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Thursday, April 30, 2009

New-Shimmering Moonstone and Fresh Water Pearl Swirl Earrings

I've been slowly adding new stone earrings to our Etsy shop from the beads I recently I bought.

These are lovely Moonstone beads that I swirled together with Fresh Water Pearl.
The name Moonstone is derived from a visual effect, or sheen, caused by light reflecting internally in the moonstone from layer inclusion of different feldspars.When light falls between these thin, flat layers, it scatters in many directions producing the phenomenon called adularescence.

The Moonstone beads measure about 7/16" (1.2cm) long and wide. The entire earring measures about 1 3/8" (3.5cm) from the top of the sterling silver earwire to the bottom of the earring. All the wire including the earwire is sterling silver.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

New Stone Earrings

Tiny British Columbian Nephrite Jade and Amethyst Sterling Silver Swirl Earrings

These are gorgeous deep green translucent British Columbian nephrite jade beads that we swirled together with 6mm amethyst.The jade beads measure about 3/8" (1cm) in diameter.The entire earring measures about 1 5/16" (3.4cm) from the top of the sterling silver earwire to the bottom of the earring. All the wire including the earwire is sterling silver.

I had fun experimenting with photographing stone earrings on a crystal cluster

These are new too from the new stone beads I bought from my bead guy.
Tiger Eye and Garnet Sterling Silver Swirl Earrings

These are lovely Tiger Eye beads that we swirled together with 5mm garnet.Tiger eye is quartz that contains oriented fibres of crocidolite that have been replaced by silica. Tiger eye often displays chatoyancy (a vertical luminescent band like that of a cat's eye).The Tiger Eye beads measure about 3/4" (1.9cm) long and 5/8" (1.6cm) wide. The entire earring measures about 1 5/8" (4.2cm) from the top of the sterling silver earwire to the bottom of the earring. All the wire including the earwire is sterling silver.

I sold yesterday at the Eugene Saturday Market. Brrrrrrrr - it was really cold and miserable with on and off rain. Sales were barely adequate and my toes were numb all day. Ah the life of the outdoor craft vendor. So glamorous.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ahhh Spring- It's killing me...

Well not really perhaps.I'm being a little over dramatic.
The weather has been warm and sunny and wonderful here. (Don't believe the lies about it raining all the time in Oregon.) But this means that the trees and flowers have burst out with tons of pollen covering everything triggering an early allergy season for me. Today has been a little better and I just got my prescription filled for Flonase to take along with my generic Allegra (fexofenidine) so I should be a functioning human being again soon and not a snot covered, sniffing and snorting eye rubbing miserable wreck.
I have sold the past two weekends now at the Eugene Saturday Market. The first one was slow but last weekend was pretty good. We changed our display and made new display boards that have a white background instead of the same purple we had been using for the past 10 or more years. The white background seems to have helped make the colorful glass earrings really show up well and pop out of the display. I have finally been selling these cute glass flower earrings at the market that just never seemed to do well there before.
Max was sad to find out that he is too young to play T Ball on a team this summer. So we used some of Grandma's gift certificate for his birthday to get a T Ball set of his own to play with.He's going to be really good at it come next summer.
After stressing myself out trying to come up with camps and things for the kids to do this summer I've come to the conclusion that I'm just going to relax and enjoy spending time with the kids while they are so young and not book them up with activities. Max is too young to be in most programs available and Henry is a home body/mama's boy. So we'll be taking swimming classes and whatever convenient things come our way and make playdates and take it easy. Henry starts first gade in the Fall and will be gone all day at school. So I am going to try and remember to enjoy these special long days together.( Remind me of that when we are going crazy on one of those long days.)

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

New stuff and Max's 4th Birthday

I finally took some new extra geeky pictures of our ever popluar HTML Head earrings.

We also added the Alto Clef pendant to our shop. We had it as earrings and had been meaning to make a pendant too for a long time. The day finally came.

We also added the "Pi" pendant to our shop. Again, we had it as earrings but it was time to get the pendant in the shop too.

This is a new smaller version of our "Romantic Industrial Big Aluminum Cross" as earrings. Nick made them from aluminum extrusion that he tumbled and sliced .

I also added the "Mogan David' pendant to our shop that we have as earrings too.(Just in time for Passover.)
And now on to the cute kids...

Henry and Fidel.
Fidel looks like he had a stroke in this picture. He is actually doing pretty well for an old 15 year old cat although he was recently diagnosed with diabetes. I have now become one of those crazy cat owners that injects her cat with insulin twice a day and spends ridiculous amounts of money on fancy cat food and vet visits.I never thought I'd end up doing all this for the cat and sort of secretly mocked those that did but when the time came I just couldn't let the old guy suffer or be "put down" when he is basically fine and the kids love him. We are hoping it will teach the boys some compassion and to not put us down when we are old and in need of some special care.

Friday April 3rd was Max's 4th birthday. We had a small party with a couple of friends. I wasn't up for a whole big event so my apologies to our friends who were not invited and may be reading this.
Aidan is excitedly showing Max the very big and awesome birthday present he got him while Lauren watches with anticipation too.

The big gross Spiderman cake. No one seemed to really like it much. It was chocolate with strawberry jam like filling and a thick Safeway nasty frosting of spiderwebs. Large amounts of it are still in our fridge haunting me. I have a cake problem, especially when it's chocolate. It calls to me every time I open the fridge door. Felice!- come have a slice-no one else will. But you love me. You love moist cheap chocolatey cake. You will eat me.
And I do. I am throwing out the rest of it tomorrow!(maybe)

After the cake everyone went outside to play in the wet sandy yard. Ethan has on his creepy scarey army guy face mask.
Max loved his black spiderman costume I bought him for his birthday.

Look out Henry and Isaac!