click the gem to go to my shop

click the gem to go to my shop
click the gem to go to my shop

Friday, December 31, 2010

Wisteria~ A work in progress ~ honoring a special memory

A friend asked me where I get ideas for some of my more involved jewelry pieces. I usally answer that question with: "I am inspired by nature". That fits this latest piece I am working on but there is more to this story than that. My Grandparents were married in South Carolina in 1934. My Grandfather once told me that the trees around that courthouse were full of the most lovely blooming wisteria that day. He was in his 90's when he told me that. I thought it was very touching that he remembered that and I've been fascinated with honoring that memory for a long time now.
Here is a scrapbook page I did with a copy of their wedding day photograph
George and Lois' wedding Day 1934

I've always loved this photograph!

This week, I am working on a new design to reflect that memory in a piece of jewelry.
Here are some snippets of the work in progress. Those are my current tools for this project next to it: fine tipped wire cutters and a really fine tipped crochet needle.
I hope to get it finished this evening... but I'm still trying to decide between making it into a necklace or a brooch.  Which do your wear more of?

Update on the Secret submission

Hi Friends,
  I finally finished and submitted 2 brand new pieces I created for the 5th edition of Copper Wire Jewelers magazine.It is due out January 15th and I will surely post a link to it here when it comes out.
Until then, here is a teaser shot of one of those creations.....

an original by AudreyGardenLady

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Shhhhhhh! It's a secret....

I am working on a totally new design that I hope to have published early January.
Until then, I can't share pictures of the completed pieces...or list them in my shop.
Oh, it's killing me not to tell.....
but it won't be long...

Friday, December 3, 2010

I got Featured in Cuteable!

Just got back from an early meeting at school to find an email that I am featured in a great blog this morning called Cuteable. It is published by Lynsey, a lovely lady in the UK who does some pretty cute stuff herself. Love her littel roosters!

The new bracelet I just listed yesterday was chose by Lynsey for her fabulous Friday edition.
Made my day!

For more views, you can find it here:

Thanks Lynsey!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Blogging as a exhaust valve?

Well I never really thought about it that way until I was reading this article today at

Since a back injury, it has been all I can do most days just to keep up with email, my shop, correspondance and day to day duties. I am on the mend but too much time on this keyboard just aggravtes it.

Lots to ponder here...
How do you keep up with your blog?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Published!!! in Copper Wire Jewelers Magazine Volume 4 page 15

My wonderful friend Lois of A Beaded Affair has done it again! She has brought the 4th edition of Copper Wire Jewelers Magazine to life and I am blessed to be in it!
You can page through it here

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Unique Women in Business ~ Women supporting Women

If you work from home and especially on line, you know how isolating that can be.
Enter Unique Women is Business. What a great group of supportive on line friends who encorage one another, share laughter and tears and support one another.
Even though most of us haver never actually met, I have made some good friends in this group. I think some days, it has gone a long way to saving my sanity.

Amazing talented women in this group are cheered on and promoted in the team's lovely blog as well. Go check it out at Unique Women in Business

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Awesome Aprons ~ Fest Friend Reaches 400!!!

Pam of Pamwares is a fellow member of Etsy Fest..a group of Florida etsy artists dedicated to support one another. We chat, share experiences, celebrate each others' successes and basically have a great time.

Today, we are celebrating Pam having made her 400th sale in her etsy shop and Pam is celebrating by having an awesome give away of one of her unique handmade aprons! Now I want to win of course but I couldn't help but share. Go take a peek and enter.....

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hooly Schmooly~ I just opened an Artfire store

Still relatively new to this whole internet marketing thing, I just couldn't pass up the recent deal that Artfire I took the leap and opened a shop there. I am trying to get some products made an listed there while still working on my Etsy shop.

Since most all my designs are one of a kind, I offer different products in each store. Some days I agonize over which store to list a new creation in.

Take a peek

Visit AudreyGardenLady's ArtFire Shop

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Linda is a very accomplished Metalsmith who does the most wonderful designs. She is also a master with precious metal clay
As a member of UWIBteam - Unique Women in Business- she is the featured artist on the team blog today.
You can read more about her on the Team blog at
or in her blog called "Running with scissors"

All the best,

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Taking the Leap...New Artfire shop for AudreyGardenLady

I decided to take the plunge on Artfire. The recent promotion was just too good to pass up. I signed on for one of their Pro accounts and, so far, I'm really liking their setup. Lots of nifty little features and some I am still figuring out. Of course, I am not closing my Etsy shop. I do love Etsy. My Artfire shop is a complimentary venue.

What kind of online businesswoman would I be if I didn't dazzle your eyes with a link to my Artfire shop
All in all, my hubby and I are getting the hang of the on line marketing world...though I still can't get him to make a FaceBook page.....
Gotta love that man of mine!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fascinating New Artwork from Kim Piotrowski

Kim does amazing stuff. Recently I spotted some of her artwork on Etsy
and I'm thinking...I need to go find out more about her. Turns out she's an attractive
science and math major who has combined her love of fractal geometry and the sciences with her love of art! She also has a pretty amazing blog
Give it a look at

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My Brother....the photographer

My Brother, Glenn....the photographer
He takes some of the most amazing photos!
Like this one

Moon over San Francisco Sept 2010

and this one

Trifid Nebula

and this one

Lunar eclipse montage as seen fron San Francisco 2004

He built himself a wonderful large telescope and rigged his digital camera too it. Sometimes he takes pics from his home in San Francisco but more often while camping.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Fable of the Porcupine

 Fable of the porcupine

It was the coldest winter ever - many animals died because of the cold.

The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together.
This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded
their closest companions even though they gave off heat to each other.

After awhile they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen.

So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions
or disappear from the Earth.

Wisely, they decided to go back to being together.

They learned to live with the little wounds that were caused by the close relationships
with their companions, but the most important part of it, was the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

Moral of the story:
The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people. The best relationship is when each individual learns to live with the imperfections
of others and admire the other person's good qualities.

Shared by my friend Danielle

Friday, September 17, 2010

Is a computer Male or Female?

A SPANISH Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish,

unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.
'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la casa.'
'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.'
A student asked, 'What gender is 'computer'?'
Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two
groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether
computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to
give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men's group decided that 'computer' should definitely be of the feminine
gender ('la computadora'), because:
1.. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2 The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine ('el
computador'), because:
1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE
the problem; and
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little
longer, you could have gotten a better model..

The women won.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Featured in Cuteable!! A cool blog!

How about that! I posted some photos of new designs to Flickr last night and this morning I find that Lynsey, the wonderful author of the Cuteable blog has featured my Fandango earrings at  !! I had not even listed them in my etsy shop yet...eek! Had to fix that fast! You can find them at

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Poor Pop

Poor old Pop had far more cancerous places to be removed than was first thought. You have to give him credit for cheerfully posing for this picture that my hubby took today. He says he is ready for Halloween....
He's 87.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Aging Parents and Grandparents

This week, both my Mother-in-law and my Father-in-law will have some pretty serious skin cancer surgeries. They are both in their 80's. My husband will be taking time off work to go help them out while they are recovering. I will hold the fort down here with our son in school, etc.

We take for granted that we will have our grandparents around for many years to come, but I see them both slowing down so much over the last few years. They were a bright active, traveling couple when I first met them. I forget that that was over 18 years ago.

I am so glad my son is enjoying the time he has with them and my parents. I was fortunate that he got to be with my grandparents when they were in their 90's. Sadly, he was so little that he doesn't really remember Grandmother Lois but I am glad that he remembers Pappy.

Take time with them while you have them. Parents and Grandparents are a real blessing in our lives.

George and Lois Spivey on their wedding day in 1934

Monday, September 6, 2010

Let's Get Cookin' a treasury I made

What a super cool tool this is...

'Let's Get Cookin'' by AudreyGardenLady

Yummy stuff!!!

Necklace - Nothing ...


Peach Stand - (8x10...


Potholders - Donuts...


7 piece Lettuce Lea...


Red Kitchenaid Mixe...


Giant Fork - Slate ...


Handmade 5x7 blank ...


Seminole Pumpkin Se...


Green Tea Party Pos...


Caramel Peach Jam


Still Life by Henk ...


crochet carrot


Little Green Apples...


Little Girl Good Fo...


Olive (Felt and Ste...


cyclamen floursack ...


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A Glass of Merlot Anyone?

A friend told me about this very cool new tool.
Let's try it out...
I was included in a most lovely treasury:

'A glass of merlot anyone...' by JenSanCandles

Acorn Wine Glass Ch...


VINTAGE Cranberry W...


Cherry Earrings


FIVE ROSES - Croche...


Faceted Garnet and ...


Sparkly Rose - 5x7 ...




Wire Wrapped Butter...


Fox Button Plum Win...


PURPLE FIG (tm) and...


Burgundy Bride and ...


Vespertina Botanica...


BOGO SALE 5x7 Rains...


Banana Cranberry Ha...


Heart with a Polar ...


Collective Names of...


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