Pens: Stabilo 88 30-Color Wallet Set
& Triplus Fineliner Pens,.3mm,Metal Clad Tip,20/PK,Assorted & Sakura Pigma Micron Pen 005 (.20mm) Brown

Markers:AD Marker Landscape (25 Pack)

Faber-Castell Artist Brush Pens (Set of 6) Color: Terra



Pens: Sakura Pigma Micron Pen 005 (.20mm) Brown

Markers: AD Marker Landscape (25 Pack)

Faber-Castell Artist Brush Pens (Set of 6) Color: Terra


Day 2 and 3. I am finding myself needing to work faster and I want to cover the page so I broke out my old Charpak markers to add color and help fill in the background. I’m still being too picky and spending too much time fussing over tiny areas.



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Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone at home?

A little Pink Floyd reference there, but I needed to put something down since I last wrote. I don’t even remember and am a little ashamed to even go back and look to see the date. Let’s not dwell on my blog transgressions…..

The new year, although it is now well into February, has taken me in some new, unexpected, yet welcome directions. I’m spending a lot of time slowing down, taking my work into different places and revisiting some old and much beloved media.

My work always feels pulled into a million different facets of a very complex crystal. Being a working artist, over the last several years, my heart just hasn’t been in my work….because the reality for me is that when you are trying to just pay the bills, I am bored easily. I get distracted. I pump things out to make the dollar.


That’s not why I’m doing this. It’s not why I started this path. So, after Christmas, I embarked on returning and figuring out what gets me excited, what things make my knees weak and my heart palpitate with joy, and how I can work this into a sustainable gig. Because, trust me, it hasn’t been remotely sustainable.

Most of all, I decided I needed to take time or set aside time for some serious creative enrichment. Letting the rain come and fill the well, if you will….because there has been a hellish drought. So, for the last weeks and to continue for quite some time, I’ve signed up for classes, met with my tribe, and I’m working on projects that are just creative expression for it’s own sake.

One shiny object I’ve seriously let rust is my sketchbook and journals. I realized this recently when I picked up a pencil to sketch some designs for a freelance gig. Use it or lose it kids. You have to keep on keeping on and KEEP that momentum going. So I took a look around the studio, and decided I would take a bunch of these little empty sketchbooks I have laying around and start myself a little project. I’m calling it 30 Days of Doodles. It’s just my own little project to get me drawing again. I’ve set up some basic (but not hard and fast) rules for myself:

*To work in ink. For me, this helps me make deliberate marks. My sketching ability quickly comes back if I can make a million and one bad marks with a pencil and an eraser. By
using ink pens, it forces me to be a tad more deliberate, embrace mistakes, and creatively problem solve.

*Set a time limit. For this, I’m going with 30 minutes. This book is small. Something around 3.5 x 5 inches. And I have a habit of putting an extraordinarily stupid amount of time working in a picayune manner on things like this. I attribute it to having OCD tendencies. So, I could probably work on one page for 3 hours….but that’s not what I’m after. So, I’m giving myself 30 minutes, preferably in the morning while I have my coffee or in the evening bfore I’m done working in the studio.

*Do it everyday without fail. The powers that be say that it takes 21 days to make (or break) a habit. 30 Days of Doodles.

*Post all 30 days here. That alone makes me squeamish.

Today I did two. and broke my 30 minute rule….but hey, progress….and I wanted the little cover to have some cool hand drawn fonts….so that took me extra.



Products used:
Sketchbook: greenroom recycled notebook (set of 3 purchased from Target on clearance several years ago)

Pens: Stabilo 88 30-Color Wallet Set
& Triplus Fineliner Pens,.3mm,Metal Clad Tip,20/PK,Assorted

Spray Ink : Heidi Swapp Color Shine Bottles for Crafting, Gold
, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Bottles for Crafting, Teal



Products used:

Sketchbook: greenroom recycled notebook (set of 3 purchased from Target on clearance several years ago)

Pens: Stabilo 88 30-Color Wallet Set
& Triplus Fineliner Pens,.3mm,Metal Clad Tip,20/PK,Assorted


Stay Tuned! I’ll be back tomorrow for day 2!

















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Well, it’s been pretty silent around these here parts, hasn’t it?

Truth is, I’m not the best blogger, but I do a bit of Instagramming and lots on Facebook. So, in the mean time, until I do a catch up, join me over there!

I’ll be catching up with y’all toute suite!



If you know me, you know I’m not much of a blog hop person. I love the hopping but don’t get into the doing so much…..so I’m quite shocked at myself that I entered one! Big thanks to the hostess, my friend Diana Ptaszynski!

It’s a fair assessment to say that waxed linen is a staple for me. In fact, I would say I use it in about 75% of all my designs. I love the feel it lends to my particular style. I love it’s durability and I love the feel and flexibility it lends to pieces. I first learned about it when I used to do quite of bit of book binding, because my favorite bookbinding stitch uses it quite often. When I began making jewelry it was like a whole different world opened up with its use! In fact, the very first necklace I ever sold on Etsy years ago was with waxed linen!


This is the very first piece of jewelry I ever sold! Strung with waxed linen!

For the blog hop, I’ve really been wanting to figure out a way to use these African Vulcanite beads I picked up awhile back. I haven’t been able to work them into the right design quite yet….to be honest, they are testing my patience….I’ve ripped apart just about everything I’ve made with them so far! I really like the way this necklace came together but now the seeds beads are annoying me in this piece, so it may yet get a redo!


I wanted something simple and light and wearable for everyday that I could also layer with longer pieces….I’m all about long pieces these days…..so I used a petite feather charm from Green Girl Studios…On the back it says, “To thine own self be true”….. I spaced the vulcanite sections….They have a tendency not to be very flexible if you put too many together.


Then I added 6/0 picasso finished czech beads and some brass cubes for the shorter section. It’s okay, but I think I’ll be reworking that strand soon.



One of my favorite things about waxed linen is finishing it off and adding little  dangles using the tail! I love switching them up and I think it add just a little something extra!

Have fun hopping!

Diana Ptaszynski  http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com   (Our HOSTESS!)

Susan Kennedy http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Linda Landig http://lindalandig.wordpress.com

Kashmira Patel http://sadafulee.blogspot.com

Jenny Davies-Reazor http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog

Vanessa Gilkes http://www.culturezine.com

Sandy Huntress http://keepsakecrafts.net

Kay Thomerson http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

Sarajo Wentling http://sjdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com

Kari Asbury http://www.Hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Rebecca Anderson http://www.songbeads.blogspot.com

Melissa Trudinger http://www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Ann Schroeder http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com

Blanca Medina http://www.peru-medesigns.com

Cheryl Brown http://www.dragonflybeads.ca

Johana Nunez Rivera http://www.artincendi.com

Lori Bowring Michaud http://www.artfullyornamental.blogspot.com

Kelly Morgan http://www.silverparrotdesigns.blogspot.com

Barbara Bechtel http://secondsurf.com <<<<<——-YOU ARE HERE!

Kristen Stevens http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

Heather Boardman http://www.heatherboardman.blogspot.com

Janet Bocciardi http://www.honeyfromthebee.com

Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com

Lesley Watt http://www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com

Susan Kolovson  http://www.beadinspired.blogspot.com

Jayne Capps http://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com

Michelle McCarthy http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

Cynthia Deis http://shinylittlethings.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan http://www.TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com

Erin Siegel http://www.erinsiegeljewelry.blogspot.com

Becky Pancake http://www.beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com

Kelly Hosford Patterson http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson http://www.sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com

Inge von Roos http://www.ingetraud.wordpress.com

Carolyn Lawson http://www.Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Linda Younkman http://www.lindysdesigns.blogspot.com

Sandi Volpe http://www.sandivolpe.com

Toltec Jewels http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Michelle Mach http://www.michellemach.com/blog

Jen Cameron http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog

Dorothy Winchell http://www.winchell-clayworks.com/myblog

Darlene Mansue http://www.d7studioblog.blogspot.com

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I’m so sorry at a lack of new work to share with you but I did finish this piece, which I’m immensely proud of….


I started it last June and just finished it about a week ago….it took me awhile to work it out in the web of my brain….and make it work on paper. so here it is…If you want to see the whole creation of it, please look at the post on LMAJ….

But I also want to tell you a bit about it…

I buy alot of my metals from estate sales…these pieces not excluded. I love buying vintage copper stampings. Quite frankly, they just don’t make 18g copper stampings anymore…I mean, you can get the standard shapes but I bought these from an estate…and try buying 18g copper stamping now…it’s either impossible or stupid expensive for copper. but 18g. is my metal mistress. There is a heaviness to 18g. metal, I cannot deny…

So, I had this copper frontice you see now…I had 3 pieces which I stamped, and henceforth did some sawwork on….and they were left by the wayside, while in the meantime, I had a huge leg wound to heal from…I also thought they needed more of something.

So about 2 weeks ago, I woke up, carved out a middle piece from a vintage blue vinyl Elvis record…sawed the back from brass…held my breath to set the rivets, because I handset all my rivets…and there it is…..something that took me the better part of a year to finish…but in my book…worth it….

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