Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Free Shipping Thru January 1st, 2011

i don't have much to add today...
Etsy orders are all out in the mail...thank you sweet customers!!!!!!
i'll be moving more furniture around in my studio today so that I can have a nice place to paint and ink...
i think i'm experiencing a momentary lapse of glee and fighting to stay above the rabbit hole...(it's been an unsettling late-morning)
we all have days like this, i'm sure...if you don't, you are so lucky and blessed.
here's to more coffee and

(thank you God for the healing powers of Art)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Days

Today we celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary. The biggest gifts are  found in the smallest moments...we've had so many, and plan to keep our hearts open for more.

(did that sound like a Hallmark card?)

...those words really came from my soul...crikey, am I sounding extra-Hallmarky?

I love my husband, my best friend, my soul-mate, Jonathan! :-)

Here's to LOVE

We've been "together" for about 28 years, know each other for about 30...we are so  blessed.

Okay enough about us.

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend.  I have 2 more pair of earrings I'll be listing and another necklace, remember today is CyberMonday!!! Use the code ArtRocks in my shop and receive 30% off your order.

is it okay that I mixed business with my love life in my blog?
<---needs more coffee
Champagne Earrings

Pink Champagne Earrings

Feather Necklace in Copper,  Sterling Silver, and Leaves
Feather Necklace in Copper, Sterling Silver and Green Leaves

Sunday, November 28, 2010

More Jewelry for the Shop

Simple pieces...these are so sweet...attention to detail as the ear wire loops curve under, just so on both...made by me, of course...juicy drops of sterling silver balls adorn the bottom of the Red Carnelian beads, which are snug under the sweet green glass leaves. A movable spinning copper round bead sits atop, to keep your glass oh so safe! (look for more simple earrings in my shop soon...a gal sometimes needs some pretty dangle earrings with a pop of color!)

a smithed Lariat with Sterling Silver pressed/rolled leaf(rolled by me of course) Pretty sterling silver circles soldered by me, of course. Winter is captured using Turquoise for the blue blue sky, and a winter berry in form of Carnelian Red and Green Leaf beads...this versatile piece is 24" long...and so so pretty

I've got more...pics to come...have been busy with other things this morning, trying to find a decent recipe for...(yes I'm going to say it) Turkey Soup, aaaaaaa all this turkey! :-) We're grateful to have full plates.

These guys have headed out to tailgate at the 'Skins game...I need to have hot food when they return later, let's hope for another win!!!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Windy Day

...gusty winds on an otherwise quiet day...

I finally got to see a pic of my dad's new condo in San Diego, it's so awesome looking!!! (and sunny) My dad looks great too...still getting used to being the last Shepard back East...

We're going to have to make a trip to San Diego and Portland soon :-)

Our 24th wedding anniversary is coming up, and I have requested techie stuff, I guess I'm geeky in this way. (oh sin! we've really been living together for several more years than our wedding day...)

The Redskins play Vikings (home game) tomorrow, with 3 generations from our house attending. It will be a nice quiet day for this artist to spend in the studio. Having a meal ready for their return will be easy, you guessed it, turkey and all the trimmings :-)

This fat little package is heading to BR's today, it's full of vintage earrings and some awesome
AutumLeavesJewelry Hoops...my niece Cady is delivering and I sure hope she makes it faster than the old Pony Express...

meanwhile I have a couple of Etsy items to pack and mail.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Black Friday with 50% Off

All you have to do is enter BLACKFRIDAYSALE2010 in the space provided when checking out in my shop AutumnLeavesJewelry and your total will be automatically adjusted for you :-) Thank you and happy shopping!!! :-) (after sale I'll resume my custom sizing of various rings)

Flawed, but Not Broken
This gorgeous Turquoise ring with a 14k Gold Band has a teeny tiny little bitty flaw in its bezel, if you look to the lower left you'll see a little corner missing from one of the tiny "teeth" area of this otherwise flawless design. It's 50% off, and looks fantastic on!

yesterday we enjoyed a family gathering at our house...I decided to use my husband's  grandmother's old linen table cloth (hand embroidered) and some of my stash of vintage and new linens. Most of the dishes were a mix-match of his grandmothers china as well...and some of my old finds. I really enjoyed setting the two tables. I didn't get a photo of the table we served some of the food from, just the main table...

Hubby ordered a Kosher turkey, I believe it saved him from brining (is that a word?)

Angelica, our daughter, had to work but made it home in time for dinner. My SIL Rebecca and her 2 kids were over, as well has my FIL.

It was pretty awesome to see Becky playing Scrabble with her son Gray (the real game, not online)...

We also were able to chat (in between cooking) with Roo, my other SIL and 4 of her 5 kids via Skype. It was a hoot to see her pull out her turkey and show her ours, hands down hers was prettier! Cousins were able to catch up which (imho) is the luxury of technology.

No pics of my dad, who now resides in San Diego near my uncle and his wife. I did spy a photo of said aunt and uncle on FB, but no papa...grrrr...looks like they had a fine time out.

I hope everyone had someone to share the holiday with :-)

a pic of Cadence, who  took the pic above...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pumpkin Cookies and Metal


Caroline of the Prairie's
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

14 1/2 oz. can pumpkin
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil (I use canola with good results)
2 tsp. milk (who knows why? just do it!!)
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp. baking powder
12 oz. pkg. chocolate chips (for fun, I use extra dark sometimes)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine first nine ingredients in large bowl. Blend flour and baking powder, then add to mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.

Bake at 375 degrees 10-15 minutes. These will be soft, and scrumptious!!!!!! They do freeze well.

I'm working on these, 

first...cooking more goodies for tomorrow

what's everyone cooking?

(oh...the dreaded vacuum and mop await me!!!)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pumpkin Eaters

good to know our pumpkins are not going to waste
there are 2 of these buggers out front, but lookie at the little piece this guy has in his hands!
teee heehehehehe heee hee ee eeheeeeeeee eeeeeee

Monday, November 22, 2010

Still Here :-)

getting ready to head to physical therapy...which will be interesting considering I started working with an awesome trainer at my gym...and I wonder what (if any) more physical therapy I'll need?

I've been dapping (hammering) and using my flex shaft this morning to get a "real feel" of how my mornings are before my first session.

Saturday I had my 2nd session with my trainer, Deuce (gotta love that name!) and it was awesome. He's very attentive and makes sure my posture and moves are spot on. :-)

Sunday my dear friend Linda picked up a great starter smithing kit from my bench :-) I love my new space, I love that there are no more chemicals in my studio here at home. I love that someone else will benefit from what I started with...and I feel grateful that I can drive to a couple of studios for lessons and just to SMITH!

Am I still a little freaked about my change in pace? Hell yes!

etsy orders are keeping me busy (at a much slower pace than I am used to) Remember the good ol' days when not everyone knew about Etsy? (smithers in particular)

I'm stocking up on  items in my shop...as music fills the air...

wearing my Redskin jersey today in celebration of our teams win yesterday (a slim win!)

Making many pairs of these for holiday gifts, they do swing and feel wonderful on (I wear my pair almost every day!)

Later I hope to get my baking hat on and get a batch of cookies made...recipe to follow
(from my dear friend Caroline of the Prairie)
Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thursday, November 18, 2010


from rolling and annealing and rolling and annealing and then this...

They'll be used for jewelry pieces for LuxeCoop and some interesting art objects for AutumnLeavesHome...

It's hard to give up my jewelry shop, so I'm hanging on...still clinging...there are still items for sale...it's still there...in cyberspace...

meanwhile, the clean up of my chemical area of my studio commences!

Forward I move...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Studio in Alexandria

awaits...as I await Jodi's arrival to carpool.

I look forward to this...
fellow smithers know this as the dive for fallen metal!

I'll be texturing lots of sterling silver rolled metal today...I have sooooo much. There is a gorgeous piece I was working on over the weekend, it's green Jade and its luscious! I want to make a big fat ring for myself.

Yesterday I met Deuce, a personal trainer. He was very attentive and good. We worked lots of little muscles in my upper back, shoulders and chest. we also worked the core. If not for my time with him I would have simply done a half hour on the bike and lifted some weights. This is going to be a great physical strength training winter for me :-)

Saturday a dear friend, Linda will be stopping by to inherit much of my chemical area for smithing. Even my heat resistant lazy Susan and my third arm! What (you say) am I thinking? I'm thinking using a third arm in the well vented studio in Alexandria is much better for my overall health. I'm also thinking more space for a fainting couch, muwwhaahaha, and space for painting. I will keep my bench with my lovely dapping tools, hammers, files, flex-shaft, drill bits, etc...oh to cold connect!!!

This little ring a ding ding went  out yesterday...still hoping to empty my shelves in my AutumnLeavesJewelry site soon. (remember you can't be Ninja with this ring on!!!) *shake shake rattle and roll!*

 Angelica is making a custom sized order for a lovely lovely Laura of this piece for LuxeCoop

The day is young, and windy, my cat is staring out at the fallling and whirling leaves, I wonder if she'd like to go for a chase? I hope everyone has a fantastic day! :-)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Say What Pam?

are you suggesting I keep my Sitting Bull bracelet?

remember that old tune (from the time when curling irons became the rage?)
Curlers in her hair...
(something like that..I was too young*cough*)

Thank you sweet customers, items are leaving my shelves and heading off to happy homes.
My friend Jodi is on her way over for a smith date...but we'll be crocheting/sketching  instead (me thinks) :-)

I hope to be adding items to my AutumnLeavesHome shop soon, meanwhile LuxeCoop enjoyed a sale.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their week.

I need to move the pumpkins from out front, the squirrels have eaten into half of one...

Friday, November 12, 2010

If This Is Still Here

on Monday morning, after my sale, I'm going to keep it...I've been eyeing it for some time now...

making lists...

mailing goodies out today, thank you sweetest customers!!!

I'm claimng this pair for myself...now!!!:D
oooh they feel so right on my ears!

this pair remains in the shop

I had this yesterday
it was a tree! (awaiting blue Dradels in Peep form...)

Can't wait  to get back to the smith studio in Alexandria where I take ongoing classes, and keep the chemicals and such over there...while enjoying a nice vent system!!!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic day!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010


Yesterday I spent my time making this...I needed to get my kinetics on...she swings from her bale and has a baby feather who likes to move about...
time flew past as Norah Jones crooned from my computer speakers and the piece came alive.

(here's her back side-shouldn't a lady always have a pleasant backside?)

oh...she's got it all, a feather ready to move with you as you Fly.
Sterling silver, fine silver, turquoise (robbins egg blue) cabochon and gorgeous purple swirly Butterfly Jasper beads are the main components of this piece. (Prairie Friends from Caroline!)

She's 24" from top of clasp to bottom of feather. Her length allows for several ways to wear her.

The top of the piece has a gorgeous texture added by these hands. She's not prematurely oxidized, trust me, it will happen on its own.
My hands were so in tune with my jewelers saw yesterday...hubby was making a nice fat chicken in the crock pot. We had his pop over for a nice relaxed Sunday dinner last night. Our daughter, her  dad, and grandpa were whooping it  up over football. Our beloved Redskins weren't playing, but this never stops these die-hard fans from cheering on any team which, in loss or win will help the Redskins down the line.
Hubby was able to take in 9 holes of golf and I started a new book. (oh I am loving this memoir!!!)
This morning I walked into my studio to find Ms Scrappy

As we (she and I- mostly me) discussed the fact that she was in my chair at my bench, she did this...
it was hard to move her after this coy move! (she is such a sweetheart!)

Downstairs I found Diamond...

Hubby's at a conference all week in DC, I'm doing all in my power to summon up my energy to clean and organize my smithing studio...but it's a hard task...I'd rather sit and saw...

then again, there's always the gym
my book
the vacuum
or a nice walk...

I hope everyone is having a fantastic day! (I have a feeling I'll be at my bench sawing soon)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Family Trees

Right around October I start pondering the lineage of my roots. As the cool air snaps my memories forward my emotions seem to intensify. (i bet a lot of you can relate) The holidays near, our bones begin to endure the dropping temps and memories flit  around like so many falling leaves.

Annie Ehutch and Her Children, this piece is for you...
Feather Necklace in Copper and Sterling Silver with Turquoise and Yellow Jasper
Feather Necklace in Copper and Sterling Silver with Turquoise and Yellow Jasper

Lately my saw is taking me in a new direction. I'm letting  it free-form some feathers out of both silver and copper. (I've lifted and held my various gold metals and gently stashed them back away~remember all those spinners with gold I used to make and sell?) A sign of the times, or the need for simpler metals to play around with?

My back has mended and as I  gather more strength I find myself letting go of "expectations" I've laid  on these metal smith hands. My muse whispers and sleeps and my own head slumbers over to the side on a soft place.

a  little bit about my roots:
 ~~~Eyak is one of the indigenous tribes I hail from,  the other being Santee Sioux. I've been working on an art piece in lieu of a photo album in form of metal, resin, old photos and census records. Something to be passed down- in form of a 3D instant heirloom.  I'd love to show you what I've made so far-sometime...There were so many children born to  my great grandfather and his very young Eyak wife, Anna Ehutch. (My paternal  grandfather being one.) ~~~

This woman, we think...is one of  those many siblings taking a swim in Lake Eyak, Alaska.  I absolutely love this photograph. Aside from the fact the lake appears to be cold, on the right you can spot part of an old canoe...which looks beautifully hand made. Oh and those trees of Alaska! My brother John and I went on a little trip with my grandfather when we were young. At the tender age of 9 I was struck by the foggy and clear beauty of the landscape all around.

again...this piece is inspired by Annie Ehutch one of the last Eyak, Alaskans, my great grandmother, and all of her children.
This necklace is made from Copper, Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, Yellow Jasper, and Blue Turquoise.
It's 22 inches in length from tip of the feather to the clasp. There are several ways to wear this piece.

Feather Earrings in Copper with Sterling Silver Ear Wires
ooooh and I do love to rivet!

I'm also going to start offering this fine stack of Poppy themed rings in Sterling Silver
(I wear my set almos daily!!!)
Poppy Stackers oh so Chunky!

This piece has been hearted and seen so many times, I wonder why it has no home yet? In the meanwhile, here's another shot of her :-)

...and you know me, what life without hanging with my Peeps? Tee hee hee

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Saturday! :-)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Why So Serious

with our art? (most of the time...maybe that's a question best suited for me!)

I have great news from the back doc, I have a normal back for my age, yes to the bone spurs, but they aren't touching any nerves. Imagine my surprise when I was told to go back to the gym when I feel like it, and will be starting physical therapy very soon. AND I had a cortisone shot in my left hip. The doc called me "loosey goosey" which aptly describes the quite amazing bendy positions I can move most of my joints.  These loosey hips needed a little WD40 I guess (in form of Cortisone)

So...I'm back at my bench sawing away.

Listening to Norah Jones (currently)


This is for you ! :-)

Ghost Peeps! Half sale!

Nay asked for a pic of me in my long Stay Puft down coat, so here she is Nay...
I look a wee grumpy, not sure what that's about...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dear Aussie Sisters,

here are your lovely Petite Spinner rings in Sterling Silver

thank you a million for this custom order! They'll be in the mail to you tomorrow (which is already tomorrow, how ironic!)

In other creative news I got into some old school sawing today, while listening to Norah Jones...
These will be listed tomorrow along with some bigger feathers (can you imagine bigger?) in the form of  a lariat...this artist also dove back into riveting (i love to rivet!)...and forming, oh and all of this is cold forged (no solder, no chemicals, just me at one bench-one station), music playing and hammering away. Am I sore? Yes! Was it worth it? Yes!

on a personal note:

Tomorrow I finally get to see the back doctor, after all this waiting, it may not seem long, but it felt so long of a wait between onset, xray, MRI and tomorrow~ some answers and solutions.
I cannot wait to find out how much physical therapy can help.

My brain is filled with questions like - am I sitting right? Should I really never fold my legs straight under myself (so I was instructed as a small child...to help with the clicking hips...partially dislocated at birth and discovered by my stepmother a few years later.) Should I stop doing my stupid human trick? (YES!) I will no longer be  able to perform my amazing feat (get it?) where I turn my legs backwards at the hips down to the feet.

I'm so giddy, I want to hear about the types of exercises to avoid, and the ones that will strengthen my back. I crave my time at the gym.

(polar opposite  of this giddyness I'm fearful for what my limitations may dictate to me for future metalsmithing)<---that's the Barney Fife in me...

I did sneak a peek at the CD I'm to hand over to my doctor tomorrow, a CD of my back. It's sort of cool to see into your own body. I think  I know what the diagnosis will be...and I think Google has given us way too much information for voyers like me who look for a lay-persons diagnosis.

So, there you have it, I've been laying low, resting and today I got my ya-ya's out by making (sawing) many copper feathers for you! :-)
for art
for life
for love
for that feeling you get when you are in the zone