Sunday, 29 June 2014

Old Stuff, New Pix

Spent part of the day taking new photos of some of my old etsy listings. Some improvement, but far from how I'd like them to look!





Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Summer Days

Gotta Love Sunny Days and Flowers

I think the home of DixSterling looks so much prettier in the summer when the flowers bloom. Here is the studio on June 24 with pansies in the window box and peonies in the hanging basket. So summery.

My Work Awaits

The door is not locked; come on in. You will find me at my bench at the far end. I've been trying to make time for jewelry again despite the lure of sunshine in the garden. It's hard to resist all that bird song and stick to a work schedule, isn't it? ;-)



Project for Today: Dangling Triangle Earrings


I've been working on long dangling earrings because I think they are perfect for summertime. I think they look great swinging above lovely bare shoulders.

This pair has been hammered -- with a ball peen hammer on the front and with a riveting hammer on the back. Once they are polished and swinging from the shepherd hoops, they will provide lots of sparkle and flash.

In this photo, the triangles are hammered but look pretty dull. They still need to be polished.

Finishes are Part of the Fun

The second pair (right) are a touch longer. I have soldered a small silver ball near the bottom of the triangles and I filed a subtle indentation into the bottom for added interest. This pair will be finished with a mirror polish. I plan to hang these under a pair of tiny square studs.

There is a lot of polishing to come for this pair!

The Hammered Dangles are Ready for Etsy Now







Wednesday, 18 June 2014

June 18

Why Does Everything Take SO Long?

I started sketching up some jewelry a couple of weeks ago but life got in the way (doesn't it always?).

First, there were the dining room cabinets. Since the upper cabinets were the last significant bit of indoor work, I decided to get them finished. Like so much of this house, they were made of 1970s fake panelling. So outdated (and dark).

An End to Fake Panelling at Last

The doors are almost five feet high, so painting them indoors was not going to happen. Instead, I set up sawhorses in the carport and painted them there.

While each coat on each door was drying, I painted the cabinet frames. Earlier, we had taken a pair of contractor mirrors we neither needed nor wanted and had a local glass company cut them to fit the backs of the cabinet sections. That made the cabinet interiors much brighter.

So Much Nicer, Don't You Think? 

Our dining room was a bit of a dark hole when we moved in. Much better now.



It's really wonderful what you can do with a couple of coats of paint ;-)


The veggie garden demanded the next day or two -- weeding weather is upon us, I fear. Good things are growing, too, mind you. We are now enjoying our own Romaine lettuce and tasty radishes. We need lots more heat to get the cherry tomatoes going but we should get that soon.


Jewelry at Last



A pair of triangle earrings are taking shape. I will set these ones swinging -- perfect to wear with summer dresses.


The plume agate is a treasure I've had in my stash for months. I'm working up a design to try to do it justice.

The sketch beside it is for a moonstone ring. I meant to have it done and in my etsy shop in time for people looking for June birthday gifts but, well, you know — life got in the way!