Francesca Watson

Home again, home again, jiggity jig

I have just gotten back from a wonderful week in Salt Lake City with the amazing Melissa Muir.


In addition to some badly needed play time, I took photos of several projects for her new book. We had a blast and I got to have a road trip, which is one of my favorite things.






I’m safely home again and spent all day yesterday teaching a class with two of my favorite students – so much fun. I put together a tutorial about one of our projects over on the Art Jewelry Elements blog today – check it out.


And today is the birthday of my sweet husband, Nick. I can hardly talk about him these days without becoming emotional with gratitude for him. Funny, generous, wise, loving, selfless – there really aren’t words to capture the man that he is. His retirement is coming up fast, and honestly? We can’t wait. On this birthday, the greatest gift I can think of to give him (besides the studio we’re building him after the first of the year!) are my passionate prayers for years and years and years of rest, creativity, and renewed purpose. He’s been painting up a storm, and I am so excited to see what this next season brings him. Happy birthday, babe – I love you and I thank God for you every single day.


5 replies
  1. Diane
    Diane says:

    Your road trip sounds like a blast! Happy Birthday to Nick, and may retirement bring fulfilling creative work that refreshes and rejuvenates. I love the gradations in the posted painting – is this watercolor?

    Is there anyplace online where you have your jewelry for sale? I know at one time you had an etsy, I think. Just curious (after many years of not bothering with my fairly extensive jewelry collection, I’ve finally begun wearing things again…love your pieces!)

    • Francesca
      Francesca says:

      Hi Diane – I’m thrilled you like Nick’s painting! It’s acrylic mostly, with some ink and other things thrown in, but no watercolor.

      As for my jewelry, I don’t have an online shop right now, but hope to remedy that after the first of the year. I’m in the middle of redesigning this site, to include a shop page so that I can offer some things online. In the meantime, if there’s anything in particular that catches your eye, let me know. 🙂

  2. Diane
    Diane says:

    My grandmother took up painting with acrylics when she was in later life – mostly landscapes done from photos. I have a couple, including the painting she did of me when I was about eight.

    She taught me a little bit, but I didn’t stick with it. Wish I had. My own preference seems to be the abstracts, though at the moment the only things up on the condo wall other than quilts are photographs.


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