Simple Pleasures

Tourmaline Rock on a Rope

Yesterday was a great day.

Hui.2 decided to take an early nap and Hui.1 woke up late.  So we started our day around 10:30am, had breakfast, then ventured into the studio where we watched Teddy Ruxpin, cuddled, and I actually got to sit at my workbench.  Hui.2 was still fast asleep (I kept checking on him because I was paranoid) and after flipping through my stone book, I decided I needed to make myself a Rock on a Rope with a ruby for some extra vitality.  I wanted to add some morganite to it for some Divine Love, but how could I make them work together?  My favorite design didn’t fit my needs at the moment.  I wanted a single, solitary stone, but I also wanted to reap the rewards of both stones.  Hmm.

Morganite and Aquamarine

It’s still a Rock on a Rope, even though I added a single morganite bead to the end of the extender chain!  Ding ding ding!  And of course, I felt the need to make it in rose gold.  Perfect!  I haven’t made anything for myself lately, so this was a nice treat.  I also added a solitary, faceted rose quartz to hang out with the morganite.  Divine Love, romantic love, and vitality is a powerful concoction.  This strand of rubies is very special and I’ve only taken 2 beads so far, with very specific intentions.  The first one I made as a tester bracelet with some Chinese Knots and chain.  Again, a very simple design with the knots framing the stone (like most things, I need to make more and take photos).  I wore it for a day before feeling the urge to give it to my sister.  My intuition was saying the ruby did its job, and it was time to pass it on to her.

As soon as Hui.1 went down for a nap, Hui.2 woke up from his 3-4 hour nap.  So we nursed in the studio, nicely curled up in my La-Z-Boy recliner (best investment I ever made for this new baby), streaming more Dawson’s Creek on Netflix (in my defense, I’m waiting for last season’s Grey’s Anatomy and Once Upon a Time to be on Netflix so I can catch up).  It was perfect to have some much needed quality time with both boys individually, as well as having some time to truly spend in the studio.  It’s simple pleasures like these that wards off postpartum depression and gives me hope that life with two kids two years apart won’t always be so chaotic.

My new Rock on a Rope


What Makes a Home a Home?

I find it strange that most people think of their apartment being temporary housing.  Maybe it’s because Apartment Therapy has been hanging out on my Facebook News Feed too much.  But other than painting the walls, I feel like I’ve made this apartment feel like home, but then again, I’m a Cancer.  Home is home, no matter how long you stay in it.  Sure, I don’t have a lot of experience in this area considering I’ve moved once and have lived in only two places in my entire 30 year existence, but come on.  Home is indeed where the heart is.

I’ve been thinking about what a home is a lot lately.  Partly because we’ve been house hunting, partly because I’m constantly trying to make this home, as temporary as it will be, as safe and comfortable as possible.  When I have the energy (usually in the morning while baby is still asleep), I tidy up the daily life clutter that has accumulated throughout the weekend and week.  Sometimes to keep my husband happy and sometimes because I can’t stand the creative clutter.  Some say that clutter actually clogs the soul, instead of keeping the creatives creative.  The more I dive into my jewelry design, the deeper I understand that efficiency is way better than creative clutter.  Having all my tools and supplies neatly at my fingertips is the best way to maximize my time.  Time is money and with a baby, I don’t have time to waste.  So, I’m desperately trying to organize and streamline my production of designing and packaging.  But my workbench has a long ways to go.  The packaging part is always evolving though.  Through trial and error, I’m slowly getting everything together.

Apparently the root chakra is related to hoarding.  My root chakra always seems to be unbalanced.  Having such a difficult labor really didn’t help with that, because it’s also related to the base of the spine and lower back.  Getting back into my pre-baby flexibility has been really hard.  I do yoga for a bit, then get lazy and stop, then pick it back up again.  I’m going to try out the local yoga studio down the street to get back into the groove of things.  At least with all this house hunting and the idea of moving in the back of my mind (either to a house or to a 2 bedroom apartment), my root chakra is finally starting to level out.  I’m weeding through the clothes at Mom and Dad’s that I’m never going to wear again.  It’s so weird going through them because it was the stuff I never brought with me to the apartment.  It’s like a relic of who I was pre-marriage and pre-baby.  Thankfully I really didn’t gain much weight during the pregnancy (the only good part about having gestational diabetes).  But yeah, I’ve even taken to clearing out as much clutter as I can here so I don’t have to haul it with me to the new place.  Purge purge purge has been  my motto lately.

I love this apartment.  My marriage started here and I’ve watched my baby grow up in here.  We’re getting a new AC unit, finally.  It’ll be sad to say goodbye, but with every door closing, there is a new door opening.  Until then, I’m going to clear out the clutter and enjoy every moment I can.

Jewelry Porn

The only way to truly sell jewelry online, to invoke the same feeling and emotion of what it would be like to buy it in person, is to take epic photos.  Also known as jewelry porn.  I think this is as good as I can get today, but it’s a pretty awesome photo.  I love the silver lines on the mug and how they tie into the photo of the earring.  Edgy, daring, beautiful.  I’ll be taking more photos like this… 😀

I started this new earring design Friday morning before running off to get a much needed haircut and visiting with family.  And doing work, of course.  I realize now that I can only be truly creative when I’ve gotten enough sleep and baby is napping.  I need to make the matching one and take it for a road test, but it has some really epic potential.  Especially with some Swarovski crystal or pretty stones.  I’m overall very happy with it. 🙂  It truly embodies the Chainmaille Straight Up kick I’ve been on lately.  All my stones are saying they want to be simple earrings to go with my Rock on a Rope collection.  Weaving beautiful chains gives my brain a much needed break since I’ve been extra sleep deprived this month.  I have more ideas to churn out… come one baby, I need another night of sleeping 7 hours straight.

Other than that, it’s been a pretty lazy weekend.  We started watching Season 2 of Game of Thrones, did some laundry, cooked a few meals, and I went grocery shopping.  I’m off to bellydance class in a little bit, but not before feeding my hungry little dude.  He’s still on epic growth spurt and developed a new bloodcurdling scream.  Lovely.  Like the old one wasn’t good enough.  This one is so much more shrill, Jesse immediately jumped out of bed to fetch him this morning.  That was pretty cute, though. 😉  Oy, my baby will be 6 months next week.  Crazy how fast time flies…

Fabulous Friday ~ Goal Check-In

I got a lot done around the apartment this week.  Maybe posting about it actually helped. 😉  I put away most of my clothes in the pile of DOOM and now I’m left with a few more pieces and a few hammers.  I’m considering moving my stamping station over to the photography table with a lamp.  I can use one of those epic full color spectrum lightbulbs too.  As long as I keep it neat, Jesse shouldn’t have any objections. 😉

As far as organizing the crystal, that’ll be a job for another weekend.  I’m already tired and it’s not even the weekend yet!  Ha!  Oh well, get to recharge my batteries.  I think I’ll make Jesse cuddle and watch the Big Bang Theory tonight.  The last episode we watched was such a hoot!  Poor Sheldon and his new office…

And to end my Friday, I’m going to try to make it to Gem Faire before it closes at 6pm to pick up some specific stones, then off to Superior for cheap veggies and the best tortilla chips ever made!  /happy Friday dance

Fabulous Friday!

Happy Friday everyone!  And hellooooooooooooooo, WEEKEND!

Being creative isn’t easy.  I hit a plateau in 2010 and I’ve just started getting back into the groove of things.  Let’s just say that planning a wedding takes too much energy.  I’m glad it’s over.  Oh hey, here’s a picture. 😉

I have no idea why Jesse is pouting in this picture.  I’m still waiting for the proofs from the photographer.  Oh yes, I should show off my awesome necklace that I insisted to wear.

Okay, not the best picture of the necklace, but it shows off the whole white p0ofy package. 😉

Being married has been pretty awesome.  I mean, I’ve made more jewelry within the past few weeks than I have for half of 2011.  I think that says something.  Not sure what, but something.  3 pairs of earrings, 3 pendants, and 1 bracelet.  I need to fix the bracelet now that I have better clasps.  It was a little tight on me, which could also mean it would be perfect for someone else.  Darn you, big bones! 😉  Anyway, I’ve been very happy with this new wave and I hope to ride it for as long as I can.  Jesse insists I go to bed earlier (or else he gets grumpy), so I have to manage my time a little bit better than I normally do.  I do appreciate his need for more sleep, even though I’m still trying to figure out how to share a bed and the right amount of covers and PJ’s.

Tonight I hope to work on a new design idea I came up with yesterday.  I really need to utilize the stones I buy from my crazy pirate rock lady, so that’s definitely on the menu.  I have to credit my bellydance bosom buddy for that one.  We met up for dinner last night and it was nice catching up.  My intuition decided she needed a particular stone that I adore and hoard.  So yeah, inspiration at its best.  Then I thought of that new design I need to tinker with.  Even with the exact stones I need to combine.  Crazy!!!

100 to 0

This is the first Friday I’m at home and able to “hatch”.  Hatching is a term my mother made up for us girls when we were not in the immediate vicinity to be helpful around the house.  It’s a good term for an introvert. 🙂

But seriously, I don’t remember the last Friday night I’ve actually been able to sit around and watch “The Big Bang Theory” with Dad.  It’s like being around Jesse.  Hahahaha.  I love it.  But yeah… going from 100 MPH to a big fat 0 is weird.  Not as weird as getting married, but pretty close to it.  Tomorrow will be busy as soon as Jesse arrives (hopefully without a giant car repair bill, since he just bought my ring 😉 ), so I need to enjoy myself tonight.  So far I’ve finished a pendant which was going to be a necklace but I couldn’t get the balance right so I pushed it aside until tonight.  I stared at it and decided it would probably make a good pendant instead of a hunky necklace.  Coincidentally, I was thinking I should make something elaborate and expensive… and of course I turn back to these amazing golden apatites.  😀  They are dreamy… imagine them with swimming in rose gold. /drool

Shoot, now I need to find the tourmalines too… I think they actually have a home in a box.  Speaking of boxes…

This is why my Billy IKEA shelves are warping.  Oops, overloaded.  Hehehe.  Too many rocks.  A good suggestion I got today was baker’s racks.  Now to convince Jesse it’s not going to be an eyesore. 😛

Well, I should stop goofing off on Facebook and Photobucket and accomplish a little bit tonight before I epically crash into the full size bed I won’t have to share for another month -1 day. 😉

Rocks and chainmaille here I come!!!

“Carrrrrl, what did you DO?!”

Fabulous Friday ~ Productivity

I’ve been very productive today.  I went on my Artist’s Date after I picked up the radar gun… sometimes it is fun being an engineer. 😉  I stopped at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach to check it out and to go to the bookstore.  Just another overly crowded shopping center with big-box stores and too many people.  Not my cup of tea, but the bookstore was nice.

Came back home to work on miscellaneous stuff before going out for dinner.  Dad didn’t feel like cooking and washing dishes, so that was nice.  Worked on grant applications and metal stamping.  I’m slowly going back to sterling blanks and what I came up with is sooooooooooo cute.  I might just have to gag on cuteness… sounds like how people react to Jesse and I most of the time… I’m happy to be productive… now to survive the weekend of partying and working.  Thank goodness Jesse isn’t home yet.