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Sunday, November 30, 2014

A New Adventure


  As many of you know, I have been down ill for a month and a half. One afternoon feeling a tickle in my nose blossomed into a full fledged bronchial attack with all it's complications. After three (really four)antibiotic treatments, allergic reactions to two and many side effects I am slowly coming back to myself. It's amazing the difference you can feel in such a short period of time. I spent weeks in a brain fog where i couldn't even put 2 and 2 together! I am working hard on regaining my health and getting back on track.

    Before my illness I had been working hard at restructuring my business. Throwing out old ideas that weren't working and concentrating on the ones that have. I got so lost in my dye shop, working all the time to make ribbons and threads and fabric, that I stopped creating my own things almost completely.

   One thing that I have been struggling with for awhile is the fact that my sewing machine just isn't able to function as I want it, so way too often I find myself putting projects on the back burner because they require some machine sewing to finish them. I have MANY unfinished projects because of this. The fact is that I am quite accomplished at sewing and made many of my own and my kids clothes and other things when I lived in the US. Leaving my trusted old Kenmore and my industrial machines behind was a difficult thing to do. I did bring my Juki serger with me but that is only half of what is needed.  I have a lot of things I want to make for my new house and find myself reluctant to even try with my basic machine. So my sweetheart has agreed that it's time for me to get a nice new sewing machine. I am so excited I feel like a kid. I picked a beautiful husqvarna opal 670 machine and now I impatiently await it's arrival. Now I will be able to sew my silk velvet with a little more ease ( I know this fabric is never EASY to sew). So I have many plans to fill up my shop with goodies made on my new machine, of course with added hand stitched embellishments.

     One of the items I have always really loved making is my tarot and treasure bags. They are so beautiful made from the velvet with my hand tied tassels and embroidered fronts but over and over I would find myself reluctant to make them because everything had to be hand stitched, even the construction of the bags. My machine simply wasn't up to the task, even after I bought a walking foot. Now I plan on bringing them back.

   SO keep your eyes open for new goodies coming your way. I know my interests seem to wander all over the place but I think that in time it can make my shop an interesting place to go and see what is coming from these rainbow fingers that day....


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!