Saturday, June 12, 2010


This guy has been hanging around my work space for months, trying to decide what he wants to be.  He started, of course, with the face, which I put on a filigree background. But then he started to tell me a story about how he came here to work on the railroad. The boss was convinced that all "Chinks" could cook, so he stuck him in the kitchen car.  Thus the frypan, coffee pot, coffee cup.  But he didn't know how to cook, and is bad at it, so everyone's eating lousy food. The only good part is that it lets him save money to go back to China, and of course the clock is about time standing still. So that's as far as we've gotten, and he's miserable. 

This guy, on the other hand, worked on the railroad but also started doing laundry for a small fee. He made enough at the laundry business to quit and buy a place in a small town on the RR line where he lived frugally  behind the laundry and was able to save a sizable sum and go home to China to be married, since Chinese women were not being admitted to the  US.   But fianlly, after they had been seaprated for years except on his rare visits home, he was able to get her and their two children admitted to the US. Though they all lived behind the laundry, and worked there except when the children were in school, they were happy to be together.  Eventually they were able to buy a small house nearby, and to send their children to college.  Their daughter is now a doctor and their son an engineer. 
But I'm still not sure where this piece is going! 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Little New Work

Just a quick view before I post on etsy.
I got some new 6pointed stars (stars of David or mogen Doved or magen David) in both a lovely filigree and some vintage purple glass and just had to make a few earrings.
I'm wearing the test version of this one myself and have been 24/7 for somewhere between 10 days & 2 weeks. I was a little worried about the curve of the filigree stars and whether the glass ones would hang well & be stable.  All's well, I like them a lot & get compliments, & will get Seth to take a pic of them in use if I can get his attention.
This is the 2nd pair, not the ones I'm wearing.

I also made a pair with blue links, which will show up on etsy.

And another (which I call "A Wing and a Prayer") from the glass stars & another cool charm that just arrived.

And Seth did take a pic of an earring in use--not too flattering to me,  but does show the earring on an ear.