Monday, January 26, 2009

Facebook - wow!

So I didn't get any metalsmithing done last week
I was busy with contracts and taxes all week.... Hopefully, I will get a chance to work on my pieces this week.
So anyway... I discovered Facebook. Interesting... So many people from my high school are on Facebook. It is so nice to reconnect with them. Many of them have moved out of state. One day, my hubby and I are hoping to relocate further south - maybe North Carolina.
I did get a chance to get caught up on movies this weekend. I love horror/scifi movies. My hubby and I joke that they are my 'tear jerkers'. I saw Saw V. Very cool! I occasionally have to watch a funny movie of coarse and watched Tropic Thunder - so funny!@ I laughed so hard that I was crying. (I don't think my hubby thought that it was that funny though. He only laughs out load if it is really funny on his 'laugh meter', and he didn't laugh out load.) I saw a couple 'You framed me' movies as well - Death Race and Eagle Eye. That pretty much got me caught up on the movies that I have been wanting to see.
Well - that's all for now in the life of Sam....

Monday, January 19, 2009

My Current WIP and Helper

I have been working on five cabochon pendants, since before the new year. Unfortunately, working in a small business, once the new year turns, it is tax time. Eeeeeek!

I have been busy generating W2's, 1099's, 941's, 940's, SUTA, FUTA, etc. I did find some time on Friday evening to continue some work on the five pendants....

I decided that the moonstone and amethyst cabochon pendants will probably be worked into bracelets. The other cabochons, I will most likely make into necklaces.

As I type I have a small, furry helper that is too cute, so I must share an image of him.

This is Zeus. The youngest of my furry friends. He is the baby of the family. He loves to cuddle.

Off to a busy week already. Hopefully, I will have a chance this week to do a little metal fun!

Friday, January 16, 2009


Contact info:
Hi, I'm Samantha - wife, jewelry artisan, and care giver to four cats.

My jewelry business, Samantha Jean Designs, is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. For many years, I admired the jewelry artisans of Sundance Catalog; however, the prices I could not afford. I was always busy doing many things – either work at home or at the office, so I did not have much time for a hobby. My busy, stressful life style caught up with me about six years ago. I suffered (and still do suffer, though not as badly) from chronic rib cage pain. Approximately five years ago, I had a spinal cord stimulator implanted that required a medical leave. Since I am not one to just sit around and do nothing, I needed something to do. I bought and read several books on beginner jewelry making which was followed by buying some basic supplies. Then, I was off making my first pieces of jewelry.
I have been making and expanding my techniques, supplies and tools ever since. I have been fortunate that I was able to leave my cubicle life to work at home for my husband’s consulting company, Tridge Alliance, Inc. I am a jack of all trades for his business. Since it is a small business, I am the HR, payroll, accounting, finance, etc. departments. I also am the tech. support for laptop repair. It is really fascinating how laptops are put together.
Anyway, in February 2008, I decided that I wanted to expand my jewelry to metalsmithing. I bought and read several books on the topic and as before bought some basic supplies and tools to get me started. I am still learning and expanding my supplies and tools as needed. I primarily work with sterling silver and fine silver. I have started to branch out with copper and brass.
One day, I hope to branch out further into casting, working with resin, making glass beads, etc. For now, those will have to wait.
That’s all for now. I will try to post as often as time allows.
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