I love my family first.
But then it is the jewelry. I have loved it since I was very little. I love to shop for it, make it and wear it. I have a shop on Etsy. It is classyladyjen.etsy.com. I aspire to make jewelry from junk and things you would most likely throw away.
My husband and I brew beer and have won a few competitions. We go on beer vacations. They are the best!
I have a twisted sense of humor and a strong sense of right and wrong and no sense about many things.
I am brand new to blogging. I hope to get better at it. Please have patience.
Here is one of my prized possessions. I made this tree over ten years ago after seeing something at an antique store made of jewelry. Mine has about ten times much jewelry on it as the one I saw, and I love it!!
I have been so very busy with my sick father-in-law. But I feel the need to create! So, I gathered some old wool sweaters and scarves. I am going to try my hand at felting. I figured it would be hard to mess this up. My hope is to throw them in the washer and end up with some great felted fabric to work with at some point.
Wish me luck! Since I am "trying" to ruin sweaters, it probably won't work.
Just wanted to share some good news. My husband and I entered our Milk Stout Beer in the Ohio State Fair Home Brew competition. We got the results Friday. We got a silver medal in the stout category. There were 26 entries in that category. There were 335 entries in all. That is an all time high for entries.
Not big on tooting my own horn, but we are pretty proud!
I have been on two short vacations in May. One was to New York Institute of Technology for my daughter's graduation. She got her masters degree, after all these years. I am so proud of her! Got to see New York City for the first time! How exciting that was.
Then my husband and I went on a short three day trip last week. I am tired of vacation! How dumb is that?
I have been working on my work spaces for weeks. Reorganizing EVERYTHING I own. What a monumental task! I have three rooms I use, and more stuff than you can imagine. As soon as I get my camera back from my brother, I will put up some pictures. I can't wait to get it all done. Now that I am home, I might get it finished!
The hoops I splatter painted. The top part of the old hoops I used to make another pair of earrings. I painted them robin's egg blue. Then I used sparkly nail polish on them. I used parts of a funky old necklace that looked like blue bananas for the dangles.
I am so happy! I got my work area newly organized, cleaned........ready to go! I am so very ready to start creating something........anything.
I just got back from a small vacation with my daughter and grandsons. We went to Georgia. It was colder than in Ohio. I got my taxes done, finally......that was doing me in. My father-in-law is doing pretty well on his chemo.......all is pretty good at the moment. I have no excuses for not getting something done.
My biggest problem now is what to start with......jewelry......painting.....sewing?
I will post something soon about "some" project. All you wonderful, artistic people keep me inspired at all times. Thanks so much.
I have a very sick father-in-law, so I won't be here much for awhile. If anyone has any great, inspiring ideas that I can "think" about while I am at the hospital, let me know. My brain never shuts off, for sure.
I tried to get the butcher paper the other day, but couldn't find it. So, I am still thinking about that. I will try to at least check in once and awhile till the crisis passes.
Any good creative ideas you guys have, gives me something to think about.
Also, I was just over on ElizabethCreates.blogspot.com. She is having a giveaway of a beautiful Heart Quiltie. I am inspired everytime I go to her blog. If you have never checked it out, today is the day. I would love to win the heart. It is GREAT.
I have come to the conclusion this week that being able to create is a delicate balance between the clutter that I just seem to need in order to create, and the chaos that seems to take over at times.
Am I the only one that way? I don't seem to be able to have a really clean surface/area to work in. I need my "things" around me. But then it can easily turn on me. I am SURROUNDED by my things! They want to overtake me.
When I have the perfect balance, all is well. I can think and move forward.....maybe even create something. Out of balance.........ick. I just sit there and look at the mess.
Please tell me I am not the only person that cannot create in a neat, tidy work space.
For some reason, I couldn't get this necklace finished. I don't know why, it is a very pretty, vintage mother of pearl heart. For some reason it sat on my table for ages. But, finally, the finished product.