Friday, September 4, 2009

new etsy listings/visiting the parents

This etched copper pendant with silver swing bar is now up for sale on my etsy site http://jenniferstumpf.etsy.com. It was created with the upcoming fall and winter seasons in mind, a nod to Zen mindfulness in the quieter months of contemplation, or so I would like it to be. This pendant is featured on a necklace design of mine that is in the soon-to-be-on-newstands Stringing magazine fall 2009 issue.

"The Forest" etching on copper. This deep etching is the single version of the above. Now available on http://jenniferstumpf.etsy.com.


I am at my parent's house since this past Tuesday, to celebrate my dad's birthday and to spend some time with my mom and dad for almost a week. Yesterday my dad took us out on the beach in his four wheel drive truck, where my dad looked for interesting photographic opportunities and my mom and I went searching for interesting shells or whatnot. Can you believe we were really cold out there?? This is us huddled together wishing we had brought down parkas (seriously!) and examining a wood pegged log that washed ashore during the last storm. My dad thinks it to be vintage mid to late 1800's ship part, due to the sturdy wooden pegs. My mom and I, naturally, thought it would look smashing in their yard with flowers around it, but it's not legal to remove such things :( and also, the sucker weighed a TON. Yes, I tried to lift it.


More interesting things washed ashore in the form of this fishing boat, ran aground during the summer, emptied of its fuel and left to die on the beach. I don't know why it wasn't able to be towed or removed. On the beach there were hundreds and hundreds of small horseshoe crabs, all dead or dying, again I don't know why, but they brought a plethora of shorebirds to the area. My dad, having been a wildlife biologist, knew all their latin names but the only ones I knew at a glance were the obvious pelicans and oyster catchers. Dozens of pelicans were congregated around this boat, a delight to watch.


My lovely parents, the evening after my dad's birthday, posing before chowing down on a couple of pounds of Alaskan king crab legs, giant steamed shrimp and the best corn on the cob I've had in years. Mmmm. good stuff.
We've had a wonderful time and I still have the weekend before heading back to Richmond. Michael has headed to PA to his own large family reunion, so I am here alone with the doggies and my parents. Home is where your heart is, don't you think? xo



5 comments:

TesoriTrovati said...

What fun! Your parents look lovely. And even if the beach is cold I would still want to be there! Your etchings are marvelous. Can't wait for the new Stringing to arrive...I have a piece in there as well! Enjoy the day! Erin

stregata said...

Love that first photo - fantastic!! And that was a veritable seafood feast - wow! I wish I lived on the coast...
Have a great time with your parents!

karengberger said...

My mouth is watering at the photo of the CRAB - one of my favorites! Your parents look like lovely, gentle people. The photo of you and your mom on the beach is beautiful. It's such a pristine-looking beach; I can't believe that that boat is left there to die. Such a waste!
Your tree etchings are gorgeous.

maryharding said...

Congrants on the publication of your lovely etching in Stringing. I remember when you sent it out--it is a beauty. I love the ocean and beaches too. We just got back from Maine where it was actually warm enough to swim. A true delight.

Marsha Neal Studio said...

Wonderful etched pendants Jennifer! The pictures of your weekend are great too... never really know what you'll find while walking on the beach...

Thanks for sharing!
~Marsha