This weekend I had plans to go see Susan Beal at Powell’s and pick up her most recent book, Modern Log Cabin Quilting. On Friday night I got the idea for this necklace, and thanks to my nearly clean sewing/craft room I was able to make it on Saturday and wear on Sunday to showoff to Susan – I’d have never come up with this if it weren’t for her books (Bead Simple helped me figure out how to use jewelry pliers, of Bead Simple also keeps me from swearing off jewelry making as a hobby altogether, and that just means one more section of the craft store that has a siren call to me).


This particular piece is a bit unintentionally wonky and getting it attached to the chain was much more difficult than I anticipated. I’m hoping to make some improvements on the next one that I make.

April 3, 2011. Tags: , . quilting, Sewing. 6 comments.

Shiny and new

I feel like I should have a nice recap of 2007 and all of my crafty accomplishments or perhaps muse about my 2008 resolutions.  I might eventually get around to rounding up all my crafts of 2007, honestly I still need to get them in flickr, and I suspect I forgot to take pictures of others.  As far as resolutions go, I'm not much of a resolutions person; I break them too often.  This year, a couple days ago I finally came up with a resolution I might be able to keep: eat more salads.  Growing up we almost always had a big green salad with our dinner (even if it was just leaf lettuce, carrot and onion) and somehow I've gotten out of that habit, here's to hope that I can re-establish it.

I bought these earrings on a vacation in 2005 and I wore them all the time, until the day I noticed that they were no longer shiny at which point they sat in my pile of "fix-it" jewelry.  Finally this summer while I was purchasing jewelry at an esty fair (yes, I am so lucky) I asked a jewelry vendor/maker the best way to clean sterling silver if it has pearls attached to it and she suggested silver polish cloth.  I finally remembered to ask for it at the fabric store and purchased a quarter-yard, it looks a lot like flannel and polished these earrings up very quickly.  It was such a difference I decided to try and get a photo, which on my screen looks half-way decent (lighting was not good that day) before I shined up the second earring.

Hopefully soon I will get my act in gear and start chronicling some of my recent knitting and sewing projects.

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January 15, 2008. Tags: , , . Thoughts. Leave a comment.