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Monday, December 10, 2012

We are BACK!

Well.....just could not stay away from Facebook.  I missed all of my creative friends!  So, I came back.  SOOOO glad I did!  I really, really missed all of you!

Look for me on Facebook as Kate Mulligan.  

B'Sue Boutiques now has a Creative Group on Facebook.  Full of creative people doing creative things!  Love it!

I have been busy trying this and that technique.  Pounding and embossing metal.   I like the feel and creative possibilities of metal.  Mike is teaching me how to spot solder.  I have been practicing more with using a solder gun and copper tape.

Take care everyone!
Mike and Kate

Monday, June 4, 2012

Goodbye to Facebook

I have been reading a blog where the person does not use capitals, punctuation, etc.  I like that.  I am going to mimic that approach.....

i have decided to leave facebook.....it just takes too much time.... time i would rather spend doing other things...... my friends and family connect with me via phone, email, and even snail mail ..... the rest live locally, so we spend time together 

i like this idea of just typing as i think without the caps, punctuation, etc....it is more like talking than writing

i started facebook in 2010 in order to join a few others who were creating jewelry ....  the group grew.....   i have enjoyed sharing and learning from them all  .....in our jewelry group, we all have a common leader, mentor, friend in brenda sue landsdowne ...... she owns and runs my fave online supply site, b'sue boutiques ....i think she is a true artisan and a terrific person

i plan to keep posting some of my jewelry to the b'sue boutiques flickr album
you can find it here
http://www.flickr.com/groups/bsueboutiques/

i also plan to blog every once in a while

that said....i want to share a personal experience

many of you know that my son married in may ...... a beautiful woman in every way.....my new and only daughter

i caught a moment of them together.....a random oh my goodness moment

they were helping us at our place to do some outside work that requires a strong back and limber knees.....something my husband and i no longer have

they were walking towards our pole building...their backs to me....i watched as they walked, each one put an arm around the other....then slide them down into hand holding

they continued to walk together.....the two as one

it was one of those experiences for me where time slows..... all my other senses seem to be on hold while my eyes feast upon what is before them.... and my heart obtains a new precious memory

i thought about the past.... how i wonder if anyone had noticed my young son and i walking while we held hands....

i realized that i held his hand when he was young to show him that i loved him, to keep him safe and close to me

i thought about the present.....their holding hands because they love each other, to keep close to one another

i imagined the future.....one on each side of me, holding my hands, keeping me safe and close to them



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

It is early morning here.  My youngest son refers to our home as "The Hidden Valley Ranch".  We don't have a ranch, or even a farm.  Just a few acres tucked into the country.  I like the peaceful, remoteness of it.  I am the only one up right now.  Hot coffee steaming in a cup next to me.  Birdsong serenading me.

My youngest son gets married this coming Saturday.  He flew from the nest many, many years ago.  I am glad that he has found this kind of happiness.

So jewelry making...creating....has gone by the wayside these past few weeks.

I am an anxious woman.  I will let the littlest of things cause me stress.  There have been a lot of little things lately.

I've been sorting buttons over the last two days.  Boxes and boxes of buttons.  Buttons I started tucking away over 40 years ago.  They have never been sorted, organized, whatever.  Just accumulated.  Like random memories.

I felt the overwhelming urge to sort them now.  I saw a lot of spare buttons.  Buttons that I had used to sew my childrens clothes, my own clothes.  Back in ancient times when I used to sew.  I saw a button that has three horizontal holes in it.  It is white.  I pondered over that button.  Set it aside while I continued to sort the other buttons.  I wondered about the history of that button.  Why it is so unlike any of the other thousands (yep, thousands) of buttons I have.

I feel like that button.  Different from all the rest, yet a button just the same.

The day my son is getting married is the same day my father died.  Thirty two years ago.  This date will soon have a smile memory.  I am looking forward to that.

And yes, the buttons are all sorted now.

Friday, April 27, 2012

MESSY WORKSHOP BLOG HOP!

Ever been to a Blog Hop?  Well, here is your chance.  A group of people with blogs, in this case a group of jewelry crafters and artists, write a blog post around a central theme.  We all are having fun with this.  If you would like to enjoy the fun, just click on the links below to see the other Messy Workshop Blogs!  They will include pictures and/or videos of their creative space.

I too, have a messy workshop area.  And am proud of it!  Mike and I share our workshop in the basement.  We have "carved" out a space amidst all the boxes we have down there.   One day we plan to somehow get rid of all the boxes of "stuff" and expand our workshop space.  One day.....  

We have a great deal of fun there together.  Making jewelry has become an enjoyable hobby for both of us.  Most evenings we can be found there.  Sometimes the hours go by so swiftly that dinner becomes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches around 9:00 pm.  It is easy to lose track of time while creating.

Here is a short video of our workshop.  I missed a couple of areas, but I think you will get the idea.  Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_ldiDPYLr8&list=HL1335456191&feature=mh_lolz

And here are all the other fun Messy Workshop participants!  Please stop by and take a look.  ENJOY!


MESSY WORKSHOP BLOG PARTICIPANTS
Brenda Sue Lansdowne
http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com/

Robin Delargy:
http://looloosbox.blogspot.com/

Kim at Cianci Blue
http://cianciblue.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Jazwick-Smith
http://hudathoughts-jennifer.blogspot.com/

Mary Shannon Hicks
http://www.uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/

Tracy Swartz
http://tracyswartz.com/category/blog

Jacqueline Marchant
http://jaacquelinesjewels.blogspot.com/

Lynnea Perry Bennett
http://designsbylynnea.blogspot.com/

Terry Matusyk
http://pinkchapeau.wordpress.com/

Laurel Steven
http://laurelsteven.blogspot.com/

Dr. Brassy Steamington
http://drbrassysteampunk.blogspot.com/

Pamela Takeshige
http://www.crittersandthings.blogspot.com/

Kris Lanae Binsfeld
http://www.cherishdesigns.wordpress.com/

Outre Art
http://theartistspaintbox.wordpress.com/

Linzi Alford
http://www.magpieintheskyspoilheaptales.blogspot.com/

Deb Davis
http://naturaltreasuresbydeb.blogspot.com/

Tamara Jones
http://irrysistablejewels.wordpress.com/

Harry Wood
http://www.oscarcrow.blogspot.com/

Gerry Nickerson
http://gersgems1.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth Owens-Dwy
http://www.thepolymergeek.blogspot.com/

Georgene Lockwood
http://sylvanavintagedesigns.wordpress.com/

Charisa Sloper
http://www.blog.obsidiansoda.com/

Jennifer Justman
http://soulsfiredesigns.blogspot.com/

Beanzie
http://the-vintage-heart.blogspot.com/

Mary Deis
http://mdeis.blogspot.com/

Cheri Reed
http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/

Sondra Kolner
http://scrappybydesign.weebly.com/index.html

Sonya Ingersoll-Stille
http://www.dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com/

Lori Anderson
http://www.prettythingsblog.com/

Sandra McGriff
http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.ca/

Shelly Joyce
http://www.aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.com/

Joan Williams
http://www.lilrubyjewelry.wordpress.com/

Kashmira Patel
http://sadafulee.blogspot.com/

Deb Beechy
http://beetique56.blogspot.com/

Ginger Bishop
http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com/

Kelli Jacobson
http://creativemoonjewelryandthings.com/

Natalie McKenna
http://www.grubbi.co.uk/

Andrew Thornton
http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/

Mary Govaars
http://mlhjewelrydesigns.com/

Kate Mulligan
http://mulliganstewjewelry.blogspot.com/

Lisa Lodge
http://pineridgetreasures.blogspot.com/

Tami Luchini
http://ssprocketsmetal.blogspot.com/

Monique Lula
http://www.moniquelula.com/blog/

Lee Koopman
http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com/

Jayne Capps
http://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com/ 

Susan Lloyd
http://designsbysusan-dbs.blogspot.com/

Cynthia Wainscott
http://www.exoticperujewelry.blogspot.com/

Stephanie Amanti
http://www.stephaniesjewelrybox.blogspot.com/

Alicia Marinache
http://www.allprettythings.ca/

Sam Hamp
http://hampgirl59.blogspot.com/

Lennis Carrier
http://www.windbent.net/

ENJOY!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Snippets of Inspiration

Sometimes a song, usually from years ago, will pop into my head and just stay there for days.  Dog and Butterfly by the group Heart.  I remembered the tune, but had forgotten the words.  So, I went searching on the internet.  The lyrics really did not hold any special meaning for me.  It was the chorus line, "Dog and Butterfly" that resonated.  The visual of the dog playfully chasing a butterfly on the cover of the album.

I read a brief bio on the song, written by one of the band members.  She stated that the point of the song was "...we are always trying to grab at something higher."   I can identify with that.

Then, I forgot about the song. 

I like to create jewelry.  It is a hobby .... a way to relax.  An outlet for stress.  A way to balance my right brain with my left brain.  If that is possible.....

While pushing around piles of stuff on my work space where I like to create jewelry, I spied a ceramic dog cabochon that I had purchased.  I rummaged around in my stuff for a few other pieces to put together with the dog. 

I want to create a tangible piece that speaks of "always trying to grab at something higher."  

Necklace, brooch, bracelet....don't know yet.  I create as I go, not always starting with a design in mind.  Not always ending with the pieces I started with.  Just an idea.  I have a drawer full of ideas!  lol!

Here is a picture of some the pieces that I plan to work with:


Not the CD of course!  

The tune is now playing in my head again............



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