Thursday, May 29, 2014

An Artist's Life for Me


Heat some metal; make something pretty; zoom zoom to the P.O.
Wish every day could be like this.


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Always Behind...

People are always asking me if I've made anything new lately.  Like it's perfectly reasonable and natural to assume that an artisan with a normal part-time job, a husband and household to care for, disabled grandparents-in-law to help out, animals, yard and etc... to care for; and current apartment re-model to work on; should have all of the creative time in the world.

(I have been painting.  A LOT.  Does that count?)

Ok.  Alright, I know.  It is reasonable.  That's my job as an Artisan, right?  I'm supposed to make time.  (That would be somewhere right in the middle of getting home from a day of landscaping design/implementation; showering, making a fresh from-scratch dinner (you can reference post below to see that I do actually cook from scratch.  Nice food, too!), kissing my DH; eating, cleaning, catching up on each other's day, and going to bed, right?).
Honestly, I am always working on something, but my problem is not in the making, but in photographing and listing!  Why those simple-sounding tasks should be discouraging for me, I would very much like to know; so if you have a clue, please tell me.  But taking good photos and writing descriptions is the hard part!  (and not only good pictures, but 5 good pictures each! Gah!).  So, as always, I'm still trying to catch up with pieces I made months ago.  Yesterday I got a few listed.  Thought I might as well brag on myself and share.  Maybe that will make me feel so good that I go on a listing rampage.  Hah. 

Siobhan - Elegantly Forged Celtic Bracelet
Fond Embrace - Recycled Copper Artisan Bracelet
Chains of Silk - Convertible Gypsy Wrap: Bracelet, Necklace, Anklet.

Circle of Life - Delicate Celtic Chain Bracelet, Handforged in Copper
If anyone actually takes a look and comments to let me know, it would make my day :)

Adventures with a George Foreman

Well, Summer is not only officially here, but almost over.  
Wow...  I can't believe I'm saying that last bit.  It's gone by so fast!

Anyways, summer means grill time, right?  So...  What if you don't have a grill?
When me and my new hubby (married 12-12-12) joined households, he had a little George Foreman kitchen grill; and I've never used it for much, until I looked through a new issue of Bon Appetit Magazine, and decided I HAD to try their recipe for Spiced Salmon Kebabs.  I know; it sounds heavenly.  And it's actually really simple, and grills beautifully on a George Foreman!

Spiced Salmon Kebabs:
Active 25 minutes.  Total 25 Minutes.
4 Servings  Here's a little trick:  Thread 
salmon pieces onto two skewers so they 
don't flip and spin every time you turn 
them on the grill.

2 Tbs. chopped fresh oregano
2 tsp. sesame seeds
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 lb. skinless salmon fillet, cut into 1" pieces
2 lemons, very thinly sliced into rounds
2 Tbs. olive oil

Special Equipment: 16 bamboo skewers
soaked in water 1 hour.

Prepare grill (or George Foreman!) for medium heat. 
Mix oregano, sesame seeds, cumin, salt, and red pepper
flakes in a small bowl to combine; set spice mixture aside.

Beginning and ending with salmon, thread salmon and folded 
lemon slices onto 8 pairs of  parallel skewers to make 8 kebabs 
total.  Brush with oil  and season with reserved spice mixture.

Grill, turning occasionally, until fish is 
opaque throughout, 5-8 minutes.

Calories 390.  Fat 22 G,  Fiber 1 G.

I served mine with Tempura breaded veggies (Onion, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Asparagus, Sugar Snap Peas, Shiitake Mushrooms), and fluffy Coconut Rice.  If anyone wants that recipe, comment and I'll post :)

Recipe sourced from Bon Appetit Magazine.  Photos are my own.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

This quote caught me on Monday, and was cheering and inspiring.  
Reminding me that practicing time alone can be a personal exploration.
Something to be cherished.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I've been making tiny jump rings and chain links to weave and embellish in intricate fashions for necklaces, ear cuffs and bracelets today until I can't see straight... 

Oh, how many pearls, crystals and stones I've started fumbling through my scratched and black-painted fingertips!  On the bright side - as soon as I can get pictures and listings up - my web shop will gain a few pops of bohemian color. Whether I can see it or not!

Multi-strand Bohemian Necklace. 
Handmade Copper chain, recycled Silk, cultured Pearls, Citrine chips, and my own Lampwork glass beads.

Be free,


Thursday, July 19, 2012

I've been practicing my forging techniques, lately - blending my love of Blacksmithing with more delicate sensibilities in jewelry forms.  Especially enjoying some traditional Celtic and Viking style work...

Hand forged Sterling Silver cuff bracelet, with traditional Viking designs.

 Celtic twist cuff bracelet/armband, hand forged from bronze rod. 

 Celtic twist and hammer-forged leaves, hand forged bracelet from recycled copper wire.

Lost Wax casting - organic form Bronze Ring with fern imprint. 

 Hammer forged Sylvan Leaf and spiral Ring.  Sterling Silver.

Some of these are already taken, some are mine to keep, and some are currently for sale in my Etsy shop!



Thursday, June 2, 2011

An Elven bow, a beautiful field, a creatively-made target, and a friend who likes to take photos....


Monday, May 16, 2011

I've been playing with Waldorf dolls again... Oh! Making them, I mean ;)

I'm currently at my art school for more classes; but right before I left, I got a boatload of custom orders, and had to really cram to get everything done before I headed out of state.

It was a fabulous week, though. I enjoy Waldorf sewing.

Got to spend most of it with one of my best friends, as well, whom I almost never see. He found out that I want to play the Irish Tin Whistle, and gave me one. I'm having lots of fun with that :)

But here are a few pictures of my Waldorf escapades...

Saturday, April 2, 2011

As I was browsing on Etsy, I fell down
nattyboho's rabbit hole.....

Alice Hat, by nattyboho

Alice Dress, by nattyboho

Aren't both of these to die for?!? She had a Mad Hatter hat, which I loved best, and then she has a "Dapper Hat", which I also love best; but for a cohesive theme, I'll stick with the Alice items :)

Etsy is just so much fun! I'm also working out a trade for a gorgeous little top I fell in love with from another seller. Perhaps I'll blog about it when/if it all works out.



Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hello, blogosphere!

It's been too long since I've updated, yes. I know.
So....Just for kicks, here are a few random pictures from my Art classes :)

~*Lampwork Glass Beads*~

~*Copper and Silver Chains*~


There's more in my photo folder, but I think this is enough to start with :)


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ok, so I have a love/hate relationship with "stuff". I really, really want to be the perfect Miss Minimalist, but I have an over-abundance of absolutely beautiful things, craft and art supplies, handmade art, and..... I really do like shoes. *blushes*

I would LOVE to be the girl who can pack for a trip to Europe in 15 minutes, neatly stashing everything in a single backpack.

So, I've been a bit of a de-cluttering obsessed freak for about 2 years, now, and never feel like I get anywhere. Then, a recent occurrence in my life left me feeling absolutely couldn't-care-less about, you got it - stuff. I won't go into details, but I'm loving this new freedom to simply do away with all of these unnecessary things, and be freer, lighter, simpler, more beautiful; and do away with the consumeristic tendencies our society is soooo ready to instill in us all.

I've read some fantastic, super helpful books on the subject; books that inspire without making you feel guilty or setting down hard and fast rules. After all, everyone's style is different.

So, I finally managed to tackle my shoes and actually make progress - going from 10 pairs of winter/general use shoes (ridiculous, I know) to 6 (I'm not there yet, but I'm making progress!) Unfortunately, I need to keep my boots and everyday shoes, along with shoes for work... Not sure what I'm going to do to remedy that. My Summer shoes are packed away at the moment, as I only keep out my current season's clothing; but they pretty much just consist of an additional 2-3 pairs of sandals/flip-flops, and I'll tackle them in a bit. Wish I had taken some before and after pictures of my closet....

The Joy of Less, by Francine Jay

Anyways, here's a couple of the best, most inspiring minimalist living/de-cluttering books I've read. If you have any interest in that direction, these are both a fantastic read!

Anyone else working towards minimalism/simplicity? Care to share?