Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I have various ceramic bowls and glass vases (aka small glass yogurt containers I stole from France. Ok, I stole them from a hotel in said country, but doesn't that sound funnier? I stole yogurt containers from France.) that need to be gathered and flowers to be purchased.
My bags need to be stuffed with tissue paper. I should probably go buy some snacks and a lot of water.
I'm going to do a mock set up this evening, but really it will be an adventure to set up at the fair, as my booth partner is bringing all of the tables and I have no idea what the arrangement will be. Suspense!
Lastly, I keep half-forgetting about my signage. Thankfully the boyfriend has offered to put one together for me so I can get it printed tonight. Other than that, I need to print off things for monies, sales tax, and make a tiny sign for the pile of knotted stacking rings.
I think I may even have time to ride tonight!
Anyway, here are the last 4 to be completed. At least the jewelry part is finished!
Aren't these little vintage glass cabs the best? Bright red deer yes please?
This cabochon is not quite so dark but I didn't have much light to work with. It reminds me of concord grapes and sticky grape jelly. It's really something you have to put on. It's like a million times better when it's on. I didn't expect to like it as much as I do. I keep looking at it sideways and imagining it on my finger. Maybe next time.
Monday, July 26, 2010
pyrite & sterling earrings (not enough beads to make anymore of these, sadly!)
3 tiny necklaces:
Friday, July 23, 2010
It took me most of the evening last night to do a few simple jewelry tasks: finish a handful of earrings, a couple of rings, saw out some bezel backs.
I made dinner in there, too, but really? 3-ish hours to finish up a few pieces?
Sometimes I can blame something or another (usually television) for distracting me and sucking me in, but I didn't watch anything last night. It was just a night of jewelry that dragged...I think I'm finally getting worn out preparing for the art fair.
But anyway. Here is some stuff.
These make me swoon kind of a lot:
Suzy Blue. My mother is fully to blame for instilling an infatuation for turquoise in me.
luminous & minty chyrsoprase of the cushion cut variety.
goes excellent with burbon and ice.
2 pieces of bread your choice, I used the only bread in the house which was brownberry (the really dense whole grain/wheat bread)
Peppers of choice
whole grain mustard
zucchini, cut into long, flat strips
Or really, any vegetables of choice. That just happens to be what we had (garden fresh!) so I went with it. I had fresh banana peppers and wanted to know if they were spicy and that's pretty much the entire reason I ate this.
*Marinate the zucchini in a mix of balsamic, olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh chopped garlic. Sautee or grill til done.
*spread one slice of bread GENEROUSLY with goat cheese (I really like goat cheese.), the other slice with mustard
*pile on veggies
*drizzle on a little left over balsamic marinade
This has about a million variations and truthfully this was the simple version - there's a really good kalamata olive/balsamic tapenade that is awesome when paired with the grilled zucchini. The only thing that would have made this a thousand times better would have been a package of arugula piled on as well.
Also, I'm not a vegetarian, I just often cook that way because I'm lazy.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Really, though, I've been keeping it simple because I'm trying to hit every price range, but especially the lower ends of things. This is a smaller art fair with a goal of bringing art to the community, and what good does it do to bring a bunch of art no one can afford?
Suzy earrings: I changed up the ear wires a little and they are still unique - those are the only beads of their kind I had.
I have been dreaming about this texture for awhile. I think I want the copper a little rosier, but overall I'm happy with them. They involved a lot of hammering and I do like pounding the hell out of metal.
I think I need a new name for these now that I'm using different beads, but remember the rainy earrings I made with peridot? Well, I made 2 more of those, too. I wanted to have a little bit of variety, though, and I think I like the coral even better.
Last but not least, a delicate and simple bracelet with rose quartz and pyrite. I love when I'm able to use my scrap towards a greater good (like new jewelry), and I had these 2 lengths of chain hanging out that weren't long enough to do much of anything with. I think this bracelet works quite well!
I have 9 more pieces to throw in the polisher tonight, including a ring! I've been going through ring withdrawal. They are really my favorite.
There will also be 3 super delicate/petite wire wrapped necklaces, some wonderfully modern earrings with clean lines, and a few other bits and pieces.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Do other people love their states as much as Minnesotans love Minnesota?
Minnesotans really love Minnesota. Seriously. Even with humidity that rivals the south in the summer and winters that plummet below zero for days at a time and mosquitoes that wage war with you in your own garage (there was a little one that bit me TWICE on the neck within about 20 minutes and tried a 3rd time when I put an end to its little stupid life) .
You get the point. We really like our state.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
And now, today, when the heat index hit 105, it broke again. This is especially unfortunate because while it is cooler out now (humid, but cooler), my apartment is mostly underground. And therefore gets almost no air flow with the windows open.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Despite this being a not favorite activity, I do a fairly good job at documenting everything. But fairly good is not good enough, and I've lapsed a few times.
Like in the case of the scribble earrings. I've made three pairs of these and didn't learn my lesson once.
First time: Made using scraps of silver and such right before a trunk show. Ran out of time to photograph. Sold at trunk show. Friend (Andrea) saw them at trunk show post selling, so she ordered a pair.
Second pair: Made from memory of the first pair. Since I had no intention of making them again, my memory was probably not very good. But...since there would never be a side by side comparison, no big deal, right? Just get the basic concept down.
Gave them to her without photographing. Again, I was done, right?
Then the scribble earring receiver lost one of them. So Andrea orderd another pair.
Third pair: Made from memory of second pair. Memory is especially poor at this point as it's been a few months, and again, I only remembered things like: fused copper and silver rings of various sizes. I knew one was hammered. I didn't know how many rings, or even how many copper vs. silver.
On the left you have the 3rd pair. On the right you have the lone remainder of the 2nd pair. I'd be interested to see the 1st pair just to see how much they've changed.
Making these is kind of like a game of telephone, but with my really bad memory.
Andrea photographed the earrings side by side for me...thankfully she is an awesome customer and ended up liking the 3rd pair better anyway!
Highlights of my trip included:
lots of sleep
lots of being incredibly lazy
(I really like cupcakes.)
Time went way too fast this trip (well, it always does, really). I'm having a harder time returning to my "normal" life here because I'd just rather be there. I'm doing an excellent job pouting.
But, he'll be here in August. And I'll be there in October. And so on, and so forth. And hopefully not for very much longer! We've been doing this for 3 1/2 years...it's about time to live in the same state.
I'm steadily chipping away at my list of jewelry, despite the pouting. I have an art fair to prepare for and only 2 1/2 more weeks! I can't believe how much I have to get done...staining display items, building something for my earrings, getting material for a table cover, figuring out what to do for change, buying receipts and a calculator, gathering packaging supplies...
It's a little overwhelming, but hopefully it will all come together!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Well, the lovely Kate (who won the give away!) wanted a tag for her puppy, Cairo. And they (being her and her fiance) wanted a paw print. Once I figured out the main shape it was a breeze - and I think the tag turned out really cute!
I don't know that I'll be adding them to the shop permanently, but I'm definitely up for taking on any similar custom orders!
Monday, July 5, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
I will tell you this.
Over the past few years, though it still seemed he had the drive, his body began to feel more stiff. His ribcage wouldn't bend around my leg. He became more difficult to control and evaded my attempts more and more. With age came creaky bones and arthritis.
On Tuesday it came to a head, and although he seems just as mobile as always galloping around the pasture, he told me loud and clear that he was done riding.
I'm heartsick over it. I love that horse more than anything and I feel like there's this huge disconnect if I can't even get on him and casually walk around for 5 minutes.
I've been preparing myself for this for the last 4 years, but it doesn't make the final decision any easier. I thought we'd always be able to go out for a ride around the fields. After the 8 1/2 years I have had him, I feel as though our journey has come to a very significant end. I always thought the day he stopped enjoying rides would be the day he died.
It'll take some time, but I'm sure I'll adapt to our new phase. He's stupidly happy in retirement (or the semi-retirement he's had til now) - eating away and hanging out in a big field. Galloping around when he feels like it. Being spoiled. I suppose at age 25 he's entitled to such things.