Saturday, November 11, 2006

And you thought I was kidding about the toads and frogs..... sigh. No toads were harmed in the taking of this picture. In fact the boys were very gentle (made mama proud) and carefully put mr. toad back in his home after communing with him for most of the day.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Some crazy circles and gems....
I made this today amid the chaos of what has become my home life lately... chasing my two year old around trying to get gemstones out of his mouth (no I did not use those in this piece!) and taking care of a sick 4 year old. Ahhh.... Life doesn't get any crazier than this! At least I remembered to turn off my torch before sprinting after my 2 year old! So, I guess that means that the plus side of today is that I didn't burn my house down! OH! And I made this necklace! I was hoping to create more today but am always amazed when I'm actually "allowed" to finish anything!
I have definitely found a greater appreciation for work at home moms (which is EVERY mom, whether they run a business or not) in the past 4 years.
I'm starting to feel like my jewelry is as random and chaotic as my life right now! I look at other jewelers/designers and they seem to have a particular cohesive style. I just have whatever comes out of my head at the moment. I sketch designs out but try not to think about them too much - action is the key to getting anything done when you're a mother! Thinking, dreaming, philosophizing, figuring out the little technical quirks before you start working doesn't seem to cut it anymore. My motto now is: Think it and do it FAST before the little guy tries to break into the room (and devour gemstones) while you're torching an intricate piece (that could melt into a puddle of disaster at any moment). And I used to be such a dreamer.... ahhhh.... those were the good ol' days. :)