Tuesday, January 09, 2018

2018 ..... The SABBATICAL

*** 2018 - The SABBATICAL - oh my, the Excitement ***

After 25 years of creating our whimsical Desideratum Art Jewelry, we are taking a Sabbatical. Yes, indeed... we have waited a long time for this. Freedom to explore and experiment with abandon and to indulge ourselves in the many fields of creativity that have been simmering away on the back burner.
John will be centering himself in his Painting studio... Oil painting to be specific. I will have my hands in sheep fleece, textiles, drawing and gardening... and we will occasionally make some jewelry pieces in limited and one-of designs, of course. The prospect of the coming year is Exhilarating to say the least. Things will be humming here.
Thank You so very much to Everyone who have followed our work all these years, Shop owners and Individuals... we dearly appreciate it... we hope to have lots more things to show you in this next chapter of our lives.

Cheers and Salutations to the New Year to All, 

Gwen Buchanan and John Ackerson

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

And On It Goes

 The trees at sunset

 And in the morning

On Christmas day... 
cancel all planned activities

and the next...
 the trees stand tall, the weather ever changing.
Old Man Winter is the boss, in this part of the world and he's not likely to let you forget it.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Such a Busy Year... Almost Time For Dancing

Dancing Men... $25.

Cranberries and Icicles... $30.

African Copper... $25.

Funky Fold Forming... $25.

Crystal Spirit... $35.

Jasper Spiral... $30.

Little Cats... $25.

Leaves... $18.

Music Crystals... $30.

3 sizes Copper Hoops... $18. , $25., $30.

Muses 2... $25.

Sterling and Peridot... $30.

Inspired by Cave drawings... $35. 

Scarlet Cheer... $30.

Just a tiny sampling created in our Desideratum studio this year...
Love one another and Keep smiling, 
Gwen and John

Monday, October 30, 2017

Garlic Planting Time and Studio Work

So excited to plant my garlic this year!!! well it has been years since I planted any.. and that crop from way back when, wasn't anything to get excited about.  I don't even think I planted it at the right time of year.. 

I pulled apart enough bulbs to have about 60 cloves to plant. I was careful not to keep any for planting that were cut into or the skins were removed. (we ate those) . I just didn't want to take any chances of them not being in great condition as they sat in the cold ground for the winter.

They were just so darn pretty.  

I had a bed of compost all ready for them in the new garden spot we picked out at our new little Old homestead house.  We mixed it into the soil pretty well... this soil is very sandy and dry so I'm hoping the compost does it's job of improving its condition.  Planted each little clove about 6-8 " apart and deep enough to have them covered by another 2". oh and I sprinkled some bone meal throughout the space. I had some so I used it... better there than in the cupboard.

All tucked in for the winter. marked the rows with some leftover sticks from one of John's projects 

Then put a thick layer of straw on top.... Please Grow!!! I put them in one corner of the garden plot so I would not forget where they were because I don't want to trample them when we put a fence up next spring... yes we will need to do that as the deer are very plentiful here.. several walk through the yard every day, browsing what ever they pass by.  They have eaten many things they were not suppose to... Never trust a pretty face.

also was working in the studio.. very busy summer season.. we actually sold out of quite a few designs.. first time that happened... below is a few that I have been working on.... although it was pretty hard to stay at the desk when we had a fabulous fall like this year. gorgeous leaves and weather... it was super!!

Best to Everyone from Desideratum!!!