Bunny Bravehart came along, of course, but spent most of the time in his pocket so he would not get burned.
Last weekend I went to Mesa for a workshop on Patinas. I spent most of it in the studio working but here are some photos of what else I saw; the metal vessels are by David, who taught the workshop.
Bunny Bravehart came along, of course, but spent most of the time in his pocket so he would not get burned.
I spent the 3 days of the Labor Day weekend, in Arroyo Grande, California which is part way up the central coast. I went to teach a private workshop but I returned with wonderful memories and a new friend. To see what I taught in the workshop, go over to the Adventurous Silversmith blog and read about it.
And no, Bunny Braveheart did not come along as he decided to stay home and keep Boots and Erich company while I was gone
For your enjoyment, here are pictures of Jan's metal art and some of the surrounding area.
I am a bit tired these days.
Between the day job and the silversmithing (FB group, teaching, making, writing blogs...), it is like having TWO jobs. NO - it IS two jobs
It does not help that the day job has become hectic again. Not only am I fixing bugs but I am rewriting 5 modules that I have taken over; I am the Git lead so I am answering questions from other developers on other projects; and all of us are discussing and figuring out how to add some new functionality to the app - some of which has to be integrated back into the already released modules.
Today I am having lunch with a friend and we will both do a bit of griping about work and I plan on resting this weekend.
Hopefully next week will be less stressful and I can get back into my groove.
The bunny has been in NYC and making lots of friends. He has been to the MET, the Natural History Museum, and has ridden the subway and the ferry to DUMBO.
Since returning from THE TEXAS ROAD TRIP I been very busy both at work and at home.
In the arena of software development technologies I have been a bit behind the curve in keeping up and that is partly due the projects I was on at work - the were so big and so complex that as technology moved forward the project did not adopt is because it would have taken too much money and too much time to go back and re-architect and re-write the whole thing. I am also to blame as I could have also been learning it on my own but with all the other hobbies I do something had to give and that was it. Now that I am on a new project at work, I am getting back up to speed on the tech track. I am now learning MVC (Model-View-Controller) and before my trip I was able to spend a good solid month learning the basics and work on the new project at the same time. This past week we had an on-site training class in MVC for developers on base who are now using it or WILL BE using it. Out of 15 students one has been into MVC for about 6 months, then there is me and my one month and two other developers who have just started; everyone else was a newbie. After 4 days of MVC training my head felt like it would burst and I this week, will probably redo a good portion of my code so far; and I am guessing the other students were just overloaded.
At home I have been beating on business accounting and inventory software. You can read about it over at The Adventurous Silversmith. Let's just say it has been a slog!
HOPEFULLY next week I will be back at weaving and Sunday it is Repousse and Repartee with Diane from the Palomar Gem & Mineral Club.
Last week I said I was going to weave at the barn this Saturday but I did not.
There were several factors:
So get there some time after 1o am, spend some time catching up with friends, start weaving at 11, then leave at 3pm results in less than 4 hours of weaving, and so I decided to stay home and work on another metals project.
At work, I started my new project this week. This project is even in a new department so I spent most of the week moving my office stuff to a new cubical in a different building. Then I had to do all sorts of paper work to move my developer account to the new computer; fill out more paperwork to get another computer for testing which I don't know when I will get; do some training for access to certain data; and then load gobs of software onto my regular development computer; and write a small requirements document for the first task. Hopefully next week I can actually write some code cause this week the total was a fat ZERO.
For your delight, here is a picture of my new do.
I have been neglecting my weaving at the barn lately because I am working on my entry for the San Diego County Fair. The entry will, again, be in the Hall of Gems and Minerals. This time my entry will not be in the Jewelry category, I am doing an entry in the educational division with is a full display case.
So today I can start actual weaving of the new placemats. Again they will be rep weave.
Tomorrow, I will be back in my studio, hammering on metal.
I have been on the BP medications for almost a month now. I have been recording my BP almost every day and yes I am feeling somewhat better but then there are days I feel horrible.
I am going see my endocrinologist on Friday the 9th and then back to the cardiologist the following week. I am seeing the endo to ensure that my thyroid meds and the hormone replacements I am taking are not too hight as they can cause heart palpitations.
Depending on those results, the cardiologist will either increase/decrease/change my blood pressure meds and/or add a channel blocker and possibly schedule an angiogram to determine if the doctors can actually see some problem - as we still don't know why this is happening.
Some days I feel like I am handling it all well and other days I just want it to be over.
And yes, the weaving is calmer and more relaxing that hammering away on metal. That has to do with keeping my BP down and how tired I get. The added benefit is that when I am down at the weaving barn I am socializing (and not with friends from work) and making new friends. Some of the ladies at the barn have been weaving for almost 40 years and I am the "kid" of the group!!!
I just finished the scarf for Myra - I put pictures on my FB feed last night. It is 80" long, I think that she will be able to wrap that around her neck several times!
I am also doing some chain maille (weaving of a different sort). I made a dragon scale bracelet for me - which I ended up selling to a friend. I am now making another dragon scale for another woman at work and another one for me. PLUS I am working on a Byzantine bracelet today which is yet another sale!
Back in January I applied to Haystack Mountain School of Craft, to attend a metal smithing class for two weeks. I received the news that I had been accepted in April. There are several posts about it here on kernology and over at my other website The Adventurous Silversmith
I returned from my trip last week and I finally have time to write about it.
Getting to Maine was an adventure in itself. On Saturday, I took a 6:30 am flight out of San Diego to Philly. I would have an hour layover in Philly and then catch a puddle jumper to Bangor, Maine. I would spend the night in Bangor before catching a Taxi to the school on Sunday. I landed in Philly on time but the weather was not cooperating. The connecting flight was delayed, delayed again and then cancelled since the plane was coming from North Carolina and could not take off due to the bad weather. I was put on the next flight at 8pm, which of course was also delayed and then cancelled. You can see where this is going, can't you. I was bumped to the 9:30 flight and it too was cancelled. I got myself on the stand by list for the 8:30 am flight with a confirmed seat on the 3:30 pm flight, checked into the Airport Marriott; had a burger in the bar and went to bed around 11:30 pm - totally beat and freaking out I would get to Haystack too late. I hate being late.
Sunday morning I checked in at the airline counter at 6 am and I was the first person on the stand by list though the counter person said the flight was full, I had hope. Sure enough, there was room on the plane and I was called to board at 8:15. I landed in Bangor just before lunch time and guess what - my bag was not on the plane, it was going to arrive via the 3:30 flight and I would not get it until sometime on Monday, luckily I had a change of clothing in my carry on and my tools had been shipped a head and were waiting for me at Haystack.
I hooked up with the taxi van with another half dozen other students and we were driven for about 2 hours to Haystack. I found myself just looking out the windows at the older homes, the coast when it could be seen, and the trees - the green, green trees.
I miss trees, I miss the sound the trees make when the wind blows through the woods. And the rain, I miss that too.
I arrived at Haystack around 3:00 pm and checked in. I found my cabin and my room mate had not arrived so I opened my boxes and assembled my bed. I had used my bedding as the packing material for my tools which was a good thing other wise I don't know what would have used until my luggage arrived. I wandered around the campus and got warm by the fire until dinner. Afterwards, we had orientation about how the school is run. Then the metals group had a meet up in the studio and I eventually met Ellen my roomie for the next two weeks.
I won't repeat here, what I did most days in the metals class... But the typical day was: Get up and shower; breakfast at 8 am; work in the metals studio from 9 until noon; lunch; work in the metals studio from 1 until about 4 or 5 pm; call my sweetie for our daily chat; dinner at 6pm; relax and read for about an hour; nightly lecture/presentation at 8 pm; work in the metals studio from 9 pm to 10 or 11 pm; go to sleep.
Some days I went for a walk in the morning before breakfast or before dinner. I would check email just after lunch or around dinner time. After meals I would grab a cup of tea and read a few pages from a book on my iPad, most nights by the fire. BTW, it was an 800 page novel I started on the plane ride out and I finished in on the plane going home. Not bad considering everything else that was going on.
Most of the "kids" (all of the other students except one were younger than me by at least 15 years, so I can call them kids) who were in the metals course with me would work in the studio past midnight and some nights they had a bonfire down at the cove with some of the other students as well. I did not hang out with them very much and I tried to eat my meals with different students every time so I met almost everyone in the other courses.
As I said I would also do some reading at night, which was by the fire in the dining hall. Someone or groups of people would hang out there most nights and there were varied and very interesting conversations that would result. Other times I would wander into the other studios just to see what people were working on.
One night the blacksmith group invited everyone up to their shop because they were inflating metal. That was very cool and fun to watch. Several days later we watched the inflated life preserver get tossed into the ocean so it would get a rust patina on it.
Over the weekend, we could do what we wanted. I did some work in the shop, I was invited by the ceramics group to join them in a car pool and we went into town to tour some galleries. Saturday night we had a lobster and clam boil down in the cove.
Another night the class got together with some beer and we showed images of our work. There was some amazing pieces.
On the last night there was a dual auction. The live bidding was on the pieces given by the instructors. The silent auction was for those pieces donated by the students. I won a print of lichen done by a student. I also donated a scarf I wove - it raised over $50! I think, over all they raised several thousand. All the proceeds go to the school for maintenance of the school and their scholarship fund.
There was a visiting writer there as well and there was a writing workshop everyday. I did not go but I did compose my own poem:
A walk in the wood
A tree fell
I heard it
The flight home was uneventful and my sweetie was waiting for me to bring me home!
To see some of my pictures use this link.
I finished my Byzantine chain, made the S-hooks and then put everything in the vibratory tumbler yesterday.
Today when I got home, I checked the length of the chain and pendant and THEN I bent the prongs over the glass.
Here is the final piece on ME! I have also added a few more picture on my Metals 2010 page
Laurie lives in central Texas with Erich a.k.a. "the shop elf"- her hubby of 30+ years and Cowboy Boots, the cat; her metals studio including 100+ hammers and 300+ chasing tools; her sewing studio which has a sewing machine, a closet filled with fabric, hundreds of skeins of embroidery floss and perle cotton, silk and other materials, and Mrs. King the dress dummy; two weaving looms, assorted knitting needles, tubs of yarn; lots of books; plus a plethora of geeky tech gadgets and more.