{the innocent of the bunch}

Look who’s five! It seems like yesterday he was my best present ever – born a week before Christmas!

Happy Birthday Little Guy!

(p.s. – Don’t forget to enter my Fantastic Holiday Jewelry Giveaway  this month! Winner drawn on December 28!)

{sterling silver Triple Lucy necklace with red, apple green and plum multi, with faceted tourmaline beads}

I’m in a happy holiday mood and am offering readers of this blog a fantastic Loretta Fontaine Jewelry GIVEAWAY this month! I’ll choose the winner on December 28 – you could be wearing this beautiful necklace around your neck in the New Year!

To enter, become a follower of this blog and leave a comment below. For more ten chances to win, post this giveaway on your blog. For even another ten chances to win, post this giveaway on Facebook!

{detail – I chose the tourmaline beads for the rich natural colors}

The necklace features miniature original photographs of my own paintings, and is strung on an absolutely stunning strand of faceted tourmaline beads. (Retail value of this necklace is $240.00) Thank you all for your support this year – I am truly indebted to this wonderful blogging community for inspiration and kindness.

Happy Holidays, and I am so excited to draw a winner for this one!

{My Rosie – sweet seven years old}

Do you know someone fascinated with vintage clothing patterns? I do! I took these photos of my daughter Rosie for Kayce Hughes, owner of her own women’s and children’s clothing company. I wanted to show Kayce this top my mother sewed for me when I was a child…

My Mom sewed this up in the mid 70’s, look at the two little tucks in the bodice and the adorable gathered sleeves!

Of course, a little red rick rack trim never goes out of style! And did my Mom choose that chicory blue fabric for the sweet floral print or the fact it’s an indestructible polyester?

Do you have any real-deal vintage in your closet?
If not, the next best thing is a piece from Kayce’s line Kayce Hughes. That love of vintage clothing patterns and a keen eye for classic details make Kayce’s clothing stay in style for decades. 
… and Kayce is offering enjoy 35% off any of her items. Enter the code: “thirtyfive” at check out, offer will end tomorrow 9pm central on December 16 on her website KayceHughes.com!
Love the aqua letters at the entrance – located in The Shirt Factory
Where would I send you for some holiday jewelry shopping?
How about the oh-so-cool FLUX Silver Gallery, Upstate New York’s Hottest Metals Gallery Featuring High-Quality Art Jewelry in Silver and Gold, in Glens Falls, New York. 
They are the latest gallery carrying my jewelry! My work will be shown in their beautiful display cases alongside jewelry by Anne Havel, Heather Bayless, Sasha Bell, Bijou Graphique, Bound Earth, Sarah Hood, Ann Jenkins, Mark Kaplan, Stephen LeBlanc, Nancy Miller, Carrie Nunes, and Erin Jane Staples. GREAT stuff!

FLUX was started just one year ago by Winnie Chai, Cindy Cook and Mylissa Corlew. Winnie had founded a small all-women art support/critique group called 518Make, and during one of their get-togethers the brainstorming for this gallery began.
…and did I mention that these three owners are also amazing jewelers as well?
That seals the deal – if you are in upstate New York throw your support behind this fabulous new gallery and this terrific threesome!

What is your favorite local jewelry shop?

{reversible sterling silver Theresa necklace with miniature original photograph of Crimson Rose and freshwater pearl}
This Loretta Fontaine Jewelry design is a favorite of mine! The upcoming holidays have me in a “red” mood today!

I’m updating my blog roll today…

Camila Pavone (vacation shot in Valle de Layve}
Because this talented lady…
{she’s a DIY queen – look what she did to her stairs!}
who does this…
{the chic black bathroom}
and this… 
{her turquoise and yellow guest room – image hgtv.com}

…is running in her high heels and moving her blog to a NEW site: www.blog.effortless-style.com

All to celebrate the launch of her fabulous full-service interior design firm Effortless Style Interiors!

Congrats Camila!

So, what did I choose for myself from Liz Vigoda’s pottery at our Holiday Delmar Open Studios?

{Fabulous Liz Vigoda pot with image of John James Audubon’s mourning doves}

Isn’t this so beautiful? This amazing pot and saucer was fired in her kiln three times – once bisque, once with glaze and a third time for the delicate transfer.

{transfer detail}

I LOVE it! A new house plant will find a fine feathered nest here!
To see some more photographs I took of Liz’s work at the Holiday Delmar Open Studios click here.

Liz and me holding one of her ceramic plates at the start of our sale

Our Holiday Delmar Open Studios this past weekend exceeded expectations! What a wonderful time! Liz Vigoda’s gracious art-filled home was the perfect place to mingle, nibble and browse. Sales were fantastic, and Liz and I are able to make some very nice donations to The Nature Conservancy (from my jewelry sales) and The Schenectady Free Clinic (from Liz’s pottery sales).

The timing of our sale seemed perfect – the weekend before all the zaniness of that Black-Friday-Shopping-Craziness-Stuff. When I set up my display is her home I asked Liz:

Let’s move it all back four feet.

Why’s that?

So everyone can sit on the couches

It was that kind of show.

Getting ready for this show with neighbor and potter Liz Vigoda THIS WEEKEND!

Holiday Delmar Open Studios
November 20 & 21, 2010
10a.m. – 5 p.m.
at Liz’s home/studio at 9 Keith Road, Delmar, NY 12054
518- 439-4457
web site: www.delmaropenstudios.blogspot.com
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This is the second year we are doing this, and it’s a lot of fun. Good (free!) food, beautiful work, special sales and 10% of my sales will benefit The Nature Conservancy.

Liz is a wonderful friend and super-talented artist. See more of her beautiful ceramics on her website www.lizvigoda.com

The weather forecast this weekend looks great! Come out to Delmar and join us!

reversible sterling silver Lucy earrings with plum multi
Dear friends, 
Would you like to help heal a heart? These earrings (reversible – two sides are shown!) are part of Online Auction For Our *Visual*Vamp* organized by Laura Ingalls Gunn of Decor To Adore to raise much-needed funds for medical expenses for Valorie Hart’s (aka *visual*vamp*) partner Alberto Paz. 
Our lady in red and in need – Valorie Hart.     photo:Theresa Cassagre
Alberto is Valorie Hart’s beloved partner in love and in tango. Their story here. I have long followed Valorie’s musings on her stylish blog *Visual*Vamp*. As well as dancing Le Tango, Valorie is a talented stylist, writer, blogger and decorator.
What they do best.  photo from *Visual*Vamp*
Alberto was felled by a heart attach in a Canadian airport while the couple was traveling to teach a tango workshop in Calgary. He is back in New Orleans after a Flying Nurses flight, and recovering from surgery, and the bills will start coming soon…
Want to help? You can bid on my earrings in the comments below. They are valued at $56.00 and bidding will start at $20.00 and I will happily ship them for free in the United States. Bidding will end on Monday, November 15 at 10a.m. 
Go to Decor To Adore to see more auction items, and head to *Visual Vamp* to send Alberto and Valorie well wishes. Our hearts go out to both of them as Alberto’s heart heals.