Saturday, August 30, 2008

Margarita Pearl ring

Margarita Pearl ring
Originally uploaded by texastesla
I find myself addicting to making rings now...

It must be my new mandrel. Or how quickly the time seems to fly when making something petite.

This one was a ring I spent a full day planning - deciding how to curl the silver wire (up and back? down? flared out?), figuring out the best way to attach the pearl to be secure yet mostly invisible. I'm very proud of the result, and plan to make a few similar designs with other center stones now too!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Isn't anyone shopping?

Granted, I've been rather focussed on my custom requests lately...but it sure seems like sales on Etsy are down quite a bit.

And boy, now sure isn't the time for it! In the last 2 weeks, our family has been to the ER twice - this last one just 2 days ago, and requiring an overnight stay!

So please...can I tempt you with some lovely jewelry?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I’m Soft-Rocking my Way to Insanity

Please, make it stop.

“Baby, I need your lovin’….Got to have all your lovin’…”

Who decreed that mindless soft rock was the best choice for work places?

And why would an otherwise-reasonable adult male feel that playing such music in his cubical was acceptable?

((Upbeat mumbling from Bob Dylan))

They say playing classical music for babies makes them smart. Can the inverse be true? Will playing tunes “from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today!” make you dumber?

“Got to be rock-n-roll music, if you wanna dance with me…”

At what point does homicide become justifiable here, really? Before or after I find my foot involuntarily tapping along?!?

"God speed your love, too-ooh-ooo-oooh-oooh, me-yeh-yeeeeh...."

Sunday, August 17, 2008

What a greedy jerk

This weekend is our small town's little festival - "Banks Days". Today was the parade, a fun little 20 minute bit down the main street, featuring decorated combines, fire trucks, and lots of tossed candy.

The candy was the problem. The heavy-set guy to my left was being a greedy jerk about it.

Mr Greedy was grabbing all the candy he could reach - and multiple times literally took it from my 5-year-old daughter when she was inches away from grabbing it. Enough that Rachel was in tears after 5 minutes, because she had literally gotten NO candy thanks to this jerk.

And all this despite the fact that my older kids were actually sharing their candy with the guy's kids.


Not to fear - we moved Rachel away from Mr Greedy, and my older kids did a great job helping her reach candy on her own. Still, for an adult to act that way is just embarrassing.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I'll be back with more soon

I've been having some computer issues (NVidia will never get my money for a graphics card again...) - plus a busy personal life - but will return shortly with more posts, including my horrible vacation story! Stay tuned.