Monthly Archives: December 2013

A Special Musical Number

Some of you may know that when I was in high school and the first couple of years of college I played the Marimba (think a xylophone on drugs.) Well, I purchased one many years ago (before I even had children. Sadly, it doesn’t get played often. But my oldest daughter, Riley, has started to play it the past couple of years. I love the sound of this beautiful instrument. I used to sit outside the practice rooms for hours listening to my friends practice. I love it on the rare instances when I can get Riley to practice. She had her Christmas concert at the middle school last week. I am very unhappy with the music program (or should I say lack of) at the school. I am hoping I can keep her playing until at least next year where she will have an amazing band instructor.

About a week and a half ago Riley and I played two songs for our church Christmas party. It is quite an ordeal to move the instrument, but it is such a rare treat to hear it, that we thought it would be fun to do a couple of pieces. I told her that if she signed up, I would also play a song. So she bit the bullet and signed us up. I had my husband record it on my phone, but the sound didn’t carry very well, so after Riley’s concert last week, I moved the marimba (normally it sits facing the wall with the mirror) and we recorded our own little concert. This took about 8 or 9 takes. Between us messing up and the two little girls screaming in the background we have quite the gag reel. LOL.
Anyway, here it is. Merry Christmas from my family to yours.  May your Holiday Season be a wonderful one.
Video Link: http://youtu.be/yhANyhhnt40

 

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And the Winners Are…..

You know me, I can never just give away one thing. So I decided to give away a block AND a pair of earrings. YAY! 

Beth Millner – You are the winner of the Cherrywood Swage Block. WOOT!
Jenn Killam – You are the winner of the earrings. Let’s create them together. 
Thank you all so much for your support the kind comments you left for me. They really let me know how much you all appreciate the time and effort I put into making the videos. I promise to get back to it really soon. 
If you didn’t win and would like a swage block, I would love to have your support. You can order them from my website at www.kcjewelbox.com
Thank you all again!
<3 Melissa

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CyberMonday – 50% off at iCreateFlix

Sorry for the second post. I forgot to mention that through today you can get my video workshops and tutorials at iCreateFlix.com for 50% off. 

Here is the link to my page and offerings: 
Just be sure to enter the coupon code: iCreateThanks

This includes my Basic soldering workshop (normally $130 – now only $65) or you can take the individual projects. At iCreateFlix.com your workshop will never expire. 
Everything on their website is 50% off with this deal. But you must act fast as it will no longer be available after today. 

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Catching up – Give away

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. It was the first in our new home. It was a lot of fun. And, nothing like a nasty cold to hit right before the holidays to put you behind schedule… and that is exactly what happened to me. Yuck.

Rather than overload this message with my 30-days-of-art (which I am slightly behind on – Thank you stupid cold) I figured we would just jump right to the good stuff.
There area  couple of videos that I didn’t get posted. Of course we have to have the videos.
The first video is of the Arbor Press Offered by PotterUSA. I show how to assemble, temporarily mount it to the bench top, and of course, how to use it.

 

The second video is how to use the newly redesigned Ring Shank BeRing Shank Bending Tool by Pepe Tools. In this video I demonstrate how I make my Spinner Rings. The more I use this tool, the more I really like it. It just might find itself permanently mounted to my bench soon.

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjxQz30VgSs&feature=share&list=UUXsx-xlz39vZaMXkeHI_6pQ

GIVEAWAY

Now for the super exciting part! I finally reached over 2,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel. WOOT! Thank you all for your support. To celebrate, I am going to give away one of my new Cherrywood Swage Blocks.  The cherrywood came from my Brother-in-law’s property in Florida. Of course, in the hands of my talented Father-in-law, they have become a beautiful tool for your studio. I have 28 of “first quality” blocks in stock. I also have an addition 10 “second quality.” The reason for the “second quality” is because Cherrywood has more knots than the black walnut. So some of the grooves have a small knot that makes some of the grooves only partially usable. These are still amazing blocks, and I have no problem using the “Seconds” but some people might not want them.

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The First Quality Blocks are $52.50 (includes domestic shipping) and are available on my website. http://www.kcjewelbox.com/Large-Hand-Made-Cherry-Swage-Block-LCH-CherrySwageBlock.htm

The Second Quality Blocks are $37.50 (includes domestic shipping)

http://www.kcjewelbox.com/Large-Hand-Made-Cherry-Swage-Block-2nd-Quality-2ndLargeCherrySwageBlock.htm

Even if you purchase a block and then win the giveaway, I will refund your money. But what is that you say? You are one of my readers that doesn’t make jewelry and have no need for this beautiful block? Well, I will also give away a pair of earrings. They haven’t been made yet, so I can’t post a picture. But I will when I get them done.

How do you enter? Just leave me a comment on this post. Easy Peasy. I will number the comments and have Random.org select a number for me and that will be our winner. I will draw a winner on Wednesday Evening (12/4/13). Good luck!

Thank you all again for your support. It has been a crazy few years. I am hoping that 2014 is a good one for us now that we are settled and can get back to a normal routine. NO MORE MOVING. LOL.

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