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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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Saturday, November 12, 2016

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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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

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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Friday, July 22, 2016

Off to the PA Wilds with Stephanie Distler Artisan Jewelry

The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania Juried Artisan, Stephanie Distler, creating fresh off the bench #PAWildsMade jewelry.

A close-up of a copper cuff  "Not all those who wander are LOST" and the PA Wilds branding

Sharing a recent post I wrote for The Pennsylvania Wilds are Calling blog of the jewelry line created for them by SDAJ

PA Wilds branded jewelry, made by hand, includes bracelets, riveted rings, pendants, charms, bottle openers and key rings. The items are created from pure copper, sterling silver, stainless steel and food grade aluminum that is hand cut by the artisan from metal sheeting. Some of the steps used in making her line of branded PA Wilds licensed products include first cutting out desired shapes and sizes, grinding and filing edges, hammer forging texture, choosing the metal stamps relevant to the piece (such as a word string or design), work hardening in a tumbler to add strength and then finally sealing in the finish with a museum quality wax product that will last for years.
Stephanie is a self taught jewelry artisan living in Elk County. Using nature for inspiration, she designs and creates artisan jewelry together with hand tools and larger shop equipment. Collecting metalsmithing tools, learning new techniques and then implementing them in her designs is a passion that is the touchstone of daily life: “I am a crazy tool fanatic whether in the studio or preparing dinner for my family a good tool is the key to enjoying the simplest of tasks. When you have a passion for what you do it spills out around you, it’s contagious joy.”


I definitely need to take some new studio portraits, lol

Stephanie Distler Artisan Jewelry  is available at Elk County Council on the Arts, Laughing Owl Press, The newly built PA Wilds Conservation Shop - at Kinzua Bridge State Park (opening beginning of September 2016) along with her working studio and from online shop, www.stephaniedistler.com

creating 'me' in the Wilds branding


Prices range from $7.00 to $50.00.
“If you love the great outdoors, Stephanie’s PA Wilds collection will blow you away! I live in the suburbs, and my pieces from Stephanie are a way to keep the outdoors close at hand. Her work is awesome!”  -Debra 
“Thank you so much for the PA Wilds elk charm! It is a small piece of home now that I am away. Last year I moved away from the great Keystone state to Iowa and boy do I miss those deep dark woods of Elk County. I used to camp a lot in Benezette. Thanks again for this awesome item!”  -Wally
Just a simply beautiful ring! The rustic design fits so well with the bark like texture….and it does look like bark! This one will rarely leave my finger! -djarus


Locate  #PAWildsMade made by hand through The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania from juried artisans at  www.pawildsartisans.com

captures from Summer
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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

Monday, December 29, 2014

LIST Monday


  1. I love your jewelry Laura Jane Bouton HERE of LjB Jewelry out of Massachusetts 
  2. Drink a better cocktail in 2015
  3. Mid Century Modern will someday take over my home.  Love Uncle Atom!
  4. The perfect grilled scallops over pasta.  Isn't she a hoot ;-)
  5. How old is your vintage mason jar HERE
  6. Jeweler's bench overlooking the gardens coming UP.  The husband tells me by Spring.
  7. 2015 new plant and flower varieties 
  8. Herb of the YEAR 2015
  9. Okay- time for Summer
  10. A worldly breakfast HERE

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a few shots from the last few months



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Ta Brant, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Trail, in SDAJ today to pick-up a custom order off MY bench

20 branded items to be handed out among 'artisan trail' stakeholders throughout the Holiday season
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Recent forged bracelets with artisan closures HERE to see a past material and tool list
Very simple in design, using 4 different hammers, tube riveting techniques and 10 gauge wire for the hooked closure.  Brushed satin finish on all.  Bracelets including other components and artisan beads are available too coming soon to Cameron County Artisan Center in Emporium and at ECCOTA in Ridgway for the Holidays.


http://www.flickr.com/groups/wednesdayonthebench/ 
Group Description
Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or other social networking venue that you frequent, a photo of what is on it for that day and link back to this group.
You might want to describe what you are making or not it is up to you :) Just call it 'What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday' and you are good to go.
This group will be a collection of those photos which we all need and love for I am hungry for all the eye candy I can gather up.

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Christmas 2014

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

For the love of a good SOFTIE

After Sunday Breakfast with friends and hearing about how Nancy is all about gearing her muse towards sewing, my urge to design a line of Softies or Stuffies has begun again.  I don't know if 'line' is the best word choice, maybe yearly birth or the sporadic softie project or the perfect alignment of stars softie, lol.
Back in 1999 when I started beading ArtDolls these lovely stuffies kept coming up when searching for different stitch techniques, across the web for bead embroidery, until I became obsessed with creating my own style.
2006 to 2010  starting top left:
  • Machine pieced w/glass eye and felt eye structure doll 
  • Simple poodles machine pieced
  • Simple squared elephant made from my oldest daughter light blue corduroy pants and Eeyore inspired tale
  •  Pincushion w/vintage buttons and embroidery floss
  • Pieced, machine stitched raggedy Ann, inspired rag doll
  • The last doll machine pieced body, upcycled jeans, pieced, hand sewn felt coat with bead and thread embroidery and ultra suede face that was Prisma pencil sketched.  The hair was a collection of fibers resembling Johnny Depp at the time :) :)
A team effort between machine work, dry felting, embroidery and hand stitching were used not in all work but, most.
little birds sewn from a pattern on HERE and this is the designer Michael Fulkerson in Philadelphia

Here is a handful of softie fabness that caught my eye in 2006 and are still going strong today with their creativity:

  1. LoobyLu
  2. Wee Wonderfuls
  3. Mimi Kirchner
  4. Hillary Lang
  5. Look What I Can Do
  6. Merwing
  7. Three Green Apples
  8. Molly Chicken
  9. Wee Folk Studio
  10. Oh Albatros 

Yes, yes, yes, I frequented these sights over and over years back and revisit now and again still

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First machine sewing project March 2007

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Monday, November 24, 2014

List Monday- BIG list of wants and maybe some needs thrown in

Every once in a while putting it out there for the Universe to take note of that crazy list carried around inside of you for far too long is necessary. This is getting it out of your head and on paper (more or less) helping an obsessed type, like myself, see what is doable or perhaps logical in the real world.

THE list:
  1. A www.potterusa.com hydraulic press with all the accessories or as many as are attainable 
  2. Arbor press 
  3. Rolling mill, preferably the Durston brand
  4. Metalsmithing workbench
  5. Large, very, very large steel anvil
  6. Pepe Guillotine shear to perfectly cut sheet metal
  7. Knew Concepts jeweler's saw with the swivel handle
  8. Fretz hammers and stakes that I am always hammering away at, lol
  9. Exhaust for a soldering station like this wonderful set-up from Connie Fox
  10. Bench Mate system 
The hydraulic press is CHECKED off, there are still accessories such as more pancake dies or texture plates to be bought over the next few years.  The press is going to be here at some point in the next couple weeks.  Today I am having an argument with myself about the jeweler's saw, watched the video a few times today falling head over heals in love.  Brilliant design.

 Lost the argument-   been using Knew Concept Saw in the studio for the last week LOVE IT!!!  


Studio since 2011, WOW I need more room

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 black & white 2014


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

What do they say about old dogs?

I am always amazed at the simple things in life one of those being my husband, loving shrimp now after 28 years of marriage.  The man hates soup in any form and can bring me to tears with his pretty strong protests, but, now enjoys this firm, flavorful yet bouncy morsel.

The Japanese phrase 'Puri-Puri' (POOR-ee POOR-ee) describes the texture or mouth feel when prepared perfectly.

Our Sunday day trip was to Altoona after a wonderful breakfast with gracious friends at their home of buckwheat pancakes and strata.  The Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice coffee was a bonus :)  We were heading out around 1:00 then with a bottle jack from Harbor Freight, that is actually needed to complete the jeweler's hydraulic press set-up, on the list as well as picking up groceries for Thanksgiving being THIS coming Thursday.

What is on your menu for the holiday?  Sweet Potato Pie is the only new addition the rest is Thanksgiving dinner as usual.  Brined Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, cranberry, dried corn, buttered peas, rolls and pies-  same old, same old.   I would not have it any other way, nothing like a house filled with those aromas and the leftovers.

Do you have the perfect brine?  Or stuffing recipe to share?  What makes your spread your very own?

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Boyer's candy factory in Altoona, Pa. Is a favorite stop while there with DH buying 5 lbs of imperfect peanut butter cups every time.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Stephan and I Winter 1976.  I remember that orange NERF football!  I see Stephan's little t-shirt peeking and my pocket sticking out, of course, lol.  


This was also the country's Bicentennial with schools across the nation celebrating in different ways.   I will never forget my polyester red, white and blue dress, a pair of light purple acrylic knit stockings and a red and white gingham check bonnet I had to wear with little royal blue ribbons to look geeky patriotic.  
Mr. Turzanski was our 5th grade teacher and an eccentric little fellow.  We all loved him!  His favorite saying was diarrhea of the mouth, which made us laugh every time- fecal reference and 5th graders, perfect match.  He had diarrhea of smoking for the cigarette smoke odor that wafted from our tests was unprecedented among smokers and probably most of our parents smoked.  This could have also been the fact that our scores at times were also unprecedented and not in the way he wanted-  the man was also a screamer :)


Commercials from October 18th with all sorts of  memorable snippets transporting you to 1976 with me today. Let's all travel back to a time of  pop rocks and Slime, both were introduced this year also.
HERE is a crazy list of Fun Facts, TV shows taken from this page below.

TV shows that year:
1. Happy Days (ABC)
2. Laverne & Shirley (ABC)
3. M*A*S*H (CBS)
4. Charlie's Angels (ABC)
5. The Big Event (NBC)
6. The Six Million Dollar Man (ABC)
7. Baretta (ABC)
8. One Day at a Time (CBS)
9. Three's Company (ABC)
10. All in the Family (CBS)

Murphy's Department store sold records which were downtown, I know crazy.   Begged and begged for the 45 Saturday Night by The Bay City Rollers, he finally gave in.

P.S.  Anyone that is not from Johnsonburg, PA, all the wonderful retail stores that were here, aren't anymore, very, very sad.  Let's take a moment for the death of small town America......... sob


“‎The simple truth is that you can understand a town. You can know and love and hate it. You can blame it, resent it, and nothing changes. In the end, you're just another part of it.”
― Brenna Yovanoff

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my daughters 2x2

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Today hammering tubing into flat lengths, sawing separate tubing into rivets, dapping and then finally peening into place sliced tubing on the ends of the pieces.  All this to create components for bracelets and necklaces.  Debating on whether or not to put attribute words or deliciously placed symbols on some like I have been.


http://www.flickr.com/groups/wednesdayonthebench/ 
Group Description
Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or other social networking venue that you frequent, a photo of what is on it for that day and link back to this group.
You might want to describe what you are making or not it is up to you :) Just call it 'What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday' and you are good to go.
This group will be a collection of those photos which we all need and love for I am hungry for all the eye candy I can gather up.

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Inspiration everywhere for Wednesday


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