  I gathered up all the jungle themed tins I had to create this little charmer. I included a photo of one of the tins.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Earring Week

With two big craft shows coming up, I have been working on earrings. Different styles for different people.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Found Object Necklaces

Been having so much fun putting these together....many sources, many objects and many themes!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Arts At the Garden Show

I'm just starting to gear up for the Arts at the Gardens show:

I have been finishing some new bracelets this week:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Acquiring Tin

I am so fortunate to be given great tins from people I know and those who I have just met. I just got home to a wonderful surprise on my front porch from a woman I met last week at the Lavender fest:

Yesterday, a dear friend gifted me these wonderful tins she had collected for me:

I went to a jumble sale at a local church yesterday and netted these beauties.  I can't wait to start cutting!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Finger Lake Lavender Festival Wrap up

Thanks to all who joined me at the festival this weekend and especially to the hearty souls who came out in the rain yesterday.

A nice feature from the Auburn Citizen:


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Finger Lakes Lavender Festival 2014

Should be a lovely time in Skaneateles this weekend,  This is THE best smelling craft show!


New braceletes made for the festival:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Poodles, Poodles Poodles

A client asked me to  make her some tin jewelry with poodles in it because she had some adorable poodles.

Not finding any poodle tin in my collection, I went shopping on the internet and found these poodle tin children's toys. (www.orphanedtreasures.etsy.com)

I purchased them and started working on the jewelry: earrings and a bracelet. My first attempts came out like this:

Although she liked the earrings, I changed them a bit match the poodle colors a bit more.  The bracelet was just a bit too wide to work well as a cuff.  So back to the studio and the 2nd design came out so much better:

I learned more about construction and she really liked the results.