the life and times of a jewelry artist

silly me… September 23, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — silverfilings @ 7:03 am

i have embarked on another craft project which i have only two weeks to finish…

what was i thinking?!!!


shhh, don’t tell the 4th time parents to be!  i am making another baby quilt. i do hope they will like it, my last was very well received by the recipients and that new mom is the queen of crafts!


back? September 17, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — silverfilings @ 6:46 am

Okay, so I have been absent for a while…

To catch up, had a lovely xmas holiday in NY (with the exception of a funeral, which incidentally took place in my parents’ old hood at the church where they got married, a very cool mid century modern church),
Bronx Church by you.

car is fixed (insurance paid for everything), had a very cool Oscar party,
Aaron and Jessica start to give out the fabulous prizes at Oscar 2009 by MediumTall.

did the CMAG show,
CMAG.09.RLR0316 by rrasmussen01.

had numerous spontaneous as well as planned breakfast and dinner parties,
German sausage for all by MediumTall.

went to Vancouver, BC (pilgrimage to the Fluevog store!),
Fluevog Shoes by MediumTall.

picked many berries (strawberries, blueberries and marionberries),

sauvie island, oregon

hosted a fantastic “Keep Portland Weird” party,
yep! by MediumTall.

rafted on the Deschutes River,
Rafting on the Deschutes by MediumTall.

lived through 2 more home improvement projects (new bath and the “lounge”),
new bathMarch Madness in The Lounge by MediumTall

sold old car and bought a new one (VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI in Salsa Red),
Our New Red Sportwagen TDI by MediumTall

and finally began the arduous process of trying to get back in shape by hiring a personal trainer. Oh and made some terrific new friends along the way! There are surely many more things I could add to this list but I will leave it as it stands.

Now that I have gone over all that, I have forgotten what I was originally going to write about!
Since it is now late and I am off to my annual trip to the Pendleton Round Up tomorrow, I will end go ahead and say goodnight for now! Oh I mean Let’ er Buck!


walking pictures… December 13, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — silverfilings @ 6:03 am

So, after I hurt my car in the little fender bender (and had a few other little problems driving the car before I could take it in for the repairs), I began commuting on the bus and streetcar. It has already changed my life for the better!
I get up around the same time as I did before, walk with my coffee to catch the bus just 3 blocks away, ride to the post office (part of the job), hop on the streetcar and then walk about a half mile to the office. The bus stop to go home is right outside the office building.
While none of this is the point of my post, I am happy about at least getting a teeny tiny bit of exercise!
The point is that I thought I would share some photos of the sights I see now that I am walking more around town and in the neighborhood. Just things that catch my eye. So here are a couple from the past few weeks…

A vegetarian in a front yard (on our street)…

Prehistoric Yard Decor

Fungi eye view (on our street)…


Seriously, is this enough time?…

Smart Meter

Tram structure and hospital on the hill. Really is the loveliest way to go to a hospital…

Portland Tram and OHSU

That’s it for now!


please drive safely… November 23, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — silverfilings @ 7:38 pm

Well, it finally happened. I got in my first car accident on Oct 31st. Really it just gives me more fodder for hating Halloween. Yes, I know, I think I am the only person in the world that abhors this “holiday”.

But I digress. Driving to work Halloween morning, the usual type of chain reaction occurred; car stops abruptly to let pedestrian go (no crosswalk mind you), next car stops abruptly, I hit said next car.


Yup, my car looks like this and the other car has a scratch on the bumper. As it happens, the other driver was more angry with the driver in front of her that at me so that boded well for our dealings. Plus we were both absolutely unharmed and no airbags or anything went off.

We took down every piece of information we could possibly think of (did I mention it was also raining so notes were getting runny) and luckily have the same insurance company (much less red tape and no fighting over who is paying). During our conversation the other driver did let slip that their car was somewhat new and this was the second time this happened to them. Personally, I found this very telling. She could have been on the phone or something and not paying attention, thus the stopping short.

Anyway, I was very proud to have kept a cool head during all this but when I got back in my car (still drivable) I did lose it a bit. I called the hubby and left a teary message who called me back while I was at the post office where I began to have more tears. It was not out and out balling but still embarrassing in a public place.

I immediately called the insurance company upon my arrival at the office and again was pleased I had all the information they asked for save one thing; my own license plate number! I found this hysterically funny but I am very good at amusing myself.

So began my new “insights” into the world of insurance companies and concepts. I was told I would get a call within 24 hours (well, this was Friday but I still assumed I would get a call on Saturday). When I didn’t, I called them. Oh no, the claims departments only work weekdays. Okay so I should hear from them Monday. Yes. No, not a peep. I called them. Oh they just got 80 claims and are swamped. Yeah, not my problem. This is what you do is it not? I wasn’t rude during any of these conversations, I was actually quite pleasant. I am of the opinion you catch more flies with honey. So began my daily or every other day phone calls to the insurance company. I even told them flat out that I would be calling and being a pest, very sweetly.

During this time I did take the car to one of their approved body shops to get the estimate. Guy looked at it (note: not a mechanic) and proceeded to work up an estimate for parts. Came back to me about 5 minutes later and said he had bad news. He reached his threshold (placed by insurance company) for repairs. I drive a car that has expensive parts was his reasoning. However, he took pictures of the car interior and exterior and the mileage (a ’97 VW GTI with 50k) and said the insurance company would have to do a valuation to determine if they would total the car or repair it. Oh cr&p. Serously, I am still driving the thing! You are going to scrap a perfectly working automobile?

More phone calls to get status updates on where they all were in this process. I found it very interesting that it took a few days for the shop to get them their information (oh it was under my husband’s last name so they didn’t know they had the right paperwork already), another few days for a third party vendor to valuate the car, and another few days for them to, wait for it, call ME! Yes finally after all that time, they called me! You’d think it wouldn’t take long with the whole advent of “electronic messaging” and “the internets” for all this to get done.

Of course, during all this I am scouring cr&igslist and ke11y blue b00k so that I have research in hand as to what my car is worth and what I would need to replace it with another used car. And when I thought what I would replace it with, I really only wanted another GTI. Or a Mini Cooper. Though I did have dreams of going green but they just don’t perform the way the GTI does. You can take the girl out of the east coast, but you can’t take the east coast out of the girl!

But it was all for naught. When they called and said that yes they would repair my car, I was extatic! Although my exact words to the insurance company were “you’re kidding” which the person took to mean I was disappointed but I disabused them of that quickly.

Anyway, this was all a long story to get to my point. Don’t get into a car accident! During the weeks after the accident, my driving habits have dramaticaly changed. I leave much more space between me and the car in front of me and I drive (a bit) slower. And when I filled my gas tank, I got 2 more MPG than usual! Wow, just by those two things! So I am safer and I save time and money and my car runs more efficiently? Maybe the east coast should leave this girl!

Drive safe everyone and have a terrific holiday season!


re-store… November 8, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — silverfilings @ 8:17 am

I was cruising etsy and found this gem:

Floppy booky -  basic (black)


contexto of valencia, spain

Floppy booky

I have recently become intrigued by objects people are making using re-purposed materials. I found this one interesting because it juxtaposes digital and analog means of storing data.
Regardless, I think it one of the better examples I have found thus far.

I have plans for piece using an everyday object that would normally be trashed or recycled. We will see how it goes for me!


NYC plans… October 16, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — silverfilings @ 1:24 am

I am slogging through the (too) many blogs I subscribe to and have found a couple of neat things I would like to catch while in NYC for the December holidays:

henry and all his wives
Henry the Eigth and his Six Wives
Gallery Hanahou‘s Luvable Hugable show
611 Broadway, Suite 730 New York, NY

Bruno Martinazzi, Metamorfosi, 1992
20k and 18k gold
2 ¼ x 3 x 3 ¼ in.
Museum purchase with funds provided by Hope Byer, 2006
Photo: John Bigelow Taylor

Elegant Armor: The Art of Jewelry
September 27, 2008 – May 31, 2009



okay, i’m a dork… October 3, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — silverfilings @ 3:53 am

Just found this on core77 and thought I would share. It was actually fun for me, hope you will enjoy too!

>>The FM 100 Color Hue Test