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Client Feature: Karen Hazarian Jewlery

 

This weeks blog post features my client Karen Hazarian Jewelry

Karen Hazarian designs and makes beautiful one of a kind necklaces, earrings and rings. Her hand carved pieces are very special and can even be personalized with the actual handwriting of someone special in your life. Karen also makes Armenian inspired pieces featuring charms and hand etched with designs inspired by the beautiful shrines, churches and monasteries in Historic Armenia.

Karen Hazarian Jewelry

One of a Kind Jewelry by Karen Hazarian

 

Inspired by the beautiful Santa Barbara Courthouse, this delicate necklace represents the tiles set in the courthouse interior.  It is etched in 14k gold fill and sterling silver. A one of a kind piece, its perfect worn alone or layering with a collection of chains and charms. Karen’s jewelry is all handmade in Santa Barbara, California.

“I love creating jewelry that makes people happy and reflects their authentic self.

Why wear jewelry if it isn’t meaningful?

From the day I started designing the collection, my desire has been for my clients to wear what they love.”

~Karen Hazarian

Karen had an old website that was outdated and difficult for her to update. I wanted to give her a website that she could easily update and manage herself so we switched her to WordPress. WordPress is a great content management system for web design since it has an easy to use dashboard that makes it simple to update your website! It also can be less expensive than a website builder program because you just need your domain and hosting and once the site is set up there is no monthly fee like some website builders. I set her up with hosting from Green Geeks which is eco friendly and affordable. If you are in need of a new website or would like to update an old site that isn’t working well for you Contact me today!

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Hearst Castle a California Treasure

Hearst Castle is a place I had heard of many times having lived in California pretty much all of my life, but I had yet to take the trip up the coast to see it. So when my friend Lia suggested we drive up to Hearst Castle it I was excited to go and check it out. Hearst Castle was purchased in 1865 by George Hearst a wealthy businessman and U.S. Senator. The over 250,000 acres of ranch land on the California coast in San Simeon was inherited by George Hearst’s son and newspaper publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst in 1919. Hearst commissioned architect Julia Morgan to help him build the resort of his dreams. Julia Morgan was the first woman to receive a certification in architecture from L’École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and California’s first licensed female architect.
DSC00832Lia and I decided to drive up to Hearst Castle from Santa Barbara on a Saturday. There are several different options for the tours so make sure you visit the website to plan your visit. Luckily for us we arrived just at the right time before the 60 minute Grand Rooms tour began. We purchased tickets for $25 when we arrived, but you can also reserve tickets in advance from the Hearst Castle website. To get to the castle which is all the way up on top of what is called the “enchanted hill” so you must take a bus.  The bus goes up the winding roads of the ranch and driving up the road it transports you back to the time when Hearst and his guests would arrive at the property.

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Plein Air Painting Adventures

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I decided to take on plein air painting and if you’re not familiar with the term it literally means in plain air in french or in other words painting outside. I was aware of the challenges before I set out on this adventure. I would be out in the elements with a limited time frame and working on much smaller canvases than I would prefer to while the light, shadows and colors change rapidly. I think when you do anything creative it’s important to challenge yourself and go outside of your comfort zone. I think I usually feel comfortable in a studio, but when I was able to study art abroad in Paris I went to visit Claude Monet’s home in Giverny. I sat on one of the bridges in his garden and did a watercolor painting of the same beautiful ponds he himself painted so long ago. There is so much beauty in nature and being outdoors inspires me to no end.

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I signed up for the Plein Air painting class Light and Shadow in Art through SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning. I am also taking sewing there right now which is something I have been wanting to learn how to do for a long time. The plein air class meets at a different location each week and it’s been a fun experience and a challenge at the same time!

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Celebration

This evening we celebrated my friend Helen’s birthday at the Boathouse at Hendry’s beach. It was so warm today and the sunset was gorgeous. I still feel like I am seeing portals even in the clouds in the sky. Keep reading to view the photo gallery 🙂

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Spring Equinox – Moving Forward

The cosmic events on Friday March 20th have created a noticeable shift in the universe. The super moon eclipse and Spring Equinox have opened some portals to new opportunities. I have been meditating every day in an effort to focus on my own purpose in life. Last week I was able to spend a good amount of time in the art studio working with artist Robert Heckes and his young daughters to create some large paintings. The paintings are large and layered and it has been a very enjoyable experience working on these pieces. His daughters participate in painting and it is very touching to see a family creating art together. I actually taught one of his daughters art when I was teaching classes for Art Innovators at Roosevelt school in Santa Barbara.

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