Wednesday, May 30, 2012

so, you feelin' Steamy, Punk?

Dragonflies hangin' on a cog.....

Is this Goth, or Steampunk? eitherway it's kewl... and who wants to be "chained" to strict definitions anyway??

And this one is just fun! ( I got to use hammers, woot!!)

If you are in the Omaha NE area this weekend, please stop by Countryside Art Show Sat 10-6pm, Sunday 10-5pm and say hi!

Monday, May 28, 2012

I'm Baaaack........

This one sold at Farmer's Market 5/19/12
Did you miss me??

Don't answer that.

A couple of folks wondered why I needed to skip the blog for so long ( it's nice to feel wanted!) and the simple answer is just too much stuff going on.  My Daughter's play.  Our first every Garage Sale ( and while it went fantastic, it's probably our last ... it's soooo much work!! ) Shows every weekend.  Family and friend's graduations.  Minor health issues.  All the normal assorted zaniness that is my life. 

I'm hoping to get back on Schedule for the next 2 months, and then I'll be taking another break for the family vacation to end all family vacations!! ( more on that in the future)

That means I should be blogging every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.  Granted I might be off a day here and there ( for example this weekend is Countryside Art Show in Omaha, so my blog for Saturday will probably be late.... )

So with that in mind, here are pics of my weatherstripping cuff design.  I've made 4 now so far, and one is listed up on Etsy .  When we were getting ready for the garage sale Jerry dug out all kinds of interesting items from the basement to sell.  One of them was an old package of  weatherstripping made in bronze sheet.  Needless to say that didn't make it to the sale pile....

I've textured and added heat patina to the strip, backed it in scrap/ recycled leather and reinforced with 14GA copper wire.

I love the colors on this one! I've backed it in fuchsia suede

My 4th cuff in progress.  I decided to put the copper swirls more in the middle on this one

This one is up at Etsy!
The resulting cuffs are fun, comfy, and light-weight. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Taking a break

I am taking a week or 2 off of the blog,  I'll be back with more pictures, show stories and random thoughts !  I'll still be making jewelry in this period, but real life will be very very busy for me, and something has to give besides sleep this time around.   Everyone have a great week ( or 2) and hey, if you are in the Des Moines Area, I'm having a garage sale on Saturday weather permitting.  If we have room I'll probably put out some of my jewelry as well...  Cheers!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Studio Night... earring play

lots of earrings!

My new favorite pair of earrings, I made one for myself!
 I've been trying to dedicate Tuesday night each week as my "play date" with myself and my studio.  With real life getting in the way most weeks, it's not gone as smooth as I could wish.. but yesterday I did get a couple of solid hours upstairs.  OK I admit I've been on a such a chainmail kick!  I figure I might as well go with it!  But I've mostly been working on bracelets and necklaces, so I really wanted to play around with earring designs. 

Many of these are rainbow inspired, cause as we all know, I adore color, especially rainbows. 
I love Nightmare Before Christmas.. this coffee mug lives on my table holding pens and hey makes a great caddy to take earring pics!  It looks like Jack is holding up the earrings