Saturday, November 27, 2010
I'm sitting here now drinking a lovely glass of local blueberry wine and it's very delicious. I think I may just have another glass of the sweet stuff.
Today has been very relaxing. I love days like this when I don't have to worry too much about anything. My family is here safe and sound, the animals are sleeping in various spots in the house and I have nothing pressing to do except get up and pour more wine. :)
The sale in my Etsy shop has been very successful and I'm going to list several more pairs of earrings today. Thank you all you wonderful people who make it possible for me to keep doing what I love. :)
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I can't put it off any longer. My sister called me this morning and asked me if I wanted to go Christmas shopping. I said yes. I'm notorious for leaving everything until the last minute including my holiday shopping. I could see the most perfect gift in August but I can not bring myself to buy it no matter what. It just goes against the grain. I will always be one of those people who is still shopping on Christmas Eve and that's part of it for me.
I have started making my hand made gifts in the evening when I'm done work for the day. I really enjoy settling down and getting out whatever I'm working on while my family and I hang out. It's so relaxing until our dog (Gennie) tries to snatch it out of my hand because she wants to play. I found my new slipper, that I had spent an afternoon making, chewed up on her dog bed. I love her! Lol!
I made some earrings this week and now they are completely finished. I'll list them in my Etsy shop tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I woke up to snow yesterday morning. I love snow! And I love my job! I feel so lucky to be able to walk a few feet to my studio to work and to be able to make my own hours. I spend peaceful time in that cozy room making jewelry and journals that I then send out to interesting places all over the world.
There's a lot of work involved. Creating the things I sell being only a small part of it. Supplies have to be bought and reordered when low. Once the steel wire jewelry is made it has to be tumbled polished ( placed in a container with soap, water and steel shot) for hours and then placed in the oven on low heat to make sure it's completely dried because steel will rust if wet. I can also change the color of the wire by heating it at different temperatures for different colors. The copper jewelry is oxidized and sanded to create depth. It's then photographed and the photos have to be downloaded to my computer and edited. Once that's done, I write a description, set a price and list it on Etsy. When a piece sells, I send a thank you note to the customer, print out an address label, package and wrap it, put it in an envelope and head off to the post office. As well, I maintain a Facebook business page and this blog.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Some people have issues with shopping at thrift stores. I don't. I'll always find something interesting and different. I got most of my storage units and containers and baskets for my studio there, and the loveliest red curtains for my dining room -- brand new.
Last year I found several wreaths there with the electric candle in the middle, like the ones we used to hang in our windows at Christmas time. Ours were long gone so I was so excited to find these. Now both my sisters and my dad have one, and me, of course. All for very little money.
I buy brass pots for my plants and I got the nicest wool coat one year that I still wear. I go to my favorite thrift store at least once a week. I never know what treasures will be waiting for me when I walk in. :)
Here's a link to a site with instructions on how to make felted slippers out of wool sweaters.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I've been going crazy making journals for Etsy for Christmas. They are a lot of fun to make and I get to paint as well. I make the covers in my studio and I bind the pages onto the covers in the house while I'm watching tv.
I will also be making some jewelry this week for the shop.
I never did finish the watercolor I started. I change my mind from one day to the next on what I want to work on. If I was an octopus I could do everything at once.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Tiddles is here! She's really nervous and jumpy which is understandable. She bonded with my daughter, Rebecca, and follows her everywhere and sleeps on her bed.
Gennie, Roman and Ickles don't seem to be bothered by her and are going about their business as usual.