Tuesday, August 18, 2015


and the living is easy, a few of my favorite things for July heading into August
kayaking down the Neuse
 this little sugar fired enameled piece, feels like the beach
new bracelets in the works
sterling version of commission
becoming a favorite bracelet, accompanied with basil which grew like crazy on my deck this summer
the complete set 18 k gold plated over silver  "vermeil"
Drunk bee sucking the life out of cone flower, for some reason I can't get them to grow... though  I try every year.
sugar fired
orchid silhouette
kitchen window with black eyed susan
Scarf I started 25 years ago finishing last block of green
lots of butterflies this year
So been wanting to redo my website, but of course not now! Lost my website, it  expired unnoticed and someone bought it in hopes to resell it to me...Well, I will be  starting over gathering images and info for a new sqaure space design. I am trying to keep the name similar:  bettymckim-jewelry.com
Once in a Blue Moon

one more trip to the beach,   Lots more jewelry to be made, getting ready for a photo shoot of jewelry on models, a first for me.
Australian Boulder opals, simply elegant

Thursday, July 2, 2015

better late than never

Loved Boston saw so many great things, saw an old friend hadn't seen in years. Saw fabulous jewelry. Walked and walked, really enjoyed the public transportation, the museums, historical sights, public art, beautiful parks  and quaint neighborhoods. The SNAG conference is always stimulating, thought provoking, and entertaining....  Got right back to an Anne Havel workshop. which was super, Larkspur Show which was great. Lovely weather, big crowds. Then a trip to Manteo's  College of Albremarle and Pocossin. Studying ideas for future of Pullen Art Center. Followed by hosting a workshop with Ben Dyer, doing cold forging, also excellent and well received. A fathers day trip to mountains again visiting with college pals our dear friends Jo and Bill  from Brevard. Now time to get back to work catch up with some commissions and start getting ready for fall shows. I will be doing a show this Fall in Wiiliamsburg called "An Occasion for the Arts" trying to branch out  a bit. My website disappeared, actually expired unnoticed so I'm having to get that redone.  And now its July. Lots of shark attacks in NC. second thinking swimming in ocean for now.  It has been extreamly hot. Heading that way next week so we will see. Plan on spending a good part of holiday weekend working in studio, as I have been distracted. I did get some new work started for Larkspur and those pieces are ready to be  expanded apon.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Swan Boats
Edgar Alan Poe
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Gallery Walk

At The Commons
Neighborhood street Mural
Boston Harbor
Stuart Davis,  this painting is so much better in person than a photo in a book- exquisite
Robin and Betty best buds from way back, Chowan College days:)
this is a brooch selfie K Osgood brooch pin swap (i owe her one0
15th year at Larkspur
Brevard Fathers Day

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May, trip to Charlotte, Mint Museum and The Beckler

Recycled necklace by Bob Ebendorf

Charlotte downtown
Book illustration by George Braque

Hand  carved, wood, amazing detail
Mint Museum, jewelry by Miriam Hiller

Jamie Bennett
Bob Ebendorf

 New work by me for Creative Metalsmith &getting ready for Larkspur :)
Gardening has begun

Sunday, April 19, 2015


George and I judged a show in Rockingham, North Carolina, this was the"best in show" black and white photo,  I love the horse's eye and emotion that comes through in this photo.
First time setting pear shaped stone, John Cogswell's stonesetting book had some helpful tips, very sparkly with star of saphire and tube set diamonds.
I still cant believe my orchid rebloomed, I totally left it alone, I might try the fertilizer for next year and see what it does
George got a painting in the June section of "Carolina's Got Art" the opening will be in charlotte the first friday of May so we will plan to go. Looks like a rather large show.
Ive been getting alot of new work done, I now have my pieces in the Little Art Gallery at Cameron Village.
These are some more pieces that are going  to the "Creative Metalsmith" in Chapel Hill. They will be carrying my work as of May:) I will also have work in the "Artspace" gallery store starting in June. These are all new opportunities, so the challenge is on to be more productive.
Been working in the yard sporadically, finally got the other side of the fence up, Spring has been very welcome here in Raleigh.
this is actually the 20th anniversary of Larkspur, time flies I think I have been doing that show for probably 17 or eighteen years, there will be lots of new "In the Garden "jewelry there first weekend in June.
I'm still inspired by the Pullen Baptist Church Rosette
I see it every morning on the way to the Y
Winter was long, glad spring is here