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Journal Entry: Sat Aug 2, 2014, 2:15 PM
Most of my (at this point not so)recent submissions to groups expired, I didn't close out the notifications so I could ask if the pieces weren't considered good enough or wrong folder or what, since they weren't rejected. Just ignored. But dA seems to have taken it on itself to delete those notifications. Is there a way to look up what groups a piece was submitted to but didn't get in so I can drop them a line to ask?

Another soldering question

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 12, 2014, 12:10 PM
Hey there, another soldering question. Since all I really need to solder at the moment is the tiny links at the back of bought chains, do any of you know if I could use the lowest temperature jewelry solder with one of those little electric soldering tools they use for electronics and pyrography?

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Journal Entry: Wed Jun 11, 2014, 3:23 PM

I’m trying to sell some of the signed books I’ve collected to defray some unexpectedly high car repair bills, do me a favor and pass this on if you know any book collectors? Thanks!

Thus far I’ve put up:

That Is NOT a Good Idea by Mo Willems, signed first edition hardcover, with a sketch inside (and this is a man whose drawings sell in art galleries) and a promotional hand fan/stick puppet: (quirky picture book)

The Last Present by Wendy Mass, advance reader’s copy signed: (midgrade/younger YA magical realism with some time travel thrown in for good measure)

Ink by Amanda Sun, advance reader’s copy signed in pink ink to match the cover! (YA/teen contemporary fantasy or paranormal romance with art and Japanese mythology)

Dare You To by Katie McGarry, first edition hardcover, also signed in ink to match the cover. Bright blue in this case. (Teen realistic fiction/romance)

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly, signed first edition hardcover (midgrade/teen fantasy/adventure mermaid story with beautiful descriptions and fascinating worldbuilding)

Alternate Chain Suggestions

Journal Entry: Mon May 26, 2014, 8:44 PM
Hey, as you guys know I make mostly pendants. And a lot of galleries require me to supply chains for them. (One actually required me not to so they could sell their own.) So I've bought bulk chain from riogrande and at trade shows. I'm pretty picky about quality so generally they're pretty nice. Now when I was asked to swap out my pieces currently on display for Spring/Summer I brought in about two dozen pendants, rings and earrings. Almost all of my pieces were rejected, not because of anything with my workmanship, but because they didn't like the chains. I was informed that every link had to be soldered. I don't have a soldering setup, so I just had to take my stuff and go home to a condescending 'you can pay for classes and solder them in class, or find chains good enough.' Now, I've gone through my (slightly too large) personal chain collection, even my nicest gold chains don't have the link attaching the clasp to the chain soldered. And some of my cheapo broken three times why do I bother to fix these are technically soldered.

So ideas for chain alternates? I can't do my viking knit there anymore since again the links aren't soldered, ditto for finishing with ribbons. Most sites don't give enough of an image to see if the links are soldered and I've already bought several dozen chains I now can't use.

I really want to totally tell them where to shove it, but since I'm out of one other place and a third still has my pieces but isn't responding to emails I really can't. So looking for affordable ideas to get together in time for the August jury.


A Ghost in the Machine?

Journal Entry: Sat May 24, 2014, 8:57 AM
So I'm not a great photographer as you guys are all aware, but question for you. Does anyone else have trouble getting macros of light objects on dark backgrounds? Be it moonstone pendants on black velvet or dark stone, or white tulips against granite or dark bushes every time I try to take picture of something white or very pale it comes out like one of those blurry photos people promote as evidence of ghosts. Ideas?

Ribbon and Software Search

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 13, 2014, 6:43 PM

Hey, I was playing with making ribbon flowers again and really wanted to try pansies, but I can't find variegated ribbon at any of the local craft stores. Well, I found one spool of 1 1/2" pale yellow to white in clearance. Which I bought out of principle despite wanting deeper yellow or purple and 3/4" width...  Any affordable sources you guys would suggest?

My other, more costly search. I really need to learn office2010 properly to have something to give my resume some edge. But the program is really freaking expensive. (And I'm always a bit suspicious of the download only that you can get online, for that much money I'd like a guarantee that program will download/be backed up.) So I get the home edition comes with less programs, but are the word, excel and access the same program as the professional? Where do you guys normally purchase your software?

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Journal Entry: Tue Nov 12, 2013, 8:53 PM
Yay, bank account fixed, breathing again!

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Journal Entry: Wed Oct 30, 2013, 7:17 PM

I just needed to rant, my debit card got 'compromised', who the hell knows how since I use my business debit like three times a year, and someone stole almost all of my account in Macy's purchases, and the bank cancelled my card, never told me why, I was just finally able to see these purchases and apparently the bank isn't doing SHIT about it.

Thanks for letting me blow off steam :chainsaw:

Suggestions anyone?

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Journal Entry: Thu Jul 4, 2013, 7:06 PM
Gosh I was confused at the messages, I know I've been slacking on here but still... So many thanks to :iconkida-neechan: for suggesting my tree tutorial :) I'll try to start replying to everybody!

Fabric dying

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 26, 2013, 5:00 PM

Okay, so I'm having a terrible time trying to find tall pants in the style I want. I was hoping to find black cargo pants since they'd be great for antiquing and hiking as well as work for a half assed UNIT costume for dragon*con. The only ones I could find were white. So I'm thinking of dying them. Anyone have any tips for dying a cotton/spandex blend fabric?

(Or heck, know where a tall girl can get affordable pants?!)


How do you learn?

Journal Entry: Sat May 18, 2013, 5:09 PM
Hey, I'm still looking for suggestions for classes to improve my resume, so consider help there a permanent request-but I was wondering about tutorials-how do you learn?

Do you guys find more on the photo side of the spectrum or word side of the spectrum helpful? My last class wasn't doing so well with the way I'd written up my tree tutorial, so I was wondering if an almost wordless photoset might be easier.

Computer Classes

Journal Entry: Tue May 14, 2013, 6:43 PM
Hey guys, usual help shoutout with a slightly different topic. I'm trying to figure out what tech classes to take to add to my resume. As you guys know, I'm almost as internet addicted as a good chunk of my age bracket, but not particularly technically inclined. Suggestions?

Has anyone used quickbooks? I had a coworker suggest that it could be useful for the jewelry business bit as well as the resume bit, but the reviews I've read about it have been pretty bipolar and the cost of the program plus classes seems a bit steep.


Stone+Metal Reaction?

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 29, 2013, 5:42 PM
Okay, another odd question I'm throwing out here.

You guys know I'm a sucker for gold and moonstone. I don't post many earrings on here, but I make them for myself and have a few goldfill and moonstone pairs. I've noticed a strange thing. They're tarnishing, and not the dull of regular gold or goldfill, but an almost clumpy green. A bit at the edges of the links, but mostly where the wire goes through the moonstone. I can see a hint of green through the stones. I did a dunk in tarnex and a bit of a scrub with an old toothbrush, but that doesn't clear out what I can see through the stone.

Anyone run across this before? Ideas?

Happy Earth Day

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 22, 2013, 8:00 PM
Wish I had something wise to say. so just saying Happy Earth Day, hope you got to go breathe some fresh air and remembered to recycle :) (Though that should be habit by now!) Figured I'd share my Earth Day/Lorax etsy treasury… and a poem I found while looking around for my blog :)

By Scott Edward Anderson
"Healing, not saving." ~ Gary Snyder

"Healing, not saving," for healing
indicates corrective, reclaiming

restoring the earth to its bounty,
to right placement and meaning--

Forward thinking, making things new
or better or, at least, bringing back

from the edge. The way
bulbs are nestled in earth,

starting to heal again--
the way a wound heals.

Keep warm. Sun following
rain; rain following drought.

Perhaps we have come far enough
along in this world to start

healing, protecting from harm,
from our disjunctive lives.

The way the skin repairs with a scab,
injury mediated by mindfulness.

The bark of the "tree of blood"
heals wounds we cannot see.

Deliver us from the time of trial
and save us from ourselves.

Okay, maybe a bit of fangirling...

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 15, 2013, 11:42 AM
Okay, this is something else to blame on :iconrhissanna: She's so easy to blame, you know that? I'd forgotten that she was a fan of The Last Unicorn. After my Celaeno set… she kinda egged me on to do a Molly Grue piece inspired by what she pictured… It remains one of the tiniest wraps I've done in that style...

Well, she just brought the news that the author, Peter S Beagle, is now on dA. How awesome is that?

Apparently he's having a raffle for a signed book and personalized poem for linking to the info for a big screen showing in San Francisco.… That's waaay too far away for me, but let's spread the work and make it a success and maybe they'll be more closer to us!

Crafting with Teens

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 8, 2013, 9:17 AM
Okay guys, yet another request for help-but at least it's more crafting related this time.

So, a former work friend who is now a teen librarian wants me to do a project with teens over the summer. Ideas for a jewelry project that is easy, satisfying, fast, and cheap?! We're talking like a dollar a kid, because I'll help for free but I really can't spring to pay for supplies for 50 teenagers.

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Journal Entry: Wed Apr 3, 2013, 6:01 PM
Back from a quick vacation, caught yet another cold (do I want to know what makes mucous green and yellow?!) so am just quietly puttering with tea near at hand. And doing a little more viking knitting. I just cant' get my speed up or figure how to finish it properly :p

Mostly wanted to share a link to an article that was passed to me. Scientific American: The Problem When Sexism Just Sounds So Darn Friendly:… I'm obviously familiar with benevolent sexism, and being female was well before I knew the term. But this has the best explanation and phrasing I've run across.

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Journal Entry: Sun Mar 31, 2013, 12:29 PM
Okay, you guys know how good I am at computer stuff. So throwing this out there-

Does anyone have an idea why my wifi is randomly not working? It'll be fine for ages, then suddenly one tab won't load properly, then the next, and suddenly all three are unavailable and my laptop can't connect to the wifi signal that still is showing as available on the bottom. And I'm watching netflix on my tv, so it doesn't seem to be the signal itself.

(Mind, I did get online long enough to find the bells of st john, the search for wifi was rather timely to me...)

Oh, and another oddity. Tumblr apparently hates me. It was one of the sites I was on (as well as here and etsy) when I lost my connection the other night. When it didn't come back I borrowed someone else's computer to check my sites last night. Now I'm online again with my laptop, and I managed to re-sign in here and everywhere else okay, but tumblr is refusing to see my computer. I have the email and password and hit login, and it just never moves. Doesn't say wrong password or email not associated with account. Just doesn't do *anything* That happened this fall and I gave up until randomly trying it a month ago and it finally decided to let me back in. Any ideas besides waiting several months?

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Journal Entry: Sat Feb 23, 2013, 3:50 PM
Is anyone else having a crabby dA recently? I have this odd thing where deleting images is freezing up the page, and when I try to favorite a piece it's sending me back to my devwatch messages without favoriting, and sometimes deleting the piece instead. :headdesk:

The Tag Stops Here

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 28, 2013, 5:41 PM
I got tagged again, so I'll follow through the six things and six answers, but won't grab anybody since I did that not so long ago.

1: My favorite tea mugs are a vanishing tardis and a paddington bear one, my favorite hot chocolate one is Shakespearean insults. Anglophile much?
2: Tearing lettuce makes me crinkle my nose. Every damn time I make a salad.
3: I've pretty much no coordination.
5: Color combinations can send me on tangents for hours.
6: I'm failing at that whole social networking thing.

1: What is your favorite kind of art? Seriously? That's pretty much impossible.
2: Cake or ice cream? Depends on the type of each ;) Since it's been in the single digits I'd go with cake right now.
3: If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Probably invisibility.
4: Pen and paper or typing? Pen and paper.
5: If you could only have either friend or family, which would it be? Friends I think.
6: Would you rather have an extra foot or an extra nose? Foot, I've enough sinus trouble as is.