Showing posts with label sdaj. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sdaj. Show all posts

Monday, November 17, 2014

List Monday

Sizerville State Park Fall Festival 2014 on a beautiful afternoon through the pine needles

 List Monday-

  1.   Earrings Every Day Hoot, hoot!!
  2. How many fab items can be made with paper?  
  3. Let it go with Tiny Buddha
  4. Christmas CANDY recipes
  5. Hand lettering is a favorite of mine
  6. Scarf knotting 2014
  7. The Ultimate Beer Lover's Happy Hour, a veggie delight
  8. Warming up with some Mexican Hot Chocolate
  9. Men all in line Mimi Kirchner
  10. Surviving the Holidays SIMPLY


Beauty in the simple things

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Start of Taking Holiday Orders

 Holiday orders are starting to come in with some already off the bench, in the mail and at the doors of a few much loved clients.   New designs are being added to the ETSY online shoppe weekly.
personalized copper stamped cuff

1" wide food grade aluminum cuff

celebration of family handcut large heart pendant w/family charms and Swarovski crystals for birthstones

family pendant oxidized copper and sterling silver

Rosary wrapped artisan beads on necklaces and bracelets

Storybook letter upper and lower case just to show a few letter stamps available to personalize your pieces

SDAJ wooden displays available @ select Trail Sites around the PA Wilds filled with original designs just in time for the Holidays

Christmas through the years

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Brilliant Packaging from ETSY

after opening the lovely, well thought out READER
The new Sell on ETSY app and card reader combo are pretty excellent.  I carry around the new PayHere by PayPal also. This reader solves the issue of selling my ETSY shop items at shows  and then not realizing it until the piece also then sells online, which makes me smile,

The card reader is in high demand with shop owners and takes sometime to arrive in your mailbox so, order now for Holiday shows :)

Well planned out compared to other readers with it's smart storage/holder design.

Let me know what you think!


simple no frills packaging from ME :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Printing out an order, on the center stump bench, for 5 two sided aluminum cuffs and also adding rivets to the ends of hammered copper tubing components for bracelets. 
Group Description
Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or another 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.

Inspiration everywhere!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pinterest Analytics and Apricot Truffles

How many of you get totally lost in Pinterest?  I find myself using it also as a resource even when it comes to researching where Google would have been a go to or Bing in the past.  

Being very visual, my head can wrap around the info much easier.

Pinterest for some time has made available to business accounts their analytics.  For weeks a sweet little fresh truffle recipe has been holding it's own on my impressions, repins, clicks and all time so, I shall share this evidently FAB recipe with you.
BLOG Tales of a Kitchen

Healthy eats. Raw bits. And occasional indulgence.from Chris's wonderful blog Tales of a Kitchen
RESOURCE for recipe printing capabilities this download allows you to click through the unwanted writing or photos getting to the meat of what you would like printed. This is very nice if the blog does not have it's recipe in a printable format.


celebrating the DAY with a SDAJ garden photo strip

Monday, November 10, 2014

List Monday

Westline Inn- Westline, Pa. this October passed with the girls and US.  Their first experience @ this fab establishment

Monday's List

1.  Hey moss head- just found out about Marimos on Confessions of a Blueberry Bandit's BLOG
2.  I really need to make salted caramels
3.. bottling up some extra strength vanilla extract for Holiday baking and libations
4.  Maureen Cracknell Handmade has such amazing fabrics at her finger tips.  In love with her                 arrow sketch pillows!
5.  Omunchi-  Cravings Justified.  Eating and Music!!!!!
6.  I want to smash things arbor press
7.  A fellow friend and blogger capturing the seasons perfectly with her magnificent photography
8.  Joy the Baker revamped her BLOG
9.  Speaking of Joy, this sounds divine for the sweet potato side on our day of Thanks :)
10.Mark Bittman's new cookbook on cooking fffffast
11.Fresh is best Eight O'clock Coffee, a national treasure
12.Happy Mango Beads

warm tones in the round

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Small Things

Life goes by like a big ol' blur.  What did you do today?


Little photo strip of some breakfasts we have consumed including skillets, sweet potato pancakes, scrapple and cheesy hash browns.

~loving and holding tight to the simplest of your day to day such as Sunday breakfasts

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Don't ask why my Mother dressed me up as a flower child and then commenced on taking photos of me outside in December.  Am I making a proclamation in the first B&W dunno but, it is a fun none the less.  That wig sparks a memory of being itchy, that vest is something I am pretty sure my Mom kept in her closet perhaps wearing the night prior and I especially did not enjoy wearing those thick opaque stockings.   I always loved this set of photos, there are quite a few more actually!
TBT and 4 almost 5 years old me, December 1970 at my Grandmother Redmond's, on Mill Street, Johnsonburg, a few months before my Brother was born in February.

I love the middle choices-  Aluminum, Aurora Red, Misted Yellow, Sangria and instead of Mauve Mist the Radiant Orchid would slide in next.  I can see pairs of earrings intertwined with these colors in  stones, artisan beads, oxidized copper and sterling silver in a very organic way. 

What have you already picked up for the season not realizing these were THE colors?

Tameryn, youngest of ours, her Winter jacket could fit in along side Radiant Orchid or some of those long sleeved t-shirts I  ordered a few weeks back for myself.
Pantone Fall 2014 Fashion Color Report


TBT strip LEFT to RIGHT:  Tameryn/Marta, Stephan, Sevin, Thea/Larissa, Savana/Tameryn and me around 2005

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

View of the bench this afternoon while typesetting 1/4" aluminum cuffs for clients.  Some were the start of Christmas commissions, some Mother Daughter gifts and others mantra single orders.

 Can you tell what dvd is in the player?  I was in a Princess Bride frame of mind, lol.

Has anyone read the new, 2014 book, Actor Cary Elwes has written As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride ?  About his experiences starring in this wonderful 1987 flick.

The quotes from the movie are the best!

 “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” —Westley

found HERE
Group Description
Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or another 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.

Summer and Fall shots 2014

Monday, November 03, 2014

working towards a goal

studio shot by Kaylie Fitch, student work, of me at the bench
Staying on task is a statement teachers make when young children stray from assignments they are given perhaps while attending elementary school.  Artists/artisans also stray from time to time but, I feel this helps bring clarity to life or bring about new work.  This straying can last days, weeks, months or sometimes it can last for years until we start pushing out what feels like cohesive pieces.

The way I feel when first entering the work space now is much different than even a couple years ago.  Grabbing a hammer to forge or setting up that type set for mantra cuffs is like breathing at this point. I am looking forward in having that same vibe while soldering a prayer box or setting a beautiful cabochon in a funky bezel into what is very much MY style.  It is not far away with my brain opening up more and more each and every day towards that GOAL of being more fluid while creating.

another studio shot by Kaylie Fitch showing copper tubing being hammer into a cuff ready for letter stamping
Fall happens to be a prolific time for artists in general with the changing out for the upcoming Holiday season especially being a factor.

The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” ~Auguste Rodin


Sunday, November 02, 2014

Where are we heading?

Oh that's right, shorter days :)  Great Wiki HERE on day light saving time.

This morning was breakfast in Portville, NY at Sprague's Maple Farms Restaurant. Two good friends of ours and our daughter headed out around 8:30 for a beautiful drive on a very chilly Sunday.  I would recommend it if you are in the area, busy place with loads of menu items to pick from.  I think the dinner menu had haddock prepared 7 different ways with a maple Dijon Haddock sounding pretty interesting.
When we arrived home after 12:00, the 26 year old Sugar Maple was well underway for a pretty major trim.  I called a friend of ours, that has a tree trimming business, about a month back and while we were gone he showed up.  The tree survived it's cut looking none the worse for wear. Thank God for this since it has a crazy history with all three of my girls and now starting with the oldest grandchild Ellimena.  Just wish back in the day Spring 1990, when we moved in to this house, I would have cut some of the leader branches.  

What did you do with your extra hour today?

Yesterday a friend of my middle daughter asked if she could come to the studio and take portraits of me working, for a photography class she has this semester.   I can't wait to see it through her lens.  Kaylie is also taking a metals class!  Truly awesome!!!! 


An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later.           
~Winston Churchill
As quoted in David Prerau, Seize the Daylight: The Curious And Contentious Story of Daylight (2006).

Saturday, November 01, 2014

National Novel Writing Month 2014

Looks like I am going to play a part in National Novel Writing Month again this November, in which a  post will happen for 30 days.
The actual challenge is for novelists to complete a 50,000 word novel but....I am pretend participating in my section of the literary world with blog posts :)

Becoming more present in posting is the goal!  Yaaaaaay to being



Tuesday, October 07, 2014

News from the Bench- Bracelets for Local Songwriters Titchner-Scott

Bekki and Mark Titchner, of Titchner-Scott, commissioned two cuffs from SDAJ stamped with not a mantra, verse or quote but, a song line and title track,  In dreaming I need nothing, from their upcoming album, I Dream.
1.   The couple in SDAJ studio wearing the pieces 2. promo shot for one of their albums 3. shot taken with my Sony RX100M3 4. taken in Edinburgh, Scotland on Campbell Close Street.  Scotland is one of their favorite sojourns
a recent post taken from the Facebook Fan page:

Bekki, "Mark T. usually lets me take care of posting. But this song is different. This song is inherently more personal...."
His words :
I suppose every song will mean something (or nothing) to anyone who will take the time to listen.
Art audio? Audio art? Music!!! Uh huh....
But to make a song accessible to others it needs the players - composers, writers...yes!
For us, from the start of a project to its finish, all of our creative pistons are going balls to the wall. The highs and lows on the emotional scale are light years apart from each other, as with all art processes (universal artistic bi-polarity). One day you’re up, next day you’re down. Does it go right? Does it go wrong? Does it go somewhere? Does it go nowhere? Did we nail it? Who knows! We do our best.
So here we have our latest little tune, which managed to break all laws of our creative process. From an unbelievable high to the darkest, saddest, lowest of lows we have ever known.
And now it’s finally (well, 99%) complete. And we are stuck somewhere in the emotional spectrum, we’ll say “in the middle.

Here it is:

THE MOST HIGH: My son loved this song. He would listen and sing it constantly. Sometimes he’d bitch about needing a new song to get into.

THE MOST LOW: Suddenly he’s gone. I can’t say if he’s still listening or not.

THE MIDDLE: Maybe he is.


In Dreaming 

I’m waiting at the wall
Waiting for the end
Waiting ‘til tomorrow
It will all be better then

I’m waiting for the words
They just never come
There’s nothing left to say
Nowhere left to run

In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing

Falling from the sky, like a gull on the wind
Crashing waves
Jagged shore
I disappear again

I listen to the stones
Sometimes I can see
The way moving forward
The past in front of me

In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing

Clouds race against the blue
Shadows come and stay
Ribbons of time unfurl
And softly float away

I’m here and then I’m gone
Chained and then I’m free
Waiting at the wall
At the edge of the sea

In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing
In dreaming I need nothing

When Bekki emailed last week, to let me know the song was ready, the entire evening was then filled with her voice,  for many more songs were added to the site.  They use Reverbnation. as a tool with 50% of sales going to the organization  Love Hope Strength.

The talented songwriting/performing team play at countless venues.  Their next show will be in Lock Haven, Oct. 18th, 7-9 p.m. Avenue 209,

taken from bio on Reverbnation-
For most of the past nine years, Mark and Bekki Titchner performed mostly traditional Celtic and Appalachian music with fiddler Tara Sansom in the trio Fieldstone. Two years ago, with Tara out of grad school and living in Kentucky, the two turned their focus exclusively to songwriting. Longtime friend and drummer Don Strandberg said he would love to be a part of a recording project, and suggested bassist Mark Santaniello to round out the rhythm section. Recording began in earnest in the fall of 2011. Along the way another old friend Dave Piccirillo added guitar work to some of the tracks and Tara played fiddle on a song as well. The project was completed the spring of 2013 and should be available for sale in the summer of 2013. The Titchner-Scott Band began exclusively as a recording endeavor, but keeping all that fun confined to the basement seemed wrong.

this gifted songstress/writer above at an open mic event @ECCOTA wearing an original SDAJ copper & Serpentine rosary wrapped crescent moon piece purchased November 2011.


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