Friday, February 22, 2008

PMC Class

I’m so excited!!!! I signed up for a PMC class! YAY!!! I have wanted to take the PMC class for a long time, but things got in the way. The class is in two weeks at Wired Designs Studios. Here is their blog!

Class Description:
"Have you ever wanted to work with silver but thought it might be too difficult, time consuming or expensive? Now you can, using Precious Metal Clay® (PMC). PMC consists of microscopic particles of silver or gold suspended in an organic binder to create a pliable material with a consistency similar to that of modeling clay. PMC can be worked with fingers and simple tools to create a vast range of forms. When heated to a high temperature, the binder burns away and the metal particles fuse to form solid silver. PMC assays as pure silver that can be sanded, soldered, and polished like conventional materials. Students will learn the techniques to create multiple pieces of handcrafted silver art jewelry."

I love their store and I can’t wait to sign up to take more classes with them.

Unfortunately my sister-in-law (Irene) doesn’t have a sitter for her daughter that day so only mother-in-law (Hope) can take the class. But I have a feeling my Mother-in-law will want her daughter in the class and volunteer to stay behind and take care the baby. I am thinking of ordering the PMC kit from Fire Mountain Gems because it comes with a video; just so she get an idea plus we can show her also what we learn. I can’t wait!!!!

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Photographing Jewelry is one of the most difficult tasks I have ever encountered. I have to change the contrast in photoshop just to get a decent looking image. Not to mention I have to resize them and make sure I leave enough space around the jewelry as a cushion incase etsy chops some of it up... which they always do even though I make sure to get a perfectly square image.

Here are some of my recent photos, I haven't uploaded them to etsy yet, because I was working on uploading all my green jewelry for St. Patrick's Day.




Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentines Day = Chocolate!!!!!

How I've spent my Morning:

Here are my homemade marshmallows:

Then I added chocolate:

Finished Product:

Then we made:

Final Results:

Couldn't stop there, so we made:

Final Result:


Here was the setup for the luncheon my boss was hosting:

I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentines Day!!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Homemade Marshmallows

In January my boss came in with a box of homemade marshmallows that she wanted me to cover with Chocolate. She had bought them at wholefoods. After seeing how easy they were to coat with chocolate, she went home and made some for her family. Last night she went looking for more handmade marshmallows because she wanted to give chocolate covered marshmallows for Valentines day to her friends... but couldn't find them.

I volunteered to try and make them. I have never made them before. But tonight, I'm pulling my trusty kitchen aid mixer from its hiding place and going to attempt this! I've got a few recipes I found online, I'll be reading through them 'til I find the one I want to use.

Wish me luck.

****** UPDATE ********
They looked great, I had to wait 10 hours to cut them, so I waited 'til this morning and wow, they look and tast great!

I have class tonight so I was in a rush this morning to get to work and cut them. But my Boss loved them and tomorrow she wants me to cover them in chocolate at work for her. I'll take pictures.

I am so happy with the way they turned out.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

New Banner!!!

I spent most of my morning working on changing my banner. I had been wanting to update it because I want to get some business cards to match. Reading the thread on the over user of the Papyrus font, prompted me to update my banner. I really like it.

Here it is what do you think?

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Friday, February 8, 2008

BEADS to the rescue!

Last night after my Economics exam, I was so exhausted I needed something to help me unwind. BEADS to the rescue! I sorted and arranged my beads by color… now I can’t wait to start some new creations. I’ve got some beautiful jasper and amber. I also have some agates in spring colors that I’m planning to mix with some light green and light pink pearls for spring. I also have some beautiful glass bead pearls; they are huge at least 14 mm, maybe larger.

Here is a quote to get you in the creative mood: “Life is pure adventure and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art… we need to remember that we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.” By Mary Angelou

This weekend after I catch up with my Biology reading I am going to focus on taking pictures of jewelry that I have in stock and then I can dream up some new pieces.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Etsy Shopping!!!

I spent my morning shopping on Etsy for my husband’s niece (2 1/2 years old) & his little cousin (she will be 1 year old in a few weeks).
The Vendors:
I got 2 of these, because the 2 year old always has to have her lip balm w/her.

What fun I had finding these little hair clips for the girls. I'm sure they will look so cute w/them... I'll post pictures of the girls when I get these in.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Making Earring Cards

What did I do this weekend? Earring cards! I got my supplies from Michaels where I found some mega craft punches in the shape of a square, they worked perfect. When I had my squared done, I used a small round hole-puncher to punch holes then half an inch beneath those holes I punched a tear drop hole so that I could hang my lever back earrings on it. It worked great!

I also bought the large gift tag puncher and stamped thank you on it, the gift tag puncher also works great as an earring card holder, which is what I will be using to send free gifts (earrings) with any purchase from my etsy site during the months of February and March.