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January …

New year, no new studio. Yet. I had really hoped that we would have sold our house by now but, no such luck. All is well. I am back in the studio/bedroom cooking up a batch of new earrings, focusing on completing unfinished projects and exploring electroforming. My goal is to put my Etsy shop over the 50 item mark by April. I have been a slacker in the studio since early November when my son got married. Onward and upward!! Do you have any goals for this next year?

My Road Back

Fire agate

Moss agate

Obsidian 2

Petrified wood 2

Rhodochrosite 2

Rutelated quartz 3

ShellI could list quite a number of excuses of why i haven’t posted in almost four years. But, lets face it i am very good at making excuses, not something i’m proud of. To make a long four year journey short; I am done raising my children and my father who i was caregiver for has passed. I am ready to move forward…. The house is for sale so that i can find a place with a studio and i am working consistently every day.

My first set of projects involved natural stones my grandfather cut over 35 years ago. The epoxy was old and the earrings were dated. A fabulous tutorial from Tracy DiPiazza over at Pipnmolly on Etsy got me started. I love both hard and soft soldering. I am quite pleased with the results; rustic, natural and one of a kind.

Artisan Courtyard

Well last Saturday was my first day at the Artisan’s Courtyard of Dayton, Virginia. The morning started off cool but soon turned into a beautiful spring day. Here are a few pics of my booth.

All and all i had fun and made new friends.

Getting my “Tribal” on.

My latest fascination is the Bohemian/Tribal look. I know a 50 year old Bohemian would scare me too. But now that I am “over-the-hill” I figure I can do whatever I want. Keeping with the theme this week of finishing a project a day I have Thursday’s project. The turquoise is a piece my grandfather cut many years ago. I have decided that I like odd shapes and don’t really care for “traditional round, oval, or square shapes. This makes them harder to set, BTW. I have been working on this piece for a very long time, not knowing just quite how to end the piece. In the end, adding the dome at the top and wire wrapping the middle did the trick. Piece de resistance…leather and oxidation. 

In the bag…

While my hubby is gone, I ‘ve decided to do a project a day. Monday was the jar with the blue lapis lid. Tuesday because of having to go to DC, I started something and called it good. Wednesday, knowing full well what a procrastinator i am I got to work early to finish the darned thing. Honestly who would know that a simple line of holes would turn into a monster. I love to buy remnants, lately I am obsessed with canvas. I noticed that on the selvedge there where holes, holes down the whole side making a random line. Hmmmm

Enter green perle cotton. Stem? Leaves?

Yes, please! Needs….buttons!!

and a tag!

Green lining,

what a bag!!