Tuesday, May 30, 2017

*Etsy Shops (Not) Closed*

*Etsy Shops (Not) Closed*

I was going to close them...

I have decided to just leave them open
and not renew any items until I figure out the best venue
for handmade goods.

Even though I've not had the time nor desire to
work over the last 1.5 years due to my Dear Sweet Mother's declining health,
I can't help but notice all the talk out there about the
changes at Etsy. And I'm tired of all the
changes they've made since I first opened a shop there.
To me, the biggest change has been when they
started allowing the cheap, imitation goods
from overseas and allowed them to advertise the goods as HANDMADE.

One day soon, I hope to be able to start playing with fire, hammering
and melting metals and making big messes.  Then I'll have to figure out whether to continue
with Etsy or find a better site that promotes actual HANDMADE goods.

My Dear, Sweet, Mom
1927 - 2017

Carpe Diem,

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Super Blood Moon - Lunar Eclipse

Super Blood Moon - Lunar Eclipse

September 2015

(CNN) "The sun, the Earth and the moon lined up in a row to put on a light show in Sunday's night sky, and people around the world looked up to watch the lunar eclipse.
It was a special one for at least two reasons.
First, this moon was a supermoon. It happened to be at perigee, the spot in its slightly oblong orbit that brings it closest to the Earth. And that made it look particularly large in the sky.
Second, this lunar eclipse was the last in a series of four spanning two years, a phenomenon called a tetrad. Those can happen a couple of times in a century, or they can make themselves very rare, skipping over a few centuries.
The last supermoon total lunar eclipse occurred 33 years ago."

This was my take on it. I know the proportions are off, but I 
was in a hurry to pshop the shots together. 

Hope you enjoy. :) 

Nikon D300
Nikkor 80-400VR
Gitzo Tripod & Markins Ballhead

Carpe Diem!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

New Book & Flush Settings

Following up on a previous post....

My flush settings are getting better...but still
have much to learn.

Here's how they're looking so far.
I've worn this ring since February just to see
if the stones would fall out.
So far only one has and I was able to reset it
with a new one. So far, so good. ;) 

Currently I'm completely involved in 
a new book that I *highly* recommend.
"Professional Jewelry Making"

Yes, THAT Alan Revere.
And he's on Facebook and tells me that he hears
this is a pretty good read. AND that if
I have any questions to let him know.
Social media.
Seriously amazing.

Hope you are all well and enjoying working on sparkly, shiny things. :)

Carpe Diem!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2015 - How did that happen?

Well, that year went fast, didn't it?
Funny how we say that all the time....
Is it because we're just not paying attention, or is
it because we waste a LOT of time OR we're just so busy?

My ::word:: for last year was FOCUS.

Focus takes concentration and determination.
I seem to have focus problems with Focus.


(Time out for a Punny little Story.)

Back during the days of the former Soviet Union, a fellow by the name of 
Gerald Chattington had a friend in the Soviet Embassy by the name of Rudolph Nosov, who would drop by occasionally. One evening, Gerald and his wife, Peg, were sitting in the kitchen chatting when Gerald looked out the window and said, "Look, it's snowing." Rudolph looked out and said very quickly, "No, I think it is just rain." "I'm sure it is snow," insisted Gerald. "And I am just as sure that it is rain," said Rudolph. At this point Gerald turned to Peg to settle the argument. Peg looked out the window for a moment, then said, 
"What can I say? Rudolph, the Red, knows rain, dear.

BaDaBoom! ;)


Perhaps I did better with ::focus:: in 2014
than I did in 2013. (Yes, it was my word for that year too.)

But this year I'm borrowing from 
Toy Story.
"To Infinity and Beyond"

I want to learn new techniques and perfect at least two.
That doesn't seem like it's asking too much, does it?
The only hitch is that I have no workshops close to me
so it's just going to be YouTube and books.

I want to perfect flush setting of stones.
(Some refer to them as gypsy settings.)
I have a pile of loose (tiny) CZs similar to this
photo I found on ebay.

I got my tiny 2 and 3mm CZs from Rio Grande.
They're my 'go-to' source for all things jewelry.

 Do you think I can set them like this?

Photo Credit: http://www.kings1912.com/
 I have confidence. I have a few tools. 

After all, I finally figured out tube settings:

So can flush settings be far behind?
I'm telling you all this so I'll be accountable for my actions.  ;)


Time for another pun? Yes? :)

A panda walks into a restaurant and orders a sandwich. 
When he receives the check, he pulls out a gun, fires it several times, then walks out the door. A stunned patron then asks the waiter, "What was that all about?" 
The waiter responded, "That's just the way pandas are," and walked away. 
Well, the patron didn't know what a panda was, 
so at home that night he looks up "panda" in the dictionary and 
what he finds explained everything: 
"Panda: A large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China; eats shoots and leaves."


 I mentioned I want to learn at least two things this year.
The second one is prong settings.
We'll see how that goes.  ;)

I haven't really made any New Years Resolutions this year.
Last year's was:
 "I shall not go into a Walmart during 2014."

I kept it! I was NOT in a Walmart store the whole year,
I'm buying what I can in locally owned stores.
That worked out really well for me....
I think it kept me sane. Well...yeah.   ;)

I told Santa I wanted tools, etc. and I got a few new
ones. Hopefully they'll help me with my new goals.

And I made it to Yoga this week.
Yoga is so great and helps clear my mind.
I'll be going back again and again
because I really loved the class & instructor.
Plus, I didn't die.

No, I didn't do this.

I hope you had a good holiday &
I wish for you a healthy, happy new year.


One last pun? Sure!

The man blotting his wet shoes with newspapers, explained, 
"These are The Times that dry men's soles."    -Edwin Newman (1919-2010)


Carpe Diem!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

***January Sale***

***January Sale***

***JanuarySale*** 50% off every item. You MUST use the code: HANDMADE2 to get the discount. I cannot refund your discount if you do not use the code when checking out. 

All items are included: rings, earrings, necklaces: 
turquoise; gemstones; CZs; sterling silver; copper; etc.

Sale ends at midnight - CST, January 7, 2015.

Thank you for your continued support of HANDMADE. You *are* appreciated!

Here are just a few samples. 
Gotta clear out for a new line of designs for 2015!







Thank you again, and happy shopping! :)

Happy New Year!

Carpe Diem!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Some of This and Some of That and Some other Stuff too.....

Seriously? It's been three months since I've been here? How did that happen?!?

I don't have the slightest idea. 

Let's see if we can catch up fast, shall we?

I actually have a jeweler's bench now. I found it on Craigslist.

And of course, it *always* looks this clean and neat. ahem.
Two of my favorite additions so far are the hammer holder that I added & new knobs.
I've been saving a really cool 'flower child' 70s belt...

Is that cool or what?!?  ;)

I actually have another hammer or two, but this is what it is and I love it!
Also, the drawers with their little semi-circular cutouts for opening
simply were not working for me. Too annoying! 
I found some knobs that make me happy every time I open a drawer!

And I think of you, Tracy DiPiazza, every time I see that elephant. :)
We had a road trip in May to Tennessee....stopped along
the way for a break on a hiking trail.

We didn't really have time to walk the whole trail...but sure appreciated the warning. ;)

And of course, it's summer & the garden keeps demanding attention.
We're finally getting some rain which makes us very happy!

My radishes are all tops, but there's hope for the yellow squash
and zucchini. Crossing fingers X

Love, love, love this rose bush...it was a gift years ago from my children on Mother's Day.
SLOGGERS™ My new, favorite waterproof gardening shoes. :)
Male Painted Bunting.... yes, in our back yard. Isn't he GORGEOUS?!
I've added a few tools to the lineup. As you all know, there is
NO END to the need for more tools.

They threw in this cute, little drill press with the jeweler's bench. Love it!
And after reading about several torch lighting mishaps
I decided to get this little automatic torch ignitor.
I love this thing! And it's much safer than a lighter.

I borrowed the image from Rio Grande. Thank you, Rio Grande.
And with all this stuff, I'm also learning some new techniques.

I've been wanting to learn tube setting, so between facebook friends
and YouTube, I'm getting there.

Tube setting practice on copper with a pre-made tube setting.
The CZs I got from Rio are really tough (I'm hard on them) and
they're also really *sparkly* :)

My first tube set ring...just made it today. It's hot off the bench! ;) Pink CZs again from Rio Grande.
I have some actual gemstones to use when I feel like I have this
process mastered a little better....they're 6mm Topaz.

We went bird watching at our city lake and look what we found. Look at those eyes!
That's it for now sports fans....stay cool.

Carpe Diem!