Saturday, August 13, 2011

Random Thoughts

I'm feeling out of it, as my computer and workspace are in different rooms. Sitting here I'm far from my jewelry making supplies, yet while in my studio there is so much to be done to make the room functional. Paul help me get several boxes of books out of the room, as I feel there is no point in trying to put of selves, when the rain is coming in from the leak in the roof.

Until the roof is repaired, one whole side of the room is unusable. The plaster is crumbling off the wall around the windows and covers the few items I am not able to move myself away from the wall.

Still it's the one room I can have my Altar in and know that nothing will be disturbed. With the water foundation running the room becomes a magical place to work, music playing in the background. It's my space and I treasure it, but still feel it needs so much more before I can work comfortably without constant having to move clutter out of my way. I need the selves and hooks for my tools and beads. Jars for the beads, that now I keep in quart size bags. Draws and hooks for string supplies and findings. The List go on and on.

Then there is the fact that I need a workbench for metalsmithing. I'm not sure if I want it in the same room or in the upstairs Kitchen. We don't use the kitchen for anything right now but storage of some of cans of food and a ton of cookware we rarely need. It's the prefect room for any messy work and cutting and polishing metal certainly qualifies for being messy. Once I get soldering supplies and a torch, I'll want to have a place to work safely by the sink in there, so a jeweler's bench makes sense in there.

Now I just need to figure out a way to make this all happen. I know one person who would be a great help in making the bench and soldering station. Both would have to be easily moved for the time being, as we have no idea when work will start on the roof and repairing the walls and windows.

As to getting my computer upstairs, well I have a wireless router I can replace our current router with and then just need a wireless network card and a better desk set up. There is another computer desk in the master bedroom, that Lindsey last used. It's an old one we got for our first computer back when she was small. Now it's just used to hold clutter, it may do for now.

What I need is to set a date for all of this to be done. I would like to have space for metal work so to get more ornaments made before the holidays, but at the moment don't see how I can manage getting anything without Paul's support. He doesn't see things as I do in terms of needs and wants. Just having him move several boxes today was very important to me, as for so much of the time he is the normal male, only seeing jobs around the house that deal with his space. Yes there is shared space through out the house, but at times there has to be focus on making both of us happy and sometimes I feel I don't ask him for enough help in making me comfortable also.

At least I know once the repairs are done on the house and walls painted, I will be able to bring in some major pieces of furniture I have inherited from my parents. The few items I already have here, have been oasis of comfort for me. To see my great grand mother's paintings and the carved dinning chairs and chest, mean so much in making this a home I want to live in. They were a comfort of my childhood, that I have always treasured.

Just writing all this down has helped me feel better, knowing I have goals that are important to my business getting on it's feet. By next May I hope to have enough inventory to display at Balticon and CPC gathering that I will finally see a small profit. Until then I dream of a better future for myself. One where I'm not just disable person, but an Artist and Jeweler, who work sells well, and my name is Ellen Montgomery, who makes wonderful items for others to enjoy.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Here is link to my Etsy Store

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tree Ornaments I been asked for.

The one item that I got asked a lot about was the Tree ornament, that was my second sale at the Chesapeake Pagan Community Gathering this month. The first was a copper braided wire bracelet. While it isn't hard for me to make more of the bracelets, the work involve in cutting out a tree in the copper sheet and then finishing the ornament is just about the hardest thing I done, so far.

Here are photos of the first tree ornament that sold at CPC Gathering and the ornament I'm currently working on. Its' almost finish, as I don't want to over work it, but just don't feel it quite done yet. First the tree sold at CPC Gathering.

Then the other ornament in process from when I cut out the tree.

Here it is almost done, but for a few places I feel need to be buffed more to hide the scratches from drawing the tree and shape of the ornament on the copper.

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New Jewelry Photos part 2

The picture of the Copper wire wrap stones is for my business card. I have been adding the necklaces to my Etsy site.

I plan to have the business cards printed out just after I get my paper work for my Trade Name submitted. Then I'll have business plan started for SSI Pass Program hopefully and begin the process of graduating from the Day program I been going to for my depression. I feel that during the last 2 months, I shown myself that having a activity that I am enjoying as much as working on my jewelry and seeing it can sell, has lifted me out of my lack of motivation to try and see what I'm possible of.

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Recent uploads of Jewelry I've maded.

I took these photos of several necklaces I made for posting on my Etsy account at

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I'm back

Since joining FaceBook I've found myself posting far less the longer I've been online. It's been just over a year since my last post here and life hasn't change much other then finding myself in a rut. I talked to my doctor and we change my medications slightly, in hope that the new medication will help get my mood up and muse back. I have spent some of the money I'm getting from my dad's estate on metal craft and jewelry supplies but found myself with a bad case of artist block. It's the same thing as writer's block and I tend to suffer it when my mood is low.

As for Pain I'm taking the day off so to let my left hip recover. Paul and I was checking out the new Visitor Center at Fort McHenry Monday and my hip pop out of joint while walking on the grass. Pain wasn't too bad at first, but by time I got home from NBC It was nagging enough to decide not to go in today. By time Paul got home, the pain was so bad, I could barely get up and walk.

When I got up early this morning it wasn't too bad, but sitting here I notice it going to take a few more days of rest before I will be able to walk comfortable around the house. I would love to learn how to keep my hop from popping like this, has it seems to happen more often lately.

Mood is 7 and pain is 8 unfortunately while 7 is good for mood (10 being insanely happy) a 8 pain wise means you need something a lot stronger then cover the counter pain killers.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Was good and waited full 6 hr. Before taking another dose of Ultram for pain from oral surgry. Now to wait for it ti kick in.

Monday, April 12, 2010

I am having a beautiful day. My faerie oracle card for today is to listen.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

On way home from Rencon, were I got to meet Brian and Wendy Froud. Saw a lot of friend and of course made new ones.