One of my favorite tools in my studio is a disc cutter. I was first introduced to this tool in a metals class. I was feeling very uncreative so I thought I would explore the different tools in the studio. Who knew it would be a defining moment! It truly was love at first site. I was instantly inspired by the perfect little circles that immerged from this tiny tool. The possibilities, the options…I could hardly wait to create something from these tiny metal wonders!
The tool itself comes in many different shapes and sizes. The model that sits on my bench is a small block of high carbon steel with 10 different cut out circle shapes. The block is actually two blocks that fit securely together on two pins. This keeps it perfectly aligned, but allows it to slide up and down on the pins for ease of movement of your metal sheet.
For each cut out circle shape in the block there is a corresponding steel punch beginning at 1/8″ diameter and increasing in increments of 1/16″ up to 1″ in diameter.
Now comes the fun part! Take your hammer and pound, pound, pound until you feel the punch go through the metal. Oh, it is a glorious moment! Lift the block and viola’! You have a perfectly cut disc! Such a beautiful thing.
I belong to a group called EtsyMoms. They have put together this fun basket to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. So go, check it out and place your bid!
Etsymom Spring Charity Auction half of the sale proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House. Please go bid for a good cause! Etsymoms entered their best and favorite for spring, and you have a chance to win it all! The Auction will take place on Mommyauctions.com in HappyHouseQuilts Shop
The basket includes the following items, click the shop name for more detailed information.
Rosie’s Cozies has a cute toddler tote, cute bunny on the front
Happy House Quilts presents Threadabilities Craft kit, design and make your own spring flower clip!
Buttercup Corner has another craft kit, felt an egg and a chick to go inside! It’s absolutely darling, and a perfect activity for the family.
Andrea Baker provides a fun library tote, with fun spring critters in pastels
Aebaby makes these *adorable* tag toys. This is a minky rabbit with colored ears. Really cute!
GreenBeanBoutique makes little fruit babies in various colors
Caelista sent this adorable fried egg catnip toy. Something for everyone in the family!
Peek-A-Boo Studios made little Suzy Zoo spring hair clips. Custom designed just for Etsymom!
NightOwlStudios contributed these adorable spring hair clips. Made from imported fabric, these are way cute! Love the hedge hog.
WylesStyle made this super cute egg pouch. Perfect for a teen’s Easter, you know how hard they can be to buy for!
BeadedSocks makes cute doll diapers and… beaded socks! The doll diapers are a favorite among the toddlers, and they hold up to rough toddler play much better than disposable dipes.
Sassy Stitches made this totally cool clutch! Fun 3D flower on the front. Perfect for mom for Easter!
Mommy3Jesse put together this beautiful diaper cake! How fun would this be at a baby shower? A useful gift that is guaranteed *not* to be returned to the store for sure!
AllGrownUp2 made this sweet spring charm bracelet. Bunnies, eggs, and chicks!
Minefull made this cute pendant featuring a cute little chick! Nice and simple, classy moms would love to wear this this spring.
Thumbelina Creations made an amazing pendant with lampwork beads, buttons, and wrapped wire. Be sure to check this out in more detail (click her name) to see it ‘up close’.
Mellberry4 made this beautiful pendant, reflecting Easter.
Please visit the EtsyMom.com for more information and thank you for looking at our Etsymom Auction!
Well tomorrow my 8 year old is having her tonsils out. I know it’s not a “big deal” when it comes to surgery…but it is a BIG deal when it comes to my child.
Friendship is a beautiful thing. When you have it, it can be your lifeline. As a woman, your girlfriends are the ones there for you in the tough times, when you want to go shopping, when you just HAVE to share, when you don’t want to laugh alone. But when you are friend-less, or just don’t have the amount of contact with your friends that you would like…life can be very lonely.
For me personally, I am quite picky about whom I choose as friends. Maybe because of past hurts, maybe because I fear being rejected who knows why I am the way I am. I do know, when I do have a friend I’m like a Golden Retriever….loyal to the end! I don’t need lots and lots of acquaintances, just a few really good friends. Those I can trust. Trust is HUGE for me.
What I have found is that in the past 12 years of being a mom, and a homeschool mom at that…there hasn’t been tons of time for me to develop friendships. I don’t have the freedom to just meet someone for that cup of coffee. And I for sure can’t even bother to consider having a meaningful phone conversation…uninterrupted! So I haven’t made many new friends, and…to my disappointment… I haven’t done well in keeping up with my existing friends.
As many of you know I have been a jewelry artist for a long time. I’ve sold to stores and online through a website. Lately, I have really been pushing the ETSY store thing…and loving it. It has opened my world to many other artists, artists who are mom’s as well. There are two communities which I have become a part of online.
The second community is Posh Mama and this place ROCKS! Already, I have made several new friends…again, many are artists…but most importantly we’re all mom’s too. Shoot, I even belong to a group for TALL mama’s!! Is that funny or what?
It doesn’t take a lot of my time, but what it does is give me a couple minutes a day of adult interaction with other women like myself. They don’t care if I’m still in my pajamas, they don’t care if I’m taller than them, they don’t care that my husband works for a church…they’re just interested in whatever it is we are discussing at the moment.
And to me…that is priceless!