Seems like just last week when I was on a big roll creating buttons and brooches and other jewelry. The truth, however, is that it’s been months. Wow. Life shifted into high gear since July, when (a) we learned something serious was going on with mom’s health, (b) I started the search for fulltime work, and (c) dyeing yarn took most of my little bits of free time. Working with polymer clay fell way, way back on the back burner.
But I’m just finishing up a four day weekend, the first bit of pure time off I’ve had in, well, months. No Christmas orders. No yarn orders. No deadlines of any type. Sigh. It was wonderful. Knitting. Sleeping. Cooking. Taking new photos. And … making buttons and brooches.
In fact, I have a storage container filled with buttons and brooches that just need finishing, like the salmon filigree hearts above (they’ll become brooches). The “finishing” – the sanding, resanding, sanding some more, buffing and polishing – takes time that I’ve just not had. By the time I’ve finished with those hearts above, they will be super glossy and glassy.
I spent most of today working on buttons and brooches. I have several orders to fill, a soon to be launched new website to load up, and there’s that little thing coming up called Valentine’s Day. 🙂 It took me most of the morning to get back into the rhythm. I made a couple of rookie mistakes, I’ll admit, resulting in relegating two batches to the dumpster (boo). But I now have pretty stacks of new colors and styles lined up for the next steps in the process. And my fingers are covered in paint stains, always a sign of button success.
A new year – and website – means new photo styling. I’ve been stewing over new photos since early Autumn. I love linen. I love old lace. And I absolutely love mercury glass. Linen I have aplenty. Thanks to Kathi at 5 Gardenias at Etsy, I now have the loveliest squares of vintage embroidered lace panels and the most beautiful bouquet of mercury glass spikes all wrapped up with a black ribbon. I was so excited when I saw the glass, I ordered it right away, knowing it was just the little pop of color and texture I’d been looking for. I think these give my buttons and brooches just the “old world” elegance that I want to convey.
I really am excited about 2012 and am glad that 2011 is behind us. I have so many super excited things happening with Phydeaux Designs and can’t wait until I can share them with you!