United in Orange…and blue

I was waiting until after the Super Bowl, to release my two latest wind chimes. Really, I was waiting to see if the Broncos would win. If they didn’t, I was going to wait until the preseason starts. But, they pulled it off and won, so here they are.¬†Each consists of silverware and melted bead sun catchers. I made the discs at the end of 2014, and they sat in my work shop waiting for me to figure out what to do with them. I decided to try something new, and I am really pleased with how cute they are. They are available in my Etsy shop for $24 each.¬†Broncos Silverware Wind Chimes

 

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Bead Wrapped Silverware Wind Chimes

Bead Wrapped Silverware Wind Chimes

I love manipulating silverware with my propane torch and pliers, but for these pieces, I opted for a different approach. The handles are narrow and thick, solid steel, so they wouldn’t have bent or twisted in any attractive way. I chose, instead, to wrap the stems in beads. While this did completely alter the sound, I am thrilled with the look.

Etsy Treasury featuring one of my lamps!

Etsy Treasury featuring one of my lamps!

I received a message this morning, that one of my wine bottle lamps was featured in an Etsy treasury. Happy Monday, indeed!

Click the link above to see the entire treasury.

1 Left of Center Inventory Reduction Sale!

1 Left of Center Inventory Reduction Sale!

I’m having a huge inventory reduction sale today through December 15th. Everything in my shop is 50% off! Visit my Etsy shop and use coupon code snow50 to receive 50% your order.

Not quite in the groove yet

I’ve been desperate to get back to business since the holiday craziness ended, but it just hasn’t happened yet. I have several ideas brewing, and I’m mentally working out the details of making them reality, but I haven’t actually been able to sit down in my workshop and get something done. As I type this, I’m battling a toddler for counter space.

I know there is lots of creativity in me just desperate to get out, and I came to this realization today when for the umpteenth time, I was asked to build a train track for my three-year-old. I realized that every time I build a track, I do something a little more elaborate, a little more “over the top” (quite literally today). I came to this conclusion when I made this:

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yes, a triple decker train track with the round house in the middle with all the exits going under bridges. I need help.

Take a deep breath and relax

Show season just came to a very successful end for me. I’ve had the best year yet with my craft business, and I am very happy. I learned more about the show circuit than I ever anticipated, met some fantastic, talented people, and made some great friends. I couldn’t have imagined that 2013 would be so much fun.

Now, it’s time to take a little break before gearing up for 2014 shows. It’s so weird for me to not have a looming deadline. I get to sit back and enjoy Yule and Christmas with my family.When I get new craft ideas, I just add them into my sketch book, and go on playing with the kids. I will work on them in January.

I’m excited about next year. I have some really fun projects slated and I’m looking forward to getting started on them. For now, though, there is a 3 yer old who is waiting for me to help build some train tracks with him.