Saturday, May 25, 2013

Hideous Fingernails and Little Time for Painting

Yes, I am alive and, gratefully, there have been no desperate circumstances keeping me from blogging for the past few weeks.  It's just been busy, busy around here with end-of-school activities and a working on a wonderful jewelry project for Mercy Ships International.

Mercy Ships is an amazing organization and I absolutely love working with them.  You may recall I shared a little about my first project with them in this post last fall.  Remember these?

The exciting news is that Taproot Studio Jewelry will soon be available for purchase on the Mercy Ships website!  I want to leave the big reveal to them, so I'll just give you a little peek at a few of the details.

I'm really excited about this project and will definitely let you know when the pieces are available.

Being in full-blown metalsmithing mode results in two things:
a.) hideous fingernails and
b.) little time for painting

The fingernail situation is a little hopeless for the time being but I intend to do something about the painting issue in the next few days.  I'd at least like to do some quick watercolors of the lilies we have blooming here...might be a nice project for Memorial Day.

For my friends in far away places... Memorial Day is the last Monday in May set aside each year in the States to remember men and women who died while serving our country.

For me Memorial Day signals the official beginning of picnics and lazy days at nearby lakes and occasionally the ocean...only a few weeks until I'm slathering myself with sunscreen and digging my toes in the sand!

I've missed linking up with my friends at Paint Party Friday, Creative Every Day, and Sunday Sketches lately, so I'm going to carve out some time in these next few days to visit as many of them as I can.  I can't wait to see what everyone's been up to!

If' you've never visited these sites I hope you'll take a few minutes sometime to check them out.  It's really fun to follow the links and be inspired by the beautiful, diverse works of the artists who participate each week.  It's even more fun to participate and all three of these link-ups are open to everyone.  Yes, that means YOU!

Have a great weekend, everyone.  I'm off to dig out those watercolors!


  1. Sounds like your fingernails have been sacrificed for a good cause....can't wait for the reveal...Happy Memorial Day, love the day lillies, mine are just strappy green things at the moment....38F here this morning - Spring????? xox

  2. Wow! That is so very exciting for you! I cant wait to see the big reveal and I am sure the yucky nails will beworth it!

  3. Oooohhh.. The jewelry is truly inspirational and the lily photos are quite Georgia O'keefish! Can't wait to see what you do with them. Congratulations on the Mercy Ships commission. What a very great thing!

  4. Good to know all is well your way, you've been busy, such lovely jewelry and photos, ah summer is truly on its way your way, sounds so good to just feel that hot sand under your feet, I love that sensation, blessings to you! xx


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