I’m a sucker for copper

I’m definitely a sucker for copper. Don’t get me wrong; I do wear my gold and silver designs but I have to admit that copper is my favorite of the 3 metallic tones. I like making the copper designs, I like photographing them and I like wearing them. They are also easier to photograph than the silver and gold designs for some reason, thus almost bringing joy to the sometimes strenuous photo sessions.

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Copper dipped vinyl record statement ring

Could it be the warmth of copper that I find so comforting during the cold winter months? That coppery tone also works so well with the surrounding environment. The south west of Ireland can be pretty coppery -and wet of course- in the wintertime. I doubt it is a subconscious effort to match my environment. In the end it’s a personal preference innit?

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Black and copper minimalist vinyl record necklace

The fiery copper against the black of the vinyl record does come alive as soon as the light hits it, as it dangle on a long, or shorter chain. And did you know that the backs of the necklaces are left untouched so you can appreciate the vinyl record grooves?

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Make a statement with this yummy chunky copper dipped ring

More of my handcrafted vinyl record jewelry designs in black and copper, as well as silver and gold are available in my online shop. Because you’re worth it. I’ve heard them saying it in the ads.

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I made upcycled vinyl record rings.

Ring ring ring! I’ve made one of a kind upcycled vinyl record rings. If you’re familiar with my work, you will recognize my signature style. A pretty groovy eco-friendly gift for her, or him. See more photos and get all the details here.

 

My new playground: the wild west of Ireland

cow agfaJust last week I was writing about my veggie garden. Well, I am now miles away from it, having moved a few days ago from the east to the wild west of Ireland (County Kerry). I was warned it is wild. Especially in the winter. As a matter of fact, there is an orange weather alert in effect for today. Woah! Orange only comes before red after all. I guess that’s what you get for moving so close to the wild Atlantic. sneem c I had a chance to explore my new backyard in dry and more comfortable weather the first few days I was here. To my delight, the Kerry Way, one of Ireland’s longest hiking trail at over 200 km, runs just behind our place. DSCN3179 resizedSo I got on my bike and couldn’t believe my eyes, just like a little girl realizing how vast and beautiful her new playground is. Exciting times ahead, in the rain, or in the dry.

I’d give it a 5.8 out of 10

I wouldn’t say that this year’s veggie garden failed but it wasn’t a great success either. I’d give it a 5.8 out of 10. IMG_1217A combination of late sowing (due to being away for a while) and the fierce work of millions of slugs contributed to making this adventure a lil’ disappointing. The carrot and radish shoots were simply annihilated as soon as they dared showing their fresh little heads into the world. And believe me friends, broken eggshells don’t work against slugs. I’ve seen them crawling over the shells no problemo at all as if it was butter. Well, not quite but nearly.image

The garlic kind of came as a great surprise though as the cloves had been  into the soil in the spring of 2014 and never came out that year. I know, you’re supposed to bury them into the ground on the shortest day of the year and harvest on the longest -or something like that- but we thought “hey! we’ll give it a go and see what happens!”. They sure are tough little things and survived 6 weeks of no watering while we were away! YAY GARLIC! IMG_1223 Just like garlic, the chives came back from the dead without me having to do anything. Perfect stuff for the lazy gardener. And it is oh so beautifully purple.

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Onions are never a problem, or are they? It is my 2nd year growing them and they always look quite happy. Can’t wait to be using them in my culinary adventures (I’m thinking onion bhajis mmm). image

You see the lettuce heads there? Yeah, go get your magnifying glass. Well, these are still quite small but I do manage to get a few leaves from various plants every few days, before the slugs eat them completely.image

The glorious and delicious nasturtiums are taking over the tomatoes. I love these flowers’ vibrant colors, ranging from yellow to deep orange to fiery red. These flowers are sure to cheer up any sad looking salad. Also perfect for the lazy gardener as they require no attention at all. imageLet’s end this with the greatest success; the tomatoes! They are sweet, juicy and delicious and don’t they look so good against the white shed wall?

I’m overall positive about this year’s crop. One can’t expect miracles when sowing happens in a rush at the end of June and when you have all the slugs of the world against you. So I’m happy. And so are they. The slugs. Again. Sorry.

I’m looking for a house

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That’s me, looking for a house, in County Kerry.

And this is where my (our) quest took me (us); in County Kerry, in the wild West of Ireland. Well, I’m not alone on this adventure; my man is on it as well. But I’ll keep using the first person. Just because.

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A few sheep, of course.

IMG_1089As some of you already know, I live in county Wexford, Ireland. Ireland, yeah! When Ireland is mentioned, people will often have this romantic idea of sheep peacefully grazing on endless rolling green hills. A leprechaun might even come running through that mental image cheerfully screaming a loud “top of the morning to you!”. That’s nice and I guess, as an expat living here, that’s unconsciously -or not- what I’m going for. 

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The green rolling hills and the narrow roads. Awhh so pastoral.

Come on! Look at these hills! And the sheep! My boyfriend (Irish) doesn’t understand my fascination with sheep. They are everywhere here. I find them kind of exotic and fun to look at as we don’t have them in such an overwhelming number in Quebec. Yep, I still take pictures of sheep. And I have learned that sheep will never take an “s”; one sheep, two sheep (English isn’t my first language, please forgive me).

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A place called Killorglin. Hint: that’s not where I’m going to live. My motto for that picture? “More sky, less cars”.

So have I found a house? Have I come to the right place? I think it’s the right place but will I find a house? I might let you know in the next episode. Or not (I’m not so good at this blogging thing), but you’ll find out eventually. Just as you do in this video. So random, I know, but I couldn’t help it.

Upcycled yet stylish

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I like contrasts; contrasting materials, colors, textures or natures. Things that, at first sight, don’t seem to belong together due to their very different natures. My vinyl record and foil collection is reminiscent of that attraction for contrasts as there is a sure duality in the materials I use for my designs. That interest for contrasts really comes to life as I combine the dark with the metallic, the discarded with the noble, the sturdy with the delicate, the sharp geometric with the uneven abstract.

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The noble, delicate and abstract gold, copper and silver foils.

You get the picture.

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The upcycled, dark and geometric vinyl record pieces. Soon to become unique minimalist long necklaces with a bold touch of metallic.

The creation process is often punctuated by that hard-to-explain deep feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction from successfully combining different materials. By “successfully”, I mean “to my taste”. Oh, don’t get me wrong; I have aborted ideas many times. When I’m happy with the designs, I just share them to the world via my two Etsy shops. Hey World! Why not check them out right here: www.danajewellery.etsy.com and www.lescreationsdana.etsy.com

A bit of aqua, lime and Nana

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Vinyl record stud earrings in the making

Tender aqua and bright lime green; colors reminiscent of warm summer days.

Lime in your drink, by the pool.
Limes on your dress, by the sea.
Lime popsicles, in the park.

The warm days are nearly here and I have been looking for brightly colored vinyl record labels to bring a bit of sunshine to my Etsy shop. So I went to my record pile and started digging for the colorful labels. Well, I know, I am not your typical record digger as you probably figured out.

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“A POPS SERENADE”, handcrafted from the BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA vinyl record. Truly one of a kind!

Handcrafted one by one from random and rather obscure vinyl records, these stud earrings are truly one of a kind. They feature bits of design and/or names of songs from the original labels.

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Oh and there’s no need to worry, record lovers out there, as no collectible records are used in the making of my jewelry. So no Beatles or Rolling Stones or Pink Floyd records are sacrificed for the sake of making jewelry. I rather use a lot of old Christmas records and a lot –a lot- of Nana Mouskouri ones. Oh Nana, how much fun we’ve had sticking your big framed eyes into our own glasses.

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I’m using a Nana Mouskouri record sleeve at the moment as a “working board” in the workshop. Oh things happen when your work table is full of old record sleeves. Eh Nana?