Well it is September and the leaves here on Sassifarss Hill are starting to fall. It’s still fairly warm here in Western Pennsylvania so I’m holding onto summer for just as long as I can. I had a request for “Something in Blue” so I thought if one is good, why not make two! We all like choices after all.
With fall fast approaching this is a great time to dig out the old sweaters and jazz them up with some new handmade jewelry!
As sure as the sky is above me, blue is always in season! Heidi Lambert McClure
This past Sunday August 18th I was a blessed to spend a sunny day in Indiana Pennsylvania at the second annual Italian festival. There were live bands playing in the bandstand all day long. Family’s were out together strolling about for the day enjoying great home made Italian food from the local restaurants.
I had on display a variety of styles of handmade jewelry for the crowds to see. I met so many interesting people during the day and the time just flew by. I want to say “Thank You” to all of my friends who came to see me and shop with me. It was great seeing all of you come out and support me and so thoughtful of you to bring me refreshments!
First, let me tell you of the wonderful trip to Knoxville Tennessee I took yesterday. I went to Knoxville to a tech center there which caters to the needs of those who are disAbled in some way. Not to just blind persons mind you, but all persons who are disAbled.
I’d like to stop here, and have you note the way I write the word disAbled. See where the emphasis lies. Give that some thought. Screen reader users, arrow through the word.
Anyhow, getting back on track, I’ll start with the trip there. The driver was polite, and helpful. He was also conversational which was nice all by itself. After a while though we…
I have been busy this year making “Alphabet Soup” with beads! Back in November of 2018 a friend from high school saw some of my bead work and thought I should make beaded purses! Well that’s not going to happen because I have no idea how to make a purse. The idea did not end there though! Cecelia had gotten my mind spinning with the idea of putting beads on a purse somehow to bling it up a bit! I needed to find a way to do this and within a week I had figured it out and got started. This is how we came up with hand beaded, “Made to Order” Purse Charms!
Every artist knows the most important ingredient in creating a new recipe is to choose your colors wisely!
Winter is here in all of her glory. Mother Nature has finally arrived upon Sassifras Hill. The trees are bare and the ground is a brilliant white all around us. The calming quiet around my studio is like a warm winter sweater upon my shoulders as I work. The only sound I hear is the soft breath of German Shepherds napping and the crackle of the wood stove keeping us cozy in the corner.
What do I do to fill the endless hours? Well sometimes I play with beads!
That is exactly what I have been doing since the New Year started. I decided it was time for a new design. I made a new template for 2019 and began to create the 1st Amulet of the year! “Sacred Walk” is now complete.
While I was creating “Sacred Walk” I took pictures to share with you so that you could see the steps it takes for an Amulet to come to life. So without making you wait any longer……. I hope you enjoy seeing how “Sacred Walk” came to life!
My parents decided to gift themselves with a baby German Shepherd puppy this year for an early Christmas gift to themselves. They have wanted another German Shepherd for a long time. They thought it would be best to get a puppy because they have 2 small dogs and felt that a puppy would be accepted better than a large dog. The little puppy is adorable of course and very smart. He had so much fun on his walks with his new Mom and Dad.
He loved all of the Christmas company in the house too. So many new people to play with he would just plop on the floor and pass out he was so tired at times.
Unfortunately his big sisters wanted nothing to do with having a new puppy in the house. Mitchel & Dixie were not accepting him at all. After three weeks of trying their best to make this work it was decided that it just was not going to happen.
Jerry and I drove to Ellwood on Wednesday January 2nd and brought him home with us! My parents “New Blessing” is now our “New Blessing” and what a joyful little boy he is. He fit right in and is having the time of his life playing with his new big brothers all day long. He learned how to use the dog door by Friday and now takes himself out to potty whenever he needs to! Blessings come in the most unexpected wrappings!
The blessing of Christmas and cherished time spent with family is behind us. New years eve and New years day were just two quiet days in the cabin on the hill. Jerry, me & all of our furry children wondering what the new year would bring. Monday quietly rolled into Tuesday.
New Year, New beginnings! January 1st 2019 I started my new JOB! I am now officially self employed! My studio is now my work place and I am now my own boss! I have worked for this day for a very long time and this will be the BEST job I have ever had!