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Thursday, December 13, 2012

More Winter Cabs





I don't know how many strangely nice days we have left, but I'm going to keep taking advantage of them when we have them. Cabbing is very relaxing to me. I love the hum of the grinder and soft, pulsing hiss of the water geysers. I'm getting faster and better every time I cab and it has become kinda a contest with myself. How many well done cabs can I get done in a day? This day I finished 9 and touched up 3. One petrified wood refused to be photographed. Two, I didn't picture because they were touch ups. One of those was featured in my book as a stone with an off cut. It was an astrophyllite. And there was one I couldn't finish because I ran out of time. Next chance I get I'll finish it. It is a stunning ruby in fuschite full of bright pink ruby.

The cold weather is slowly settling in for good. But, the good news is, I finally got a butcher block table to mount my rolling mill and after the Holidays, I'll be learning how to use it. I can't wait to play. :)

I don't know if I have ever mentioned this, but along with the normal arthritis that comes with aging, I have an auto immune disease, palmo planter pustulosis psoriasis, which comes along with psoriatic arthritis. It doesn't always cause too many problems, but as I age it is getting worse. The other day was the first day that it laid me out in bed for the whole day. It used to be aches that I could deal with, but the other day was pure, flat out pain from neck to toes. The only relief for me was to lay flat on my back. It is so frustrating to want to do something and know that you can't. That day, I was driven to do a project I had been thinking about, but I couldn't move to do it. Just sitting in a chair was agony. (I have a diseased sacroilliac joint, which sometimes makes sitting very painful) I know from talking to so many jewelry artists that a lot of people out there share similar issues. In fact, it seems that making jewelry is a great way for a lot of people to take their minds off their troubles. It also seems to be a very low stress type of activity for a lot of us. So, I thought I would share this with those of you who are also suffering-- Know that you are not alone. It might slow you down, but don't let it stop you. :)

I have some jewelry to post as soon as I get it photographed. I'm a little behind schedule. It takes me longer to do pics since I am still trying to work out a routine with a new camera and software. But, I should have some nice pieces to show tomorrow. I also hope to have some new stones listed for sale, too.

Happy Wrapping!! (Of stones and gifts :) )

 

9 comments:

  1. im sorry to hear youve been feeling bad. *gentle hug* i certainly hope you get to feeling better soon. one of the best things you can do for yourself, is to be kind and loving to yourself. if a loved one felt bad, you would insist they get rest, and you would take care of them til they felt better, wouldnt you? so treat yourself the same way. give your body time to rest and recoup its energy. (i know what im talking about ;) ) if you force yourself to do what you dont feel up to doing, youre only hurting yourself in the long run, cause it will take longer for you to feel your "normal self" again. and dont berate yourself for "slacking" when you think you should be working. your body needs the rest, or it wouldnt have thrown you in the floor in the first place. :)
    the cabs are bee-yoo-ti-ful!!! i especially love the one that looks like clouds. :)

    love to you,
    *hugs*
    denise

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    1. Gentle hugs to you Denise.

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    2. Denise, you are such a sweetheart! I think you must know me, too, because I am very guilty of treating my sick family better than myself. I think most women who have families are like that. I feel like I have been defeated when I am forced to give in to pain or sickness. It really bums me out to have the wind taken out of my sails. Thank you for reminding me to be nicer to myself. :) It is very sage advice.

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  2. Tela, the hum of your grinder resulting in well cut cabs are the product of beautiful jewelry. Think of all the stones you are shaping and polishing that will be set into works of art for this generation and the next to hold and behold. That is pretty awesome, if you think of it in terms of longevity of your work.

    I ditto what Denise said about caring for yourself during this acute phase of your discomfort. It was giving of you to share with others who might be experiencing the same. Hopefully soon you will be back at your grinder or that new butcher block creating and entertaining all of us with your art. Thinking of you!!

    Susan

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    1. Susan, you know, I have never really thought of it like that, but man, the rocks have been in the ground for eons and they'll be around for that long again- only prettier and shiner than ever. :) What a great way of thinking of it. Thank you. :)

      I can't tell you how excited I was when my daughter brought back the table!!! I can FINALLY start playing with some ideas. And, silver isn't too high to get some of it, either. I'm in hog heaven LOL!!!

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  3. I ditto too! Denise said all the right things. Take care of you first! I too am speaking from experience and love to go into my jewelry world to escape, but some days it's just not possible. So gentle hugs to you and take care.

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    1. Thank you Gina :) Sorry to hear that you are a member of the club, too. Gentle hugs rule! Give one to yourself for me and Denise. :)

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  4. I'm sorry to hear you haven't been well. One would never know from the beautiful work you do. I hope these episodes are few and far between. I shouldn't complain about my own arthritic pains and bad eyesight. Hope you feel better now and enjoy the holidays.

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    1. Thank you, Zoraida :) I'm ok more often than not. That last spell just knocked me for a loop and came out of the blue. I wasn't prepared, at all. Saw the doc today and I got some new things to try, so next time- I will be prepared to do battle. LOL!

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