Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Looking for a bag...

I have been in search of a bag that will relieve my right shoulder from the years of carrying heavy textbooks throughout university. My current shoulder bag usually weights probably over 5 lbs which is destructive to my posture and my back.
What do I carry in there? Everything from my Moleskin, pencil case, makeup bag, an orange or a banana, car phone chargers, Iphone and blackberry, chargers for both phones, a handful of loose change, a gigantic bottle of Tylenol, my Ipod, my keys...etc.
On top of having to consult an RMT and acupuncturist to try to soothe my back pains, I decided I will have to revamp how I carry on with my every day life...by looking for a new back-friendly bag.
Ideally, I considered Bookhou's small day bag. Compact, cute, light, and I will be putting the load on my left shoulder instead.
I am and will always be in love with Scout & Catalogue's clutches. They are beautiful and well made, but I don't know if this will fit alot of my things, unless I force myself to minimize which would be a positive change.
I even considered an acid washed fanny pack from lovejules. I am a firm believer that these will make a come back. Especially if they are made of lambskin and hangs nice and loosely at the hips. This form of a purse is pretty practical if you think about it and will probably solve all my back problems.

Decision, decisions...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Stone rings.

I spent a large chunk of my long weekend finishing some orders, which included making two cabochon rings with a large blue lapis and a tiny little red garnet. Cabochons are time consuming but the results, if done right, can be quite awesome. I marvel at some sellers on Etsy who make hundreds of these by hand and they look immaculate with the bezel perfectly burnished and smooth. Kudos to you all~ As for me, I could only make two in one day :D

It all starts with a sheet of sterling silver and the stones.


After handsawing a bezel and a plate to support the stone, they are soldered together using a binding wire to hold them together.
Fitting an oval stone would be easier if I had an oval ring mandrel, so I had to shape it to the stone's body by hand. Twice! Ooof...
This is after the band has been soldered onto the bezel. It just needs to be filed, sanded, tumbled and polished.
Using a hammer and a bezel roller, the edges are hammered onto the stone surface and then burnished to smooth everything out. As you can see none of these rings fit my man fingers because my customer's fingers are crazy tiny.
And that's how they were made. Tadah.

I did manage to see some sunlight over the long weekend.

We skipped some stones over at the beaches, collected some rocks for my photos and drank coffee while strolling along the water. The weather was quite beautiful, and there were tons of people wind surfing.

...all while rocking my new layering pieces. Oh, they are now available in my shop~

Sunday, May 20, 2012

New Layering Pieces!

There will be several layering necklaces available on my Etsy shop starting tomorrow so stay tuned!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Pre long weekend.

First picture are sea urchins from Lynnette. They are pink and adorable and perfect for my terrariums.

Second picture shows how my sea urchin accessorize my air plants so perfectly.

Third picure is my new necklace from Amerrymishap. This cool chick transforms polymer clay into geometric shapes beads in beautiful colors. Her blog is amazing too. Few words, but her pictures tell it all.


Looking forward to Ikea breakfast tomorrow and a start to a wonderful long weekend~

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

CSFootprints Giveaway!

I am so happy to announce that Cynthia from NYC and author of Addicted2etsy has featured me on her awesome blog. She has featured some sellers in the past that I really liked too so I'm extremely happy that she chose my shop to do a giveaway for one of my jewelry pieces :)


Check out the full details of the giveaway on Addicted2etsy's website and don't forget to follow her blog and comment on her post! You have until Friday!

For more updates you can add me on Twitter and Facebook. If you're bored, look for me on Instagram (user name: @chewul). 

Good luck on the giveaway!!!


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Lately.







It has been a busy week and next week will be even busier. I realized that juggling a gazillion things at once requires a list that I can keep track of, not merely a scribbled note in my Moleskin. Hmmm...

I have some new rings in the shop and I am planning on making some cuffs as well since summer consists of naked wrists that just need to be embellished with yummy jewels. I think summer is my favorite season for jewelry because you're not hiding under all those heavy coats, wool scarves and mittens.

On another note, the weather has been beautiful and I hope it stays this way :D

Friday, May 11, 2012

Who needs a geometry set?



These jewels will be posted today so stay updated with my Facebook and Twitter for more updates!

Have a good Mother's day weekend everyone!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Snapshots

I finally have a moment to upload some pictures that I took over the weekend. Who knew tools can look so cool in black and white? Here's a little preview of the little corners where I make all my jewelry.
 Also, a nice visit to Parkdale resulted in some of my favorite pictures of the week.

And the best news of all, I finally found me some air plants :) These are so hard to find!
Now...I need to figure out which terrarium to get...