Sunday, July 23, 2017
Thursday, July 20, 2017
|Early idea for the train|
You can see above one of my earlier ideas ... but I kept playing around with it - or putting it aside but not completely away, because I really wanted to make something with a train theme.
So Last week I ran across the brass train again, and I had fairies out, and it just clicked. I mean someone has to drive the engine right? Who better than a fairy, at least when it's my jewelry.
|Before I got my hands on the back....|
|And after I added color and brass!|
So I fished around and found this cute square face from a old alarm clock. The back was pretty ugly, so I decided to add patina and then brass to make it look nice from both sides. I added another clock part in the front, and it might be hard to tell from the picture but I have small watch gears in front of the train wheels.
Monday, July 17, 2017
|Train necklace, fused glass and my popular bird necklaces,|
|I've been working on this guy off and on for over a 2 months, and I'm so pleased how it turned out.|
Saturday, July 15, 2017
I hope!! Next weekend is Farmer's Market and I want some new big pieces to wow folks. So Wednesday I carefully set out the pieces to 3 projects I've been working on off and on for a month or so, and then some quickie earrings and a couple of other things I needed inventory wise. I come up with 13 pieces, and my goal is to get them done by Sunday night. Thursday I got absolutely no work time, but Friday night I got a good chunk of time.
I wish I could say I got everything done - I only actually got 2 earrings done - but I feel good, I've made huge progress.
In this pic you see things I'm gluing. Now most of these pieces will be riveted as well, because I cannot find it to trust glue by it's self. But I like to use glue to reinforce and sometimes to hold delicate pieces in place so when I rivet I won't have to worry about it shifting. So this picture shows a bunch of stuff drying, with pressure for a good strong glue bond. Tomorrow I should be able to finish up the rivets and add chains and clasps and maybe dangles and embellishments as needed. The little round containers have the pieces that aren't being glued.. that way I can find them when I'm ready to assemble the pieces. Nothing is worse that finally having all the pre-work done and then you can't find the damn things you are working with!!
Saturday, July 8, 2017
|Version one, in antique brass colors.|
Jerry thoughtfully got me treats at the store, so I have food for the day, lots of cold pop in the fridge, and my air is already chugging away trying to make the studio tolerable. I got to sleep in til 10am
that bears repeating.... I GOT TO SLEEP IN TIL 10AM!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOHOOOOO!
sorry, I get emotional about my sleep :)
The last 2 weeks I've been burnt out I think.. we are half way through show season, I've been working overtime at my day job, and it's been hot.. humid and hot. at least every other day. You know Iowa, one day it's really hot and humid and the next, it's 30 degrees cooler. Or it's all in the say day. You know, typical Iowa weather. The humidity just kills me, I wilt, and don't move much.
Any Terry Pratchett fans out there ? You know his trolls right? They are the typical trolls, stupid, slow, lumbering, etc. At least at warmer temperatures. You get them in a freezer, and they are scary smart and articulate and actually have grace.
I'm a Terry Pratchett troll. I get too hot and the humidity is high... I hardly move, I lumber in place and I speak in few words. Get me at a nice comfy temperature and I'm witty and funny and intelligent and I move a smidgen faster. Yeah, I'm really not a fast mover regardless of the temp.
|Version 2, in silver, and with beaded chain. yummy!|
I know know... once must suffer for one's art... but where does it say I have to sweat???
I hate to waste money, so on working days we turn the air on 1-2pm, and it's still warm when I finally get up there around 6-7pm. But it does cut the humidity.
So Today, since I get to play allllll day, I set the timer for 8am. as soon as my brunch is done cooking, I am going up and I will work on inventory.
Since my brain is a limp noodle of late, I have a list of top inventory needs, like navigation rings, to work on. I'm hoping just being up there and the mojo will kick in and I'll make needed inventory items but have a "magic" piece or 2.
Eitherway, I'm gonna have a lovely, quiet, peaceful day in my PJs.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
|Elegant design featuring a clock gear and a vintage crystal in a wonderful barrel shape.|
Hotels are booked ( all on points yeah!!!!) and now I'm planning out activities. I have friends ( Hi Cathie ! Hi Sue!! ) that make fun of my planning style , but my family loves it. Our ideal trips incorporate hotels booked in advanced and 1 to 3 planned activities daily, with lots of time left unplanned to have some spontaneity - or just relax in the hotel if we are all feeling low energy.
I budget the trips, but I do so in a way that no one else has to worry about the $$ but me, and I always build in a healthy cushion just in case something kewl shows up. I also save up money through the year, so when vacation time rolls around, I don't have to scramble for dollars.
I have a total dollar amount that can be spent each day, and as long as we don't go over that, we can spend as much as we want to.
We have 1 hard rule when the BarronMiller's go vacationing.. we always know where we need to be at the end of the day to sleep.
This means I usually spreadsheet the $ and the activities and print it out for the trip, though the last trip I just used my cell phone to track everything, and that worked great.
That way everyone has fun, I don't have to worry about over spending, and I always have a pillow for my head at the end of the day. And I don't have to worry about a huge credit card bill when we get home.
I don't understand why anyone would want to take trips and not plan !!!!!
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Have a great day - celebrate your country and your family! Me -- we are making home made maid-rites and corn, and Jerry and I are watching TV together while he destroys stuff and I create stuff. Living the American Dream baby!