Thursday, October 30, 2008

Autumnal Flora Necklace

I found these great brass filigree flowers and had to have me a few. The center is a forest-green chrysoprase rondelle. The weight of the stone was causing the flower to hang downward even if I had a device (wire or such) running up the back. It's little technical problems like this that occupy the other side of my brain. I love working through solutions that are both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Riveting the flower to a copper leaf-shape let the piece sit correctly and retained the floral image. I call it Autumnal Flora (clever, I know!) and it's available in my Etsy shop.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Kana Chair Stop

This is what I see if I look over the right side of my computer chair most times of the day. Kana and her I-insist-you-rub-me belly lay directly next to the chair wheels. If I move the wrong way, I run her over and get a yelp and an accusatory look. She kicks me or the desk with her feeties to get my attention. Either that, or upsidedown barks. In her defense, she's not as chunky as this picture makes her look (the camera adds 10 pounds you know).

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Just a shout out to the Etsy fora for letting me know just who I am, where I stand and putting me in my place. I guess I needed that.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Three Cs

I've discovered that the bane of my dietary well-being comes down to three Cs: chips, chocolate and cheese. I am admitting publicly (well sort of, for the 3 people who may read this) that I've officially lost my ability to control their intake. I've always held that chocolate and chips - but not necessarily chocolate chips - were two of the four major food groups (the other two, of course, being coffee/caffeine and good bread with butter). Sadly, I now think I'm wrong.
My name is Judi and I am an addict.

Monday, October 13, 2008

An Apple (or Eight) A Day

My local nursery has an annual apple festival. Tastings, music, kid's stuff, it's pretty big. It goes on for a couple of weekends and loads of people come out for it. I stopped by yesterday and picked up some different lovelies (although they were out of Winesaps *sob*). I bought some Galas to make an apple crisp with, which I made yesterday afternoon. I would show off that tasty treat with a photo, but it, um, is all gone already... But rest assured, it was yummy! I also bought a couple of different types of local honey - the jars in the photo. One is called Neighborhood and has a distinctly minty taste which should be quite scrumptious in tea. I have enough apples to make another crisp and I will. Maybe this time I'll get a few pictures before eating it all up. Maybe.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

New Design: Miller

A new design!
I love the industrial feel and thought it looks like something that would be in a factory. I call them the Miller Necklace and the Miller Earrings. The balance between the chain and the metalwork is really achieved here. The brushed-back oxidation is another key for me, giving the pieces a wonderful pewter-y finish. The necklace can be worn several different ways: the hook in the back, the hook in the front, shorter with a link dangling... I'm very happy with the way the picture of the necklace came out too. Both pieces are available in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Persie Necklace

Another of the new necklaces and part of the Persie series. A pendant of three links in descending sizes hang from a ball chain. I like how versatile these links are. They can be sized up or down, so they can work for earrings, necklace, bracelet, or... (well, no, the possibilities aren't endless). The Persie Necklace is, of course, available in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

New Necklaces

I've recently listed several new necklaces. I'd made these over the summer and was tabling with them. Since they didn't sell, I've listed them in my Etsy shop.

On the upper right is Rose Candy. Iridescent-pink, Czech pressed glass make up this asymmetrical necklace.

To the left is Autumn Leaf Necklace a heat-patinaed copper leaf-shape.

And, finally, Sunburst Necklace. A fluted vintage Lucite bead is the center of the sterling silver sun shape.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Delftish Necklace

I recently found these vintage porcelain oval cabacon in a bead store. Aren't they groovy? I have several different designs. Here's the first thing I made with them. It reminds me of the Delft blue china and I tried to compliment it with an antique finish on the silver. I call it Delftish and it's already found a new home.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Featured on blufuse!

blufuse is a new blog featuring style for men. My Unisex Ring was briefly highlighted on the site.