Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A new friend, Carrie Boucher!

I have a new friend ... and a very talented one at that!  It's funny how the internet leads you to people.  You fall down the rabbit hole and where you end up is anyone's guess.  I started my morning by indulging myself in a visit to Pinterest.  I'm merrily going about my business and come across this!


My heart skipped a beat ... you mean a "person" made this!  I followed the link to this etsy site and noticed that Carrie spent at least part of her time in Tampa Bay!  





Her etsy site mentioned her blog, which was my next stop.


I loved Carrie's writing, which gave a good sense of who she is and what she was experiencing ... just the kind of person you'd love to meet and would feel comfortable around.  I emailed Carrie and told her I had read her blog and was setting up a studio in St. Pete.  When she wrote back, I was thrilled.  We made plans to meet.  She came to the studio/shop a couple of days ago wearing that gorgeous piece that led me to her in the first place ... and her zebra ballet slippers!  



She explained a little bit about the piece.  In my husband's hands he started playing pachinko with the three little stars that move.  The piece is made of 6 sheets of sterling silver, a stock certificate, and cast resin. I felt somewhat embarrassed to introduce her to torch firing, but she loved it!  I know in her hands she'll make something truly marvelous.





We had a wonderful morning of gab and a great lunch of Thai food at the Queen and I, just a few doors down from the shop.  I've noticed a pattern with the Queen and I ... by about 11 a.m. the whole area is permeated with the smell of garlic!  It's wonderful!

We're going to have another play date with Carrie, her mother, and her sisters before she leaves for Peru on March 22 for 6 weeks. She'll be spending the time at an artists' retreat.  

Please visit Carrie's etsy shop and her blog.  It's quite a treat. :-)  Barbara




14 comments:

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

Oh wow, her work is amazing! Heading to check things out now. Isn't the world wide web just amazing like that??

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Making new friends is the best! Thank you for introducing her to us, on my way to check out her shop and blog.

mairedodd said...

thank you so very much for sharing her, barbara... the work is beautiful... and your connecting is wonderful...

romantic decay said...

love her work, so much detail!

Diane said...

Truly wonderful! Thanks for sharing =)

Joan said...

I noticed her amazing work on Etsy some time ago and was just blown away - it must have been great fun to meet her!

Pretty Things said...

I've had her work in my favorites for a long time! You lucky duck!

Jen Crossley said...

I have followed her for a while now her work blows me away

Lois Moon said...

I adore her work! I've been haunting her Etsy shop thinking that one of these days maybe I can afford a splurge. Amazing. I can't wait to see what she torch fires.

SueBeads said...

Gorgeous work by Carrie! I'll check out her shop and blog!

You are in St. Pete - I'm going to be in Clearwater in March- maybe we can meet up?

Barbara Lewis said...

Thanks for stopping by! Carrie is so incredibly talented. I wish I could be her apprentice!

Carrie Boucher said...

Wow, what a thoughtful post Barbara...and I had a blast with you on Monday! Thank you for your kind words and also for introducing me to your readers!

Thanks also to all of the lovely people who commented...you have me blushing. Thank you, thank you, thank you...and I mean that from the very core of my being.

xo-
-c

Kathy Combs said...

I'm in love. Carrie's work is fabulous and I so enjoyed reading her blog. It is so wonderful that you two got to meet and play together. Now I need to get off your blog and get busy in the studio!

Claire said...

Wow, I know what you mean my heart just skipped a beat also. what a beautifuly unique piece of jewellery.
I have only recently found your blog and have been studying it as I would like to start my own. Your work and your blog are as wonderful as your book which I have just purchased, thank you for the inspiration.