Last Wednesday night, the tenth of April, two thousand and thirteen, I slept 8 hours of glorious, sweet, and uninterrupted sleep. This momentous event has yet to be repeated (although Addy did sleep a solid ten hours straight last night! Alas, his sister did not. Woe is me.), but I continue to hold out hope that it will become a regular occurrence in the near future.
Not only did the sleep restore me to partial sanity, it also gave me the juice I needed to get this project done. I have been wanting to expand the shape of stones I work with (I get A LOT of requests for cushion cut stones), but something held me back. I think I was intimidated a bit by the corners. Round stones are old hat to me by now, but I haven't set a square(ish) stone since I was in school. I've had this model, unset, kicking around for at least a year. It's just sterling and cubic zirconium, but I'm pretty excited to make it again in precious materials. I think the first version will be moissanite in palladium, but I would love to do a more delicate iteration in platinum and diamond.
It wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be, so I feel pretty confident now. I think I will take another stone setting class this summer though. I would love to do a princess cut bezel set ring in the near future, but I need to brush up on setting truly square stones. On an unrelated topic, I have a couple of new designs carved already for this year, with the molds made and everything! I'm super excited about them, but I will save them for another post. One is a real departure from my regular style, and I feel a little nervous about it. I'm debating on whether or not I should wait until I have them done done, or if I should share photos of the waxes first.
And on the home front, I have adorable babies.
They are getting SO BIG. It's crazy. They will be 4 months in a couple of days. They both like to practice sitting, so I'm hoping I will have some upright babies soon! We bought a couple of old fashioned wooden highchairs and I plan on painting them bright colors. We won't start solids for a while, but I am so excited to give them their first solid food! I've heard sweet potato is the way to go?