Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

My Precious! O my Precious!

Sorry - all I could think about when I was looking at the four rings to unveil in this post was this quote from Lord of the Rings - they are Precious...

Without further ado, here are my Precious:

 Beach Stone and Sterling Silver Ring

Binghamite and Sterling Silver Ring

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

Come visit my Precious in my Etsy shoppe.  They will be listed later today.  Have a great one!
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Be Fearless

I at last got to see ‘Julie and Julia’. I have to say I think it was a fabulous movie. I took away three messages from this movie:

First – Blogs are therapeutic. I started my blog as a way to display my metalsmithing and market my Etsy shop and eventually 1000 Markets shop. I have tried to make it more than just that – at least I hope I have. My mind is always running with many random thoughts and what better way to shed some of those random thoughts – blogging.

Second – Find something that you love to do. A few years ago I went through a career crisis. I was fortunate that my dear hubby was able to free me from a job that made me desperately unhappy. I now work for my hubby’s consulting firm during the day doing a slew of different roles which is enjoyable (most of the time). I also found time to discover my true love – metalsmithing.

Third – Be fearless. I have to admit that this is something that I struggle with. I tend to be more of a straight line instead of a curvy line. This is very good for what I do for my hubby’s consulting company – reviewing and writing contracts, accounting and payroll….. For my jewelry, I honestly need some curvy line or creativeness to materialize – to be fearless. I will continue to work on this – I will Be Fearless.

For now, Bon Appetit!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

O Silver, Silver! wherefore art thou Silver?

Oh, I how I miss my metal. It has been four days since I have been able to do any metalsmithing.

I have been overwhelmed with our consulting company’s work this week. I remember when I started working for my hubby’s consulting company that both he and his recruiter said that this time of year is usually slow, but I have been doing this for four years and have yet to see this time of year be slow. I have written at least six contracts this week for new contractors and new clients.

I really miss doing my metalsmithing – I may start to show withdrawal symptoms soon. The spiders and critters that live in our garage may try to take over my outside office – as I call my soldering station. I may have to go to war with them upon my return. Of course, they may have learned their lesson last time they tried to take over my outside office when they became little flame balls.

I will return to you soon, my metal. For now this girl must go get her beauty sleep.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just dropping in to say Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh my!

Just kidding! I was running through my head everything that I wanted to jabber about in this post, and at the end of my thought this familar line from the Wizard of Oz came to mind.

I have been busy working on a handful of new pieces, and they are ready for their rollout.  So without further ado, here they are:

Hemimorphite and Sterling Necklace

Serpentine and Sterling Necklace

Tiffany Stone and Sterling Necklace

Turquoise and Sterling Ring

Turquoise and Sterling Ring

I will also be adding gift certificates in the amounts of $25-$100 to my shop that are perfect for last minute shoppers or for those of you who just can't decide.

My last bit of news to mention.. (drumroll please...) 

I will be having a holiday sale starting Thursday (Turkey Day!) and will run until 11:59pm Monday evening.  I will be offering 20% off everything in my shop except the items that are already posted in my Sale category and the Gift Certificate category.  So if you have had your eye on anything or need to do some Christmas shopping, go have some fun.

Have a great Turkey day everyone and be chatting up y'all later!
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Mini Vacation in Tennessee

I have returned from a mini vacation in Tennessee.  It was a working vacation during the day, but the nights and weekend, we roamed free in Tennessee. 

We took our littles with us and stayed at my hubby's parent's house outside of Gatlinburg and Pigon Forge.  Eventhough, we were working during the week, it was still nice to get away. 

Tennessee was gorgeous.  The weather was perfect - a nice comfortable temperature and the sun was shining.  The views - breathtaking.

While in Gatlinburg, I found some funny shops and signs that I thought I would share on the blog.  So without further ado, here they are:

This store was dedicated entirely to Jerky.  Beef, Pork, Alligator, Ostrick, Pineapple...  I couldn't stop laughing at what the shop owner said to a potential customer about trying some samples - "I'm not a crack dealer.  I'm not going to push it on you."  Too funny!

In case anyone was wondering where God's corner was located: Gatlinburg, TN.

Need I say more...

I spotted this while sitting outside a Life is Good store.  Just in case you were wondering which way was up...

On Sunday, we went on a drive through the Appalachian Trail and ending up taking a hike on a trail.  It was really fun other than the fact that I realized how out of shape I really am!  (Plus, I took a tumble on the way back down the mountain.  Not cool. I was lucky not to break anything.  I am still sore and look like a domestic abuse victim, but I am healing nicely now.)  Here are some pics from the hike:

We went on the Grotto Falls trail to go see the falls.

Now we are back in Indiana and getting back into our normal groove.  I am hoping by tonight or tomorrow night to get back to doing some of my metalsmithing fun.
Til later!
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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Had a Knotty Time...

Your first thought might be that I did not use the correct word, but you are incorrect. I did get your attention though - didn't I!

Last night I decided to retake pictures of my rings that I have in my shop inventory. Once I got that completed, I thought that I might retake pictures of some necklaces that I am not 100% pleased with. It was a good thought; however, while trying to retrieve some of the necklaces from my jewelry chest, I realized that several of them had become entangled with each other. Usually, I just pull them out and 10 minutes later untangled. No such luck with the mess that I pulled out this time. This time it was 12 necklaces with super delicate chain tangled in one giant mess.

I realized that I needed to untangle this knotty mess. If I did not do it now, it would eventually need to be done. It seemed like every time it started to look like I was making progress, I was also taking 3 steps back. After working on this mess for 2.5 hours (and realizing that I really had not made any progress), I decided to take the necklaces apart to see if that would help. HA! It did. Unfortunately, once I got the mess untangled, I needed to put all the necklaces back together with all the right pieces. It was like a puzzle game at this point. After another hour of work, the 12 necklaces were back together and untangled.

Not exactly what I had planned for my Friday evening...
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New Pieces for my Shoppes!

I finished up a handful of pieces this weekend and played photographer last night.  Here are the new goodies:

Lampwork Bead and Sterling Silver Necklace

Lampwork Bead and Sterling Silver Necklace

Labradorite and Sterling Silver Bracelet

Turquoise and Sterling Silver Bracelet

Turquoise and Sterling Silver Bracelet

Vintaj Brass Bead Bracelet

Recycled Glass and Vintaj Brass Bracelet

14K and Opal Ring
(This goodie will not be making an appearance in the shoppes - she is already spoken for - but I wanted to show her off - I think she turned out quite well.)

On the homefront, I have been playing vet the past two week.  Our oldest cat has arthritis in one of his front legs and when the temp drops he licks and licks and licks at the joint until he is bald and create little sores.  So, vet Sam gets to put antibiotic cream on his little joint to keep the sores from becoming infected.  Good news for vet Sam is that the temp has gone up and he has started to leave the joint alone and let the hair start to grow back. 
Unfortunately, this past weekend, my big guy (cancer kitty) received another tail wound from the youngest.  The youngest likes to bite at the others butts when they are not looking. Only my big guy gets bad wounds it seems.  I still have oral antibiotics and cream from the past visit for his tail wound, so we have started the tail wound regiment again.  He hates it.  I of course have to wrap him in a towel to avoid walking away with my own wounds.  Hopefully a week of this regiment will heal this new wound - otherwise, we must visit the vet....

That's all for now.  Hopefully I will get the new pieces up in my shoppes this week... Till later!
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom Cooper!

Tomorrow is my mum-in-law's birthday.  I created a fantastic piece of jewelry for her b-day and sent it and a very funny card out earlier this week.
My in-laws relocated to Tennessee a couple years ago, so we do not get around to seeing them as often as we (or they) would like. 
So, to everyone's delight, we are going to travel down to Tennessee the first week of November. 
My mum-in-law says that the fall weather where they are is beautiful.  That sounds perfect to me seeing that the last couple weeks of Indiana fall weather has been dark, wet and cold.

So without further ado, Happy Birthday Mom Cooper! Hope it is a special one!
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Monday, October 19, 2009

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

Have you ever watched a dog or cat try to catch their tail?  They run in circles trying to catch it.  It must be awfully frustrating.

I felt like that last week. No matter what I did I felt like I was going in circles without result.
The weather last week even exuded how I was feeling - dark and rainy.

Today, I woke up rested. The sun was shining.  When I took some mail to the box - it literally smelled like strawberry jam in the air.  It was quite pleasant.  Some of the things that were so frustrating last week were resolving themselves this morning. 

So, as Mr. Rodgers sang, 'It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood...'

Have a pleasant week everyone!

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