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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Dreaded Scourge



Last time I talked to you I was happily plugging away, making all kinds of pretties and just generally being happy. Setting up my studio, unpacking boxes I haven't opened in a year and really enjoying seeing my studio come together.
Since then it has been anything but! I have been down now for over two weeks with a terrible nose running, throat burning, lung congesting, head pounding, stomach plummeting flu. UGH!
But...I am recovering, hooray!
The last few days I have been waking up with less and less congestion and not as many head spinning headaches. I may survive after all :)

So since I have been feeling so under the weather, I have been working on something that doesn't require me to be in the best of health. Actually it was a good thing because I have been dragging along, putting this off for way too much time. I have spent the last several days going through inventory of my UNLISTED items. What I found is staggering. Since I have opened all these boxes that were packed away in storage awaiting my studio, I have found so many items I completed right before we did our big move. Piles of ribbons, boxes of fabric. I am seriously amazed at how much I have here that hasn't seen the light of day for awhile. I took a look in my shop and realized it was almost empty! So I have been cataloging, photographing and generally organizing all of this mess. I have already filled my ribbon drawer back up with freshly wrapped and photographed silk ribbons in a huge variety of colors...and they are actually listed now (well at least most of them)! Next I will tackle the fabric, which I have two boxes to go through.



SO...I am putting off my dyeing for at least another week. I know people are waiting for pastel rainbow floss and I really need to dye some. I have a nice big pile of white floss all wrapped and waiting for dye. I need to figure out what I have here first before I add more to the pile though. I have a hank of silk velvet i was going to dye and more ribbons but I dont want to dye more until I know for sure what I have. This is a hard decision for me because I feel really pressed to make the floss but I don't want to mix a lot of dye until I am ready to make everything.



And all this means I will be unpacking a few more boxes today and discovering just what I have here. The good news is, this is almost the last of the boxes. My studio is really starting to look like a studio and I am finally feeling almost settled. The flu knocked me off course for a few weeks but I am almost there! I can't begin to express how much better I am feeling than I was two months ago. I have a completed living room, I am not trying to work in a tiny corner of my bedroom AND I have all my WIP's  pinned to my board in MY studio where I can look at them. I needed this so much. Stay tuned for much to come!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

More bracelets



I have been busy making more bracelets. I ordered a lot more beads and many new charms to add to them and went to work as soon as they arrived.



 I have so many that are waiting for their closure and charms but I did finish quite a few.


 I also made up several men's bracelets too.
 These have been quite a lot of fun and I love how they turn out. They aren't the only thing I have been working on though. I have made several other pieces of jewelry. Here are a few:









Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bracelet Blast





Awhile back I wove up a lot of bracelets, I tried several different styles and found many that I liked.


I never finished the ends on most of them though. I told myself I would sit down some quiet week and work on them but then the house happened and the trip to the US, etc. Life has a way of getting in the way huh?

         So this last week seeing as i was working on my jewelry I dug them out and started finishing them. I am quite pleased with the results so far and love these little tierracast charms that I bought so much that I ordered some more.
They are a really nice quality charm without all the rough edges you often see on charms. So here are a few examples of the ones I finished:




I can't wait to get my charms I just ordered and do some more. These will definitely be going in my cymberrain shop!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Photo Mishap



Yesterday I finished packaging all the new silk ribbons and embroidery floss in their little plastic sleeves. I need to get these listed right away. They have been sitting here forever waiting patiently. I went to sort the photos and add names to them and lo and behold...no pictures. I looked everywhere but they are gone. All those photos I took right before we left for the US are gone. The only ones left are the few I posted here. So today I spent taking ribbons out of sleeves and reshooting pictures. This batch will have to be put up with the one photo of them on their cards. I just can't see myself unwinding one of every size and color, then ironing them all just to get that second shot.So these are the ones I took. Good enough I think.

I am still making jewelry too....here is a pretty pair of earring I made this week :) I have a few more pieces I will be posting later,



Last but not least...they are putting in the floor of the living room YAYAYA


 Hopefully I will have a completed room y next week some time "crosses fingers"