Monday, October 23, 2006

A hanging address for clients up in Canada. The kids-Amanda, Jack, and Josh. Mandy is doing her internship for counseling, she is our grandson David's mom. Jack works with Steve at the shop, no babies yet, and Josh is our grandkids - Forrest, Alex, and Annalisa's Dad, he works for a construction company in Seattle.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Morning mist settling on a pasture near our property in Tenino. What a beautiful sunrise! A railing project in a home on Lake Washington. AAhhh, Friskey and our baby Sam.  Posted by Picasa

Friday, September 22, 2006

House numbers. A proud man. This mullin is a weed that Steve loves and I water. We wanted to see how big we could make it grow this year. It's at least 10' tall and still growing. Our driveway gate at our property. We haven't finished it yet. It will have rock pedestals on either side. Haven't decided if we should do round river rock or some kind of square rock. We also will put a latch and lock on it. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I designed this piece for our first art festival, we used it as a trellis, and later in an arbor that we made for Steve's mom. It is about 7' tall and could be made smaller for a gate, although I would have to make a few adjustments. This birdbath has a home in the beautiful garden of Cathy Rutledge. She caught this little bird bathing and snapped his picture. The birds love this depth of water as it's not too deep. Bamboo brackets compliment an asian interior design.
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Monday, September 11, 2006

The Wooden Boat Festival 2006 Port Townsend WA. I felt really fortunate that there wasn't much room left on the dock and I was stuck in a corner, scrunched down on my knees! I took this shot from between the bars of the railing, I thought it was quite the frame for a magnificent sailing ship, Lady Washington. Our Booth at Crafts by the Docks, Port Townsend WA . The booth was set out on it's own little corner, SWEEET. The weather started out rainy on Saturday Morning, but was sunny in the afternoon and continued through Sunday, what a pleasant show to be in. David Steven on his 1st Birthday! He was having fun with his very own cake, I think that is Mariner green on his face. His Mom, Mandy and his Dad, Dave threw him a party at Lake Washington, a fun time! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Dance of the Dragonflies II. Dance of the Dragonflies III. Flora as a wall sculpture. Cattail sculpture. Posted by Picasa
Jaun De Fuca Sunset Pergola-a permanent installation at Monarch Sculpture Park in Tenino. Sherry's Gate- a small garden gate. This was a walk on the cute side. A gate with a view. I will take a better picture of this when it's rust patina will show it up better. This gate has a view of Seattle, Bellevue and Lake Sammamish. The dragonfly latch on the gate above.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Nana's wine goblet Posted by Picasa
I love pink glass!! Nana (my grandma) had beautiful pink fancy wine goblets, etched flowers played on the surface of each glass. When she passed away, my mother lovingly displayed them behind glass. I believe the stlye of glass is called Elegant Glass, it's very thin, and light pink in color. When my mother passed away, the glasses that I loved were mine. I have tried to find glasses to replace some of the missing pieces that have been broken over the years and so far have found 2 pieces. If I am ever by an antique store I have to look for pink glass. Steve was afraid to use them for our meals, but I insisted that they were made to be used, so we use them and I love them. We are making our own memories using them, sometimes a glass of wine or splitting a can of coke, the pink glass makes everything taste better. In the past, Moretti aka Effetre which is an Italian glass, up until now,hasn't made a really nice light pink glass for my glass bead making. I also use Lauscha and Vetrefond, but no, they don't have a really nice pink either. The pinks that they have just kind of miss the mark, usually too pale. So what Moretti does have is a glass called Rubino Oro or gold pink, every batch is a little different sometimes lighter or darker. I used that for the bracelet above, it is what I used for the cranberry dangle heart, the tiny beads on either side of the spotted bead with the green flower, and anything cranberry colored. Looking at the picture here, those beads look almost black, but they are cranberry colored. If I layer that color over white it turns out to be the color of the little rosebud on the hearts and the flowers that are encased, I also used it for the base color under the flower in that same bead, also it was used for the dots. The nice light pink heart was purchased. With all that said, I went shopping for glass last week, I found a glass that is supposed to be bubble gum pink, so I bought a bunch, haven't tried it yet, but I will let you know....I love pink glass. Posted by Picasa
Port Blakely Tree Farm's sculpture for the 2006 Sand in the City competition. Even though I am not working for Port Blakely right now, they asked me to help out with the sculpture for Sand in the City. We took 2nd place. It has always been an exciting, fun event and this year was no different. I helped sculpt the log and bear to the left of the picture. The team pretty much has the mixing of the sand and water done in about an hour and a half. The process of mixing the sand is very important to the success of the sculpture. They layer it by first putting down a base of sand, place the form (made with 2x4's and plywood), put a 4"-6" layer of sand down, sprinkle it with water, mix it thoroughly, tamp it down with heavy steel tamps, and repeat until the form is full. I know they were done way before everyone else, which really helps to have the extra time to sculpt. We started filling the forms at 9:30 am, we finished sculpting and had our plot cleaned up by 3:15, 15 minutes to spare before the whistle blew at 3:30. This is our 4th Sand in the City competition that we have participated in. The proceeds from the Sand in the City go to the Olympia Children's Hands on Museum. It bothers me to see this picture, because I see so many things that I wish I would have changed, but after sculpting in the sun for so many hours, I said, "It's good enough!" A recent picture of Steve at Dick and Mary Carol's 5oth wedding anniversary. They are the parents of my good friend Tammy, I helped her prepare for the event, she did an awesome job!!  Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Susan Brown was the talented landscape designer of the garden where this gate was temporarily placed for the 2006 NW Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. This is my version of French Flowing, but it's also been used for a Spanish themed garden benefit for Fusion in Federal Way. The size of this gate is 56" H x 70 1/2" W. ] The home of this gate is the Highline Seatac Botanical Garden in South Seattle. If you haven't visited this garden it is worth a trip. It is a beautiful and peaceful place. It is a newer garden and it is still growing, they just added the Seike Japanese Garden which was a garden that was relocated to this site. If you would like to take a peek, click-- . I grew up in a neighborhood nearby the garden, back then houses and my junior high school were on this property. When the noise level from the airport became too much, they closed three schools, my elementary, my junior high and my high school, plus condemned many of the homes in the area and removed them. It became a suburban brownfield. A few years ago, I accidentally ran across the garden's website and found out that the garden was being built mainly by volunteers. I thought it would be nice to donate a birdbath, that would be something that we could handle, as we were both working full time jobs, actually Steve's shop takes up alot more than 40 hours a week, not to mention his commute of 60 miles each way, plus we were doing shows just about every weekend during the summer...So a birdbath I thought we could handle. I emailed Greg Butler the landscape designer and ran it by him. Yes, a donation would be great! We met with him and I guess you could say that Steve and Greg, well...two peas in a pod. Next thing I new, we were donating a gate, not just a gate, but a bazillion inches of gate! While I was feeling pretty sick to my stomach, Steve and Greg...well they were all proud of themselves, all buddy, buddy...this will be great, Sherry can design it...!....!...!..."But, but, but, I thought we were going to donate a birdbath," I said. Steve said, "Oh, well, we can donate one of those too!"....yeaaaah....I think that's what I said, hmmm. Sure am glad we did, thank you to Greg and all the people on the board for giving us this chance! *Special Note*Family Friends Bill and Maxine Bowlin continued to live in the neighborhood for many years after I moved away. Bill was the main person who spearheaded the idea to turn that area into a place that could be used and enjoyed by the public. I know that he spent countless hours working to make this dream come true. I would like to dedicate this gate in memory of William Bowlin. He was like a second father to me growing up, I am sad to say that he passed away the day after my own father and wasn't able to see the garden or the gate. Beautiful Port Townsend is where this next piece has a home. This is Steve's design and he has a ton of hours into both the design and fabrication of this gate and arbor. I think it is a grand piece of art. We were at a festival, Harbor Days in Olympia, WA, it wasn't a very successful show for us, but I can honestly say that the people were some of the nicest and most complimentary people that we have come in contact with. Anyway it was the end of the show and we were loading everything up, Steve threatened to dump it all in the bay, "Ahhh, I bet that water is pretty cold and you'll be the one fishing it out," I said... After thinking about it for a minute he agreed. So we continued loading it, a stranger who we learned was named Charles, had drove by when the arbor was on the trailer, he came up to us and said, "I drove by that and I didn't know what it was, but I knew it was ART!" Now that made Steve's day! Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 14, 2006

One Spiral, Two Spirals, Three Spirals This is our Bistro Table, it is available in assorted heights from 26" to 42". It looks great with a 30" piece of glass, it also prevents losing eating utensils through the spaces in the design ;) This is the first birdbath that we made. The basin is hand hammered copper and the body of the bath is mild steel that has been ground down to a shiny silver, but it will rust to a natural patina. The base is a double spiral. Our single spiral birthbath, with a copper spun basin. Mild steel base. Spiral Plant Pedestal- Each pedestal is cut from one piece of steel, then streched into various heights. These can be made in either a double or triple spiral. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Beautiful girls! Andria and Brianna (L to R) . This picture was taken yesterday at a restaurant in Bellevue. Andria is 23 yrs. and Brianna is 21 yrs. Andria graduated from the University of Washington in 2005 and is going for her masters in teaching. Brianna will be a senior at WSU, and will be getting her masters in finance and accounting. The Grandkids--Annalisa, Alex, and Forrest. Annalisa's Birthday party was today, she turned five and I don't think that I have ever seen so many horses and ponies given to one little girl at one time! Her daddy- Josh rented one of those blowup bouncey toys that kept the kids busy all afternoon. Alex is 8 yrs and Forrest will be 12 yrs. in November. This picture was taken on a road that runs next to our property in Tenino where we are planning on building a log home within the next few years. You can see our property on the right side of the road. Baby David. David will be turning 1 year old on the 29th of August. I take care of him one day a week while his mommy--Mandy is finishing up her Masters in Counseling Psychology. She is doing her internship at her college where she counsels patients. He just began walking about a week ago. He is such a cutie! Funny faces for Daddy! Posted by Picasa