Author Archives: Patsye

About Patsye

I am an older woman and artist. I love to craft. I love to sew and knit and crochet and needlepoint. I love to paint and draw and make art with my hands. Being creative is what gets me up in the morning. Art is my tea, my fresh air, my good book, and my cats all rolled into one. I have much to share and hope you'll visit often.

Not Your Mother’s Capitol Hill.

In my before life, before nursing, I worked on Capitol Hill.  I was dating the senior legal counsel to House Administration and he got me a job lickety split.  From that receptionist job for a freshman Republican congressman, I bounced … Continue reading

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Happy Endings

On the heels of two very bad days of broken phones, lost credit cards, and a litany of other mishaps that I will spare you the details, life handed me a little miracle. When I opened my back door this … Continue reading

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First Snow of the Season

This is the most snow accumulation I’ve seen in the four years I’ve lived here.   And it continues to snow off and on and will do so through the day.  They’re expecting another three inches which will cap us … Continue reading

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Christmas Jewelry Pendant Project

Copper can be either rough and tumble, bright and flashy, or both at once.  That’s what I went for in this piece…both. I chose as many metals as I had could find laying around. Most of the beads are recycled from old … Continue reading

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Annealing Copper

The copper I use is 24 gauge, and it is not-quite-dead-yet soft.  Hobby Lobby sells metal in their model kit department.  With a coupon it is reasonable, and you can get nice rods, planks, and sheets in both copper and … Continue reading

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Why Copper Jewelry?

I’ve gotten a few emails from old friends who are interested in my jewelry journey so I thought I would answer some of their questions in my posts.  What got me started making jewelry?  The short answer is:  I don’t … Continue reading

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Bee on Copper

There’s so much more to learn about this art form, and I am determined to explore as much of it as I can through the winter.  I’m sure I’ll be back in the garden come summer, but for now, staying indoors … Continue reading

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Owl Eye Jewelry

Try saying that five times real fast.  Anyhow…. I wanted to try something different.  Mary wore a stunning piece to class one day that mesmerized me.  I’m sure it’s in one of her books.  She used a disc cutter to … Continue reading

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Medical, Magical, Mystical Copper

If you Google copper you’ll find it has purported medical, magical, and mystical powers.  Wiki thinks so highly of copper I’m not sure if I believe all of it, even with the 130 references. Being a nurse, however, I am … Continue reading

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Rainy Days and Jewelry

Unlike the summer of no rain (literally three months without), we’re now getting that gloomy, redolent, rainy weather I crave. What is better than a pajama day in the studio creating? The cats love to watch me work. I’ve learned much … Continue reading

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