Sunday, 1 December 2019

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

The Local Blond Squirrel

I finally got some photos of our local blond squirrel that we call Champagne Charlie named after Leon Redbone's version of the song.  Do blonds really have more fun....I'm not so sure because he used to frequent our yard but was constantly chased out by a black or gray squirrel.  He has been nesting up the street and took a chance to pay us a visit.  The first two shots I took with my phone through the window...hence the quality.  The last one my husband took with his camera and it's a much better shot.  You can see that Champagne Charlie is quite the handsome squirrel!








Friday, 22 November 2019

Pin/Brooch to Wear With Sweaters Scarves or Wrap Shawls


Here's another pin/brooch to close a flyaway buttonless cardigan sweater or to secure a knit scarf or shawl.  Again, this is a penannular pin or brooch design that would be a unique fashion statement accessory to add to your jewelry wardrobe.  This one is made with pure copper wire and embellished with rose quartz beads.  You can see more photos at our Etsy shop.





Sunday, 17 November 2019

How Use or Attach A Penannular Pin/Brooch Video - And New Hot Off The Press Bronze Pin/Brooch

I was rifling through my stash of jewelry pieces that I've made over time and hadn't done anything with them.....they're just sitting on a box.  So I dug out this piece and thought I'd show it off and maybe list it in our Etsy shop....this will be happening soon. This style of pin is call a penannular pin or Celtic brooch and was worn by the Romans, Irish, Scots and Vikings.  They're actually a great pin to wear with a big scarf or shawl as it easily holds them in place.  I like to wear them with an open sweater or buttonless cardigan sweater.  They tend to fly open so this style of pin is a nice decorative way to keep it closed.

I made this pin with bronze wire and adorned it with a blue tiger eye stone bead.  Take a peek.



Here's a short video that I did demonstrating how to attach a penannular pin/Celtic brooch to a sweater.

















Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Happiness Quote

"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.  I can choose which it shall be.  Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrive yet.  I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it."
Groucho Marx





Thursday, 7 November 2019

The first snowfall of the season .....

..... looks like a topping of sugar on my ferns.





Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Sugar Maple Tree - Fall Foliage Splendour

The autumn foliage of sugar maple trees is a wonderful sight with bright yellows and brilliant oranges and reds.  Boy, I love this time of year.  This is the sugar maple in our backyard and it puts on a pretty good show for us.  It's around 70 years old and has been struggling these past few years as the root system was damaged from road construction in the area.  But, it's hanging in there giving us shade in the summer and beautiful colour in the fall.











Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Big Heart Post Earrings

These are big heart post earrings hand formed from pure copper wire.  I've gotta a thing for creating heart shaped jewelry because it's a symbol of love.  But I like to add a bit of flair to my creations.  Check out these bold beauties that are listed in our Etsy Shop.








Friday, 18 October 2019

Warm Autumn Day at Wellington Beach

A sweater was required for my day at the Wellington Beach with a friend. But, that's okay because I love sweater weather.  Ah, the pure bliss of no crowds, blue sky, crisp air and the sound of waves crashing against the rocks.  It was a good day.









Sunday, 15 September 2019

Bronze Twisted Wire Wrapped Earrings - New Listing

New earrings have been listed at our Etsy shop.  These post/stud earrings are lightweight to wear and 1 3/8" in length.  They will add the perfect finishing touch to an outfit for a pulled together look.  Check them out.



Monday, 26 August 2019

Hot Off The Bench - Beaded Copper Twisted Spiral Pendants

Using Czech seed beads, I added a beaded spiral to these long twisted copper pendants.  I just need to decided on a chain then I will be listing them in our Etsy shop.








Friday, 7 June 2019

Sunshine Quote

"Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you."
Walt Whitman




Sunday, 26 May 2019

Abstract Tree Garden Pendant - Tiffany Technique

This is one of the abstract tree pendants that I made awhile back using tinned wire and solder.  I added a light patina which gives it the look of pewter and renaissance wax to preserve the patina.  The pendant hangs from a stainless steel chain and is listed in our Etsy shop.








Sunday, 28 April 2019

Tiffany Technique Soldered Chandelier Crystal Pendant

I made this pendant necklace using the Tiffany technique of soldering to this old crystal chandelier.  I used lead free solder, added embellishments, filed for smoothness and a patina which achieves an aged pewter or rustic look.  The pendant hangs from a recycled silk sari ribbon and this one-of-a-kind lovely has been gifted.









Saturday, 27 April 2019

Hot Off The Bench - New Soft Solder/tinned Pendants

It's been some time since I've worked with my soldering iron....so I got to work.  I soldered an old chandelier crystal, created a flowering tree and 2 abstract garden pendants.  They have the look of pewter that I like.  All they need now are chains/ribbons and then I'll listed them in our Etsy Store.








Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Black Beaded Choker Necklace

As with all fashion, chokers seem to come and go.  It's a fashion accessory that has been popular again for a few years now, but shorter and tighter to the neck seems to be the current trend. This 16" choker would fall at the base of the neck on most people.  Whether dressing for work or to dress up your jeans this short necklace would be a beautiful addition to your jewelry wardrobe.  I've used jet black czech glass beads and accented with bali sterling silver charm fans.

I've listed this necklace in our Etsy Store.







Monday, 8 April 2019

Spring Weather Quote

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
William Shakespeare







Monday, 18 February 2019

Hot Off The Press - New Beaded Sterling Silver Earrings

It's been a while since I've created anything with my silver so I finally grabbed some wire, findings and beads and made these earrings that I've posted in our Etsy shop.

The leverback drop earrings feature iridescent dark loden green beads.  They're nice business attire earrings....wear on casual Friday with a black sweater and jeans.

The post earrings are fun boho summertime earrings.  Imagine wearing them on a warm summer day with your hair up sipping a wine spritzer on patio (sigh).









Saturday, 2 February 2019

Clear Crystal & Sterling Silver Post Drop Earrings

Since I'm not venturing far these days because of the polar vortex (brrr....shiver), this cold frosty weather inspired me to make these Swarovski clear crystal & sterling silver earrings.  These are post/stud dangle earrings.  Wear them to a dressy occasion - wear them with black for a dramatic look.  They're listed in my Etsy Store.






Saturday, 12 January 2019

Hot Off The Bench - Copper and Dark Green Jade Ring

For women that love earthy jewelry, I've made this copper and nephrite jade stone bead ring.  It's listed at our Etsy shop.


Monday, 7 January 2019

Crackled Glass Marbles

I wasn't finding just the right bead in my stash the other day for an upcoming project.  Then it dawned on me....crackled glass marbles! That's what I needed!  This technique has been around for a long time and it is sometimes called fried glass marbles.  

In the past I've bought crackled beads.....But it's so easy to do.  

I put some glass marbles in an aluminum tray and got my little toaster oven out, the one that I use just for crafting, and set the temperature for 350F.  Once the oven hit 350F I put the marbles in the oven for 20 minutes.  When the 20 minutes was up I removed the tray with oven mitts on and I dumped the marbles in a plastic bowl of cold ice water and within minutes I had some really cool looking patterns in the glass.  I didn't have safety goggles on so I made sure that I wasn't directly over the water bowl just in case some glass broke.  None did, but you do hear hissing and crackling.

I baked some small round ones and some flat back ones. The process is known as thermal shock - the glass is heated and expands unevenly and when you dump them in the ice water it is forced to cool unevenly.  It crackles on the inside only. And, this is something that you cannot do with all glass.  

I think that they look nice and sparkly.