A Valiant Effort

I made a large focal piece with resin a couple of months ago.  I absolutely love it.  It’s one of the things that I want to use “just right” and not waste on something that is just okay.

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I decided to add it to a bracelet blank, thinking how amazing it would be as a big, chunky, awesome bracelet.  And of course, leather is just the thing to use with it.  Hello… cowboy/girl theme.  It seemed pretty obvious to me.  The thing is… I have never worked with leather.  But I figured I might as well give it a go.  I’ve heard that it’s relatively simple to learn to do, and I’m feeling pretty bold these days.  So I gathered the tools I had, plus a couple I went and bought (I’ve been meaning to try leather work, but hadn’t gotten up the courage yet)  I watched a couple short little videos, too, just to make sure what I was picturing in my head was what I actually needed to do.  My head is not always accurate… but this time I was pretty spot on.  I’m glad I watched the process though.  It never hurts to be more prepared, right Boy Scouts?

So here’s what came of it:

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Here it is laid out flat.
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Here it is snapped together.

It sure looks better snapped together, doesn’t it?

I’m not really very happy with the final result.  It’s a little small, and it just doesn’t quite lay right, and something just seems off about it.  I’m disappointed, but at the same time I am glad it gave me a reason to bust out my snaps and rivets and give a new form of jewelry creation a try.  I’ll take it apart, though maybe not for a couple of weeks, or until I come up with an alternative… (I’m weak when it comes to taking things apart, no matter how awful they are.)
At least no damage was done to the focal piece.  I seriously love this thing.  
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Here it is again. Because it’s fabulous.

You can take the girl out of Montana, but you can’t take Montana out of the girl.

Yee-haw.

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New Territory, Part II

Well, I did it. I used my gift card to purchase a large portion of the supplies I need to start experimenting with metal smithing. AND I got payment for the custom orders I did before Christmas (which I forgot to take pictures of… Lame). Which means I can purchase the rest of my supplies from another site.

Holy.
Crap.

One purchase down, one to go, and then I get to start playing with fire. *evil laugh*

I’m still totally intimidated. I usually learn quickly once I get started, so hopefully it won’t take me long to get the hang of things. If I can just get myself to take that first step…

I feel like so much is riding on all of this. Say a prayer, send good vibes, wish me luck. Or all of the above. 😉

Thanks for joining me on my journey. I’ll keep you posted. 😉

Exploring New Territory

I received an amazing gift this Christmas. A gift card that will allow me to make some purchases that I have been dreaming of for more than two years now. I have wanted to try my hand at metal smithing, but it requires a LOT of tools and other supplies. I have been grabbing a tool here and there when I can, but it’s a slow process. This gift card will really speed things up.

I am so excited, but also really nervous.

The bad side of reachable dreams and goals is that, at some point, you run out of reasons to not start the journey you have been reaching for. And if you are a chicken like me, that’s a real problem. Everything is easier when you can’t start, but they get a whole lot more difficult when the obstacles are gone.

So… I am on the verge of eliminating my obstacles.

Wish me luck. I’m going to need it.

(Or even better, shop B. Accessorized and help speed up the process even more)

Pinterest Scares Me

I don’t think there is a person that has tried Pinterest that has not been sucked into its vortex of awesomeness. I love Pinterest so much that I gave it up for Lent nearly two years ago, due to excessive amounts of time inexplicably gone from my day. There are so many amazing, inspiring, fabulous things right there on your screen in massive amounts. What’s NOT to love?

Well, there IS something I don’t like about Pinterest: pinning my own designs.

I know that it is a wonderful way to reach more people. But putting myself out there in such a broad-spectrum format is intimidating beyond belief. I have a hard time even saying out loud that I make jewelry (and other things). I have to be pretty comfortable with a person before I even consider mentioning it.

Even though it scares me, I have started forcing myself to pin my jewelry more often.

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This is my most popular pin. For an obvious reason: They rock.

It makes me feel pretty darn good when something of mine gets re-pinned.  What’s even cooler is doing a search for some inspirational creations (or maybe due to my need to see how I rate) and seeing something of mine show up.  Maybe someday I’ll start pinning right after posting on Facebook.  Maybe.

Epic Fail

I was working on a (top secret) custom order last night.  I have been given basically no direction what-so-ever, which makes it fun in some ways and frustrating in others.  I thought I figured out what I wanted to do.  I did a couple test runs with regular aluminum wire since I was planning on using sterling for the real deal.  It’s never a good idea to do your practicing/let’s just see what happens work with sterling.  Obviously.  So I thought I had a winner idea, and went a head with the sterling.  I failed.  TWICE.  I was so angry.  I had to walk away.  I picked up another project thinking I would distract myself that way.  But I couldn’t even do that.  So I went upstairs and sat on the couch for a while, doing absolutely nothing.  It was a little sad that I couldn’t fully enjoy my sloth, since I was still fuming a bit.

Sadly, I have no pictures to show due to the top secret status.  Especially since even though I’m frustrated and a bit embarrassed, I’m still willing to show my errors to the world.  Everyone needs a good chuckle now and again, right?  Maybe soon I’ll get to show you.  Maybe.

So think some happy thoughts for me, Friends.

Back to the Beginning

So.  I have been crocheting more lately.  Why is this going back to the beginning?  Well, crochet is how I got started on the journey of accessorizing the world (well, maybe just my friends).  I started spending more time in craft stores, which, as you all know, leads to a lot of aimless wandering.  And one day I decided to buy one of the cheap-o beading kits and a whole new world opened up.  And since I really like instant(ish) gratification, jewelry kind of took over.  The bags I made took hours and HOURS to make.  I loved them, and thought they were amazing, but I also was giving my time away with them.  I have kind of kept my hand in with crochet over the years though.  Scarves have always been present since they are fairly quick.

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This is my favorite kind. Scrap scarves, otherwise known as Uglies.

I decide a couple of months ago (after more aimless wandering and finding some irresistible yarn) to try to merge the two crafts and came up with these:

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These bracelets are SOOOOO comfortable. You barely even feel them. *blissful sigh*

And then one day I was in my favorite local craft store, The Rabbit Hutch, and saw some AMAZING yarn.  It was pricier than any yarn I have every purchased, but I had to have it.  So I made an infinity scarf out of it.  It turned out well, so I made a couple others out of other yarns I have been finding here and there.  I might have to consider, at some point, using up more of the yarn I already own, but that really isn’t as fun.  I have a problem… yikes.

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This one is made of two shades of the same type of yarn. It’s kind of t-shirt-y. Really comfortable to wear.
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I love the soft earthy colors of this yarn!

On Black Friday, I hit The Rabbit Hutch again.  And of course the yarn was on sale.  So I MIGHT have bought another skein.  I seriously have a problem.  It’s just so fabulous.  The colors are so amazing.  And it’s super soft, too.

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HOW do you resist this?!?!? Is it any wonder I made two?

I have to admit that a lot of my motivation is laziness.  I can sit and watch TV and still get something accomplished.  That counts as multi-tasking though, right?  Yeah.  I thought so.

Welcome!!!

Welcome to my new blog!  I’m not quite sure how the whole WordPress thing works, so please bear with me as I work out all of the kinks.  But the important thing is that I’m going to try to actually USE it on occasion.  Thankfully I have some ideas to at least get me started.  I’m excited to get back at this whole blogging thing.  

Thanks for reading!