Monday, July 28, 2008

Another Blogging Gem...

For those of you who also get perturbed by the misuse of punctuation, especially quotes (and even worse, "air quotes," to which I have been ashamedly guilty of), here's a little gem for you... The "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks has been "misinterpreting bad punctuation since 2005." On a side note, it also seems I need to update my color scheme on this little ol' blog here. Anyhow, one good laugh after the last, I found it after linking from Juliet's "Cake Wrecks" post, which is yet one more tasty tidbit. One tip though, if you visit Cake Wrecks, overt your eyes at the foot cake post. Not good.

Editors Note: Although I get perturbed by bad punctuation, this doesn't mean I'm not "guilty" of it. :P

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Anniversary Ring Commission

I've been working on this little anniversary ring (size 5.5!) that was a joint design effort between a husband and myself; he provided the inspiration and I came up with this design. He wanted to combine his country of origin - Latvia - and hers - Greece - into a ring to be presented on their fifth anniversary. The husband wanted to include amber, a resource of Latvia and a blue stone to represent Greece's blue and white flag. I selected aquamarine to compliment the translucency of the amber and then decided smaller faceted stones would add some visual interest, but with similar settings so the design was cohesive. Several sketches were sent to the husband, most featuring a fluid wave shape inspired by Greece's most ample resource, the sea. I was delighted when he selected my favorite design! So off to the drawing board I went to create a rendering that would insure neither of us would be surprised with the end product. Finally, I was hard at work in the studio for the fun part, which presented no complications except for a couple slight adjustments due to the non-symmetrical nature of the ring. Overall, I think the inspiration and feel of the original design were achieved. I really enjoyed this project, especially being presented with a challenge that needed a solution that met certain criteria... like being back in school! The collaboration was great too. I love seeing the results of what comes from combining minds. I look forward to more projects like this.