11.21.2009

Jackrabbit Jewelry


Ahhhh, the smell of sweet, sweet, success! I made this charm out of precious metal clay. I was able to roll out the clay, cut the local high school mascot out of the clay, allow it to dry for 24 hours, then fire on the gas stovestop. This is what turned out. It's nearly perfect. If only it were a few millimeters thicker it'd be a bit stronger. Live and learn though. There are several more on my flickr. that I've created. Some originally had CZ stones in them but unfortunately never made it without falling out. :( I'll figure it out eventually. I also learned that during the cooling process (dumping the freshly fired charm into water) you can't cool gemstone pieces with water. It cracks them like glass (duh, evan). Had I actually thought that through I probably could have saved one of the CZs. Anywho, I'm hoping to sell these... Its about the size of 3/4 of a quarter. It's also .999 (or 99.9%) pure silver. Sterling is only .995 (99.5%). My husband thinks because of that .004 silver thing that it makes it look a little more costume jewelery-ish. I tend to agree, it doesn't look anything like sterling. Not nearly as mirror shiney... Though I'm thinking I could fix that.

Here I show the charm after firing. First quenching it in cold water.

                                                

Then before brushing with a brass brush.

And After brushing with a brass brush.


11.11.2009

Veterans Day

Thanks to all our past and present men and women in the armed forces. Happy Veterans Day!

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. ~Ronald Reagan

11.05.2009

My newish Design Studio.

Don't you just love the words Design Studio? Makes me sound fancy and professional don't you think? Its way better than, "My Teal Garage." Which is what the outsider looking in might think... But to me, this is purely a design studio.



If you want you can look on the lefthand side over there and gander at the flickr. I've added notes when you mouse over the photo to explain some things. I'll try my best here.

There is red fabric to the left hand side of the photo - that's a wingback chair I'm starting to take apart to eventually reupholster. Now if I could just find some nice faux leather for around a buck a yard (Go ahead and tell me to "Get Real" now..).

The window is going to eventually house some needlepoint and cross stitch samplers.

The brown table in the middle is going to go in the house this weekend. The husband needs it in his office.

The desk in the back - well pardon the disorganization on it, I'm still putting away stuff.

The other small brown desk is an old sewing table I'm giving a modern look to and putting in my guest room. The drawer organizer above it eventually will either be bright orange or hot pink.

My cabinet door wasn't quite dry enough to handle at the time of this photo so alas, you have one door missing. I'll clean out that cabinet tomorrow though. There aren't any drawer pulls on the drawers because the screws they came with aren't long enough (annoyance!).

So yea, this is about 4 months off and on nearly complete! :)

11.04.2009

COTTON!



It's cotton harvest time. That means my allergies are KILLING ME. The dust and seed in the air is crazy. I love West Texas 99% of the time except the 1 month out of the year (November) where the harvest is in full swing. My allergies kept me up for about 2 hours last night because it felt like someone was drilling into my head...


So what, you might ask was so crafty about this entry? I gathered enough cotton in that picture to make 1 tshirt. :) Amazing how little it takes.

11.02.2009

Lasagna for my Garfield




I made lasagna all by myself for the first time ever!

1lb italian sausage
1 can tomatoes
2 cans tomato paste
Italian seasonings
1 small can sliced black olives
1/2 box lasagna noodles
pepperonis
cheese of choice

brown sausage and drain. add rest of canned ingredients and italian seasonings. Cook noodles and layer. Put pepperoni on top layer and cover with cheese. Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes. Voilla!

Hubby said it was really great and "meaty." I honestly didn't have any because I am no fan of italian sausage. :)