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Hotter Than Hell But It Is Friday...So It's Okay!

Summer is definitely here in NOLA and although I cannot stand the heat I love the summer rains.
Sunny one minute and then the clouds provide us with shade and you hear distant thunder.  Then if we are lucky it will rain and give us some relief but sometimes it just increases the humidity and NOLA becomes one big sauna!

So many things have been happening...mostly with kids but who wants to hear about that?

Today I am officially back in the studio.
Hooah!

I am making some rings that have to be enameled but I hit a wall.  
Paralysis ensued and the ring sat on my bench for about two weeks!  Yes...it has been that long.  I think my Muse took a vacation.

It was all about choosing a color.  So I decided to make myself some sample colors.  
How tedious, right?
I was told that the cure for creative block was to go into the studio and start doing tedious things, i.e. make 30 pairs of ear wires.  That is a cure to get unblocked for sure!

So I enameled all the colors I had on stock.
This really helped with my color block.
Something about seeing the actual color and feeling them helped me a whole lot.  It was better than just looking at a color chart in a book.

Finally...the rings.
Love Me...Love Me Not
And off they go to Coq Rouge Gallery here in NOLA searching for their new love.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Friday.

  
Namaste
Kalaya

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