^ I'm famous for this! Even as a child, I was always doing something with reckless abandon! Sometimes the results are a stroke of genius, and other times I fall flat on my bootie!
Since the kids were gone this weekend, I had lots of time to play. I torched (and didn't even catch anything on fire), soldered...which I learned has a HUGE learning curve *read - I suck at it*, and even managed to solder the roll of solder to the iron, yes, the entire roll. Maybe the key is practice, practice, practice? Either that or I can add it to the long list of things I just wasn't born to do!
I also played around with copper wire, earrings for the most part. I'm beginning to lean towards making every component for whatever piece I'm working on (I do, obviously, use purchased gemstone beads.) My sweet husband thinks I'm taking the whole concept of being "handmade" to an unrealistic, gruelling level. He's all about creating a great product with "items of convenience", hence cutting down production time. Maybe he has a point, but my mind just doesn't work that way!
Said husband also thinks our new neighbors don't speak to us because they "probably think I'm a witch." In the literal sense. Between poking around in the foliage picking leaves for imprints, playing mad scientist on the back deck mixing patina solutions, breaking out the torch, and hammering metal, I can see how they might be a little put off.
Biggest accomplishment for the weekend was getting a website set up....jumping in, with what else? Both feet!! It's not fancy (web master, I am not) and it's going to take me a long time to add everything I want to...but it's a start, right?
If you have time, please stop by and check it out!