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Sometimes getting lost can help you find yourself

I went threw a seemingly long creative block and during this time when I couldn't come up with a jewelry design to  save my life I did wander off into painting again and played with the fluid art that is popular now. It was fun and did take my mind away from the bench and into different worlds of flat canvas. As I mentioned before it was kind of a reset for me. That time spent in the garage throwing paint around did influence my jewelry designs. How odd I thought but hey what ever it takes. 
So here are a few of my latest...

This 2" x 3" pendant has a aluminum hand cut "frame" and inside is  a tiny flow art painting done on canvas paper.  I like the way this turned out and have several other mini paintings  to incorporate into different types of these pendants. 
Here a slightly different technique was used and I used enamel paint and after it was dabbed on the metal I used a straight pin to move it over the surface.  Yes I did just say I'm painting with a straight p…

Craft Projects Overtake Murfreesboro Woman's Home

Well that is what you would think if you were to drop by. There is a big queen size quilt on the long arm. A sketch pad color pencils on the kitchen table and a canvas on the stand in the garage. There is fabric on the regular machine too for a new shower curtain. So to say the least I have plenty going on. I just came in from digging in the yard. The front flower bed was over crowed and several of the small bushes had died so I've started working on that a little bit at a time. At this current rate it may take me till the end of May to get it all done, but it will get done. 

The big quilt is taking longer than I had expected. I am over half done then the binding - not really looking forward to that part. This is the biggest quilt I've ever quilted. 


I really enjoyed this Easter. The Church I go to had 2 services on Saturday night and we went to the early service. Then Sunday I slept a bit late and put my bunny cake together and went to my sister's and had a wonderful time. …

Back to the world of wire

Well after having fun painting for a bit I'm back at my bench. I know there are a lot of jewelry designers who have a "look" to their designs. When I see their jewelry I know who made it. Mine not so much. I'm not sure as an artist if this is a bad thing or not. I guess some artists/designers develop a style. Then there is that whole thing of selling your creations and different people having different taste in colors etc. So if you want to sell do you need to make a wider spectrum of work? Or do you just make what you want and hope it will sell? I have no idea. I know I don't want to make mainstream pieces. For the most part I make what I like and that makes me happy, so I guess that is the right path. I sure hope so.

Here are a few of my recent pieces. 
I have noticed as much as I try it's hard for me to create "random" looking jewelry.  You would think it would be easy and I'm sure for a lot of people it is, but my brain seems to want structure e…

Shifting Gears

I've always found it helps my creativity to walk away from my jewelry making and do something else for a day or two. I go back to my jewelry bench with a fresh outlook. I was struggling with a necklace design and just walked away and went out and did some long over due organizing in my garage. I cleared off the big jewelry bench out there (the one I had in the old house) and did a lot of other organizing too. I made a 2nd work area from a sheet of plywood and 2 sawhorses and put it at the end of the jewelry bench. I made a place for my nice easel to stay when not in use and created an area just for painting. Something I love to do but seldom do. I've painted about 4 painting in the last 3 years - that isn't a good sign and I'm hopeful that setting up this work area will get me back to painting at least every once in a while. 

I went on a bender and painted some quick and easy pour paint abstracts - had never tried that and I love it. It's finger painting for adults …

A Sewing Day, and maybe a little jewelry

I have several sewing projects I need to work on. A quilt that has been waiting patiently on my little long arm for weeks. The all important 8th birthday shirt to make for Ian's upcoming birthday. It's really hard to think he will be 8 very soon. My sister brought me this cute Avenger fabric and his Hulk green t shirt. It's always fun to deliver these shirts to Ian he's always so excited and appreciative. 


This has been on my machine for too long and I need to start this today. This is for a friend and her mom made the top years ago.  Her mom was an avid seamstress and made the girls clothes.  This quilt of many colors was made from the scraps.

Over on the bench is a free form wire cuff I started last night and I'm eager to get back to. I've been really into using this black wire lately with copper. The black wire is steel and really good for using as a foundation to wrap. There is a lot more to do on this cuff, but I enjoy this type of wire work. 
This will have a c…

inched out on the limb a bit more

I often think of doing things as crawling out on the limb, especially when it is the unknown. I'm not a big adventurer. So I like to stay next to the trunk of the tree when possible. The only problem is all the good fruit is out on the end of the thinning branches, the rewards aren't easy to reach. 

So after mulling it over for several weeks I inched out a bit and have added several countries (4) two my shipping profile on Etsy. Most sellers just boldly sell worldwide and probably never thought a thing about it but then there is me. There are somethings I give little to no thought about and tend to put too much thought into other things. No rhyme  or reason to the difference between the two either. 

I've started looking for and sending in my entry on shows for this summer too. Since I don't seem to be able to work a full time job anymore due to my stupid back I will have to make this jewelry hobby into a full time thing right now. 

I'll be taking my creations to a new…

Back to my everyday life

Well I've been most distracted last week with all the excitement of getting new counters and backsplash in my kitchen. There were only 2 things I wasn't thrilled with about my new house and now they are all the way I love. I did get a good bit of jewelry and sewing done while they were working in there just due to the fact I had to stay out of the way and I ended up in my happy room all day for several days. Forced into productivity - what ever it takes, right? I'm so tickled I have to show you. And a good thing my old counter tops went to a new home.  I also got the big one bowl sink I prefer. None of this was in my budget, but it makes me happy, I'll just cut back on, well most everything, but still got that big stupid grin going on.


I need to hang up my piggies don't I.

The weather here has been odd. Last week we were walking on the greenway in short sleeves and today it was in the 30's. Then we had a bad storm day yesterday, I was lucky and only got hail and …

Just Another day at the bench

It is another grey day and I'm banging away at my bench. Occasionally I'll hear the Red Wing Blackbird who has taken over one of my feeders but as usual it's pretty quiet in my neighborhood. Today the guys are here painting my kitchen and tomorrow they will be putting up the tile backsplash - so excited. 

Just a few days ago the sun was out and it was beautiful. Glad I took advantage of it and went for a walk with my sister Angel and her son Ian. We went to Stones River National Battlefield for a walk. I'd never been there. Their are wonderful places to walk in Murfreesboro. We have a great greenway that runs beside the stones river. 



I love rocks and this was such a beautiful area.  It has a horrid history, it's called the slaughter pen.


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Ahhhh the pain

Well a few days ago my beloved old Mac just up and died. I was in the middle of backing up photos of my sweet nephew so I did at least get those on a few CD's One thing I didn't know was that all the photos in the iphoto didn't back up with the rest of the files on my hard drive. Thank goodness I did have a daily backup in place. Three years ago when my little sister's computer did the same thing I panicked and went out and got the back up drive. Yea I did a good thing there. So now I'm trying to get this new wonderful iMac back to where the old one was with links, downloads etc. 

Computers have sure changed a lot since my last mac oh my no cd player anymore! What!
There was just 2 things I wanted to change in my new little house and one of them was the kitchen counter tops. The old ones were very dark. So after living with the kitchen for 6 months I'm now giving it a upgrade. New counter tops and new paint on the walls. My sweet brother in law came over and with …