Imaginative Jewelry, Part II

Now that you've seen some really nice jewelry, I'm going to post some even MORE imaginative pieces. Some of these are quite fanciful. Take this beauty: Rather crazy, but pretty amazing, right? Silver and freshwater pearl made by SamBraundJewelry on etsy. Of course, that particular one has already sold, but you can probably get something like it for $160.00 or so. For the nature lover, a small copper fern leaf. Only $25.00 from SimoneSuttcliffe. I'm quite fond of verdigris pieces. I luff them. Some time I'm going to make them myself. Now, for the wild child:…
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A Guide to Imaginative Jewelry

Hey all, This is really random, but what with Christmas coming up, I wanted to post a guide to Imaginative Jewelry. This is a marvelous example of unimaginative jewelry. People say that diamonds are forever, but I say that diamonds are forever boring. Let me introduce you to nice jewelry. Interesting jewelry. Jewelry worth the money. In my humble opinion. For example, this lovely ginko leaf ring by GinAndButterflies on etsy. Which would you prefer, a diamond heart that everyone else has or this lovely gold ring? Granted, it *is* $795.00, but you were considering…
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I'm making a wallet. Maybe "trying" to make a wallet is more accurate. Hopefully it works. Regardless, the outside is pretty cool. Halloween! Of course, Robin Hood had to make an appearance. Jack was a lumber-jack because we didn't think very well ahead this year. At all. Besides, he didn't want to dress up. April was Autumn. Well, we're a lot sadder around here, and Clarke went home. He started an AWESOME bag. Really snifty. And the leather is beautiful. Hard to tell here, I'm afraid. Have I posted since Jack had his birthday? No? Well…
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Mandolin straps

My personal favorite, the green one is available here. So Clarke had a really good idea for a strap: A Film Noir mandolin strap with detective silhouettes and footprints. Pretty hilarious, huh?  For sale here. My second favorite, ze blue one:   Blue one can be found here.  The feather one was fun to make. And it can be found here. And that's all for now.
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Nothing much..

I just looked at a few very fun fashion blogs. They were awesome. Very put together. Then I realized that even if I could (which I can't), I wouldn't dress like any of those people. For one thing, I usually don't really like what people wear. The weird 80's/90's/hippy look that is popular now isn't at all to my liking. What is it with the horrible, cheap looking 90's leather bags (labeled "vintage") that are coming back in? Seriously? They weren't cool then, and they still look like thrift store leftovers. I did very much…
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Since I’m catching up….

With pictures, apparently... Jack loves butterflies. He courts them. Here he is a few weeks ago, trying to convince a butterfly to "have a bite" of his flower. And it worked! It was so sweet.   Rollie is threatening me with his scary wet-marker talons. I think I just got raked with the horrifying claws. This was my constant companion of last week. We had a great deal of fun with her. And Clarke has been here! We've enjoyed him excessively. These two pictures are terrible, but Jack was drooling so excessively that Clarke was…
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Jack’s Birthday!

Jack, the Birthday Boy, is one crazy boy. Where did that COME FROM?! He's definitely very different from the other two. Not that they are alike... Grandma brought a genius contraption -- a baloon blower-upper! It was wonderful. And reduced the amount of potential slobber quite a bit. Our very traditional decorated brown paper wrapping, augmented by Marty's new/old Black Hole obtained taper. He loves it. Jack's New/Old Black Hole obtained printing calculator! I.E. Jack's Computer. Hopefully he'll play with it instead of OUR computer. Birthday lemon cardamom shortbread, whipping cream (with bourbon), and strawberries.…
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Latest Mandolin stuff

Added color! Pretty cool, huh? I believe the inlay is made of corian, or reconstituted stone. Marble in this case... I believe. I think it looks fairly spectacular. And there's a wide range of colors available, which will be FUN. Um... bubinga, perhaps? Marty isn't here, so I can't ask him. Here's what the reconstituted stone looks like before it's cut and polished -- this might be the reconstituted turquoise that Marty just bought. Marty put a clever little slot in the middle so that he cannot accidentally mount the fretboard off center. Pretty smart.…
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Latest projects and cool finds

So, for the New Mexico trip, I made everyone keychains. They were more-or-less successful.   Feathers...in case there is doubt... The same flaming sword that you probably do not remember from my mandolin head-stock.. for the boys. Random leafy art nouveau pattern. And some cute owlies that I made for the three girlies. I can't say I'm over-fond of making keychains, and that's about that. Now here's a sneak-peak of my latest projects -- mandolin straps. Also easy, but raaather fun. Also a bit puzzling, as you can't really fit much onto a mandolins trap,…
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Talent

(The aspens changing color in New Mexico, last week)   There is an injustice that has been irking me for a while. My Aunt-in-Law mentioned it in New Mexico, and as we grumped our way home, I thought I really would like to say it.   I believe that the idea of Talent is a fabrication. Or perhaps a misunderstanding.   I grew up certain that I wasn't very artistic or talented. There were so many things that were so completely out of my reach -- practically impossible. To do so many things, you have…
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