Sunday, July 31, 2011

Through a Donut Hole and Back!

Well, what can I say? I have been in a slump and even my own advice hasn't helped. I just simply haven't felt like making anything. Plus, there was more camping to do. :) The family Summer schedule has been a bit intense, but that isn't my real excuse. I've just been bummed by the whole jewelry making thing. Judging by what I have been reading elsewhere, I'm not the only one that's been feeling this way.

My friend, Renate, sent me a message today about donuts. She asked if I could come up with a new bail idea. Gosh, I really don't like donuts, but for whatever reason, maybe just the need to create SOMETHING, I took on her request. Mind you, I own ONE unused donut and it is not even a normal one. I dug it out of my bin and got my happy, eager hands going.

My little project is far from being my best, but I did it! I'm so flippin' happy, you just don't know!

Now, here is my caveat, I can't remember ever doing a wrapped donut piece before. I don't even pay a whole lot of attention to other donut designs- However, I do know who the donut master is- Donna Spadafore aka Gailavira. If you have seen this design before, please let me know. I am trying to be original.

If any of you out there have been in a slump, too, try to come up with a new way to make a donut bail. Post your pictures somewhere, wherever. (Maybe you could link to it in the comments section.) Just try it, it's not as easy as it seems. :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Little Experiment

Before I left for camping, I started this piece. It looked a bit different before I left. I was really stuck on this one because I wasn't happy with how it was turning out. Happily, I knew what to do when I got back. I really didn't want to scrap it. I had been scrapping an awful lot of pieces.

I think the bail is pretty cool. It is quite strong, being hammered.
This is the first one I've done using this approach. With future pieces, there are a few tweaks I will try. Hope you like it. :)

Monday, July 11, 2011


A fine wine cleanses the palette. Getting back to nature cleanses my creative palette.

I had a week in the mountains in the George Washington-Jefferson National Forest in Southwest Virginia. Being in the quiet green replenishes my soul and clears my mind. The gurgling stream provides the background music for my creative contemplation. The rhododendrons blooming all around me, remind me of the beauty in nature. The owls at night and songbirds in the morning speak to the essential human that I am. I am reminded that we are all connected and part of one big plan. I am reminded of how small I am and that I am blessed by nature for what small talents I have. I am reminded that that is why I do what I do. I make jewelry because it is my part to play in this life. I have no grand plans, I have no agenda or schemes. I just love to create. I love the rocks that I work with and try always to show them to their best advantage. I try always to take a back seat to what nature has wrought. Perfection is not mine. Perfection is what I found in the mountains. Perfection is bigger than my "self". I just try to enhance what nature has given.

When I left sea level, I left an unfinished piece on the table. I was stuck for its ending. It needed "something". When I returned, I immediately saw what I needed to do. It is in the tumbler now and I am satisfied. Tomorrow I will post it.

Looking around me at my tools, I have a renewed interest in creating. I understand that is all I need to do. I do it for myself. It is therapy and it satisfies my need to create. I won't allow myself to get bogged down in wondering what to do next or what to do with all that I have accumulated because I know now that that is not what is important for me. Others may be driven by other things. But me, I am satisfied just to be the creative person that nature intended.

Home away from home
Our "backyard"
A view in the park
wild Rhododendron 

Because someone asked, I am posting a few more pix of just how big my tent is. I can fit my 32" table, 2 comfy chairs and my queen bed in it comfortably. It is abt 15x7 ft. I don't have any pictures with it all set up, though.  You can make out the table and chairs in the last picture next to the picnic table. The table is blue. The white box in the second picture is almost 3 ft long. It's the box for the table. The bed takes up a little less than a third of the tent. This was one of the biggest tents I could find. Don't let the pix fool you, it's huge. Sometimes we have a problem with sites not being big enough for it.