Thursday, April 28, 2016


I was watching tv and playing with my pet kraken when it crawled away.  By the time I found it, it was already up to no good...

I love how the kraken turned out, and the other bottles are coming along nicely as well.  A bit slowly, but nicely.  I prefer to reuse empty bottles and do the recycle/upcycle/green thing, but there's only so much wine one person can drink without getting themselves into trouble.  That, and I've not yet figured out how to legally write off buying booze as a materials expense for the business.  If you've not seen any of the other bottle art yet, check out the shop at  I'm still doing finishing touches on a few so they're not all posted, but I'm hoping to have the rest of the collection in by the first of the week.  If you're interested in bottle art, let me know.  I'd love to make something for you.

I've also been trying to get ready for shows the next few weekends.  This weekend (4/30-5/1) is Shikacon in Bristol, VA.  It's an anime convention and a new one for me, so I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!  I'm following that with the Spring Fling in Cadiz, KY on 5/7, and the St. Brendan's Celtic Festival in Oak Ridge on 5/14.  You can find details about these on my Events page on Facebook.  Come buy some chainmail, and mention seeing this post for a free gift with your order at any show through the end of May!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

What's my motivation?

Why is it so cold in April?  I woke up warm and happy under my blanket, only to be attacked by an evil 30 something degree outdoor temperature.  It's just not right.  I dragged myself downstairs for a hot cup of tea and decided to get started with the day.

The last few days I've been office worked to death.  There's been taxes, a ton of other business paperwork and reworking the website.  I do the site myself and usually want to pull my hair out before it's done, but this time I'm really happy with how it turned out.  If you've not been there, or if it was blue the last time you were, check out the new version at  Now that the short term paperwork and back end things are sorted, I'm ready to get back into making stuff.

In February I created a Celtic Knot bracelet design to match my Celtic Knot Earrings, and the new design has been popular at shows.  I like to mix up my display, so I try not to go crazy with all jewelry all the time.  My next project will be more bottle art.  Currently I only have two decorated wine bottles.  They have a very gypsy feel (to me anyway), and you can use them with the bottle they were made on or take them off to put on another.  They're very versatile, very unique, and make great conversation pieces.  Once I get a half dozen of them together I'll do photos and put them in the shop.

Plans for the rest of the day now...  Finish my tea, grab that blanket, and sit on the couch working on bottle art while binge watching Are You Being Served.  Yay for Britcoms!