Saturday, December 29, 2012

Custom Spinner Necklace

This sweet piece is flying out to Australia. A lovely customer ordered this from my etsy shop, AutumnLeavesJewelry.

It's a variation on my much larger personalized family heirloom spinner necklace.

Part of the beauty of this is I made all parts, even both tubes. It was a pure joy to create.

Kinetic jewelry is my favorite to work with.

This will soon be a Made to Order item in my shop along with many other spinner (kinetic) pieces.

I hope you like it.



 
In other news Ginger's chest and inner elbow rash has returned.  We took her to the vet and will be doing the steroid and anti-biotic round again. After this clears up we'll watch closely and might need to take her to a dermatologist to find out what she is actually allergic to.
 
It was nice seeing family and friends over the holidays. Facebook is a great way to stay close to family, if not in person, at least on line :-)
 
 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Friday, New Spinner Necklaces

Hello Friends

It's been a busy time in our little part of the world. My father in law has settled into his new place and is doing great. Our daughter is working full time in Florida and we feel so very blessed :-)

Ginger is still Ginger. The cats are still hesitant about her. They tease her, when she's in her crate they lallygag nearby. When she's in the kitchen with the baby gate up, they'll stretch out on the foyer rug and preen. It's sort of comical. They do have their routines with each other.

I currently have some lovely stacking rings Ready to Ship in my Etsy shop. 

This week my shop enjoyed a flurry of business for which I am so grateful for.

Back to Spinners and Kinetic pieces - I seem to do pretty well selling Men's items, or Unisex pieces.

That said...I'd like to start offering these as a Made To Order listing...(I've sold them in the past, and they are a joy to make, because they spin!)

Both Listings will be available in my shop, AutumnLeavesJewelry later today. (I believe the spinner on the right, the copper fired red one is already listed) The variations seem limitless. The spinner on the left is brass with a sterling silver, oxidized sterling silver spinner ring. The copper on the right has been torch fired to a nice red, with a beautiful hand forged sterling silver ring, left unoxidized).

 
I hope everyone is well and staying warm.
 
 




Friday, December 14, 2012

Happy Friday

Happy Friday to you! :-)

Yesterday I put up a few lights outside, nothing too big. I found some garland with lights attached for half off. It looks so pretty out front draping the wrought iron railing that leads down our steps. Garish seeming at first - I purchased a giant candy can with lights inside, I thought -Why Not- it's a fun statement. This is next to the front door, and I was able to hide the ugly orange wire in a huge empty planter pot. Atop the planter I put a long string of white lights which I wraped about,  and atop of this some fake garland. It really is sort of sweet!

I'm so pleased, okay beyond pleased with my new staple pair of earrings! I'm also thrilled with the photos of other items I've retaken. It really is important to update our Etsy shops, and when the sun presents itself in all its glory, my camera is ready to roll.

Here are the listings of the new items I mentioned yesterday. Each of these items are ready to ship. Remember for free US shipping simply add FreeShippingUS into the code area at check out.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/118117190/domed-silver-dangle-earrings-sterling



https://www.etsy.com/listing/118117358/ready-to-ship-size-6-autumns-petite?ref=v1_other_1



https://www.etsy.com/listing/118116879/green-oval-turquoise-ring-in-sterling



https://www.etsy.com/listing/118116570/sterling-silver-round-noisy-domed-ring?ref=v1_other_2









Thursday, December 13, 2012

New Jewelry Pieces

Hello Dear Friends,

I've been a busy metal smith today.

This first Lovely is a variation on my Unquiet Ring (some of you are familiar with). This makes noise too! Inside are 2 sterling silver beads. As I always say, You cannot be Ninja wearing this ring!

All parts were made by me. The ring is about an inch wide in diameter. It domes up just under half an inch at the very highest point. Its nicely stamped with a Native feel to it. The ring shank is semi-wide and plain.

This is definitely a unisex ring. My makers mark and .925 are stamped. It is a size 9.
I hope you love it as much as I do :-)

I will be listing this in my Etsy shop, AutumnLeavesJewelry soon...




Another ring fresh from my stone garden:

Gorgeous green turquoise and sterling silver ring. This is a size 8 1/2. The turquoise is a gorgeous oval and sits inside a lovely bezel. I've added some pretty silver round balls to the side. The ring shank is almost a floral pattern and I have oxidized the silver portions to help bring out all these rich textures for you.

My makers mark and .925 are included on this ring.




A staple in my shop, Tomboy Spinner Ring:

This is freshly made and ready to ship! It's a size 6. (she spins, oh does she spin!!!)




Last, but not least are these round, pretty, stamped and domed and textured sterling silver earrings!

They are an inch and a quarter from top of earwire to bottom. All parts made by me. My makers mark and .925 are stamped on the inside. These are a tad over a half an inch wide in diameter.

They remind me of buttons. They're light weight and are definitely an Everyday pair of earrings!



Going to grab some lunch and list these 4 items. I hope everyone is doing well :-)





Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pumpkin Bread

Hello Friends,

I'm currently offering Free Shipping within the US. Simply use the code FreeShippingUS at check out to redeem this offer. I know every little bit of savings always helps.

My shop has been unusually slow which has me feeling a little sad. Not to worry, as I type this there is a pair of the sweetest puppy dog eyes staring up at me from my lap.

Speaking of Ginger Girl, I saved myself some money by giving her a bath here at home last night. I used  doggie shampoo. (anything smells better than she has smelled!) I also trimmed her nails...carefully! I feel like a grand pack leader as she didn't seem to mind either task.

The other day it was raining out, which seemed a perfect time to make these:
Pumpkin Bread
(the recipe is below the photo)
 
Pumpkin Nut Bread:
  • 3 1/3 C. Flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 C. Oil
  • 2/3 C. Water
  • 2 C. Pumpkin (or 1 15 oz. Can)
  • 2 C. Sugar
  • 1 C. whole or Chopped Nuts
Makes 2 Loaves!
 
Grease bread pans
Mix  first 5 dry ingredients
Add oil, water, sugar, pumpkin and nuts, mix
Bake at 350* for 50 minutes
 
 
     
     
 
 


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Jewerly 40% Off Sale in my Etsy Shop AutumnLeavesJewelry

Hello Friends,

I haven't blogged in a month! Things have been very busy around these parts. My husband and I are making plans and getting the prep work done for my father-in-law to move to a different location. To say we have not felt stress is to say we haven't felt so much love. Luckily the balance of each is equal. While my father in law has had a tough couple of months he remains healthy and ready for the big move.

In other news I still have some fantastic items on sale and would love for them to find new homes :-)
They would each make wonderful Hanukkah or Christmas gifts! (or just treat yourself - I always say)
:-)

I'm so close to my 1,000th Etsy sale, well, I'm in my 900's and am waiting for that big number to hit. I'll always remember what it was like with my first and 100th sale. I do love the connections I make on Etsy. Connections of fellow lovers of art. Lovers of things hand made.

Soon I will be learning how to carve into wax for hand made, one of a kind, cast metal pieces. I can't wait!

Meanwhile, Ginger has grown from a hyper puppy to a semi...oh dear-okay... mostly-hyper 1 year old dog. She's learning to stay on her bed while I smith in the studio. She's loving her walks and still trying to get to know her sister kitties in the house.

Once my father in law is settled into his new home I will have so much more free time to create lovely jewelry for you.

A couple of days ago a dear friend, Jessie, flew home to visit with family, we met halfway in Annapolis, MD. It's always a special time catching up with each other in person as opposed to online. Aren't we all grateful for being in touch online?



If you look to the right of this entry you will see some photos from my etsy shop you can click on any of them to enter my shop. I'm forever grateful for each sale and look forward to working with you in the future.





Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Earrings - November Bones

It's November. The rains have come and gone. The ground is covered in leaves, quickly dried by the wind and sun. When the wind picks up I imagine a huge invisible broom whooshing the noisy leaves down our black paved parking lot. Their colors, once brilliant are turning a muted version of what they were. Winter is lurking and my bones are feeling their heft. The chill outside has me thinking in black and white, and in shades of gray. When I was a little girl living in Europe we took a day trip from our Army Base near Kaiserslautern to France. We visited a World War I site in Verdun. It was such a cold day. The photographs I keep with me remind me of the winds, the muted colors and all the black and white. Mostly I recall the bones. The bones of war, the bones of sacrifice, the bones of life. The bones from the battle of Verdun were placed into these rooms for a specific reason. As a girl I dismissed the given reason. Instead, I could not help but relate to the complete disconnect of the bones to the people that were. Somewhere in this disconnect I found a quiet beauty. 

Black and white, bones and quiet - and the little village in France full of soldiers' bones from so long ago - inspired me to create these earrings. When I look at them I see the dry leaves, slender spines with bones and finally,  the movement of life.

These earrings -I call November Bones- hang 3" from top of ear wire to bottom of leaves. All parts were created by me. .925 is stamped in two places on each earring. The earwires are also made by me, they curve just long enough to balance the lengtb of the earrings. Magnificent freshwater pears of 3 shades are attached to the chains. The leaves at the bottom of the earrings are sawed and forged by me.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/115020822/november-bones-long-earrings-in-sterling







Friday, October 19, 2012

Short Story of My Front Tooth and The Latest

If I had to describe my goings on in the last 2 months it would simply be-
A gal's tooth, interrupted...and a lot of questionable surgery smack down going on in my mouth...

Long story short
Root Canal
Infection
Apicoectomy on same tooth and its neighbor (yes 2 at once!)- [why do insurance companies not care to pay for most of these situations?]<---Rhetorical rant
Infection on neighboring tooth
Tooth cracked where the Apicoectomy was performed (neighboring tooth)
Tooth glued/cemented back in by regular dentist (I shall never stray again oh yea dentist!)
Impression made for fake tooth
Tooth pulled
Graft started
(my dentist doesn't know this part yet) Some of graft and most of stitches came out day 3, yesterday. I was txting with my friend and she said stop trying to shove it back into the socket, let the dentist do what he needs to do. So...it fell out, it was gross and interesting at the same time.

Wearing temp tooth in a clear retainer instead of the other route because Dentist found that the bone was so non-existent due to questionable Apicoectomy that was performed on tooth (which probably had a hairline crack to begin with)sooo...now we wait 6 months :-)

Really only wearing the temp when I go out in order to let inflammation of gum heal. It's healing!

Day 4, today, regular Tylenol is keeping pain at bay, but when I go to make a 7-golf ball marker order , and spinner ring order, today it will be throbbing.

I know it will be throbbing because yesterday I made 1 golf ball marker, used the hammer, file, dremel, tumbler, really did not exert myself too much and had to take a Vicoden.  The a whole Vicoden is too much...so I only take a half.

The other part of my life that has been trying and exhausting is coming to terms with my aging father in law. He is 87. My husband and I live a couple of blocks away and due to proximity, love and a lot of patience- it has fallen on us to do most of the care taking recently.

I won't go into detail, there are some really great sites out there for dealing with the issues that arise when a loved on starts to have health issues, and is elderly.

The best thing that has come out of this is being able to observe the bond my father in law has with his son, and the bond I am developing with him as we ride around in my car. (and shop for just one banana!)

We are learning to Let go and Let God...we're learning what a true emergency is vs. a momentary freak-out.  I'm seeing how doctors care for the elderly and except for one experience I would say he's been lucky.


Thought I would share some current photos with you
Ginger enjoying some freedom in my studio yesterday
 
Scrappy at vets office last week, on her own terms, just shots and a check up, she'd doing great
 
Johnny and I at game 5 of Nationals vs. Cardinals. We lost to the Cards, I wonder about the thinking behind letting Teddy win the presidential race, again! It was a very chilly, late night, the fans were rooting the Nats on till the end! (it was so sad though)
 
 
A cousin who lives in Arizona is finding more and more amazing photos of our ancestor and his children, who were named Fraizer though his named remained Native.
 
 
I really want to make some variations of this ring again!!!
 
That's all I have, hopefully I will have the energy and time for some new works to show you this Fall!
 
Take good care...
 
 
 
 







Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sale Continues for a Couple More Hours

A big huge thank you to those who have taken advantage of my 25% discount sale, by using the code YaySale at check out. Just a reminder, I offer direct payment now as well...this means you can pay with your credit card...or you can still use paypal! :-)

I was surprised this lovely didn't get snatched up, it really needs a home! (so do my other stone set, ready to ship, rings!)
Druzy Ring


In other news Ginger has turned 1 year old! She is such a huge part of our family I don't understand why it took so long to adopt a pup. Maybe she was meant for us which means we needed to wait. Aside from teen moments where I do bed checks and find contraband like pens, and other parts of things, she can behave pretty well. Other times it feels like we have a really wild teenager. Turing my back for 5 minutes could prove a destruction of half a box of Kleenex, you get the picture. She's a real sweetheart. :-)

here she is from last week
 

Hubby and I attended a really lovely wedding last weekend, here's my latest pixie cut (Reminds me of my first one I got when I was 9 years old!)
(my dress was floor length which I've never worn, I loved it) It was an Evan-Picone thrift store find for 8$, I love that it was a perfect fit :-) I had a newer dress picked out but wanted to get my vintage on.


Root canal saga on front tooth...had root canal, yada yada, pain persisted, turned out I had infections in 2 front teeth that needed immediate oral surgery. During the 2 hour procedure the only pain I experienced were the shots- lots of local shots before drilling into the bones. It was surreal watching the doc meticulously suture my gum back up afterwards and not feel a thing. It wasn't until a couple hours later (post surgery) that the pain kicked in and it felt as if someone had clobbered my mouth with a hammer, over and over. It's been 3 days and my right side of my face is quite puffy...I'm staying on top of the pain, taking antibiotics, rinsing with special stuff and eating soft foods. Oh, and rinsing with good old warm salt water too. I may do  blog post on the before and after, along with during in case anyone has to have this done...the balloony face is the most icky part right now, and the pain... if I don't get it on time. I really like my doc and his assistant and would trust him with my tooth issues in the future (I have been blessed with icky teeth)...rah rah genetics!

Oh, and our bathroom is finished! Our 1966 (quite moldy and falling apart) bathroom now looks like this...it was about a 2 week process...
I would also recommend these guys for any bathroom remodels! They were great!

Currently working on getting these made for a customer who took advantage of my sale- I'm so grateful!!! :)

...and have dug back into my knitting...

I hope you are all well and having a grand weekend :-)







Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sale Still Going, Workin On Chain

just a reminder that my 25% sale is still going, kindly use the code YaySale at check-out and receive your nice discount :-)

Here are just a few of the items that are listed in my shop in my inventory Ready to Ship

https://www.etsy.com/listing/58593869/25-off-all-items-today-custom-sizing
this stack of sterling silver rings are made in a pretty timely manner...

https://www.etsy.com/listing/101747353/25-off-all-items-today-druzy-earrings

https://www.etsy.com/listing/98295905/25-off-all-items-today-chunky-purple?ref=v1_other_1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/100574668/big-blue-sky-turquoise-and-silver-ring

https://www.etsy.com/listing/105472714/turquoise-ring-oval-shape-rustic-ring


The chain I'm currently working on is all hand formed, sawed, forged and soldered by me. It has sterling silver and 14k yellow gold components...looking forward to showing you the finished piece :-)



The men are still working away in our master bathroom, it has been "out of service for a couple of years" I guess we procrastinated a while. Before we could tackle the bathroom we had to get the roof completely redone. Some of you might know we have a flat roof...I love the houses in this neighborhood, but dislike the upkeep of the flat roof. It's costly and scary when we get a heavy snow.  Probably not the best feature of the home ;-)

Ginger will be turning 1 very soon...she has brought an abundant amount of joy to our lives, what a girl that dog is!!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sale Still Going, Introducing New Item

Aside from my awesome sale, 25% by using the code YaySale at check out, I'm introducing a new item...

Ear Cuffs

Ear Cuffs in Sterling Silver (I have made this for my niece when she graduated high school and she wears it every day) She is currently settled in at college, on a full scholorship (can you tell I'm a proud Auntie?) Anyway, it was so much fun to make this and decide to add it to my shop.


Listing for Ear Cuff in Sterling Silver with Chain
 
The chain is left unadorned so that charms can be added by the wearer (or removed)
 
On one side I hav e the date of graduation, on the other are her initials, this is about all that will fit inside this sweet little cuff.
 
 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Jewelry Sale in my Etsy Shop

Hello Friends,

For Labor Day Weekend I'm offering a 25% sale on all my items listed in my AutumnLeavesJewelry shop starting now.

Use Code:
YaySale



I hope you can use this discount to take advantage of some stackers, earrings, or that really lovely stone set ring you may have your eye on.

My stacking rings have always been a best-seller of mine...such a perfect time to order some. So are my Tomboy and Petite Spinner rings :-)

There's not a lot new going on in life outside of my smithing world.

We are currently having our master bathroom renovated. It's been years in the wishing for me.

Ginger will be a year old in a couple of weeks! :-)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Two Types of Sterling Silver Stacker Rings

I decided to make 2 distinct sizes of baubles, or balls, for sterling silver stacking ring options. My others (plain stacker's) are still available as they have been for many years.

I hope you like these :-)

A wonderful part of the process in smithing these is the use of what we smither's call "scrap" metal. In this case I'm using little pieces of sterling silver from other projects for the baubles, or ball tops. I'm able to do this by heating the sterling silver to a specific melting point and individually casting each one for a ring.


Soon I'll have these listed with links to each other, and also plan to work on links within each of my Made to Order items. This will make shopping in my etsy store so much easier for you.

I plan to sell many stacker rings this coming Autumn for holiday gifts.
It's going to get pretty colorful in my shop soon...in case you don't know I sell really beautiful, rustic, petite Turquoise Stackers in my AutumnLeavesJewelry etsy shop.


In other news I'm laying low fighting an ear infection in my "good" ear. I have drops which are helping already.

I've started reading a William Styron novel (I think it's his first) called Lie Down in Darkness. Definitely not light summer reading but so beautifully written.

Despite the low energy level I'm having from my ear issue, I'm craving some home made cookies, or home made bread, will have to do something about that soon :-)

Stay well!




Friday, July 27, 2012

New Turquoise and Silver Ring for my Etsy Shop

...a freshly metal smithed ring a ding ding dinnnnnnnnga! I made this recently, will soon be listing it in my Etsy shop.

The turquoise cabochon is very pretty...this style of adding granules or silver balls along the side of the bezel can be dated back to the pre-1950s era of Native American silversmithing. I just love the look!

All parts were made by me, the back is fashioned as a cuff with a tiny opening. The metal is sanded and shine to its fullest brilliance. It will surely oxidize over time for you!

My makers mark and .925 are stamped on the back.

This ring is a size 7.25

The ring (though open in the back) is not adjustable because the shank is sterling silver (not fine silver)

There will be more of these soon!

Thanks for looking, ich liebe dich!

My muse for this ring was Nature...specifically- acrons! I enjoyed spotting them on my recent walks with my puppy, Ginger. I brought a few home and spent some mornings doing a watercolor study of them. This artisitc time really made my coffee taste Wunderbar!!! :-)



Here's a size reference of the ring with my hand as model...



It will be listed in my shop a little later today :-)

I hope everyone is well and dealing with this incredible heat!!! Hubby and I recently enjoyed a nice afternoon in D.C. watching our team, The Nationals, play. (we lost that game!) And it was a really rough day to have seats in the direct sun! It was a joy to see all the groups of little tiny kids at the stadium though. There were many teen boys there with their beloved baseball mitts hoping for a catch. We watched the "President's Race" in which poor Teddy always loses, poor Teddy!



Saturday, July 21, 2012

New Turquoise Necklace and Ginger Update

First, here is our Ginger Girl...she's about 10 months old now...

 She's a joy, she's a full teen in just about every sense, she's eaten parts of my flip flops, her bed, power cord parts. She loves day camp with the other pups but her tummy can't handle ice cream doggie treats. She helps mommy stay in shape and because of all of our (mostly) joyful walks, mommy has lost 15 lbs. I highly recommend adopting a puppy!!!

Here's my latest necklace I'll soon be listing it. I was able to finish soldering parts today as we have enjoyed a a break in the miserable heat.


This necklace is 16 inches from chain to top of pendant. All parts were made by me. The bezel holds a really pretty oval turquoise cabochon. The sides are adorned with little silver balls.

Side note...This design of the balls on each side date back to the 1950s, and probably can be found further back...I found this of great interest as many current etsy artists are sporting this look, including me!

In fact, it might pique your curiosity to discover many designs that have been revived from a very early period of last century. All of which (one would hope) are made using our own artistic interpretations.

The gorgeous sterling silver leaf hangs along the back side of the clasp. One the inside is stamped
DREAM
and my Makers Mark along with .925, see next photo.

I am in love with this piece, she's a beauty.

I hope you like it too, it's nice to be back in the studio. (I did enjoy making some stacking rings for a customer, and setting a pretty stone recently as well...)







Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Petite Spinner Ring etsy Order

Made this today in my studio, mailing it in morning :-)



Ginger got into Grandpa Bert's toothpaste, she only punctured the thing, caught her in time...Bert is staying with us until his power and elevators at Lake Anne Fellowship House are fully restored...
it's been a trying time for so many without power in this awful heat.



Thank you U.S. Military people for keeping the U.S. safe, thank you for your sacrifices (they seem endless)...and happy Fourth of July!





Wednesday, June 27, 2012

About to Bloom

from outside my front garden...




a new bloom for my silversmith studio...




I continue to contemplate change in my studio

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Recharging My Soul

Wanted to share this with you ...I found this on sale for 3$...it's for Ginger, hubby will hate it. Oops, can't load photo from iPad, must have something to do with how it's saved. Will try to load from laptop.


I have procured some very old (new) books on 'American Indian' silversmiths. Oh boy I'm very inspired!

I've been thinking a lot about what would fulfill me as an artist vs. what is currently popular. When I was a girl jewelry had a very immediate and slow motion impact on my psyche. The jewelry I came to know, love and connect a sense of Home with was nearby. It's what I saw my grandparents and their friends wearing. This artist dives in, or toes in, to an area of interest and continues to build from it.

When creativity hits I try to change my priorities in order to access all the energy and time I can. Right now it's hot and humid out, the energy has been building within my imagination. Though I don't dare open a window today.

The word Unfurl comes to mind...again.

Inside me where bouts of fear and depression live, there are sleepy sparks awaiting their charge. You know that juxtaposition? My soul is starting to stretch out.
 
Unfurl.

Recent things that have helped me with my anxiety issues are:
  • Learning to speak German (some of what I learned from my preteen years is coming back)
  • Reading Books
  • Walking Ginger
  • Baking for friends
  • Movies
  • Scrabble

The other day Ginger and I were skirting the edge of nearby woods and we spotted a deer. It was relaxing in the sun, near a downed tree. I only saw one, the only movement it showed was a flick of its big pink-looking sun splashed ears. It stayed this way looking over at us from about 15 yards away. The world around me melted. Splendid relief filed me, relaxing my usual tense muscles because I knew the deer was calm. Of course I have no idea of what goes on in the daily life of a suburban deer and what I witnessed seemed peaceful.

  Soon I'll be busy putting together batches of lasagna for a neighbor friend who has a new baby, and our own little family. There are also chocolate chip Heath Bar cookies in our near future. :)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

This is me and my pa when he still lived in DC...can't wait to see him in a few months :-)

Happy Father's Day to all those Dad's out there! :-)


Yesterday we helped celebrate our niece's graduation from high school. She graduated with honors and is leaving for college this fall. I have such fond memories of when she was born...she has developed into an amazing young woman and will go far in this life :-)


Will be visiting our daughter in Florida in a couple of months and introducing her to Ginger. Life is very full of lovely things to be grateful for.






I promised I would put some older items on sale in my etsy shop so I'm off to do that now...will add some links here as I go along.

25% Discount on this ring, use code Ring at check out :-)

Another ring to use code Rings for... :-)

Another sale Ring :-)



Monday, June 11, 2012

Final Day For Golf Ball Marker Sale

There have been a few orders this year for golf ball markers, I've enjoyed each one! I've got one to make and send today.

Father's Day is June 17th so I will be running my 20% discount sale until the end of today, and then all will be back to normal.

Later today I will also be placing several items in my sale section, these items have been in my shop for a while and really need to find homes :-)

thought this sort of made a statement about where Ginger feels she stands in our house...I shot this right after I vacuumed yesterday...and before I dusted, pardon my dust ;-)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Druzy Earrings

I'm druzy dazed...and through my fog came this pair of shiny, funky, long, blingy pair of white druzy and sterling silver earrings. All hand metal smithed by me.  This pair is too pretty to pass up! If I were looking for a pair of drusy earrings, I'd buy these because who knows when Carolyn will be smithing another pair? Anyway, these really are sweet. The ear wires are completely metal smithed by me, I've sand blasted the drop circles to complement the dreamy druzy tops. They hang 2 3/4" from top of ear wire to bottom of earring. (boy do they swing) :-)


Meanwhile Ginger continues to be her adorable, lovable self.

I recently finished reading Joan Didian's memoir Blue Nights. At some point I'll re-read The Year Of Magical Thinking followed by Blue Nights again. She captures those seemingly indescribable feelings about self and death of a loved one like no other.

I have just loaded The Known World onto my iPad. Not completely sold on e-books,so far it's going fine.

This is me from a few minutes ago, looking at my healing bruise. The bruise is a result from major kick with the first shotgun I learned to use. (I really prefer hand guns)

I'll be listing the earrings shortly.

Stay hydrated out there! : )



Sunday, June 3, 2012

Fathers Day Items & Sale

Hello.  Father's Day is around the corner and my instant heirloom Sterling Silver Golf Ball Markers are on sale. (so are all of my items) The discount code is LoveMyDaddy, use this during the check out process in my AutumnLeavesJewelry etsy shop to receive 20% off of your order. (this does not include shipping)

It's a wonderful time of year and I enjoy making these markers for you. I've got several orders that will be going out early this week. (thank you you-know-who for the multi earring order!)

I tend to post on facebook more than this blog, I'm trying to curb the habit back here. I enjoy both formats and especially the blog as it allows me to feel more connected to artisan friends and customers.

In other news my puppy Ginger has turned 9 months and is such a joy. Her latest trick remains the most frustrating for us- her ability to exit a locked crate. We currently crate her near us at night (much for her and our cats safety - until she's older) and if out of the house during the day she's crated downstairs. A padlock over the regular latch (knock on wood) has proven Ginger-proof. However her crate downstairs has 2 locks. We have one padlock. This will not do. One of the two crate locks in her downstairs digs has a second lock, she just learned to open this door today. We were gone for about 6 hours and came home to a very happy puppy, tail wagging, looking up from inside the kitchen beyond the baby gate.
Solution: Use 2 padlocks

Earlier today I learned to shoot a shotgun. We went Skeet shooting. Our dear buddy Marty has been so awesome in his instructions with safety, the 4 rules, and the fun shooting outings. I will say my preferred gun so far is a revolver. It's hard to recall the names of what I've shot so far. Today, my arms received a work out from holding each (of 3) shotguns up, yelling "Pull!" and trying my best to aim and hit the clay disk. My aim was not true but I did learn some valuable tips. Most valuable from Marty is to raise the shotgun right before I'm ready to yell the command for the clay disc to be tossed. Otherwise, my left arm gets overtaxed with weight during my wait to decide when to give said command.

This entry has started to feel longer than I had intended. I'll add a vid of me shooting today...
It's short and to the point:

Carolyn shoots 
Video of me shooting -very short vid


I have a new and wonderful source for stones (as in Cabochons) from Dana Evans. Dana practically runs the group The Ladysmiths in which I'm a member. I love her stones. She has a gift for getting wonderful shapes, color quality, and most of all a flat bottom on her cabs! I've got some earrings and rings to make soon.

There are now 2 version of my Illegitimi non Carborundum rings. I would say the plain band edge is more of a masculine/unisex version.
Illegitimi non Carborundum Ring

Please note: in the pic below this one both versions of the ring are shown, both NOW come with a complimentary stacker ring in the same size.



 The curvy edged is definitely more for the women.
Stacker Illegitimi non Carborundum

(this photo shows both versions of the ring, each will arrive in a gift box with tissue and bow, and each NOW is paired with a stacker ring) :-)



Hubby and Ginger have just returned from the dog park. Ginger is wiped out and quite smelly, she is hunkering down for an early night time, but momma is about to scoop her up and give her a warm bath.

I hope everyone is doing great.









Thursday, May 24, 2012

Discount and New Rings in Shop

Hello Friends,
This is probably the longest I've gone without blogging. The pollen feels off the charts here near DC, I've been taking Claritin each morning which seems to fend off the worst offenders.

Ginger has grown longer and is over 14 lbs! She is such a joy to have in our lives we feel so blessed :-) This morning she has pulled the stuffing out of a pillow from the couch, and then she found a friend


I took a Southwest Ring making class 2 weekends ago with Richard Salley. It was fantastic. Though I knew most of the major principals in ring making, stone setting of this sort, there was one tip that I consider invaluable and will be using it from now on. The class was so inspiring. I got to hang out with my buddy Jodi, and meet some new people from the smithing world. I took the workshop through ArtBliss, you can google them they are in the DC Area and have workshops scheduled for the Fall.




Made a new turquoise ring on Monday, will be listing 2 new turquoise rings later today after I get some photos.

All of these cabs will (most likely) soon be rings


Thanks to my awesome hair stylist, Jenny, from Aveda in Reston, my roots match my hair this morning :-)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful season.

I am now hosting a 20% discount on your total purchase (minus shipping) in my Etsy shop, AutumnLeavesJewelry. Use the code MemorialDay to receive this discount.

Onto my day....hugs!