Feathers and Flowers!

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Lots of beautiful things happened this week, in the yard and the shop :) Finished this new feather ring today. It is a silver coin ring that I hand cut a beautiful feather design into. Each ring is hand hammered, shaped, cut, and polished. I have these for sale in my facebook shop…. Centsations

Feather Ring

The tree pendants are two of the ones I made this week for custom orders. I love how they each come out so different. You’d never know the feather ring and the trees were from old silver coins. :)treeoflifependants wire rose

All of the copper flowers were made this week, the top one for a customer, the other three are available for sale.


wire roses

 

I guess the most exciting thing that happened this week was getting asked to be in the June Art Crawl. That means I have to get it in gear and finish my sculptures this next month! :) Dragon, warrior and shield maiden are just a few on the list. :)

Raised bed gardens and spirals.

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Been working in the garden and yard since Friday. Created a raised bed with veggies, no weeding and no bending over to harvest…YES! My back and hips will thank me later. I made a 3×3 box and a 4×4 box, the dirt cost $40. So I think that is pretty good. Everything else we used was salvaged, boards from someone’s construction job, pallets, and stumps to raise it. Lined the box with old pillowcases to keep dirt in, and let the water drain as needed. Eventually these will be in a green house but for now I have them in the back yard. We planted egg plant, cucumber, tomatoes – two kinds, bell peppers- two kinds, onions, okra. The second box has my herbs – basil, lavender, thyme, sage, oregano, and even thru in some new potatoes that had been sprouting. Figured why not lol. They will either make an awesome green plant or will make babies. Either way is cool. DSCN7827
I also work in the front flower beds, extending my spiral – eventually it will be the 3 spirals -A spiral triskelion with a hollow triangle at its center
 -Triskele File:Triskele-hollow-triangle.svgDSCN7560Mine circles in the opposite direction- but that’s the general idea of what I’m going for. I’ve been thinning out the iris and using them to line the second spiral. The third spiral is going to include a zen/sand garden, with succulents and a center sand spot for raking designs at random in it. :)

I love working in the dirt, barefoot is preferable, connecting with the earth. The occasional worm poking up and even saw a cool frog the other day. One thing that is so bad about winter- you sit indoors more than your active, so you get soft. These last three days of digging, raking, and shoveling have about done me in! My hips are an issue on a good day lol, so this is making them scream. I figure it’s better to keep working and moving and hope it all works itself out or gets strong enough to endure. :)

 

Special Note to everyone- if your working in your yard please be sure and pay attention to your body – ticks have been very very bad already this year. I’ve had to remove several off of my clothing the last few days and my daughter and myself are constantly checking each other to make sure we don’t miss any. My father has Lyme’s Disease and I’ve seen how bad it can mess you up first hand. Be aware!

Penny Flower Pendant

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Penny Flower Pendant

Made this beautiful penny flower pendant with a penny and salvaged copper wire. I love the way it came out. Beautiful!
There is a lot of hammering involved in this little piece, note to self….keep fingers out of the way when your holding the penny…..ummm hmmmm.
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Spring Fling Dance

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Spring Fling Dance

Last night was my daughters big dance with her homeschool group. It had a circus theme, the colors and balloon towers were awesome! Kids of all ages all dressed up from casual to formal. This one guy were sharp with their fedora hats on! The girls were all beautiful. They had a huge layout of food for the kids to choose from and a lot of dances that everyone had been practicing steps for all week. Cotton eyed Joe, Cupid Shuffle, Jump On It, And the Wobble for starters. :) Parents and kids alike had a blast. I’ve seen some of the pics popping up this morning and they all make me smile. I am so proud that my daughter is able to have such inspiring and fun friends. Each child that she calls friend from her homeschool group is unique and beautiful in spirit. They each have different personalities and goals in life. One wants to conquer the world in his spare time, one is just trying to conquer putting the break on in the truck without breaking her nose on the steering wheel lol. These are the kinds of influences I want my daughter to have. No bullies, No peer pressure. Each child learning and growing in their own field of interest. Freely able to explore their creative sides and learn about the world in a safe environment. Free to ask questions and search till they find the answers. This is one of the reasons I homeschool. This and many more. :)

Feathers Feathers and more Feathers

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Feathers Feathers and more Feathers

Feathers seem to keep popping up in my work lol. This time it appeared in a nickel ring. I am going to make one in a silver coin ring too. Very excited about figuring out how to do this. I’ve been wanting to put different designs in my rings and couldn’t decide how to go about it. Always afraid of messing it up, especially after putting hours of hammering into a ring!
This one turned out beautiful. I’ve been wearing it all day today. Think it’s a keeper. :)