30 October 2009

So much for National Blog Posting Month!

Here it is, the end of the month, and I am finally posting in my blog - so much for National Blog Posting Month! I spent most of October madly canning up the pears from my trees before they went bad. I canned 24 pints of pear slices, 5-1/2 quarts of pear pie filling, 8 pints of pear sauce, and three jars of pear butter. The pear butter took a couple of days to make, and a half a stock pot full of peeled and sliced pears cooked down to three small jars, plus enough for a slice of toast. It tastes divine! Well worth the effort!

I was in a slump with my jewelry making, so I whiled away my free time crocheting. I found a really cute sweater pattern online some time ago, and decided, finally, to make it for myself. I used Lamb's Pride yarn in a sunflower yellow. I had to alter the pattern a bit, as the sleves were too small when I followed the pattern.

I used some of the leftover yellow yarn to make the tapestry crochet skull in a Dia de los Muertos bag, inspired by a variegated yarn that looked like serape material when crocheted. I added crocheted roses below the skulls on the bag, scallops of bright sapphire-colored yarn along the bottom, and a fringe of turquoise stones and bone skull beads along the top of the bag.

After finishing up my crochet projects, I finally felt like playing with my wire again, and decided to make a ring last night. I had a vague idea of how I would make the ring, but didn't decide on a stone to use until it was almost half way done. I had a small fluorite crystal I had been carrying with me for years, and realized it would be perfect in this ring. The crystal has inclusions of pyrite - small golden flecks that sparkle in the light. The stone is the palest blue, and I wrapped the coils of silver wire up around the stone, over the pyramid shape of the crystal's top like the waves drawing over the lost land of Atlantis.

Now, I am back in the swing of things with my jewelry, and am off to make something else.
Thanks for stopping in!


K S Jewellery Designs said...

Hi Pippi

Welcome back to the world of blogging - you have been busy with your variety of craft talents.

Have you checked in with Jewelry Lessons lately because people have been begging you for a tutorial on your wonderful seahorses - please share!

Kristin :)

pippijewelry said...

I spent the afternoon taking pics for the tutorial, and will be taking the last few tomorrow. I'm pushing to have it done, and off my plate!
Big life changes going on right now. :)

RRE-T*F said...

Good job on the yellow sweater!

pippijewelry said...

I love the color. So bright and cheery! :D