Tuesday, March 31, 2009
To go directly to this sellers listing just click on the picture! this stylish wine holder was made by Ark Iron on etsy. It is hand forged from steel and is a great deal at $30.oo.
I was fortunate enough last night to get to spend the evening with my husband, which is rare for many derby girls. In fact I never would have become involved with my husband if he had not been affiliated with duke city derby- but that is a wonderful story suitable for an entry of its own.
Adam got online to pay a bill and there was a pending transaction for a
SO how did Adam get signed up for this program??? He ordered a book from hotbooksale.com and was AUTOMATICALLY, and without authorization signed up for this program. We dug as far back as we could in his account history and he was being charged 14.95 monthly for this bogus (yes I totally just said bogus) program that he never signed up for. In addition, there was no notification that the charge had increased to $29.95. But here is the real kicker…
SO we get one evening together this week… and we spent it dealing with a scam.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Roller Derby Mobile By Salty and Sweet! It is only $30! How much fun is this!? Click on the picture to go directly to the etsy listing!
I did not ask them if I could post this item, so I hope they don't mind.
More awesome roller derby inspired items to come! If you are a roller girl and make stuff, I want to feature your stuff... and if you have roller derby inspired items, I want to feature your stuff! e-mail me and I will get something up. Otherwise I will hunt you down :) Just kidding.
It has been harder for me to adjust to
I can’t say that it was especially easy to adapt to
I can’t help missing the wide open spaces and the clear sunny skies of the desert southwest. I love
There are things I
Have you ever had trouble adjusting to a new place???
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I just made my first Treasury on etsy!
How fun is that? It is kind of fun to wait... wait... wait... for there to be room in the treasury and snag one!
My treasury is a Tribute to acrylic paintings of women. Please check out my treasury ACRYLIC LOVE!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Check it out:
Roller Derby Love!
It showcases a few of the really cool roller derby inspired merchandise available on etsy. Many of the Items are made by roller girls.
In other important news, one of the young DJ's at Hillsboro Skateworld offered to download "Roll skate, rock skate" so that it can be played the next time we come. I have to admit though, I think the jam skaters will appreciate it more than I do.
Monday, March 23, 2009
A few years back, in October 2005 - has it been that long already? I had a break in life, and took the opportunity to take an introductory bladesmithing class from the American Bladesmith Society in Old Washington, Arkansas. The two instructors of the class were Joe Flournoy (for the first week) and Mike Williams (for the second), both ABS mastersmiths. It was a two week class, with a little bit of theory and a lot of application. On the second day, driving in to class from the hotel, an approaching driver took a turn wide, clipped a semi, spun and totaled my 8 months new Honda Element. After missing half a day of class, I returned, jammed my hand into a glove and learned how to forge. With a sprained thumb.
We used gas forges, 2 kilo cross pein hammers, and really nice belt grinders, and started with 1095 high-carbon steel bar stock. The masters took us through the rough shaping, tapering the blade, drawing out the tang, working on the choil, and all sorts of technical words for banging on hot steel and turning it into a knife shaped object. Then we learned how to grind them into pretty knife shaped objects. Finally we learned how to normalize, quench, temper and differentially harden those knife shaped objects into knives. Without handles.
My first 9 blades were made in that class, although the handles came later.
Actually, I made 11, but one walked away. And one was tested.
The culmination of the class was testing a knife, the testers weren't pretty, but just designed to meet the test.
The 8-10" blade is sharpened to shaving sharpness, used to cut through a free hanging 1" manilla rope ( in one swipe, near the bottom), then chop through a 2x4, and should still shave. Then the edge is taken off on the belt sander, a third of the blade is put in a vice, and the blade is bent 90 degrees, if your blade doesn't crack more than a third, you pass. Mine didn't crack at all. And I passed the test. I'll post a picture when I dig that blade out of its box.
And that was how i learned how to forge.
My next forge was a little different, but that is a story for another post.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
My Husband Adam is a wildlife biologist. He also makes beautiful jewelry and hand forges knives. I have an AA in Fashion design from FIDM in Los Angeles, but am now an artist and stay at home mom. I paint, sew, needle felt... and lots of other miscellaneous crafts. I also play Roller Derby. I started playing in November of 2005 for Duke City Derby. I love talking derby... so I will save that for another post.
Adam and I recently moved from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Portland, Or- and it has been a little bit of a culture shock for both of us. I grew up in Albuquerque, and while I spent a little time in Los Angeles, Ca and in Savannah, Ga I cant help missing the wide open spaces and vivid sunsets of the desert southwest.