It’s a Brave New World…

May 25, 2020 Uncategorized

… and I and you are not alone. COVID-19 has made the view from my windows a whole lot different. The traffic is less (tho admittedly in Los Osos traffic is not much of an issue), the sky is clearer, the noise – it can be so quiet these days. Before we left St. Croix (March 24) it was similar there. All things are relative. But still – things are different.

Some amazing people have really stepped up and stepped in during this time – An amazing woman – Francesca Watson – who I did not know before this crisis – but am so pleased to have met (if only virtually) now. She is sharing her talent and experience with other jewelry makers – something she generally command quite a fee for – for the sake of keeping active, keeping in touch, keeping sane, keeping others sane. Sessions with Francesca has jump started my imagination and desire to try new things! Exciting!

So as the world opens up and we start moving again – stay safe. Keep the quiet we have found and come to appreciate. Be good. Be kind.

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!