Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Trying to be Spring here in the Pennsylvania Wilds Region

With another snow storm heading our way last evening, causing the wind to pick up, our little Shasta Compact decided she was ready for Spring throwing off her tarp.  Good thing we put it back on since today is bringing snow.. It is beautiful, but, freakin' eh, I need the warm weather to stick.

     Freakin Eh-  Exclamation. An emphatic interjection expressing the speaker's discontent, frustration, or surprise concerning some circumstance, thing, person, etc.  -taken from Urban Dictionary 

just yesterday early evening
 It was nice to go in to check on the porch furniture cushions, blankets, pillows and all the curtains stored during the Winter months finding all safe and sound though, truly.  After a great big sigh of relief back on went the gray tarp as seen below.
8:00 this morning
I just looked out the living room window, while typing away at this post, seeing a white out laying down a solid blanket of snow on our corner of the county.  Above you see squares of shingles waiting to be a new screen porch roof that will be the next home for my studio finnnnally free from a snow/ice pile.  Just a brief storm though, 66 degrees come Thursday :)  Wild weather!

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filmstrip of our 1971 Shasta Compact through the last 4 years

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Today is my oldest daughter's birthday and also her oldest daughter Ellimena Rai's.  They can go through life celebrating their birthdays together no matter where they end up in the world at any given time that connection is there.
Larissa, 2005, the year before she attended film school +Full Sail University  in Florida with our lovely Marta watching on.
Ellimena loving the pool  while visiting Gramma and Grampa Summer 2013
They are alike in many ways, including their appearance, mannerisms, passions and drive to learn something different each and every day on this earth.   From a very young age Larissa collected books along with starting a logging system to keep inventory of all her stacks contained in that small bedroom of hers. Elly's wants to be a paleontologist when she grows up!  How super is that!!  Larissa continues the learning process with her daughter at every turn with now being employed at the town's beautiful historical library it is even more magical.  Yes!  Her passion for books is now her much beloved career choice!

Happy birthday to Larissa and Ellimena Rai!  May your day be filled with glorious happenings.  xoxo

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warm weather strip 1. Tameryn and Pretzel 2. porch lit up w/edison lights 3. Elly playing porch ponies at Grammas 4. fried green tomatoes 5. dock up East Branch Dam 6. Winnebago early summer camping and 7. Spring bouquet
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Today in the studio I have taken the bench shear to 18 gauge copper sheet metal to cut strips for bangles.  Love the Pepe bench shear with the time saved by not sawing or using a cumbersome set of hand shears to cut one after the other.  The edges are beautifully finished with only needing a good hammer polish to take off a slight burr.
1.forming in the press 2.texturing on the stump bench 3. formed bangles and strips ready to be formed 4. close-up of texture
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Thea's birthday strip March 15th

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