September 23, 2012

Work Shop Progress: Under Construction

My new workshop is coming along nicely.  We've been working about 14 hour days every weekend for a month now.  Everything always takes a lot more time then you expect.  And it's always more work then expected.  But it looks great!

We've nailed the paneling up on the walls and ceiling.  We bought easy maintenance bead board, already coated in a nice soft white.  But it can be painted, which is always good.  I'm a gal who likes change.

I did all the wiring for the lights, which is really very easy to do.  My hubby bought me my own pair of electrical pliers.  He calls them T-5s, but we're really not sure on the technical name.

So here are the latest pics of our progress:

top left: Me
top right: Ceiling fan
bottom left: the window
bottom right: the door and electrical box.

September 09, 2012

Make A Great Hobo Style Bag From A Scarf!

This is an amazing idea!!  The first thing I thought of was that this idea would come in sooooo handy when you come across a craft sale or flea market.  You can take a large scarf, which won't take up much space at all, and convert it into a great hobo bag to stuff full of goodies while shopping!!

August 19, 2012

A Dream Come True!

Yay! After waiting for years it's finally happening!  I'm getting my studio.  The concrete has been poured.  And in less then two weeks the builders will be here.  Once they start it will take about a week.  Then my husband and I will work on the inside.

I will be using a white factory coated wainscoting fiber board from floor to ceiling, which will be easy to clean.  My dad has some  old wooden cabinets I will be hanging on the walls, and painting them a nice bright purple.  And when I get bored I can choose any color I want.  That's the beauty of having the main walls a nice neutral white.

I should mention that I don't get the whole building.  It's a nice 12x24 feet, and half of it will be for hubby, he wants a sauna.  That was one of the ways I was able to finally get him to agree.  But hey! After all these years of working our butts off don't we deserve something we want? I say we do.

Want to know how we can afford this?  We refinanced to a much lower interest rate.  That was the big push my husband needed.  Our refinancing brought our total interest paid and our monthly payments down.  So the refinancing itself is paying for it.  In the end, after paying for the building we're paying less money then if we hadn't refinanced!

Stay tuned, more to come!

May 03, 2012

What Kind Of Trouble....

No trouble.  Not at all.  I never EVER get into trouble, not as long as my hands and mind are busy.  Oh, wait.  Busy minds can get you into trouble.  Like when you're innocently looking around the net and come up with more ideas.  So, let' see what kind of trouble I can get my brain into.

New Bracelet Supplies
I went shopping and got myself a boat load of bracelet supplies.  I'd never really thought too much more about bracelets other than some chain on both sides of a copper blank.  But then I came across these cool leather wristband blanks.

In high school I had made a hand embossed leather wallet.  It turned out great and and I loved it.  I won't have time to get into full leather work, but I love the idea of stamping on metal and attaching it to leather.  Now that I can do!!  So, more to come on that.

Today my grand daughter learned metal stamping.  She stamped her name on a copper cuff blank and she did a great job.  I hope she enjoyed it and can find as much pleasure in creating as I do.

Copper Cuff Bracelets

April 30, 2012

Mother's Day Is Coming Fast!

Spring is upon us, and with that comes a very important holiday: Mother's Day.  Don't forget your important gal. Give her the treasure of keepsake hand stamped jewelry. One of the hottest trends right now is metal hand stamped jewelry.   Shiny metal with sparkling crystals, everything a gal loves!

Right now my Artfire shop has the biggest selection.  So CLICK HERE to find some great items for your gal. And below I have just a few examples of some great gifts.  Check em out.  You can also shop on Etsy and Zibbet.

April 29, 2012

A Giveaway From Me...

Sponsored on Aquariann's blog, Art And Tree Chatter.   Aquariann is an amazing artist! Click here to check out her shop.  And to celebrate this great giveaway I'm offering a rare 10% discount with coupon code: FAIRYDEAL. 

And to check out my giveaway, click the pic below.  Thanks Aquariann!

Dzign by Jamie Giveaway
Click me!!!

April 14, 2012

Down By The Frog Pond

While wandering around the Internet today I came across the cutest tutorial for little frog beads.  I've made frog beads before, but these were so cute and the price was right so I thought "why not try something different today!"  So I bought the tutorial and went straight to the garage....I mean my state of the art studio.  And now I have some frogs hopping around in my kiln and I'm just dying to see how they turned out!  Check back soon to see for yourself.

Tutorial cover picture.  These are not my beads.

March 29, 2012

For The Love Of Pets

Our family pets hold a special place in our hearts.  They protect us, love us and even entertain us.  No matter what kind of mood we're in they still love us.  My dog will sit and listen to me complain, as long as I'm scratching him behind the ear, that is.  So to celebrate our furry family members I've listed a small collection of pet related items.

Doggie Dresses

Small Dog or Cat ID Tag

Lampwork Collar Charm

Large Dog ID Tag

Cat ID Tag

March 25, 2012

Great Things

Giveaways and tutorials, how can you get any better then that? Kind of hard, I'm guessing. And I came across these two as I was lounging away my Sunday at the computer. First, let's talk about this giveaway. Yay, jewelry inspiration is always a plus, in my book. And this DVD is going to be packed with it. Actually, there are three DVDs to give away. This is just one of them. Just click the book cover to go to the blog and learn how you could win.  Thanks Lori!!

And this great tutorial can help you turn a simple ball head pin into a cute little rosette for you jewelry designs.  I love this, it's a small detail with big impact, don't you think!  Just click the picture below to be taken to Kristen's blog tutorial.  You'll also find a link to her Etsy shop where she sells all her yummy metal jewelry goodness.  Thanks Keirsten!

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