Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Having only lived here for about 4 years, I've felt two and this, by far, was a good one!
I'm glad nothing serious happened and obviously a hat's off to the savvy construction crews who have built up surrounding Los Angeles to withhold a decent rumbler when they do happen!
Back to the originally programmed scheduling now....
Monday, July 14, 2008
Can we say Hurt Like a Sommabitch?
The only thing that isn't sore are my finger tips. Actually...wait...yes, they are.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Let me say.
The air outside looks like the color of my widely known obsession for triple shot iced mocha beverages. Can we say just slightly brown? If only it smelled like my coffees tasted.
A tree snail moves faster than what I accomplishing this day. I'm over-heated, I'm tired, and I'm sure my lungs are devalued by 50 percent.
I'll explain that.
See, I run a cash system on my lungs given that, at any moment, I'm sure I'm carrying enough precious metal to pay for any future college educations for my future kids. Bar any coughing from particulants within my system, I should be more valuable especially in this high priced precious metals market. Unfortunately, after coughing, wheezing and hacking miserably, I'm now losing in the stocks. Sigh.
Please rain here. I must sign off to perform a rain ritual which may involve naked dancing.
Friday, July 4, 2008
I have begun a wave of making abstract, freeform pendant designs to which I love the play, the diversity and the texture of them all.
and another recent creation featuring a blue sapphire and gold beads:
I will feature more as I get these in action and uploaded...but feel free to share your thoughts!
To hike amongst these canyons puts a new perspective on your own size in life. Even the way these structured and large trees found life amongst high wall embankments makes you feel so...well...small.
The Grand Canyon, while breathtaking and beautiful, was actually not my favorite. It was surreal, like a painting, and you lose much perspective whilst staring out for over 15 miles of foreign cavities and ridges of prehistoric time. It's something you lose yourself in and quickly find you need to turn away to get your head back to square. Wicked history, right there.
I will post more but I wanted to capture a beaming me, on my trip, and these waterfall shots at the canyon of Bryce, where it's desert, dry as a bone and no water to be found except the remnants of sponged rainwater coming out of the rocks...some water as old as 4000 years!
It was an amazing and gorgeous trip...one I will remember for the remainder of my life. Y es, it was that profound and powerful. A spiritual moment that we all need from time to time. It's nothing you can get from a book, per se. It's all right here, under our very noses, in our own backyards.
How friggin' cute is this? You see, I've been "looking" at pop-up trailers for a while now. Ever since my near death camping experience in a two seater tent, from REI, really meant for a small...no...miniature toy poodle.
Anyhow, I'm devouring my sites at these wonderful contraptions to which embrace the idea of RV'ing in a more earthy way. You could call it a poor man's RV or a rich man's tent...either way, I'm all over this idea and think it's a perfect investment!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Should I close my store front account with them or leave it up with a link directing here? Anyone know if that's doable?
Again, this is so frustrating. I pay outrageous fees, been a loyal and 100 percent feedback seller all this time, and this is how they repay me? I feel like I'm being targeted. It especially upsets me given that I see other merchants doing the same thing and they're not being targeted at all.
Perhaps, given this recent activity, with the French Connection via fraudulent watches, and in this sue-happy era, ze Francois won a 60 million settlement from eBay...which means that any of us who use indicators to describe our listings which may seem suspicious, to eBay, will get pulled. Still...totally not fair.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I just came back from an *amaaaaazing* 5 day quick trip to Bryce Canyon, The Grand Canyon and Zion National Park.
5 days isn't enough for one park let alone three...but wow. For anyone needing a bit of spiritual restoration, please...I cannot stress this highly enough...please make time to see one of these!
It's food for the soul.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I'm off to worship my straw.....
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Tell me...I've been making a lot of sterling silver nugget pendants and bracelets lately. Okay...I lied. I said a lot but that
At any rate, I like this concept...again.... a lot.
And they are a more affordable alternative to the gold nugget variety. I make these all by hand, and I forge and mold and forge and texture... a lot...to get these looking as much from the Earth as possible.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Nov 23 - Dec 21 ...RHIANNON... A maiden of ethereal beauty, Rhiannon was the Welsh goddess of fertility and rebirth, transformation, wisdom, and magic. She was born with the first moonrise, embedding her with an inner urge for adventure and travel. As such, she rode her unearthly white mare between this world and the Underworld to satisfy her thirst for discovery. Rhiannon-inspired women can be so focussed on the horizon, they forget about being sensitive to those around them. They could learn a little tact occasionally, and anticipate others' needs rather than waiting for them to ask.
Do this: Identify someone who needs your help, and assist them without thought of payment or thanks.
To see your birth sign, click this!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Then please consider this:
"Diamonds are virtually worthless."
Or at least, they are worth a lot less than you might imagine. The story of how the diamond came to be viewed as the rarest and most coveted of gemstones, found on the fingers of married women worldwide, is a story of insatiable greed, ruthless strong-arming, and most of all, brilliant marketing.
Today when a woman gets engaged in most of the developed nations of the world, she expects a diamond engagement ring and most likely will also have some sort of diamond setting on her wedding ring as well. After all, the diamond is the rarest of gems, and what better way to show a women exactly how much you love her than with the gift of a diamond. Right?
But this was not always the case. In fact, as recently as 100 years ago a woman whose husband-to-be could afford one was at least as likely to wear a ruby, sapphire, or emerald on her wedding ring as a diamond. Indeed, in countries as far apart as India and England, it was the ruby, not the diamond, that was exalted as the most beautiful and rarest of gemstones, and thus it is not surprising that in India, the word "lal" means "red," "ruby," and "beloved" as well. Indeed, statistically speaking, the ruby is the rarest of the major gemstones, followed by the emerald.
The Rise of De Beers
Enter a family of South African of Afrikaner heritage who in the early 1900s owned a small but productive diamond mine - The De Beers. Through a combination of business acumen, worker exploitation, and large quantities of luck, the De Beers corporation had become one of the world's biggest producers of diamonds by the 1930s. At first openly in the 1930s and then secretly during World War II, De Beers gained a leg up on the competition by selling industrial diamonds to a desperate Adolph Hitler, with whom other more principled diamond producers refused to deal.
By the 1950s De Beers controlled a majority of the Earth's diamond supply. Over the next three decades, the company went on a massive buying spree, acquiring mines in South America, the United States, India, and the rest of Africa, asserting one of the world's largest and most successful monopolies over one of its most coveted items.
With its monopoly power, De Beers has been able to control diamond prices worldwide by dumping or withholding diamonds in its private stockpile. As a privately owned company not traded on any stock market, De Beers is not required to divulge its assets, profits, or the size of its diamond hoard, although it has been estimated that even if all diamond production were ceased tomorrow, De Beers has enough diamonds secreted away to maintain current rates of diamond consumption for 15-20 years.
This stockpile has been the key to maintaining the De Beers monopoly. Whenever a new mine was discovered or a competitor attempted to undersell De Beers' inflated prices, the company would simply flood the market with diamonds, driving prices so low that its rivals would be brought to their knees, either forced to sell out to De Beers or to sign agreements agreeing to follow De Beers' orders on pricing.
Just remember there are other investments and choices when it comes to laying down huge money for a hard mineral. I, for one, would support my local artisan, pay not nearly the amount a small round rock would cost (just because I'm supposed to and it's operated by a cartel) and give back into my artisan community.
Just think about it!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
An example below.
Before the shadow box:
After the shadow box:
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Has anyone been approached by a door salesperson asking to check the contents of a particular alarm system to see if it needed an upgrade, only to NOT be part of the company that installed the system in the first place?
I think my place was trying to be cased!
So, I alerted the local authorities just to be sure.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Gotta say. I'm slightly discourage with the overall results of my hard work and efforts this week. I can't get my application accepted for major bridal sites such as the Knot, or artsy sites such as Trunkt. I'm feeling discouraged because while people seem to like my work and the quality of it, this does not translate into marketability for me. Or them.
Yeah, I'm down.
Time for a coffee and a breather.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I'm trying new angles and new backgrounds since my headpieces need to really look more elegant and organic...especially, because it does zero justice on plain white background with a poor photographer, (meaning me, cuz I really suck at taking pictures) and some background will add, I hope, to the mystique.
Could use some opinions...feel free!
The countdown is on!
After I type these few, short words, I shall proceed to the nearest cafe and pay exorbitant amounts of cash for a smallish plastic cup with a few shots of espresso, two solid squirts of hershey's syrup for effect, a splash of hormonal milk tossed with a few ice cubes for good measure, and finally, aerosol a good dollop of ultra fattening whip cream to which never 'melts' properly into the drink and has me question what exactly it is I like about this stuff.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
I have an advert in The Offbeat Bride and I've had lots of hits so far, and it's only 8:15am! Yay!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Palladium was considered the “wonder child” of the industry a few years ago as manufacturers touted the benefits over platinum. The main benefit cited was price. And in truth, the price differences in palladium and platinum are substantial. The paragraph below tell part of the reasons why, besides the fact that on the metals market palladium is priced closer to gold than the platinum, a lower price to begin with.
MORE FOR YOUR MONEY FOR RINGS OF THE SAME DIMENSIONS
Specific Gravity, what we would call the “weight” of the metal is not exactly weight but is an easy way to compare the heft of metal. The higher the number, the heavier is the metal. You will see that platinum is almost but not quite twice as dense (say heavy) as palladium. This weight difference makes a huge difference in the weight of a ring. The weight also make a difference in price. Even with platinum much more costly than palladium, the mere fact that the item will weigh more make the price even higher since you pay for weight of metal used, not volume. You pay for less weight in a ring of the same exact dimensions made of palladium than one made of the much heavier platinum. On the finger, a palladium ring will feel much like one of 14k gold while the platinum ring will feel heavier (because it IS heavier).
Palladium 12.02 sg
Platinum 21.5 sg
Palladium will cost more than gold but substantially less than platinum.
Platinum in the popular trend is finished with a bright shine. So is palladium and white gold. Be aware that the shine will not last with platinum. Platinum does not scratch like gold but the metal behaves differently, more like a “rubbing” or “scuffing” effect than gold. The result is that in a fairly short period of time a platinum ring will be dull and not shiny. This is a characteristic of the working properties of the metal. Palladium appears to fall somewhere in between white gold and platinum in ability to retain a shine. We have sold several palladium rings but our experience of the wear characteristic is limited. Still, palladium appears to stay shiny longer than platinum and not as long as white gold. White gold, palladium and platinum can be refinished by a jeweler to bring up the original shine. With either platinum or palladium the process is much more tedious and time consuming than with white gold. Platinum take the longest and will cost the most to refinish, keeping in mind the dullness will return. Palladium takes perhaps half as much time to refinish as platinum. Platinum takes about 5 times longer to refinish than white gold.
SECURITY OF STONES
Both platinum and palladium offer quite superior stone setting security than white gold. The reason is called “spring back”, a tendency of metal to spring back to its original position and not stay in the place it was bent. When a prong setting is pushed over a diamond with platinum or palladium, the prong shows no spring back and stays in place. Gold take a bit more push and nudging to get the stone quite tight in the setting.
Prongs on platinum and palladium rings appear to wear about the same degree, still working from limited experience in this statement! : ) Both wear better than does most white gold, even if the prongs are dull and not shiny anymore from wear.
Hope this helps anyone unsure as palladium is the 'new' platinum today!
Monday, May 5, 2008
I am offering a free wirewrap pendant with every purchase over 195.00 dollars. (Chain is not included) This is a 50.00 value! A great steal and deal!
In order to receive this gift, with your purchase, email me, through this blog, and I will send it with your order. But you MUST let me know you found me here with your full name and order confirmation request.
(Please note the pendant is 1 1/4 inches in diameter and features an 8mm moonstone, which is a fabulous matching gemstone for any outfit and accessory! Each are handmade so please expect some variations from the image shown. The overall look and composition will be the same.)
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So, I'm working on some new pieces with a nature and Celtic infused feel. This is a bracelet cuff, designed in all sterling silver, with a total of 4 leaves and three Celtic trinity knots, with a sterling wire twist down the front and center. I've set a 10mm moonstone in the center as I feel it's a beautiful stone which compliments the silver well with an elegant quality.
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It will be good times and certainly a learning curve!
Down the hatch and bottoms up!
Let me know!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
The truth is people are not usually allergic to silver or sterling silver. Rather a metal known as nickel, which has been used in sterling silver. Sterling silver is an alloy consisting of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, traditionally copper, and sometimes some manufacturers will use nickel in sterling silver as a less expensive alternative to other metals.
Why Sterling Silver?
Pure silver is too soft to produce any functional pieces and loses shape too easily. Other metals are added to improve qualities such as ductility, firescale, tarnish resistance, and reducing casting porosity.
Nickel, is a hard and ductile, silvery white metal that has been mistaken for silver in the past. Nickel is commonly used in jewelry including with precious metals jewelry such as gold, white gold, sterling silver and platinum and also most cheap or costume jewelry. Nickel is what gives white gold it’s white color by alloying more of it with yellow gold, as gold is not found naturally white or any other color than yellow. Other metals are used to make other colors of gold, for instance silver is used to make green gold and copper is used to make rose gold. Nickel adds many other properties besides color, such as strength and durability, and it has a strong lustrous effect.
Metal Allergy Occurrence
Allergies to nickel occur in approximately 10% of the population, it is known as contact dermatitis, and nickel is the most common metal to cause an allergic reaction. An allergy to nickel used in jewelry usually causes a reddening of the skin, as well as itching or burning in the area of contact and sometimes blistering of the skin, or a rash. There are differences in severity of metal allergies and sometimes if you do not have a severe allergy to a certain metal then a piece of jewelry containing a very small portion of that metal may not cause a reaction, whereas a piece of jewelry containing a high amount will cause a slight reaction.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
BUT, with that said, me being a glutton for punishment, just got an ad in the blog...so, well see how that goes!
Will provide link.
Friday, May 2, 2008
I feel safe writing it here as no one checks or leaves comments anyway...or yet. Damn it, how do I get these things blasted in cyber space anyway?
So, thank you, Dear Etsy Member, whom shall never see this!