Friday, April 29, 2011

gadgets and doodads

I love going to my local antique store.  They can always appease 
my love for boxes of any kind.  Ones with lids, ones with metal
framing, ones with the old weathered labels still attached boasting
fruits, or milk, or blocks of cheese.
The ones with carvings and the ones that have been painted
over and over to finally crack and peel and reveal years of choices.

But sometimes I discover old things that i want to employ new tricks on.
Like this:

Now, when my jewelers eyes saw it, I saw an old school Rolling Mill
(one of these:)

They are made nice and compact like this for jewelers.
You run metal through the metal rollers and depending on
how tight you have them pressed together, your metal comes out
thinner on the other side. Now, they are used for way more than thinning
metal, but that's the basic idea. I've always wanted one. But they're expensive.
Especially for a really good one.  And they need to be bolted down.

So when I saw this one in the Antique Store, my heart skipped a beat.

But the rollers on this one are made of really hard rubber. So I'm thinking-
maybe it was used in print making? or maybe it was used to wring
the water out of laundry before it was hung to dry?
Maybe it was used to stretch bread dough?
or to scare little kids into behaving or else they would be rolled into paper dolls and
given to a two year old to play with until they could behave?

Anyway, my question is, to all the jewelers out there:
do you think i could use it anyway to impress onto the metal?
like organic materials? or do you think i really need the hard
force of the metal rollers?
any input would be greatly appreciated.  My entire studio is made up
of old wooden drawers and boxes and tables and tools and this would just be so
cool in there, but it's gotta be functional, you know?  I don't have the space
to have things taking up room if they're not usable.

They have so many great tools and bits there.

There was even an old jewelers saw on that wall and some great hand drills.

He loves going for rides with mom.
And he's great company.
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Mine is full of friends, music and celebrations!


Thursday, April 28, 2011

New Knuckle Ring

I love things that drape and flow and usually those are the last two words
that would be associated with metalsmithing.  But sometimes we can
create things with movement even when made entirely of metal.
At least that's the theory behind this new ring and I love it!
I will definitely be making more of these.
Behold, the Knuckle Ring in Turquoise:

It says 'tough mama' inside the ring band and is a size 9.
This will be available later tonight in the Shop.

 i love watching the wind blow through the windows and set the curtains dancing.
The way they twist and breathe as they are beckoned to and fro
making no choice, only moving as they are told.

 I have a show on Saturday.
It's a benefit for a beautiful woman named Noelle who was taken from us too soon.
She is so very missed and there are many many good people who want to celebrate
her life and her love of dance, and so we are all getting together in her honor
and to raise money for the scholarship that was set up in her name.
It's nice to be playing my guitar again.
And with the group of fine musicians that I've brought together to play with me,
it's sure to be a fantastic night.

Remember that you are blessed in this life.
Always remember that it can change so quickly.
My mom always said:
"Be prepared. You never know if they'll get hit by a bus
or get on one."
And it's true. 
Life is full of changes and turns and I think the key to it all
is living with no fear.
Take everyday as time to become more of you.
You can only loose yourself if you let it happen.
You can only be a victim if you don't allow change.
There is no time for fear.
There is no time to be the victim.
There is only time for love and growth.
And tacos.
Have a wonderful weekend... 
i will be playing music for the rest of mine.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

here comes sunshine

It was finally beautiful today!!

I brought all the succulents outside,
threw open all the windows,
thrust my hands in the dirt and weeded the flower beds,
then played some guitar and sang my heart out,
and then the scent of fresh grass called my name from somewhere down the road.
so i went out and mowed the lawn-
the whoooole lawn, which is very large, and it felt so good...
and swooned at my dogs rubbing their backs in the freshly cut grass,
noses quivering at all the new smells floating through
on each breeze.

It was beautiful.

and as i was about done, my favorite yard inhabitants, the peregrine falcon couple
made an appearance with their offspirng.
they danced and played above my head making these amazing
loud pitched sounds, similar to a dogs squeaky toy.
and then one of them, i'd like to think it's the protective male,
sat in the tree right near their nest for long enough that I could snap a few shots.

and now dinner with great friends...
every gray day has a tomorrow.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Grey (gray)

Today is still a dreary grey day and not just because of the color outside.
It just feels like today is yearning for something 
other than what it already has. 
It feels like it needs.

So I am throwing everything I have at it.

I am having a huge cup of the best new tea I have been introduced too:
Honey Vanilla Chamomile.
I had no idea that Chamomile could get any better, but it has.
 It tastes like a warm hug from grandma after baking
biscuits from scratch and learning how to tell time.
And it's in my favorite mug that i got from this wonderful artist
which is big enough to hold two full cups at once!

I am listening to what has become my Spring soundtrack:
They scoop me up and wrap around me with this familiarness
that reminds me of London in the Spring.
A similiar Grey.

I have been writing again too.  I was an avid poet when i was younger.
Scribbling on anything i could get a pen to press to.
Bathroom walls, front porches, wooden tables, thighs.
sometimes paper.
Mostly not.
then somewhere in there i bought a guitar and tried and tried
and tired of it and it of me
until one day i actually had something to tell it
something that i wanted it to say
and i began writing songs.
And some of them were good.
The first time i went to Costa Rica, many years ago,
i wrote one of my favorite songs called Around Again.
My style has changed a lot since then, but  the most important thing to me now
as i dive in again
is that

In keeping on with the theme of grey
here are some more of my costa rica pictures in
grey (gray)

I hope your day is beautiful no matter what color it may be.
even grey can be beautiful


Saturday, April 23, 2011

2 more for today...


layers of sterling silver with a very white pearl



Ammonite Fossil with Faceted Citrine and layered hand cut Sterling Silver


this Butterfly Necklace is about to be snatched up!

more rings to come this weekend!


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