Friday, July 29, 2011

For My Eyak Alaskan Great Grandmother- Sterling Feather Earrings

Anna Ehutch I wish I'd met you...I have the letters you sent to your children at Chemawa Indian School.

I traveled to Alaska when I was 9. We ventured to Metla Ketla and Ketchikan. Not quite up to Cordova, Anchorage or your old native village...

These are made with you in mind...you lovely woman wading in the frigid Alaskan waters.



These are 3 1/4" in full length (top of earwire to bottom of earring)
They are 1/2" at their widesst.
Each have been riveted near the ear wire, hand sawed and textured by me.

You may have seen variations of these earrings in my shop in other forms. Hope you like them.
Here's a size reference.



There will be more added to the shop tomorrow...
btw it's over 100* here near DC, a good  day to stay busy creating pretty shiny things. What did you do in this awful heat?
(I think a nap or a book sound delicious!)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fresh Buds from my Camera Lens

New:
available in my shop shortly...and these are going out to a sweet lady in NY :-)

Dear Grandma, I love you...
This is not a super new ring, but I did capture its beauty quite nicely- I believe


Sunday, July 24, 2011

KISS

Keeping it simple Smithlady


I receive requests for numbers other than 3 stackers so thought it was time to simplify some of my listings. Here you go my Lovelies...this listing is for just one stacker. It's affordable, will keep forever and will look so amazing layered with other rings you adore wearing :-)


Friday, July 22, 2011

AutumnLeavesJewelry Etsy Shop Re-opened

...my ear feels better and the antibiotics are making me nauseous...but I'm a happy clam sitting in our local coffee shop adding new items to my etsy shop, reading about the new CEO of Etsy (and hoping for more marketing avenues with this change for us sellers)...

I don't have a decent current pic of me so here's an oldie but goodie



(i curse and thank the antibiotic gods!)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

So Hot and Itchy

I have so much personal news. Though really when it boils down to telling you it doesn't seem like so much.

First, I finally went to see my doc this morning and found out that indeed I have been battling an ear infection for about 2 weeks. (you know that inner voice that says Oh if I just leave the thing alone it'll get better, or the other voice that says It's just stress...) <---in fact I almost cancelled my appt for this morning thinking I was over reacting to this ongoing pain in my right ear. (enter the main lines of Dylan's song Idiot Wind) So...I was embarassed to have waited so long to get this checked out, and relieved to get some antibiotics and drops right away.  I don't feel "lazy" for resting and suddenly putting my Etsy shop on vacation the other day.
Two new books are by my side:
The Girl Who Fell From The Sky
and
Everything Is Illuminated

I recently finished reading
Lord of the Flies
and
A Blessing on the Moon


We enjoyed hosting two back to back visits from family that spanned from June into July. Can I tell you I'm tired?(I'm tired)

 My sis-in-law Roo and her two kids were here. We enjoyed a 3 day stay at the beach and the kids l-o-v-e-d it.  (they're from Tucson, AZ) We enjoyed waves, sand and a pool (which, it turns out is probably the culprit for this ear infection- time spent in waves and pool)

After Roo and kids left, I had one day to scrub the house up for another visitor, this was a 10 day stay.

The most interesting find while cleaning to prepare for the second visitor was toothpaste smeared along a bathroom wall, and I mean a fat line of it. (did I mention the kids are 12 and 14?)

Angelica and cousin Nick
out back for bbq


We took lots of vids of the kids doing various things. How did we ever remember the funny parts of our childhood before we began to take short vids of these funny episodes?

Riding the waves in Delaware

Dana and Care, first day at beach, we arrived late and went to check out the wave action

Nephew Nick-he's 6ft tall and only 14 egad! and Hubby, Johnny


I was hoping to splice one together of the visit but need to download another movie app for my phone vids.

Sunday our final visitor left and I just couldn't shake this feeling of fatigue, and at the same time an ongoing pain in my right ear.
After managing to get a couple of etsy orders out to customers I realized it was time to take a break from everything for a bit.

That said (according to the typed instructions on my antibiotic) in 7 days I should be feeling better. Though I think in just a couple of days I'll be on my feet again :-)

Is everyone feeling this heat wave? I hope you all stay hydrated with water and keep out of the sun as much as possible. In our area the air is "bad" meaning polluted. Hubby plays golf 3 days starting on Friday. You have to really love hunting down a tiny white ball for hours to want to be out in this weather.

Niece Dana makinng face and SisinLaw Roo looking pretty as ever

Last BBQ before Karin headed back to Portland, OR
Karin, Bert and Johnny
Meanwhile I'm still on the hunt for a new camera for getting better close ups of my smithed jewelry. I'm looking for a nice digi with macro capability. Any suggestions?

(totally random, I learned i could tie a cherry stem in my mouth, one of these is mine, the other two from my niece)



one more thing, at the end of each day I get to hang out with this Lovely!





that's all I got for today :-)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Plume Agate Necklace

Fresh from my garden of stones...
Beautiful dentritic stone set into a bezel made by me, with a cut out of a sunflower in the back to shine its brilliance. The pendant is a 17" drop with  a pretty set of freshwater pearls along the back, dropping several inches. A cut out of a similar sunflower tag (made by me) with my makers mark and .925 also drops along the back. Wear your hair up with this luscious piece you'll want to show it off.

A band fix for a customer, I made this a year ago...

...and once again, Gina's Ring