Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Wire oh Wire...

I have always been fascinated with wire since I made my very first pair of earrings back in Southern California. It was at a little bead store in Clairmont. College area.
My then boss Nancy said you could go to this bead store and put beads on a piece of wire and they made earrings for you. So I surely was wanting in on that!

We get there and the wire was called a head pin. A straight piece of wire with one flat end. You stacked beads on it and the helper girl would add a loop at top and then you added an ear wire and wala you were done and ready to wear! 

I think I made about 5 bead stacks. (5 pairs of earrings). Nancy however, being the uber critical type was never able to make one decision on a stack of beads. Yes, she litterally walked out with nothing to show for all that time. I felt so bad for her. Did I settle? did I just make stuff to make it and not over scrutinize my selections? Yes I thought that for about 1 millisecond and then smiled knowing I had 5 pairs of way cool earrings.

That led to taking some classes and really getting hooked. Wire has always been there. No matter what I learned, new techniques, glass, fusing, or bead embroidery, wire was always the back up. And I loved it.

Today, I have been playing with raw wire. Bronze, Brass, Copper and Sterling. I have been practicing on the Brass and Copper and its been a slow go.

Here is my little set up. I have realized that I need a 3-4 inch piece of 14ga wire. I need to ball the ends and hammer the middle. Well my torch is not near hot enough for 14ga wire. Boo. So I am practicing on how to get something that looks similar to a ball end.
I have even gotten all my polishing and grinding disks out with my Dremel and have been able to adjust it somewhat.

So here is where I am. I am learning and it is moving along.

I shall keep you updated on my progress. Hopefully I dont melt things into a puddle. although if I do, I will just begin again.

Happy Creating!
Pam

Saturday, August 09, 2014

How nice is this i tell ya! 4 kinds of maters tomatillos lettuce flowers and

How nice is this i tell ya! 4 kinds of maters, tomatillos, lettuce, flowers and herbs....i am loving it.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Wake up call of sorts

I had a conversation with a new collegue a few minutes ago and he asked me if I had a blog. I said, "Oh yes I have one, I have had one for a while, but I have not had time or mental energy to post to it much." He was visibly dissappointed in my responce. I could see it.

He is a photographer and social media expert. Super nice personality, kind and a generally happy person. The type of person who has a conversation with you and sees all the good in the words being exchanged. One of those people.

The reason we were even talking this morning is because I overheard him in the hall talking to someone about the Epi app. Its an app created by the cooking and recipe website Epicurious to put on your tablet or iPhone and you can put in the ingredients you have and it will look for recipes for you using those things. I loved that idea and I went to ask about it and the conversatioin began.

He is one of those people who are like the V-8 commercials where someone smacks you in the head and makes you wake up and look around yourself. Stop being in a fog. Let your own natural clarity open your eyes to all the things that you feel passiponate about and get busy using your gifts. See, I think we get so bogged down by daily life, the hard things, the frustrated times, that we forget we have amazing gifts. Gifts and talents we have cultivated, and Gifts that God has given us. Its easy to forget those things when the daily grind does what it does -- g r i n d you down.

He not only made my day, but he made me realize I have a voice that is not being heard. This tiny blog, though filled with cob webs and huge gaps of emptiness of late, is one of the places where my tiny voice can rise up and be a good thing once again. Inspiration for some, a "smile" maker for others and a commiserate place to let like dorks go "omg I did that too, what a dork"

So I shall make it a goal to sit and write again......

Pam

Has someone helped you lately? Do you find it hard to stay in that "passionate" place?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ok here we go....chef white paint in hand....transformation in the works!

Friday, May 11, 2012

A long hard day today...time for bed!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Maturity

It's been a tough row, lately but I'm following the plow. And there has been huge good, amidst it all.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:2-4

trials+testing+perseverance=maturity


(from a great blog friend something sublime)

NEW JOY in New Jersey?

Yes I know its been a while since I posted. Last fall to be more exact? Well its not been the most lovely of times for me. But stiff upper lip and all that stuff I have gotten through it.

I want to share a new phase of life for me and Pearlie. This might be my next place! Yes this little blue cottage at the top of that driveway! The landlord seems to be a doll! And its a dead end road, biking friendly, enough room, big kitchen and privacy and quiet. Sounds nice huh! Oh and bonus......that garage door opens and it will be my new STUDIO! Oh yeah.
I even think there are lilac bushes on the property. What a delight that would be huh!

So please say a prayer or two that all works out. So far its promising and proceeding beautifully!

Love
p.hawkins

ps. the rats are almost gone here in the bungalow from hell.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone tonight! I hope you had a lovely day full of blessings and abundance. (this is what the mutant squirrels did to my autumn decorations) Where is my squirrel gun!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Poodle Priorities...squirrel watch before potty time!

Monday, November 21, 2011

I am feeling very fortunate tonight. xo

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Just one more reason to hate the "now" chubby squirrels of NJ. uugggh

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sign of 'my' times.

Well the crunch has begun. To save money and cut back, I cancelled my telephone and my TV cable today. I have internet only.

So Sue and Julie were nice enough to give me a box that lets you get some basic channels......but I cant get it to work. (of course)

Today.........with all that was mentally tossed at me, my brain feels like its gonna explode. Its so overwhelming.

Today, for the first time, I feel like I am behind everyone in knowledge. I have been pretty computer savvy, but today....it felt as if I was a beginner.
Now trying to hook up this box to watch a little TV, or just keep it on like I usually do, I cant do it. I tried my best, taxed my knowledge all its worth and I cant do it.

I am going to open a bottle of wine and have a glass.

Monday, November 07, 2011

California

I miss my California so very much.


Snowtober
























I dont need to say much.........just look at the pics. Lordy.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Omg the smell is so wonderful! This is the very last of my own garden tomatos. Yum. Making great salad with them...english cucumbers and feta. Happy sunday all!

Monday, September 26, 2011

The cart before the horse i dont have!

Yeah, the subject line is right. I bought the cart and the harness adn even teh snacks for teh travel before I had a horse to take me there. 
Let me explain. I use photo shop 6. I use it at home and I use it for work. I use it to do all the production, filing and sorting for all the pictures I take and all the post work as well. Yes for all the things that go into the magazine too. Have been using it since I taught myself how to about 4 years ago.

I have a camera that is a Canon Mark 11. I am not able to shoot in the highest resolution/raw because I don't have photo shop bigger than 6 so I have to shoot in the highest jpeg format I can. Yes I am doing this for the magazine pages.
The cog in the wheel is, my computer doesn't have a processor big enough to use a photo shop version higher than that.  

So the other day, I have the wonderful opportunity to purchase photo shop CS4 from someone. Not at full price, but at a reduced cost that I am paying off in payments. I have about $60 to go. I will pay more on it tomorrow. And just like the camera, I still dont have a computer that can support it! (yes I tried) However, since I dont see how in the world I could pay full price for photoshop cs4 in my life, I still need this.

Now let me introduce Creative Live! 
http://www.creativelive.com/

I got hooked on it by accident a while back. Not sure how long. And they are in Seattle Washington. They do these online classes for photographers and video people. That is a portion of the classes as they are vast to be sure. At first I saw the classes adn didnt get it.
It didnt take long to see the potential. While they are taping the class, with a small student/audience on the set, the consumer (me) can go online to the website and watch the taping LIVE for FREE!  Yup you heard it, free. When I first discovered this, I watched or listened to all I could while I was working, even if it didnt pertain to the work I did. It was just so informative and cool! To hear all of these famous people with ooooodles of talent, doing what I am doing by accident, and its free.
While they are taping the course can be purchased for a reduced price, but after its taped and processed then it is full price.

So they had Lesa Snyder on this past week.
Photoshop CS5 Intensive with Lesa Snider

OMG I didnt listen to but a hour or so and realized it was exactly what I needed! Although she was doing CS5, she kept indicating if that same process could be done in versions 3 or 4 and so much of it was in 4 I just had to purchase it. So yes, I paid $79.00 for the course. I am still downloading it to my machine too. It was 4 days long!!!!!!  And I have already learned so much.

However.........yeah laugh..........I do not have a computer that I can put my CS4 on, so I can practice the course. Lordy.

Its ok though.......I will figure out how to get a computer that can handle it. I will. I will. Dangit I will.

Sometimes things just work out backwards for a reason. Not sure what that darn reason is but I am sure its good!

Have a great day all!
p.hawkins








Saturday, August 27, 2011

HURRICANE relaxation...baking some butternut squash with a drizzle of Nocello (

HURRICANE relaxation...baking some butternut squash with a drizzle of Nocello (walnut liqour) over the top with crack pepper and sea salt. 350 degrees for 40 min or till tender...YUM?

Sunday, August 07, 2011

NEW NYLABONE!

NEW NYLABONE!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The heat is just doing me in. The heat + humidity of the noerth east is debilitating enough, but it makes me home bound. However the heat with a tiny hot breeze is delightful when it comes to hanging out laundry. I love that. Have a great sunday! p.hawkins.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Awe momma this heat is so tiring! Yup ahe is fast asleep in front of the airconditioning. I am ready to nap too! Keep cool everyone. p.hawkins

Thursday, July 14, 2011

This USED to be an $8.00 ball just a few days ago! Yup the Pearlinator has it just about trashed. But she had a great time doing it! p.hawkins

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Good Sunday morning all! Pearlie and me have had a good morning and now she needs a snuggle nap! p.hawkins.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ok then...i have three empty suitcases all nested again! Yay! Now to put away all the piles of crap that came out of them from 1.5 weeks of traveling! HAHAH p.hawkins

Sunday, June 05, 2011

OMG i am in foodie heaven! Got this Pure Maple Cream in Rochester when at my sisters...this is heaven on toast! p.hawkins

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Friday, June 03, 2011

The reason you dont let the DOG help you MOW THW LAWN!!!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Home from the groomer...miss Pearlie is growing up!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sue*Julie*Lilly

Sue out with a beer looking over what we had done...mowing, raking, shoveling, nailing and hanging a clothes line!





Sue and Julies new car. Its so cool!






Pearlie on the run through the house with a new toy!!!!

I shall post more pics from our Easter weekend in Jersey tomorrow.

With Love
p.hawkins






Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What a dork dog...Pearls favorite toy is the bottom half of a cleaned out milk carton!?!?!

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

It urks me to no end that I have to go to a laundry mat! Grrrr. Almost done...then take Pearlie to Petsmart for a bath. then get doggie things.