Topic:  My First Machine Embroidery Project

Author: Michelle
Feb 14th, 2013

Thank you for all the nice comments about my last video and label freebie. And especially for the good wishes and prayers for my son.   I really appreciate your kindness.   We are still trying to get to the root cause of his medical problems, but might be making some progress.


 One of the issues are seizures that happen once or twice a week, always at night, that sometimes render him “frozen and staring” for hours.  I sit beside him in bed, and wait it out, so he is not going through it alone.   A few months ago, I took up hand embroidering to pass the time while Casey endures his “episodes.”   It’s something I’ve always wanted to learn, but never took the time to sit down and do.  It’s weird that it took something like a complex partial seizure to make me finally pick up an embroidery hoop.  But there you go;  life is weird that way, huh?


I  quickly admassed quite a stack of embroidered scraps and  did not know what the heck to do with them.   I decided I’d better stitch them onto something like a tote, or make a canvas journal and stitch them into the pages.  This idea made me break out my 20 year old Kenmore sewing machine, to stitch a canvas book or tote. One thing led to another and the next thing I knew, I was buying a new sewing machine with a drop-in bobbin, and self-threading needle mechanism… and what’s that you say?  It’s only $100 more to get the one that can machine embroider? Well, how could I resist?


I didn’t open the box for several days, telling myself “I have a sewing machine. Why do I need a new one? I don’t need it. I should return it.” Eventually, I opened the box and never looked back. Brother SE400, Where have you been all my life? I LOVE YOU! You make me a craftier person! I thought I was a lousy seamstress; but as it turns out, I just had a lousy sewing machine!


Topic:  Video: A Little Tag and Cardmaking Trick

Author: Michelle
Aug 11th, 2012

I haven’t posted a blog entry in a very long time, due to health crises with my son. But I find immersing myself in making something, a welcome and necessary escape from the stress of all that.


It all started with my “materials notebook” slowly morphing into more of an Art Journal. Before I knew it, I was papercrafting and cardmaking up a storm. I had to do something with all that beautiful paper I’ve been collecting.


My hand-lettering is not yet card-worthy, so …While searching online for a good way to print, stamp or write a sentiment on my cards, I came across a great post by Kay at  Her amazing download freebies inspired the following video and my own take on her original design.   Her generosity also inspired me to share my version as a freebie.  Link is below the video.





Right Click and “save as” or open the pdf page and click the save icon or use the file menu to “save page”.

Happy Birthday Sheet Blank Punch Sheet to stamp, write
or add your own greetings.

Blank Sheet


Right click and “save as…” OR click to open pdf file and click save icon or ‘save page as.’

Please do enjoy! =-)

Topic:  Video: Soldering the Pendants

Author: Michelle
May 8th, 2011

I thought I’d share a little peek into the fun I have making these little bits of wearable art:

Soldering the Pendant Edges – Closeup from Stony Silence on Vimeo.

This video shows how I solder the edges of my glass pendants. I like a thick rounded edge to frame the glass, so I lay the solder on pretty thick. I hope the close up shot at the beginning is helpful to anyone just starting to learn to solder these types of things. The music on this short video starts very quietly but gets louder quickly. So don’t turn it up without keeping near the volume button!

Topic:  Video: Laying out the Design

Author: Michelle
Apr 26th, 2011

Since I haven’t been posting many pictures to the blog, I thought the silence was getting a little too stony around the website here.
Just because I’m not selling my jewelry, doesn’t mean I haven’t been having some fun in the workshop! Here’s a little video to liven things up and show you what I’ve been up to and how I start the process of making my soldered glass pendants.

Topic:  Some New Necklaces

Author: Michelle
Aug 31st, 2010

Finally, I have some photos of  some new pieces I’ve been working on.  Here is a taste, if you care to take a peek!

Topic:  Gift boxed

Author: Michelle
Jan 21st, 2010

I am constantly fiddling with the packaging for my jewelry, but I thought  you might like to see a sample of how your order will arrive.  Here is a photo of the current gift box configuration … until I fiddle with it some more, that is!

This is somewhere along the line of what you can expect when you order a necklace or pendant from Stony Silence.  The little box is only about 3 inches long. I think it looks rather cute when the gift box is presented in a small brown gift bag with a simple ribbon or raffia.  (brown bag not included … but that’s a thought , now, hmmm?!)  :-)

What do you think?

Topic:  This Wild Nook, My Emma

Author: Michelle
Dec 10th, 2009

“At least our thoughts are our own. And this wild nook, my Emma, I will dedicate to thee.”
I love this line from a Wordsworth book of poems that I bought about 30 years ago.  I actually love the whole passage about a cottage hidden in a little overgrown spot  in the woods.  Well, to tell the truth, I could do without the “resplendent furze.”  I can’t imagine anything remotely resplendent about something called furze.  Other than that,  this poem has always sparked my imagination.  I almost named the website “This Wild Nook,” but… as you can see, Stony Silence won out.

But, I am still using his work as a backdrop for photographing my jewelry.

Here are (more than) a few photos of two pendants I made last night,  inspired by the comments from my sister-in-law, when she checked out my website and jewelry last week.   The first one is called Snow Bird, with the lighter background and an Amber colored Swarovski Crystal on the tiny pane of glass.   The larger bead on the end of the 22″ chain is also Amber colored, but for some reason it is looks red in these pics.

The second pendant is printed on cream colored card stock that I aged with coffee.  I think a little bit of the coffee seeped into the resin as it cured, and I like the sepia effect it imparted.  It has a red Swarovski  Crystal, ringed in bronze and embedded into the resin window.  My favorite part is the tiny antique brass locket, which opens to reveal yet another teeny tiny red crystal.  There’s something about this one that feels mysterious or protective.  I guess because the locket is so tiny, you wouldn’t think it would really open, much less  have a little treasure inside.

There are a lot of photos in this series, some are so that you can preview the necklaces, and some are just better pictures of the text on the page, so that you can read Wordsworth’s beautiful poem.  I do believe he was one of the first granola-heads …  naturalists!

Topic:  Cords, Chains & Wires.

Author: Michelle
Dec 5th, 2009

All of my jewelry and findings are lead-free & nickle-free, of course. Upon request, I will happy to switch the chain with another choice such as:

  • Silverplated Chain in polished or antiqued finish.
  • Brass Link Chain in antique gold finish.
  • Classic Ball Chain in silverplated, brass or stainless steel.
  • 925 Sterling Silver Chain (at additional charge).
  • Black or brown leather cord
  • Black, brown or cream colored satin cord
  • Waxed cotton cord in several color choices

Whew! That’s quite a list! But my pendants seem to look good on just about every type of setting, if I do say so myself! I will be adding a page with close up photos of choices soon.


Update:  Okay, here are those photos I promised you!  The “next photo” arrow is below the pics in the slideshow. The pictures quite large, so that you can really see the detail of the chains.  You may have to scroll down to see the navigation below the photos.

Topic:  Inchies in handcrafted frames

Author: Michelle
Nov 30th, 2009

I’ve finally taken some photos of my necklaces before I send them off to the shop for their debut! I have added them to the Jewelry Page now and I guess if one sells on the website, I’ll have to hightail it on over to the salon and snatch it right back! I haven’t really figured out the mechanics of having one-of-a-kind items for sale in two places at the same time. Update: Pieces with a “buy-it” button are now kept ready-to-ship, here in the studio.

There are two distinct lines in my Pendant Collection. The “Inchies” (one inch by one inch mixed media artwork) framed in tiny little handcrafted polymer clay shadowboxes. Wearable art, for sure. Some have glass windows and some clear resin windows.

The second line, my soldered glass pendants, are a little bit larger (1″ wide x 1.5″ or 2″ long). They are also two sided, whereas the inchies have a solid textured back, the soldered glass pendants have an image on the back as well as the front, encased in glass on both sides. It’s created in the style of stained glass, which is one of my current obsessions (among many).

Check out the Inchies
Check out the Soldered Glass.
Or take a look at all my jewelry items for sale.

Topic:  Southwest Dog Tags added to the shop

Author: Michelle
Nov 11th, 2009

I’ve added my first product to the Stony website: my gorgeous southwest style dog tag in two styles and sizes.    Click here to for more details and/or to order one!