Thursday, August 20, 2009

Featured Artist

I am going to try and get back to featuring one artist a month (maybe more, maybe less!) on my blog.

This month I am featuring Julie Sigmund. I love her wire work, it's so precise and creative. She's also a member of the SATEAM and I think just a fantastic person. Here's a little insight into Julie and a photo of one of her favorite pieces.

How long have you been working in your medium?

I made my first wirewrapped piece 3 years ago. I had a handful of lampwork beads that I had made that I was so proud of. I made a simple necklace with sterling silver wire and the lampwork beads and my passion for wire wrapping grew from then on.

What is your favorite thing about your art?

I would have to say its the wonderful feeling I get after I've created something beautiful out of simple wire with my own two hands.

What's your favorite piece?

My favorite piece is my Dragonfly Pendant. I love dragonflies!

What's the hardest piece you've ever made?

The Dragonfly Pendant was the hardest piece I've ever made. I actually worked on this idea for several months. I gave up on it numerous times and would toss it aside until a new idea hit me. Attaching the wings to the body was my biggest problem I had, and the idea came to me one night just as I was falling asleep. I jumped up out of bed and sketched my idea down on a piece of paper so I would'nt forgot it the next morning. LOL!

Who or what inspires you?

I've been inspired by so many wonderful artist, Sandy Cowan, Iza Malczyk, and Sharilyn Miller to name a few. I also find inspiration in my natural suroundings, a walk in the woods, camping trips, and even when I'm working in my yard.

What's your favorite inspirational saying?

My favorite inspirational saying is:

If you can Dream it, you can do it.

Walt Disney.

What's one thing you've never done you always wanted to do?

I would love to travel the world.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Indy's spending time outside

Indy is healing up fairly well, slow and steady. He's been outside during the day lately, hopefully if the weather stays nice he'll be outside at night soon too. He seems happy enough to be outside, being in the stall all day gets boring for him!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Viking Knit!

I've been playing around with viking knit (Thanks Andrea for showing me how!) and some byzantine and chain. I quite like it, it allows me to be a little more creative as I can customize the chain to the piece.

These are in my Etsy shop!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


I have been doing a lot of viking knit and byzantine lately. Trying to figure out how to work it with my beads, make it versatile and still be pretty! I love the way this piece turned out.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Blog Award

Marie Dodd sent me a blog award! Thanks Marie!

I am supposed to say 5 things I love,

I love watching the barn swallow zip about at night
I love my husband!
I love my horses, they are always happy to see me, it helps that I usually have food!
I love a good book in the sun.
I love a good nights sleep, on freshly washed sheets in a comfy bed!

I've sent this blog award forward to 10 of my favorite blogs!

Indy is Feeling Better

Indy seems to be feeling a bit better, he tried to rip down the box fan we put on the outside of his door to keep him cool! He's spent more time up than down now, and it getting to spend a bit more time outside. All the well wishes are much appreciated!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Indy snoozing

Just thought people might like to see a picture of Indy. He's doing what he does 80% of the time right now, sleep! He's doing ok, surgery is tuesday and if that goes well hopefully he'll start to heal up.