Monday, May 17, 2010

Nanduti Paraguayan Lace

I am thankful that I was invited to speak on Saturday at the Institute of Hispanic Culture in Houston on Saturday May 15, 2010. I was invited to do a presentation about nanduti lace as I studied this particular lace in Paraguay for 4 months. I had a teacher who came into the capital twice a week from Itagua and taught me how to make this lace. The lace is a source of pride for Paraguayans and it can be in seen in various artworks, songs, and even furniture. I even incorporated the nanduti into my logo. I will be uploading my power point presentation this week online for those interested. I highly recommend reading the book "Encaje de Paraguay" by Annick Sanjurjo. This book is available in Spanish only at this time but is currently being translated. The book comes with an amazing DVD available in both English and Spanish. You can purchase the book directly from the author on

Thursday, May 13, 2010

New stones & goodies

I attended the gem show last month and bought some amazing stones and pieces. I have not had a chance to work with my new goodies yet, except for one piece I was able to design. I found some rare mother of pearl hand carved medallions which I had been eyeing for a while but not ready to make the $$ commitment. I finally sucked it up and purchased them. Here is what I created with those medallions, blue topaz & moonstones my Basilie earrings. What do you think? I am in love with them.......