Monday, March 16, 2015

The winner ....

Thanks to all who entered the GreaterGood Shop Giveaway...
the winner of the contest is Alaska Sue...
Please contact me for your code....




Monday, March 2, 2015

A Fabulous $50 Giveaway

The wonderful people over at THE GREATERGOOD SHOP and Novica are promoting their new GreaterGood shop and are offering you, my readers, a $50 gift certificate.

At THE GREATERGOOD SHOP every purchase you make gives back to a
worthy cause, at no extra cost to you! Each of the
cause-related websites partners with non-profits
and provides support through many
different easy actions.

A portion of the purchase price of each item you buy
goes to your choice of these important causes...

You can decide where your money goes by selecting from various categories within the shop.

How about ANIMAL RESCUE?  one that is near and dear to my heart..   Purchases here have funded the value of more than 450 million bowls of food for rescued animals!

Or RAIN FOREST   everything you buy from this section helps saves and protects the Rain Forest...How awesome is that!

WORLD HUNGER   Purchases here have funded the value of more than 820 million cups of food for the hungry!


  Take a look at the fabulous clothing options in the Apparel section.  Of course I gravitate to shawls...
one of the many amazing shawls
Just think you could get this for your very own while helping a worthy cause...


In case you are not familiar with THE GREATERGOOD SHOP, this fabulous shop sells handmade items made by artisans all over the world.   This provides a opportunity for them to make a living at doing what they do best, make glorious products that are not only quality merchandise but shopping here is a win-win situation for all of us..

HOW ABOUT THIS PEEK A PURR SWEATSHIRT??

And now with the new sister store, you know your money is going to a good cause.  Every purchase helps people, pets and the planet..YOU CHOOSE where you want your money to go.

   Maybe someone in your family suffers from  ALZHEIMERS...Shop in this category and your purchase gives much needed dollars toward research of this horrible disease.. Purchases here have funded over 185 hours of Alzheimer's research.

HOW ABOUT  LITERACY?
Purchases here have funded the giving of more than 187,000 books to children in need.



Or this...perfect for a chilly night by the fire



In this fabulous new shop you can find clothing, jewelry, gifts, pet items and more..

I  love these bright colored mitts!




HOW ABOUT another fabulous category of merchandise?  HOME DECOR

how about this cool mug?
or something for your sister?

SOMETHING I FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT...
TELL THE WORLD HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT IT ON YOUR COFFEE MUG
Help save the planet by using these cups instead of plastic throw aways!

You can even get pet supplies....
Wouldn't this Herbal Healing Salve be something you would want around the house for those unexpected emergencies?


I am so excited about this new store...  I love to spend my money here!  So please help spread the word about this fabulous new venture 



Go to any of the links and pick something fabulous out...something you want to win!



 LEAVE A COMMENT AND TELL ME WHAT YOU WOULD CHOOSE SHOULD YOU WIN...

THAT'S ALL  IT TAKES TO BE ENTERED INTO THE GIVEAWAY!!


One lucky person gets  a $50 gift certificate from THE GREATERGOOD SHOP...It could be you...

This contest will remain open until March 15th midnight.
Beatnheart...








Thursday, October 30, 2014

Still Here with rainbows in my room



I had this beautiful, mysterious rainbow on my studio ceiling...
it kept me guessing as I ran around touching my many crystals hanging in all my windows ( I was obsessed with Haley Mills and especially the movie PollyAnna...So the crystal fascination is from that movie)...I had to find the one that was causing this amazing and enchanting happening...
It was the CD sitting on my worktable...I had just got it in the mail from a friend in Sturgeon Bay...The CD was by Chris Aaron, an amazing guitarist, blues artist from Madison and associated with the Holiday Music Motel and SteelBridge Songfest ...Chris just passed away two weeks ago .. The rainbow.... eerie but oh so magic.

My time right now seems to full of rest and tv viewing...I am well aware..not very cool  but I think it is just what I need right now...mostly I am watching Netflix and loads of British television ...also I just discovered Doctor Who...I know, where have I been, but I am watching some back series and catching up...I love the show...I'm glad I finally discovered it..so witty clever and great acting...

My Doctor




Hope everyone has a beautiful autumn..  I can finally rest easier ... having made it through the summer...I go kinda crazy in the heat...not my favorite time of the year.
but this is...

Till next time..
xxbh


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine June issue...


I am in the Summer edition, June 2014, of Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine.







I remember the days when I would sit in Barnes and Noble, drooling over this magazine...
This was before I even was making jewelry.   Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would one day actually be in it.  And now, this is my fourth time...each time the article is bigger and better...


This time they used a collection of my polymer clay pieces...







Some wrapped up pods


Southwestern inspired disks and handmade beads...




So grab yourself a coffee at your local Barnes and Nobles, pick up this mag and have a look.
And because it's so cool, take it to the counter and buy it...It's an amazing magazine filled with extraordinary work....





Thanks so much to the editor-in-chief, Cynthia Leavens, for her continued support of my work.


Saturday, May 17, 2014

My Brocante Days



As many of you know, I used to be a antique dealer.  I turned professional
some 30 years ago ...first by selling almost weekly at various flea markets in the Los Angeles area and
then getting a space at a well known brick and mortar store in Santa Monica, where I stayed for thirteen years...





Well the store closed down...not for lack of business, but because the building was sold to make way for condos...I panicked at the time, wondering what I would do next.   The idea of selling at flea markets again surely did not appeal to me...loading up the car, getting up at ungodly hours in the morning, sitting in the hot sun all day and then at the end of the day packing all that stuff up again...I just couldn't face it anymore.  I looked at various other places to sell and none were very good...I was in one of the best places in the city and nothing would compare to it ....so I decided to retire from the business all together...The store did re-locate, this time in Venice, but my heart was telling me to back off...it was time to retire and move on to something else.


Wertz brothers antique market  santa monica, california


I had spent 30 some years looking, digging, driving, packing, shipping, cleaning and repairing thousands and thousands of things...I was very successful at it and enjoyed it...but the idea of still doing it had lost its glow...It was also getting harder to find things at good prices...prices so good that it warranted shipping the stuff long distances, many times from England and France, at a great cost and lots of wrapping and bubble wrapping to insure its safe arrival here.

I was burnt out...


I had not had a real vacation since I started the business...everywhere I went involved shopping and packing and shipping...the airport was always a nightmare...I remember in the pre 9/11 days of showing up at the airport with 20 boxes of stuff and slipping the skycab some cash for him to break a few rules and get my boxes on that plane....or arriving at Heathrow airport in London, only to be asked by Custom officals to unpack all my suitcases, which I carefully packed so nothing would break ( those were the days that I would bring two empty trunks and fill them up) and then there I was ...sweating bullets, late for the plane, with bubble wrap and literally hundreds of items laying all over the floor...and then I had to pack them up ...again...hellish!

it felt like all I did was shop...

 I still have lots of stuff left....beautiful things...

 Mr. Beatnheart and I have a plan of leaving LA
(although I must confess, I have had that plan for about 40 years now!)  but I know what happens too, after witnessing it many many times, what happens when people get older...You can no longer maintain the big houses, the storage spaces, the garages bursting at the seams...filled with stuff and boxes of things you don't even know what is in them anymore.  I have gone to a thousand estate sales...and those old houses filled to the rafters with things the old folks kept as the houses fell to disrepair...well I want to be pro-active and begin cleaning out my house and my boxes and pass my treasures on to new homes...

give this beautiful weiner dog a home


So I am listing many of my treasures, the things that I have kept in my personal collection,
 in my beatnheartvintage shop on etsy...

I have hung on to many of these things for years because I loved them and
they meant something to me....but now I am ready to let them go...and I 
want to make room in my life for the new things that have meaning...

So stop by the shop...I will be listing almost everyday ( well that is the "Big Plan")
Wish me luck because I'm going to need it...








Monday, April 7, 2014

A Little Torch action...



Beautiful Mr. B helped me this weekend to get my torch set up and it is located in his studio...who would have ever thunk that he and I would be working on metal side by side...certainly not me.
Now that I have taken metalsmithing and have some of the fundamentals down (well more or less) I can speak his language and understand what he is saying to me about how to work the metal...



This was my first attempt...He gave me some lovely old bronze sheet which I texturized using different techniques...the metal was roller printed at school using bits of old border lace.





the ring base was hammered with a texturing hammer 
and then cross filed...

I just plunked the top onto the band and went for it...
then hammered it to the shape of the band...
I got some lumps...but I like them and it's meaningful to me...
I embrace my "mistakes" as you never know what will evolve from them...






 This ring was my next experiment...everything is an experiment at this stage...



First I hammered this rectangular shield shape and used an old made in Paris metal stamp to create the lines, hammered the whole thing on the concrete studio floor and then made the dimples with metal punches...

next came the ring band..thick metal with a cross hatch design..


I have never worn big rings like this but I tell you it feels powerful to
wear a big statement ring on your pointer finger...


This one is close to my heart as it is my first real made by me ring.


I love working in metal, the torch and all the tools....It is a more authentic way
for me to design as there are not as many bits and pieces to deal with...beads, wires, wrapping...
I tended to get all confused and maniacal with all those bits around me and too many choices..


 I love texturizing and hammering metal...and soldering is magic.



Because I know there is more where these came from I have listed this in my Etsy Shop...
It is my first metalsmithing piece in there...big girl pants on!





Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A trip to the Getty...




A trip to the Getty always makes for a beautiful day out...





I love these structures....
rebar with bougenvila growing in them...


Beauty all around...
A perfect day...

If you are ever in Los Angeles, make sure
you visit the Getty Center and also the Getty villa
on the coast...


oh yeah...
some new earrings in the works...


just listed in my Etsy Shop....






Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Just when you thought I've done everything...



I bet you didn't think of this....



Tonight at 9pm I start taking drum lessons...

Cray zee I know...I'm a middle aged woman...

but it is something I always wanted to do so I thought why not...
The lessons are at the local Parks and Rec...

Boom boom bang

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