Cat and Dog

Sep. 20th, 2017 11:08 pm
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I've been working very intensely in wax and have been both starting new work and finishing older designs. I'm casting a group of designs this week. I just put down a new design with a hyalite opal that will have a dark bronze setting with some translucent highlights after it's in metal.

And I finished one of the waxes for an exquisite knapped pieces of obsidian that I got on my trip. It's going to be a pendant with twisted textured silver ropes.

And the Saguaro Cactus pendant will be cast this week I hope.

Below is a cat pendant with obsidian that I made for Bayla Fine a long time ago. I photographed it when I visited her in June. It's in sterling and about 2.5" wide.




And I may have put this Irish setter pendant with Laramar up before. But it seemed right to put them up together. It's in sterling about 3" high. From the collection of Wendy Czarnecki.




It's been along day. If there are typos...oh well

Shanah Tovah

Sep. 20th, 2017 04:29 pm
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 May the old years and its curses end.  May the new year and its blessings commence.

Best wishes for a joyous new year to everyone!

Rosh Hashanah 5778 prep

Sep. 20th, 2017 11:00 am
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Overall I've been too crazed to journal, but today is weirdly slow* at work so I am taking a few minutes.
*(Edited to add: I suspected it was too good to be true. Of course the shit hit the fan on about 3 different projects as soon as I finished posting this, so, we'll hope I get out on time.)

Cards: mostly sent; I ordered 50, and carefully winnowed down my list to that number, but they actually sent me extras so I still have a dozen or so I can send (probably next week; gmar chatimah tovah!).

Honey cake: baked last night.

Challah: 4 small loaves (2 raisin, 2 plain) currently on second rise to bake later today. This year, I used the King Arthur recipe that I printed out last year but decided against for some reason. I made a double batch since it claims to make 1 9-inch round, let the dough rise overnight, and it looked beautiful this morning. Aria was super interested in the dough as I was rolling it into strands for coiling. "Cookie! Pizza! I hold it? I hold it?" I told her she'll be big enough to help me next year.

12lb. brisket in fridge, waiting to prep for Thurs afternoon. Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] ablock, I fear my brisket-recipe allegiance is permanently switched! even though the simmered-in-wine version will forever smell like the essence of Rosh Hashanah to me.

Matzah ball soup: also tomorrow (using stock from freezer)

Vegetables:
- brisket potatoes & carrots
- tzimmes (I actually found frozen diced butternut squash at Not-Our-Usual-Supermarket)
- salad

Guests: 1 (maybe 2?) Thursday night, 1 Friday night

Shul: by myself tonight (6:30pm) and tomorrow morning (9am); with Aria on Friday. She saw me put on a skirt this morning (since I'm going straight from work) and said "Mama you go shul today! I go shul!"

Still to review: Shacharit davening for first day (ack) and Haftarah. I went over the davening with the rabbi during Sunday school the last two weeks and it was OK - Yom Kippur is more direly in need of practice, but first things first.

Kittel: try on tonight, bring tomorrow morning.

Shanah tovah u'metukah!
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Travel Scenes from Oregon on the Way Back From the Eclipse

Laurie says:

I was obsessed with my eclipse shadow photos and those will be done in a few weeks. These are photos that I like that I took on the way back while trying to avoid the smoke



This was taken in the stunning Malheur River Canyon.
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And this textured image was taken in the Trinity Alps in California.
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This image was taken in the eastern Oregon desert.
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I didn't think i would be able to capture the levels of smoke in the atmosphere. I took a lot of photos when we were stopped for road work. (Except for art I would not have willingly breathed that air.) I didn't have much choice about where I shot. I took a long time to sort through all of them. This one really works.

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