Comfort Zone

Stretching my comfort zone is not always easy for me.  I’m experimenting with a new color scheme that represents a vintage feel and still has a unique combination of gemstones and beads. I’m not giving up shades of turquoise, as I’ve always been drawn to it since I was very young. This is a new piece I recently added to my Etsy Jewelry shop.

 

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Until next time,

~~~Tresa
Meyer Clark Studio 2015

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Nature’s Jewel

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge:
“From Every Angle.”

The tiny single flower caught my eye along side of the dock.
I’m glad I took the time to photograph this. Looking forward to seeing how it’s changing, or if there are more, later in September.

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A close-up, side view of the tiny flower in Lake Charlevoix, Mi

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Tiny Trumpet Flower

A tiny slipper shaped flower growing in water next to the dock.

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A look inside the pretty speckled yellow and orange flower.

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After further research, I decided to reference, Artfire.com. where I found the definition of the flower, and its medicinal uses by Bonnie Klisiewicz Bartley.

“The Jewel weed grows up to five feet tall and likes a cool shady environment,
often along a river bank. There is a clear, liquid inside the stems and along the
nodes. This sappy liquid is often applied to the skin as a relief for various irritations
like poison ivy and insect bites. The morning dew sparkles on the leaves like little jewels because they are water-repellent, thus giving it the name, Jewel Weed.”

iPhone Photography by Tresa Meyer Clark.
Meyer Clark Studio 2015

To Learn More about Bonnie Klisiewicz Bartley, the “Soapsmith”, visit her facebook page.

Our Voyage

August 20, 2015

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great lakes, traverse city,

It rained on our anniversary this year, but the rainbow was a gift. –We docked at Traverse City, Michigan – Clinch Marina in Grand Traverse Bay.

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It takes time away from the every day work schedules to reflect. Time to think about how I’m leading my life and how I would like to feel like this, relaxed on vacation, and thinking about what I can do better. How can I be a better wife, be as creative as I can during the work week. I create more beaded jewelry on vacations than I do during a regular work week! My husband is very understanding and has valuable input to quality control. He also has a creative eye. If only we had more hours in the day to enjoy the fun stuff. Our fourth wedding anniversary has arrived today, and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us!

August 2015 on our way to Traverse City

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Dad can do what he wants, after all it’s his boat!

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August 20, 2011 – Wedding Reception

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Our cake cutting picture with the lighthouse cake I designed.

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Poster design I did for our guests to sign at our reception.

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A piece from my summer 2015 collection with turquoise, gold filled stardust beads, pearls and agate.

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Inspiration Therapy

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Inspiration.”

Inspiration to create can come from where I feel balance. Balance in a color scheme I’m working on, or even in that feeling of accomplishment. Completing a challenging day at work, then returning home to receive a big hug from my husband where he meets me at the doorway, every day. And of course, the colors of the light, softly painted into an amazing summer sunset at the Northport Marina.

What inspires you?
Thanks for reading! YOU are awesome! Bye for now,
~~Tresa

Northport Sunset

Photo by MeyerClark Studio. Inspiration: Sunset at Northport

A Ruby is King, not Pink

It just seems fitting that July is the most celebrated gemstone in history, and it’s mentioned more in the Bible than any other stone. The ruby is known as the “King of Gemstones” because it the hardest level of 9.0 on Moh’s scale, second in line to a diamond. Its mineral properties are corundum which make it red. All rubies have inclusions unless they are heat-treated or synthetic. Only true red corundum can be called a ruby, if it is pink, it’s called a sapphire.

Auf wiedersehen July, it was great!
Looking forward to August.

~~Tresa

Photo by Tresa Meyer-Clark 

July Birthstone

A pink ruby is not a ruby, it’s a Sapphire.

The Colors of Sunset and Wine

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Close Up.”

Color is important to me. Before designing a jewelry piece, I combine shades and textures that I’m drawn to. The Swarovski Crystal beads have amazing light reflecting qualities, and this color, Antique Rose, it very close tho the Pantone color, Marsala. The bands of color on the agate slice that I hand-picked for this piece, blend well with the crystal beads. This is an amazing close up! The finished piece can be viewed here in my Etsy shop where I added fancy caps to warm, golden jasper beads.

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It’s Quiet on Beaver Island

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”

It was a quiet morning at the marina on Beaver Island. I decided to photograph the morning light and capture the stillness of the water, and its reflections from the lighthouse. This is Lake Michigan on a misty, gray morning in June. As I stepped off
the boat onto the dock, I remembered a photography tip from my Dad, “watch the horizon line, make it straight.” I quietly walked down the dock to an open boat slip, not to disturb the other boaters still sleeping. Normally, I don’t divide a landscape image in half
when I compose a shot, but this time it was a perfect opportunity to blend the sky
with the water.

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Beaver Island Chart

Beaver Island Chart

Beaver Island is a great boating destination if you want to get away from crowds of vacationing people from down state, what we refer to in Michigan as, “fudgies”. It offers great sunsets, and a laid-back atmosphere. It is approximately 30 miles off the coast, with two ferry services from Charlevoix. It is the largest Island in Lake Michigan.
More information about its history, recreation and Beaver Island Boat Company  at Beaver Island.org

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Safe boating!
~~Tresa

What’s for Breakfast?

Ceramic Pitcher

Hand Painted by my Step Mom, Jeanette

I remember my first painting classes. When I was around 15 years old, I was invited to attend a ceramic class with my Step Mom to see if I liked it. This was a vessel she painted. Yes, I was feeling so happy to see it again sitting on the breakfast table last weekend, when we went up north to help my parents launch their boat for the season ahead. So, I couldn’t resist, I had to frame up my shot to capture the pitcher on the table, and the glow in the room. After all these years, she still has the woodland design pitcher with the yellow and brown mushrooms that she so skillfully painted. Hopefully some great memories of those classes we have yet to share. The peanut butter Cheerios tasted better than usual that morning! Thanks, Mom.