Workshop Improvements!!!

July 14, 2019 Uncategorized

I have a perfect little jewelry workshop. My dear husband built me a counter with a sink that houses my CabKing, my soldering station and A L L of my oh so many tools… I am a tool fanatic. I LOVE tools! So I saw this cabinet come up at a local auction house and knew it would be a great improvement in my workshop situation.

25 Drawers! Oh My. And it’s deep – 28″. This is going to be awesome. We will go after it tomorrow – all 9’5″. Wow!

Spring is Here!

May 30, 2019 Uncategorized

… and on the Central Coast of California – that means fog and wind at home – and summer temperatures elsewhere.  The layering has begun.

I’m inspired – a trusted supplier has sold me some Guadalupe Poppy Agate (which is from Morgan Hill California!) and I can’t wait for it to get here!  My Dinosaur Gem Bone is basically an agate and occasionally I will cut other agate for variety and interest.  This poppy agate is going to be awesome!

I recently have been cutting some Spiderweb Agate (usually from the Oregon/Idaho border area) and it too, is beautiful.  And I shouldn’t forget the Tiffany Agate – so purple!  And has claims of very positive metaphysical properties.  All of these agates (maybe not the poppy agate) I’ve set in silver as well have left more natural with a big bore hole for hanging with a leather lace.

 

Remodeling…

May 4, 2019 Uncategorized

So the joys (not so much) and woes of remodeling.  UGH.  It’s been several months since we determined that the wet accumulation on the bathroom carpet was plumbing related…  and the sledgehammer came out.  We had spoken a number of times about the need/desire to update the bathroom (25+ years old house).  But we were totally unprepared.  For the time it would take.  For the DIRT that would be EVERYWHERE.  For the effort in just making the decisions….  And the cost…  just rip open a vein and let the money bleed out.

But YEAH!  It’s almost done.  We can see the light.  Tile guys did an AMAZING job.  We have installed a couple of awesome luxuries – let me tell you – Heated Towel Bar.  Heated Floor.  Oh. My. Goodness.

Ted is installing the shower fixtures and several electronic items today.  The cabinet guy is making good progress.  I used the upstairs toilet last night!  (Sorry, TMI, but – YEAH!)  I’m thinking about new towels and colors (yes, the linens were 25+ years old too…).

The Process

March 26, 2019 Uncategorized

I’ve mentioned often enough that in making the jewelry I make – I acquire the rough materials, cut and shape and polish them.  Then design the setting/decide on what it will become.

 

In this process – I like to make sketches of what I envision the finished product to be.  This helps in so many ways…  No.1 – using watercolor is just simply a zen-like experience.  For me.  No. 2 – it really helps to keep me organized.

 

No. 3 – It keeps me focused.  I might have an idea for some new aspect of design.  Or in this sketching process I might have some sudden epiphany of what will work that I’ve not used before.

 

 

This is what happened with this latest “batch” of cabs off of the CabKing.  I typically mark the silver with a sterling mark.  And at some point in the process I solder a little “badge” on that is my maker’s mark.  (Sometimes I forget to do one or any of these things in the proper time frame – and it just doesn’t happen :(. )  On these bracelets – and maybe if I use chain in a necklace – I have made a little extra piece – with my mark on the back and a metal (silver or copper) bead or ball on the front.  It’s attached near the clasp.  So cool!

 

Cooking today!

March 9, 2019 Daily

The weather here is inspiring me to cook – make the house smell good.  Inviting, warm, hearty food.  Today’s speciality:  Orange Marmalade – the Italian Way!  Pietro – the Italian guy at Quality Foods on St. Croix stocks some Italian marmalades – they are amazing!  They differ from the “English” style by being less jellied in texture – more of a jam.  So – lacking the Sicilian oranges I am using Cara Cara’s from Monday’s Farmer’s Market (here in Los Osos).  It is citrus season here in California!

The oranges have to soak for a few days (after you puncture just the rind).  Then after getting it all together in the pan – it cooks for hours.  I’ll have plenty to share!

Other comforting foods I’ve been making – I roasted a pork shoulder yesterday – all day!  We had pulled pork tacos last night.  Plenty left for sandwiches and more to freeze for gumbo’s or?  I have chicken ready for chicken pot pies.  Yummy!  Gluten free to share with special friends.

Life is good.