Work In Progress

Some times, I feel the more I try to get ahead the farther I fall behind, in everything.  Housework, laundry, making beads, making jewelry, sleeping,  you get the idea.  I have these good intentions.  I want to get A, B, C, done today.  I start in on A get side tracked, start working on another project that wasn’t even on my list for today, go off and start something that was not even on my radar to get done, the next thing you know it’s bedtime and my list? Well… I’m too tired to think about that.

This weekend I felt really accomplished when I took my list of things to do and FINISHED it.  Make more beads, check.  Order new business cards, check.  Get laundry done, check. Start making more bracelets, CHECK.  The last one is the one I feel most accomplished with.  

So here for your viewing pleasure and my bracelets in progress. 

     

I lost a couple of beads in the process, all in all I really think these turned out wonderful.  I still have to finish them up, then off to Etsy they go.

So what do you think?

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The Muse Is At Work

I have been working on a collection of jewelry called the muse.  I’m slowly finding my style as I go.  My main goal is to design jewelry that will incorporate my beads in the designs. So far…I’m getting there.

The beads move freely back and forth along on the bracelet.

Muse-an instance or period of reflection.
Listen to the beads

Feel the movement/vibration

See the colors

Take in this moment, now

This is my wish for you.

   
 I will have pendants and earrings as well, as soon as I can move the ideas in my head to my work bench.  For now this is my beginning.

The listing for this bracelet can be found here.

Since getting my new kiln I have been able to make many beads.  I’m truly loving freedom I never had before.  Here are a few of the sets I’ve been working on. 

     

My New Kiln

I have been wanting a new kiln for years, at least the last 10 for sure.  My original kiln I bought used from another bead maker about 14 years ago.  There is nothing wrong with it, I just needed an upgrade to a bigger, better kiln.  So of course I did my continuous research which led me to the kiln of my dreams. The kiln I had been eyeing (lusting after)  for the last 6 years is from  The Glass Hive. They are known for their high quality kilns, and fantastic customer service.  The biggest thing that set them apart for me was their layaway plan.  After paying for months on it, I finally paid it off and they started making MY kiln!  About two weeks ago it came.  I opened my box took a picture, removed some packing, took a picture.  You get the idea.  I took it out of the box and eyed my beautiful new kiln.  Then I noticed…a dent in the controller box housing.  Sadness.  I contacted the kiln makers and was told I could take the housing off and return it so they could fix it.  I was so sad,  I still hadn’t used it yet.  Off it went to get fixed up.  I got it back Saturday and by Sunday I put everything back together and started making my beads. 

   
 Let me just say,  I am not disappointed.  I LOVE this kiln. I would have to stop in the past because I ran out of room in the kiln.  This time I had to stop because I ran out of mandrels. Those are on order.

   
 This is about a days worth of work.  Wow, is all I can say.

Am I Ever Going To Find My Style?

I have spent several months trying to learn a few skills and work towards making and designing my own jewelry. I want to be able to incorporate my beads into my jewelry as well. There have been a few successes, and more than I’d like to mention failures. All the while I’m experimenting I think to myself,  is this my design or does it look like a copy of someone else?  Did I put my own flare into it?  Will somebody else like this AND be willing to put their hard earned money to buy this?  My last thought in all of this is, can I make more than the two or three I just made?  The last one is important, I struggle with making more than one or two of anything.  Beads, make one set move on to the next color.  Food,  trying a new recipe,  really like it, never fix it again.  Jewelry, make a pair of earrings, love them, keep them, move on to next design. Today, I feel like I am actually getting somewhere. I made 4 sets of earrings, two pendants, they are semi-original, and I think I can keep making both of these things. These I’m keeping all for myself, earrings and a pendant.   

   

The month in review

I can’t believe we are now in the second month of the year. My last post was 3 weeks ago. What in the heck have I been doing?
Working, working hard at my day job. Folks need surgery and glasses and I’m here to help with that.
Finished a blanket I’ve been working for a Christmas present for a friend. I’ve been so busy have not had a chance to deliver it.
I had quite a few bead sessions at my torch, needing/wanting to fit in more .

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I’ve been working on my metal work and designing a new line of jewelry hopefully to start selling by June of this year. What do you think?

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Growing my gray out, and it’s coming along quite nicely. I’m figuring by the end of this month (February) I should be all gray with a short pixie.

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Had a bellydance performance, and had three weeks to learn the choreography. Many practices to fit in my already tight schedule. I’m not really a dancer so it takes me a bit (forever) to learn the steps.
I put a down payment on a kiln I have been wanting for 5 years. WooHoo!
Went to the Wetlands park here in Las Vegas and was amazed by all the beauty, wildlife, and tranquility. Can’t wait to come back. We are not all casinos and shows here.

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Started a stunning new tattoo with a desert humming bird and cherry blossoms yesterday. Jake is a true artist. It’s a little out of my comfort zone (due to placement) but I knew it would be. All the little details will be added in a couple of weeks.

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Lastly, I ended this incredible month going to see Sinbad… He is still funny as ever. If you have a chance to see him, GO, you will be laughing the whole time. Really enjoyed that show.
Whew. I think that’s most of it. I assure you I was not sitting around wondering why I have nothing to do.
Goal for this next month is to try to post at least once a week. STAY TUNED!

The Docs Hat

By day, M-F, 5 days a week, I’m an ophthalmic technician. I mostly work in the clinic with two outstanding doctors and 1 to 2 times a week I go up to the O.R. with one or the other.
A few weeks ago I was looking at the doctors surgical hat and thought, those colors are great. I think I have all those colors in glass, I’m going to make some beads. I got closer to her took the picture below. I finally got around to making the beads.
I love how they turned out. Whatcha think?

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If you are interested beads are here.

Long weekend joy!

I had a wonderful thanksgiving with my family, relaxed, and took care of many things off of my to do list.

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I made a few more baby hats, finished a class I’ve been putting together, made beads, did some cooking, breathed in fresh air and enjoyed the warm sunny days. Oh, and I relaxed and watched TV.
I have for forgotten how much peace I feel when I’m out at my torch creating. I will post pictures soon of the beadies I made today.
I feel accomplished (big sigh).
So, what do you do that makes your soul happy?

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