Oldies but goodies - Wire

There is so much you can do with wire. You can wrap it, you can weave it, you can solder it, you can knit it, you can crochet it, you can do Viking knit or knit with a spool, you can wind it ... and all pieces are unique.
I think this time our JAC Oldies but Goodies Challenge participants were a little reluctant to show everything they've got because there is so much. Nevertheless what they did show is worth a look once again.

1 MC Stoneworks
2 Cat's Wire
3 Violetmoon's Corner
4 Jewelry Art by Dawn
5 The Crafty Chimp


Zibbet finds of the week - Random and beautiful #1

Today I didn't pick a topic for the finds of the week. I just went to Zibbet, clicked here, clicked there, and then I chose whatever caught my eye first in a good way. I discovered some fabulous things. I should do that more often.

Now take off your shoes, kick back and enjoy those "random" beauties!

Art print "Chinese Lantern" by Dana Martin

Art doll "Drake Fairy" with dragon by Conchy Gem Dolls

1920s Richard Hudnut Three Flowers Talcum tin unused at Classic Collector

Bearded dragon lamp by Design Duo 2

Surreal illustration "Cute little devils" by TrixieFishStabber Productions

Baby girl quilt "Fox" by Quiltcountry

Cuff "Victorian" in purple leather by Tom Banwell Designs

Candle plate by Claysomnia Handmade


Quote of the week

We live in a time of constant technological progress. It's amazing - and scary - what has been invented over the last century.
Just look at old science fiction movies. Some of what used to be fiction is reality today.
One of these things are robots. Granted, we are not quite at the point where robots take over all the unloved household chores and hopefully we are far away from the point where they take over the world ;-)

Today's quote is about robot love in the 60s.
Many good agents from the secret government organization Control have already been victims of Kaos agent Octavia. It's time to send in Hymie the robot. Surely he will not fall in love with her?
Things don't quite go the way the Chief and Maxwell Smart expected them to, though. Octavia turns out to be a robot herself.

Hymie comes in while Octavia is loading her battery.
Octavia: Hi.
Hymie: Hi. May I try that?
Octavia plugs him in and Hymie starts smoking.
Hymie: I guess we're not wired the same.
Octavia: Wouldn't it be boring if we were.
Hymie: May I?
He closes the battery cover.
Octavia: Now as soon as you put all those papers in your briefcase, Hymie, we can go.
Hymie: I've never met anyone like you, Octavia.
Octavia: I've never met anyone like you, Hymie.
Hymie: You're different somehow.
Octavia: Thank you.
Hymie: The cute little way you click your eyes, the way you make my gyros race whenever you kiss me, the way my oil boils when you're near.

Ah, sweet, sweet love ...

Get Smart, USA, 1965 - 1970


Tackle that stash - Cab on cab earrings

It's not the first time that I have been experimenting with what I like to call "cab on cab". It simply means that there's not just one cabochon in a wire knit setting, but two.

In this case I used oval mother of pearl disks. Of course it makes sense that the bottom cab is as flat as possible which makes it easier to hold the top cab in place when making the bezel. A slight dome is fine, but flat is better.
I had two of those disks that came to me via a destash, now I needed to find two cabs that worked in both look and size. From the same destash I had two black acrylic cabs that worked like a charm. In fact they were the only ones in my stash that fit so perfectly, and I liked the contrast between the shimmering grey-white and the black, too.

When looking at the earrings you can see the mother of pearl shimmering around the black, and if the angle is right, there's the illusion of a mother of pearl ring surrounding the top cab.
From the side, however, you notice the domed look.

So far all the pieces I made like that are rather small, but I think eventually I'll have to explore the possibilities of a bigger piece.

The earrings are available in my DaWanda shop.


Greebo the Destroyer

Dear Greebo,

why didn't you tell me? Why did you feel you needed to destroy the pattern to make me see? And why don't you like it?
You are white and black yourself. I would have thought this pattern to be appealing to you. If there's a cat here that's in balance, it is definitely you. The perfect mix of innocence with your baby face and cute looks and of ruthlessness if things stand between you and your thirty-five snacks a day, like me sleeping for more than four hours.

Instead of helping me staying motivated, however, you jumped this harmless pattern printout when I wasn't there. I can see you before my inner eye and it makes me whimper to think of it. I bet it never saw you coming, was completely taken by surprise when you ripped it up with fangs and claws spitting little pieces of paper on it.
It was still so young.

Why this pattern? Why not kitchen towels? Why not notepaper? Why not a bill??

We need to talk.

Disappointed and sad,

Hiya Mom,

you know this is not about the pattern. Leave a piece of paper next to me and it's mine to kill. You are welcome to leave bills in my cat beds and I'll take care of them, too. Every time I do it with a pattern, you freak out.

For Heaven's sake, get a grip, lady!


Oh. Okay then, Greeb. No hard feelings, eh? See you for your next snack in ten minutes then.



The big 5-0 and a sale!

It's true. I am 50 today. 
And I want to celebrate with all of you. It's a little difficult because I only own five chairs not counting the armchair, the computer chair and the odd red metal one.
I'm not so sure about the cake, either. Baking is not my strong suit because I don't do it often. Or maybe I don't do it often because it's not my strong suit?
I can't invite you to a garden party because our garden is not very big. Pity. My potato salad really isn't that bad.

So what to do? How about a sale in both of my shops?
Today you can save 30% on all ready to ship items over $10 in my Zibbet or 10 € in my DaWanda shop. There is something for everyone!
Just use the coupon code 50BIRTHDAY.

No worries, I won't send a slice of cake along ;-) Have fun browsing!

P.S. The reason for the look on my face is not the big 5-0, by the way. I never trusted cameras ...


Oldies but goodies - Summer

No worries. You haven't lost a day. This week I'm one day early with the Oldies but Goodies Challenge at the Jewelry Artisans Community. Tomorrow you'll know why.
The topic this week is summer. What comes to your mind when you think of summer? Sun, heat, beach, ice cream, bright colors, dresses ... ? Let us know!

These are some of the pieces that remind the JAC members of summer. Hopefully they'll get you into summer mood as well.

1 Jewelry Art by Dawn
2 Cat's Wire
3 RioRita
4 Studio 9665
5 Violetmoon's Corner
6 The Crafty Chimp