Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sydney in the morning....Then San Francisco-California'm off for 3 weeks to the USA. Home. And well...not home. I have 2 places on this planet I call home! The first is a medium size American town called Olympia in the STATE of Washington. The second is "Hazelwild Retreat" our 50 acre property, just outside the wonderful country town of Maleny, Queensland-Austrlia.
I have an equally soft spot in my heart for both places....

I will try and blog as often as possible...this is a "Renee Blackwell Design" jewellery blitz with trade shows and promotional events in San Francisco, Seattle and Olympia. Clarnia (US Rep. for all things Renee Blackwell Design) and I will be having a wonderful time...
Hang on with me and enjoy the ride!

ps-all spelling on the blog is in "aussie"

Friday, May 28, 2010

Special Invite to My Olympia Family and Friends....

Renee Blackwell Design Is Coming to Olympia

Mark Your Calendar!

On show and available will be a large range of stunning, one of a kind, Renee Blackwell Design jewellery creations.

Including a selection of Australian stone Pendants set in sterling silver

When: Friday Evening June 11

Time: 4-8 pm

Where: 1801 West Bay Drive/Smyth Landing


(Debra Van Tuinen’s New Studio/Gallery)

Champagne, non-alcohol drinks and Light nibbles will be served.

“My jewellery is a reflection of all I am and have become. It's a pleasure to share the passion of my life’s work with you!”

Friends and Family Welcome- Please come by and say hi….Renee

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Colour Blast Wednesday...

Above and below, pendants by Renee Blackwell Design...
Check out my new website here..."Carnival Collection" Fun, happy and Alive!
ColorSchemer Studio 2

Pendant (above) by Renee Blackwell Design for the sun in the sky.... Rainbow of Love..., Purple and Red...Dynamic!' know a bit about colour therapy? go here...
How about learning about your Aura? go here...
And here... is where you'll learn about Colour Healing...

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Jasper my new little man.....

Not actually a Jasper stone (Above) but a beautiful black and white snowflake Obsidion stone set with black onyx in sterling silver, by Renee Blackwell Design.
Jasper and me....last night just before (his) bedtime...night time cuddles are the best!
Black and White Jasper stone....
Dalmatian Jasper

I’ve already written a blog posting about my adorable new puppy, Jasper. I’ve been told however, that the photos did not appear on the blog site. Odd, but never mind that… So here are photo’s taken just last night of the wonderful new man in my life at 9 weeks old….Today I might add was our first day at puppy school. He rocked!

Did you know Jasper is actually a black and white stone? How perfect for a black and white Border Collie!

More about the Jasper (the stone) HERE.

More about Border Collies HERE.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Blue...sweet, sweet bliss!

Top and Bottom...New, Renee Blackwell Design Rings....

Top Photo, Bottle Trees and Blue, Blue skies on the way to Theadore, Queensland
I took this shot in October, looking up at the Empire State Building in NYC-Now THAT is a Blue Sky!
This shot I captured standing on the cliffs of Sydney, NSW.
Above, from our balcony at Hamilton Island. Below, Vintage Swarovski Crystal E/Rings $110.00*Drjbe-/bluec4dwallpaper11.jpg


This morning when my walking partner Mary and I set off for our weekly fitness walk, the sky was blue. Not just any blue. But the blue-est of blues…not a cloud i sight. Twice we stopped just to look up and marvel at the colour. Sweet, simple pleasures of life truly are the best! DEEP BLUE 1 image by WTC-SWESelection of Rings by Renee Blackwell Design...Prices range between $220.00 and $265.00...Interested? Contact me,1175021850,1/stock-photo-modern-fashion-blue-makeup-of-a-female-eye-macro-shot-2959692.jpg

Blue is the coolest color - the color of the sky, ocean, sleep, twilight. The ancient Egyptians used lapis lazuli to represent heaven. Blue symbolizes the Virgin Mary. A pure blue is the color of inspiration, sincerity and spirituality. Blue is often the chosen color by conservative people. Blue is the calming color. That makes it a wonderful color to use in the home, especially for babies. Blue is so soothing that is a good choice for pajamas. Dark blue is the color of truth and moderation. A blue iris means your friendship is very important to me. Wednesday's color is blue. Blue gemstones to wear to feel calm are blue sapphire and blue topaz. Lapis lazuli and azurite are said to heighten psychic power.

Turquoise is the symbol of youth, both the color and the gemstone. This color has a soothing affect. Turquoise is the color of communication. It contains the growth quality of green with the blue quality of communication. Turquoise has long been used in amulets to provide protection, health, confidence and strength.

Aqua is the color of high ideals.

Blue Energy

Blue gives a feeling of distance. Artists use it to to show perspective. This is a good way to understand the energy of the color blue - it allows us to look beyond and increase our perspective outward. It contains a cool vibration that is helpful to communication.

The vibration if blue can be used to open energy flow where it is blocked. Using blue to relax will encourage feelings of communication and peace.

Meaning of the Color Blue

Meaning, symbolism and psychology of color: All About the Color BLUEBlue is the overwhelming "favorite color." Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. The color of sky and the ocean, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives.

As the collective color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming; however not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic, an engaging color that expresses exhilaration.

Some shades or the overuse of blue may come across as cold or uncaring. Blue is the least "gender specific" color, having equal appeal to both men and women.

How the color blue affects us physically and mentally
* Calming and sedate
* Cooling
* Aids intuition

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hats by Sandy A...One Talented Sunshine Coast Designer!


I love meeting other designers from just about any medium, clothing, jewellery, textiles, ceramics…whatever. Creating object from the minds eye to the actual finished item is such a beautiful process.

A month or so ago, I met the wonderful and very talented Sunshine Coast Milliner Sandy A…

PLEASE go to her website here…the hats there are breathtaking works of art.

Also, I have chosen Sandy as my first guest blog interview…Enjoy!

1.How did you get started with "Making Hats Just for You?" - It’s been a lifelong passion for design & fashion and

the desire to make a hat that would reflect the essential ME!

2.What are your favourite materials to use? Elegance of Lace and flexibility of straw is hard to beat

3.Where do you currently display and sell your hats? Apart from my studio in Buderim, I team with fashion showings

and personalized private showings plus my website

4.Describe your working studio and/or working day in the studio. My studio is at home in a peaceful area at Buderim

and is set up with all the luxury requirements such as fridge, TV, stereo & “Tommy” the neighbours dog who is the “Meet

and Greet”

5.What is your favourite book, Musical Artist, Colour and famous person? Coco Chanel, Pink, white white, Grace Kelly

6.What don't your friends know about you? I was the “Senior Sports Award” recipient of the Australia Day Award

Accredited Technical Judge for hockey, Accredited Level 1 & 2 Sports Administrator & Coach

7.Who inspires you? Wayne Bennett