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Saturday, December 17, 2011

After 3 years...

Well...I finally did it!  After over three years of having an Etsy store, I finally posted some jewelry on it! I'm not really sure why I kept putting it off--maybe I was afraid to really put myself out there.

I don't have many items up yet, only 4, but I have one piece I finished this evening that will go up after I can get a decent picture.  Below is one creation that I posted...


This is a copper box with a hinged lid...perfect for a favorite picture, scripture, or quote. 

Until next time...


All designs pictured are property of La Donna J. Hay Gatlin and LaLa Designs.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Latest Design...

This is my latest design.  It is an aventurine cabochon tension set in brass with a handcrafted brass and leather chain.  I had great fun creating it...with the exception of setting off the smoke detector because I forgot to open the window before adding patina with my torch.  Oops...won't make that mistake again (well, hopefully not:-)!

I love trying new techniques and experimenting with new ways to set stones and create interesting pieces.  I am thankful I have the time to try new techniques and am truly blessed to have such a  supportive husband who works hard at his job so I do not have to work a full-time job outside of my home.