Monday, December 24, 2007
Wanted to wish everyone the happiest of holidays! Hope you're spending time with people that you love doing things that you love to do. This really is a magical time of the year.
Monday, August 20, 2007
WELCOME TO HOLLAND (By Emily Perl Kingsley)….
I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this:
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip to Italy. You buy a bunch of guidebooks and make your wonderful plans: the Coliseum, Michelangelo's David, the gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."
"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."
But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guidebooks. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills – and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy ... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say, "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away, because the loss of that dream is a very, very significant loss.
But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you many never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Holland.
Hailey Grace Williams 8.20.02 - 4.14.04
Saturday, August 04, 2007
This first pair marries different metals- Sterling, copper & stamped brass. Also a bit of hardware and some Greek ceramic beads. This is a fun pair!
These beautiful white coin pearls have such a beautiful iridescence. Simply added to a long kidney wire, this is simple elegance for everyday wear.
I'm impartial and of course I love them both. Guess which to pick would depend on one's mood at the time.
I'm really enjoying making these earrings. This pair includes some green jasper. I'd like to make another similar pair for myself, this pair already is sold. Will also make a pair in sterling as soon as I can lay my hands on my smaller pliers which I still can't find. (It involves a child & hiding things) I've been using my other pair, but I really do favor the missing ones. Maybe this is just a way of pushing me to get the Lindstrom's that I'd really like to have.
I've spent an inordinate amount of time on a bracelet this week. It's been more wrestling it than any kind of wire wrapping. Causing me many more grey hairs. Seriously it annoys me when a simple piece of metal can get the best of me. I've got some things to do today, then I'm going to twist it into submission, or scrap it & try again another time. I didn't think it would be too difficult when I started....well, ya know how that goes.
Anyway- just wanted to share these beauties with you. Another pair that has a great swing to them.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Found objects and repurposed vintage pieces, metal and paint, resin and vintage papers, clay and gemstones, rusty things and swarovski crystal? If you make beautiful adornments with any of these- then Adornmentz
is a place to check out.
I'd love to have ya & see what you're up to! I hope that this group can grow to b provide as much fun as I'm haing in BookArtz right now. LOL. Currently working on a house shaped & themed skinny book.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Website update: I've done some redesigning but haven't uploaded the new stuff yet because (of course) I broke some things while I was doing it. Seems weekends are the only time I can really get some work done so it'll probably be next weekend before anyone but me sees the changes.
Swap update: The house chunky has been announced on BookArtz so I'm starting my pages for it & been wrapping beads here & there for Patti's bead swap. It's all good. ;-)
Monday, July 09, 2007
Art time has been scarce lately, but this afternoon I got to work on a couple of things so hoping I'll have more to post soon. Yup- I'm not nearly as prolific as some of my art buddies!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
1. I LOVE italian food. Cover it with cheese & sauce and I'll eat it, and a lot of it.
2. I'm very sarcastic by nature. Not sure if people can tell online, but in person I am. And......so are my children. (There's a payback for ya!)
3. I'm a list lover. I've got lists everywhere, for everything.
4. I like Nascar. Really really like it. Have for years. And then my oldest discovered it, so now I have company ;-)
5. I'm a "glass is half full" kind of girl. Ever the optimist & always finding something positive.
6. I drink chocolate milk at night. Either before I go to sleep or I wake up in the middle of the night & mix some up.
7. I'm a night owl. Much prefer nights to mornings and if I didn't have to get up early- I'd stay up much later ;-) I have more energy then and can get more done.
There ya go. 7 random facts about me. So.....if you're reading this- consider yourself tagged ;-) Post a comment with your blog addy so we can read more about you!
Friday, June 01, 2007
I love this swirly pair. This is another pair that I made for myself too and every time I wear them people comment on how cool & unique they are.
Just wanted to share those......and be true to the commitment that I've made to myself. And how long can I keep this up? We'll see! ;-)
And yes.....that's the same pair, the difference in colors in those two pix make my lighting problems ever so obvious. The green jasper is the color of the first picture. It's forest green.
Hoping to spend some quality time this weekend tweaking on the site. So I may not be around so much in the groups. And boy oh boy do I have some catching up to do on the blogs that I like to read!
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
On a happier and more relaxed note, I posted another pair of earrings to Etsy tonight. A dainty pair of Petite Pearls. I like these ear wires, they are squared and sit in your ears ever so nicely. You can't see them in this pic but if you click on the link there's a pic of the ear wires.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Finished tumbling a batch of metal so there should be new jewelry pieces soon. I'll post them here as I photograph them to post on etsy.
Monday, May 14, 2007
I love these pearl earrings. They are oxidized and that gives the wire wrapping such dimension. I've just listed this pair in my Etsy store. All of the findings: the oversize ear wires, the jump rings and the headpins were made by myself. Then I wrapped the pearls, oxidized them and hand polished them to a beautiful shine. (Can't tumble pearls). They have a nice swing to them as the pearls move around as your head moves. And the color feels very much like spring to me. Someone will enjoy these for a long time. ;-)
And there's one more pair....
This pair starts with a scroll made from a vintage dictionary. It's then wire wrapped in sterling silver and a spray of gray and peacock pearls dangle from the bottom. My camera didn't pick up the iridescence on some of these beauties. This pair can also be found on Etsy. This is similar to the pair that I made for myself (a few posts ago) and I got so many comments by email and people walking up to me that I thought I'd make another pair. The only difference with this pair is I've used the oversize ear wires on these. The sterling findings on this pair were also made by me.
I also made my Mom a pair of earrings for Mother's Day but didn't get a photo of those. And today after weeks of waiting.....a very special pearl order was delivered. Loads of pretties in that box & I can't wait to get started playing with them. I got some copper, black, peacock, green and this batch has some larger pearls.
Monday, May 07, 2007
1. I'm no good in the morning until I've had coffee. Then I drink it all day to stay properly caffeinated.
2. I can't eat when I first wake up. Must be up for a while before I want food. Or want to cook food, to the dismay of my family.
3. I love the sound of thunder- the rolling kind. Not so much the loud crash of lightening that's in your neighborhood.....just the rolling thunder of a distant storm.
4. I'm not real fond of the beach during the day. It's great at night or in the evenings, but I don't like it on a hot day. It's a shame since I live so close to the beach & all- you'd think I'd enjoy it more.
5. I prefer to be chilly than to being warm/ hot. Again....strange since I reside in Florida.
6. I love the smell of fresh cut grass. In my neighborhood it's great just to sit on the porch on a Sunday morning drinking in the smell of the grass while enjoying my coffee.
7. I'd love to have more children. DH says we're done but I'd love more. It's no secret. And when our children are running around or misbehaving my DH teases me about wanting more.
Okay.....there's 7 things about me. If you're reading this and you haven't been tagged yet....then you're tagged! And leave a comment letting me know where to read your seven things, leave an email address if I can respond to you.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
I really haven't been able to spend the time in here to make things, but here shortly I'm hoping to get in here to wrap up some things. But I will say that my idea journal is filling up.
Time to go get dinner ready.......if I could get the little ones to cook I'd have more creative time.......we're years away from that happening! Thanks for stopping by. Sometimes I'm amazed at how many people come by for a visit ;-)
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Operation Hokie Hope is a greeting card drive meant to gather physical representations of our prayers and thoughts of hope for those at Virginia Tech. Please send your greeting card with your sentiment written inside to:
Operation Hokie Hope
2308 S. 17th Street
Rogers, Arkansas 72758
All cards received will be mailed in a large box to the appropriate parties at Virginia Tech.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Those that know me know what a tough day today is for us. DH did a major project to keep his mind busy. But it wrecked my creative space until the "improvement" is done. LOL. So I didn't get as much done as I had hoped~ I was rather hoping to keep my mind busy too. On a better note, the improvement is in the space where I create so it should allow me more room & better storage for all my junque!
I did finish a pair of earrings & dug out the camera to take a pic. (yes I know....still need better pix) These are sterling silver & a variety of pearls with a vintage paper "bead". I really like these, they are long & feel kinda sexy swirling around. The drop just happens to be a great length. This pair is for me but I think I'll make a similar pair for my etsy space.
I'd love to hear what *you* think of them!
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Give the penny to someone new & they will have good luck too!
It's against the law to alter currency.....so lets just call them copper coins ;-) I hammered them, then cleaned them up with 0000 steel wool. Then I outlined the rim with a sharpie & wrote something on each one. Etched them with PCB*** etchant then buffed them again. I made spirals with 20g copper wire & S links and jump rings with 18g wire & hammered them. I connected a charm to an S link & added either a spiral or a tusk with some seed beads then closed the link.
They're all packaged up & awaiting a few more swappers before this swap is swapped out & returned to their happy new homes.
I did get my dapping block, but haven't had much time to play yet. I think we're all settled into our new routine now so if I can stay awake at night I'll get some stuff done. Of course night time isn't the best time to dap.....that'll have to be done during the day. Loads of ideas into my journal so all I need now is time.
***PCB Etchant is the etching solution for copper (Ferric Chloride) - available at Radio Shack.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
This is the first ring that I've made. I actually made it last month, but since I couldn't scan it- took longer to post. It's the same ring, just photographed in the shade & in the sun. MUST work on photography skills!
Anyway.....it's made from 16 gauge copper. I've been wearing it a lot. It's a simple design but I like it. I made it before I got a ring mandrel, or I would have sized it a bit differently. And next time I order silver, I'll get some 16g and make one in silver. I also got a couple lampwork beads to make a similar ring with, but the hole is too small for 16g so I'll probably make that in 18g.
Comments welcomed ;-)
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
This bracelet is made from 18 gauge sterling silver. It really looks pretty on, very feminine. A swan clasp will hold it together. I really like this clasp- I thought it would be hard to attach the bracelet or fall off or something like that, but it's a great clasp for the pieces that I've done so far.
The charms for the swap on ArtTechniques are starting to come in. I rec'd so much inspiration from the other charm swap blogs that I'd like to do one for this swap too. Just need an okee dokee from the participants. I posted a message asking for permission but only a few have responded so far- we'll see how it goes. I could always just add a page to my website.
Website.....yeah- haven't had much time to spend on it the last week. Been trying to wrap up a few things. "All in good time", one of my mantras that I seem to keep repeating.
I am going to spend the next couple weeks trying to finish things to add to my little space on ETSY. I did post the "African Pin" that I posted here in August. I'd keep it if I was going out into the world every day, dressed for a job......but that's not my life right now.
Currently working on a Spring Collaborative Swap for BookArtz, some decos and I'm building a necklace around one of the Mother of Pearl pendants that I wire wrapped. All projects are coming along! Will post as they finish ;-)
Saturday, February 10, 2007
I was just looking through my blog & had a sudden realization that I forgot to post these charms. (Yup....I'm sooooo loving charms!) These I made in November but mailed them in to the hostess in January. These are for Amber Dawn's swap on the ICE Group. It's a 21 for 20 swap. I spiraled copper, hammered it then added beads & wrapped a loop. Yup, lots of practice on spirals & wrapped loops. Once I was more comfortable I made the wire bead & the heart one. I like that one. The puzzle pieces were primed, painted with 3 colors (Navy, Sage & Copper) and sealed with varnish on the sides, top & bottom. Holes punched then sealed again. Some have text added to them. Added purchased jump rings. I'm excited to be getting the swaps back although I know (from being a hostess myself) what a daunting task they have ahead of them. ;-) I can be very patient, it'll be well worth it in the end.
One more charm swap & this one I'm hosting. My charms are a smattering of ones I've made and ones that I've been playing with. Have been doing some experimenting. More playing with wire & some other things. I will update more about this soon because like the other swaps....I want to start a blog to have a somewhat permanent/ long time record of this particular swap. I've got the go ahead from the list Mom's, now I just need to get it set up & stuff. This weekend will be dedicated to wrapping projects up & working on the computer. ;-) I've got to back it up, upgrade some programs & I want to do some tweaking on my settings.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
I need to make more hand painted papers though.....I've hit the bottom of my pile. So I'll also be cleaning off the workspace in that part of my room here & starting on some of those.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
This is the first bracelet that I made. I was practicing techniques. It's made of 18g copper, unakite & black onyx. I finished it about a month ago, just now posting it. See- I was going to photograph it, but nooooo- I scanned it. (This way I'm not the only person who sees it!) The pics don't do it justice though- it's bold & chunky. I've been wearing it & it's really grown on me. I love the swan clasp & the spiral charms give it movement & a bit of a jingle. The unakite stones are wonderful colors- shades of green with touches of a salmon color. And now it's not so shiny, it's a bit aged. LOL. I was going to artificially age it, but time is saving me the trouble. I'm proud of me ;-) And yes- I've started one in sterling silver. But personally- I'm growing quite fond of copper.....it's got a warmth & a glow that I find very appealing. And no.....it doesn't turn me green.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Another thing to add to my to do list!
Later that night.....
Well here I am....all settled in. ;-) All the old entries are here, I added in the comments because they make me smile so I didn't want to lose them. Now I can get on with things. Except that I'm tired so no pix tonight. LOL
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Seriously I need to stop scanning the jewelry & take photographs. LOL. But the scanning is so much faster. I have another bracelet made. I'll try to photograph it today. If not, I'll scan it tonight.
I'm not really sure why this picture seems so small. If you click it you can get a bigger view.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
I love the new year. I tend to spend the first couple weeks of the year (up till my b-day) reflecting on the year past & planning for the year ahead. Still in that mode I guess. And watching my DH work on his website so much really makes me want to add some finishing touches to my own so that I can share the address with my friends & family. Right now it's just too......empty. LOL. Anyway- I needed to post my lottery entry to the group so I thought I'd post it here too. I scanned it instead of photographing it (I'm on a deadline here & taking the picture, playing with lighting.....it would just be late!), so it looks a little wonky to me. (They are both circles, not wonky like the one on the left looks in the picture) A pair of sterling silver hoop earrings, hammered for stability. The theme was winter & I thought the colors of the beads with the silver helped convey that. At least winter in my mind. LOL. Realistically- it was 82º today. Doesn't feel much like winter. I digress.....
I'm working on a bracelet right now. I'll post when I've finished it. LOL- just remember that there's a bunch of different projects going on in here so I'll probably finish something else first.