I cannot believe it has been over 2 months since my last post...it actually feels more like 2 years! I finally moved into my new home. It's only 9 miles from my "old home", but it may as well have been outer space! It's been 4 years in the making...bought the property, lamented over buying the property, bit the bullet and hired an architect, and it took over 1 1/2 years to construct. BUT IT IS DONE! Yippee!
I have to say, my new "studio" is my favorite place in this entire house! I have everything - and I mean everything - in one room and my poor old legs could not be happier! Only one kink in this puzzle of putting my space together...
I have been planning this space for well over a year. While I am re-using lots of great shelving, old dressers and cabinets from my old basement, I purchased a "big girl" jewelers bench - so happy with this! I also bought a 6 foot stainless steel table that is much more "fire friendly" than my old plastic craft table that was covered in ceramic tiles. But, I also purchased a 4-drawer steel cabinet to store my tools. I don't pat myself on the back very often, but one thing I have always been able to do is put ANYTHING together. Grills, dressers, desks - if it had directions, I could do it. Not this steel cabinet! I even dragged my Construction Manager for my home back over here to take a look at this and there is something integral to the design and function of the drawers that is just plan and simple "missing". This puppy is still in pieces on my floor. I have been in contact with the manufacturer since the middle of last week. The Director of Who Knows What is supposed to get in touch with me tomorrow. So, until I get this mess out of the middle of my floor, no pics.
I have been a good girl and NOT purchased beads during this "move period". I knew for sure if I ordered something, I would put it in a box "that I would surely remember" and promptly forget. But, in late January, I did order some beads from Maryse of Glass Bead Art - these are some of my favorite lampwork beads! Little organic lampwork nuggets in the softest pink!
I was scared to sit at my Big Girl Bench and start working - what if I forgot how to wrap a bead? Seriously??? So, before I venture into trying anything new, I made a familiar style bracelet that I would love to give away!
Aren't those beads beautiful!!?? I wrapped them in sterling and paired them with a lovely, enameled lentil from the ultra-talented Melissa Meman of Melismatic Art Jewelry.- I have had this lentil for some time now - waiting for the perfect match - and I must say, it complements the pink in the lampwork perfectly! The explosions of colors on this lentil just makes me so happy!
I was so excited to pull out my saw and cut jump rings again! I know...silly girl! I made the toggle from 20g sterling sheet and textured the heck out of it with one of my hammers.
I did not even mind stinking up my new studio with Liver of Sulfur! :) A quick bath in my tumbler, and I was done! It has an inside diameter of 6 1/2".
I repeated the phrase "Pink is my signature color" in my fake southern drawl while creating this, with visions of Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, and my personal favorite - Shirley MacLaine - gossiping in the beauty parlor. Loved Steel Magnolias!
Okay...enough! On with the giveaway of this bracelet!!
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