Monday, July 19, 2010

This is just for my Daughter....

Hi my baby! Here is the latest batch of our Kittens!
In this first pic, you have Kya on the left, brother spot in the middle, and my Kass on the right. Here is another angle on the same trio!Tammy couldn't get a great face shot of Kya this time around, but check out Kass up close and personal!!

Here is all the kittens together, for the last time! Tammy tells me the 2 black brothers are going to their new homes this weekend! We will get Kya and Kass sometime in August after you come back home.

I love you baby! I hope you are having a great time on your trip!

Monday, July 12, 2010

the Kittens are soooooo cute!!!

In these Pictures Kya (Left) and Cassanova (right) are exactly 1 month old! I think the cutest pics in the latest batch is Kya below, it's such a good clear pic, and she's so intent on whatever she's looking at. I can't wait to get our little ones, it's looking like the first or 2nd week of august.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Earrings on my brain...

This first pair is made with PMC. I made a bunch of "charms" a few months ago, and I'm just now diving into that pile and making things with them! I love this 2nd pair, there is a story behind them! These are a redo... I had made these as an experiment, and the pearls were wrapped directly on the ear hook part. They looked pretty good, the hook was long and straight down. (I wish I had a picture, I don't think I'm describing it well) Unfortunately, while the earrings looked great, they were unconformable, the long hook poked the customer in the face! Now it's possible that they would have worked for another customer with a different face shape, but I'm all about wearable art, and I want only HAPPY customers. So instead of taking the chance, I redid them. I turned the hook into a twisty wire wrap around the pearl, added a cute swirly part and presto! cute, WEARABLE earrings that anyone can enjoy!
This last pair I just made in the last couple of weeks, and haven't shown up yet in a show, I might have to dig them out for tomorrow's West Glen Farmer's Market . These are vintage Japanese glass cabs wrapped in sterling wire. It's hard to wrap cabs for earrings, but boy, what fun!

Anyway, West Glen tomorrow is my last show until August! I'm super busy with family and work these coming weeks, but don't worry, I'll make time to make more great stuff!

Monday, July 5, 2010

sales taxes and farmer's market....

This little guy is sure cute huh? I sold it already, to a very nice little girl in Omaha... it's sterling silver and the pretty little dragon is polymer clay, made several years by a Internet friend of mine. I traded for 4 of the dragons. My daughter has one, I have one, and the other 2 I finally pulled out and made something with. This is the last one I had....

Been doing sales taxes today, ugh! Don't get me wrong, the state of Iowa makes it as easy to pay sales taxes as any of the 6 states I've had to pay sales taxes to. It's all online, and if you have all your papers lined up takes 10 minutes. It's the lining up of all the paperwork that takes time! Course doing quarterly taxes I go ahead and update my business records and back up my computer at the same time.. doing business stuff like this quarterly saves me time at the end of the year.. I just have to put my 4 quarters together. I would still rather make jewelry like the little guy above!

This weekend is West Glen Farmer's Market, 10-2pm. Hopefully tomorrow will be a studio day, since I got my paperwork done today! If so, I'll have new pendants and anklets and rings for this weekend! See you there!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

glass bowl updates

Farmer's Market went really well today! The weather was perfect, everyone was happy to have such good weather... just a good time had by all! I even had a "moment" you know, that perfect little section of time that crystallizes as a permanent favorite memory in your head? This morning just around 7am (when the market opens) I was trying to finish my set up, as I always run alittle late at Farmer's Market. It usually takes me a good 90 minutes to get completely set up to my satisfaction.. tent, displays and jewelry... but Farmer's Market I have just around 1 hour. So I'm always pressed for time when the Market first opens.

Anyway, I'm trying to do all the last minute touches that make a booth a home for 5 hours, and I hear this guy on saxophone, playing "oh what a beautiful morning" . Man, it ever was! Later in the morning, when I got a chance to walk around I gave the guy a nice tip... it was just perfect hearing that song, on a saxophone no less, right at that moment.

I really love that song, I always have ( it's from Oklahoma, great musical, and I have a thing for musicals) but I"m never ever going to look at that song in quite the same way again. From now on, when ever I hear or think of that song, I'm going to hear that saxophone.

Anyway, on to less than perfect, here are pics of my finished blue bowl. The inside pattern didn't work as well as I hoped, but I have ideas on how to improve that for the next time.

I'm very pleased that my circle is much more of a circle this time, and the edges turned out great! I'll be doing more bowl in the future, and at some point I'll hopefully be willing to sell them. For now, if you are a family or friend, you can pretty much guess what Christmas/Birthday presents will be for the next year or so! LOL

Friday, July 2, 2010

Red, White & Blue

I took a day off from my "day job" and since the Kid is happily re-watching favorite movies downstairs, I'm upstairs making things. Tomorrow I will be at DownTown Farmer's Market , and since it's the day before the 4th of July, I just had to make something for the holiday! Here is just a sample.. I'll try to post more things later, but now it's hammering time!! I have some textured by hammer pieces doodles in my brain that have to come out, NOW.