Monday, May 18, 2015

taking a break for Graduations!

real gears from clocks... love these!
I'm going to not blog for a week or so, as it's Graduation time for the Kid, and we are having a joint part for her and Jerry.  Jerry Graduated a few weeks ago!  I'm very very proud of  my 2015 Grads!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Just Earrings

I've been lax about my blog the last few weeks.. truthfully it's the time factor.  As in I have very limited amounts of it.  However I'm trying to catch up alittle, so here are some earrings I made a few weeks ago, some of them are already gone of course... but as always if you see something you like, yell maybe I can do something similar.  I really like the earrings in the upper right corner, it's a mix of vintage screws and new screws... I like the stacking, I think I'll be making more of these!  the clock nobs upside down in the lower right is pretty sweet as well, and I love the brass and pearl ones. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

random thoughts

This weekend is the steampunk show in Boone...  Getting ready for my darling Daughter's graduation from high school and then the joint grad party for her and for her Dad, who now has 2  shinny new degrees to add to his Anthropology degree of 20 + years ago...


but never too busy for making earrings!  (Only for washing dishes)

The last weekend of May is my first Farmer's Market of the year... wheee!!

And then I can fall down in a heap for like 5 minutes, as we won't have another show til Mid-June.  Yes, Kat has breaks this year in the show schedule, who would have thought???  

(I'm negotiating a quickie girl's weekend one of those free June weekends... hint hint Cathie & Sue) 

Speaking of Random Acts of Kindness, while we were in the Quad cities this weekend, someone did a pay it forward on it.... bought us diner! wow!

Love this stuff!! We have done a couple of things to carry it forward this week, but telling about it seems like bragging... so just know we are doing our parts.  Go out and give someone a tip for $20.00, or pic up someone Else's tab or just compliment someone on a kewl shirt... it's amazing how good you feel and how good the other person will!!!

Jerry wants more Hawaiian shirts.  I guess it's been a few years since I found a decent ( read: gawds awful ) one for him... hm.....

For some strange reason, orange ( melon actually) seems to be my favorite color today, it's normally Cobalt.  I saw a gal wearing a skirt with little flowers on the edges in this color today and it's just stuck in my mind and won't leave. 

I wonder if I have any beads that are the right color?

Is everyone watching I-Zombie on the WC?  if you are not, you are missing out! 

Tonight I'm making up rings and pendants using watch parts, while catching up on house work.  (laundry and toilets today, ugh)

What fun ( or not so fun ) things are going on in your house tonight? 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Random Acts Of Kindness

Life has been..... harsh, lately.  Not Armageddon bad, just rushed and uncomfortable and a tad  depressing.  I won't bore you with details, because well, I won't.

But a random act of kindness made my day.  It's sooo easy to forget how just a tiny piece of consideration can go so very very far.

I was running late to my day job, and near strangers ( as in we work at the same company but not on the same floor so I don't know their names but recognize them from just being in the same building) not only held the elevator longer than the unofficial 3 second office building rules, but they even pressed my floor button for me -- with out me saying it.  They knew me enough to know what floor I am on!! 

Such a small thing, but really, it brightened my day.  The best thing is I doubt they have any idea how it effected me, it's just cause they are nice folks.

It got me to thinking about random acts of kindness and how good it made me feel to receive... and how good it feels to pass it on.

At the junk Jubilee a gal with long hair joked she needed a hair scrunchy when I asked if I could help her.  She and her mom didn't buy anything, but I remembered as they left the booth I had one tucked in my bag for emergencies .. so I  followed her into the next booth and gave it to her.  She was astonished and offered to pay for it, and I turned her down, because honestly the grin on her face when I presented it to her was payment enough.  It brightened my day giving her that -- a random act of kindness cuts both ways! 

I've resolved that I"m going to actively start seeking out ways to pass on that kind of happy.     The tiny bits of happy that anyone can enjoy.  

Cause really, what else can we control in our lives, but those little moments of shared joy? 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Getting ready for Waverly Walk

This weekend Jerry and I will be in Waverly Iowa this Sat. For the 10th annual Waverly Art Walk.  We haven't done this show every year -- but it's a great show and I'm looking forward to it.  And the weather should be perfect!

The first walk we did was the 2nd.  I love how it's grown and improved over the years-- and the venue is gorgeous and along the river.  

If you are in the area plan to stop by for a couple of hours.  The show runs 10-4pm.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Open letter to the evil thieving..... person

This is a open letter to the evil thieving .. person who stole this necklace, one of my one eye monsters.. one of the flightly sisters... I hope you rot in hell.  When you steal not only is it bad for your soul but you are materially and spiritually hurting another person.  Karma will catch up with you.  Hope it was worth it.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Junk Jubilee: when I win the lottery.......

These are the things I would buy:

 These Lamps are fab fab fab, and actually once we are firmly in the 2 income family group and are done buying off colleges, we could probably afford them!  So in 10 years....

 It's just as well this is out of my price range at $1295.00, because Jerry's like it won't fit in any of the doors except the garage... so If I want it for the garage.... ugh! I can daydream right? that it was possible to get it up in the attic.  I would kill for something like this up there... sigh.....
 I can't believe how clean these are.. I've seem stuff like this before but usually it's smelly (moldy/rusty) but this one is stellar clean and good shape!  If anyone in the DSM area can get it in their house, I think $1295.00 is pretty reasonable.  It's got to be 9-10 feet long.

Now this could fit in my house, but alack, it's almost $2400.00.  It's octagonal if you can't tell from the picture, and yes, it revolves.  Can you imagine this just right by your desk?????   each pyramid shaped drawer has 2 sections in it.    DROOOOLLLLLLLLL

Still someday I'll win that lottery !

come down to the Junk Jubilee and find your own treasures!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Junk Jubilee Starts Tomorrow!!!

I'm very excited, we are doing our first official show of the season starting Tomorrow (April 24th) at the Iowa State Fairgrounds... Junk Jubilee!    It's a three day show, it starts offically tomorrow at 10, runs til 6pm, same on Sat. and on Sunday it's 10-4pm.  It costs $6 at the door, but it's worth every penny -- some of the best midwestern anitque dealers and reclaim artists will be there.  I'm in good good company... Above are some of my elegant clock part bracelets ready for the show.

Since it's both a anitque and a art show, I"m also going to have a small selection of old bits we can't use in the business.  So if you are into steampunk creating yourself, it's worth a peek in my destash bins.  Clock parts, Watch and pocket watches, bits of typewriters, sewing machines, and adding machines already taken apart... so the hard part is done for you.  

Home to see you there! 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tonight is Prom Night!

So, Tonight is the Night, and it's not just Jesscera and friends... she's going with a date. 


So anyway, Jesscera for the first time ever requested jewelry for her prom, and she wanted armlets, bracelets for her arms, to go with the vague Greek theme of her dress.

I was delighted to help her with this, and I got to play with my hammers, which are pretty neglected of late. I used 14Ga  sterling silver round wire, carefully shaped and textured, and then bent into a bracelet.  I'm pretty pleased, I only had to refit it once to make it work for her.

Bree ( of the shopping fame) came over to help her get ready, which seemed to consist of lots of giggles and making Jesscera do things she normally doesn't do.  ( she's wearing a tiny, tiny tiny dab of make up... horrors!)

Here is Jesscera showing the whole ensemble off.

Here is a close up of the shoe.

Here is a close up of the armlet.  She has one for both arms.

And here is her Date!

I hope you have a good time sweetie, makes lots of memories!!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

future jewelry........

Parts from 1940's Monroe Adding machine, 1950-51 typewriter, and not entirely sure but old stuff....
soon to be jewelry for Junk Jubilee  April 24th!