Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Will I Ever Learn? (Or when will I quit lying to myself?)

Every time I let there be a long period between posts, I promise myself I won't let it happen again.  When will I ever learn (or quit lying to myself) that I have no more control over that than I do the beating of my heart??  I get so caught up in the process of living that I forget to make time for the process of writing and sharing.

I am currently in rehearsals for Steel Magnolias at our local community college.  I am playing the part of Truvy (Dolly Parton in the movie.  No, I am not built like her!).  It's very exciting as it my largest role ever, but also very exhausting.  We have rehearsal 6 days a week.  On top of working full-time and taking care of a family, it's hard work having fun!  Laundry is behind.  I'm reconnecting with my crock-pot. And exercise has gone on vacation.  As for crafting of any kind....well, that has slowed down as well.  But not completely.

Actually, last weekend I took my mother to her 60th class reunion.  The next day a number of relatives stopped in to visit with my mother while she was in town.  I was showing my jewelry to my cousin, who ended up buying $75 worth.  And I managed to custom design a ring for her while she was there.  I also whipped up a little ring to show my sister, and ended up selling it and 2 similar ones in my Etsy shop.  Thankfully my wonderful husband has been able to get to the post office to do my shipping on these things so that I didn't have one more thing to add to my to-do list.

So, here are a few pics of some things I've made in the last few weeks.  But I'm not going to go into great detail.  I'm supposed to be memorizing lines! (And working!)

 This is my Judaica series so far.  All made out of copper clay.  I just this weekend figured out a new technique for making my molds that I think will give a clearer impression on the star and hamsa.  Time will tell.

 These are all made from silver wire.  They were ones I used to show at my hair dresser.  The salon owner is going to let me sell my things.  She says they need to be bigger--like hanging to the neck.  I did get new flyers and business cards designed and made.  Haven't had a chance to price anything and actually get it over there, though.  Maybe after the play!

This was an error.  Had a piece of wire I had started, but cut too short.  Then a friend from Facebook asked about toe rings.  Light bulb!  Sold it about 3 or 4 days after I listed it.

This is my first foray into aluminum.  I've made several things since then, but I love it.  Bends and hammers super easily.  Earrings can be huge but still lightweight.

This is copper colored aluminum.  I really like its warmth.

 My copper rings.  Fun "writing" with wire, but not as easy as I thought it would be.  It's easy to make the letters too big and end up with a necklace instead of a ring!

Another aluminum set.  This is one of the things my cousin bought.

Well, that's it for now.  Back after the play closes!