Monday, March 18, 2013

Emerald City Jewelry

Today's featured Artist's are Emily and Moise from Emerald City Custom Jewelry.  You can play with the design, or just choose your own custom colors! I love this idea- especially because I always want jewelry with complementary colors, which is so hard to find!!!

How did you get started making jewelry?

 I had always had an interest in jewelry making in addition to fine art. I had a tendency to doubt my ability to learn jewelry making so I didn't really start making jewelry in earnest until about 2 years ago. I quickly realized I had a natural talent for it and was very eager to learn as much as I could. Before I knew it I was making new pieces daily. Once I get a hold of a new craft I love, I go into hyper-drive until I learn it perfectly. My husband Moise and I decided to start a fully personalized jewelry service because we are both fans of any product you can customize.

Who or what is your inspiration?
I am definitely inspired by painting, drawing, and mixed media art. I have a preference for big, bold, abstract art that is very colorful. I approach jewelry making very much from a color and composition standpoint since painting is my first love. I like natural gemstones because they just have a different energy about them. I like making pieces that are unique and interesting but that anyone can wear. I am not a fashionista so it's important my pieces are very wearable. My passion for entrepreneurship definitely comes from my grandfather who started his own printing business in Missouri in 1966. My uncle and cousin still run the business. My grandfather was a hobby photographer in addition to a printer so I probably get some of my artistic flair from him.

What is your favorite part of your creating process?
I like actually making the piece - I don't necessarily have a plan in place before I start making a piece of jewelry. I edit and add along the way which is really fun. I like trying something out and then standing back and thinking "I don't know if that color works, let me try something else" - finding the perfect fit of beads and accents is really exciting.

Do you have any special routines?
I'll admit I tend to work on jewelry while indulging in my reality TV habit. I take producing quality jewelry very seriously, but it's also very fun and relaxing for me - else I wouldn't do it!

 Tell us about your pets!
I'm an animal lover, maybe a bit obsessed with animal rescue. My husband and I own 2 rabbits - Miranda and Martie. We also have a cat, Nina and a guinea pig named Murphy. Lastly, we have a gorgeous beta fishy named Polly. All our pets are rescues with the exception of our fish Polly - unless you consider we probably "rescued" her from the pet store.

Do you have any social media links?
On Twitter, I am EmilyMakesArt and Moise is Motoons

Anything else that you want to share?
Moise and I both have a true passion for custom work. I've always enjoyed making items specifically to a customer's needs. I don't seem to have the ego-attachment to a certain design or vision like some artists (though having such an attachment is certainly not a bad thing) so I'm truly happy creating whatever the customer wants. If I can make it happen, I will! I'm inspired by Moise's passion for customer service, it's his natural inclination to help people.

Are there any coupon codes or promotions you have going on?
Until April 2nd, if you like our Facebook page AND get a friend to like our page, you both will get a free pair of earrings mailed directly to you. Visit our FB page for more details!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Lake Time

Swimming after a stick
 Alasse loves the lake. Well, let me re-phrase that. Alasse loves chasing sticks or balls or shoes. I take her to the lake a lot because it is excellent exercise, and she has an incredible amount of energy. She would love to chase sticks on land even more, but she has had a  ligament injury in the past, so the quick stops she makes when chasing things on land are not good for her. So we go to the lake. Now, when she goes out after the stick, she is completely fine. She's a focused, strong, swimmer; shes got her eyes on the target. 

Headed back!
Coming back to land, that's a different story. Once she has her stick (or ball) she suddenly realizes where she is and says "Oh Crap!" She whines and whimpers all the way back. 

Solid ground under my feet!
And once she has solid ground under her feet, she forgets all about it and has only one thing on her mind.

Coming in hot
That one thing is, of course, that she wants me to through the stick again, and again. 
Please, Please, Please throw the stick?
I always ask her if she is sure, "do you really want me to throw the stick?" And she always insists that I throw it one more time, and we start the whole process over again, that is of course, until I have succeeded in tiring her out. 

Lake time means bath time. Alasse isn't especially fond of bath time, but she LOVES to be blow dried. She sits through the entire bath patiently, because she knows that at the end, after I towel her off, I will bring out the blow dryer. Not only does she expect to be blow dried after her bath time, she expects to be blow dried after my bath time too. Every morning when I blow dry my hair, she waits at my feet for her turn.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Walk In The Snow

Road to Grizzly Peak
Took the pup up to play in the snow while it's still here. The road had a bit more snow on it than expected- I didn't actually make it up to the Grizzly Peak trail, as that road wasn't plowed, but we ended up having loads of fun by the side of the road. 

Very quickly, Alasse found a stick and asked me to throw it for her. And then she asked me to throw it again, and again. 

Alasse and I

The pup had a wonderful time, and so did I. Hope to get up to the mountain soon before it all melts!