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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 …