Woven Wallhanging ~ Part II

?Hello ~ me again! 🙂                                                                                                                                                                     I’m very happy to report that my weaving (the one on the canvas frame – see previous post) is finished and hanging on my bedroom wall. The finishing touches took a little longer than expected. I added the pompom-fringe (my favorite part! – I told you I love fringe! I think I’m a little obsessed with it! 😉 ) and wrapped the top bar in yarn. Now…without further ado ….here she is!

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Here are some detail photos….

20150819_152011The pompom – fringe! 😀

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That’s it for today! Please come back soon for more creative news!

Tata for now! Thanks for reading!

~Tina xoxo

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Looking back on my summer

Hello and ‘Good morning’ ~ and a good morning it is!

We woke up to a cool (AND non-humid!!!) day. 56 degrees and a little cloudy…feels like heaven!                          Fall is near, and with it comes a new planning stage for my business. See, Fall and early Winter is the busiest season in Weston, the small historic town where I have my store. But first let me tell you what I’ve been doing the last few weeks – the jewelry creations in my  new lines ‘Bohemian Dreams’ and ‘Simply delightful’ found new homes – which is always a little bittersweet (’cause I do form a bond with every piece on my worktable), but exciting nonetheless. Here are a few pictures…

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Then, a few weeks ago, after a particularly heavy thunder+ rainstorm, my store flooded. A foot of water            (yes, 12″!!!!) found it’s way in, bringing a lot of mud with it. Ugh! After the water receded, there was about 1/2″ of mud left behind. I spare you the sight, it wasn’t pretty! Clean-up took a few days…but I was very lucky to have customers and friends stop by to lend a helping hand, and moral support!

In between all that I found some time to weave – my latest passion. I made a few small wall-hangings, and I’m just finishing up a piece that’s about 2′ x 5’….yes, you did read that right – 2 feet x 5 feet! Pretty ambitious, huh?You’re probably wondering -How? Why? Well, for that I have to go back a little.                                                   When we bought our house a few years back, I found myself facing a lot of empty walls. Some of them pretty big. One day, while grocery shopping I saw these pictures, print on canvas over a frame – you guessed it, 2′ x 5′. The motif was kinda nice – a landscape with lavender fields, and a little farmhouse in the background. So, I bought it, and up it went. It just wasn’t very artistic, ….well, it’s a print. Painting over it was not an option – I’m very inept with pencils/pens/paintbrushes. So, I took the canvas off the frame, made the warp, and started weaving. Let me show you….

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IMG_20150806_172307 This was last week!

Now the weaving is done! Yay! Time to add the fringe…I love fringe, need fringe! 😀

I guess that’s it for now – I hope you’ll be back for more! Lots of new and exciting ideas rushing around in my head.

Until next time – I’m always looking forward to (and enjoy) hearing from you!

Take care

~Tina  xoxo

Do you know ‘Fancy Jasper’?

Hello ~ Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy this post – let me know! 🙂
I just finished a set of ‘Fancy Jasper’ Jewelry, and got curious about this beautiful stone.

Here is what I found ….

Jasper is a dense, opaque variety of Quartz.

It occurs in as fillings in fissures and may be found all over the world. The most notable deposits were found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia, Uruguay, Venezuela and the United States of America, including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

Jasper is colored by oxides of iron and known for its deep earthy tones of red, yellow, brown and green, sometimes in shades of blue or purple, and displays wonderful contrasts in its banding, inclusions, “pictures,” and small circular patterns. Its name is derived from the Greek iaspis, meaning “agate.”

‘Fancy Jasper’, also called ‘Rainbow Jasper’, is a steady wholesome healer , said to focus  the mind and intellect. My source* tells me that it can temper procrastination and help organize an overactive mind into more linear thought, preventing one from getting caught up in worry over the past or future, and inspiring one to work through issues of the present. It is also ideal for rejuvenating one’s creative power and refining mental processes in order to work through intricate thoughts, ideas or puzzles.

*crystalvaults.com  ~This website and I would like you to note that the Information on this web site is no substitute for consulting a health care professional. All information contained on this web site, including information relating to medical and health conditions, products and treatments, is for informational purposes only.

Recently I acquired some pretty ‘Fancy Jasper’ stones – I just love that name! 🙂
Mine are more subdued, because I wanted to use them in ‘unisex’ jewelry, and most guys are not too eager to wear the pinks, the purples, and orange.
The stones I got are from, and hand-carved in, India.
I paired each stone with a length of tan leather-braid.  One piece is ‘just for us girls’ ~ the stone extends from a 3-strand leather-braid necklace.

Here are some pictures…

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…and last but not least, I  want to tell you how to care for your ‘Jasper’ Jewelry ~
Jasper can be easily cleaned using warm, soapy water and a soft cloth or brush. Be sure to rinse it well to remove any soapy residue.
Avoid wearing or storing mixed gems together, in order to prevent scratches and fractures to your gemstones and jewelry.
When storing jasper, wrap it in a soft cloth and always remove jewelry before exercising or playing any vigorous sports.

Enjoy! 😀

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