31 January 2009

sister earrings

sterling silver head pins with swarovski cubes in padparadscha color. I like to say that word, padparadscha. Kind of funny. Gorgeous color. I get them through Fire Mountain gems.

29 January 2009

sister earrings

At long last, photos of the earrings that I made for my sister's birthday. Sterling silver hand made ear wires and head pins, amber swarovski crystals accented with silver beads.

28 January 2009

earrings for my sister...

ok, ok, sorry about the delay (hey! I made a rhyme!), but I haven't had a chance to take pictures of the earrings I made for my sister yet. I like to use natural light and it hasn't been light enough out for me. I'll get to it asap. You won't be sorry!

27 January 2009

silver heavy gauge earrings

So I was working with some heavy gauge silver over the weekend, and thought I'd do something simple and make some earrings. I used my new Lortone tumbler, from Kingsley North, to clean and polish them so they looked fabulous. A friend of mine always wears silver tone earrings and I wanted to give her some nice silver ones to wear. I don't usually wear earrings this big, but they look good on her, and they turned out pretty good too.

I've found, that the more I make jewelry, and think of designs, the more I like simple things. A simple hoop, a simple hammered texture, a simple patina, can all make for beautiful, elegant, timeless jewelry. I'm not a very fancy girl, so simple is good, and can look great too. I'm finding I'm also making a lot of pieces that would be fit for guys, or tomboys too if you like. I've always been a bit of a tomboy, (I used to climb trees and play in the sandbox with my brothers and their dumptrucks back in the day), so these things I design make sense to me. Nice, simple designs that can be androgynous. It's always fun to keep people guessing.

More photos later of some girlie earrings I made my sister.

26 January 2009

Lortone tumbler

I know I've posted about the Lortone tumbler before, and I just have to say it is the best thing I've bought for my jewelry endeavors, EVER! I bought mine from Kingsley North, and now it's on sale! It is such a time saver to multi-task, so I was cleaning/polishing some pieces in the tumbler, at the same time working on some new pieces. Great! Very handy, not too large of a tumbler, and fairly quiet. I could still listen to Somafm while I was working, and not have the music up too loud and disturb the animals sleeping.

24 January 2009

florida frost!

In my 20 years here, I have never seen frost. I was amazed to see this the other morning, I had to take a photo. This is wedelia that grows in my front yard. It really needed to be cut back, so nature took care of that for me! yay!

22 January 2009

Argentine silver chain

So my beloved brought me this lovely silver chain back from Argentina. I really like these kind. It's lightweight and pretty, yet not so dainty and fragile. I wear it almost all the time.

21 January 2009

My Etsy shop!

yes, kids, at finally long last, I have listed some lovely items on my Etsy site.

20 January 2009

FINALLY! the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States

Today is a big day in the history of the United States. Our 44th president if of African descent. A big deal in this country. We should have done this a long time ago. I'm glad we finally did, and I'm sure the rest of the world is just as glad. I know I'll be watching history in the making.

19 January 2009

Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. I've always liked his "I have a dream" speech. You can get this poster here.

17 January 2009

big ass book of crafts

Yep! I ordered it! It is the coolest! Such neat stuff! Cool projects! Not expensive or difficult!

11 January 2009

Beloved returns...

My beloved returns today from his mountain climbing trip in Argentina. Needless to say, I am thrilled! And having said that, you won't hear from me for a few days...

10 January 2009


and here is the finished product! not bad, if I do say so myself! After taking off the stain, I noticed that this was put together using different kinds of wood. The face of the drawers were one kind, and the body was another. That's probably why it was stained such a dark color. I tightened up the legs and now it's back in place!

09 January 2009

quote o' the day

I try to live by this. Hell, riding my bike to work is one thing I do frequently that scares me. It makes me feel very alive though.

06 January 2009

bleu fleur beads

ok, so I threw some french words in there, but I was feeling a little european, so I though, what the heck. These I bought from Kingsley North as well. They have some pretty good sales on beads from time to time.

05 January 2009

Lortone tumbler

This is one of the items I bought from Kingsley North. I've been wanting a jewelry tumbler for some time now and this one is just great. I used it the other day and my silver came out sparkling! Multi tasking is something all jewelers do, and this handy tool really helps.

03 January 2009

jewelry chest renovation update

so this is the beginning of the magic....
this is the top of the jewelry chest after the paint has been stripped...
and here's what it looks like stripped and sanded. Not too bad. There's still more work to be done. The drawers are next...

Kingsley North order

I ordered a tumbler, a new, larger ultrasonic and some pretty beads from Kingsley North the other day, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that they are earth friendly and recycle too! It was securely packaged and they used their local newspaper! Look! See? Yay for them!

02 January 2009

jewelry chest

This is my jewelry chest that I have had for 15 years now. (man! how time flies!) and as nice as it is (since it's real wood) I don't like the color. It's too dark. So my very good friend is going to come over today and help me strip off the old paint, and put a clear coat on it. Another great way to start the new year off right. I'll post pictures of the new and improved jewelry chest later. Stay tuned!

01 January 2009

New Years cleaning

I'm a big believer in getting rid of that which doesn't serve you anymore. Whether it's a physical object like clothes or unread books, or something intangible like an outgrown relationship or a friendship that is draining, it's good to release these things. I was busy for awhile after work yesterday. Here's my list:
  • vacuum and mop the floors
  • empty all trash bins
  • clean out drains in bathtubs and sinks (In order not to cause further harm to the planet, I use a natural combination of 1 cup baking soda, followed by a cup of vinegar, then boiling water to make sure it has all dissolved and the drain is open and working.)
  • clean closets of any clothes/shoes/hats/scarves/gloves/socks/handbags that are no longer being used, and haven't been in some time.
  • clean out fridge of unused food items. clean out cupboards of the same
  • wash all clothes in laundry basket
  • take down 2008 calendar
  • light sage smudge stick to clear out the house
  • open windows to let in fresh air (depending on where you live, you may not be able to do this part. I'm lucky enough to live someplace where I can.)
Now I like to keep things neat and orderly at my house, but it feels especially cathartic to do this on New Years eve. I've been known to be a sappy, sentimental fool, (which is good to keep some memories), but I've been holding on to some stuff from over 20 years ago that I finally decided to release. It was bittersweet, but great for my soul. This whole cleaning ceremony is great for my psyche and it refreshes the energy in my house. I'm sure this will be a challenging year for many reasons, but challenges can be good. It stretches your mind, body, talents and spirit and forms you into the person you're supposed to become. A life without trials is boring indeed.