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Crazy for cameos.

At last, we’re making use of this cameo. Taking a break from sewing (in part because the machine is out for tune-up but mostly because ADD kicked in again). Several months ago we scoured the internet for a cameo. There were many that we found appealing, but winning one on eBay was challenging. People are crazy about cameos, apparently. Us included. After a handful of lost auctions we snagged this one. We like that its reminiscent of Art Nouveau and would really like to believe its genuine shell… but the more we inspect the bigger our doubt. This started as a pin (that was broken, mind you). No use for a broken pin so we took our metal cutters to it and lopped of the unneeded parts. That left ragged and dangerously sharp edges so we buffed those down with a metal file. The sound was less than pleasant – think fingernails screeching across a chalkboard. The bail for this pendant was clumsy. It didn’t allow for the cameo to hang right side out and stay in place. JB Weld to the rescue. A dab here, a dab there and two jump rings later we have a customized bail. Sorted through the various findings, baubles and chain that we’ve hoarded over the years and put together a pretty piece that we’ll wear with our many plain white t’s.

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Sometimes good things happen on Monday.

Friday night we misplaced the car key. Saturday morning we realized it was missing. We spent one hour searching the car, house and premises. With flashlight in hand we looked inside and underneath the car seats, bed, dressers, shoes, pockets, dog bowls, hampers and washing machine. Nada. Panic sets in and we post signs in six different areas asking for the finder of our key to kindly give it back. Luckily, we had a spare otherwise we’d still be confined to the house. Monday morning comes and we’re sitting at our desk getting ready to pay the bills, open up a manila folder and there before us is the car key. How did it get there? No idea. Moral of the story is, always put your key in the same pocket of your handbag [yes, yes, Peter always tells us… we know you’re reading Peter.] For this reason, we put pockets in all the bags we make. And now we’re feeling just a little silly for taping signs all over the building.

Since we’re on the subject, we thought it was important that we road test Penny. She’s our favorite clutch right now, partly because she’s one of the biggest we make. We like big bags because we can’t leave home without those-things-we-probably-won’t-use-but-have-to-bring-anyway-just-in-case. In our Penny we have: wallet, keys, coin purse, notebook, calendar, pen, cell phone, cosmetic bag, utility knife and pepper spray. A lot of crap, but we ‘need’ all of it and she holds it without breaking a sweat. We really like Penny and hope you do too, because we went ahead and made several of her.

Lately we’ve been so happy to get to work, now that we have a room dedicated to just that. Before, we used to have everything spread out all over the dining table, couch and living room rug… any horizontal space we could find. Finally, we have some sort of method to our madness – we have shelves, a real desk and cutting tables. Still, we have to take precautions and wear safety glasses when working the machine [that one accident almost cost us an eye]. Who ever thought this could be such a dangerous job.

Now that we have a true work space, we’re able to use our tools more efficiently. We’re really proud of this pin cushion we made. We got the idea during a trip to Solana Beach and thought it was neat. Yeah OK, we’re nerds. But trust us you’ll want to make one, too. All you need is a teacup and saucer [or something similar], a small fabric remnant, poly fill/fluff stuff, a glue gun and ten minutes. We love using ours and always smile when we stick it with needles. Hopefully the gal who gave us that teacup and saucer isn’t offended that we turned it into a pin cushion.