Thursday, December 10, 2015
Friday, November 20, 2015
I've always enjoyed this music... it's so energetic and full of vitality-- enjoyment for enjoyment's sake. The best years were during WWII ( at least from this 60's baby's worldview) But my Aunt Betty died this week, my Dad's last remaining sibling and I can't thing of her without thinking swing.
She was a nurse during WWII, and married a fly-boy ( well, she married 2, but her first husband died during the war). That connection has set Aunt Betty firmly in swing mode in my brain. I honestly don't know if she even liked swing, but living in the times she did I'm sure she did.
She was born in Waterloo Ia, but lived most of her adult life elsewhere. For most of my life she's been in California or Arizona. So I've only met her in person a handful of times. Still I feel she had quite the zest of life, and boy, that's swing music.
I do have a bracelet she gave me some years ago. She mailed it to me, and I was so ticked and frankly blown away. it's a Indian woven bracelet backed in leather. She got it when she was a kid visiting a reservation, so it's probably 75+ year old now. But it really must have meant something to her to hold on to it so many years. She said her Dad bought it for her. And she gave it to me. That means something to me, and it's in the same treasure box I keep other mementos that are dear to me.
Aunt Betty had a temper, and her nature could be, well prickly. I remember me and my Dad beating her and her partner at trivia pursuit. She got hot.. but then I was being a teenager in all my glory and probably gloated just little 2 much. Dad and Larry (Betty's hubby, who was a great guy) laughed their heads off, which probably didn't help either.
I remember her Graciousness. Jerry and I visited her and Larry in California on our honeymoon at their house. They were tremendously accommodating, entertaining us for the day and treating us to a very fancy Mexican restaurant. Their house was a showplace, though strange to our Iowan eyes-- due to water rationing concerns, their garden was mostly very artistically placed rocks, hearty shrubs and tiny trees. Oh, and a few palm type trees.
I'm afraid in later years I've not had much contact with Aunt Betty... she had Alzheimer's and after Larry's death, she seems to have had more "bad" days than good. She was in a nursing home in Arizona when she died.
Rest in Swing Aunt Betty.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
it runs Fri night 6-9pm, and Sat 8-2pm
This is my last official show of the year - and probably the last Trinity show we will do. With Jerry a full time school teacher, it's hard for him to get time off to do a show on a weekday, and disruptive to his students. So going forward I won't be scheduling something like this. Heck, it's not easy for me to get the time off either!
With the huge variety of vendors, I often start my Christmas shopping at this show. Grab some buddies, come out and shop, eat and say hi.
There is a charge to get in, $4.00, and there are drawings throughout the weekend.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
I should have gotten photos of her and her hubby, but I never think of that when people are here.... Anyway, I hope your Birthday Treat was everything you hoped for Romona! Thanks so much for coming over.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Sunday, November 1, 2015
I bought earlier this year a small stash of Optometrist lenses.. you know the lenses used to check out what your eyeglass prescription should be? These are really old ones, probably 1920's or before. Anyway, I bought this lot of them, and a few didn't have the glass still in them, so they are just the frames. Well I took one look at them and realized they make the kewlest instant hoop earrings ever, and what gal cannot get by without at least 1 great pair of hoops earrings? They sold the very first show I had them at. I made a great necklace with one and it's also long gone. I have a few left, and I've left them in my huge play stash on my back table.. so more to come. Just probably not hoop earrings, as I only had these without the glass. Seriously, if I ever find more of them, with or without the lenses, I am buying them. Then maybe I'll make me a pair of hoops!
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
I've made stuff out of these pendants here and there throughout the years, and I believe I destashed some of them. I thought they were long gone, but I found one in the stash a couple of months ago, so I made this a necklace with just a touch of steampunk added. Due to the material of the pendant, had to be urber careful drilling the holes.
I wanted the gear to be like the sun streaming down on the eagle, on some bright sunrise morning.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
We got new cells phones. I reset up my various emails on my phone ( there are 4 - don't ask. I guess 5 if you count the iCloud one...)
And I funny funny thing happened.. my mail cell phone account decided to download every email I've ever gotten on it from the server. turns out in the last 3 years or so I've gotten 5,789 emails to that email.
Because of the settings it's downloading them in batches of 150. I have to "read" them and then I delete them. what fun, especially since so many of them are spam that I've already deleted.
Not really having the patience for this sort of thing, I went to the website where the email lives, and discovered all the emails where still in the box... and that's probably why it's downloading them. Here I thought I was forwarding all of that to my cell phone, but I guess it's saved a copy on the web client instead.
so I'm trying to delete them in hopes it stops downloading them to my cell phone.
It worked but that's a a couple of hours I won't ever get back.
Then I had to do the same thing for 2 of my other emails and Jerry's cell phone email.
Still the fun and games aside, love love love having my new cell phones!
|I really like how simple and elegant the wing bracelets are|
Saturday, October 10, 2015
I'm getting my old iPhone ( a iPhone 4 BTW, who uses such a old phone anymore? ) settings transferred to my new one, and setting up programs and such for Jess & Jerry. I figure this will take the chunk out of the day, but I'm so happy... new phones!! bigger, but still fits in my pocket!! Then it's back to trying to clean the studio.
Life is good.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Monday, October 5, 2015
So honestly my thoughts are turning to - CLEANING, ORGANIZING, AND GETTING RID OF STUFF.
Just thinking about it makes me feel tired. I feel a large donation to good will coming in the future.
Right now I just have to move, well slow. I still have almost no energy from this vicious cold I have. My goal right now is to get one of my back tables cleaned off and organized in the studio... so far I've barely made a dent, but I thought I would try something new this time: no pressure.
Whenever I get it done, I get it done. If it takes me all week, that's what it takes. The whole thing this week is surviving and getting better and sleeping as much as possible and not freaking myself out because I'm pretty ineffective. I just want to feel better and not get sick again!!!
Maybe next week I can move up to real progress.
Anyway, Happy Monday!!
Saturday, October 3, 2015
so on the Jewelry side, I have the following deal:
Past customer can get 10% off just by using code GOODCUST10 with any purchase.
However, if your order is $35.00 or more, use GOODCUST25 for a whopping 25% off your order!
Only 1 code per order, and these are good throughout October.
The codes are the same on my destash site, and you only need to purchase $20.00 to use GOODCUST25 there.
so enjoy these savings all October and have a very merry un-birthday!
|Momma and baby having fun with a very old pocket watch....|
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015
|Singer sewing machine bracelets, these are the last until I can find more old singer sewing machines, and only the top left colored one is left.....|
Friday, September 18, 2015
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
You can see this piece in person this weekend at Riverssance in Davenport Iowa this Saturday and Sunday.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
I'm so proud of him.. going back to school after more than 20 years!! He sometimes has doubts on how well he's done / doing, but his standards are - sometimes - well, inappropriately high. ( is that diplomatic enough?)
So Honey, I’m proud of you.
Meanwhile , I'm in my normal pre-show frenzy. This weekend we have Artapalooza, in Cedar Falls, IA and it's one of my favorite shows every year. It's well run, well patronized, right by 2nd hand shops and has 2 decent bakeries within walking. Everyone, from the show organizers to all the customers, are just so darn excited and friendly and genuinely happy to see us!
I don't want to disappoint these people! So I'm working hard on getting as many new pieces done -- good pieces!! -- as I can in the limited time I have. The only bad thing about this show is it's so late in my season, so I feel like I don't have any "good" stuff left to share with them.
hm. maybe high standards runs in the family?
Sunday, September 6, 2015
I'm a huge fan of Project Runway. Huge.
I've not watched it for about 3 years, because we dropped Direct TV to cut household costs down. So for the last 3ish years, we have had DVDs , 1 tv with an digital rabbit ears and Netflix, when the wifi worked well enough in the house to use it. (Don't get me started on the wifi)
For the most part not having cable/satellite hasn't been all that bad. I miss just turning the TV on and catching odd and kewl stuff more or less randomly. I really just use it for back ground noise while I do chores or work on jewelry design. I just like having something on, I just think better that way.
And I missed 4 specific shows - Walking Dead, Colbert, Jon Stewart and Project Runway.
Now almost 3 years later, we are getting satellite back! Due to needing a new dish, it got bumped from this weekend to next weekend.
I just couldn't wait -- so I've been watching Season 14 of Runway to catch up, and I bought seasons 1-5 of Walking Dead so I'm all ready to go when it starts up again.
Colbert and Stewart are sadly no more. I'm going to try out the new host for the Daily news, and Maybe I'll catch Colbert in his new gig.... but I'm gonna enjoy the hell out of catching up Dead and Runway!
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Farmer's Market this morning couldn't have gone better -- the crowds, the weather and well, everything conspired to make it an inspiring morning!
I can't believe how fast the year is going again .. we only have 2 farmer's market's left, one in September and 1 in October. I only have 6 shows left for the year (well that I know of )
I'll try to be a busy busy busy beaver because we have 3 shows in September and our inventory is getting pretty slim.... so many great pieces sold today, including Time Medusa and Never Grow up. I need to get my creative thinking cap on, and come up with more great pieces. Sometimes when I'm stuck creatively, I take apart other jewelry, either my own pieces or something vintage or .. someone Else's .
I got these earrings that used a bottle cap as the base. Now they were fun and funky, but really large and not really me.
Love what the bottle cap says though! It's so interesting to see what drinks are available in other parts of the country.
So I made one of them into a pendant. To add my own flair.. I added "oui" on the back and the drop crystal. So a person could wear it either way, Oui at work and then flip it over when you go out with the girls after work! This is fun necklace to go bar hopping in!
I got the earrings from B'Sue in one of her Muse packages. Love those things! I might have to beg for another one, I deserve a treat and they are a creative shot in the arm... lots' of lovely stuff to play with and things I might not buy on my own, but spark my brain when I have them in my hot little hands.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Here are a couple of group shots.
I'll be at Downtown Farmer's Market This Saturday 7-12pm . I'm on 3rd street north, should be just 1 or 2 booths off from the corner (3rd & court by the parking ramp) .