Catalina Festival of Art

Me & My Ocean Side Booth at the Catalina Festival of Art

Me & My Ocean Side Booth at the Catalina Festival of Art

I’m finally getting around to writing about the Festival of Art we had here on Catalina Island, September 21, 22 & 23.  It was a beautiful weekend (which is no big surprise here in Southern California) though some complained that it was too hot.  Being originally from the east coast, where this summer it was scorchingly hot and humid, I thought it was perfect.  Not to mention, the nice warm to hot weather we’ve had this summer made the ocean water a refreshing 74 degrees F.  I was actually just swimming at Lover’s Cove Marine Preserve a couple of hours ago with my daughter, Mom & Dad and the water was crystal clear and the perfect temperature!  But, I digress. 

My Original Tile Design on Glass Necklace

My Original Tile Design on Glass Necklace

Some of My Crochet Headbands on Display  (click to see crochet headbands for sale at Catalina Inspired)

Some of My Crochet Headbands on Display (click to see crochet headbands for sale at Catalina Inspired)

I was so honored this year to receive an Honorable Mention for my tile jewelry from the Catalina Art Association!   Awards are given for the categories Fine Painting, Fine Jewelry, Fine Crafts and Photography.  I love the Art Festival each September here on Catalina Island.  I get to see so many islanders and fellow artists who are normally too busy in the summer for socializing (the winter here is another story – there’s plenty of free time). 

My Lotus Flower Notecards Made From Almost 100% Recycled Materials

My Lotus Flower Notecards Made From Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Now that the Art Festival is over, it’s time to enjoy the warm ocean water for a few more weeks before it becomes too cold and meanwhile,  start gearing up for the holidays!

Hope you are having a great day!

A Wave at Lover's Cove Marine Preserve on Catalina Island, California Channel Islands

A Wave at Lover’s Cove Marine Preserve on Catalina Island, California Channel Islands

Spanish Tile Jewelry

My most recent jewelry supply order included some great stone chips.  I really like the look of the stone alternating with silver tube beads.  In the past I used mostly glass seed beads to string the pendants on.  Here are some of my newest experiments. 

Spanish Tile With Red Coral and Silver

Spanish Tile With Red Coral and Silver

The first one is a Barcelona Tile design on glass with shiny resin, red coral chips and silver tube beads.  Click on the picture to see the listing in my shop. 

Spanish Tile With Red Coral and Rectangular, Cream Colored, Stone Beads

Spanish Tile With Red Coral and Rectangular, Cream Colored, Stone Beads

The second necklace pictured is also a ceramic tile design from Barcelona, Spain.  I used coral in this piece as well but the chips are branch shaped and the color is more orange-red than the chips used in the first necklace.  Instead of silver tube beads, I used rectangular tube, cream-colored, translucent stone beads.  

Tile Pendant With Oval Green Stones and Silver

Tile Pendant With Oval Green Stones and Silver

The third pendant is my own tile design on brown translucent glass and also coated with a thick layer of crystal-clear, shiny resin.  Oval shaped green stone beads alternate with silver tubes.

The fourth pendant is a Barcelona tile design in pale blue and white.  The stones are clear quartz.

Spanish Tile Necklace in Pale Blue and White Wtih Clear Quartz and Silver

Spanish Tile Necklace in Pale Blue and White With Clear Quartz and Silver