31 December 2008


wonderful, safe, prosperous, joyful, interesting, exciting, calm, unexpected, great, willing, tempestuous, magical, serene, serendipitous, beautiful new year to you.

28 December 2008

Poppytalk Handmade

If you haven't already found this site, it's worth looking into. Poppytalk Handmade is another gorgeous indie artsy fartsy crafty site that sells all kinds of stuff! Yay for the indies!

27 December 2008

bead making

So I was making some lovely things for a very good friend of mine for Christmas, and I thought I'd show what I was doing. Of course, I love the rubber cording, jump rings are a staple, and pliers are a must. The bead board helps too.

24 December 2008

Happy Holidays!


I didn't want to leave anyone out.
I am taking a few days off for the holidays. I'm going to enjoy a restful few days eating, drinking, taking Scotty to the park and joining him for some naps. I hope you enjoy a restful holidays as well. I will see you soon.

23 December 2008

Dandelion holiday festival

I was at Dandelion communitea cafe ~ one of my favorite places you know ~ and they had a holiday festival. They always support local arts and small businesses. One guy was juggling, another lady dancing, and some guy taking photos of it all. It was a nice time. The weather was beautiful ~ we won't have a white Christmas here ~ and a good time was had by all.

22 December 2008

more metal

I really need to learn how to weld. I think my beloved knows how. I'll ask him to teach me. I always thought it would be really cool to recycle old metal parts into some postively fabulous piece of sculpture ~ since I like to make stuff and I'm industrious about recycling and I like to think I'm crafty like that ~ and then sell it for thousands of dollars. A new year is on the horizon, I can always dream...

21 December 2008

cast ring

I made this ring back in the day during school. I had such a fun time casting ~ you know I like using the torch, and this was a BIG torch used for casting! ~ and you know I like simple designs, so I had to try this one. I was fooling with my camera today and tried a different setting. I think this turned out pretty good!

20 December 2008

Grandma Party craft bazaar

There will be a Grandma Party craft bazaar tomorrow at Stardust video & coffee, starting @ 10a until the magic hour, whenever that is. I found the information through the Florida Creatives website. You can check the other sites for more information. These are always fun and interesting. Good vibe, cool people.

19 December 2008

Etsy Metal

You know, I don't know why it took me so long to find this blog. I really like working with metal, and I really like Etsy, so...DUH! No brainer here...
check it out!

18 December 2008

leaving on a jet plane...

So my beloved is leaving today, yes, on a jet plane, to go mountain climbing in Argentina. In that vein, I thought I'd see what I could find on Argentine jewelry or jewelry designers. As luck would have it, I found Cynthia Del Giudice in my searches. She has a blogger page and lives in Argentina! She has some really beautiful pieces. This photo here shows a patina that she's been working on. She has some very simple designs which are very elegant. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

13 December 2008

Nutcracker Sweets

My very good friends, Kip & Eliza Watson, are putting on their own version of the Nutcracker tomorrow. If you are in the area, come by their studio to watch "Nutcracker Sweets". I won't be performing, lucky you, but I will be there helping out backstage, as always.

11 December 2008

metal inspiration

I'm lucky in that I get to park in a parking deck at work. These are stairs that I take to get to my car. I've always liked them. I like metal art. I think these can be very inspiring.

10 December 2008

jewelry design contest

I've found another jewelry design contest! It looks like Swarovski has an online design tool for a contest they are having. It's been going on for some time, but there is still time to enter! You have until the end of December, so go to their website and get busy!

08 December 2008

Craft Bazaar

So there was a craft bazaar this past saturday which featured local Etsy users showing off their handmade items. I wish I had known about this sooner, so I could have participated. bummer.

06 December 2008

Young Soap

I came across this family of soap makers at the Fringe Festival this past spring. I really like their stuff. Good smelling and not bad prices either! You can check them out at their etsy site here.

04 December 2008


So he also gave me this pendant to restring, if you will. Neat pendant. I have an idea, I'm trying to figure out how to work it. This is a fragile pendant (as I already see chips in it) and I don't want to use wire as that will wear away at it. I always have rubber cording I can use, but I think I'd like to use leather. I'll have to think on it...

03 December 2008

new beads

As I told you the other day, my beloved and I went shopping this past Friday. We went to a local craft store that is going out of business. He spotted these beads and thought they were really cool. The fact that they were on sale was even better. Cool. huh?

01 December 2008

Back to work/start of December

I thought I would start the month of December off with a beautiful photo I took of a sunset at Fort De Soto park. Nice, huh?