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Aug. 12th, 2016

Day 12 , #CtMonthInTheLife challenge...

Today's prompt is "Favorite"...

The #prompt for day 12 of the #ctmonthinthelife  #igchallenge  by @createandthrive  is #favorite  I've has several pieces I absolutely adore over the years. The most recent one is this one- Gaia, a #handmade #kumihimo #necklace with a handmade #stoneware

I've had several pieces I absolutely adore over the years. The most recent one is this one- Gaia, a handmade kumihimo necklace with a handmade stoneware raku fired focalbead by Lisa Peters ART and handbeaded by me. The cord itself is made from recycled sari silk yarn and is so soft and colorful.

It is for sale in my Big Cartel shop. :)

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Aug. 7th, 2016

Day 7 of the #CTMonthInTheLife Instagram Challenge

Couldn't post Day 6 because, well, it's a video and Flickr doesn't allow videos to be uploaded, but you can see it here if you're so inclined.

So the prompt for day 7 was "Packaging"-

Day 7 of the #ctmonthinthelife  #igchallenge  presented by @createandthrive  is #packaging    I like to keep my packaging simple- clean, white boxes with acid free tissue paper for the scarves, silk and woven, and fiber cushioning for the jewelry.  A clea

I like to keep my packaging simple- clean, white boxes with acid free tissue paper for the scarves, silk and woven, and fiber cushioning for the jewelry. A clean, simple label with my Dante's profile, shop name and Facebook link go on the front.

This way, the pieces themselves are allowed to be the focal point when you open them up.

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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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Aug. 11th, 2014

The Wallhanging

Last Monday was our 21st wedding anniversary. Yes, 21 years. We've actually been together 22+ years, but who's counting? Awhile back, Mark had asked for this as a wallhanging for his office. It had been long enough ago that he completely forgot about it, even after we went through some Lisa Peters ART pieces and picked them out for placement within the weaving.

So while he was in California last week for business- he actually left ON our anniversary, making it the first ever that we had not spent together- I decided to finish this piece.

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Jul. 1st, 2014

Tales of the Amber Sea

I started this scarf/wrap in Michigan, where I used it as an example to show my family my new creative endeavor. My mom proclaimed that weaving was beyond her. My brother said it was interesting. My dad asked where his was. The yarn is Verdant Gryphon Mithril in 'Tales of the Amber Sea', with goldtone crystal glass beads added by me, with help from my husband. It was a limited edition run of yarn that sold out almost immediately. So I wanted to make something pretty special with it.

Mark helped out with the beads. He pushed them down the yarn as I wound it on a shuttle. Between stringing the beads on the yarn, which required taking a bead and scouring stores for needles that had a large enough eye to thread the yarn through- with the help of a needle threader- but still went through the glass beads without breaking them and spacing them out so they'd be a random sprinkling throughout the weaving as the yarn was wound, I'm not sure which was more time consuming, honestly.

The warp was set at 10 feet. Yes, 10 feet. I love this colorway. The muted jeweltones play off the goldtone crystal glass beads beautifully. The weft is 12" wide in the finished piece, whereas the length ended up at 8ft 8 in. Yes, 12 in x 8ft, 8in. It's my very own Doctor Whoesque length wrap.

When I finished the actual weaving a few days ago and tied off the ends, I thought it looked a bit incomplete. It looked unfinished still. So I did a knotted netting look with the extra long fringe. There are 7 rows of knots on each end. That was deliberately planned and has a hidden and personal meaning for me. But it still looked as yet unfinished. Something was missing. So I took the left over beads and proceeded to add one to each fringe strand. This served to tie the netted fringe into the body of the scarf and give it a sense of completeness overall, each element blending into each over.

This scarf/wrap will not be put up for sale. This one is for me. Mark has always said I needed to make a scarf for myself, so that's what this is. In fact, with the amount of work that went into this piece, it will only be available as a Special Order only, through the Big Cartel Shop. This will be the template for those orders, but it itself will not be sold.

I love this piece. Despite the time consuming nature of it, I am thoroughly pleased with it. I look forward to incorporating beads into weaving and vice versa more often.}:)

You can now order a handbeaded, hand woven wrap of your own, in a color range of your choice HERE.

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Jun. 30th, 2014

[Semi] Daily Photo

Current work in progress. Tomorrow, I'll do a blog post with more photos, with details about it.

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Jun. 23rd, 2014

[Semi] Daily Photo

Close up of rose/floral belt detail on 1920s dress. Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, Michigan. June 2014

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Jun. 19th, 2014

[Semi] Daily Photo

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Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, Michigan. June 2014

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Dec. 5th, 2013

[Semi] Daily Post

Ancient Chronos

The finished brooch from yesterday- Ancient Chronos

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Nov. 13th, 2013

A new items post!


Sunkissed, handmade kumihimo cuff

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Golden RoseGrey, handmade kumihimo pendant


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Aug. 6th, 2013

New cuff!

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Carnaval Del Sol, handmade kumihimo cuff, featuring a handmade stoneware flower button by Lisa Peters ART

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Jul. 17th, 2013

Behind the scenes bit...

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If you've ever bought something from me, chances are you got a little info card with your purchase.

But did you know that not only is each card hand written specificly for the item it is with, but it's hand stamped with my personal chop as well? This chop was handmade for me in China from a river stone and sent to me by a good friend whom I played Ultima Online with, while he was there for a year.

I think of him fondly every time I use it.

I think it adds a little extra personal touch to each item, to not only have the piece be as handmade as possible, but to have a card that is handwritten, detailing what went into each piece, the sizes, etc.

Just a little behind the scenes detail for ya! }:)

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Jul. 15th, 2013

Sneak peek- Current work in progress

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12 strand kumihimo cord, doubled, made from Shalimar Yarns Breathless in the Sapote colorway, featuring an adorable raku fired yellow bird focal by MAKUstudio. Hoping to have it finished this evening for photographing and listing tomorrow. Provided, of course, it doesn't rain tomorrow.}:)

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Apr. 11th, 2013

Safety First!

Safety First!

Safety First!
Handmade Kumihimo Cuff
7" long x 2" wide

Fits wrists 7" to 9"

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Tired of not coordinating your accesories with your safety orange hunting vest? Missing the neon orange of the 80s? Want some dayglo orange for that rave coming up? Want to dazzle the school kids at your crossing guard job?

Look no more!

Safety First! is a handmade 8 strand kumihimo cuff made from dayglo/safety orange yarn, I believe to be 100% acrylic, possibly acrylic/wool blend. This awesomely bright yarn is from the Team BNA Traveling Swap Box and found its home with me.

This is a fun cuff! It features a gloriously cool handmade stoneware flower by Lisa Peters ART, securely attached to the cuff with a Czech glass druk bead in teal with a vitrial coating. The flower itself color coordinates with the cuff itself, with a glazing of cobalt, hints of teal and bright orange.

The ends of this spectacularly bright- and I mean bright!- cuff are handbeaded in peyote stitch, using 6lb FireLine, with Czech glass seed beads in cobalt and teal. The clasp is a silver plated extension chain and lobster claw clasp.

Amaze your friends! Blind the deer or wild turkey or men or whatever you chose to hunt! Flash back to the 80s! Where ever you wear it, Safety First! is sure to turn heads! If not completely blind people!

The first 3 photos are taken in direct sunlight- including this one. They serve to show just how bright this cuff is. The last 2 photos were taken in indirect sunlight. When I say neon, I mean neon!

Available HERE!(For now, Zibbet and Artfire soon.)

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Oct. 10th, 2012

It's definitely autumn here...

It's been in the low 70s to mid 60s during the day and high 30s to low 40s at night for the past few days/nights now.

It rained for 2 days straight- dreary, grey, cold rain. Made me rather glad I found some plastic to cover the volunteer tomatoes with. Also glad I brought in the plants that over winter inside on Friday too. The cats aren't real happy about losing one of their easterly facing windows for plants- well, Max and Aries aren't, Morrigan thinks it's grand because SHE fits in the window sill behind them. That would be the Peace Lily, the Anthurium and the Bay tree. Good thing I have cats not inclined to chew on leaves.

The Curry Plant, which has quadrupled in size since I repotted it, is in the bathroom, where it gets southeast light and a lot more humidity/moisture than it would elsewhere.

The clematis vines are dying back already, trees are putting on their fall colors now- quicker than last week.

A few leaves even fell past one of the kitchen windows earlier.

Meanwhile, my Russian Sage is budding out, the Lavender, Catmint, Chocolate Mint and Rosemary are still growing and I swear the Lemon Balm never stops growing. The transplanted Hollyhocks have new leaves on them, so I think they've gotten mostly established in their new bed for now, thankfully. It also looks like the Wisteria is finally stopping its growing to settle in- there's a few yellow leaves on it, and it's made a lovely nearly green cover over the wood fence now as well.

The feral cats are showing up again- a little black kitty, rather the same size Morrigan was when she showed up 2+ years ago, was in the driveway. No getting near this one though, it ran as soon as we tried talking to it. Either a feral or the resident hawk left a 'present' next to the CR-V for Mark the other morning- a gutted, half eaten rodent carcass was found. Fun times.

In the meantime, I've been busy making cuffs and bracelets and listing them, 5 in the last week or so. Working on a new Bead Soup cuff and have 2 more kumihimo cuffs in the works- they need beading and the clasps put on. So look for a big post containing photos of all those within the next few days or so.

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Jan. 31st, 2012

In an effort to make some money...

So I can get the computer I need, I'm running a sale in my Zibbet shop only.

50% off items throughout the store.

Example- Winter's Queen set, original price- $60, sale price- $30

Sale will run for at least the next week, possibly 2. Everything is One of a kind, so get it while you can.

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Jan. 13th, 2012

And silence speak so much louder than words...

So. This is the next beadwork project I had lined up to work on.

Except... it's not speaking to me.

You know how it goes. A project like this generally has a certain way it wants to be created. Well, this one apparently has decided to not talk to me.

In the meantime, while I wait for it to finally give up its secrets I work on these.

A couple steampunk themed brooch pins. They'll be listed by next week, as they aren't very big and have been relatively vocal in how they want to look. The bottom one in fact, has the backing and pinback in place and just needs finishing details.

Although, with as cold and dreary as it's been lately, I'm starting to think Caena has the right idea as to what to do with my time.}:P

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Jan. 10th, 2012

The hard, high road

Ok. Making a choice here.

Despite not being happy about the AF Assurance plan thingy- I still plan to opt out- I've worked too hard to just walk away flat out. So I guess, until I see it starting to affect my views and sales, I'll keep listing things here in the meantime. And promoting my Zibbet and Big Cartel shops more and more as well.

And just like that, as soon as I put the 2 cuffs and 1 necklace I had over on Zibbet and Big Cartel up on Artfire, double digit views. Ok, I might have twittered the links too, like usual. But still. THAT is why I stick around, honestly. If I avoid the forums which are turning into a bullying playground, and only read what I need to read to keep up with whatever new program I'm going to have to decide whether I want to opt out or in to, I should be ok.

I walked away from Etsy cold, selling wise and I definitely saw a change in views, mostly for the better. But my sales didn't really increase either. So, who knows. I've yet to find a site that works better over the others yet. But I keep trying.

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Jan. 9th, 2012

Newest work

I took the photos for this yesterday morning, in full sun and I'm rather glad I did as today it's cloudy, cold and rainy.

So. This is Shadowed Rose. It's up at Big Cartel and Zibbet and is perfect for a Valentine's Day gift in my opinion. No, it's not the stereotypical 'reds' that people associate with Valentine's Day, nor is it overtly pink, though it has shades of pink in it. As soon as I upgrade my Zibbet account back to premium again (this Thursday I hope), I'll have a few more photos up.

In the meantime, I have 3 scarves to work on- at least one will be for Valentine's Day as well, and another beadwork project that's been waiting for nearly a year to get started on. Yes, I'm trying to finish all my started or planned beadwork projects this year. One down, dozens to go. Heh.

I'm also trying to blog more this year, can you tell? }:/

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