Monthly Archives: June 2013

Jewelry and Metals Studio Tour – Video Format

Sorry I didn’t get a Tool Time Tuesday post up yesterday. I did get into the studio to make a video, but didn’t get finished editing it until after midnight.

I have begun offering my video workshops through a new website called I think it is a great place so far and there are a lot of other great teachers and mediums to choose from. They asked if I would do a video tour of my studio. The studio isn’t completed yet, but it is OH SO CLOSE!

I would like to think that I would have been done already had we not had to replace a microwave, AC/Furnace (OUCH!!!!) and repair the dishwasher. Of course there is the fact that I just removed 28 trees and shrubs and have to replace quite a few of those too. Ahhhh, homeownership is SO MUCH FUN. At least I think we are finally getting to the end of these things. But who knows. We didn’t plan on doing ANY of that and it has absolutely drained our bank accounts dry. So everyone send my house good wishes for no more problems, okay? I am ready to get things finished up.

Even with all the stress of the above problems, things are going well. As many of you know, I was really nervous about moving to Utah. I am quite pleased to say how much I am actually enjoying it here. My neighbors are wonderful. The biking is so easy and accessible. We haven’t started our hiking yet, but hopefully soon. The girls really  miss their friends, and so do I, but we are making new friends and having new adventures. So all in all, it hasn’t been bad at all. In fact, it has been quite fun.

Okay, okay, without further ado, here is the studio tour. Enjoy


June Synchroblog – Found on Pinterest

I love looking at ideas on Pinterest. I have to be careful though as sometimes it makes me feel worthless. There are so many good ideas and creative people out there. I have to be careful to not allow it to make me feel less than creative. I know you all think that I am this super creative person, but I am not. I have been ver fortunate to find that I have a natural talent for art jewelry making, but that is about the extent of it. I have a hard time decorating my house, coming up with cute gifts or anything creative in any other realm. Even jewelry making is extremely difficult for me. I can sit at my bench for hours upon hours and have nothing but crap to show for it. But every now and then, things click and they all fall into place. I wish that would happen a bit more often. Hopefully soon.

Another area that I am really awful is cooking. I am not good at it at all. And quite frankly, I don’t enjoy cooking. I would much rather do other things, like play in the studio and wait for fabulous ideas to come. Sigh, Such is life.

One of the things that I have enjoyed doing on Pinterest is looking at all the yummy things to eat. Pinterest is actually the reason that I asked for a crockpot for Christmas. I had been given one as a wedding gift, and I am pretty sure that in 15 years of marriage, it was used maybe 4 times. But then I started to see all these great things you could do with it. So just 2 months after I had given mine away, I asked my husband for one. The look on his face was priceless. HA!

One of our favorite recipes is Teriyaki Chicken. In fact, we had it last night. I meant to snap a photo of it, but we were running a bit late for dinner and everyone snatched it up quickly. The recipe I love to use is from

Photo is from her website.
I make mine in a 6 qt slow cooker. It makes plenty. When it is just my family, we have enough left over for at least one more meal. But in the case of last night, we had only 3 extra people over and the bowl was left clean empty. I love that I just had to throw the items into the crock pot and I could leave to do all my other chores for the day and dinner was still nearly ready when it was time to eat.

The Artists Synchroblog is a group of bloggers who post every other month on the same topic, sharing our experience or perspective. On alternate months we undertake a Pinterest Project where we each take inspiration from a Pinterest picture, create something (art, a meal, a DIY project, etc) and then post about it.  You can read more about the Artists Synchroblog here.

Please visit the other synchrobloggers this month and see how Pinterest inspired them:

Tool Time Tuesday – Painter’s Tape?

I am back!!!! It feels so good. The studio isn’t quite done. The plumber just left, and my sink won’t be hooked up until Saturday morning…. and it is going to cost more than double than I had planned. BOO! I need to write some tutorials and get some online workshops going FAST! I need to come up with some money before the credit card bill is due in a couple of weeks, and I haven’t even applied for my business license yet because I can’t afford the fees. Sigh, oh the pains of setting up a new studio.

Yesterday I had my first studio day in the studio. A friend came over and we worked with several tools and techniques while we made the first part of a hollow form pendant. We still need to work on the bail, which will be a hinge mechanism. While we were filing the pieces and getting them ready to solder together, I shared a tip with her to help make filing the piece a little easier.

In order for us to solder the two formed halves together, we needed a good solid surface for the solder to flow. The easiest way to do this is to file the back edge. Well, that isn’t always an easy thing. I tend to do a lot of filing of my fingertips and nails when working on a project like this. That is when I pull out the painter’s tape and make a sticky handle for myself. It was the perfect opportunity to make a very fast Tool Time Tuesday video.

Here is the link to the video:

It sure feels good to be getting back into the swing of things.

Thank You!

Thanks so much to all of you that forwarded the email from Otto Frei about doing videos for them. As luck would have it, I got a cold… a really bad one too… just before I was ready to do the video. For about five days I sounded just like Barry White. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with Barry White, unless his voice is coming through my mouth.   But I did manage to get a video done just in the nick of time. Sadly, it isn’t my best but by the end of it, I didn’t have a voice left to redo it.

I chose to demo my rolling mill for the video. You can see it here: