Monday, March 30

Managing Time

One thing I have found during the last 10 months is I have trouble managing my time like I have in the past. Seems like distractions and life run all over the schedules I make. I sometimes wonder if I'm like the little dog in UP and get the squirrel distraction.
For what ever the reasons this blog has drifted off into my Scarlet area of "I'll deal with it tomorrow. "

With my first show of the year just a few weeks out I'd normally be in full swing of creating new pieces for the show. I have only started creating again a few months back and seem to be getting into the flow of working at my bench once again, thou now as regular as I did in the past.  Here are a few of the recent items.

 This brass butterfly was given a rusted look with alcohol inks. 

An old sewing machine bulb, the end of a fork
and some wings created this pendant

The focal element of this necklace is from a vintage bracelet

Then one day I decided to get out the poly clay again. 
I've not done anything with clay in a long time. 
These are the raw shapes after baking. 

Here is one of my hearts after adding 3 colors of
Gilders past. 

This pendant (see in raw clay image) has copper foil, 
2 colors of gilders past and a clear coat finish. 
Then a copper metal base was cut, hammered and
given a little touch of flame for a nice patina. 

Another clay component with foil, and guilders past. 

This pendant started life as a bezel and the clay
was formed into the metal shaped.
A 3 color patina was added and then clear coated. 

I wanted to do several small delicate necklaces - not my normal. 
3 pearl "peas" in a pod

  Small stone in metal frame

 Treated myself with a new saw (black handle).
I will use them both but the older one
just didn't have a deep enough work area. 

So hopefully my time management will improve and
things at the bench, sewing machine and in the sketch book
will get back on a normal track. 

Time seems to drift by either too quickly or too slow. Making the best use of it is a challenge. Life changes and we adjust - just not as quickly as I'd like. 

Tuesday, January 20

Summer is Coming

and with it the show season begins 

Just finished taking new photographs of my jewelry and looking over several show possibilities. I am still a bit shy of spring shows due to the hail storm and nearly loosing my tent several years ago. So many years I've seen the spring shows get rained out, it is so sad to think of all the work and money the artisans loose when this happens. It's all a gamble of course with weather. One of my fall shows in October was so cold and windy. We spent the day chasing my display and trying to stay warm. That is the way of it thou. On the up side when all is good and the sun shines and the temp is just perfect life is indeed good. So I keep my fingers crossed for good weather and good sales. 

This year there will be new designs. The sketches have started and materials being set out for mulling over. New designs often bring about new techniques which excites me to no end. Several of the new materials this year will be Mica, leather, enamels and a new outlook into poly clay. These will merge together very well with my current techniques and designs. 

I also plan on doing a lot of form folding (air chasing) and metal shaping that I've not done before. I will be getting a new jewelry saw - ordering that today and a few other tools. A sweet friend gave me a gift card for Christmas and it's all going towards jewelry tools. Things I've wanted for a good bit but just couldn't afford. Thanks Janice!

For now I need to get back to taking new photos and uploading them to the Zapp site so I'll be ready for show entries.

I have a quilt on the machine that needs to be quilted and hope to get that started later tonight. It's harder for me to work on projects at night for some reason but I need to make the most of all my time. 
Have a creative day...and night

Tuesday, January 6

The New Path

I've always been a rather wandering crafter. I love to do so many different crafts that I seem to never get real good at any one of them. So after much though and some good advice I've decided to make jewelry my path. I will still quilt and of course draw but they will be only fun things. Not that jewelry isn't fun, I love it. These other hobbies will be for free time between jewelry making. To advance my skills in this art form I really need to put myself into it whole hearted. I have a quilt on my machine to do for a friend and after that I'll more than likely step away from starting any other quilt projects that can't be completed in 2 days or less. 

As part of this direction the blog I started in 2008 will be changing too 

  1. Teaching Changes - I've only 2 more classes on the schedule to teach at JoAnn's and after that it's over. The classes I want to teach can't be taught there due to the new open classroom format. I'm sure the shoppers don't want to hear 4 or 5 people hammering on metal while they shop. So the classes tab will be removed. 
  2. I will however be adding a new tab with beginner helpful hints for jewelry making. 
  3. The tab Fiber will also be removed and be replaced with mixed media jewelry information. 
  4. The artwork tab will become design sketches and other jewelry design information
These changes will take a little while to be completed. For those who followed my quilting for several years, thank you. Now for the next step in my creative life. 

Monday, November 3

Show Business

Have I mentioned that I love doing craft shows? The one I did this past weekend was not a disappointment - fun, met some cool new people and sales were the best so far this year. Now with my next show 4 weeks from now, it's time to put it in high gear and hammer till I drop - or I drive my neighbors crazy. 

We had a cold spell here and tricks and treats
were cold and frosty, 
but today its 66 and that feels like a heat wave.

Have been drawing a bit here lately and
the elf houses turned out cute. 

Started a zen doodle Koi this morning
Not seeing it in color - just traditional
zen black and white with shading. 

So with the sewing machine covered with projects, 
tons of jewelry to make and tossing in a little drawing
as often as possible - not to mention I've not started
my Christmas quilting - well this will cut into my
TV time for sure. I love being busy so this is good. 
There is a possible book on the horizon too. 

A few years before Bobby went home he sold this old truck to a dear friend of his. 
This old truck he'd had since way before we were married. 
We had spend so much time sitting on the tale gate talking about our day
and watching over the babies (dogs) while they were roaming the yard. 
This old truck is special to me so I asked John to send me a photo with
the tale gate down and it's now the wall paper on my computer. 
His kids named it Mater from the cars movie. Now mater has a good 
home and like an old horse has been given a easy life in the country. 

Friday, October 10

The first craft show of the season is behind me. We set up the tent on Friday and the weather Friday night was horrid so I was much relieved to see the tent standing just as I'd left it on Saturday morning. Several were not as lucky. You can never have too many tent weights! Saturday the winds blew and the temp dropped. By afternoon we were in jackets and trying to stay in the tent to keep out of the wind. We did chase down some of my display several times and necklaces did jump into the grass and try to escape but they were found. 
I had great helpers at the show. My sister in law Kayren was my morning helper and this was her first time to do that. It was great - we have such similar since of humor we had a real good time despite the early hours and cold/wind. 
I did splurge and buy this cart a few days before the
show and what a life saver it was. It holds more than
I could ever load up on it and rolls pretty well in grass.

Here is cheerful Kayren at the crack of dawn setting up. 
Yes it was cool and we were drinking coffee to wake up 
and stay warm. 

Here are a few shots from my booth. I've collected
a few old vintage cases to use in the display. 
One of the 3 judges commented how nice my display was.

I of course did a little shopping while I was there, one
photograph for my self and a Christmas gift. Also got
some yummy hand made soap. 

The vendor next to our tent sold candy...well I guess
you know how that went. I didn't want to be a pig and
eat his samples but that problem was solved when he
brought them over to us. We didn't want to hurt his
feelings so we ate them. 

We did a trade and I took half the price in
yea you guessed it - toffee. I'm set for a while - yea!
He also made caramels which my niece purchased.

Well now to do a few non jewelry things between shows. 
I have a quilt on the machine and a redecorating project in
the works - so lots to do. 
Next show is first weekend in November. 
Glad to say it's indoors.