Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hello Blog! I've Missed You

Holy macaroni and cheese! That has to be the longest blog break that I have ever taken. What can I say? First, I had nothing to write about because when I quit smoking I lost my muse. Then I just didn't have anything to write about. I mean who wants to hear about the BRUTAL winter we are having. I'm sure we are all just as sick of the cold. And, I for one, am sick to death of snow. Yes, I know. I live in the South, in a beach town, how cold can it be? Too cold, that's how cold. After a point 12F is not much different than 12 below. It's just ALL cold. In two days time here, it will be in the 70's and the very next day it will be snowing with sleet. Did I say I am over this?

I mentioned that my muse was gone. Well, I did try to work on a few things. I made a cross for my brother using this tutorial from Zoraida. I love the manliness of the design. I made it larger, to hang on the wall, and gave it to him for Christmas. He really likes it. It was great for me because I got to do a lot of hammering and the work was pretty forgiving, which kept my swearing down to a minimum as I still craved a smoke. I need to go to his house and get a picture of it. I did a few other small projects but really my head was just not in it.

I had an idea for a pendant. The idea bobbed around in my head for the longest time. I ordered some materials for it so I wouldn't back out of giving it a try. The inspiring stone called me, beckoned me, challenged me. The kids were gone, my music was playing and I was getting into the zone... now was the time to finally meet my muse again! The work flew through my fingers, seemingly effortlessly until just before I was finished... when I completely lost it. ARGH!! All that silver, all that planning!!

I refused to scrap it. I dug in my heels. For days, I would pick up the unfinished ugly and tell it that I refused to give up. It lay in an unfinished heap of bent wires which protruded like limbs set out at terrible, painful angles, the kind that you don't recover from without drastic measures. So, I cut and even before I was finished, I knew I had done something wrong. I think I did it just to vex myself. Ah, I torment me- WHY! Just throw the damn thing away!

But, low and behold... laying there with the wires all cut short, I had a vision. I could almost hear angels sing. (Not smoking apparently makes one dramatic.) While the vision was fresh, I whipped out the final design and was pleased.

Rare Ombre pink chalcedony limcast (petrified wood) from Texas Springs, NV

This hard won success broke the mold. Many more pendants simple and not sprang from my replenished well. : )

Thanks for reading and for Pete's sake-- Stay Warm!


  1. Beautiful pendant, I am so glad you are creating again. I love your awesome work.

    1. Hi Donna and thank you! It feels good to be working again. I was really worried that I would never work again without a smoke.

  2. So glad to hear from you again. I was wondering what you were up to. Your pendant is beautiful! I always love the elegant and uncluttered look of your wrapping. Thanks so much for trying out my cross tutorial, can't wait to see a photo. I know how you feel about this Winter. I'm in the northeast (upstate NY) where temperatures are often way below zero. I think I'm getting used to walking my dogs on minus 17 degrees mornings. Or perhaps I'm perpetually numb and blinded by all the snow.

    1. Hi Zoraida, Thank you for the compliment. : ) I asked my brother if I could get a picture. He says he'll bring it here for me, so I'll let you know when I get the picture. I thought he would hang it, but he keeps it with his bible on the bedstand instead. Good place for it.

      I saw your blog and the pictures of your snow. WOW! Is the word that comes to mind. I spent my childhood in Rhode Island and remember quite a few very white years. I do love how a crisp morning with fresh snow feels like, but I just can't handle that cold anymore. Too many years in the South now, I guess.

  3. Good to hear from you again. Your work is always inspiring. Congratulations on the no smoking deal.

  4. Hi Tela, I've been wondering how you were doing! I'm so happy to hear from you and I knew you would get your muse back. And boy you sure did. That pendent if absolutely gorgeous!

    I know this winter have been cold. Not that I should have anything to complain about compared to others, Florida has been a cold with lots of grey skies, and rainy too. Cold one day, then 70's the next. Today quite possibly 80's.

    I was in a slump too but finally got the kick I needed. The Etsy metalsmith forum I'm on is loaded with information and they are very generous with their help. I'm finally beginning to set stones with a bit more confidence. That has helped me so much! I'm also feeling a bit better. It's been a year and a half since surgery, I finally beginning to feel that my ribs are healing. Discomfort and pain sure can effect outlook!

    1. Hi Kate, I wouldn't have known you were in a slump judging by what I saw of the set you worked on. But, I guess that was awhile ago. My how time flies! Anyway, glad you are back on track.

      I can't believe it has taken so long to start feeling better. Bless your heart, I know what chronic pain is like to live with. It's so depressing and all encompassing... it kinda just paints everything gray. But, your feeling better and that's what counts. :)

      I'll be looking into the group you mentioned. I need a kick with my metal work. I think I have lost all confidence with it. I know it is because I haven't done anything in so long. I'm almost afraid to light the torch. : (

  5. Tela, your wire wrapping allows the beauty of your stones to shine. I love your symmetry of your wire work and that flower in the center is the perfect accent to this lovely pendant. I'm thrilled that you are back in the saddle again, then again, I don't think you were ever off, just regrouping. With spring arriving this month, I imagine we all will be wrapping like crazy. The warm weather is going to ignite our creativity!! I have to say that I loved the way that you started your blog post about mac and cheese. That made me want to pop the top off the box of good old Kraft extra cheesy. ;)
    ~Susan B.


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