Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ginger Update

Hubby and I started puppy training classes for Ginger. Turns out we are the ones being trained. (we figured this would be the case!)

Her Jack Russell Terrier traits are showing and she's such a joy to have in our family. 

I also want to extend a sincere thank you to my sweet customers who have ordered jewelry using my free shipping offer :-) (some of you forgot to use the worries...each of you were reimbursed please check your ppal accts)

I have some new colors to introduce into my shop for the new year. Now that I can schedule time for Ginger to be crated while I work (until her puppy days are over) there will soon be splashes of new hues in my etsy shop, AutumnLeavesJewelry.

After discovering Terry's shop on Etsy, LostSierra, I've fallen in love with setting stones again. If you get a chance check out his shop, but hurry, his stones go fast. He can be found on flickr too under LostSierra. There might be another person who uses his name in her tags for her jewelry, but Terry's shop is strictly cabochons...just a heads up :-)

Been baking a lot of banana bread for a colleague of J's, and pumkin bread for home.

Each Sunday J's dad comes over for the game and then more games (on tv). It's a sweet day, we have a home cooked meal and naps, lol. It does make me miss my father who has relocated to San Diego. 

This is how I felt after our first puppy training class yesterday...

This is Ginger of recent days...

It's time to take my Ginger for another morning stroll outside, it's starting to feel cold here, how about where you are?  Happy Holidays :-)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

New Turquoise Silver smithed piece just listed

This is a magnificent piece. The stone is a Nevada mined piece, so gorgeous you'll want to touch it as you wear it.

The bezel I created has details that continue up the circular chain. The chain is made from 13 gauge sterling silver. (This is super thick silver) I felt this stone deserved nothing but dazzling sterling metal around it. The links were given a texture. (Each link and all parts were handmade by me, all parts have been soldered)

She is 20" in length from chain to chain. Even the bale is made by these hands.

My makers mark is on the back, along with the decade, and a USA and .925 stamp.

This is an instant heirloom worthy of that beautiful gift meant to last and to be passed down through time.

It can be worn as a choker with several “hoops" hanging down into the pendant. It's quite a versatile piece.

A bit about this stone:

Heirloom Nevada Candelaria Turquoise Designer Cabochon 22mmX33mmX11mm *Investment Heirloom Stone!!!! Absolutely one of the finest of all turquoises ever having been mined. From the Candelaria Mining District. Cut from a one of a kind nugget of Old Stock Turquoise having been mined decades ago. Beautiful Polish. Spectacular colors and web matrix. Does not get better than this. Natural Non Stabilized Non Backed.100% Guarantee.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

♥♥♥Free Shipping Use Code GINGER♥♥♥

Today is Thanksgiving and tomorrow Black Friday, how about an early savings offer from my shop?

Hello friends I'm offering Free Shipping for an early Black Friday deal in my AutumnLeavesJewelry shop. Just use the code:

Your total at check out will automatically reflect this discount. Remember to use the code GINGER

Also, this offer DOES apply to my sales section...I will be adding more sales items later today :-)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Meet Ginger

She was adopted this morning, she's about 8 weeks old and currently snoring in a little box with a soft blanket in my studio. Perfect timing with her availability as last Monday my jewelry saw slipped into my left pointer finger requiring two little stitches.

After toddling around the kitchen she crawled into my lap

We took a trip to Pet Smart for a collar, harness and food. Am looking into Free-cycle for some baby gates, if anyone in the area has any they no longer need I would love to unload them from you! :-)
She passed out on way home from store with her head  in purse. She's had lots of  new excitement today. We think she's a beagle-lab mix, will be seeing vet later this  afternoon.

I feel so thankful  and grateful she came into our family! I hope everyone has a wonderful and warm Thanksgiving! :-)

Thursday, November 17, 2011


More gorgeous turquoise from this man...

oh boy...

It's quick pickins over at his shop when he lists, they go fast, though I noticed he saves a few for after the big rush. I was able to reserve these ahead of time.

There were a few outside the turquoise range I really wanted, and boy where they reserved fast. This is fine, because unless I sell more out of my etsy shop I won't have the funds to keep collecting and making gorgeous items from this guys shop!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

New Turquoise Ring

I had a very fruitful day making 2 of of the other one later (the other I made just for me, partly because I LOVE the stone, and partly because...well you'll see tomorrow)

So...will be listing this one later if my laptop allows, I dropped the whole thing onto my wood studio floor, yep, kaboom. It wasn't pretty, less pretty was the cussing that ensued. (forgive me)

Anyway, I'm very happy with this ring, it is so magnificent (stone) and so well set (me) that I am proud to list it in my Etsy shop, AutumnLeavesJewelry.

She's a size 8.5, and has a 2mil by 1 mil thick sterling silver plain band. My makers mark and .925 are inside the band...

going to list after some tea and a chat with my lovely daughter...


Monday, November 7, 2011

New Turquoise Pendant

I just love this one, the stone is super chunky and a nice oval. Made with my past in mind :-)
Will be listing this soon in my AutumnLeavesJewelry etsy shop
here's  a size reference photo :-)

I will get a nice photograph of the pretty pendant I finished, I really enjoyed making it along with you guys.

On a personal note, I'm back in  physical therapy and loving the results of the hard work its producing. (though some mornings I'm quite grumpy as I get reay to head over to the facility) All in all both knees are not great so I'm working on building the muscles surrounding them. On my left knee my Baker's Cyst is back, or a new one has formed? (nothing to do with baking,lol, named after  the doc that discovered it). Anyway...lots of arthritis in both knees...just got a great pair of Super Feet (orthotics) which will make working out more fun.

I'm currently craving a pb & j sammich, so I'm off to make one.

Oh, and I just had my hair cut at Aveda, it was getting's shorter and I loooove the new do, but won't put a pic up till hubby sees it.

Hope everyone is doing well.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Final Video of Resin Pouring and Curing

hope this helps with your creativity, and yes I do finally get to the "doming" part of the resin.
thanks for watching :-)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Good Golly Look At These Stones!

blubublbububbub I'm drooling as I get ready to begin to make these into some pretty pretty pieces.
If you are interested in either let me know soon and we can work out a design for you, otherwise, I'm diving into them later today :-)

and this one

You can find this seller on Etsy...

Monday, October 31, 2011

How To Pour and Cure Resin

Hope you find this informative...the irony of making this, I had just enough juice in my laptop to make and edit the video. Right after our power went out for several hours. The house felt cold we're all back to normal

Thursday, October 27, 2011

How To Make A Silver Smithed Portrait Pendant

Hi guys, this is Part 1 of 2, I  hope you find it useful...I'll probably add pics with Part 2 when I finish this piece. Hope this sparks some creative juices in you :-) If you have questions about my process which isn't shown (lost footage wah) just post here.

The Original

Happy Birthday to my big brother  who would be 50 today, I'm glad you were born brother, today I celebrate your young life

Saturday, October 22, 2011

New (Old) Pendant

This is my take on my grandmother's old pendant she often wore. There are some variations I couldn't (and wouldn't) make an exact copy. I just love it, it was a joy to make. Each piece was sawed, filed, soldered, chased and made by me, with my hands. (not that there's anything wrong with it, but you won't find any bead caps in my pieces...)

I love you Grandma

and I'm bringing back the beautiful pieces you wore, with my twist.

This will be listed in my Etsy shop soon, if you like this look for more pieces similar to this soon in other forms of jewelry. I think this one will go fast...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thank You Again

sweet customers :-)
this is in bloom in my kitchen, this hibiscus loves being inside the house

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sale Continues and I'm back on Facebook

Several items have sold, thank you so much dear sweet customers. I love love love that after I spend time creating you wish to own these little treasures.

I make all of these works for you...

I'm back on facebook, I tried to get an account with just my shop name but it wouldn't let me because I still had an "existing" account, even though I'd deleted it. Anyway, it IS nice to be connected back with so many dear friends online, cross the Pond, and be able to see photos and other fun news as it pops up.

I plan to still spend more time in my studio than facebook...I just watched The Social Network again, and I agree with one of the lines told to S. Parker, "It's freakishly addicting."

We are currently having our 3rd estimate for a full new flat roof done (beyond just patching) so hubby is downstairs sharing coffee and gathering quotes.

I'm currently being drawn back by my muse into making more Native pieces. I've been to the library and have been sketching out some designs, I feel SO strongly about getting these pieces out there for you.

I love the look of older pieces made by Native Americans, each cut by hand, each soldered uncast pieces, the worn areas, the natural patina gathered over the years. And as always I think so fondly of my grandmother (I love you grandma)

This piece is still for sale

Ode To My Dakota Grandmother

Have a wonderful day everyone :-)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Opal Ring For You

Opal Ring for You

Opal Ring in Sterling Silver and 14k Gold

October birthday babies, I made you this Mexican Fire opal; this bright brilliant orange opal ring.

The opal ring is set into a wing-like motif with Sterling silver and 14k rose and 14k yellow golds.

My makers mark is on the back, there is a heart shaped cut out on the back where the stone sits to allow light to shine through.

As you can see, the stone is beautifully domed. Seated next to each side of this brilliant opal is a 14k yellow gold dot and a 14k rose gold dot.

This proud ring is a size 9.

I am a size 8 and can easily wear it with a set of 3 chunky rings in my size(8). I cannot resize this ring.

Happy Birthday October people!
(pssst you don't have to be an October Baby to wear this ring, you can also be Ninja!)

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Heading home

Yesterday we walked along the beach and I found several pieces of sea glass,  this one was a total joy to see!

the tide was low and we were able to see a big drop off area with sand bars beyond.

Love  the Outer Banks of North  Carolina, if you've never been I highly recommend it :-)

Sitting in our favey book/coffee shop
(my hair is really getting long)

Back to my studio and the crazy traffic of the NoVA DC Area...

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Recharging my soul...

Mailing another Etsy order (thank you sweet customer!) :-)

We frequent our favorite book/coffee shop in OBX
I could live here :-)
We love to support local/indie shops

every vacation we bring and finish a puzzle

Monday, October 3, 2011

50% Off Sale Continues at AutumnLeavesJewelry on Sale section items

and these are going to lovely LAnn in Cali today (see link below)
Yes I brought everything with me from my studio...a little nutty? Sure...

Crazy Lace Teardrop Earrings

Meanwhile...last night we dined on hubby's lovely fast cookin' meal
Here's my sweetest man

Yes we wore our teams jerseys, got to listen to half of the game on the way down, then the station fizzled. But we found out Redskins WON. yay :-)
Happy Monday to everyone!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Half off -prices reduced- in my Sale Items section of AutumnLeavesJewelry Etsy shop

Hubby says to move my older inventory, so here's a whopping half price sale for you, all items in my Sale Items section of my AutumnLeavesJewelry Etsy shop are already reduced and ready to ship. I cannot resize, oxidize or change anything with the items.
This is a fantastic time to stock up on Holiday goodies and a gift for yourself!!! :-)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Autumn Blooms Silver Jewelry

This metal artist spent the day

In keeping with a kinetic theme in my shop, this bracelet moves, it shines with depth.(it is so me) This rustic dsic bracelet is an instant heirloom you will be proud to wear and pass down to other lovely generations. It is made of sterling silver, and all fabricated by my hands. My makers mark and .925 are stamped along the back.

and these...

These sterling silver disc earrings shine with depth and are light as feathers. They are slightly domed and every aspect is hand smithed by me. The earwires are unique, I kept them long to balance sweetly with the round discs.

Toward the end of my work day in the studio Johnny arrived to attach my new revolving vise. My stepped bracelet mandrel fits in so well, I love it. And I love this man...even if he loves chasing a little white golf ball around a big green grassy area more than attaching a vise for me :-)

I was in a creative timeless zone earlier and my thoughts were racing ahead with new pieces to start.
That's a priceless feeling.

Just about finished reading

The Appointment
about to start

Happy Autumn Equinox everyone :-)

Friday, September 16, 2011

One Day At A Time

Is feeling more like one hour at a time, one breath at a time. Today will be long, and sometimes feel fast. Some big changes are occurring here and I'm rolling with the punches. Sometimes a punch can feel just like a big ocean wave you know the ones you love to ride or try to stand through as they pass near the shoreline?

Speaking of punches, I did just an hour ago receive my own Swanstrom circle punch set, I'm so excited. I have been borrowing my friend Jodi's, she has a Pepe, (I still love you Pepe).

New Service from AutumLeavesJewelry
Soon another- bigger item will arrive. It will allow me to offer services in the form of inscriptions inside your ring, your existing ring or rings from my shop. Stone set rings, all kinds of rings.
I'm over the moon that I finally ordered this tool?(machine) My love of rings extends back to when I was 8 years old when something so significant happened.

I've been stocking up my AutumnLeavesJewelry shop lately, making multiples at a time so you may see them listed. I want most of my items to be available for fast shipping when ordered for this holiday season :-)

Hubby's home today helping take care of some of these big changes I mentioned earlier in this post. I love this family, love this life and pray everyone has a fantastic day.

I would love for this pendant to's just so pretty :-)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Open Letter to Etsy

Dear Etsy,
Thank you!
I was delighted, surprised, inspired and it has repeated itself.

(let me explain, yesterday in the midst of our never-ending rains I received this in the mail...)

It's so pretty and printed on thick pressed paper (thank you Frank for printing and packing it for me...)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day Final day of sale

It's been a fun, long weekend. I've enjoyed some nice sales, and am grateful for that. Each time I send out a piece of my smithed work I feel giddy knowing its going to a new home, and love reading the feedback on each item

Thank you...sweet customers~!

Here's some updated photos of some pieces currently in my shop
(As I've mentioned a few times before, Becky my sis-in-law has  gorgeous hands...)


I LOVE this ring too....

I have more, but wanted to share theses with you here in my blog...hope you like :-)
(Jessie if you see this I miss you SO much!)

There must be a golf game on because Grandpa Bert and hubby are downstairs and every now and then I hear commentary followed by some yelling. This morning Johnny played golf with a neighbor. He managed to get two 9-hole rounds in this holiday weekend, despite the rain, or threat of.

My knees have taken their toll. I'm on semi-bed rest today, but you can't keep me down long. My left knee is experiencing numbness and tingling, it's the knee which I've had surgery on. My right knee is another story. It's giving me a lot of pain. It doesn't like stairs, walking, bending, generally moving about causes it pain. I've done some Googling, and just said "eh" because I feel I know the drill with the whole knee thing (get it? Drill?) Rest, Ice, Elevation...hopefully tomorrow I'll be up and about. All of this because I believe I sat in an awkward position for too long, and I also trod across part of a wood floor in my jeans, on my knees, who knew?!

I'm counting the days till the new Haruki Murakami book comes out...until then I'm looking for a new read...any suggestions???

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Family Day

We enjoyed a lovely day with family. Had a BBQ. Lots of belly laughs too.
Thought I'd share some non-business with you :-)

Tee hee, I love our little Mini Cooper toothpick holder, I found it in a little shop at Reston Town Center, and yes, it's made by an artist, not mass produced made to look hand-made...which is where I try to make my purchases when it comes to art objects.
Snacks before the bbq...

Sister and Brother
Beck and Johnny
(Beck is my hand model, you should see her hands! Actually her hands have helped me sell many Chunky and Thinny Stacking Rings)

Rob and Beck
(I just found out he's half Italian, no wonder he's so handsome)

Cady and Gray
(amazing to even get a shot of Gray, he's so sweet)

Grandpa Bert
(with dictionary, he's old school) 

Johnny and Care (me)

Cady on O'Mama's old chair

Cady and Care

Wish I had  set up the tripod for a group shot...Becky did pose her gorgeous hands for me for several of my rings which really needed to be shown worn. I'll leave those for tomorrow...right now I'll just enjoy the quiet of the house now that everyone has gone onto the rest of their evenings.

Last night we enjoyed dinner at our friends new home. Dinner was fantastic, the company was better, and they moved a nice distance so we can easily walk to each others homes. :-)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sale, Happy Labor Day long weekend Sale :-)

Use the code Beautiful and receive 33% discount at checkout at my AutumnLeavesJewelry Etsy shop.

The long last weekend is here marking when we change over to...what?'s still hot here...Kiddies go back to school, oh, to be in traffic behind all those yellow bus stops, lol! (good luck Mom's and kids!!!) :-)

I've got another long work table planned for hubby to construct (he is such a sweetheart!)As long as he can fit his weekend round of golf in, we're set.
We'll be hosting a family bbq on Sunday, hope the weather behaves. 

Yesterday I was SO excited to receive an order of tools and things, alas, my stepped bracelet mandrel was seems something was lost in translation during my order process. I do own a very cool - new - rotating mandrel vise though, can't wait to attach it to the long table hubby will construct. I admit I was bummed the mandrel was missing, but the place I ordered it from offered to send it sans shipping cost.

Metalheads, I sent in about 4 years worth of silver scrap...I was really holding on...can you imagine? I did manage to get the Troy weight and finally realize it was best to let it go...I plan to do this a couple times a year. Collecting everything was laborious and I'd like to be more organized after I finish a project.

Here's a pic from earlier, I decided to rock  my Orakpo jersey, Redskins represent!!!

That's all I got, just the sale announcement and words, no pictures, no artsy landscape shots with me strolling along the grass in my Sunday's Best. No close ups with me in rollers, or make-up with my latest earrings. I'd  like to make time for that, earrings shots. (not artsy ones  with me strolling along the grass set in vintage hue- trust me, it would look silly coming from me.)

Anywho...Hope you can find something cool for Fall, or for a gift for a friend, loved one, or for you! :-)