8-7-18



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Another one of the "lessons" in the jewelry book I am currently studying, talks about soldering. I've done a little bit pf soldering ... but it was at least 8yrs ago. Since then, I just haven't had the right tools... or so I thought.
Right now, I only have a small micro-torch... instead of a heavy duty acetylene/oxygen type duel set-up. But, after researching... and more than a bit of butt kicking to try something.... I ventured on.
For this pair of earrings, I have used 20 gauge steel wire to make "rings". I've soldered it in a couple places, and wrapped it sporadically with both 14K gold-plated wire, an German twisted wire.
The  top dangly features vintage faceted Czech glass beads in a carnival glass type coloration, along with some Swarovski crystals and gold plated beads. The bottom dangles are Titanium druzies.
All the findings are 14K gold plate.
Total length is about 3 3/4 inches long.

I am really stoked at how these turned out... and even though it was nerve-wracking... I got there.


8-6-18


Mercury is definitely in retrograde.

Sometime this weekend, my blog decided to completely change it's own layout and such.. and I can't get it back to what I had, no matter what I do.
Jim has been trying to pass a kidney stone (he gets them every 18 months like clockwork)
I got stung by a bee (accidentally stepped on him while walking barefoot). Now my foot looks like a red, angry puffer fish that is crying... and I am wheezy, itchy and can't walk very well at all.
Our dryer died.
My email decided I was no longer allowed access.
ZeeZe got sick and threw up... all over.
My camera's SD card is no longer being accepted into my laptop without extreme measures.
And I've thrown out my lower back again.

On the plus side!
I was able to spend some time in the studio yesterday, and while it was sort of a one step forward, 3 steps back kind of thing... it was good.
I've been reading a jewelry making book, and have decided to follow along with some of the tutorials in it. One of the first "lessons"... is making a ball end headpin. Now, let me preface this by saying that I have tried to do this before with all kinds of wire, and it has never worked for me. The key here, I've discovered, is to use FINE SILVER wire. Not sterling, not artisan. Apparently you can ball end the ends of these kind of wires... but not with the micro torch that I currently own. It involves a higher temp that I just can't attain. There is a certain finesse to it... so that you get perfectly round balls... (sounds kinky, I know).
Another one of the first "lessons" is drilling beads. This takes lots of practice, and a steady hand (unless you have a drill press... which I don't). Also... you need a diamond drill bit.
So... yesterday I made ball end headpins -- dipped them in a pickle cleaning solution, sanded and filed, and polished them. Then I took some natural BIWA pearls that I had, and drilled them vertically... and taDa! ... fabulous, minimalist earrings. Total drop length is about 1 3/4 inches.

for the weekend


...current mood....
have a great weekend!

It's always amazing to connect with family... especially those who you think didn't like you.
You know who you are... and I am so very grateful 💙

8-2-18


I'm not sure where yesterday went.
I ran a bunch of errands, got my haircut... 
my niece came to visit my mom with her sons...
I took ZeeZe to a doctor's appointment...  and we discovered that he has Lyme's disease
 (along with 2 other diseases often associated with Lyme's)... and now he is on medication for a month. 
The good news... is that he is completely asymptomatic, and they think we caught it very early. My poor boy. 

Anyway.
For today... I think we are all going to take a bit of a step back here, and enjoy the drizzly and overcast day. 
The photo I used for today's post is one I took (on this day) ... several years ago when we lived in Albuquerque... it was from our gardens.

8-1-18


Back in June 2016, I started a new "series" of posts... if you will... 2 years now!!!
 And so on Wednesdays; I've been posting an old photograph to inspire your creativity.
Write a poem!   
 Plot out a short story.
 Have inspiration for a piece of art or composition.... let your artistic soul shine.
--and occasionally I write my own sordid story or poem. 
 (you can click on the photos in this post to make it larger to see).

~~~

So, the other day, I went to a local antique place that I adore... and found this photograph.
On the back, it states that it was taken in Newcastle-on-Tyne in the UK... specifically, Grainger Street.
It also says that there are trams in the photo, and that there aren't any now.
Isn't that awesome?!
Looking at photographs on Google, of modern day Grainger street... you can actually tell where this was taken.
And guessing from the clothing some folks are wearing (and the 2 soldiers in the bottom right corner),
I'm guessing this was taken in the mid to late 1930s.
Sometimes, the photo speaks for itself  💙

7-31-18



It's a rainy, overcast day here in Potter County, 
so I've edited some older photos of mine that I've not shared before.

7-27-18


Last week, things were a bit chaotic... and so I was mainly just posting my  photography.
I think that this week... I will do the same. 
Sometimes you just need to take a bit of a step back... and rest and reflect. I am hoping to do that this week.

7-26-18


Last week, things were a bit chaotic... and so I was mainly just posting my  photography.
I think that this week... I will do the same. 
Sometimes you just need to take a bit of a step back... and rest and reflect. I am hoping to do that this week.

7-25-18



Back in June 2016, I started a new "series" of posts... if you will... 2 years now!!!
 And so on Wednesdays; I've been posting an old photograph to inspire your creativity.
Write a poem!   
 Plot out a short story.
 Have inspiration for a piece of art or composition.... let your artistic soul shine.
--and occasionally I write my own sordid story or poem. 
 (you can click on the photos in this post to make it larger to see).

~~~

Willa had an adventurous spirit.
Her sisters, Felicity and Prudence, fully lived up to their names... thankfully, Willa's parents didn't go with the traditional
 'chaste' names of the times, and named her after her paternal grandfather.
Like her grandfather before her... she was always getting into scrapes...

There was the time when she was very little... and she had climbed up on the roof of her home,
only to watch with bemusement as her family searched high and low for her.
There was the time she stole her father's farm truck and went joyriding with her friends, only to end up in a ditch and walking home.
And of course, there was the time she spiked the punch at the church social... and everyone blamed the minister's son.

Here she is (many) years later on one of her "summer holiday" trips.
Every summer, she and her unmarried girlfriends would travel to a new location.
On this trip... they cruised around the 1000 Islands in New York State.
(afterwards, there was battered fish and beer to be had).

7-24-18


Last week, things were a bit chaotic... and so I was mainly just posting my  photography.
I think that this week... I will do the same. 
Sometimes you just need to take a bit of a step back... and rest and reflect. I am hoping to do that this week.

7-23-18


Last week, things were a bit chaotic... and so I was mainly just posting my  photography.
I think that this week... I will do the same. 
Sometimes you just need to take a bit of a step back... and rest and reflect. I am hoping to do that this week.

7-20-18




My hubby says this was a bunch of A-10s that were screaming over our house today...

7-18-18


Back in June 2016, I started a new "series" of posts... if you will... 
 And so on Wednesdays; I've been posting an old photograph to inspire your creativity.
Write a poem!   
 Plot out a short story.
 Have inspiration for a piece of art or composition.... let your artistic soul shine.
--and occasionally I write my own sordid story or poem. 
 (you can click on the photos in this post to make it larger to see).

~~~

Johnny, Trixie, and Larry
Mike and Karen
So says the notations on the back of this photograph.

I imagine they were kids who lived in the city... perhaps Pittsbugh or Philadelphia or Scranton...
and always hung out together.
Running through the streets.. playing dodge ball and baseball...
getting sweets at the local candy shop...
sneaking in the movies on the weekend.

I'd like to think that Johnny and Trixie eventually married.. and hosted summer barbecues at their home in the New Jersey suburbs for their old friends. Karen bought a diner and stayed in the city... married and had 8 children and raised them in her childhood home.
Mike became a truck driver, and married his high school sweetheart. These days they can still be found traveling with their 2 pet Pomeranians.
and Little Larry? He became a dentist.
He now has a condo in Belize, and loves to go fishing.
He probably has too many Hawaiin shirts in his closet.... just sayin'

7-16-18


.. somehow, yesterday, I managed to get heat stroke....
And today I am completely drained as well. I've eaten extra protein, and increased fluids, et all...
But I am thinking that today might be a bit of a wash.

That said... I've laid out potential earring designs in my studio... and they are calling to me.
Perhaps this will be a productive week once I get a little bit better.