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Sunday, October 21, 2007

cheese and hair and family again

Well the guests are all gone but the bloated weight gain lingers on. Here is a picture of our wonderful cheese orgy. 7 different types of exotic cheeses, the blue cheese stuffed and garlic olives I had been eyeing for the past year at the new Safeway "gourmet"section that I could never bring myself to justify buying before, the Soyrizo (vegetarian sausage), the sliced pears , Betsy's sweet plate of honey, molasses and jam and of course crackers.

Betsy and I happily admiring the spread in between gorges.

I bought this at the Asian Food Store when it was Nick's birthday in September and I was buying stuff to make him sushi. I though maybe it would go well with the theme and it intrigued me. Well Nick wanted to have nothing to do with it but I knew when Betsy came she would join me in this culinary adventure. According to Wikipedia it is a root used in Thai cooking.

We were just about to open the jar when Betys noticed something. If you look in the upper right hand corner of the jar above the lable you might see it...

Here is the much better view- a long dark hair pickled in with the roots.


I think not. We decided to skip this culinary adventure.

More family visiting pictures

Henry arranged these pictures. Here is the great Prince Henry with Grandpa Nick and Nick(dad)

Then he wanted one with just the girls-me, Grandma June and Aunt Betsy

Crazy cuddling lovefest with the boys and grandparents

The Carters

Nothing new and exciting in the jewelry world right now. I skipped yet another saturday market and now am obligated to go next weekend according to market rules . Here is one of our newest lsiting on Etsy of an old stamped design of mine. I carved this die back when I had lots of free time to spend confusingly carving in reverse.
It is a chubby belly and boob , not two sideways boobs which I just realized it kind of looks like when looking at it.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pendants,chains and family

We hit an Etsy milestone this past week when we made our 1000th sale! It was a goal we hoped to reach by the end of the year and it came in mid October. We were put over the top with a huge sale to a lovely woman in California that really made our week.
I've been refocusing on pendants. It is a common discussion amongst jewelers as to whether to sell a pendant alone or on a chain. So I decided to sell some pendants that are just on the simple black cord that adds just about nothing to the cost of the pendant and have a sterling silver chain with our handmade clasp available in our shop as well that you can purchase if you want a chain too. Surprisingly the chain has been selling quite well on it's own and the pendants have been selling well without the chain. I haven't had a customer yet purchase a chain to go with one of our pendants too.

This is our Sterling Silver Celtic Heart and Spirals Pendant .

This is the Sterling Silver Flat Cable Chain with Handmade Clasp.

The Steaming Cup o Joe with Garnet Pendant...

and the Dragonfly Wirework with Saphire Blue Sterling Silver Pendant.

We have been having lots of family visit us the past two weeks. It's been a lot of fun.Here are cousins Peter, Victoria and baby Harry. Peter appears to be contemplating his empty beverage and Nick is trying to scare Harry.


Cousins hugging (Max and Harry)

Upside down swinging Henry who insisted that I take his picture.

More Harry and at the park

Grandma June and the boys

Nick the elder,crazyface Nick and cousin Peter

A slow haggard morning still in my Spongebob jammies with all the boys.

Max picking a winner, Henry picking his toes, and Harry wondering how he ended up in this crazy place.

We had Henry take this picture. He was sitting on the couch which increased the already skewed childsize angle and managed to emphasize all our middle aged double chins except for Nick's cleverly concealed by his beard.

Aunt Betsy in the middle of couch mayhem.

Max delighted over his pumkin "no man" (snowman)

Around the dinner table admiring Henry's large dirty feet.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Pliers and plants

After destroying 2 pairs of pliers ,Nick, my tool obsessed and loving husband gave me a stronger pair. But those left a nasty burred edge on all the wire. So he went off into his shop the other day and emerged with these newly modified heavy duty pliers that now give me the almost perfect cut. I say "almost" only because it still leaves the tiniest of raised lines but it is really a huge improvement and a pleasure to work with. I love that guy!

Here it is in action.

The results! Notice the clean edge.

What the old pliers used to do. See the pointy angled edge. Well good bye jagged ugly edge.

More hot plier action

A clean finish.

And now for some fall photos from around the homestead...

Sweet Max

Henry emerging from the barn where he goes to escape from his brother and play with the big boy trains.

Happy Max

A typical bramble of honeysuckle berries,poison oak,blackberry brambles,roses and other assorted weeds. Yummy goat food.

This beautiful bright red and shiny plant is the evil poison oak which flourishes on our land.But it's so pretty.

One of the flowers that continues to return each year despite my neglect. A carnation of some sort I believe.

Fidel relaxing