Tuesday, November 3, 2015

WillowWalker Designs Is Now Open For The Holidays!

Finally opened up my Etsy shop, WillowWalker Designs for the holidays!  I am in the process of renewing listings.  I finally got my starfish painted white, but I have yet to actually work on taking new photos.  I can already see where I need new pictures.  I am really hoping I can get some new ones taken tonight for today's renewals.

I have been working really hard on getting things cleaned up in the glass shop.  It has been very slow going, but it is looking very nice.  I ended up having to wash the walls in the main showroom.  I've got the old cabinet out.  The glass jewelry display still needs to be cleaned off and emptied so I can put casters on it and then move it into the main showroom.  I have the books and their racks all cleaned.  Carpets steam cleaned, non-Spectrum glass is all cleaned and re-arranged.  I also broke down quite a bit of it into smaller pieces as sometimes they sell better that way.  I still have all the Spectrum and System 96 glass and bins to clean.

I am getting where I need to go albeit a lot slower than I expected.  But after such a long period of falling behind I suppose it was unavoidable.

Friday, October 16, 2015

New Camera

I finally purchased a new camera.  Here is a picture of my "Bubbles" pendant taken with it.  It is easy to get a good picture with it.  It is easy to get a nice, clean pictures with it.  It has it's own re-chargeable battery so I don't have to mess with taking batteries in and out.  Just plug it in and let it go. I can also plug it into my laptop to download pictures.  That is whenever I get around to learning how.

It's past time to open up my Etsy shop for the holiday season!  I need to edit, update and freshen up my old listings.  Now it is back to the battle of props and crops for good eye-candy pictures.  I've got to get everything out, dusted and cleaned.  Glue the leg back on my little tripod.  Spray paint that starfish white.  

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Getting My Life Back Is Wonderful

Two months I accepted a different position at the grocery store where I work.  The job puts me back onto graveyard shifts, but it is part-time and I actually get days off and is pretty much a set schedule. I changed the hours in the glass shop to reflect this.  I am now closed closed Sunday thru Tuesday and open Wednesday thru Saturday.  I am only open from noon until four Wednesday thru Friday and until two on Saturday.  My days off are for both the shop and my job.  This new job has given me a set schedule to build the rest of life around.

A month ago I got my house back.  Since then it has become such a calm and peaceful place.  I do not miss the chaos and stagnation I was drowning in.  I finally am catching up on things and getting myself and my life back in order.  I cannot believe how much better I am feeling.  I am waking up each morning ready to face a new day.  I have a new direction, hope and energy again.  My creativity is starting to come back.  I have actually been working hard on getting things cleaned up in the shop. I have made a good dent, but I have a lot left.  It is so wonderful and amazing to feel positive about my life again.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Worktable Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Finally got the small iris oval panel foiled, soldered, patina'd and waxed.  Also got all my little suncatchers waxed so I could hang them up!  They are the daffodils, tulips, shamrock and tiny little blue bird.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Here are some of my early pendants created in 2006.   Wire wrapped in the style I call a "Basic Cabochon Wrap".  As you can see I was already trying to get fancy with the wire wrapping.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Worktable Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On the stained glass workbench a small iris panel awaits to be foiled.  Then I can solder it, patina and clean it.

On my jewelry workbench the components for the necklace, Raven that I am working on.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Worktable Wednesday

Today I have stained glass tulips, daffodils and a shamrock on my worktable.  Time to start thinking of Spring.  I am making three daffodils in three different shades of yellow and three tulips in orange, purple and a pink and yellow variegated glass.  And when I start thinking about Spring I remember the lovely new crocus, tulip and daffodil bulbs I planted last fall.  I can hardly wait to see if they are as pretty as their pictures.

This week I have a cabinet door to repair, a lamp, two small suncatchers and a custom order for a Bend logo in neutral colors.  I am thinking of doing it in the traditional colors.