Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Let me just say I don't like doing taxes. I have a CPA, a great one at that, but all the stuff I have to do to get ready to take my "stuff" to him just drives me to distraction. I have working on the taxes for 2 days. It might be easier if I kept up with this during the year. But I do love to procrastinate. One of my weaknesses. Yesterday I got so fed up that I stopped and made some earrings. I had some gemstone crosses that I bought some time ago. I put them on a head pin, wrapped a loop and put them on a earring wire. They are really pretty. I used some antique bronze findings on some of them. Sold a pair this morning. I have lots of turquoise ones but there are some other colors too. They would make a nice Easter gift for someone. I'll try and post a picture soon.

Best get back and finish up these taxes so I can take them to my very patient CPA. Till next time, stay pretty.

Monday, March 19, 2012

More jewelry

I'd like to tell you I have lots of pictures to show you, but I don't. The battery in my camera died. I could not find the charger till tonight. So the battery is charging and I'll do pictures in the morning.

Thanks to Cecily Chaney for all her help and encouragement over the past 4 days while I made some beautiful jewelry pieces. If you live in the Birmingham, AL area, go check out Artist on the Bluff. It is a really neat place. I think it will become a great artist colony one day soon. It is in the old Bluff Park School.

I am really tired, so until next time, stay pretty. Kathie


It is 0020, that's 20 minutes after midnight for those who don't know military time. I wanted to post pictures of 2 projects I did this weekend at Cecily Chaney's studio.

The stone in the ring is Unakite. It has some gorgeous shades of green and pink. I think it is a member of the quartz family. Except for the stone itself, I made the whole ring. I am very pleased with myself.

This is a turquoise pendant. Except for the stone and the chain it is hanging on I made it all too. I even made those little silver balls on each side. I plan on making a chain tomorrow for it, but I wanted to post a quick picture tonight to let you see what I had been doing all weekend. I want to thank Cecily Chaney for sharing her studio and knowledge with me. I plan to be making many more projects in the future.

This week I have some legal nurse consulting work to finish. Then I have a string of pearls to knot. Can't wait till I finish those and get them back to their owner. Time to make the coffee and head to bed.

An Important Announcement: Thanks to a friend Linda from a jewelry listserv that helped me change the settings so that anyone can post on my blog.

Till next time, stay pretty.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Another Saturday Night

I spent another day at Artist on The Bluff with my friend Cecily Chaney. I made another ring, a pair of earrings and a bangle bracelet.I'll post pictures at another time. I was too tired to do any pictures tonight. Cecily has such a nice studio with lots of things to "play with". She has equipment that I only dream of at this point. She is also sharing her knowledge of silversmithing with me. I am having such a good time.

I spent Friday speaking at a conference for attorneys. I spoke on medical abbreviations and knee injuries. I hope I did a good job and the attorneys there were able to learn something.

So till next time, stay pretty. Kathie

Thursday, March 15, 2012

New Ring

I made myself a new ring today. It is Sterling Silver with an Azurite stone. I did the whole thing with the help of my friend Cecily Chaney. She has a studio at Artist On The Bluff in Hoover, AL. She has the torch and silver and all the things I need to make different jewelry items in silver. She has given me lots of good information and greatly expanded my knowledge of silversmithing. If you would like to see more of her work go to

I am speaking at a seminar for attorneys on Friday morning. 2 other nurses will be speaking too. We are talking on medical aspects of different legal cases. I hope they take away some infomation they can use in their practice. Even if I am not working in a hospital or doctor's office, I will always be a nurse. So here is a thank you to my Mother and late Daddy for giving me an education.

Till next time, stay pretty

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

What Am I Doing?

Unfortunately I have not had a chance to make anything since the weekend. But I thought I would post this picture of some Mook Jasper also known as Mookaite (Mookite, Mook Jasper, Mook Mook). It is a gorgeous stone in person. Once I make something with it, I'll post a picture.
Until next time, stay pretty. Kathie

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Gem Show

This weekend there was a gem and bead show at the Pelham Civic Center. Not only were there lots of pretty beads,it was a great place to catch up with other "beady" friends. Lots of beaders from The Greater Birmingham Bead Society were there. Let me know if you'd like more info about our group. I was only going to the show on Saturday. But I found out more of my "beady" friends would be there on Sunday. So I went again. Had lots of fun seeing everyone and purchasing some pretty beads. But let me add that my favorite place is still The Bead Biz in Helena, AL owned by Lora Lunsford. I'm going to post a few pictures of my stash. If there is anything in there that catches your eye let me design something for you. Till next time, stay pretty. Kathie