Here are a few pics from yesterday's bike ride:
Monday, August 31, 2009
Here are a few pics from yesterday's bike ride:
Saturday, August 29, 2009
And so voila:
So this blog post is going to be short and sweet and will end with another music mention. I named one of my necklaces after this lady's former band frou frou.
I love the uniqueness of this girl and her music is amazing. This is another song that you should hear as well....it came out in the movie 'Garden State', which is a really good movie by the way.
I'll be back tomorrow....:)
Friday, August 28, 2009
My parents will be coming in next week to help us watch the kids so we can concentrate on final preparations. They will actually be watching my little monkeys during the fair so that my husband can work the booth with me. That is a massive help....and I am extremelly grateful they are coming to stay with us that week!!
One thing that I have yet to discuss on here is the fact that I have not opened up the 'fine art photography' portion of my shop yet. I have been working on it all along as well and after the show I will add that to blue hour designs. It has been a part of the plans all along but it took a backseat while I was trying to get the jewelry going. I will be selling my prints at the fair though, and so I've been having to buy all the matting and prints, which is a big job in and of itself!
I also decided to make my own earring cards because I have not been happy at all with the selection out there. I want a very simple and modern card, but for some reason all I am finding are the puffed pad and velvet kind. I am working on that right now actually. Way to go for last minute plans though, right?!!
Yesterday I posted these two up:
It was all I had time for. I will post a few more today.
I also love to share my favorite finds from etsy and so here are a few pieces that I would love, love, love to have!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I honestly don't remember the exact time when I had that 'aha' moment, but it was definitely a combination of things....sayings even, that inspired me. This is one of them:
“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, "Yes, I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams." Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they're still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, "How good or how bad am I?" That's where courage comes in.” Erma Bombeck
I didn't want my dreams in a box...seriously. I have come to wholeheartedly believe that I have control over whether things are accomplished in my life or not. I do not want to sit around and only hope for them. Now, I do not regret most of the decisions I have made in the past. I really do value a lot of them. They have made me who I am. I have two degrees that I am proud of under my belt....but I have moved on....to find my passion and to run the gamut of emotions if need be....but at least I am following my heart.
All of these thoughts have been flitting through my mind this evening. I think it started with the amazing feature that Mrs. French wrote about me today in her blog. It was so, so incredibly kind and wonderful of her to write what she did. I danced around my house a little bit, to be honest ;) I am sending a thousand more thank you's your way Traci!!!
I do want to share a few pictures with you of the pieces I have made over the last few days. Yep, it took me three days to make five pieces, but that is only because I have been working on so many other things that have needed my attention!
I wanted to show a few more 'process' pictures again. Here is a pic of the base plates and bezel walls that I am about to solder together. There are definitely multiple steps that take place before this, but I do not have pictures of those.
After this round of soldering:
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I fell into bed last night exhausted at like 8:30 pm. It was a full day! I worked in my workshop for a few hours yesterday morning and then spent the rest of the day tying up loose ends for my booth display. I had thought I had my setup design exactly how I wanted it....but last night maybe because I was tired I started to get really unhappy with what I came up with. I think maybe it just needs a little bit of tweaking....as opposed to a complete overhaul!
Yesterday I also created another treasury. I've been making them about once a week now. It is a lot of fun and a great way to connect with other etsy sellers.
I wanted to show this new treasury because my mom is in this one :)
I owe all my craftiness and my artsy blood to my parents. Both of them create and work with their hands. My mom likes to sew, crochet and quilt.....my dad was a very, very good amateur photographer along with painting, woodwork and welding!
Because of my dad's welding background he is able to understand quite a lot when I discuss my silversmithing with him. There are many similar functions with both. It's nice to explain things to my dad and have him understand what I am talking about :)
Back to work now....my worktable is full of new pieces to finish. :)
Sunday, August 23, 2009
That coffee is about the size of my head :) ....and it was good.
In the afternoon I listed my new rings and my husband and I discussed my display for the fair. We are still trying to figure out what I need and exactly how I want the setup to look like. This is our first time so everything is still such an unknown. There are a few things we still have to get....and the fair is two weeks away!! Not gonna panic....not gonna panic.....
Later, we went for our normal bike ride post-dinner.
It rained for a tiny bit while we were riding. The air smelled so, so wonderful!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
After we woke up and got ready we all jumped in the truck and headed to some yard sales armed with muffins and coffee. We haven't done this in awhile. I found a pair of ceramic soup mugs, some goggles for work and a bike for my mom when she comes to visit. We need one for my dad so we will be on the lookout! So I'd say it was a fruitful outing :)
After this, we headed to the Lafayette Peach Festival.
First of all here is what I was happy with: yummy, yummy gyros and greek fries.....ummm and that was basically it!
What I didn't like: Lava-like weather (I'm from New Mexico and this was just UNcomfortable!!), one thousand gazillion people, and lines for the peach cobbler that made you think there was a food shortage somewhere. Which means we didn't get peach cobbler....at the peach festival. There was just no way we were going to stand in a two hour line in that sweltering heat for peach cobbler. So we came home. But that lead to one of my favorite times of day.....'afternoon coffee' in a nice cool house :-) So all was well!
After that I headed downstairs and whipped up a pair of rings:
After I put the rings in the tumbler we ate dinner and then took the bikes out to the lake and park. When we got back I set the stones and then started taking some pictures. I wasn't able to get too many because the sun was already below the horizon. So I will have to post these puppies tomorrow since I couldn't get any good pics of me wearing them.
Now, after I post this blog I am actually going to try and get to bed on time and read for a little bit before going to sleep. I haven't read a book in quite awhile....this is weird and I don't like it! I love reading before bed. It is such a great way to wind down the day. Plus I'm a big-time bookworm....I've always had my nose in books!
I do have to mention that just a little bit ago my 4 year old monkey came to kiss me goodnight and on his own initiative he told me that he loved me....seriously, it doesn't get any better than that :)
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thank you very much, Laura, for your wonderful feature!
I am going to try and get two more rings in the shop today....I have a full schedule and it seems like there is some conspiracy going on because I swear that the day is getting shorter and shorter!
- Little Edit -rings will go up tomorrow :)
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The first is of my husband at a quaint little restaurant in Gdansk. I really love this photo because it releases such a happy memory when I look at it...we were relaxed and soaking in everything at that moment (plus I happen to think he looks rather hot here ;).
Here, the boys are looking out the windows of the ferry we took to cross over from Denmark to Germany. They were incredibly excited to see all the seagulls and water. :)
I want to share, again, what I am listening to right now...you know, I am always listening to something ;) If you have ever heard Loreena McKennitt's music, you will understand when I say her music is absolutely ethereal. One of my all time favorite song's from her is Dante's Prayer from this album:
why is it that I never seem to get to bed on time..............until tomorrow! ;)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I had a quiet and wonderful time...
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
As a result, I was really busy today. I worked on several custom orders on top of trying to finish up these pieces plus I had a midday hoedown with my boys in their room. Lots of dancing to some cool barnyard music from a CD we checked out from the library :) :
I finished some extra pairs of earrings for the Labor Day fair that I am participating in as well. Below is a picture of the most gorgeous stone I have ever laid eyes upon...
I had to show that piece individually here...it is just too shockingly beautiful :)
I will work all evening to list these pieces. I hope to finish before going to bed, but if not the remaining will go up tomorrow. I decided I am going to start setting my alarm for 5:30 am and be in my workshop by 6 so that I have a huge chunk of uninterrupted work time before lunch. My plan is to be done by 3 or 4 pm and then devote the rest of the day to my monkeys. So I need to hit the hay early enough so that I can actually be a normal human being tomorrow if I plan on getting up that early.
This morning I started with that wake up time and drank a big ol' cup of coffee I don't usually drink coffee in the morning, but seeing as how I will be up before the b*ttcrack of dawn I think I will break that rule ;), while listening to more of this:
I've been listening to a lot of flamenco in my shop lately. It creates such a great vibe to work to.
I have the CD above, but I usually like to just go to last.fm and listen to his radio station here, then I get to hear a variety of flamenco artists. Since I am on the subject of flamenco....I went to this absolutely incredible show about five years ago with my husband and his very good friend who plays flamenco guitar. It was a flamenco festival at the University of New Mexico auditorium down the street from where we used to live. We sat right on the side of the stage so not only did we have the best view, but we could feel all the vibrations from the dancers' footwork. It was amazing. I would love. love. love. to experience that again.
So I am off to list now with visions of flamenco dancers in my head ;)
Sunday, August 16, 2009
...and this will be hanging from the ceiling beams because it's outside silly!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I have battled and really made forward strides in this area of my life, but I am still having to work on it. The bottom line is that when I start to feel overwhelmed or stressed I am going to look at the situation and just come up with solutions to that problem. Period. Because honestly, without getting too sappy, I have a wonderful life. I am in love with my best friend, my boys are completely and utterly wrapped around my heart it sometimes hurts in such a beautiful way and to top it off I have my health. So basically, what I am trying to say is that I am so very tired of getting upset over ridiculous, meaningless things!
This is on my mind so I thought I would share. A bit weird to do so....but it is honest and what I am dealing with. So be it :)
I'll leave you with a few scenes from my evening. I tried a salad out of my new Martha Stewart mag that came in a few days ago. It was yummy and fresh and went incredibly well with my husband's grilled pork. Have I mentioned that my husband also cooks and bakes? He does and it's wonderful!
I will mention that I did put a bit too much mint and so added tomatoes to help offset that flavor. It was incredibly yummy after that.
Friday, August 14, 2009
I made that ring for myself ;)
Thursday, August 13, 2009
So without rambling too much the short story is that what I should have finished yesterday was not finished until this afternoon! Yes...time management indeed. I need to be more efficient...because I would rather spend those times wrestling with and tickling those little monkeys a.k.a. MY boys ;)
So without further ado:They will be listed tomorrow morning...I promise!
I thought I would also add a picture to show you my spring board for the Aspen Leaf earrings that I made. I was having coffee on the porch when I looked up and caught sight of my aspen trees nearby. I plucked a leaf and the idea was born. I traced it on cardboard, cut it out, traced it on silver, cut that out and VOILA....the Aspen Leaf earrings were born.
I also mentioned yesterday that I would show you pictures of my new signs...
This is the main one and will hang up behind me in the tent.
This one I think will go placed on an easel at the entrance.
So I thought I would leave you with an ode to one of my favorite artists. This is an AMAZING photograph.
I am listening to this.