Feb. 9th, 2016

Breakthroughs, works finished and in progress...

A few years ago, through a distant cousin, I learned that an uncle who may have known my dad's birth father had died. At the time, I took a chance and looked his kids up on Facebook, then sent a couple of them (there are 6) a message of condolance, explaining who I was and saying I was sorry to have never gotten the chance to meet the uncle.

Well.

Friday, I got, out of the blue, a Facebook message from one of them. She hadn't known about the 'other' folder on Facebook and so, completely missed my message from 4 years ago. Through her, I 'met' another cousin. We've been exchanging a touch of information the entire weekend and Sat, she sent me certain photos. Photos that I literally sat and cried over.

I finally got to 'meet' my dad's birth dad, my paternal grandfather. And the first thing I saw *was* not only my dad, but my brother in him. Very clearly, very distinctly. Even Mark was rather shocked at the resemblance. My dad is most definitely his child. We are most definitely descended from him. It's uncanny.

The neat thing is, they want to meet my dad and us. So, hopefully, the next time we're home for vacation, we can arrange a family reunion 70+ years in the making.

Meanwhile, I've been working hard trying to get caught up on my mental list of things I want finished by Mysticon. To that end, I've finished 5 steampunk/clockwork necklaces, several steampunk/clockwork charm style bracelets and chainmaille bracelets and 4 beaded steampunk/clockwork brooches-

Clockwork charm bracelet, finished.  #nofilter #clockwork #steampunk #bracelet #handmade #jewelry #charmbracelet #dantesspirit

One of two, the other is copper based.

Time in a bottle necklace  #handmade #steampunk #clockwork #necklace #handmadejewelry #dantesspirit

The dull work begins- putting price tags on everything.   #nofilter #handmade #handmadejewelry #steampunk #chainmaille #bracelet #bracelets #dantesspirit

Work in progress. The left one will become a steampunk charm bracelet.  Both out of solid copper as a base.  #chainmaille #handmadejewelry #handmade #copper #Japanese6-2 #mobiusknot  #steampunk #dantesspirit

Still beading. Current piece will be turned into a pendant. Four clockwork/steampunk brooches, five to go...  #nofilter #beadwork #steampunk #clockwork #brooch #brooches #handmade #handbeaded #seedbeads #dantesspirit

Simple can be elegant.  #handmade #handbeaded #beadwork #seedbeads #copper #clockwork #steampunk #pendant #necklace #dantesspirit


That is by no means all of the pieces that have been finished, but the majority at least. I plan to bead at least 5 more brooches, them try to finish at least one clockwork style embroidered silk scarf and have another in progress to work on at the Con.

In other news, my Hellebores, aka Lenten Rose is blooming and man is it beautiful.

My Hellebore, aka Lenten Rose, is blooming.  #nofilter #garden #hellebore  #lentenrose #hellebores #lentenroses #flowers #dantesspirit


And now, I have a Diva Kitty that demands attention.


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Jan. 26th, 2016

So tired of this.

You know, I really cannot wait until we have our own house. One that's not 10-15 ft from the neighbors whom I swear, are crazy. Whom I won't have to watch open their curtains, make strange faces out the window and yank them shut again. Whom I won't have to go have words with because I found *bread* in my yard again- and you know she does it deliberately because there's no way she's not aiming for throwing it over the fence. And I know it's her, because *we don't eat that type of bread, let alone throw it in our own backyard.*


I'm also really, really tired of this cold. It's on the tail end, but the hacking, nonproductive cough is really annoying. And makes my head hurt. And disrupts my sleep. Ugh.



In other news, we got snow. 13" of the 18-30" they were predicting. The birds left me lovely tracks on the porch...

The birds are looking for seed...  #nofilter #snow #birdtracksinthesnow #birdtracks #winterstormjonas2016 #winterstormjonas #birds #swva #dantesspirit


The feeders on the back hill actually stayed filled for longer than a day. Until the squirrels ventured out again. There are now piles of bird seed under the feeders. *sigh*

While it snowed, I made things, the latest of which is this charm style clockwork bracelet-
Clockwork charm bracelet, finished.  #nofilter #clockwork #steampunk #bracelet #handmade #jewelry #charmbracelet #dantesspirit


And I finished the embroidered tentacle silk scarf, only to realise that the jars I use to dye in are currently buried under a foot plus of snow... whoops.

I'm sure I have a jar inside, upstairs, somewhere. Heh. The best part is, this particular scarf may already be sold, as long as the buyer likes the overdyeing.}:) If not, well, that's what custom orders are for!

Meanwhile, I have a very special order to finish packing to ship tomorrow and the loom warped up for more gaming bag shells.

Packing a very special order today.   #nofilter #silk #handdyed #scarf #silkscarf #habotai #dantesspirit



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Jan. 12th, 2016

Tentacle silk scarf progress



One end is completed. This will be the main focal point of the the scarf itself. The other end won't have a full tentacle on it, but only a portion. It also should only take a day or two. (This was actually finished last week, but well, stuff happened and I'm only now getting around to posting it.)

Couple of close up photos-




It'll look a lot better once its completely finished with the hand embroidery, washed and ironed. This is a 8" wide x 54" long silk scarf, the tentacle itself is roughly 10.5" long, the other end will be roughly 3.5-4" long.


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Jan. 4th, 2016

Hullo, 2016

I'll try to do better on the blogging front, I promise.

I've already decided that Facebook makes me angry too much, sometimes daily, and as a result, my whole day gets thrown out of whack. So, cutting back on Facebook is a definite thing. Which means, more gets posted here instead, even if it's just a random thought, scatter shot type of posting, its still a posting, yes? Heh.

Christmas was fun. And I mean that sarcastically.

We woke up to a completely flat tire on Christmas day. Then we found out the hard way, that all five tires- to include the spare had a locking lug nut on them. And we did not have the wheel lock key to remove them. Or the proper sized socket set and a breaking bar to force them off. Yeah.




Those 5 things right there cost us over $300.00, since we ended up having to buy two new tires instead, as the flat was not repairable and putting a new (the spare) tire on it with a worn tire, might have resulted in damage to the transfer case, which would cost over $3,000.00 to repair. Merry Christmas to us! Ugh.

Then, yesterday, we took down the Christmas lights and discovered that half the new net lights we bought (and ended up actually hating the colors on) no longer work, half had gone out a couple days ago, but it was wet and rainy and we weren't messing with them in the rain, - good thing we got them at half price. They went into the trash. New Year's Day, discovered that a portion of our strand of white lights we use on the porch was out. Closer examination after taking them down, it was discovered that an entire bulb had been removed- read, chewed completely out by the wildlife. Found the bulb section on the ground when we went to look for it. Yeah.



The first quarter or so works, then there's about 50-75 lights that don't, then the rest work. It's a 250 bulb strand. Yeah. Might end up using it for the dwarf alberta spruce, then using the unlit section to cross to the porch, then the rest on the porch, assuming we're here next holiday season to put lights up. *After* we electrical tape the cut section off. Otherwise, the plan is to try to find a white LED strand instead.

We set a house hunting goal line. And that's October-November of this year, with an eye towards hopefully being in a new home by Christmas if not New Year's. So, between now and then, that means figuring out what we absolutely can cut out (going out to eat so much, for starters) and instead put towards savings to build up that nest egg faster, as well as pay the credit cards down and potentially off completely, and figuring out how to build the husband's credit record up more. He's got a reasonably good credit score right now, but ideally, we'd like it to be a lot higher and a great score instead.

We've been narrowing down areas we're interested in potentially looking at houses in, as well as styles of house, size of both house and land, number of bedrooms, etc. We also have a 'theoretical' price range - well, what *we* would be interested in paying per month towards a house, if it's less, awesome, if it ends up being more than we'd ideally like to pay, well, we'll cross that bridge when we get there. Research is your friend.}:P Still a long way to go though.

In the mean time, I have just under two months to finish the hand embroidered silk scarves I've got planned, the steampunk/clockwork jewelry pieces in the works and the last few themed gaming bags, all for Mysticon. Which is another reason I've decided to drastically cut back on Facebook time. Heh. Distractions are very distracting and time consuming.

To that end, these are in various stages of progress...



Habotai silk scarf, hand dyed and being hand embroidered with an octopus tentacle. Have another ready to go when this is finished that will be hand embroidered with clockwork gears.



The third steampunk/clockwork brooch in the process of being beaded. Also have plans for a steampunk/clockwork charm style bracelet and a couple necklaces.


Need to weave the shells for at least 5 more themed gaming bags and then, do a couple dry runs and see which display set up works best. And put price tags on everything still. Heh.

And as a heads up, sometime over the next few weeks, all gaming bags will be moved to the Square shop. Each will be an individual listing with multiple photos. It'll free up space in the Big Cartel shop and better display the bags themselves.

Fun times. Guess I better go get started, eh?



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Dec. 2nd, 2015

Finished brooches

Clockwork Steampunk brooches  Two finished, several to go. Yes, the pointers move.


Because there's been so much interest in the steampunk/clockwork brooches- well, the two I have finished already, if it ever stops raining, I'll go ahead and get them photographed and listed in the shop for sale.

Keep in mind-

1) It's first come, first served- the first person to put one in their cart and checkout, gets it.

2) There is only one of each as of right now. I can get more of the centerpieces, but the beadwork, embellishments will not be the same on any of them.

3) More will be coming over the next couple weeks. Heh.



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