jewelry making

Making Balled Headpins

Making Balled Headpins

  Since the New Year I started making balled headpins again. I really like the look of them versus the more common flat head (although…

Why I Switched to Sterling Silver for my Engraving Designs

Why I Switched to Sterling Silver for my Engraving Designs

I should clarify: why I switched to sterling silver for my engraved necklaces. For now I will still be offering bracelets in silver plate and…

Adventures in Brass: Part One ~ Oxidizing

Adventures in Brass: Part One ~ Oxidizing

I inherited a lot of trophy brass for my engravers. Besides practicing engraving, I thought I would try my hand at some fun techniques and…

Come Tour My Workspace…

Come Tour My Workspace…

The creative madness (um, I mean, magic…) unfolds in my head. But I have never in the 10+ years of jewelry making & paper crafts…

Rockhound Wannabes in Bancroft

Rockhound Wannabes in Bancroft

I was fortunate enough to travel to Ontario Cottage Country in order to attend the 46th Annual Rockhound Gemboree in Bancroft. My husband & I…

Finding Inspiration…

Finding Inspiration…

Newton’s first Law of Motion: “An object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion…” So…

Getting my Groove On…

Getting my Groove On…

Well it’s offcial. I sat down last night I finally made my way back into jewelry making after a 10 week hiatus due to the…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 78

100 Days of Creativity: Day 78

I feel like I am on auto pilot today, yet I was still able to put together this turquoise bracelet. I do love turquoise. I…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 77

100 Days of Creativity: Day 77

Today’s creative endeavour is a companion to yesterday’s anklet. Cute and simple dangle earrings in tiger eye and faceted garnet: Needless to say, I am…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 76

100 Days of Creativity: Day 76

Today was helping DH clean the house day. I know I know, it’s Sunday but lately I have just decided to do the cleaning when…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 75

100 Days of Creativity: Day 75

Woot! Day 75! I can’t believe I have been able to keep this up for 75 days! Although my goal is 100 days of making…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 74

100 Days of Creativity: Day 74

Happy Spring everyone! It was a gloriously sunny day here today. Hard to not feel optimistic on a day like today. My offering for today’s…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 73

100 Days of Creativity: Day 73

I am in such a good mood today – spring is definitely in the air!  So nice to know the equinox is tomorrow!  Today I…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 72

100 Days of Creativity: Day 72

I finally am starting to feel like myself again. I think a lot of contemplation and some nice weather really helped. I only had time…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 71

Today was a fairly easy design day as I simply finished up the last two pieces in the garnet & pearls series. I think I…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 70

When I started to think this morning about what would be my inspiration for today’s creations, I decided to take direction from my destash pile…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 69

Today was mookaite day. I felt the need to add a couple more affordable pieces to my Artfire Studio, and mookaite came to mind. This…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 68

Wow day 68! I will be so proud when I make it to Day 75 of this! I was in a bit of a funk…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 67

So, the sun today really had me thinking of summer. As the snow slowly melts I was looking at our back deck thinking about sitting…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 66

Thank you daylight savings time…I didn’t think I would be able to post my thing for today since I was out. I didn’t get anything…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 65

I had a really, really good day today. I could get used to this leisurely living. Only, looking at the toilet & the pile of…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 64

I took the day to relax. My body was so tired & the hormones were making me feel kind of weepy. This is the first…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 63

Today I struggled to get motivated. Definitely my body is slowing down…but I did get a couple of bracelets made. Really, I am starting to…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 62

Finally! A beautiful day! Felt like spring & the sun came out…a great way to start daylight savings time. Only, it doesn’t make me motivated…

100 Days of Creativity: Day 61

I am totally finding it hard to concentrate tonight! Sloooooow like molasses I am. But it is Saturday night so I am excused. On an…