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wednesday wednesday . and it looks like black velvet

a black velvet take on Grant Wood's American Gothic. by Gil Corral, 2013

a black velvet take on Grant Wood’s American Gothic. by Gil Corral, 2013

manoman.  this is so fabulously awesome.  And on its way to its new home.  or actually, one stop before that.  on its way to the home of the lovely couple that commissioned it as a wedding gift to give their friends.  we’re all looking forward to the gift giving moment!

and with a couple more velvet commissions in the works, it feels like a gloriously velvety time indeed.  so to c e l e b r a t e velvet appreciation, in a collision of high ability and low art, of a respectful and thoughtful execution on the tongue-in-cheek medium, let’s have a sale to make way for the fresh work in progress.

yes, LETS!  the new roll of velvet will arrive in a couple weeks.  make way for ducklings!  We’ll post the in stock items on for some rockin sale prices.  (commissionable pieces, or examples of ones that have already found homes won’t have a sale pricing – and the sale will not be available via gil’s etsy site.)

check it out!  spread the word!
and if you’ve had something in mind you’d like to see – or are thinking ahead to a custom holiday gift (a beloved pet’s portrait? a character from a favorite childhood story?) drop a line.  let’s get our velvet on.


a custom, black velvet take on american gothic by gil corral, (c) 2013

a custom, black velvet take on american gothic by gil corral, (c) 2013


wedesday . wednesday. early february 2013

friendship bracelets by lovinganvil

friendship bracelets by lovinganvil

oooooh! valentines day is approaching!  pink and red and glitter and love and LOVE!  yey!  it’s the best!

i’ll post several friendship bracelets to our etsy today.  perfect for valentines giving when guessing at a ring size feels too tricky.  (or too intense!)  ready to go and in the mail within a day or two at most.  you know.  getting to the post office can get complicated.  but it always works itself into the rotation within 36 hours.

rose quartz and serpentine drop earrings by lovinganvil

rose quartz and serpentine drop earrings by lovinganvil

and on that note, of spreading the love, only four more days left of our rockthepost campaign!   if you can help out, no matter the amount pledged – three bucks,  five bucks, ten bucks, whatever is LOW IMPACT in your life, that would be amazing.  AMAZING.  you’d have our unending gratitude.  just…oh you know.  yeah.

so if you can, please pleaseplease please click on this link if you can for a small tiny amount, we’d be so very honored!

gracias y xoxoxo y mas y mas

wednesday wednesday. mid january 2013

hey lovers and fighters!  check this out!

refinery 29 and custommade are running a sweepstakes, giving away a chance to design your dream adornment with us here at lovinganvil!  up to $1000 is covered for us to work with and create your dream piece!
enter here via refinery 29:

and also check out this spot on custommade:

we have both of our portfolios on custommade, lovinganvil and gilcorral.  and i have followed refinery 29 for a while so it’s an honor to work with them on this project!!

also, less than a month left for our rockthepost project.  you can read on that here and if you’re able to donate, we’d be THRILLED and eternally grateful!  if you donate any amount after reading this blog, email so i can get you your extra special thankyou gift!


wedensday wednesday. early june 2012

looking in the mirror today

putting the earrings in and realizing these photos in the mirror frame were of the same era as the gifted earrings.

shooooooooot.  it’s been a while.

lots going on.  but i’ll catch up on that later.  i have two posts (three counting this one) in the draft stage.  just need to add this and that, edit a bit, and we’re good to go.  oh WELL, i guess i’ll just start a new post now, instead of resolving what’s there.  but right now i want to write about the earrings i just found.

found them in my jewelry box, rather.  they’ve been in the same jewelry box for…well, about sixteen years.  wow.  sigh.  i guess so.  that jewelry box has been in a few different places since then, but the earrings have been in there the whole time.  which i guess is what it is.  i mean, i don’t use my jewelry box much.  i do keep things i want to save in there, but very seldom look in it.  pretty much i wear the jewelry i wear all the time so it doesn’t come on and off.  or i grab something off my bench on the way out the door.  and then put it back when we get home.

and it doesn’t help matters that for me if i can’t see it, it doesn’t exist.  so you know.  it keeps things a combination of cluttered and exciting.         sure.  i’ll go with that.

point being.  we’re trying to get rid of a bunch of stuff so i’m going though all kinds of tucked away treasures and consolidating/organizing.  more or less.  and i found these earrings from sixteen years ago.  gil and i were living on se belmont in pdx.  we’d take the number 15 downtown work-a-day mornings and then home again in the evening.  during some span of the more than a few years that we did this, i had a bus pal – we only saw eachother on the commute.  she was about my age, maybe a bit younger, and also an office worker of some sort.  so we’d talk about this and that – usually easier on the way home as fellow busriders thinned out after we left dtown and inner southeast.  she had really thick earrings, and considering it was 1995, i hadn’t seen a whole lot of that yet and thought it was pretty cool.  so it was in our rotation of topics of conversation.  one morning she brought me some titanium earrings with little onyx rounds and explained that these were a starter gauge and i should give them a try.  start with these and then every few weeks go larger and larger – there was a whole routine i was to follow.

and after a while we didn’t see eachother on the bus.  who knows.  in 2000 gil and i bought a house farther out on se washington (still on the number 15 line, tho) and changed jobs…she prolly did, too.  but i never tried the sortof (not hardly at all) thick earrings — kind of intimidated.  not sure why — stretching seemed owier than piercing?  who knows.  at any rate.  there they sat in my jewelry box.  and now i can’t even remember my friend’s name.  just a general silhouette of what she looks like…brown, shoulder length hair, pulled back and efficiently purchased office wear to keep her tattoos covered and work-a-day honest.  back in the day.

see? they’re not thick at all. but still my ear is all red…!

so today, june 2012, sixteen years after the fact, on a whim, i put them in.  i was going to look for a series of hoops to start wearing again, found these…and all of a sudden was pushing them through my earlobes.  the left one went in almost no problem…the right one took a lot more work for some reason.  which made me queasy at a couple instances.  but i persevered.  whatever.

and what’s funny, as i’m looking in the mirror wiggling the sharp end through – i realized the two photos stuck in the frame are from that moment in time.  the belmont apartment, working in the admissions office at the art school.  raja was a tweener/preteen.  gil’s studio was set up in the basement.  we were doing the thing.

so not that i’m intending to go any larger.  it is what it is.  a moment in time.  awesome.


wednesday wednesday. mid march 2012

this is what i’ve been listening to today.

work work work work work.  i mean, work is wonderful, and i love what we’re doing, but let’s discuss a couple other things.

yes.  let’s.

i’ve really really really been enjoying listening to the black crowes lately.  whatever.  it’s been a while and it seems like their time has come back around, at least for my needs.  so yesterday i promptly set up a black crowes pandora station.  well…we can all imagine how that went downhill quick.  i tried to keep it to the likes of the rolling stones, allman brothers, lynyrd skynyrd, etc etc.  but was quickly informed by pandora that i had reached my maximum number of skips tolerated for the hour.

this is the kind of thing that i enjoy sharing with gil at the end of the day.  random details, random bits.  but i KNEW how this particular conversation would go.  that’s way too much southern rock for gil to process, and any mention of my affinity for lynyrd skynyrd gets him questioning the basis of our relationship.  well, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but he does hold the two years i lived in indiana as a fundamental detriment.

as the story goes, and it’s true, lynyrd skynyrd was the first band invited to play our hogfarm barn — for a new year’s eve show more than a few years ago. invitations were also extended to beck, broken social scene, carla bozulich, tanya donelly, and marigold.  the offer was as follows:  no pay, but an attentive audience, good tequila, access to a vintage atari with good games, a comfy place to sleep and a home cooked breakfast.  we received responses from just about everyone, (politely declining) including the lynyrds.  or at least some agent-type handler somewhere along the line.

but i digress.  that’s not the point of all this.

since i kept going back to the computer yesterday to thumbs down what i deemed unworthy to be in my rocknroll mix, i took a little time to read on, and then compare and contrast lynyrd skynyrd with allman brothers history.  i’ve also done a little research on molly hatchet and feel pretty well versed on the black crowes.  i had planned to go on a bit about it here.  …but i won’t.  maybe.  well, i will say that should one receive an invitation to join lynyrd skynard or the allman brothers, one should really weigh an acceptance decision carefully.  as far as i can tell, they got some kind of crazy track record with losing band members.

today so far has been filled with barbara lynn, dick dale and the likes.  altho i just discovered some kind of crazy awesomeness at  did you know about all this?  dang.  don’t hold out like that. bigbang is my fave.

free bird!