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A Few New Designs

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A Few New Designs
I was hit by a stomach bug this month and it really knocked me down for a few weeks. 
Still clawing my way back to normalcy but I am mostly my old self. 
When I was feeling pretty low I just sat and did tutorial work. 
Love that stuff when I don't feel good enough to design. 
Fills my need to create without the energy that is required to design something.

After I started mending though I did make a few new designs.
 I am so excited to finally feel some confidence in my jewelry making. 
To have an idea and to be able to execute it.

 I am really happy with both of these designs. The earrings are so fun, they really remind me of peacock feathers. 

The ring was my attempt at making a cabachon setting.

 I didn't think I was going to like it
 but when I finished it and put it on I fell in love with it.
 I can see variations coming from both of these.

I also had just the worst disaster.
 This piece refused to conform to what I wanted. I redid it several times. 
I just don't think I am skilled enough to attempt this design. I have stepped back from this and will maybe attempt it again when I feel more confident. 

All in all though, I feel like I am making progress. So...how has your month been going?

Breaking My Silence

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   I've decided I have been quiet long enough and I need to come and talk to you again. 
I've been hesitating because I worked so hard on this blog,
 I really thought I was going in a great direction. 
I renamed it. 
I changed my content and made it all fresh and new.
 It is really hard for me to admit that things are just not going to keep on in that direction. 
I hate failures but I am afraid that this was definitely one. 

   You see, with the chance we won't be living on this mountain forever and remodeling only a small part of my life right now I need to write on what my life is focused on or not at all. 
The one part that I did get right and will never stop doing is Making. 
I don't think I could ever stop making something.
 But I have put away my fibers, my ribbons and fabric. My sewing machine is dusty and so is my paint brush. I didn't think it was fair to you to come back here and not set things straight. 
Design by Nicole Hanna
  I have decided to forge straight ahead with the jewelry designing.
 I just so love it and I can't seem to get enough. It completely solves my eyes problems because I don't even notice the spots on my retina when I am wrapping. 
And making jewelry doesn't tire my eyes.
 It also satisfies my deep need for intricacy and perfection. I can work hard to make my pieces perfect, something I am a long way from, and still not feel exhausted from it like I start feeling with my embroidery.

   SO my focus is going to change to what I am doing and I might as well just admit it right now from the start...it will change. 
Oh not that I will probably stop making wire wraps. I doubt that. BUT...I love learning new things and I love making beautiful things. So from now on I refuse to put myself in a box. 
  This blog is about me.
Me and my crazy life wandering around the country side and making. 
I don't know what I will be making but I know I will be making something. 

So Making by Cymberrain? It has a nice ring to it. 
I dunno. The blog stuff I will worry about as it goes along. Just know if you chose to continue following me you will see me making....


    Thanks for sticking with me this far and hope you are doing fantastic!

On My Ever Changing Life

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I have been remiss in posting here. I promised you a post on the progress in the entryway. A task that has been ongoing for awhile due to weather and laziness. I am not going to post about that though. Truthfully, my heart is not in it. In fact, I may never post about this house again. You see, we have decided to sell our house.

 A lot of changes have happened in the last month. SO much so that my head is awhirl with thoughts and I am having a hard time sorting them. But onto the facts. My husbands contract is done soon and he is ready to move onto the next big project. This does not include staying anywhere near here so we are selling our house. The next few months will be full of finishing our latest projects and making the house ready to sell. Also many days of sorting items and tossing them or readying them to sell on Ebay or the local classified site. Because, and here is the kicker, we are hoping to migrate back across the sea. It's time for me to come home. A decade in another country was great, I do love it here. But I am ready to play with my grandson, visit with my children and friends and once again view the Pacific. I miss home.

 I am in a quandary about this blog though. I just spent a lot of time and effort to redo my blog. I renamed it. Bought the domain name 'Making on the Mountain' and generally changed my gears toward writing about my life in general instead of my art. Now once again my life has changed. My sis says I need to rename again and this time focus on the fact that my life is always changing. I am always exploring into new art areas, travelling and changing my locale. I have moved 5 times in 9 years of living here in France. I don't tend to stay in one place too long! I also tend to get lost in one area of my life, working non stop to learn a new art or just to make art and everything else falls by the side. The last month or so I have been hyper focused on my jewelry. I am learning all the new techniques I can find and also taking a design class specifically focused on jewelry design. No DIY projects here right now or anything else much.

 I have to take a step back to rethink where I am going from here. I no longer have the heart to write about a house that will no longer be my home. I am not gong away though, I am simply stepping back and regrouping. I still have so much to say...


Playing with Wire

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Playing with Wire
I know I haven't updated you about the house recently but that's because there really isn't much to see right now. We are busy putting fermacell downstairs in the entryway and it is a piece-by-piece job that is going a little slow. Since I have to go outside to cut it, I don't work when it is raining. Also I am not strong enough to drill into the concrete walls so I have to wait till Frenchie has time to put up studs before I can do any work on a wall. Fortunately we are getting close to finishing that room and I will be showing you some pictures then.
In the meantime I am working a lot on other areas of my life. First off as I wrote before, I closed my shop. I will no longer be dyeing fabrics and ribbons to sell. I may from time to time do a dye batch but it is definitely not where I will be concentrating. I also won't be doing much embroidery work. My eye is still not healed from the last bubble in my retina, I am beginning to wonder if it ever will. I have been turning more and more to my wire wrapping. I adore making things with wire almost as much as I enjoy my stitching. Taking a boring spool of wire and ending up with something beautiful that I can wear, well who wouldn't love that?
          I have worked on and off for probably two years with wire but I had no experience whatsoever when I started. Everything I have done I figured out on my own but I finally had to admit that I needed to learn some new techniques. Last year I won some tutorials from Gailavera Jewelry and I never did anything with them except try one piece, 
 I decided to start off my learning, I would work my way through several of these tutorials to teach me the methods. It has been great fun this week twisting away with my wire and I have a few pretties to show for it. 
I soon realized that the tutorials were not enough though so I joined a class that teaches several other methods. I am also taking a class on jewelry design. I know I have been designing things for years but this class really spoke to me and it is sparking my creativity in ways that I haven't felt in a long time. I have already designed a new jewelry piece, though I am not skilled enough to make it, someday soon though I hope to be.

           This means the next few months will be devoted in a big way towards learning my wire wrapping. I think I am good at it. I know I have a lot of work to do to get better but I seem to come naturally to it and think I can improve a lot. I'm quite excited about this because it gives me another outlet for my creativity. No more feeling sorry for myself because my eyes aren't up to my teeny tiny stitches. If you love wire wrapping then stay tuned, I am sure there will be a few on these pages coming soon.


Hope you are having a great first week of your new year!

A Strasbourg Christmas

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A Strasbourg Christmas

I wasn't planning on making another Christmas decoration post
but I had an unexpected chance to take a trip up to Strasbourg this week.
 As I have mentioned before,
 Strasbourg has a huge Christmas market every year 
that draws huge crowds of people. 
We didn't go to visit the Christmas market though,
 we instead wandered the streets away from the markets 
and only came close a few times.
 One of the wonderful things about Strasbourg at Christmas 
is the beautiful decorations that shop owners put above their shops.
 They are often very elaborate beautiful Christmas scenes 
and I strove to capture as many of these as possible 
so I could bring them to you today.
 I don't have much else to say,
these pictures speak for themselves.
 Enjoy some beautiful scenes from Strasbourg, France 
as you celebrate your holidays near and far. 
I wish you peace and joy in this holiday season!
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