Thursday, June 28, 2007

Country Girl finally makes an appearance!

Well, Country Girl has finally arrived! I know it took forever for me to get around to finishing this but there just always seems to be something else to do. I'm trying to stay on top of things these days so, with any luck, you'll see more new things from my tiny little studio.

Country Girl comes in at 4.6 grams of handcrafted fine silver. The thread I used is call Tenara™ (previously Gore-Tex™) and it's used in a lot of things, including parkas, marine stuff, and even jewelry. It wears so well and is really tough, so it won't snap or wear out. It has a slick feel to it and because of that, took me a little longer to braid it. But boy does it hang nicely around your neck!

I stuck that little silver bead into the braid just as something extra - I think that was Shauna's idea, only I can't remember if she suggested a silver bead or a turquoise one. What do you think? I think it looks good.

Of course, this needed to be part of a set so there are earrings to match. They went through 3 sizes before it was "just right". Shauna told me they were too small so I tried again. Still too small, she said. At last we were both satisfied with them. I put them on these simple but pretty ear wires. Nothing fancy. I like earrings to move when I'm wearing them and these ear wires make that happen!
So, I'm thinking that it's Shauna's turn to throw something on this blog. She's usually the one who does all of the writing. Things have been really busy around her house lately, though, so once it calms down I'm sure she'll start pounding on the keyboard again!
Ok, be sure to go visit the site and check out all of the new stuff. Another newsletter will be going out soon with a new discount so you won't have any reason not to shop till you drop! Until then!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Moving into Limited Editions

I'm sure all artists feel this way eventually - you want to create your work but you don't necessarily want to create that same piece of work over and over and over and over again. Your brain works overtime coming up with new ideas and you barely have enough time to jump out of bed (I do a lot of my design thinking early in the morning before I've gotten up) and write them down (or draw them, as the case may be). At any rate, that's where I'm at these days. I want to create the pieces that I've drawn on paper but I don't particularly want to make them 10 times each, or even 3 times each. Anyway, that's how the Limited Editions section of our website came to be. The pieces you see in this section will be available until they are sold out. We may never make them again but we'll probably leave them up there so you can see what we've been up to and what people like so much they've bought.

Hinged finally made it onto the site in the Limited Editions section. I apologize for taking so long in getting it up there but I've been really busy with my "real" job and, because of that, I got very behind.

Along with Hinged (Shauna named that one for me), I added two more pieces that I just finished (the amethyst version is shown here). As I say on the website, I'm not sure where the inspiration came from so I'll just say it came from my Dad. It's probably true. If I ever get close to crafting as well as he did, I'll be very happy! These are called Screened In Amethyst and Screened In Peridot. Window screens. Yup, that's what they remind me of!

Well, I can't think of anything else to say for now. I'm anxious to get back to my work table and open my notebook to see which piece I'll start next! Until then!