Blues-ville…and not where they play great music

Greetings from my workbench!

            Boy, am I late on this week’s post…I am really just been in a slump. I have not been in to doing anything honestly. Believe it is due to the month is the six month mark of being unemployed. The last few weeks have been full of rejection emails without an interview, the bills certainly have not stopped and even continue and the life continues wither you are ready for it or not.

            The class I was taking ended, I think that added to the slump. It was just an incredible experience. Working with Ginny, learning new skills and being able to soak in her creativity inspired me. Learning how to solder was the most amazing skill for me because it pushed past my fear. I am so excited about where I can go from here with all the skills.

Chain-mail and glass bead lanyard.

            I have been making so many pieces. Jump rings and I have come to a compromise…all because I changed chairs. I am now using hand cut jump rings in a large percentage of my pieces. Even some chainmail-esque pieces! Lots of earrings, rings and just playing with designs. I got a commissioned piece for a name badge lanyard…I made it out of jump rings and glass beads! I’m pretty stocked about it! The customer loved the pictures…let’s just hope she loves it has much in person! 

            I am searching like a mad woman for some vendor shows/festivals to do this summer.  It is really hard when we has a family are not in a position to pay out a lot of space fees…and those can be a lot. I have some calls and emails to follow up on Monday. I am really excited about the future of MickyAnn. I believe that I am on the right track…I just have to remember “slow and steady wins the race.

            Well friends I am sorry for being late with this weeks post. I hope you have not given up on me. This journey just took a little detour to blues-ville…and where they play great music! But as I usually do I am picking myself up and dusting it all off. Getting back on track and it is full steam ahead! So until next we meet at the workbench…keep creating, enjoy your moments and keep your chin up. As always thank you for stopping by and for being on this journey with me.


Big Love,



A few skills goes a long way

Greetings from my workbench! The weather in Virginia is causing me whiplash…I was wearing flip-flops a week ago. Then it snows again today. Growing up here and I am not really surprised by this…but at this point in my life I find it annoying. I will say today’s snow day was very nice because the mini cave-girl, hubs and I got to just hang out. We needed a day like that. 

            I have been designing some new bracelets and necklaces for the shop. I love the way they are coming out. I am finding I am not much of a sketch it out then attempt to create the sketch kind of girl. No, I just sit down at my bench and start doing stuff and hope it works. Lately it has been working. 

            I started with some jump rings in a couple of different sized. Then I decided it didn’t a little something else so I grab my box of beads. I made, I am not sure the proper term, bead charms. I started laying them out in the pattern I thought I would like…different combinations of big jump ring, little jump ring, little jump ring, big jump ring, bead and some on. Once I found the pattern I liked best I connected them. After I had completed a few bracelets I thought, “Why won’t this work for a necklace?” So what did I do?! I made a necklace. Mind blown! Hahaha

          Once you get a skill or two under your belt the direction you can go in when creating becomes inexhaustible. At least for me I am finding a confidence at my bench that I do not think I had before taking a class and learning actual jewelry making skills. There is so much more I have to learn, but now I have good base to go from.  Ginny, the woman teaching the class is someone I hope to remain in contact with for years to come. The little things she suggests with a piece I am working. Or techniques it would take me years and years to learn…she throws them at me and I am just soaking them up.  I’m going to go practice some of them now. As always thank you for stopping by and for being on this journey with me.

Big Love,


It’s My Born Day…

Hello Friends! Welcome back to my workbench. With today being my born day I wanted to share what I’ve been working on.  The last couple of posts have been pretty emotional and deep. I like emotional and deep…but today is about celebrating ME! HA Sorry I get a little carried away on my birthday.

But what have I been working on…well lately I have been hammering and forging wire into rings and bangles. I love this technique. I have been making a lot of swirl designs. I do not really know why…but they look cool and are fun.

Hammered Ring

In the class I am taking we have been working on riveting. I am still trying to decide if I like riveting. The outcome is amazing. I’m just not sure how I feel about the process. We are also learning to use the torch to solder. I am little nervous. But I am sure I will get the hang of it. I will keep you posted as I learn more.

First Riveting project from class.

           I did not want you all to think I had forgotten to post. I have been busy today celebrating me with family. I look forward to birthdays because we get to spend a whole day devoted to that person. It is such an exciting thing. I think everyone should have the opportunity to have a day devoted to them. So off I go friends to finish my day.

Big Love,                                                                                                                         Randi