Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Jewelry Widower - Still alive

Just a reassurance that after my first blog my fingers were not broken, nor any other bodily harm inflicted. There were a few fellow JW'ers (Jewelry Widowers) who have let themselves be known. I do not suffer alone, thank heavens!
How many of you have been involved with helping out with shows? I was volunteered to help set up for a recent show in Quakertown, PA. I am off from my job as a Registered Nurse every other weekend, so I normally look forward to my time off, even though there are other things that require my attention, such as mowing the grass, cinematic exposure (watching movies), and of course going to my computer to save the world from aliens, falling bricks, asteroids, etc. The show in Quakertown was on my weekend off, of course. It was a tedious setup, with the wind trying to knock over the tent and all of the displays. Luckily, I had created several containers with sand to tie to the tent, and also strapped down the dummy heads, (not mine) which my wife uses to display her fine necklaces. It was also necessary to arrange the setup so as nothing else would be blowing away, though I did comment that if people found her business cards down the street they might look for her. (There's your litterer, Officer)
As the people started wandering in, many had questions about the fine work that my wife had created. All I could do was stand and point to my wife and say, "You have to ask her." My fantastic spouse would then go into vivid details about her creations, explaining that it was all hand made, of natural gems, and silver or copper. There were no artificial stones or materials. Of course, hearing this several hundred times during the day can make you a little ear sore, but I did my best to tolerate it, being supportive of my wife. She would introduce herself to the hopefully-to-be customers, "Hi, I'm Lois." She would then be gracious and point to me and identify me as the husband. Not being a shy guy, I would introduce myself as "Manuel" which brought forth many a questioning stare, and would clarify with "Manuel Labor." A few still wandered away with head-shaking bewilderment.
An important lesson learned from doing previous show with my wife was to have a decent meal beforehand, and to make use of the facilities. Why, you may ask. Because no matter where the show is, your site will always be farthest from the port-a-potties, and by the time you finally get there they are 1) full, 2) there is a long line, 3) you are standing downwind, and 4) there is no place to wash your hands. Always carry hand sanitizer with you as part of your set-up gear.
It turned out to be a fair day, and at the end is the take down of all the equipment, storing it in containers, then loading it into the car. It is tiring and always such a relief to get that done. But the greatest feeling is when it's all done, we are packed up, and on the way home, my wonderful wife turns to me and says, "Thank you honey, I am glad you were here to help me, it would have been much harder without you."
What can you do at that point, but square up your shoulders, look her calmly in the eyes, and say, "That's okay dear, I was glad to help.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Please welcome our guest blogger and my husband - The Jewelry Widower - Al Linquist

MY wife makes jewelry. I am sure that there are many other "Jewelry widowers/widows" out there, and faced with the same situations. Does your partner spend almost every free moment involved in the process of making jewelry? From the actual making of the items, to the photography of such items, and then putting them on the computer on their web pages. I appreciate that my mate wants my opinion frequently about her artwork, and I do really mean art, but have you ever been in the middle of something with great concentration, ie; football game in the final seconds, reading the great novel, or saving the world from asteroids when suddenly the newest creation is put in front of you for your comments? I find that I must pay close attention to the item, and also the question asked. I do not want a sneak question coming up on me, such as "Does this necklace make me look a] too fat, b] too thin, or does it go with any other item that may be mentioned.; I like to think that I am very supportive of my wonderful wife, and am truly impressed with many of her creations. I have found that at times she even listens to my input, for I have seen her make suggested alterations. There are times when I am sure her inquisition is purely perfunctory, as any comment I can make seems to be unheard. I was even informed that I was allowed to blog here, and this is my first blog ever anywhere. Considering that, if I am never heard from again, it is because I have been banished, or worse. There is always the great Husband's Answer to any question: "Yes dear, you're right, I'm wrong, I'm sorry."

Thanks Al for your keen insights into the life of a Jewelry Widower. Al will be an occasional guest blogger here and at his main blog . Hope you enjoyed.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

So, Where do You Store Your Copper Jewelry?

A Copper Jewelry Box of course!

These beautiful boxes are the work of Ana Maria Enciso.

"In my work I seek to recover the folklore and joy of the Andean people."

"I was born on April 17, 1952. For 24 years I have dedicated myself to

metalwork in the city where I got married to an able smith, from whom I

learned the art of working with silver and plaques. Today we have a

small family business, in which my children are also involved, and... Read the rest of the story here

This is from the site Novica -
NOVICA unites you with more than 2,000 extraordinary master artists around the world. Read about their lives, explore their

fascinating cultures, and select from more than 30,000 handcrafted works

of art. association with National Geographic.

Even if you aren't searching for something for your home this site is full of eye candy from artists all over the world.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Copper Wire Jewelers - Featured Artist #2 - Dianna Wolfe - After Midnight

One of the artists that welcomed me into the realm of wire jewelry art is Dianna Wolfe. From the first time I met her online she was encouraging and supportive of my work. I still look at the pieces she makes and am amazed at how she takes a pattern and creates simplified beauty in the control and grace she imparts to her work.

Aside from being an active member on Copper Wire Jewelers and running several Yahoo Wire Jewelry groups, you can find Dianna's work at her beautiful site, After Midnight. It's visually stunning and filled with the fabulous work of Dianna Wolfe.

While your here stop in the shop and pick up some copper wire and create something beautiful today.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Copper Wire Jewelers - Featured Artist - Melissa N. Cox

Have you met Melissa N. Cox? A talented Mixed Metal Artist from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, this Wife and Mother of two creates fun, funky and inspirational jewelry. There is a simplicity and charm to Melissa's work that I am drawn to. Here's a few of my favorites from her web site Mel's Treasures .

Melissa is the featured artist today chosen from the over 500 members of Copper Wire Jewelers and it's never an easy choice. Look for more featured members of CWJ. Who knows, one day it might be you.

While you're thinking about copper, stock up at A Beaded Affair copper wire in all the popular gauges of round, half round and square wire.