making

Posted on November 30th, 2015 by mountain girl  |  5 Comments »

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Our family has had a rough couple of weeks, but we are coming through like gold. šŸ™‚ Here are a few little things I’ve made along the way.Ā  Making things has a very nice way of brightening you up when you don’t feel very sparkly or shiny.

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This is a necklace I made for our friend Dennis to take back to Germany for his wife, Beate. I fashioned the swirl from nickel silver (also called German silver, ha) and wrapped the intersections with copper wire. I really love the steeliness of the nickel silver, and it goes great with a platinum-plated chain.

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Zia’s friend Lola fell in love with a certain backpack that I made for Zia’s 5th birthday. After Zia promised to give it to her, I realized we should probably keep it, since it completed a set of “Indian girl” clothes and accessories I had made for her.Ā  So Zia and I took a custom order from Lola for a new backpack, LOL.

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It is supposed to be hot pink and black, and thankfully, I found some home-deco weight fabric at Joann’s in just those colors. When I made Zia’s backpack three and a half years ago, I ran into a problem finding adjusters for the straps–and now we ran into the same problem with Lola’s. Strap adjusters, as far as I can see, are not available in Colorado. David had ordered me a set online for $.59 each, and he went back to the same company to get more for Lola. They are still $.59, and this time I wisely asked for 6 pairs.

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It took a few weeks to hunt down the pattern book I had used, but finally we found it–Oliver + S Little Things to Sew–at a library in another county. It’s a great book, and Zia now has her eye on the messenger bag–which also requires the same size strap adjusters. *Grinning from ear to ear.*

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Unfortunately, we were out of the yellow calico I used for Zia’s lining (Lola wanted the same thing), but I had a scrap of green calico in my fabric box, which I really love paired with the outer colors of thise backpack. I’m kind of happy we were out of the yellow. šŸ˜‰

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The green lining has two inner pockets, and there is also an outer front pocket (in black). The pink heart is a handmade applique. Hopefully Lola will love her bag!

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I’ve been missing my friend Darci and put together a little box for her. I had made this Bohemian necklace set from hammered copper and a rock and river glass I found in Boulder creek, and it always reminded me of Darci’s earthy style (so much like my own!)

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I also made this beaded wrap bracelet for her, and fastened it with a gold bird bead.

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I recently had a couple of last-minute orders for cord-burning boxes, and David and I made three from cedar.

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One is hand-hewn and rubbed in tung oil (now in my shop), but the custom orders are plain, since the mothers wanted their older children to decorate the sides for the new babies.

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I painted this aspen tree in our tiny downstairs bathroom a week or so ago. The process was a little nuts, since it took me quite a while to get the color scheme worked out. Every time David walked past the bathroom, the tree was a different color, haha. He never said anything–just, “That looks AWESOME!!!” Smart man.

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I used metallic copper and gold paints on a few of the leaves. They glimmer when you walk by, especially when the bathroom lights are off.

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The tree tree theme fits well, since the hewn granite sink rests on a tree trunk from our property, and the toilet paper holder is made with three metal tree leaves. I asked David to cut a pallet in half for the magazine rack last summer–it actually worked out great and is nice and sturdy. I just have to figure out how to keep the magazines from slipping through the crack at the bottom.

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This last one isn’t exactly something I’ve made yet, but it has all the right beginnings. David found a felled beetle kill pine and cut fifteen huge rounds for me to paint on. The tree has a beautiful blue pattern encircling each cross-section, and I’m pretty sure there is also some pink and red in it. The bark is super thick. I’m already envisioning a new wildlife series working its way into the existing glory. Sometimes it seems like you find a piece of nature that was made just for you.

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Hope you enjoyed looking at these latest makings. šŸ™‚

5 Responses to “making”

  1. Mimi says on :

    Love all your new creations! The aspen mural turned out great! Papa and the boys liked it too…(Kit and Jed).

  2. mountain girl says on :

    Glad you (and y’all boys) liked it! šŸ˜‰

  3. Lauryn says on :

    I love the tree it looks so cool! Metallic paints are some of my favorites to paint with.

  4. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks Lauryn! I love painting with them, too. šŸ™‚

  5. Mom & Dad says on :

    Hi honeeee….the aspen tree turned out beautifully – we loved the colors-the jewelry and backpack turned out nicely,too – Very Creative, I love the bracelet, & glad DL has muscles to carry out a “tree” šŸ™‚ luv u / mom

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