little miss know-it-all

roger hargreaves was a genius*

i have a bad case of i-know-how-to-do-it-myself-itis. it goes nicely with my know-it-all-ness.

it makes it a challenge to delegate, among other things: invite others to help in the kitchen, hire someone to paint the house, let the hubby bathe the dogs. yep, i’m a control freak. occasionally i wonder what i’m missing by not trusting others…like free time. {i’m feeling the pressure of that this week, especially.}

i’m trying to get better at admitting that i don’t know everything, i really really am. to that end i’ll be taking some jewelry making classes this summer. i’m heading back to the lovely bay area for two classes at the crucible. next weekend i’ll be learning how to saw, chase, and solder…things i taught myself and sort of know how to do already, but i’m hoping that i can learn how to do them better. then next month i’ll head back to learn how to carve my own wax designs and then cast them, which would mean i could make my own sterling silver charms and pendants, making my jewelry more my own creation.

and who knows, maybe in the process i’ll become a little less flawed.

~augusten burroughs

*though i was surprised to find out that he didn’t actually make a little miss know-it-all. huge oversight, i think. {yeah, i would say that, huh}

augusten burroughs quote found here via pinterest.

May 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

weekend wrap-up

what a weekend! friday night we went to see an amazing cellist {and i don’t say that lightly, having gotten more than my fair share of classical music in my youth}. but zoe keating is not your average cellist. she uses looping and computers to create layers of sound, making her sound like her own small orchestra. it’s pretty amazing. i would not have believed that it was just one person had i not seen her in action. {check out this video to hear her talk about her art. i love how she sees herself as part of her music!}

saturday morning we had a little yard sale, which mainly gave us an excuse to hang out with some fabulous friends. in the afternoon i gave in to extreme exhaustion and took a nap. i woke up in time to watch the muppet movie. a great day all around.

the hubby // looking dapper

sunday we headed to laguna beach to spend some time with good friends who are about to move {to hawaii, don’t feel too sad for them!}. it was a cool, overcast day. we ate fish tacos and played with their little baby. a great mini getaway.

these next few weeks are looking busy and mother’s day is coming soon! please order by next tuesday to get your jewelry in time!

May 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

woohoo!

let's celebrate!

remember how i applied to be part of crafted at the port of la? well, friend, i was accepted. {when i found out yesterday i used an overabundance of exclamation points and now, it seems, i’ve exhausted myself.} in honor of that, i think we should all have a gluten-free cupcake with this cute mini pennant topper from sweet paul, made with vintage stamps. i know i’m going to be figuring out a way to squeeze a small celebration into my plans over the next few days.

{tomorrow we’re having a yard sale, then visiting friends at the beach on sunday. how ’bout you? doing anything fun?}

April 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm Leave a comment

having it all

a wise woman once said that you can’t have it all all at once. *sigh* around here that seems to mean that if i’m busy working, the house is just not going to be all that clean. sanitary, yes, but not tidy. piles of craft crap on the dining room table, unfinished projects spilling out of the studio, and probably some dishes on the counter. i just did the most cursory of vacuuming non-extravaganzas and it’s just going to have to suffice. someday we may even get some pictures on the wall around here, but that seems unlikely anytime soon.

what do you give up to do what fulfills you?

April 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm Leave a comment

new photo backgrounds

curly soft maple reminds me of sand dunes

after taking you behind the scenes, i thought i should share another new photography development: yesterday i went to the fancy lumber store in town and picked up some remnants {yes! lumber stores have them, too!} for a steal. i picked out woods that were visually interesting to me in three fairly neutral tones: a light {curly soft maple}, a medium {lacewood}, and a dark {wenge}.

lacewood makes me think of feathers

as beautiful as they were unfinished, i went to work sanding them and putting a single coat of danish oil on them. i wanted to get rid of any future splinters and give the wood a slight luster and boost with the oil. i only coated one side, so now i have not three but six different backgrounds depending on what looks best.

wenge is a dark beauty

i may have freaked out when the oil darkened this wenge soooo much, but in the end i was very happy with how it turned out. look for them soon!

i like the subtle {but natural} interest the wood adds!

April 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

behind the scenes

the new and improved lightbox

i thought i’d take you behind the scenes of my photos. all of this gets cropped out of what makes it to the shop, but it’s very important stuff going on here behind the curtain.

i’ve recently upgraded from a cardboard box to these nice white {reflective} pieces of foam core. the pieces are hinged with clear tape, so i can even fold it up and hide it away {as this is also the table where i do my soldering, this is very important}. i can drape any color back drop i want onto it with a clip, or i can bring in more white foam core for the bottom and shoot in all white, which is great for eliminating shadows. but most importantly i can shoot any time of day or night because of those high powered halogen work lights. {they’re hotter than all manner of things that a lady shouldn’t say, so i’m thinking about switching to led, but they sure were cheap at $9 a piece from home depot.} if i want to shoot larger items, i just raise the lights up on boxes so that the light is higher.

the secret behind removing the glare from these ultra bright lights is this drafting film, which i got in big 2 x 3 foot sheets from a local art supply store. this film is translucent, heat resistant, wipe-down-able {this is in the garage after all}, and it won’t tear. i’ve cut windows out of the foam core and taped them into the frames.

plug in the lights, custom set my white balance, and i’m good to go. {if you want to figure out how to set your camera’s white balance, do a quick internet search for “set custom white balance” including your camera’s details.} you could even set this outside or in front of a big window and shoot in direct sunlight if your camera won’t let you set your own white balance.

not including the velvet backdrop, i figure this whole set up cost me less than $40. {2 halogen work lights at $9 a piece + 3 sheets of foam core at $3 a piece + 2 sheets of drafting vellum at $3 a piece + that hanging light with another piece of drafting vellum over top of it at $5 + clear tape.}

if you’d be interested in a tutorial for how to put your own together, i’d be happy to oblige. {just let me know in the comments.}

April 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm 1 comment

joy thief

yup

i’ve been stewing a little over here in some jealousy juices. first, a friend made some jewelry that is so amazing that i just watched her work zoom to another level. second, i heard the great news that lint & buttons is getting press. then, the whatifs started sneaking in my ears. you know the ones. they whisper: “what if you’re not good enough?” “what if you’re not original enough?” “what if nobody likes you{r stuff}?

ah, the anxiety. i’d argue with those blasted whatifs, but there’s no point. they’ll just come up with another question and another question and pull me off track from actually doing something. then i wouldn’t get anywhere. {i’d be lying if i said i’m not currently feeling anxious, but i’m trying to fight through it by doing stuff. there’s no better cure, as far as i’m concerned.}

so i’m off to do stuff. and today’s mantra needs to be more like this:

images via ryan flynn and little old me {no really, i took that picture and added the font. rumi gets credit for the amazing words, though.}.

April 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm 2 comments

new things: rings!

a garden for your fingers

 

at the urging of lovely ali of amarilo, i’ve put my adjustable garden rose resin rings in the shop. {thanks ali!} these are resin roses that i hand cast, drill, and place on an adjustable sterling silver band that i’ve hammered for texture and strength. just in time for summer, they’re available in ocean blue, avocado green, and cloud {ivory}.

 

April 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

and here’s the big news…

i promised you big news, and here it is. i’ve decided to apply for crafted, that permanent marketplace i told you about. fingers crossed that i’m accepted! {we’ll know in two weeks, won’t we?}

April 17, 2012 at 6:49 pm 1 comment

weekend wrap up

hey there! did you have a great weekend? i hope so.

i mostly ended up working, but the hubby and i made time for a date night saturday night. we went to the drive-in and watched the hunger games. i’d never been to a drive-in before: it was fun! {also the movie was pretty good. now i have to read the books.} sunday i cleared away the mess in my studio and made a few new pieces. the doggies got a much needed bath and i topped off the weekend with a nice hot bath for myself. {with junior mints and a good book.}

those pieces will be up in the store soon. and just in time for mother’s day i’m offering a deal on my key to my heart necklaces in sterling silver and bronze & gold-fill. they’re $10 less than usual but still include free gift wrap and shipping. let me know what you want to say and i’ll include a note, too!

April 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm Leave a comment

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