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Journal entries by Lee Ann Archer, discussing what is new at Lady of the Lake Studio and events in the art and theater world in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

February 15, 2009. This year marks our 10th Anniversary Online! Thanks to all our customers and friends!

November 10, 2005. We are now up and running again after Hurricane Rita! Thank you for your patience.

June 11, 2004. We have recently added some new designer theme charm bracelets including our "Snowbunny" sterling snowflake and coin pearl winter and holiday charm bracelet, our Fantasy and mythical creatures sterling and Swarovski crystal charm bracelet, and our Mardi Gras sterling and Swarovski crystal charm bracelet.

June 7, 2004. We spent a long weekend in Kent, Connecticut celebrating my nephew Trey's graduation from Kent School. He won the Spanish prize. In the fall, he will be attending George Washington University, in the International Studies Department. We are all so proud of him!

May 30, 2004. Just returned from a weekend in Las Vegas, where we watched my amazing brother, Dee (or "Dr. Dale," as he is known around here), compete in the 2004 World Series of Poker! He finished 11th out of over 2500 competitors! Look for him on TV when ESPN televises the WSOP!

May 18, 2004. In an article in the May-June 2004 issue of Colored Stone Magazine on freshwater cultured pearls, entitled "Fresh Possibilities," by Suzanne Wade, our "Beachcomber" Coin Pearl and Seashell Charm Bracelet is featured on page 21, along with some quotes about my use of freshwater pearls in our designs. See a copy of the article in Colored Stone Magazine.

May 10, 2004. I was happy to learn that a "Silver Planets" lampwork bangle bracelet we donated to a charity auction sold for $350.00. Not to worry, we will continue to sell them here for much less. :)

May 3, 2004. My family and I just returned from a trip to New York. I was inspired by all the bright summer clothing, handbags and shoes in the shops. Really, Saks 5th Ave. and Bergdorf Goodman looked like a confetti factory explosion- Hot pink, lime and orange everywhere! Which reminds me, soon it will be time for more summertime lampwork beads.

April 16, 2004. A while back I went on a tear making animal print lampwork beads- tigers and leopards and zebras, oh my! We have added a new page with tiger lampwork bead and Baltic amber jewelry made with these beads, including a new tiger bead bangle bracelet, choker and earrings. I have been wearing my tiger bead jewelry all over with lots of nice comments, and I am happy we finally got these pieces posted on the website. Fashion wise, the rage for animal prints will be with us for quite some time. I don't think they ever go out of style.

March 30, 2004. Well, I just love charms and charm bracelets, new and old. So, we have created a new website featuring vintage gold charms and charm bracelets, Vintage Charm - Antique and Vintage Gold Charms and Charm Bracelets. There we will offer antique, estate and vintage 14k and 18k gold charms and charm bracelets, including gorgeous jeweled charms with gemstones and pearls and moveable charms from the 1940's-1960's, the golden age of charms.

March 15, 2004. I was recently interviewed for an article in Colored Stone magazine about Chinese Freshwater Pearls. Please look for the May issue, we should have some pictures in it.

March 2, 2004. Our lovable little mutt Teddy was attacked by Coyotes! I'm not sure how he escaped alive, he certainly has a lot of heart for a little dog. He had extensive emergency surgery and is now doing fine. Please be aware if you live in a rural or semi-rural area that Coyotes will attack and try to eat small pets. They hunt at night, please make sure that you bring small pets inside after dark.

February 25, 2004. Our sweet yellow Labrador Lily passed away today. She was 13 years old, and lived a long and happy life. I know she will meet us at the Rainbow Bridge.

February 24, 2004. Happy Mardi Gras! I went back to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year, it was chaos as usual, but lots of fun.

February 7, 2004. Krewe of Mystique Mardi Gras Ball.

October 24, 2003. Our beloved yellow Labrador Buddy lost his valiant year long fight with cancer on this date. He was 14 years old, and lived a very long and happy life. I know he will meet us at the Rainbow Bridge.

September 5, 2003. Our "Exotic Treasure" Coral and Lampwork Charm Bracelet was pictured on the invitation to the opening of the 2003 Masterworks exhibit, September 5 through November 1, 2003 at the Gibson-Barham Gallery. A picture of our Abalone and Hill Tribe Sterling Charm Bracelet was also in a regional newspaper in an article about the exhibit.

March 4, 2003. We had to completely delete our Newsletter mailing list due to problems with the automated subscription feature. With all the viruses and spoofing going around, we ended up with many email addresses that were not valid, or from people who had not filled out our form, and had no way to tell which of you had filled out our form. We have changed it to a manual subscription process to avoid these problems. Really sorry for the inconvenience, but if you signed up before, you will have to sign up again.

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March 4, 2003. Happy Mardi Gras!

March 1, 2003. Happy Spring! Well, Spring is just about here in Louisiana, although we have been having some unusually nippy 50 degree weather for this time of year! Ha ha, we laugh now, but we won't be when the scorching heat of summer hits. :)

February 28, 2003. I found some gorgeous, huge Grade AA coin pearls,and had to make some new jewelry with them! Just added a new page, see Coin Pearl Jewelry Index Page.

February 27, 2003. We are working on a new shopping cart. Not all of our items are listed yet, but you can check it out here: Shopping Cart.

December 5, 2002. Our "Exotic Treasure" Turquoise and Lampwork Bead Charm Bracelet and our "Night Skies" Lapis and Lampwork Bead Charm Bracelet were pictured in an article entitled "Irresistable Charms"by Stephanie Finnegan in Collector Editions Magazine. Finnegan noted: "Archer's charm designs are sophisticated, lovely variations on the themed-charm bracelet phenomenon. Additionally, they offer a refinement of old-world Venetian lampwork, a technique that's centuries old." See a copy of the article on our Press Page.

November 30, 2002. The Artisan's Gallery at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum will host a Holiday Open House, with new works by members.

November 24, 2002. Closing performance and set strike party for the Lake Charles Little Theater's production of George Faydeau's French comedy, "A Flea in Her Ear," see entry for November 9, below.

November 20, 2002. Dearest friends Tim and Stephen are tempting me to come and visit them in Paris. If I weren't so busy with the play, making jewelry, and writing appellate briefs, I'd be there by now! I will have to remember to post some of Tim's hilarious letters about his escapades as an American living in Paris, including some really funny stories about his little Terrier Bailey, who does not take any gruff from les French poodles. :)

November 16, 2002. My charm bracelets were recently featured in the Winter 2002 edition of Collector Editions Magazine, in a wonderful article by Stephanie Finnegan, entitled "Irresistible Charms." Therein Stephanie observes that charm bracelets, vintage and new, have recently made a splashy comeback on the fashion scene. I confess that I have loved charm bracelets since I was a little girl, have designed them for many years, and never cared whether they were in or out of fashion. But, it's nice to know that they are currently "In." :)

Here's a quote I like from the article: "Archer's charm designs are sophisticated, lovely variations on the themed-charm bracelet phenomenon. Additionally, they offer a refinement of old-world Venetian lampwork, a technique that's centuries old." The article has a picture of two of our "exotic" charm bracelets, the "Turquoise Treasure" bracelet and the "Night Skies" bracelet.

November 15, 2002. We are in our second weekend of production with the French farce, "A Flea in Her Ear," see entry for November 9, below. The theater has been sold out, and tonight especially, things really clicked and we had the audience rolling in the aisles. What a great crowd tonight, and what a wonderful play!

November 14, 2002. Found some really gorgeous South Sea Shell Pearls from a supplier. Normally I don't like any form of faux pearls, but these are organic and made from the shells of South Ocean mollusks, and they look and feel just like South Sea pearls, so I made an exception. Necklaces and earrings made from these pearls, as well as unfinished strands for designers, are now listed on the site, see South Sea Shell Pearl Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings.

November 13, 2002. I was pleased to find that our site is listed as a Guide Pick in the Jewelry and Accessories section at About.Com, Guide Picks- Charm Bracelets. I just seem to stumble on these wonderful surprises as I'm surfing the web.

November 9, 2002. Tonight was the Opening Night of the Lake Charles Little Theater's production of George Faydeau's French farce, "A Flea in Her Ear," set in the early 1900's, and purportedly the funniest play ever written. Our entire cast of 15 and our wonderful crew are having a fabulous time with this hilarious play.

I play the role of Lucienne, who assists her friend Yvonne in an attempt to trap Yvonne's husband, Victor Emmanuel, in wrongly suspected infidelity. Yvonne wants to take a lover, but refuses to do so as long as her husband is being unfaithful. So, the ladies put their heads together, and Lucienne pens a sizzling letter to Victor Emmanuel from an unknown admirer, asking for a rendezvous at the "Pretty Pussy Inn," which, as the name suggests, is hardly a family place! Lucienne and Yvonne go to the Inn at the appointed hour to trap Victor Emmanuel. Victor Emmanuel has a business engagement, and so sends Monsieur Tournel, his best friend and Yvonne's erstwhile suitor, in his place. Meanwhile, Victor Emmanuel shows the letter to Lucienne's insanely jealous husband, the sword-wielding Spaniard, Don Carlos Homenides de Histangua, who recognizes his wife's handwriting- Then the fun begins! Complicating matters is the fact that the hotel porter, Poche, is the identical double of Victor Emmanuel, and that by various turns of events, the entire household and its comical staff end up at the Inn. Gorgeous period costumes and an outstanding set, replete with a revolving bed, make the fast paced comedy a delight to watch. We run through November 24, 2002, at the Lake Charles Little Theater.

My little darling pound puppy Teddy Bear, a very fuzzy and sweet Lhasa Apso/Terrier mix, comes to rehearsals every night with me. He is our mascot. After all, a play with "Flea" in the title should have a dog as a mascot. :)

November 1, 2002. We added some new holiday charm bracelet designs, in gold vermeil with gorgeous faceted stones, including some beautiful faceted citrine, ametrine and rock crystal, and cultured pearls. Gold has really been on my mind lately, for some reason. I am dreaming of a fabulous 22k gold charm bracelet with solid 22k gold beads and giant cultured pearls. It would be one of a kind, extremely expensive to make, and probably therefore would not sell… but even if it didn't, I suppose I could wear it… hmmmm. :)

October 30, 2002. Buddy the yellow Labrador, who has been my constant friend since he was a teensy weensy puppy 12 years ago, was diagnosed with cancer of the spleen, and had surgery to remove the giant tumor, which weighed 8 pounds. I watched part of the operation, and that tumor was not a pretty sight. Buddy has recuperated amazingly well, and is as frisky as a pup again. Nevertheless, because the cancer is so quick to spread, the Vet gives him only 3-6 months to live. I pray he will be with me much longer, he's my love Bud!

October 25, 2002. Tonight I attended the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, a formal dinner and dance in grand Southern style. What a magical evening! The Civic Center glittered with strands of tiny white lights suspended from the ceiling, hovering like icicles over tables blossoming with tall crystal vases of pure white Dendrobium orchids. Of course, I wore my favorite evening jewelry, a strand of fabulous 11mm round freshwater cultured pearls and matching drop earrings. The Fifth Dimension, and various other musical groups, provided entertainment. We were all entranced watching the Fifth Dimension, they put on a fabulous show. Amazingly, three of the five original members are still with the group, and they were all true entertainers!

October 15, 2002. I see that we are still listed as one of the top ten favorite sites in the Yahoo Jewelry Designers and Glass Artists category sections, where we have been for the past year. See Yahoo Categories- Jewelry Designers, and Yahoo Categories- Visual Arts- Glass. I really appreciate all our customers and visitors that keep us up there in the top ten!

October 10, 2002. It's my birthday, but I'm not telling how old I am! My parents, brother, sister in law and I had a fabulous dinner at La Truffe Sauvage, including Beluga caviar, fresh foie gras, Lobster, and some fabulous wines. See, not everyone here in Louisiana eats gumbo and crawfish for every meal of the day, even though some people down here have been known to mistake lobsters for giant crawfish. Nor do we spend inordinate amounts of our time inebriated dancing around in circles waving our hankies and umbrellas following Jazz musicians in a never-ending "Second Line," even though that's what the tourism bureau would like for you to think. :)

October 1, 2002. Well, imagine this, dreaming about things must make them so! I found the most fabulous, antique style 18k gold findings and components, combined them with giant cultured pearls and faceted gemstones, and designed my own version of antique royal jewelry! See them here, 18k Gold, Cultured Pearl and Gemstone Jewelry. That was very enjoyable.

September 9, 2002. For some reason, I keep dreaming of antique gold encrusted with gemstones and pearls. Perhaps it is the romantic Fall and Winter fashions, or possibly it is my recently renewed search for the perfect vintage 18k gold bejeweled charms to add to my personal charm bracelet. Looking at these antique charms brings to mind the romance of times long past, of Versailles, Kings and Queens, and Faberge. I think it is time to design some new gold jewelry.

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Our artist and jewelry designer has university degrees in art, art history and law, and is currently pursuing courses with the Gemological Institute of America, the foremost international authority on gems and jewelry. We are proud to exhibit our handcrafted jewelry and lampwork glass beads at the Artisans Gallery of the Imperial Calcasieu Museum in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Please stop by the gallery and see our work at 204 West Sallier Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601. Hours - 12 - 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday.

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