Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy Kinetic New Year

Another Kinetic Spinner Necklace, so much fun to wear (if  you have one of these from my Etsy shop, you'll know what I mean) It's light, but it moves's cute, shiny, and sturdy...sometimes it even jingles a  little!!! :-) This one is made from brass, has a sterling silver spinner and has been shined up in my tumbler and is ready to rumble!

Below is a copper with Sterling Silver spinner necklace...I'll restock more of these soon!

a hint of things to come...

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Pieces...

Hello, it's so early here, the sun is not up. I'm so thrilled with my new pieces I wanted to show you as soon as I could...(note- 2 more necklaces of different designs will be up later...)

How do we say
I Love You

The heart symbol
is ubiquitus
it means

Hand sawed and stamped, patina added to make each message pop and my makers mark along with .925 on the back of each heart.
How do you say

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thank You

For playing my guessing game to win the spinner in the post below...Gina has won.  It was so much fun, and it always feels good to give.

I've got some wonderful necklaces for you, all sterling silver, all ready to ship(perfect for anytime and for VALENTINES DAY...they need to book their photo date, which...will most probably be later today. One of the necklaces is my little spinner on a chain, yes it was so much fun going back to my roots, kinetic jewelry!

Because I no longer solder in my home studio~ it will be sometime in January/February when I'm able to get to the big torch and make more spinners and set some Delicious  stones for you. I've been gathering them up from my favorite stone shop on Etsy, StonesInMotion, all of the stones I've received have been amazing! (I love to share my sources because I think we all prosper...)

Coloring Copper using Gesso and Colored Pencils
I tried a new technique I'm a little iffy about. I'll show you pictures of my results later as well. I'll also source the book where the information/instructions came from. I belong to a lovely group called The Ladysmiths, we are all located in and around the DC Area, VA and MD. Each month The Ladysmiths get together and try out something new, or share an old technique. I didn't make it to this last meeting, (which was too bad) because the class was all about coloring on copper. From the photos it looks like they had a great time and everyone seemed to reap the rewards of artists sharing. (Okay I admit since being invited to the group I've not made one meeting, but I will *shakes fist with jewelry saw in air!) But I do smith with many of these women at the studio we attend in Old Town, Alexandria. There's so many ways to learn and benefit from the connections we make and keep :-)

The HUGE snow storm hit the South, to the East and North of us, we got nil...but oh it's so windy out, and cold...though the sun has been out and I think our days are now getting longer, YES!!!

On a personal note, my left knee is acting up and I've done the xray/MRI thing. Just awaiting word on whether I have a torn meniscus or just a lot of....oh never mind, I don't want to get gross (what if you're eating breakfast?) or too deep into my physical issues, not that I have know what I mean.

I hope everyone shared a nice holiday season and I look forward to working with you sweet customers in the year to come! :-)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas and a Give Away for You JOY joy Joy...Spread it baby!

AutumnLeavesJewelry and LuxeCoop (our mother/daughter) shop experienced a wonderful year on Etsy. We would like to say thank you and spread some joy today by doing a few give aways. Here's the first...

Maybe you've had a rough year, or maybe there's someone special you'd like to gift this to, heck maybe your year has been fantastic and you'd just enjoy winning this!

Rules and Description:
This is one of my Tomboy Petite Spinner Rings, Size 7.5, it is oxidized...and ready to mail to you. All you need to do to win is to guess the correct number of ornaments on our fake white Christmast tree, hint, pic below.
Another  hint, we only have colorful glass balls, representing most of the rainbow spectrum of color.
Good luck...PLEASE ONE guess per post...and no more than 3 guesses per person...Spread the joy and this post for more friends to see and try to win this pretty ring. (if you don't mind!)

Hugs from Care (sending hubby up to count the boxes of ornaments and the amount per box) I'm resting my knee this weekend!

Fake White Tree :-)
I just snapped this with my phone, sorry for the blurriness...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Updated Pics

the sun is streaming in, it's so beautiful, so I snapped these, I think they are captured better than the dismal snow pics

the descriptions are a couple of blog posts below if you are interested, and updatged in my Etsy shop...for sale...

Hope everyone is staying warm and hair has so much static electricity, I'm thinking of just keeping balloons attached to my head today, I think they'll stay in place...mmmm...maybe yellow?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

John Hiatt, Crossing Muddy Waters

I'm so thrilled he has recently recorded this for all of us to hear. If you ever get the chance to see him in!  Hubby and I have enjoyed his performances. His songs are so touching and sometimes hilarious. This one, hits home deep in my bones.

This is the one I always cry to when he sings it live. 

Oh these lyrics...

Friday, December 17, 2010

Pretty Pretty Photo Day for my New Pieces:::Finally Listed in my Etsy Shop

Green Turquoise (what a fat cab!) in fine and sterling silver bezel, with 18k Yellow Gold and Rose Gold...this gorgeous necklace is just that. It has a hand made clasp by Yours Truly, and some interesting elements to make this piece stand out when you wear it. (my makers mark is on the back of the pendant) The piece reminds me of the 1920s era jewelry in color and in style. (Festoons coming up, oh yes, this artist has been reading her jewelry history books) :-)

(I'll be listing these pieces tomorrow) I'm feeling so rushed with my house Frau chores, and to boot (pun intended) the back of my left knee area is pulled again. I wish you could see the way I'm walking around. I'm good for a hearty you don't mind I just wanted to finally get these pics up for you then list after I get some pressies (helping Santa out around the house) wrapped :-)

The sun is out, and a somewhat wise man suggested I used the reflection of the snow to capture some nice pics, did I pull it off?

Baby it's cold outside, and I found out where the butterflies are hanging out! They're climbing up my new necklace. Oh and don't hey just pop with color? They are so pretty, pressed glass, and the sterling silver domed disc was etched by Yours Truly, free-hand. It's a stylized frond. This piece will remind you about Spring, and Hope and all things that bloom and the darkest of days.
My makers mark and .925 are marked on the back of the pendant.

Here's a photo of my husband's family china I used out in the snow to capture these sweet pics. I often talk to my work as I'm photographing, do you?
Here I simply said
"Sit china, good china!"

just had to add this...can't wait to get the album

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Afternoon Light

with new pieces does no justice...I'll be capturing these 3 beauties in the morning for you. (and listing them as well)

The greens, turquoise and etching are just so pretty. The 18k gold pops and so does the rose gold. Oh and all that silver....I want so badly to show you!!!

I took over a hundred digi photos and~ really, it's time to wait for that glorious morning light. (I'll be ready, here's a glimpse...) (any other smithers know this type of impatience???)

I had a fantastic work out with my trainer, he's such a good guy.
I still need to get to the shops to finish my Christmas shopping...right after my work-out I felt as if I had tons of energy, yet after the fizzle of my photos, I'm not to crazy about venturing back out into the cold and crowds...

what to do...

oh I some more Eggers...


Ooooo and just a quick nod to Jeannette Walls, it seems we've all read Glass Castle...I recently finished Half Broke Horses,
 her latest, and because this book is about (mostly) her grandmother, I re-read Glass Castle. What a treat!!!! Oh you writers!

this is what my hubby would look like if he were an Antelope, I call it

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lovely Day at the Bench

This fell off a fresh bouquet of flowers over the weekend...isn't it amazing how tough it is for such a pretty, broken thing?(It bloomed in the water)

I've got a kinetic bracelet to list: Loopy Loop Bracelet in Circles and Hoops
She's circular, she has spinners of sterling silver balls, and she is so easy to put on and take off. She isn't bulky, but she's firm. I love her. (she's kinetic!)
Loops and loops to play with, and if you wear her with another piece, or near your watch you'll hear a little jingle. She's 8" from end to end and has a little fun tag with my makers mark and .935 stamped. :-)

I was busy mailing some orders that came in over the weekend THANK YOU sweet customers for supporting my Etsy shop! :-)


I'm back at the bench this evening to finish a few more pieces to add to the shop, here's a little sneak preview:

I've got the tunes going, leftovers from last night, water, a warm place with a wonderful family, who could ask for more? I hope everyone is safe and warm :-)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Holiday Madness Sale

hello! I'm offering a sale so you can save your money and enjoy some goodies from my shop :-)

It's been nice a toasty in my studio here at home, no open windows. the only time I need to wear my mask is when I use my flex shaft (for sanding metal and such).

The weather has been super cold and suddenly turned a bit rainy and a wee warmer this weekend. We're due for another cold snap though. No snow to speak of, yet.

 I wanted to share a photo of our White Christmas tree. I'm not sure what the best light/dark- time of day- is best to capture how pretty it is. When you walk in to the room, the colors really pop as they go from Purple up to Red near the top. My daughter and I were going  for a color spectrum look.

I'll try some pics later as well.

I'll be adding more goodies to the shop soon, everyday type of jewelry like layering necklaces and simple pearl drop earrings.

The sale is good thru the holidays and I am still offering free world wide shipping. (I cannot promise your item will arrive by Christmas for those of you in other countries). The cut off for Christmas time arrival in the U.S. is mighty soon.

Hubby promised to make me pumpkin pancakes, I can smell them already!!!

Hope everyone is filled with warmth and love!

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Process

of creating a piece is sometimes so fulfilling it causes me to lose myself, and it's such a lovely feeling...

I started using (mostly) cold connections in my studio in an attempt to go eco-friendly, I gave away my soldering things and kept what  would get me through the winter. I still have all my lovely tools...I just couldn't put more chemicals through this old house. If I had a proper vent system, or a detached studio I would gladly continue soldering and using the other chemicals necessary for mainstream metalsmith work at home. (Soon our on-going classes will reopen in Alexandria and off I'll go to enjoy the big torches, mega air suck filters, and surround my weary bones with fellow artists!)

This means, I can stay warm and pretty lung-friendly here at home, no windows need to be open during my process of making items for you! :-) In fact, I gave away my LOS and opted for the old boiled egg trick for oxidizing metal. Here's a golf ball marker that's making its way to Canada as of yesterday...I sure hope it gets there by Christmas!

This was one of the funniest markers yet, you know this couple is very secure in their relationship when these words mean "I love you" (I hope she doesn't mind me sharing, I won't say her name) :-)

Steadily I'm working on this piece, and oh I am savoring all of the sweet moments with it. Every decision and turn and stage feels so freeing.

its taking me away from the looping madness of OCD. I love that my work has this ability...

I love my saw, my tube cutter, my flex shaft, my bits, my cold cold metal block i work on, my metalsmith bench, all of it...and oh the way the sun streams in the morning as I proceed with this piece...

I raise my coffee cup to you, and hope you are warm, your belly is full, and you have plenty of water.
  Hope to get some photos of our tree up soon!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

LuxeCoop Custom Knit Piece

Sweet sweet someone ordered  this from our Mother/Daughter shop, LuxeCoop on Etsy, (in her size), and here she is, ready to ship...

In other shop news, I'm working on some eco-friendly prong settings with rivets today, and will head out for my next training session at the gym soon.

Monday, December 6, 2010

New Pieces

and my tree is UP...(still need to decorate it...but I do have a theme in mind...)

can't go wrong with one of these fun necklaces! (and it looks so sweet worn with your favorite little lone pearl necklace- I know because I tried it) this statement necklace has a 16" chain and one of my hand made sterling silver clasps. (the length can be altered...just convo me)

I did some metal reppouse work on the silver for these little sweets, they are also slightly convex.
The puffy leaves are so pretty, they have such wonderful colors, offset by a pretty dark pearl. Of course I've added my own ear wires made by me, and my makers mark (so pretty) and .925 are stamped on the back. The raised areas where I did my chasing work will stay silver and the surrounding area darken a bit over time, give you an authentic, old world look!

Pretty pretty drops of teardrop shaped luminescent Rosy colors lend a nice pop to the little dark dainty pearls I've added. The sterling silver sawed teardrop shape allows the eyes to flow up and down this gem of a set of earrings. The ear wires (made by me, of course) are very large and loopy, adding to the overall look.

These will be listed after I return from the gym...

Personal news:
Our dryer's heating coil broke...hubby took it out and showed me, all I could think was ~gee that coil is kind of cool, what could I make with it?~ my second thought of course was, oy, all those clothes in the washer will be hung all over the house, and my dark load was half dry from the's to cold, dry weather for fast indoor drying! (oh, to put on jeans that feel like cardboard, tee hee hee)

We also have our tree, and this year I finally talked the family into an artsy theme which i've always wished to do. That said, I'll be adding/entereing my pics onto Jillians Tree contest over at Plume Gables blog (aka TheNoisyPlume)...I believe she gets MANY to come!

Hubby started seeing the same trainer as me, I'm SO THRILLED! He had his first session and is quite sore, and happy. He just needs to get there by silly-0h-thirty in the mornings to work out, and have some more sessions wih Deuce (if you're reading this honey, you can DO IT! Johnny, not Deuce!)

A special birthday wish to Caroliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine, and to Candace, you guys are so lucky to have Turquoise be your birthstone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would demand turquoise colored frosting, over a very vanilla cake, topped with little turquoise dyed Peeps! :D (with chocolate ice cream)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

12 Hours of Sleep

whoa...that was long, awoke to a windy rainy fussy morning, it's 60 degrees and later today the rain will ebb allowing frigid air to move in.  What's that Dylan song about changing with the weather/known to be extreme?

Gym, Table moving and Laundry for me today...I did come up with a very wonderful new design for my AutumnLeavesHome shop which I plan to start later today

my mantra for the day
cogito ergo sum

Meanwhile, oh this Alice piece...does anyone remember its debut? she needs a home...

A custom version of this is just about ready to ship from LuxeCoop

 have a lovely lovely day! (stay warm)