Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week 3- Year of Jewelry Project

I've made it his far, hopefully I won't run out of steam for the next 49 weeks!

The theme this week was Weaving and braiding. I didn't stick to the theme really, but this is my interpretation of it.

A knotwork piece that I make over and over again because I love the shape.

This week it is made of enamel on copper. I haven't finished the chainmaille that will connect it with the necklace, I scuffed up the links and thought I need to redo them.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Week 2, 2017 Year of Jewlry Project-- Water Lilies by Claude Monet

Week 2

The water lily pond at the Giverny home of Claude Monet has been painted more than most famous buildings.  Monet painted it over 250 times over the years...

This week in the YOJ Project is an interpretation of this famous painting... or paintings. Which gives a wide spectrum of colors to choose from!

I chose what I thought was a greener painting... but it came out that I was not even close to what I saw and what I created...

but here it is!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Week 1 - 2017 Year of Jewelry Project-- Self Portrait

Week 1

I did it... I signed up for the Year of Jewelry Project again! I had a great year in 2015, but 2016 was a fizzle... I worked,  and worked a lot on jewelry... just never had time or the inclination to actually take photos of more than a few of my pieces. 

This year... I'm off to a good start. I have created two pieces so far, a necklace and a matching bracelet. 

The theme is "Self Portrait" and I think I captured myself pretty well. The pieces are a monotone, black to silver done in a flat Peyote stitch, which is one of the first stitches I ever learned how to create. 

The beads are 11/0 triangle seed, so it is not large, the necklace is also made up of crystal, glass, and metal. The focal pendant is a piece of polished lava with crystals and a metal spacer bead. The clasp is an s hook and loop. 
The bracelet is made up of 11/0 triangle seed beads as well with the polished lava and crystals as a focal.  I get frustrated with Blogger for not allowing you to turn a picture... so the bracelet is vertical. 

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Write 31 Days on the Write 31 Days challenge. This year is full of extras, like my son being in High School, I'm working a new job, and not being able to see well...Seems that it is taking a toll.

I've lined up some interesting jewelry artists for this month, starting with Desire Rager Cook, who is a wonderful bead artist. She makes wearable art pieces that will captivate the jewelry lover in you.

Her interview will be published tomorrow afternoon, please stop by on the other blog to catch a glimpse of her.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Here we are, the middle of September...
It's been a tough year, but we are nearly through it.
October is coming quickly and the Write31Days writing challenge is upon us once again.
I have planned on the blogs I wanted to write this year. I planned on the addition to the series from last year... I had hoped to start it early this year, but as a lot of people know, I went back to work at the college, after having some time off because of my eyes... I decided it was time to get back to work, real work...

So, I started back, but that meant taking a lot of training, a lot of energy, and even classes that I hope will help out. It's been slow going, since my eyes still aren't up to much, but I am enjoying the day to day of being with students again.

Good news is.. My eyes are so much better.  I still can't function normally, but I have had some really good days and feel much more independent!

Bad new was that I gave up on keeping the blog going from last Fall. I had several people lined up for interviews, and really wanted to continue with having such wonderful artists featured.

Sooo... Here we are, nearly October... and I don't have any graphics done, no one lined up for interviews... no real plans on participating...

I would love to...

But then to be realistic... October is a crazy month for us anyway, but with the new job... it is going to be absolutely disastrous I am afraid. I am not committing yet...
And that scares me! I like to be prepared, I like to know ahead of time what I am going to do... and I know that most of the time.. I don't.

I don't know from one day to the next sometimes...

That is really frustrating to me, but this year... I am going to let go and see where it takes me!

Wish me luck! Maybe I'll be seeing you in October!!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Visits with the Past

Seems I'm forever apologizing for neglecting this blog...
I have.
I've gone back to work at a more steady job, still with the college, working in the ABE/GED Department. I like it so far... it's working with students, from assessment testing to their post testing before taking their GED.

Most of the students really are excited to finally get through with their work and take their test. Finally obtaining the GED so they can get on with their lives... some going on to college, some just advancing in their jobs... and some... just so they can be an example to their kids.

One of my computers...from waaaaay back!

I've worked some over the months, making jewelry when I have a chance, trying to get my workroom back in order, but it is taking a lot of time.  The room has been in disarray for months, and I am pretty much unable to get it cleaned up to where I can really use it without feeling overwhelmed.
I'm trying, to me it seems hard, to sort out a lot of my husband's stuff, some of the stuff he had from his Dad's house, things that his dad gave us after he had a garage sale, to just get rid of... and we never got around to it before my husband died.

I've been putting this off for a long time, oh, I've gotten out there and gone through some, throwing away a few things here and there... putting things in the box for Goodwill, and some things that need to go into a garage sale.  I don't know if I'll ever have a garage sale, though.

Right now, it is the last thing on my mind... really... I've got so much going on, it is really hard to think about doing anything other than what I have to do. My husband would not want me to just give a lot of the stuff away...which is why we have so much now... I just can't give it away or throw it away...

 Everyone keeps telling me to put things on Ebay... and maybe I will eventually.  It just seems like a lot of trouble to me. I mean, I can't seem to get enough time to take photos of the things I make, let alone the tons of things in storage.

eh... I'll get around to it.

Anyway... here are a few pieces that I did over the past month.

The glass bellflower is from Lea Avroch, who does wonderful glass pieces, her repertoire is only getting bigger, and better!

This jumble is some of the prettiest dyed silk and yarn, along with some beads, and you've got some jewelry! The yellow and orange with bits of black is a bracelet that I played around with, I kind of like the colors. Not sure I like the shape it took on. There are varied sizes of glass beads, from 15/0 to 6/0 and some chipped garnet in it, which adds some texture.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Happy New Year!

Wishing all a prosperous and Happy New Year!

This a chance to start anew all the things you want to do... whether it is to get healthy, to change some aspect of your life... or like me, to try... really hard... to get back to working and photographing every day.

I have fallen behind on the Year of Jewelry Project... not that I didn't do the challenges, but that I fell behind in taking photos of the work. I just don't have time to set up a light box, or sometimes even to set up the camera... and sometimes, just sometimes... I just don't want to take a photo... I know, right? that's pretty lazy.

In this day and age of photo ability of phones becoming so wonderful... clear, concise photos, that we should all be able to take a pic easily and quickly... but not me. I have such a hard time figuring out the phone... and my son usually is using it.. he's 13... and he's really excited to use a smart phone..Me. not so much. I don't enjoy using new technology.  I am just finally getting used to using the digital camera that I have... Actually, have several... and I just don't enjoy them so much. I loved the old 35mm that took such wonderful, crisp, clear photos... and the actual enjoyment of taking a photo, and having the anticipation of waiting for it to be developed.... oh, what a wonderment it was to see the image taking shape right before your eyes... Or... waiting for them to come back at the photo lab... counting the days, or hours... then down to minutes of when they would be ready...

Yep, I am that old...

I had a Polaroid camera when I was a kid... which meant instant pictures... not the instant that we know today, where you see the image as soon as you take it... but the kind that it pushed out the layers of photo, you waited for something like three minutes, having to keep the film warm or it took longer... and then carefully peeling back the protective layer to expose the picture, that may or may not be in focus...

I loved that camera... but to tell the truth? I never took a good photo with it.

They either turned out fuzzy, too dark, too light... or make people look really hard and sharp... I just never figured it out.


I have fallen behind on the YOJ project, and I signed up to try it again, but figured that it is kind of a waste of time if I don't take pictures of the work, right?

So... I also started the Photo a Day Challenge...

I know... adding fire to the flame?

How on earth can a person take a photo a day if they can't even do it weekly?

Well... that is the whole challenge, n'est pas?

I am going to settle down to a routine, and try really hard, with the New Year's Resolution that I am making... and try really hard to take a photo a day... sticking to the challenge prompts, but also setting up the light box in a place that it can stay, year that I can take quick and easy jewelry photos, and that I can experiment as well... that would be nice.

Along with this resolution, I also vow to try to print more of my photos. It is really sad that I don't have even a small percentage of photos printed... a real travesty, actually.

So, if you would like to join along with the Photo a Day Challenge, you don't have to have a blog, you can post on social media using the hashtag and the phrase TheIdeaRoom (which would be #theidearoom ) and would be the way other people in the challenge can see your work... and you can tag the creator of this challenge Amy Huntley as @theidearoom, which will tag her on instagram and twitter.

You can join me on my photographic journey at Photo a Day Challenge 2016.

January 1, 2016 Celebrate!

January 2, 2016~~Bokeh

Monday, November 30, 2015

If you’re more interested in playing the “hater” card than you are in confessing your own hate; if you want to arrogantly lecture, rather than humbly learn; if you don’t want to feel guilt in your soul when you are guilty of sin; if you want to be enabled rather than confronted, there are many universities across the land (in Missouri and elsewhere) that will give you exactly what you want, but Oklahoma Wesleyan isn’t one of them.
~Dr. Everett Piper, President
Oklahoma Wesleyan University

In this day and time in history, when everyone is offended by everything... this man is a moral compass.I don't know him, I didn't go to this college, I don't attend the church that it is affiliated with... but this is a wise man.

He couldn't have picked better words to tell the campus as a whole, what was inspired by one person... Yet, it wasn't inspired by one person... it was inspired by the attitude of the whole of America it seems, and possibly the whole world. 

Right now, there are people who actually think that they are more worthy, somehow, than anyone else, and that their "feelings" are somehow not to be disturbed... by anything or anyone. 

Don't you dare talk about anything that might make them feel uncomfortable, don't do anything that might make them feel out of place... don't make more money, don't drive a car that is nicer... wear clothing that is offensive, that is too revealing, not revealing enough... pfft...
the list goes on and on and on... 
One person is going to be offended by something that is totally different than another.
This statement was brought about by a student complaining about a sermon...

It's a religious college...

Like the man says, if this offends you, this probably isn't the place for you. 

This is something that I want to say, want to keep in my mind for the time when someone has the audacity to tell me that they are offended by what I say or do or wear... within reason that is... I mean, we have rules, we have boundaries for a reason. To have a society that is together, that is cohesive, we need to have boundaries. It's called a community, or a society, a country, an alliance of like minded people... and yes, it is ok to stretch those boundaries, but really, that is what having a community is all about... a group of people that want to live together even if they are a bit different. What doesn't fit in, are the people that want to come in and completely change the entirety of the community, to suit the needs of one or two individuals. Or to make the community completely change their beliefs because one or two people don't believe the same. 

I have 'friends' that believe that if they are of one religion, or not of any religion... that they should be accommodated by all. They actually believe that everyone should be ok that they are wanting everyone to change and believe either the same, or try to make them 'not believe' in their religions... they mock, they say hurtful things, they chastise... but refuse to think how it would be if it were the other way around.

What if I came to live with a group of people who were all agnostic, or atheist?  Say that I came in...believing in Christ, and wanted everyone to set aside their deep seated belief that there is nothing. That no one is going to Heaven, no one is saved by the blood... it doesn't matter what you do or how you live... that it is all a matter of living and dying and nothing else... 

I want them to change. I want them all to believe the same, or at least let me live with them, live amongst them and never hear a word from them of how I am wrong... of how I am making them uncomfortable... of how I differ from them.  I want them to respect my feelings and to change so that I don't feel a bit uncomfortable in my foreign beliefs. 

Do you really believe that would happen?

Don't kid yourself. 

This is what is being asked every day of our kids in colleges, this is what is being asked every day in our communities, our country... we are being asked to turn our backs on our religion, on our principles, and our camaraderie.  We are being barraged by guilt for being one color, or not enough of another, or heaven help us... mixed colors... we are being barraged by the people who want equality for all... which, don't get me wrong... is a good thing.. but it will never be what this group of people want. It will not be enough to have everyone equal in each other's eyes... it is their goal that everyone is the same on the economic level, the same on religion, or lack thereof, on social levels, and educational levels... the same benefits, the same pay, the same everything...

THIS would be EUTOPIA.

This is impossible. Given human nature, and given that someone, always will be someone... who will want power, will want more, will want to take over. 

It has happened throughout history, in every social and economic experiment ever... there is always someone who will take over, usually a group that will take over, someone will have more, someone will have less, and someone will want to be more, some will be resentful even if their portion is the same.

It just doesn't work. 

What does work is having the ability to make and do what you are capable of doing. 
It might sound bad, it might sound like it is wrong, but it is the only way that people have lived this long. And maybe that is the whole of the problem. We have flourished, we have been fruitful and multiplied... and we have bred a whole generation that is horrible. 
They, the new generation, which is really just an offspring of the 1960s generation... the peace and love and no war... communes are great...

Yes, I want no war. Yes, peace is good. The idea of everyone having the same? The idea of everything being  shared? Not so much. What happens when you get tired of the drudgery? What happens when you get tired of being exactly the same?
This would work if no one has aspirations, no one has dreams. This works if there is no one that is lazy, no one that is sick, no one that can't uphold their end of the work.
But what we forget is that those people that wanted these things in the '60s are the ones that are pushing this socialism thing, but they are the very ones that have gone into corporate America and ruined the system. They are the ones that have been greedy, they are the ones that are inflating and deflating our economy... they are the ones that have made the mess...and now want to change everything because they have made it broken. 

My father's generation, the greatest of all, built up the United States... and yes, she had problems, but she was great.  Industry, learning, economic health, she had them all. Yes there were problems inside, like racism, poverty, but they were being fixed. Today, it seems that we have taken not a step back, but a leap... My father would be shocked at the way we treat each other. He had hopes that our country was going in the right direction, not to what has caused  this chasm that is between our people. 

I don't have a solution.

But I know that the way we're going isn't good.

If you would like to read the entirety of the speech, please click here Oklahoma Wesleyan.