Tuesday, May 31, 2011

How To Size Your Finger For A Ring

While perusing my blog of many many posts and doing some pruning, I came across this...and thought it could be helpful for some of you. I think it might be 2-3 years old, but it's still pretty informative.

I do sell ring 'sizers' in my shop, they are plastic and reusable, but nothing replaces going and having your finger sized for a specific "type" of ring :-)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Reading Joan Didion

Joan  Didion
The Year of Magical Thinking, this is a re-read, - savoring every word and feel as though I'm with her gliding through the hours. (I'll be on the look-out for a new read soon...)

Jonathan and I shared hours of gardening and a "date" out to a tool store (my kind of guy). The dirt felt so good under my hands, the burning sun revived something in me.

Changing times, so fast, so many at once...

My glasses are loose on the left hinge and I've been meaning to get them fixed for months. Lately I've been wearing my prescription  sunglasses almost everywhere I go instead, the sun is so strong I don't mind.

Watched Restrepo last night, then again today, if you get a chance to see it (and you are drawn to Independent Film, war stories, I highly recommend this.

God bless our brave men and women as they serve  for our countries freedom.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Unplugged from facebook

Goodbye cyber highway overload.

Back to basics. My family has been at its breaking point for some time now and I'm turning back to the simplicity of creating art, offering it up to any soul who would love it. I want to continue with this lovely passion as long as I am able.

Someone summed up my feelings of late as Empathy Fatigue
sometimes we choose our disasters and react accordingly
sometimes we  have no choice

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Father's Day Golf Ball Markers

They're here, and they're selling from my AutumnLeavesJewelry shop. Yes they are back, and I'm receiving some pretty clever words for messages on these pretty markers!

Fore in lieu of For...
Use a Heart stamp instead of the word Love?
(I have a Birdie symbol, and I'm pretty sure a Birdie is better than a Bogey, of which stamp I do not have...tee hee)

This is the perfect item to use your very personal and favorite "I love you Dad" speak...for instance, my daughter and I have a saying that means the world to both of us and this is the perfect token to  add it to (If I were a golfer). I've tried to golf, I've had lessons, played a round and been to the driving range. All in my desperate effort to join my hubby in one of his all time favorite games. (have I mentioned how all of the men in our families love the game of golf?)

Another bonus to these well crafted (built to last) golf ball markers from AutumnLeavesJewelry is they are 25% discounted from their original price...simply add the code during check out (in the code area)
and voila! Your small amount of 22.00 will be adjusted before your eyes :-) Times are tough with the economy and every amount of savings help.
These come specially packaged for gifting and your child can be a part of marking/signing Dad or Grandpa's note card! :-)

It's all a happy Father's Day win-win gift!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New- Turquoise Stacking Rings

I have been meaning to make these for some time, and yesterday afternoon (in lieu of housework) finally produced some. They are so sweet, so petite, and such eye-catching little turquoise rings! They stack with other rings, or can be worn alone. I kept one for myself, it's currently sitting on my finger, all alone, later I might add a chunky and a thinny :-)

These will be made-to-order in your size, with a week turn around time (you know me, most of my turn around times are faster than that)

I currently have these sizes on hand (get it? on hand?) oy...

5 3/4
6 1/2
9 1/2

If you don't see your size and would like one (or more) please contact me :-)

I'm  also about to list this ring. It's quite unusual and reminds me very much of a ring/lariat I made a while back. You see, it is 2 rings in one and as I tried it on and photographed it I couldn't decide which element I liked better. There  is an 18k Yellow Gold bauble and a 14k Yellow Gold Bauble. The Stone is Moss Agate...my makers mark is on the back. The ring is such a pretty half round rustic pattern.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Chaos into Art

I feel like a storm has opened up inside of my brain today.

This was finally finished, shined, and mailed (middle ring) my Unquiet Ring...the Blue Lapis is Angelica's, I"m keeping it safe for her right now. The other is going to be listed soon. It is a wonderful thick wavy ring, with a pattern, and 3 strong strong "sprouts" representing Spring and Renewal.

I just soldered some new Stacking Rings I plan to list, rings with set stones, I'm starting with my favorite...Turquoise...

Earlier I tried to vacuum, and sweep, and mop and I had a chaotic time staying on course in order to simply finish each task. In fact, the only task I've completed outside of my studio was an errand to pick up meds this morning, and managed fresh bedding.

Everything else I've started is sitting in piles, (sort of like the mounds of messy thoughts in my brain) all over the first floor of our home.

And someone reminded me that all I need to do is rest and come back to myself (yes I truly was unwinding) Do you know those horrible untethered thoughts?

So...now - I sit here, with my water, my pickle solultion doing its work on 5 new bezel set stackers, and my brain feeling like it's safe tucked into my place of creativity.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Father's Day Sale at AutumnLeavesJewelry

My golf ball markers are here, and ready to go, they are 25% discounted when you use the code
LoveYouDad at check out in my AutumnLeavesJewelry Etsy Shop.

Thank you sweet customers for the Mother's Day orders, I'm finishing the final order today. It was sweet to come home to these and dive into the work of hand on metal, fire and connection.

Our kitties missed us and Bart particularly was a bit overjoyed to see us return yesterday. As the thunder clapped outside, and rain poured down he was spotted near the front door. He ran in past us crying the whole way (picture a raspy Marilyn Monroe meow- he truly sounds like this) into the living room and back around to the kitchen.

Later he would not leave my side and I would melt every time I looked at his blue eyes. He was caught drinking from my water cup (naughty boy!), and got into everything he possibly could.

He even brought me one of his highly coveted plastic straws (he's a plastic straw kinda dude).

Finally I had to give him a gentle push from the nest when he was seen eating some string near me. I think we're back to normal today. Scrappy is snug in her favorite place, my studio, under an open window, shaped into a brown box.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sale Continues

while on vacation...
feeling reflective and numb today...our actions impact those we love, please keep this in mind...
(I love you dearest, you know who you are)

An entrance to someones beach house...so telling

Hubby in our favorite book/coffee shop

A little grin just before I devoured a Royale with Cheese at our newest  favorite burger diner joint

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

More On Sale Love...extending my sale while on Vaca

Enjoying our vacation, here's what we walk to each day...it's just so pretty here.

Thank you beautiful customers for the sales love, here's to a full week of staying open and continuing my sale. If you purchase an item, or items from my etsy shop AutumnLeavesJewelry, simply use the code MotherLove at check-out. :-)

If you would like to purchase from my AutumnLeavesJewelry Artfire shop the discount is already set for you...just simply purchase. All my items will be made and go out early next week.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mothers Day Jewelry Sale in Both Shops


I'm  offering 30% discount (will be automatically reduced at check out) in both my Etsy and Artfire shops. AutumnLeavesJewelry will hold this sale until this Friday, just a couple of days before
Mother's Day
and will guarantee arrival by Saturday shipping via regular USPS when ordered by Monday, May 2nd. If you purchase an item (or items) that need to be custom sized or later than Monday, just contact me and I will let you know what expedited shipping cost will be, and we can discuss arrival time of custom sized orders.

Just a heads up: after Friday, May 6, the sale will go away in both shops.

Another goodie to think about, I'm now going to start including special sales offers in orders I send out, (private sales) for return customers :-) No return customer will be excluded, and along with the beautiful item from my shop you will find a secret discount to a special item.

I've just added the code MotherLove to my AutumnLeavesJewelry Etsy shop for the 30% discount.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!