Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Just sitting here thinking...

Thinking about what I could write, what I could do, what I haven't done that I need to do, whatever.

I could claim winter doldrums as my excuse for my inability to actually act on my thoughts, but is that allowed here in Texas where there really isn't much of a winter compared to other parts of the country?  We're not snowed in (although we do have a possibility of snow in the forecast for Friday), it's not too gloomy (although the clouds have moved in, but once in a while the sun is peeking through) and 62 degrees is certainly not cold (although the cold is coming back in the next couple of days).

Of course, what's really going on is a lack of something....inspiration, funds, encouragement, funds, confidence, funds, creativity....and oh, yeah, did I mention funds?  Otherwise, don't I have everything I need?  I should be at my work table whipping out oodles of pretty baubles in hopes that someone might actually want to buy them.  Or maybe just whipping out those pretty baubles because they make me happy.  Instead I'm standing at the sink washing dishes because the dishwasher hasn't worked since just before Christmas (and repairing or replacing it requires those darn funds, don't you know?).  Or I'm playing silly games on Facebook and hoping that I get another email saying that I've made a sale on Etsy (not to mention hoping that a call or email comes saying that our fortunes will take a turn for the better and there will once again be enough of those darn funds to go around).

These make me happy, so I keep sneaking them out of my inventory to wear them myself.  I'm thinking I should cut my hair really short again so that someone notices them when I do wear them.


And I really want to wear these bracelets, but I hate to do that, because there's the possibility of hitting them against something and marring their pristine newness.  I can't do that, even if I do love bracelets more than any other piece of jewelry.

I have made one sale this week, as well as making a new necklace for my shop....

And this bracelet for Jen, made out of large lampwork beads a friend purchased for her in Fredericksburg....


I don't know if this post makes any sense (perhaps I should just delete it), but what's my blog for if not to unload what's on my mind (so, okay, I won't delete it)?  Now I think I'll go read someone else's more cheerful blog.  If you'd like to do the same, join me at one of those listed over there on the right.  And of course, if you're interested in any of the items pictured above (except Jen's bracelet, of course....although I could certainly make a similar one for you), you can also find a handy link to my Etsy shop over there on the right, as well.  I need the funds, you know.  :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

All this gold, not much glitter

Hello there.  It's me, the long-lost Pear-Shaped Woman.

There hasn't been too much going on around here since my last post.  We did have a very nice Christmas, quiet and drawn-out as it was, with six days between one family celebration and the next.  I just today got around to packing all the holiday decor away.  Last year I couldn't seem to get it all into storage, which consists of a stack of six under-bed plastic storage boxes from Target (which I've never bothered to put under the bed, because that would take away too much cat hiding space).  I was determined today that it would all fit, so after some rearranging by me and Ruby's determined destruction of a number of glass balls while the tree was up, everything now has a home.

I was so efficient that I was even finished by 2:00 p.m., leaving me several hours to haul out the jewelry-making stuff and work at the dining table while watching two sappy movies on the Hallmark Channel.  I made a pair of earrings that has been roaming around in my mind for a couple of days, with beads that have been roaming around in their storage jars for several months.  A bit of oxidation is required before I can photograph them and list them in my shop.  Then I moved on to some copper wire and brought out my micro torch to experiment.  Now I have one completed earring of one style and one of another style and some very nice copper headpins.  Oh well....copper is going to take some practice with the torch.

And remember when I wrote about working with 14 karat gold wire to make some custom jewelry (in this very long-winded post)?  Well, I did get all the pieces done and shipped in time for Christmas, but my idea of making my own ball head pins simply did not work with my tiny butane torch.  I actually made one head pin, but then could not for the life of me get another one to form.  Apparently I need an oxy-acetylene torch for working with gold.  That's okay, because I think I won't be working with it again for a long time.  Not only is it expensive....really, really, expensive....but it's much harder to bend and form into shape than silver or copper. 
But since I did make gold jewelry, I certainly must show you how it turned out....

And yes, I made all of those ear wires myself.  Take that, gold wire!  And you'll see that there are lots of freshwater pearls and a couple of peridots and smoky topazes thrown in for good measure.  The chains are just some I used for photography purposes, as they were not included in the order.  And there are NO ball head pins to be seen, because I opted for a rush order of flat head pins from Rio Grande, and I was really happy with how the pearls looked on them.  More understated than the balls would have been.  I hope my customer dear friend and her giftees were happy with them, too.