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General Discussion / Re: Profile picture
« on: September 17, 2019, 01:49:40 PM »
You just need to resize the picture using photo editing software.

Jewelry / Re: First finished pieces in 4 years
« on: August 12, 2019, 07:07:16 PM »
Thank you! It's good to be making things again.

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: June 05, 2019, 06:50:14 PM »
I am so glad to hear that your ordeal is ending!  Thanks so much for the update!

So am I! I don't know what I would do if I had to stay at that library for even one more year. It's such a shame. Everyone else there is great to work with, but the management/administration level is just rotten and doesn't care about staff. I'm just so, so relieved that that mess is all over. I've really appreciated the support and encouragement from everyone here during that mess so I thought you might like to know how it all turned out. Now to get the other hip fixed and see what new adventure the Lord has in store for me :D.

Jewelry / First finished pieces in 4 years
« on: June 05, 2019, 05:30:51 PM »
Hi!! I've finally revived my love of jewellery making! After years of stressful situations and health issues making me exhausted and robbing me of my enjoyment and ability to focus on making anything (other than the odd piece here or there for family), I've finally made some new pieces :D.

Sterling silver Victorian inspired triple chain bracelet with Half Persian 3in1 and patterned wire book chain.

Sterling silver and Dragondust sterling micromaille Half Persian 3in1 bracelet with Cherry Quartz and featuring a Victorian brass enameled button from about the 1880s/1890s.

Sterling silver Sindarin weave chainmaille bracelet. Sindarin is one of my own weaves.

Sterling silver Romanov and book chain bracelet with Freshwater Pearls and Black Lava Rock.

HAF Blog / Re: foruum
« on: June 05, 2019, 05:09:49 PM »
I've noticed the same issue on most of the other forums I used to go to. Seems like most are going to Facebook Groups instead. I'm still lurking though.

Technical Help in Creating / Re: copper solder
« on: June 05, 2019, 05:05:45 PM »
If the copper solder doesn't work for you, another thing you can do is use silver solder and then put the piece in a contaminated pickle solution. It causes a reaction that will copper plate the solder.

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: June 05, 2019, 05:01:02 PM »
Hi all! Long time no post! Today, I was just discharged from physical therapy for the surgery I had in September. Woohoo!! 4 months in a wheelchair, 4.5 months of PT, and now I'm eager to get the left hip dealt with! Sadly/not sadly I ended up being let go from my position at the library because the recovery was going longer than they wanted to hold my position for me. However, while I do miss the regular paycheck, I am relieved to be out of there. I had been praying for years to get out of the library, and last year was pleading with God to let that be my last year there. I was beyond caring how I left there, I couldn't take the stress anymore and just needed out. A few days before Christmas, that prayer was answered. They've moved me to a 'substitute' position if I want it and told me I am welcome to reapply for any regular positions that might open up once I was able to work again. So, in all, the library saga has ended in the best way that it could with an overall peaceful exit and not in the way I was most wanting to avoid but afraid it was going to come down to. My right hip is doing so much better I'm actually doing my first art show in 4 years this year! With that stress gone, I've been able to get back to my jewellery making, (my blood pressure has gone down and is no longer concerning my doctor), I'm still doing digital painting, and I'm close to finishing writing my second novel :D! I don't know what God has planned, but I know He is in control and that no one could let me go from my job before the time that He would have me leave there. So, since He has answered my plea of leaving the library, I know He must have something else in store for me soon that will be so much better! And that has me excited!

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: November 25, 2018, 01:44:59 PM »
Lovely work!  Stay with it!

Thank you! I'm hoping/planning to! Found when redoing my book's cover earlier this year that I really, really enjoy digital painting. I'm interested to see where it may lead.

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: November 24, 2018, 01:33:50 PM »
Hi, everyone! Long time no post (again, I seem to have that habit of disappearing and lurking, oh well).  Had my first hip dysplasia surgery back in September, so I'm currently laid-up and off work for a while.  I was supposed to be going back to work mid-December, but now, it won't be til the mid/end of January (apparently, my right hip decided to stress fracture on me so the non-weightbearing timeframe got extended by 6 weeks). Hopefully, this will be the only extension to my time-off/no pay from work, but, unfortunately, there, if the stress fracture does not heal up on its own by my next appointment w/specialist, then we have to go back into surgery and he'll put screws into that area of the hip as well. Soooooo, I've been stuck on the sleeper sofa for months working on various things to help further my goal of getting out of my job and into something better.  Jewelry is still on-hold right now (though I did just buy some gorgeous petrified dinosaur bone cabochons I'm really excited about) and the writing is going slowly, so I've been doing some digital painting in hopes to get some work as a freelance illustrator.

"Let Sleeping Giants Lie"; inspired by the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, England.

"Arwen Undomiel"

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: April 07, 2018, 10:26:07 PM »
Sorry to hear about your store, Monika!

I'm finally able to breath a little easier now! The last couple months have been crazy as I decided I wanted to redo my bookcover, get back into making jewelry again (which has been on a bit of a hiatus), and set up an author's website.  (Plus this last month has been filled with one doctor's appointment after another, however, I'm, hopefully, one step closer to having surgery done on at least one of my hips and then (again hopefully) we can move onto the second hip; all depends on what my last MRI/arthrogram shows). I've also been teaching myself new digital art skills to try and go freelance as an illustrator/concept artist (trying anything that might help me get out of my library job that much faster). Finished the cover redo and website this week!  :D Most of the artwork I painted digitally in Corel Painter and just added the finishing details/text with Photoshop.

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: October 21, 2017, 11:01:27 AM »
Best of luck at your show, Monika! Hope it goes well!

Well, for much of today I'm acting as my mom's graphic designer and web administrator. She has a show after Thanksgiving and I'm getting all her product labels made up and new products listed on her FB page with PayPal buttons so they can be ordered right through FB. This is going to take some time! (Though I think she has finally stopped making more soap, lotions, and lip balms/glosses so I might actually be able to get caught up now. Lol, she has a really bad case of the soap/etc. bug.)

(And four hours and 4 herbal infused lotions, 2 lip gloss wands, 4 lip gloss, and 4 lip balm labels later I'm finally finished! Or at least I am for today, still have her bath melts and sugar scrubs to go. Plus photographing them, lisiting them on FB, and making payment buttons. Oh boy......)

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: October 13, 2017, 04:37:53 PM »
It's honestly not depressing, at least not to me.  It's freakin' anger-inducing.  I want to smack the crap out of these people for you.

Thanks :).  Your post made me smile and I need that right now.

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: October 12, 2017, 09:13:22 PM »
*Sigh* It's more and more looking like a lawsuit is going to be necessary. Never once was I or my supervisor asked why we believe I'm being singled out or discriminated against. He, the assistant director, was only concerned about my ML's concerns and reports, and was fixated on asking about my physical limitations and my getting written proof from a doctor along with a painfully exact list of every single type of movement or manual task that might aggravate my condition. Without it, he said whatever she asks me to do, whether it's part of my job description or not, I have to do it or she can write me up. Basically, he said she has the right to do whatever she wants. It's so frustrating. Everyone else I work with knows this is wrong and know what she's trying to do, but no matter how may complaints are made about her he refuses to listen. I'm really at my wit's end here. It just hurts so much to see how little they care about the people they employ, only the bottom line.

(Sorry for the rather depressing posts! Just needed to share with someone before I just lose it!)

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: October 10, 2017, 06:45:08 PM »
Thanks! It really is. I've already told my supervisor that if I had to go to the Assistant Director one more time that I would be making known that, if the library does not put an end to this, that I will be pursing the matter in court. Now I didn't initiate this meeting, but I still intend to make things very plain. And if it does come down to that I won't be doing it quietly either. My family has every intention of taking this to the county newspaper and making it public knowledge. And, as I don't in the least bit trust my ML, I've asked my supervisor to be present for this meeting. I feel it would be much safer for me to have a witness present.

General Discussion / Re: What are you doing today?
« on: October 10, 2017, 03:03:45 PM »
Congrats on the show, Sandi!

Best of luck to your son, Andrew!

Well, the library drama continues. Last week, my supervisor decided to call the Assistant Director regarding our managing librarian's treatment of me and gave her own report on it (in my favor). She then had a meeting with our ML because of calling him; then both of us got called into her office over it. And she still refuses to understand/acknowledge how she is singling me out. So now, I have a meeting with both of my ML and the Assistant Director regarding this issue. As much as I want to leave, I want to do it on my terms and am petrified that she is going to try and use this meeting to reflect badly on me and manipulate it into having me declared 'unfit.'

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