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Polymer Clay Bangles inspired by Ca’ d’ Zan

Polymer Clay Bangles inspired by Ca’ d’ Zan

My latest creation is a Polymer clay bangle made of 100% Premo clay. Done in the Mokume Gane technique, of impressing & slicing off thin layers. My inspiration was the John Ringling home in Sarasota Florida. Using the rich colors seen throughout the Venetian style mansion.


The Ringlings’ dazzling palatial mansion is a tribute to the American Dream and reflects the splendor and romance of Italy.
The homes name Ca’ d’Zan, meaning House of John, has 56 incredible rooms filled with art and original furnishings. With its Venetian Gothic architecture, the mansion is a combination of the grandeur of Venice’s Doge’s Palace, combined with the gothic grace of Cà d’Oro, with Sarasota Bay serving as its Grand Canal.  We are fortunate enough to live near the mansion, and take frequent boat trips that offer a birds eye view of the Palazzo.  It’s a lovely spot on the Bay, where we also see many Manatees.

The colors used throughout the home reflect
the Ringlings’ love of the circus, and the vibrant blues, greens, oranges & red hues, commonly seen in the circus world.

John Ringling’s’ Bedroom
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Hot Summer – Cool Springs : How to Cool Off in Florida

Hot Summer – Cool Springs : How to Cool Off in Florida

Head Spring at the State Park

If your looking for the perfect place to cool off this summer my pick is the picturesque & relaxing Rainbow River. The Rainbow River is a gently winding river that is 5.7 miles long and merges with the Withlacoochee River at Dunnellon Florida. The headwaters, Rainbow Springs, is the anchor for the Rainbow Springs State Park. This first magnitude spring is not one large vent but is numerous vents that issue 400 – 600 million gallons of crystalline water every day.

 It’s a great place to snorkel, kayak,canoe, tube, or just look at the scenery and walk the trails in the  park! The water temp at the Spring is a constant 73 degrees…burrr….but it’s so exhilarating and refreshing in this Hot weather!! 

Me walking the trails

Native plants

Florida Living

Gorgeous sunsets are just one of the benefits of living on the West Coast of Florida!Teddy & Russell enjoying the warm winter weather.