I’m working in the studio on jewelry for the upcoming June 9 Beekman Street Art Fair in Saratoga Springs and am really drawn to roses this time of year.
This pair is my Lucy earrings in 14K gold with my own miniature original photographs of a Pale Pink Rose. Roses are so beautiful I think it is impossible not to take a great photograph of them!
I never bothered with planting roses, thinking they were “fussy”, until I was pregnant with Rosie. Then, of course, I had to have roses! I can still remember the day I planted four rose bushes in the back yard of our old city house, very pregnant, with my sister helping me dig and my Mom watching from the deck.
I planted New Dawn, a pale pink climbing rose that grows from it’s own root stock and is therefore very hardy, unlike grafted roses. Three of the four rose vines took off and soon smothered the fence I trained them on, covering it with gorgeous blooms. The fourth bush never thrived, where it was planted the fence dipped into a poorly drained area and it must have had wet feet.
When we moved, I dug up the sad, nearly dead rose and planted it near the front door of our new house. The rose loves it’s new home because it’s since been growing like crazy! You can see in the photograph above it is just about to bloom!
What will they look like soon? Here’s an Instagram photograph from interior designer Tobi Fairly, showing her beautiful New Dawn Roses blooming in her backyard! Little Rock, Arkansas gets it’s rose love early!
Here’s another rose necklace I’ll be bringing to the festival…
…and another necklace with my miniature original photograph of a blush rose. I adore the old-fashioned look of this rose – very romantic!
The jewelry is reversible – the “other” side of the same necklace has a photograph of a pink forget-me-not. Forget-me-nots are cheerfully blooming on the side of my house right now.
If you are in Saratoga Springs June 9, please come see me, my “roses”, jewelry, photography and recycled blank notecards at the Beekman Street Fair!