Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Today on the bench or 'in the studio' ;) you will find decorating for the Holidays and also oxidizing a large fibula pin order.
Once a dust collection system is installed along with some other end of year tool purchases I can start  making once again or rather messy making once again.
We fell in love with this tree from Target  and can't wait to decorate with antique and ornaments my daughters have made through the years.  The antique Christmas balls were my Grandmother's and a great string of lights from the 50's (local shop) slipping on aluminum vintage reflectors (my Grandmother's never opened) that are pretty amazing.
More to come!
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

TBT Christmas 1990

1. my brother Stephan, husband Herb, Jim hiding in the corner and Bob next. 2. deciding on their next move 3. Not sure what was developing here

Fun in our kitchen with my brother Stephan and his friends Jim and Bob.  These were taken two years before our now 24 year old daughter Thea was born and also the same year purchasing the house you see here.
There were many holidays where playing cinch after a gathering until the wee hours was a thing.  Bob and my husband Herb were the it team, always winning a bid with next to nothing.  Pink Squirrels were the retro foo foo libation this night made from creme de almond, white creme de cacao and heavy cream.  I was too cool using a Tupperware Quick Shake container to mix up our drinks with also adding vanilla ice cream.instead of cream this time.  Bob was running around in my apron :) and what looks like a fight brewing between him and Jim.  They were all good times that are surely missed.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

What is on your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday



Getting prepared to make more fibula pins all day tomorrow along with taking photos of a few sets for on ETSY.  I love making these special pieces from square and round wire using copper or brass.  A batch in Sterling Silver also is coming.


simply looped through a flannel pocket today while out and about

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Five Years + Revisited

Many art friends and their open houses, shows, experimenting and beads later here is a revisit between 2005 and 2010.
1. opera length commission with handmade beads/faces and semi-precious beads 2.  forged and folded copper hearts 3. hand sewn original felt butterfly pin 4. Sterling Silver hammered earrings  5.  Petrified Wood necklace  6.open house in Bradford  7.  herb tea 8.  BeadArt doll embroidered and dry felted
Focus has changed but, I feel my design push is still the same with palette and texture.  I miss working with felt and seed beads on art dolls and brooches but, the metal is part of my life.  Perhaps my obsessing about what my focus was is affecting moving forward with more intricate metal work.

What was your break through?

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Organizing in the Studio with Wall Control

There is one wall that can have shelves or some type of system for organizing tools and materials.  After researching I did then settle upon a great little system from Wall Control in white.

Order in the studio or a place to put all the rolls of chain, wire, stringing, etc. 
Spools of wire, stringing material or chain is a pain to stack for they are constantly falling as you look through for completing or creating each piece,  It is an amazing way to keep it all up and visible for ease of making anything on the bench or table. Part of the wrapping station is visible on the right including kraft wrapping paper, wooden antique tote w/tags, scissors, stamps/pads, little plastic bags for smalls and business cards can easily be carried to the check out counter.
Accessories from the company work great especially the shelves and shelf dividers seen on the left  separating sheet metal by gauge which is extremely helpful.
I am such an organizing geek.

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List Monday or I list there for I am



  1. If you have not figured out (by now) how to decorate your tree :)
  2. How did J.R.R. Tolkien come up with the character's names for his books?
  3. I know I want to see how Harry Connick Jr. spends the night in a tiny house
  4. A tasty recipe for overnight oatmeal from Inspired by Charm
  5. Lovely wee worlds to wear around your neck
  6. My meal making is filled with gluten free and vegan dishes for my youngest.  Here are some great recipes.
  7. How many recipes can you create from one head of cauliflower, cauliflower rice
  8. Where do you find large beautiful scarves? Adventures in scarf wearing :)
  9. What is the most popular crayon color, I bet you know
  10. and....who knew! Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair  just out this month!
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Saturday, November 12, 2016

An amazing symbol yet oh so simple

available www.stephaniedistler.etsy.com






Studio Progress from November 2014 'til now


Every day I roll out of bed, brew a LARGE strong cup of coffee and finally walk into the new addition, where my studio lives, and I smile.  It is taking me a while to let this beautiful space soak in and tell my brain it is mine. 
I know I keep saying it, I LOVE this beautiful bright space! 
The below slideshow shows a progression from screen porch to working space.  There are a few more jobs to be completed such as bringing the oak display case from storage, constructing a porch for the front entrance (I have a front entrance, hoot, hoot!!!!) and finishing off the closet.





The white walls using Simply White from Benjamin Moore was chosen for it's neutral tones which are camera friendly.  This will allow for great photo possibilities and not as much editing. We also tried to find lights offering a more natural output.  They are not too warm and will do for now..  

What have you added to your studio that is key to lessen your work load and getting you actually back making?

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

TBT- Dad's pocket knife

As far back as I can recall my Father owned a pocket knife.  One of his knives, the one I specifically remember, is this Buck knife, which is a USA company, purchased between 1967 and 1972.   I have had it rattling around in my studio for quite sometime and today finally decided to sharpen and clean it up a bit.
A friend gave me her Father's sharpening stone which is in a beautiful wooden box.  Love it!  This was my first experience sharpening a knife using this technique.  Did a pretty spot on job, pretty proud of myself.
He also had a sharpening stone pretty much like the one Chris gave me of her Father's


photo bomb by some pretty amazing hammers, lol :)


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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Mornings in the Studio

Mornings in the studio are filled with hope for what the day will bring and glorious light from the breaking day.  Coffee from a rich dark blend, freshly ground with added cream and honey helps motivate also.  Mornings are the best.
"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first."   ~ Mark Twain

Monday, November 07, 2016

Look at these amazing new cookbooks

Admittedly when Alton Brown came on my radar in 1999 I was intrigued and appreciative of his mad cooking skills but, once the Alton Browncast podcast busted through my world, yep, I was crushing.
The podcasts are very entertaining hitting on pop-culture, retro coolness, film history,  an insiders view of food TV but, during all this there is a circling back to some aspect of food culture/experience.
His latest book Alton Brown Everyday Cook is pretty spectacular.  Here is a recent podcast chatting about the process with his photographer Sarah De Heer who used an iPhone 6s Plus in a directly overhead shooting style on every shot.
Another recent purchase is The Homemade Vegan Pantry, more about that at another time  ;)


So much of this technique is all about composing the shot.

Lovely bit of fan fun playing around with Matt Smith's 11th regeneration of Doctor Who.  The Doctor was feeling a bit peckish but, finally found what he was craving, Fish Sticks and Custard.  Mr. Brown gives this a thumbs up for flavor with this version of the dish. 


You will find useful Alton Brown methods through out the pages of his book.

If anything listen to the podcasts and if this is your first experience with podcasts, what a way to be introduced!  Owning Android operating systems in the past Stitcher Radio was my go to app but, now with migrating over to Apple and a 6s iTunes is taking a little getting used to but, very user friendly.

'This time it's personal',  what a great approach to a cookbook!  What shall I whip up first?

"Do not allow watching food to replace making food."  -Alton Brown

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Until next year

This past Summer was a bugs busy season.  As always the porch gives us a place to land and come back to center with a book or quick chat with a friend.
This year's annual combos in pots were salmon geraniums, sweet purple Allysum, Profusion White Zinnias and sprigs of  Purple Wondering Jew starts from last year.  Potted herbs are a necessary part of the porch experience too.  Five different varieties of Lavender were divided up among each pot of annuals also with Prostrate Rosemary, Thyme, Pot Marjoram, Berggarten Sage, Pineapple Sage and Lemon Verbena in separate pots.

Having a morning coffee behind the curtain :)


Rabbit Foot Fern


Setting up during Arts Fest in June at Elk Country Visitor Center
There were a few shows this year that I found myself at with my artisan jewelry business.  Pennsylvania Wilds Arts Fest, LH JAMS Jazz & art Festival and The PA Wilds Art Invitational at Lynn Hall were wonderful local shows and all The Wilds Cooperative of PA related.

She is such a Spider Monkey
Until next year!


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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Energy of a studio

Visiting an artist's studio is always amazing to me actually everything about an artist studio from the purpose to all the tools needed to create their medium.  Being a tool collector tunes me in immediately.


Their open house was held during the Gingerbread Tour which included quite a few businesses and other venues through out the region.  The day was perfect!







We all have our photo designated areas for photo shoots.  Their photos always turn out glorious.  Take a gander here on their website.

Wonderful #madebyhand artisan work in the most idyllic setting.  Thank-you Charles, Rowan and Morgan for adding to our #PAWildsmade experience.

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Friday, November 04, 2016

November goals

What are your goals for November?  I have goals I try to keep, goals I have my dh help with, lol,  and goals that, if they are achieved, are totally liberating.


  • Post here on the blog each and everyday. (almost made it....)
  • Develop new designs in keeping with my voice.
  • Finish the studio with picking up oak display case from storage, build a porch on the street entrance and a get the closet door in. 
  • Organize house for oldest daughter and grand daughters during December's visit.
  • Put summer porch cushions, blankets, pillows, etc. away in the small camper.
  • Get the crazy dog to the vet for her check-up.
  • Deliver inventory to trading posts.
  • Make a kick butt Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Start baking bread during the week once again.
  • Make vegan cheese from the raw cashews purchased last month.
  • Set-up dust collection system for bench.
  • Locate a console style drop leaf table for the studio
  • More product photos 
Share some of your to-dos! 

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Thursday, November 03, 2016

TBT- 2005 My Mom and Youngest Making Noodles for Nonny's Chicken and Noodle Soup

Part of life while we were all small was eating my Grandmother's chicken noodle soup.  She took the day to mix up and roll out a very large batch of her egg noodles.  She would dry them on everything in the kitchen from chair backs to cereal boxes.
One day, late November, my Mom decided to show our youngest her Mother's egg noodle recipe from start to finish.  They had a great time.  In 2005 Tameryn was only five and totally grooving on getting her hands in the dough creating an end result that she could eat.

The recipe is simple; dump cake flour on the table, add enough eggs to make a pliable dough that does not stick to the table or rolling pin and add eggs or flour as needed to achieve this.


Nonny is what my brother and I called my Mom's Mom :)  She served her soup in a way that I have never seen anyone else do with the broth, chicken and noodles all separate.  After the whole chicken was cooked in the stock pot all day it was taken out on to a platter whole, not deboned and then the noodles were left in the colander.  This way all of the prepared additions, when building your bowl, kept their flavors.  This was wonderful for when they would finally come together in the bowl your steaming hot serving of soup not only fed our bodies but, our souls.  





Sooo incredibly satisfying.  My additions to this bowl were fresh spinach, mashed potatoes and grated aged provolone with a drizzle of olive oil.  Yes, we enjoyed every single bite and had a sense of nostalgia for this special time in our lives.


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