Tuesday, March 4, 2014

WoodridgePlace: New Post. Yes.

What year is this anyway?
Seems like a couple of years since I posted here.
Maybe not.

In an attempt to leave behind snow & cold temps, we are taking a few days reprieve in South Texas.
The dolphins are so amazing...just love watching them.
But Geez, Texas...what's up with this...it's been cloudy & 40 degrees here today!
Oh well, I'll take it over the zero stuff that's been in northern Oklahoma lately.

And while I was still at my bench...which if you'll recall looks a bit
like this:

I was working on a few things....

First there's this:

Ready for solder....
Which turned into this:

This is sterling and about 3 inches long...with a matte, brushed finish.

And along the same lines, we have this little ditty.

This is also about 3-4 inches long. Neither is listed yet....
And I have so many ideas for this same theme....
But they will have to wait for a while...just making sure to do some sketches
while I'm away.

What else....
I was playing with a new photo setup before I left home.

Check it out...
Love the comparison here....which do you prefer?

Plastic container from a dollar store & non-glare glass. It worked pretty good...but..
I did away with the cups - they cast red. I've replaced them with clear glass jars.

I also tried it with some opaque white glass....look! It's floating.

But what I really want & will order when I get home
is a gradient gray to black background & maybe even this
dandy little cube. We'll see...but for sure the gradient paper.
I love the professional look that people get with the gradient.
This is small - but it might be just what I'm looking for - certainly the paper that goes inside.

What else....
I ordered new cards.
Since I'm now concentrating on using mostly silver in my work,  I wanted
a theme that would reflect that.
If you want cards, I recommend Vistaprint. So easy & so reasonable!
I'm spreading these all over Texas.

You don't have to have a design on the back, but I opted for one.
And I'm currently using them for earring cards.
It looks a little cluttered, but will do for now.
Oh, and I ordered a cap with my shop name too. How fun is that?!


Time out for a Valentine Story.
When our children were small we always had a special Valentine Dinner.
Instead of going out we would take our kitchen table to the living room
and set it with the wedding china & fostoria. It was a great, fun tradition.
Well, this year, our daughter invited us to her house to do the same.
LOOK at the table she set for us. We were in her living room
with the fire going...and had a leisurely 3 hour dinner and conversation.
It was wonderful!!! Thank you darling daughter & son-in-law. :)

Donated Sterling Silver link in support of CERF+
 I'm so happy to be a part of a wonderful project that was
started in a Metalsmith's Facebook group.
Metalsmiths from around the world unite to forge a chain, 
raising money for fellow artists in need.
One man's vision for possibly getting 100 people to create a three inch
link has turned into a beautiful project. Please check out the new web page for
this project. More photos and info on the web page will be added as work progresses. 
Plans for the project are ongoing. There is a professional jewelry photographer who is donating her time to photograph the project. Traveling exhibit? Book?
eBook? Auction? Yes, yes, yes...probably.maybe.yes. It will take most of this year for all plans to
fall into place. My link is nothing compared to some of the amazing
contributions. I would love to re-do mine!

A Hundred for One 

And you can see 'some' of the links better here.
Seriously, the details and precious materials in
some of them are amazing!

Last count has the total over 183 links - more on the way.  (Not all in this photo)

 You can see the One Hundred for One Press Release here.


Edited to add that I finally got my 'about' page
set up on Etsy. Would love for you to check it out.
Now I hear they're testing out removing
all our banners.

Has anyone ever used Jewelspan?
I'm still looking for feedback on that site.

I get to do some nature photography when
when we're traveling...Check out these little cuties.

Synchronized Sanderlings

I leave you with this.
Yes?  :)

Oh, and this.

Add your own caption to this. ;)

Carpe Diem!