Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone. Here is to a great year and fresh start. The new year is the perfect time to focus on fresh starts don't you think? Yesterday I was fortunate enough to be able to leave work early. They let us go at 1:00 because it was New Year's Eve. My husband was working so we didn't do anything but he did manage to get home shortly before midnight so we were able to share a midnight kiss. I've never beenmuch into New Year's anyway. I usually do manage to stay up and ring in the New Year but don't usually go out or anything. Last night while hubby was at work I did manage to get over 70 bird silhouette buttons made for a custom order for a wedding. Today the resin should be set so I can add the holes and take the pictures and hopefully the bride to be will be pleased and I can get them mailed off to her. She wanted them for February so for once I'm ahead of the game. It's really an honour for my buttons to be included in such a special day. I hope she sends me a picture of the finished wedding favours. I also finished up a couple of robin (the bird) buttons that were requested. My first name is Robin and so it's the name of the preson that requested the buttons as well so I'm pleased to be making them. The ones I made are resin but I'm also going to be making some in wood. I've go the wood all painted up so just need to add the image. These wooden buttons are priced a bit higher priced as they're much more labour intensive than the resin buttons so we'll see how that goes. I think they look great but so far not too many wooden buttons sales. I also found or refound some fused glass pieces I had etched a while back. I'm hoping to do some silversmithing today and make some bezels for them. I've go some really cute ideas and we'll see how they turn out. I'm really new to working with metal/silver so it takes a bit of time to make these items and its hard to get the quality to the point to where I could sell it but I guess that's where the practice comes in and I actually love the finished pieces I've made so I'm very happy to wear them. I'm probably the only one to see the tiny imperfections but until they're perfect I won't be listing them for sale. Anyway so New Year's eve was productive and today I've made a couple of purchases so all in all the New Year is off to a pleasant start. Today my husband and I are just relaxing at home and tomorrow I get to go and pick up two (yes) two kilns I purchased from a co-workers parents so I'm very excited. The one kiln is pretty large compared to what I have now so I can try new things and the other is a bit bigger than my current kiln so now I can fire a lot more items if I want without having to wait a whole day for the one small kiln I have to cool down. I may end up giving one of the small kilns to my son who is super creative as well and makes jewlery for a living - stainless steel and titanium mostly for body piercing etc. but he's getting into silversmithing so would love a kiln to expand his creative possibilities as well. We'll see.

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