A crochet crafter’s cognitive dissonance…

•April 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

When the pattern instructs you to crochet the head and body of the plush toy before you’ve crocheted the ears (which are the same color)…

Oh boy. Trying to estimate how much yarn to cut (so you don’t run out when you’re in the middle of crocheting bunny’s torso) is rough when you’re bad at doing math in your head.

Time to go to work…

•April 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Setting aside long projects and metal jewelry crafts this week to make new crochet plushie. I think Harry Hare will fit right in with Paddington and SPG. What do you think?


Things I have bought in the last month…

•April 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

– Liver of sulfur gel
– metal stamp punches
– 1/8″ letters and numbers stamp set
– 8-pack 0000 super fine steel wool
– polishing pads
– micro-crystalline wax polish

Amazon Prime’s free shipping is a deadly, deadly thing. Particularly when you need a project.

This year is fired

•April 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment


I’ve seen this statement in a lot of posts recently in my social media feeds — music fans, film fans, people going through rough times. Everyone seems to be in agreement: this year, the year that has taken so many artists that engendered fierce loyalty among the people they inspired, the year that opened with so many of my friends and loved ones being dragged backwards through an abattoir, mid-scream or crouched in a protective huddle, safe but still healing from what came before, the year that has reached 1/3 completion… is officially terminated.

Straight away, before it can take away anyone or anything else.

And, with the last few months I’ve had, I’m inclined to agree.

Testing… one… two…

•April 16, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Testing out a new “flourish” metal stamp from ImpressArt (the short-term jewelry projects are keeping my hands busy these days). Had to strike the hammer twice to leave the full impression, but I think it suits the blank and the text quite well.

Tedious Things in the Lives of Crafters: Finding Lost Gear

•April 11, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Went looking for a baking dish in a box I still hadn’t unpacked from my move. Found a cache of metal stamping tools and blanks instead (rings and pendants, brass, anodized aluminum, confetti, with drill holes and without).

I’ve been looking for these for six months.

“Wubba Lubba Dub Dub” Stamped Necklace

•April 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a long couple of months — as all of the months between January and May seem to be for my particular brain. I’ve tried to fill the time with lots of small projects to distract it. My girlfriend has the advantage of the being the beneficient of a lot of my jewelry trial runs. A month ago, she offered up an idea of her own — the product of our repeated binge-viewings of the first two seasons of Rick and Morty(Read more…)


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